Comparing ‘Little Celeste’ by Dawn McNiff



Eleven-year-old Shelley only leaves her bedroom for two minutes, but when she gets back, there’s a real, true-life, lavender-eyed baby on her bed. It’s far too noisy, smelly and heavy to be a ghost baby – so whose is it? It can’t be her mum’s – Shelley would have noticed – but it’s not like she’s around for Shelley to ask, anyway. She’s too busy trying to get her horrible ex-boyfriend Scott (‘the Toadstool’) back, who Shelley definitely does NOT like as much as her mum does.

But someone’s got to look after the baby, and give her a name. ‘Celeste’ sounds good (in fact, it sounds kind of magical) and so Shelley and little Celeste embark on some rather messy adventures, gain some new friends and realise that maybe some wishes can come true after all…

Click on the image to get to Luna's blog!

Click on the image to get to Luna’s blog!

Thoughts before you started reading Little Celeste?

CHRISSI: Sounds really cute!

LUNA: Sounds adorable.

What did you think of Shelley?

CHRISSI: I thought she was adorable. She was easy to love, as the book progressed I started to really feel for her.

LUNA: I thought Shelley was pretty easy to love, I didn’t like her all the time but understood why she did the things she did. Her narration reads like that of an eleven-year-old, which worked for me but might not be for everyone.

Best bit?

CHRISSI: I think that Dawn McNiff has written this book. It’s a short read, but it’s heartfelt and powerful. I just wanted to reach inside the book and save Shelley.

LUNA: Towards the end of the book (when Shelley is sick) I thought Dawn McNiff really pulled the heartstrings; I was all torn up for this little girl. Little Celeste is a cute/fantastical read for the most part, but ever so often I needed something to hug.

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: Like Luna, I really didn’t like Shelley’s mother.

LUNA: Not worst-as-in-bad, but Shelley’s mother really frustrated me.

Favourite character / moment?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really have a specific favourite character or moment. I was pulled in and captivated by the story.

LUNA: I loved Jay and Jay’s dad.

Was Little Celeste what you expected?

CHRISSI: I was expecting something unique and quirky. I feel that’s what I got from Little Celeste.

LUNA: Yes, it’s Hot Key Books so I’m normally guaranteed good reading.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course!

LUNA: Absolutely

Expected publication: April 3rd 2014 by Hot Key Books

WWW Wednesday #56

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?


I’m over halfway through this emotional read. I’m enjoying it, the writing is easy enough to read, but the content is a bit intense. So sometimes I have to take a step back when I’m reading it!

What did you recently finish reading?

18682770I recently finished Little Celeste by Dawn McNiff. My review is coming up tomorrow. This is another book that packs an emotional punch. It’s aimed at middle grade readers. I think it’s still enjoyable enough for older readers. A very unique story.

What do you think you’ll read next?

18186807My next read (which I aim to start today) is Jojo Moyes’ The One Plus One. I can’t WAIT to read this book. I’ve had it for a while, but I’ve had other things to read. I can’t wait to get stuck into this book. I’m a huge fan of Jojo’s writing.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your answers in the comment section below, or leave me a link to your posts and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #42 An unexpected biggie!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Have a click of the title of the book to get to its Goodread’s page!


This week, I only expected to get Allegiant, as I’m on a book buying ban as I have a holiday coming up in May/June, so I need to be saving the pennies. However, I ended up getting SO many books. My prize pack came through from winning September’s British Book Challenge, Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me some books and she also arranged for Hot Key Books to send me some books! My mum also bought me some books when she went on holiday. Wow.


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Cathy Kelly- The Honey Queen

Philippa Gregory- Stormbringers

Laini Taylor- Days of Blood and Starlight

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer- Between The Lines

I’m particularly excited to read Between The Lines which I hear is very good!


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Gina Blaxill- Forget Me Never

Gina Blaxill- Saving Silence

Sita Brahmachari- Kite Spirit

Hayley Long- Downside Up

Andrew Lane- Lost Worlds (couldn’t find on Goodreads!)

I really like the look of Forget Me Never, Saving Silence and Kite Spirit. I’ve read Downside Up before, it’s a good book! I’m not sure if Lost Worlds is for me, but I’ll give it a go at some point.

From Hot Key Books:

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Karen Foxlee- The Midnight Dress

Natalie Whipple- Blindsided

Monica Hesse- Stray

Ellen Renner- Tribute (doesn’t have a cover on Goodreads yet!)

Dawn McNiff- Little Celeste

I was so pleased to get these books, it was such an unexpected surprise. They all look fantastic. Luna picked well!

From Luna:

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Don’t I have the best friends? I’m particularly excited about The Butterfly Novels by Denise Deegan as Luna recommends them so highly!

Helen Grant- Wish Me Dead

Anna Humphrey- Rhymes With Cupid

Mette Ivie Harrison- The Princess and the Hound

Louise Rennison- Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Vol 1.

Beth Goobie- Before Wings

Katherine McMahon- The Alchemist’s Daughter

Lexie Hill- Kissing Booth

Ally Carter- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy

Denise Deegan-  And By The Way, And For Your Information, And Actually..

Robin Mellom- Ditched: A Love Story

Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Princess Ben

Robin Palmer- Cindy Ella

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog at some point this weekend!