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Bookworm Selkirk Book Review

  • by lesslie oliver
  • 12 Oct, 2016

The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge and Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Costa Book Awards Winner  Frances Hardinge -  The Author of this amazing book has teamed up with our Children's Laureate Chris Riddell to produce this beautiful Hard Back Edition of The Lie Tree. It is a perfect gift for any Y.A or adult who loves dark chilling writing.

The novel is set ten years after Darwin's  Origin of Species was published.  A time where young ladies must never be left  alone in the company of a young man. A time where a young lady must not offer their opinion on Science and great discoveries.

Faith's father is found dead under mysterious circumstances and she is determined to separate the truth from the lies. She knows her Father has a secret and begins a journey into discovering how This Tree of Lies is involved.

We love this book here at The Bookworm.  A tree that uncovers a truth every time you feed it a lie, the bigger the lie the greater the truth. Are you griped yet? We certainly are.

This Book is in stock now at The Bookworm and we also have it available on our on-line store.

The Bookworm - Children's Bookshop

by lesslie oliver 26 Jul, 2017
Dear supporters of my lovely shop "The Book Worm" I write this blog today to let you know that after two years The Book Worm is closing its doors. It has taken time to reach this decision but I am going to take a new path with my family and I hope you  will join me in celebrating the two years that the Book Worm has been open and remember all the fun that has been had during that time.

The shop has had a band of incredibly supportive customers and you will all be missed.

I thought I would share some of the things I have managed to host and share with customers since January 2017;
We have shared,
75 In-house story times.
25 Crafts Sessions.
28 Class room and Nursery Story times.
Author visits from Chloe Daykin, Alan Windram, BB Taylor and Barbara Henderson all of which have been amazing.
We even managed to squeeze in a few adult book-swop evenings.
In addition I have also hosted events such as, Guess how much I love you, Bear Hunt, Pirate Days, Maisy Story events and of course more recently our Harry Potter Town Trail and Harry Potter Quiz night.

And the rest of the time has been spent trying to stay ahead of the latest books and trends in book land and of course  opening the shop to sell some books.

We will be closed now until Monday 7th August when I will open the shop for one more week. The shop will close for good on Friday 11th August.

We will be able to offer you all some amazing savings on the last of the stock in the shop. There will be books from as little as a £1 and there will be great discounts for loyal customers.

If you are in receipt of a Book Worm book voucher (bought as a gift) please bring it along during this week.

We will not be accepting any savings cards - many apologies but I hope you understand that your books will already be heavily discounted. In addition if it is from a story time you will probably already agree that an hour in the shop for a story time and in most cases a cup of tea included is worth a £1.

We will no longer be  in a position to order books in for you but hope you might come along and pick up a bargain.

Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the shop and I hope to see you all before the shop closes down for good.
by lesslie oliver 07 Jul, 2017
We are super excited to have been included on this fantastic list of Children's Book-Shops from Penguin Publishers. Please check it out.

It is so lovely to be recognised and be included on peoples lists. We have had some amazing reviews from customers over the last couple of years. We are very grateful to everyone who spreads the word of our little shop and what we are doing here.
by lesslie oliver 01 Jul, 2017
What a whirl wind of a week. This was a crazy busy week for The Book Worm and we would like to thanks all our customers who came along to support our celebrations.
The week began with the launch of our Harry Potter Town Trail - a big shout out to all of you for embracing this fun trail and to all the shops who joined in with displaying our Harry Potter items.
Monday we visited Osito nursery and shared in a story time. Many thanks to all the staff and children for inviting us along to tell a story. We even managed to grab time for the grown-ups with a book swap club as well. Lots of Biscuits, Books and Brews.
On Tuesday we had our own story -time Maisy Celebrations and we were delighted to see lots of people joining in the fun.
by lesslie oliver 27 Jun, 2017
Alan Windram is an absolute favourite at The Book Worm in Selkirk and is very well known for his crazy antics/performances around the Scottish Borders and across the U.K.  Alan came along to our Selkirk primary schools in May and gave a fantastic show at Connections in Selkirk so I'm sure you can imagine how much we have all been looking forward to his latest picture book "One Button Benny".

About the Story.

"Benny was different. Benny was special. Benny was a robot". 
Benny is teased by the other Robots because he is "different" to the rest of the robots. They all have fabulous buttons that they can press at will and they can do really fun things. Benny also has a button but his button says " Only press in an emergency". This leads to further teasing from other robots as they believe his button doesn't even work. One morning Benny wakes up to find out that there is an emergency and there is panic everywhere as the "collectors" arrive. Benny makes a decision that this is a true emergency and he need to press his button and.............. 

Big shout out for the illustrations.

One Button Benny is brought to life by the talented illustrator Chloe Holwill-Hunter. I love how Holly captures Benny's thoughts in his eyes, every emotion is recorded.


Alan Windram covers social discovery beautifully. Benny isn't the same as all the rest and how fabulous is that? We see the other robots teasing Benny and how sad that makes him but then we see those differences turning him into a hero and being accepted by all the robots, different as we all know is truly amazing.

Children & Grown -Ups

This story book has so many things to like there are robots and aliens with green bottoms, goodies and baddies and lots of laugh out loud funny bits and there is also a little song to learn.

There is a downloadable free audio book read by Olivier Award-Winning Actor Jack Lowden and the Zing. Zang. Zoom song with each book.

Books are £6.99 and signed copies are available at The Book Worm Selkirk Now. 

by lesslie oliver 27 Jun, 2017
The Harry Potter Town Trail is now in full swing and the children and adults alike are enjoying the challenge. We have 16 shops displaying  Harry Potter objects in their windows. The challenge is for you to find all 16, log them down on a sheet and then keep your fingers crossed you win a great prize. It is completely free to enter and everyone will receive a 15% discount of a book in the shop during July (one book per entrant) and a Harry Potter Book mark.
by lesslie oliver 19 Jun, 2017
As part of our celebrations for Harry Potter and 20 Years since the release of "The Philosopher's Stone " we are hosting a Harry Potter Trail with the help of some of our fantastic shops on the High Street and Market Place. It is completely free to enter ( please read the terms and conditions detailed on our what's on page).  http://www.bookwormselkirk/whats-on

You will need to collect your entry form from The Book Worm Selkirk during Independent Book Week - Saturday 24th June - Saturday 1st July. Last entry must be collected by 13.00 on Saturday 1st July 2017. All children who enter will receive 15% discount of a book of their choice. In addition all children who enter will be entered into a great prize giveaway. - terms and conditions apply - please check above link.

by lesslie oliver 10 Jun, 2017
Preparations are underway for the Indie Book Week at The Book Worm and we are really excited to have a really busy week to celebrate the wonder of the Independent book shops. 
We have Maisy celebrations in a couple of nurseries in Galshiels and special story times celebrating - Maisy goes to the book shop with Maisy activities and ears. In addition we will be going monster crazy celebrating the release of Tom Fletcher's "There's a monster in your book". For the older children we have the worlds worst children celebrations and an opportunity to celebrate 20 years of The Philosophers Stone and if that wasn't enough we also have craft sessions on both Saturdays. To make sure you don't miss out on any of our crazy celebrations check out

by lesslie oliver 01 Jun, 2017
The Birthday Invitation is our Book Worm favourite this week. Beautiful,  stunning illustrations throughout and a great rhyming tale of a fly away birthday invitation. The story follows the birthday invitation across many lands visiting pirates, wizards, pilots and knights before settling back into Ella's pocket. Great fun and a highly recommended family read.
by lesslie oliver 26 May, 2017
What another busy week for The Book Worm - We started the week with a visit to Tweedbank Primary School. We met all the pupils and received an incredibly warm welcome by the pupils and all the staff. 

We shared lots of different stories with the pupils - P1 chose a non - fiction story all about a bee and the title was of course Bee. P2 and P3  had a great story all about finding treasure and we had a great discussion about what they would do with the treasure. P4 became the Museum Mystery Squad and had to de-code a secret message especially written for them by author Mike Nicholson. P5-P7  enjoyed a story called "Only an Octopus" The classes are all creating graphic novels based on the premiss that "every book starts with a little bit of nothing..." I can't wait to see the work they create.

On Thursday we had a great visit from BB Taylor and Yoshi. Many thanks to Argus Nursery School, Knowepark Primary School and Tweedbank Primary School for making our author and her pal so welcome and agreeing to become Yoshi's friend. He has gone home very happy to have made so many new friends in the Scottish Borders.

