This week's best books for children

The Egyptian Enchantment. A Lottie Lipton Adventure by Dan Metcalf (Bloomsbury, €6.40)

Lottie Lipton lives very happily in the British Museum with her father who works there, and her elderly eccentric Great Uncle, Professor Bertram West.

Here she loves to examine the amazing artefacts and treasures that are sent to him from Egypt.

They are both very excited when an ancient sarcophagus arrives, in which they find the remains of an Egyptian woman. 

But when Lottie deciphers an ancient spell things go topsy turvy in the museum!

A funny and sometime nail-biting read for age seven and upwards.

Frida Kahlo. Little People, Big Dreams by Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Frances Lincoln, €12.90)

The second book in this series tells how Frida refused to let polio or an horrific car accident prevent her from pursuing her love of painting. 

When she had finely honed her technique she showed her work to well-known artist Diego Rivera who promptly fell in love with both the paintings and herself. 

Her fame may have been posthumous but her determination and courage are more important legacies. Suitable for age nine and upwards.

Eliza Rose By Lucy Worsley (Bloomsbury, €9.10)

Her 12th birthday is a landmark one for Eliza Rose as she is now of marriageable age, so her father wastes no time arranging an engagement with the wealthy Earl of Westmorland’s son. 

The bethrothal was of utmost importance as Eliza’s father had no male heir. Happily this arrangement falls through as Westmorland’s son proved to be secretly married already. 

Following a stint at what was effectively a finishing school for aspiring maids of honour at court, Eliza finds herself at Hampton Court. 

Here she learns the difference between lust and love, but her looks and personality attract the attention of Henry VIII himself.

Hard choices will have to made, in an atmosphere of jealously and intrigue. 

As Eliza is so young and untutored she has to painstakingly learn the ins and outs of court life.

Suitable for 15 and upwards.


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