Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Crowfall by Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy has done it again with an exciting ecological adventure that transports readers to a world where invention and nature struggle to live side by side. Her wonderful, trademark steampunk style moves in a whole new direction in this story of hope, harmony and survival. Meet Orin Crowfall, an intelligent, determined boy who lives… Continue reading Crowfall by Vashti Hardy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & Gill Smith

Maria’s Island is a beautiful, heart-felt story of one community’s struggle with the shame, fear and sickness of leprosy. Rita lives in London but every summer she travels to Crete to visit her yiayia (grandma). Mum wants Yiayia to move to England to be closer to them but there’s a very important reason why she… Continue reading Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & Gill Smith

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

A panda who loves Mary Poppins and wants nothing more than to be a nanny for its own special family – an absolutely brilliant premise for a sweet, fun story with a silly twist. Pudding the Panda is the star attraction at the Edinburgh Zoo. She is spectacular at making children smile. She loves Gerald,… Continue reading Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Great Food Bank Heist by Onjali Q. Rauf & illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

The Great Food Bank Heist is a very special book giving valuable insight into life when the fridge isn’t full. Nelson and Ashley’s mum does her best to make ends meet on her nurse’s salary but sometimes there are just too many bills to pay. That’s when they have to visit the best kind of… Continue reading The Great Food Bank Heist by Onjali Q. Rauf & illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Middle Grade Fiction

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

I have always been fascinated by standing stones but I’m not sure I want to visit the ones in Norton Wick! The Bewitching of Aveline Jones is another deliciously creepy adventure - every page overflowing with suspense and that spine-chilling feeling that nothing is quite as it seems. Aveline is on holiday with her mum… Continue reading The Bewitching of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Interview with a Shark and Other Ocean Giants Too by Andy Seed & Nick East ~ Blog Tour

Get familiar with 10 extraordinary ocean giants as they step up to the mic and share their habits, behaviours, likes and dislikes, favourite foods, and more. In this fun and fact-filled book, bite sized text in a question-and-answer format is paired with colourful and engaging illustrations throughout. Features ‘interviews’ with a great white shark, blue whale,… Continue reading Interview with a Shark and Other Ocean Giants Too by Andy Seed & Nick East ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

There’s always that one relative who doesn’t quite know how to speak to children or who you just don’t get on with. For Tansy, it’s Aunt Emma. Every time Aunt Emma visits (which is only twice a year), she doesn’t bring Tansy a present, she tells boring stories and Tansy has to give up her… Continue reading Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

Book Review, Graphic Novel

Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A Reynolds & Pablo Leon

According to my children, Miles Morales is really cool! Having read this exciting middle grade graphic novel, I’d have to agree. Miles is a diverse hero kids can relate to. He isn’t the original Spider-Man but he knows the legendary Peter Parker and has been inspired to carry on his great work after being bitten… Continue reading Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A Reynolds & Pablo Leon

Book Review, Picture Books

Fun Picture Books from Tiny Owl

Gloria’s Porridge by Elizabeth Laird & Toby Newsome Gloria’s Porridge is a fun, action-packed story based on an Ethiopian folktale. Gloria is making porridge but she is so greedy that she doesn’t want to share it with anyone, even her cat. When she runs out to collect some water, cat grabs his chance and gobbles… Continue reading Fun Picture Books from Tiny Owl