Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Invaluable Books from Barrington Stoke

Barrington Stoke can always be relied on to create entertaining, meaningful, empathy-filled stories that are accessible and empowering for readers. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, everyone can enjoy these wonderful books. The manageable length and carefully chosen vocabulary encourages success and brings children back for more. All About Ella by Sally Nicholls &… Continue reading Invaluable Books from Barrington Stoke

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Escape to the River Sea by Emma Carroll

In 1946, Rosa Sweetman, a young Kindertransport girl, is longing for her family to claim her. The war in Europe is over and she is the only child left at Westwood, a rambling country estate in the north of England, where she'd taken refuge seven years earlier.The arrival of a friend of the family, Yara… Continue reading Escape to the River Sea by Emma Carroll

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Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

Contemporary Children's Literature for Years 5-6 & Years 3-4 are now available! Featuring some of the best recent middle grade publications, they are packed full of reading lessons that are sure to capture children's imaginations and leave them wanting to read more. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for teachers… Continue reading Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

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Rumaysa Ever After by Radiya Hafiza & illustrated by Rhaida El Touny ~ Blog Tour

Return to a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible . . . Rumaysa: Ever After is the enchanting sequel to Radiya Hafiza's Rumaysa: A Fairytale – a gorgeously empowering and funny story that spins the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fiercest one of all? Rumaysa is… Continue reading Rumaysa Ever After by Radiya Hafiza & illustrated by Rhaida El Touny ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell ~ Blog Tour

Fleur is used to balancing her two different cultures from her English Mum to her West Indian Nan but when she discovers that she can talk to animals she finds herself in a whole new world! Can her new powers help her take down Celeste 'The Best' the hockey-loving, ankle-smashing new girl, once and for… Continue reading A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell ~ Blog Tour

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Our Brightstorm Journey

There is no doubt the Brightstorm trilogy by Vashti Hardy is incredibly important to our family. Following the adventures of boy/girl twins, Arthur & Maudie, they have given our own twins, Tom & Lucy, the opportunity to follow a positive, loving twin relationship that is so like their own. We first met Vashti Hardy when… Continue reading Our Brightstorm Journey

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Hunt for David Berman by Claire Mulligan ~ Blog Tour

The Hunt for David Berman is a gripping middle grade novel about the adventurous spirit of two young boys who don't realise just how brave they can be. It's 1940 and 11-year-old Robert has been evacuated from London to his grandparents' farm in Scotland. He loves walking in his father's childhood footsteps - sleeping in… Continue reading The Hunt for David Berman by Claire Mulligan ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Middle Grade Spring Collection

The Case of the Smuggler's Curse by Mark Dawson (Welbeck Flame) Fans of middle grade mysteries and classic children's adventure stories will love The Case of the Smuggler's Curse! A ghostly figure on the beach, stories of smugglers and shadowy winter evenings make this the perfect book to curl up with. Something is going on… Continue reading Middle Grade Spring Collection

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Resist by Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer tells a heart-wrenching story of strength, courage and sacrifice in a time when Nazis took everything. The reality of war-time life in German-occupied Netherlands is described with details that really mean something to young readers - family, friendships, giving up passions like dance and music, giving up a childhood to risk everything to… Continue reading Resist by Tom Palmer

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Magicborn by Peter Bunzl

Shapeshifting creatures, unknown powers, a twin connection and a enchanted forest that leads to Fairyland... Peter Bunzl has created a wonderfully classical tale that celebrates magic, family and finding out who you are. Tempest only remembers bits of her past. Living near the river with her two adoptive fathers brings her so much happiness. She… Continue reading Magicborn by Peter Bunzl