Spotlight: Do Children need a Digital Detox? by Pete Johnson

Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Pete Johnson today to share his experience with digitally detoxing for his latest book How to Update Your Parents.


My new book ‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS,’ features my scariest scene ever. According to many of its young readers. It is the moment in which Louis’s parents announce that ‘all electronic media will be banned in the house for one whole week?

Spotlight: Mystery and Mayhem Blog Tour

Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Harriet Whitethorn today to share her insight into helping reluctant readers as part of the Mystery and Mayhem virtual tour.

Why Short stories can help Reluctant Readers by Harriet Whitehorn.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get,”-so said that great philosopher of the twentieth century, Forrest Gump.  The simile can as easily be applied to a collection of short stories, and for reluctant readers they offer an enticing variety of bitesize treats.

Spotlight: Home and Identity by Alexander Yates

Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Alexander Yates today to share just how identity is shaped – something I constantly discuss as part of library lessons ♥

Now that I’m here, who will I be?

Alexander Yates

 It’s fair to say that Axel and Tess—the two protagonists of my second novel, The Winter Place—have a rough time of it. The book opens just before their father, a single parent, dies in a freak road accident. It isn’t long after that the siblings learn they’re to be shipped off to Finland to live with their grandparents. Which could be a workable solution, but for the fact that: A) Axel and Tess have never met these grandparents before, and B) They’ve never even been to Finland before. What’s more, they have no desire to go. The move will mean more than just leaving their friends behind—Axel and Tess see it as leaving their entire lives behind. And they each try, in their own ways, to escape this seemingly awful fate.

Spotlight: Easy Melody by Kristen Proby


Callie Mills never intended to return to New Orleans and the life she left behind more than a decade ago. There was no need to open old wounds when she had the life she’d worked hard for in Denver. But when she’s fired from her awesome job in Colorado and her father dies, she has no choice but to return home to run the derelict bar left to her in the heart of the French Quarter. Callie must not only face bad memories but turn The Odyssey into something she can be proud of.