Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Thief Who Sang Storms by Sophie Anderson

Based on an intriguing Russian folk poem, Nightingale the Robber, telling of a mysterious man with bird-like features and a powerful, dangerous whistle, The Thief Who Sang Storms, is a captivating story of grief, finding hope in even the darkest of places, and the importance of unity in diversity. Readers will be completely mesmerised by… Continue reading The Thief Who Sang Storms by Sophie Anderson

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Harley Hitch is back in another brilliant adventure for young readers age 7+. This series is absolutely bursting with unique and fantastically fun characters. From the magnificent moon to the gorgeous stars to the brilliant fortune-telling fish in the Rusty River, there is something intriguing on every page. It’s a new term and Harley is… Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune by Sophie Cleverly

Since reading the first Violet Veil mystery back in early 2021, my daughter and I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel. It is just as fantastic as the first! With twists and turns, dark secrets and a brilliant cast of characters, it’s a super mystery to get caught up in. Violet is the daughter of… Continue reading The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune by Sophie Cleverly

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Two Bears by Patricia Hegarty & Rotem Teplow

Two Bears is a beautiful fiction/non-fiction picture book sharing the similarities and differences between polar bears and grizzly bears. The gorgeous illustrations and powerful story of conservation takes me back to my home country of Canada where bears still roam in the wild and need to be protected. The polar bears in the north and… Continue reading Two Bears by Patricia Hegarty & Rotem Teplow

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

How it Works: The Body by Amelia Hepworth & David Semple

How it Works: The Body from the wonderful team at Little Tiger is a great book for introducing little readers to the human body. A sturdy board book, the cut out pages show what's inside layer by layer. Key vocabulary is emphasised on labelled diagrams while clear yet suitably detailed text explains the most important… Continue reading How it Works: The Body by Amelia Hepworth & David Semple

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Hunt for the Nightingale by Sarah Ann Juckes

The Hunt for the Nightingale is a wonderfully unique story of loss, grief and the healing power of the natural world for anyone who has ever lost someone special. Bird-loving Jasper is waiting for his big sister Rosie and their beloved nightingale to return to their garden. When they don’t arrive, he decides the only… Continue reading The Hunt for the Nightingale by Sarah Ann Juckes

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Storm of Sisters by Michelle Harrison

It was wonderful to read a sneak peak of the fourth book in Michelle Harrison’s brilliant A Pinch of Magic series – A Storm of Sisters! The Widdershins sisters are back. It’s deepest winter. Betty, Fliss and Charlie are visiting their cousin, Clarissa, in far away Wilderness. This enchanted town has an eerie past with… Continue reading A Storm of Sisters by Michelle Harrison

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Bruno and Frida by Tony Bradman & illustrated by Tania Rex

The story of 11 year-old Bruno Beck and his dog, Frida, stopped me in my tracks. Honest and powerful, it is an emotional portrayal of life in East Germany in 1945. Russian troops are moving in and people are being forced from their homes. Essentially, millions of people become refugees in an instant. Bruno and… Continue reading Bruno and Frida by Tony Bradman & illustrated by Tania Rex