The City of Ember

Jamieson Wolf has been writing since a young age when he realized he could be writing instead of paying attention in school. Since then, he has created many worlds in which to live his fantasies and live out his dreams.

You can find out more at Jamieson Wolf's website.


It is a fascinating story: In the City of Ember, it is always night. Light comes from the bulbs that fill the underground city with an amber glow.

But the city was only supposed to last for 200 years. Now, 241 years later, the city is in danger.

Lina and Doon are the only ones who seem worried, the only ones who know the city is in danger. When Lina finds an old paper that leads to clues on how to leave The City of Ember, they follow the directions to adventure and their destiny.

This is an incredible book that is not just for kids but for the kid in all of us. It makes you stop and think about what your world is like and what our world will be like in the future if things don't change.

It's also a damn great story!

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The Gruffalo

Tara Cain describes herself as "a working mother with two young children and I am a total bookworm. My children are bookworms too which makes me want to whoop! Whoop!"
She is the features editor on a daily newspaper and writes a mummy blog here.


I can't believe no one has nominated this modern day classic.
Written by the brilliant Julia Donaldson, it's the tale of a little mouse who invents a terrible creature to ensure safe passage through the forest and all the animals trying to eat him for their tea.
But the mouse's invention isn't confined to his imagination and so he has to use his ingenuity to escape the clutches of this nightmarish monster.
Written in a lovely sing songy rhyme, it has gripped both of my children - and I actually don't mind reading it 14 nights in a row which is the norm for a book they love!

  • Go here for the official Gruffalo site.
  • This is what wiki has to say on the subject.
  • Find more about Julia Donaldson here.
  • Marvel at the genius illustrations of Axel Scheffler here.
  • To buy this book postage free go here.

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I Know What You Did Last Wednesday

Jacob Smailes says about himself:

"I am a ordinary child with a talent which is to write. I am ten years old. I have created a blog called Info Mad which is here. My blog is aimed at encouraging children to blog but adults are welcome to read my blog if they wish. My Mum and Dad are both writers and one day I hope to be like them."


I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz is part of a series called the Diamond Brothers. It is my all time favourite book because of the mysterious essence Anthony adds to it. I would read this story over and over again and I strongly suggest you also read it.

It is about two brother detectives called Tim and Nick and like most of Anthony’s stories there is a dumb character, which in this case is the older brother Tim, and an intelligent character, which is Nick. The Diamond brothers have to solve a crime on a hidden island. They can never quite put their finger on who the culprit is and it is not until the end of the book that you find out, but you will have to read the book if you want to know.

I have recommended this story mainly because of the strange feeling you get when a murder takes place. It is that amazing mix of suspense, humour and horror that is almost impossible for normal people to write, though not for Anthony Horowitz.

  • To read more about the Diamond Brothers go here.
  • To find out about Horowitz go here.
  • If you would like to submit your own OneBook go here.
  • To pick up a second hand copy of the book go here.

Love That Dog

Julie Meredith works in adult education in Croydon. She thinks she has the best job in the world because she gets paid to enthuse about reading and writing while supporting people to become readers and writers themselves.


My OneBook is ‘Love That Dog’ by Sharon Creech. Its sunshine yellow cover caught my eye and I ignored the fact that Bloomsbury had labelled it a children’s title. Not a dog person? Don’t be put off! It’s about so much more than a dog and the person who loves him.

Told in the form of a diary, the story explores a young boy’s relationship with words and the world. Through Jack, we share the perplexity of not ‘getting’ poetry and the courage needed to put writing into the world.

As well as reminding us adults about necessary vulnerability and brave enthusiasm, Sharon Creech has written THE volume for anyone who’s ever thought:

“I don’t understand the poem about…”

Or, on finishing a piece of writing, has said something like:

“I guess you can
put it on the board
if you want to
but don’t put
my name
on it
in case
other people
it’s not a poem.”

Love that book. Read it and you’ll reread it. Often.

  • This is Sharon Creech's website.
  • Literature Circle guide to the book.
  • This link contains a range of interesting sites relating to the book.
  • You can pick up a used copy of the book here.
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