by Giles Turnbull
[Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Salvation-Sand-Mountain-Dennis-Covington/dp/0140254587/), an extraordinary tale of journalism, religion and the snake handling churches of the South. Unexpectedly lent to me by a friend as we stood at the school gates, I didn’t expect to enjoy this. But I found it compelling, and stayed up late to finish it.
Prior to that was [Deathly Hallows](http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harry-Potter-Deathly-Hallows-Childrens/dp/0747591059/), which I started and finished in one day. After turning the last page I felt disillusioned and disappointed – I didn’t think the epilogue added much at all, and the last line was dreadful. But with hindsight, I recognise how much fun I had reading the story.