Book Review, Picture Books

Betsy Buglove Saves the Bees by Catherine Jacob & Lucy Fleming

Betsy Buglove is a girl who loves bugs! She does all she can to help them. When she receives a special present from Gran, it opens up a whole new world for her. This magic magnifying glass allows her to hear the insects speaking to her. As they share their worries, she realises they’re in… Continue reading Betsy Buglove Saves the Bees by Catherine Jacob & Lucy Fleming

Book Review, Picture Books

The Wide Wide Sea by Anna Wilson & Jenny Lovlie

Our children love exploring the sea: swimming, digging in the sand and discovering the creatures who live beneath the waves. We were so pleased to see this lovely book in the National Trust shop at Corfe Castle when we were on holiday in Dorset. This beautiful picture book follows a small child and their gran… Continue reading The Wide Wide Sea by Anna Wilson & Jenny Lovlie

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

The Royal Rebel: The Life of a Suffragette Princess by Bali Rai

The Royal Rebel is the inspirational story of Sophia Duleep Singh, granddaughter of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, heir to the Sikh Empire in India. As goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Sophia lived a life torn between two nations. She never felt completely at home in England or in India. This book tells her story as she… Continue reading The Royal Rebel: The Life of a Suffragette Princess by Bali Rai

Book Review, Young Adult

The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt

The Edelweiss Pirates is a powerful, eye-opening story of a group of German teenagers who fought against the expectations of young people under the Nazi regime. Instead of continuing with the Hitler Youth, 14-year-old Josef takes a risk and leaves to join a secret gang – the Edelweiss Pirates. These teens are cool with long… Continue reading The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

The Chime Seekers is a magical story of an unusual world that exists alongside our own. A world where faeries rule and nothing quite makes sense. On nights when the veil between this world and our own is thin, anything can happen. Darkness creeps in, tricks are played, babies stolen and lives changed. When Yanni… Continue reading The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Hide and Seek by Robin Scott-Elliot ~ Blog Tour

Hide and Seek is a thrilling historical adventure from acclaimed children’s author and former BBC sports journalist Robin Scott-Elliot whose debut, The Tzar’s Curious Runaways was a Telegraph and an Observer children’s Book of the Year. Summer, 1942. Paris is boiling hot and thirteen-year-old Amélie Dreyfus is hiding in the dark cool of her mother’s wardrobe. The sound of heavy boots signals… Continue reading Hide and Seek by Robin Scott-Elliot ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Hal and his Uncle Nat are back with the fourth Adventures on Trains mystery! This time, they find themselves journeying across Europe to the mountains of Germany to find the answers to an old family curse, an unexplained death and a missing will. They’ve packed plenty of intuition, deduction and determination to see them through.… Continue reading Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

The Week at World’s End has shot to the very top of my list of favourite books of 2021. Pulling me in from the very first line, it took me on a challenging, entertaining and eye-opening journey. I know a book is powerful when I keep going back to it, thinking about the story, characters… Continue reading The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson

When tragedy and trauma strikes, what is the best way to cope with difficult memories? Should we push all the feelings aside and try to forget what’s happened or face the pain and try to deal with it? The Memory Thieves explores this question and how to find true healing. This book had me hooked… Continue reading The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson