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We’ll be away for a little while

Hello all.

We will be away for ten days in France, starting tomorrow, so there won’t be any new posts in our absence. However, we have a lot of audiobooks to listen to and Holly’s taking several Judy Blume novels away with her so we will have loads to review when we get back!

The first place we’re stopping at is Beaugency, near Orleans, which saw a battle involving Joan of Arc. (We’re listening to Michael Morpurgo’s story about the young heroine on the journey down tomorrow):

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Then we’re heading further south to a campsite near the beautiful town of Sarlat:

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I am intrigued to see this village as it’s used a lot in French films to represent a typically beautiful French town and apparently was the setting for the cinema adaptation of Joanne Harris’s book Chocolat . We’re also hoping to see the caves at Padirac before we head back to a favourite old haunt: Le Touquet:

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This is just a short distance from the English coast but is a lovely place to stay, with fantastic beaches to run along and quaint cafes.

So, until 8 August, a bientot!

Au revoir,

Sam and Holly x



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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