Heading towards next week are planning to meet Chloe Daykin - author of Fish Boy. This is a really exciting visit and Philiphaugh, Knowepark, St.Josephs and Lilliesleaf primary school are really looking forward to meeting her. i will let you now all about her visit next week.

In addition Chloe is designing a very special window for The Book Worm on Tuesday afternoon, Please give her a wave if you are passing by.

If you would like any of B.B's titles just send an e mail to Lesslie - and she we send you a personalised message from BB Taylor.
by lesslie oliver 15 May, 2017

"Steve and FranDan - Take On The World"

Author - Ron Butlin

Front Cover Credit - James Hutcheson

Published by Birlinn

Grown - ups who currently come along to our story-times at the Book Worm know that a picture story book  I love to read at any opportunity is the very funny "Here comes the Trolls" by Ron Butlin. So I was very excited to be given this book for readers 9-12 ahead of  its publication date.

The publishers describe this book as "an adventure story for today's world." Well get fastened in because this is page after page of non-stop action.

The Story.

Steve, Fran and her twin brother Dan are close friends that have been having problems with cyber-bullies at school. The friends have no idea who is making the hurtful comments but decide that they have had enough of the name calling that keep appearing on their social media pages and decide to build a raft, collect supplies and escape from it all for a few days. This decision leads to a  challenging, scary and often dangerous adventure that the friends and Steve's dog Nessie will never forget.

The book has been written for readers 9 - 12 and deals with the struggle of cyber bullies and the impact that it can have on school children.

The Characters .

The friendship is an important part of the story, it is a strong friendship all with very different personalities, especially the twins which shows through when things start to unravel. The three different personalities carries them through and when there are some tough decisions to be made they stick together.

 I really enjoyed Fran as a great character a born leader looking for ways of solving obstacles they encounter and when they stumble onto a hidden package and the owners of the package stumble onto them  it is Fran who has to come up with a plan to save them all from a terrible fate. It is Fran who organises the few days away and plans what they will take with them and keeps the boys together when things start to unravel.

There is a subtle exploring of Steve's emotions towards his friend Fran. Steve's feelings for Fran  begin to change when they are in tight spots and there is nothing like a sense of danger to make you look at someone in a different way.  There is a real connection here of the mixed emotions that hormones bring along.  All three friends have to tap into all of their emotions but it is Steve's rage, hurt , disappointment, fondness and fear that I really connected with. There is a great moment when he has an opportunity to deal with the Cyber bullies later in the novel and Ron Butlin really taps into the rawness of the feelings you would have towards those who had caused you so much hurt that you had needed to run away.

The PlotFriendships and action/ adventure with a very large helping of bad people in the mix.

The best laid plans are never quite as straight forward as you might hope and Steve, Fran and Dan are no different to anyone else.   When the friends leave everything behind for a few days Steve cannot leave his mobile phone behind even though the bullies have made him miserable, the pull of social media has him checking on what the bullies are saying about their disappearance much to Fran's confusion.They lose their raft in less than 24 hours and their tent and have to find shelter else where. An old hermit cave seems perfect until they discover something buried in the cave and the owners of that discovery arrive and everything begins to get very scary from then on in. The cyber bullies as I have already mentioned do get dealt with as do the criminals but I am not going to reveal anymore. 

The Verdict

There were so many times in my Secret Seven/Famous Five days of reading that I dreamt of collecting a few tins and sneaking away for a few days in a tent, the thought of an adventure for a few days. Who wouldn't escape from all the madness of school life and just be with people you like? It all sounds perfect. Fishing, chatting, swimming in rivers and camping under the stars. Steve, Fran and Dan have the same plan and even make it happen but of course all the best laid plans....   

I couldn't put this book down it is absolutely jammed packed with adventure and action and there are lots of twist and turns to keep you guessing what is going to happen next.  

5 Star rating from the Book Worm.

This fantastic new novel is on sale from Thursday 25th May and your Book Worm will be stocking it. Feel free to reserve a copy from your favourite Indie Book Shop by sending Lesslie an e-mail thebookwormatselkirk@gmail

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