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Tricia Adams - Editorial Expert

About Tricia Adams

As a professional librarian with more years’ experience than she cares to mention – Tricia has worked in several sectors including government libraries and as a self-employed information specialist but has reverted to her favourite – of working with children, in various guises, for the last 20+ years.

This has included a spell as a primary school librarian, before moving back to public libraries in her home county of Northamptonshire, where she was Head of Children’s and Young People’s Public Library Services and the manager of the Schools’ Library Service – Learning Resources for Education. 

She was then Director of the School Library Association (an independent charity) between 2008-2018.  She had the honour to be Chair of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway judging panel and Youth Libraries Group during 2008 and 2017. She now fills her time with volunteering for the Federation of Children’s Books, is Chair of the newly formed Northamptonshire CBG, Co-ordinates the National Share a Story Month initiative and is a newly appointed Trustee of the English Association.  She continues to work with Youth Libraries Group and she also leads training sessions, as well as reviewing for several organisations. 

A lifelong love of reading and collecting children’s books, amongst other topics, has created a collection so rambling that the house has to be extended every few years!

Latest Reviews By Tricia Adams

This is a simple circular tale, full of drama and threat, as Rider sets out on a quest tasked him by the Ancient One.  Throughout the wonderful bold illustrations, the Rider appears small against impossible, scary, huge foes.  The story is told in rhyming couplets, in large easy to read text; some couplets are on one double page spread, others have one line on each spread with the rest of the space filled with large, striking black and red images against plain coloured backgrounds. A limited colour palette is used with consummate skill to convey so much. This ... View Full Review
Jay is a prize-winning performance poet who is known for the emotional depth and honesty of his poetry. This collection takes Jay’s story from schooldays, as a scared and mixed up transgender child, to the hopeful young man he is now.   The collection starts with poems going back to schooldays – and the anger and fear Jay experienced - and progresses slowly through to the hope of today.  The poems are so heartfelt you can feel the passion in them rise from the page.  The early anger and urgency are slowly replaced as the ... View Full Review
Lina, born into a Soviet prison camp, has to find her way in the world when she escapes with some very disreputable characters. She is chased by her best friend, shadow wolves and a terrifying sorceress taking revenge on humankind. Without her friend Bogdan and her slow discovery of the magic she has she would perish – and she very nearly does on several occasions – in this gripping, bewitching story.   The story combines all the best elements of a straightforward adventure with friends and a magically invested tale, echoing some of the folk tales of the area.&... View Full Review
Reading a new Frances Hardinge novel is always an adventure into a new, carefully constructed world - where things are never quite as one might imagine as you begin.  Here two friends, raised together in poverty and scavenging are leader and led, counterpoint to each other, one believing in friendship above all, the other of a very much darker outlook.  They live on one of a series of islands that form the Myriad, each island with its own long dead gods, each with its own strange traditions and stories.  The sea surrounding the islands hides many things ... View Full Review
A new book from Hilary McKay is always a joy – and this one does not disappoint.  A newly blended family move into an ivy covered, slightly eerie house that has room for them all.  They work to find a way to make their new family grouping compatible.  Abi struggles to get used to her two new brothers, Max and young Louis.  She resents that she has to share her father Theo, and her Granny Grace’s letters from Jamaica.      The new family all spend time and energy making the house their ... View Full Review
This is a return to the characters of Di Camillo’s Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana’s Way Home – though it is not necessary to have read either novel to appreciate this story.  Precipitated by the death of her dog companion, Buddy, Beverly has no reason now to stay at home, so she leaves.  She is 14 years old, but by a sequence of good luck, and a lift from a cousin, she ends up in Tamaray, bunking with a grandmother figure in a trailer park community and getting a job with a very disorganised café ... View Full Review
Well-known children’s TV presenter Konnie Huq has created this delightful novel, illustrated throughout with small sketches and some very humourous footnotes!  Cookie is a bright, bold character, who doesn’t understand the word no, who leaps in with both feet – and so gets herself into trouble just a little too often.  When her best friend announces her family plan to move away Cookie is bereft – not helped by the arrival of a very annoying boy – who moves in next door to Cookie.  Cookie wants to represent her school on the Brainbusters ... View Full Review
This series describes itself as the ‘true life stories of the most amazing people ever!’ and already has several volumes available, including Emmeline Pankhurst and Ada Lovelace.   This life story of Malala is both very instructive on the political turmoil that led to her shooting, and in portraying Malala as a very engaging, brave and dedicated young person.  It is written in an easily readable text using side panels to explain situations and traditions without interrupting the flow of the biography.  It also contains a timeline taking us from 1947 – Pakistan’s independence &... View Full Review
Clementine - though she is usually called Oiya (Oy, you) by her dreadful Aunt and Uncle – has dreams of a magic place she may have once known.  Her only friend is the cat Gilbert (called Giblets by Aunt Vermillia and Uncle Rufus) as Clementine has a Cinderella-like existence working all day and then being locked away in the cellar at night.  She glimpses the sky through looking up the chimney in her cellar, until one day she looks out of a window in the house and sees the magic place she has imagined… Then follows a ... View Full Review
Anna is a Jewish child sent from Germany to the UK on the Kindertransport just before war is declared.  This is the story of her welcome into a simple farming family in Kent, and to the constant worry she feels for her parents back in Germany.  Although she is welcomed to England, there are problems to overcome, antisemitism at school, jealousy at home and worry about how the war is going. Anna is an intelligent, resourceful girl who proves her bravery and gratitude by saving a VIP from an insidious spy ring operating nearby. The level of detail ... View Full Review
Rose is a 17-year-old girl who – with her mother and brother, Rudder, have been expelled from a religious community.  Now she plans to ‘decommission-from the sect’ and has a very adventurous, quite dangerous plan for doing so.  She’s even got herself a boyfriend who will help with this plan – perhaps a bit too enthusiastically! Lawrence is a writer who just goes from strength to strength – this latest novel building upon all that have gone before, starting from the award winning ‘Orangeboy’.  This explores what happens when two young ... View Full Review
Cat is in love with a pop star, trying to keep secrets whilst not having the sophistication to cope with all the pressures that brings.  Amy uses an app, Heartstream, to stream her emotions to all her many followers, even streaming live whilst at her mother’s funeral. When Amy gets back home, she finds a strange woman waiting for her – and she has rigged the house to explode if anyone tries to enter.  What follows is tightly written, a thriller with twists and turns until the final unexpected denouement. Pollock makes you think about fame ... View Full Review