Wednesday 24 July 2013

Scissors, Sisters and Manic Panics Blog Tour: Ellie Phillips shares her Summer Reading List!

Scissors, Sisters and Manic Panics by Ellie Phillips || Release date: July 1st 2013.

Sadie Nathanson's back - with more style and tangles than ever before. "Mrs Nellist came in for her cut and colour while Auntie and Tiffany were out the back having a coffee, leaving me to sweep up, and that's kind of where everything got really ugly. It was the hairstyle that Mrs Nellist never knew she wanted. That's all it was about. I don't know why everyone had to go so completely hysterical about it, but that's my family for you." Sadie Nathanson is back! After sorting out exactly who she is, she now feels ready to tackle who she is going to be! With hair as her focus, Sadie decides to enter a major hairdressing competition - though she has her work cut out for her when she gets fired from her Saturday job in Auntie Lilah's salon. And if that's not bad enough, it turns out there are yet still more surprises in store Dadwise...


Ellie Phillips shares her Summer Reading List!

My Summer Reading list is currently a blank page, so writing this is a great way of compiling something which I intend to read my way through!

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I have to read something written by someone called Rainbow, but also the title has an Eleanor in it and, as I’m a secret Eleanor, I’m drawn to it.

I also like the blurb:

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be.

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I read this book when I was about 16 but I’m thinking of giving it another go – now feels like the right moment. My memory is that it was fierce, brave and it rang true. It’s written by Ponyboy – a vulnerable kid who wears his greaser’s uniform to look tough in a tough world. The author, SE Hinton, was only in her teens when she wrote The Outsiders – quite an amazing achievement.

3. By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt

I enjoyed Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt so this is definitely on my list to read. Laura Jarratt writes a fantastic love story so I have high hopes for this too. The blurb is intriguing:

Holly is fifteen years old, but she's only been "Holly" for a matter of months. Because of something that happened, she and her family have had to enter witness protection and have all assumed new identities. All, that is, except her sister Katie, who is autistic. Starting at a new school mid-term is hard enough at the best of times, and Holly has no clue who she is any more. Lonely and angry, she reaches out to friends - new and old. But one wrong move will put all their lives in danger...

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have to admit that I didn’t bother with the movie of this, just because I am such a huge huge fan of the book and I thought no movie could do it justice. I fully intend to re-read this over the Summer. It feels like a summer book; all those hot New York nights!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”

5. Ministry of Pandemonium AND The Great & Dangerous by Chris Westwood

My son has zipped through these books like lightning, which makes me think they must be a fantastic read as he is quite choosy. Apparently they’re about an 11 year old boy with special ‘gifts’. He’s recruited to The Ministry of Pandemonium, an organisation dedicated to preventing souls from being stolen by The Darkness – whatever that means, I’m about to find out!

Annoyingly, Chris Westwood ended The Great and Dangerous on a total cliffhanger and his fans are desperate to read the third book – so we hope he publishes it really soon!!!

Happy Summer Reading!


Thanks for sharing your summer reading list, Ellie! To find out more about Ellie and her books, follow @ElliePhillips50 on Twitter.

Also make sure you check out the very fun hair-quiz Ellie has created and be in with a chance to win copies of her books. Check it out here:

Next Stop on  the Scissors, Sisters and Manic Panics Blog Tour: A Dream of Books.


  1. Great post! By Any Other Name is definitely on my summer reading list. If only Laura Jarratt would write a sequel to Skin Deep and then I'd be happy all year long!

  2. Liz @ Planet Print26 July 2013 at 17:22

    I've heard loads of great things about Eleanor and Park! And I've been wanting to read By Any Other Name for ages, it sounds really good. My summer reading list is so long I don't think I'm going to be able to get through it - maybe I'll just make it my autumn and winter list too! :P Thanks for the great post.


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