Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Daisy and the Unknown Warrior by Tony Bradman & illustrated by Tania Rex

Daisy and the Unknown Warrior is a powerful and important story commemorating the centenary of the burial of Britain’s Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey in November 1920. Tony Bradman tells the story from the point of view of Daisy, an 11-year-old girl, who lost her father in the First World War. “Missing, presumed dead”, he… Continue reading Daisy and the Unknown Warrior by Tony Bradman & illustrated by Tania Rex

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Queen of King Street is a laugh-out-loud satire of the British Royal Family and their relationship with the rest of the country. When Bertie, the Queen’s younger brother, gambles away absolutely everything in a game of Happy Families, the Royal Family has to give up the crown and everything else. They move to King Street… Continue reading Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder

Tinsel is a Christmas story for the 21st century. With a refreshing twist on the origin of the Santa Claus story, it shows just how much girls can do! This is the story of Ms. Claus – an orphan named Blanche Claus, whose magical adventure results in the launch of the biggest Christmas undertaking ever.… Continue reading Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis is a powerful and emotional book. Aimed at readers age 8+, it is fantastic story for developing empathy across so many parts of life. Jordan has a past he doesn’t want anyone to know about. All he wants is to be normal, to have friends, to fit in at… Continue reading The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher

It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for the highly anticipated final book in the Clockwork Crow trilogy! It’s the Summer Fair! At first, Seren is distracted by the worries of her dear friend, the Crow, but she and Tomos are soon completely enthralled by all of the amazing… Continue reading The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs by Derek Keilty & illustrated by Mark Elvins

Sail the Seven Seas with this hilarious cast of private investigator pirates as they solve crimes and outwit those who dare to cross their path! Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs in the first book in the Flyntlock Bones trilogy. Young Flyntlock has left the orphanage to find his way in the world. When… Continue reading Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs by Derek Keilty & illustrated by Mark Elvins

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Willow Wildthing and the Dragon’s Egg by Gill Lewis & illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

While playing with her little brother and the amazing newt they’ve discovered in their garden, Willow Wildthing receives an important message from her friends in the Wilderness. They’re in trouble and they need her help. Venturing into a world that is tangled, untamed and full of extraordinary surprises, Willow goes on an adventure to save… Continue reading Willow Wildthing and the Dragon’s Egg by Gill Lewis & illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

School for Nobodies by Susie Bower

School for Nobodies is one of those books you that forces you to stop and think once you’ve finished reading it. There are so many layers of meaning and symbolism that come together in the final scenes bringing the story to an intense and powerful conclusion. Flynn is adopted. Her “parents” refuse to talk about… Continue reading School for Nobodies by Susie Bower

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Review by Lucy, age 10 I love Onjali Q. Rauf’s books because they are about kids helping fix the problems around the world. They inspire young people to look around to see who they can help to be happier and safer with their families. The Night Bus Hero is one of these amazing books that… Continue reading The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Book Review, Picture Books

A Dancer’s Dream by Katherine Woodfine & illustrated by Lizzy Stewart

It’s Christmas and what could be better than the beautiful Nutcracker ballet? This gorgeous picture book is set at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg the very first year the classic ballet was performed. All the girls are vying for the role of Clara. When Stana is chosen, she can’t believe it! Mr. Tchaikovsky’s… Continue reading A Dancer’s Dream by Katherine Woodfine & illustrated by Lizzy Stewart