Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Meg and Merlin: Making Friends by Tanya Landman & Sonia Albert

Books from Barrington Stoke are so often my go-to recommendations for teachers and parents.

First and foremost, they are fantastically engaging stories from some of the best, current authors in the UK. The quality of the writing is incredible and children are soon carried away in the adventures.

What makes Barrington Stoke books really special is their dyslexia-friendly style. The font, spacing and page tint combined with specially selected, accessible vocabulary mean that so many children can enjoy these brilliant books.

Their new middle grade books for January 2021 are no different. Fun, diverse and so engaging, they are sure to be a hit!

Meg and Merlin: Making Friends

by Tanya Landman & Sonia Albert

This lovely story is perfect for horse lovers and anyone who has a dream.

It’s coming up to Meg’s tenth birthday. What she really wants is the same thing she’s wanted every year for as long as she can remember – a horse of her own. She knows her parents can’t afford it – they can hardly afford the occasional riding lesson anymore – but she still can’t help but wish that one day her dream will come true.

When Meg wakes up on the morning of her birthday, she can’t believe her eyes. There’s a horse in her garden! For one brief moment, she is carried away by the hope that he might be hers.  What she discovers is that the kindness of strangers, community spirit and sharing mean everyone’s dreams can come true – even the horse’s.

This is a story full of empathy. Children often have big dreams but have to accept the fact that what they want is beyond what their parents can afford. Understanding the pressures of family finances is difficult and can cause a lot of sadness for parents and children. In Meg and Merlin: Making Friends, Meg’s parents give her every opportunity they possibly can with love and encouragement. This positive family dynamic shows that compromises, sacrifices and understanding go along way to creating a happy family.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this super book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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