3 reasons why you should read Adam Cece’s MG novel ‘The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls’

I mean, that book title alone is a pretty good reason to have a read – unless you’re already neighbours with The Addams Family and you’re like, ‘Nope, got enough weirdness for my lifetime, thanks.’ It also won the Text Prize in 2017, which is pretty cool. But let me set the scene for you…

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School friends Kipp Kindle, Cymphany Chan and Tobias Treachery live in Huggabie Falls, the weirdest town on Earth. There you can find witches, vampire bats, trolls and a house built onto a roller coaster, but all of these weird things pale in comparison to the extremely weird thing that’s happening in town. The kids don’t know what it is yet, but they’re determined to find out.

What’s really fun about this book is that the narrator has such a big presence throughout.

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My 3 favourite things about Mat Larkin’s MG novel ‘The Orchard Underground’

Do you ever finish reading a book and get the urge to hold it aloft, presenting it to the world Lion King style for everyone to enjoy because you loved it that much? Well that was me with Mat Larkin‘s quirky and engaging middle grade novel The Orchard Underground.

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Pri Kohli has lived in Dunn’s Orchard all his life, he’s even ‘the face’ of the town. But when newcomer Attica Stone arrives on the scene and starts asking questions – mainly ‘Why is there a distinct lack of orchards in a place called Dunn’s Orchard?’ – Pri realises his town holds more mysteries than he thought, and thus a reluctant detective was born.

Firstly, this book is incredibly funny. I legitimately snorted out loud like an over-excited seal more than once (#glamour).

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The Writing Alphabet – C

If you’re to believe a certain blue monster Muppet, “C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me”, but I say, no sir. That is not good enough for me. I need at least ten words associated with writing that begin with ‘C’ otherwise this is just going to be a super short blog post sending subliminal messages about desserts.

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“ME NO CARE ABOUT YOUR BLOG. ME HAVE HIT COOKIE JACKPOT.”

Tough crowd. Anyway, ‘C’ is also for…

01. CAFE
A place where you can purchase delicious cookies… wait, no. It’s a place where you go to do your writing so you’re not distracted by things at home, instead you’re distracted by the thumping in your veins from your 8th cup of coffee while you guard your table located next to the only power outlet.

02. CENTRIFUGAL MOTION
When you’re worried about including random analogies in your writing but then you remember Faith Hill compared smooching to centrifugal motion in her 90s classic ‘This Kiss’ and you realise you’re fine.

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