Book review: Dead Time

Hi, this book review is about a book called Dead Time, by Anne Cassidy. It is the first of four books, all of which I purchased pretty cheaply from The Book People. It is a murder mystery, so to people who love that sort of thing; it would be one of the first books I’d recommend. 


One night Joshua’s dad and Rose’s mum went out to dinner together- they never came back…..

Its five years later, and after years of not seeing each other, they meet again. Rose has just been a witness to a brutal murder, and Joshua is still on a mission to find out where their parents are and what happened to them. Together they discover a notebook…which might lead to the answers to their questions.

It is a really gripping book, with just the right plot for a murder mystery. It contains a mixture of interesting and gory detail, which is just right for it’s genre, and pages full of action and suspense. 

There are three books afterwards, In this order:

Dead Time

Killing Rachel

Butterfly Grave

Dead and Buried. 

I would recommend them to people ages 11 or 12 upwards, because although it has an okay basic plot line, it contains some quite disturbing actions that wouldn’t really be suitable for younger readers. I would class these as a really great series of books, 4 star probably…

I hope you get a chance to read them,

SparrowHorse x



Hi, today I want to talk about an activity i’ve been doing the past three years that i’ve really enjoyed. It has recently stopped and so I thought it was a good time to talk about it. Every 1 or 2 months, about 10 kids (aged 9-14) meet up in the woods to do some bushcraft sessions. They are 3 hours long, and we all get to try and do many interesting things, the ones I can remember are below:

  • Making mallets
  • Creating bow-and-arrows out of hazel 
  • Playing on our rope swings
  • Making pancakes, bread and fried eggs
  • Setting animal traps so we could look at animals
  • Collecting hazelnuts, blackberries, rasberries, and wild strawberries
  • Carving whistles and spoons out of wood
  • Lighting fires
  • Climbing trees

We have a really great, informative leader, who shows us how to do activities that we hadn’t really thought of doing before. We play games every once in a while; hide and seek in woods, tracking games…


I loved this, and if you are into this kind of things, I could and anyone else could recommend this to you. Even if you aren’t the outdoorsy kind of person, this could be your chance to see more wildlife, and experience many things you haven’t before. I hope you find this inspiring,

SparrowHorse x

Chocolate chip/raisin muffins

Another recipe…we also found this one from allrecipes, and it is the simplest muffin recipe you can find…it involves getting ingredients, mixing them all together and chucking them in the oven! They also make 12, and you can either use chocolate chips, raisins or hazelnuts in them, (we used chocolate chips).  Here is the recipe:


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 150g chocolate chips, milk or plain (I used an 100g bag of them, and that was still plenty, so if you don’t have 150g, 100 is fine)150ml milk
  • 50g chopped hazelnuts (optional)
  • 60g melted butter or margarine


1.Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.              

2.Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases 

3. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together. The mixture should be quite thick; do not over mix. 


4. Fill muffin cases nearly to the top.
5. Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
6. Place on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes or more. Enjoy


I hope you get time to try them out because I can guarantee you you won’t regret it!

SparrowHorse x