Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

The Haunting of Aveline Jones is a deliciously scary story that will send shivers down your spine. One cold, blustery October half-term, Aveline travels to the Cornish coast to spend the week with her hard-edged Aunt Lillian. Right from the start, readers are immersed in a shadowy, autumnal mood. The town of Malmouth is full… Continue reading The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

Book Review, Early Reader

The Pharaoh’s Curse by Holly Webb & illustrated by Sarah Lodge

The Pharaoh’s Curse is the second book in the Museum Kittens series by Holly Webb. In this charming story, four little kittens love living in the museum and want to protect the special treasures housed there. One day a new item arrives in the Egyptian Gallery – a piece of papyrus from the Book of… Continue reading The Pharaoh’s Curse by Holly Webb & illustrated by Sarah Lodge

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The Humans by Jonny Marx & illustrated by Charlie Davis

The Humans is the ultimate guide to ancient civilisations for children. Celebrating how amazing humans are, it showcases the diversity, creativity and ingenuity of civilisations over time. With a focus on accomplishments and the rise and fall of groups of people, it highlights the inventions, technologies, practices and traditions that made each unique. From the… Continue reading The Humans by Jonny Marx & illustrated by Charlie Davis

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes & Dr. Melissa Kang. Illustrated by Jenny Latham

Welcome to Your Period is a book for every adolescent girl as well as their parents, carers and teachers. It is a friendly, honest and incredibly practical guide to growing up and all the changes it brings. With a chatty style and clear facts, girls will find it very accessible and keep coming back to… Continue reading Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes & Dr. Melissa Kang. Illustrated by Jenny Latham

Book Review, Early Reader

Luna by Holly Webb & illustrated by Jo Anne Davies

Luna is a beautiful, Christmassy story about protecting animals and being true to what we believe is right. Hannah and her family are visiting the Christmas markets in Dresden, Germany. As they wander around, taking in all of the wonderful sights and smells, they come across a stall selling the loveliest carved decorations. The stallholder… Continue reading Luna by Holly Webb & illustrated by Jo Anne Davies

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith is an engaging mystery full of riddles, puzzles and unusual energies. Right from the start, Kip is challenged to “Change Your World” as he follows strange clues around his neighbourhood. Who is sending these clues? Why him? Where are they leading? Kip already lives a life of turmoil and… Continue reading The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Ernest Shakleton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Olivia Holden

Ernest Shakleton is another fantastic book in the Little People, Big Dreams series from Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. The Little People Big Dreams series is the most beautiful set of non-fiction children’s books I have ever come across. Each gorgeous hard cover book is a child-friendly biography of a significant person from history.  There are… Continue reading Ernest Shakleton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Olivia Holden

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher

The lilt of haunting music carried on the breeze; a soft, velvety laugh; a magical toy carousel turning in the night – The Velvet Fox is the spine-tingling sequel to Catherine Fisher’s brilliant story, The Clockwork Crow. Seren and Tomos have become firm friends in Plas-y-Fran since their first dangerous encounter with the magical Tylwyth… Continue reading The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Picture Books

Timothy Mean (and Lucy) and the Time Machine 2 by William A.E. Ford & illustrated by Marcelo Simonetti

Timothy Mean (and Lucy) and the Time Machine 2 is the wonderfully fun sequel to Timothy Mean and the Time Machine. This rhyming fantasy fiction story is full of adventure. Timothy will do anything to avoid playing with his sister and doing his chores so he jumps into his time machine to journey to incredible… Continue reading Timothy Mean (and Lucy) and the Time Machine 2 by William A.E. Ford & illustrated by Marcelo Simonetti

Book Review, Picture Books

While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin & illustrated by Polly Dunbar

While We Can’t Hug is the perfect book for our times. Published in 2020 for the children of 2020, it is a story they will uniquely relate to and be able to look back on in years to come as a reminder of this strange time. The Covid19 pandemic and its social restrictions have been… Continue reading While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin & illustrated by Polly Dunbar