Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track by Annelise Gray ~ Blog Tour

It's my absolute privilege to kick off the blog tour for Circus Maximus: Rivals on Track, the thrilling sequel to Race to the Death, with an exclusive interview with author Annelise Gray. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions about the second book in your absolutely fantastic Circus Maximus series,… Continue reading Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track by Annelise Gray ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Muddlemoor Mysteries: The Book Club Bank Heist by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi

February 2022 - Lower Middle Grade It’s the Easter holidays and 9 year-old Joe is thrilled to be back at his Granny’s house with his cousins, Tom and Pip. They love spending time together, especially when their parents aren’t around (and there are biscuits on offer). One of their favourite things to do together, besides… Continue reading The Muddlemoor Mysteries: The Book Club Bank Heist by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Like a Charm by Elle McNicoll

The magic of Edinburgh, a strange business card, a mysterious book and the ability to see things others can’t – Like a Charm explores the power of neurodiversity and how important it is for everyone to feel like they’ve found “someone like me”. Twelve-year-old Ramya has not long moved to Scotland with her very busy… Continue reading Like a Charm by Elle McNicoll

English Teaching, Reading

Contemporary Children’s Literature: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for teachers and children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types in the reading content domains for Key Stage Two. This series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and… Continue reading Contemporary Children’s Literature: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Escape Room by Christopher Edge

In true Christopher Edge style, there is so much more to Escape Room than meets the eye. With layers of symbolism and the complete unexpected, readers are challenged to think about their own place in the world. 12-year-old Ami has been given a fantastic gift – an immersive escape room experience. She absolutely loves puzzles… Continue reading Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Britannica’s 5 Minute Really True Stories for Family Time ~ Blog Tour

Britannica Books continues to publish absolutely fantastic non-fiction books for children. Britannica’s 5-Minute Really True Stories for Family Time is no exception. Usually, a collection of short stories like this would be full of fiction – fairy tales or short adventures for families to share together. What’s so unique about this book is that it… Continue reading Britannica’s 5 Minute Really True Stories for Family Time ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh ~ Blog Tour

After thoroughly enjoying the original The Worst Class in the World book in 2020, I was delighted to be offered the chance to read The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Rikin Parekh - a laugh out loud collection of crazy school adventures. This third book in the… Continue reading The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Young Adult

The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby

The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby takes readers right into the heart of codebreaking, spies and mystery at top-secret Bletchley Park during the second World War. Having visited Bletchley Park in 2019, being able to picture the mansion, cabins and even the back entrance for the motorcyclist couriers took me even deeper into the story.… Continue reading The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael

It’s April 1832 and Nico has had enough of being told she can’t do anything because she’s a girl. Her love of science and reading aren’t appreciated by her parents who think she just doesn’t understand her place in the world and has no right to an opinion. Nico’s parents also think it’s ridiculous that… Continue reading The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael