Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Windrush Child is a story about what it means to be British and the protection of human rights. Written with compassion, insight and purpose, it delves deep into the realities faced by so many families who were a part of the Windrush generation. Leonard is a small child in 1950’s Jamaica. His parents are very… Continue reading Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh is inspirational, touching and downright funny! Billy Plimpton has a stammer. As he leaves Year 6 and begins secondary school, he is terrified of others finding out. He does all he can to hide his voice and think of ways to cure his stammer so he can follow his… Continue reading The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding

The Abbey Mystery is a perfect mix of classic Austen style and a Nancy Drew mystery. As a huge fan of both, I was thoroughly charmed from the very first page, laughing to myself at Julia Golding’s earnest girl detective and clever turn of phrase. It’s 1789 and thirteen year old Jane Austen is the… Continue reading The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding

Book Review, Picture Books

A Thing Called Snow by Yuval Zommer

A Thing Called Snow is a gorgeous picture book from Yuval Zommer celebrating the change of seasons in the far north and the beautiful magic of snow. Hare and Fox are the best of friends. When the clever Tern tells them about a mysterious thing called snow just before setting off on his autumn migration,… Continue reading A Thing Called Snow by Yuval Zommer

Book Review, Picture Books

Along Came a Fox by Georgiana Deutsch & illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs

It was just the right sort of night for adventure and, in this wonderful picture book, Bramble the fox does just that. He is on the search for fireflies. Wandering through the shadowy forest, he insists that foxes don’t get scared until he spots his reflection in the lake and mistakes it for another fox.… Continue reading Along Came a Fox by Georgiana Deutsch & illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs

Book Review, Picture Books

Where the Poppies Now Grow: First World War series by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey

This series of award-winning, intensely powerful picture books highlight key moments and individuals of the First World War. Using story told in verse and rhyming poems that build up line-by-line, page-by-page, there is strength in every word that communicates such important details of war, peace and the legacy that remains. Following the story of Ray,… Continue reading Where the Poppies Now Grow: First World War series by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey

Book Review, Graphic Novel, Uncategorized

El Deafo by Cece Bell ~ Review by Lucy, age 10

El Deafo is a great book about a small girl, called Cece, who was really poorly with meningitis when she was little and she lost her hearing. Cece had to wear a hearing aid that was a box that had straps that she had to put her arms through. Coming out of the sides of… Continue reading El Deafo by Cece Bell ~ Review by Lucy, age 10