Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Broken Leg of Doom by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Thomas Flintham

The Broken Leg of Doom is a light-hearted hospital adventure full of laugh-out-loud antics and just the right amount of chaos! Maisie has broken her leg doing some extreme dancing. While she’s at the hospital weird things start happening. She wonders if her leg might be cursed! Bad things always happen in threes so trouble… Continue reading The Broken Leg of Doom by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Thomas Flintham

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

Journey to the amazing ocean planet of Hydrox in The Deep-Sea Duke – the exciting science fiction, alien sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James! Cogwork android Hugo and sentient volcano Ada have travelled to Hydrox with their friend Dorian for the holidays.  This mismatched trio play off each other brilliantly as they grapple with… Continue reading The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

Book Review, Picture Books

The Boys by Lauren Ace & Jenny Lovlie

The Boys is a beautiful tribute to friendship and growing up. It has been created by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie who also gave us the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Winner, The Girls. Four young boys are as close as brothers. The bonds of their friendship are strong enough to last a lifetime. Through the… Continue reading The Boys by Lauren Ace & Jenny Lovlie

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam

Nine-year-old Yusaf’s older sister is getting married and he is faced with a summer of change. Suddenly having to be “the man of the house”, when he isn’t even sure what that means, is daunting. It would be much easier if the wedding were called off, his sister stayed home and everything remained the same.… Continue reading Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam

Book Review, Early Reader

Madam Squeaker by Pip Jones & illustrated by Paula Bowles

Madam Squeaker is the story of an adorable mouse with something important to say. The rats are eating everything and think they can do anything they like.  Not only that, but they want to send all the other animals to Bogland and have Hollyhock House to themselves. Following the advice of a wise owl, Minetta… Continue reading Madam Squeaker by Pip Jones & illustrated by Paula Bowles

Article, Reading

Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types assessed in the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. The series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and develop… Continue reading Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic is a beautifully detailed non-fiction retelling of the story of the legendary ship and its demise in 1912. Starting with the race across the ocean, it moves through every major aspect of its construction, engineering, travellers, crew, safety, the route and that massive iceberg. Lessons learned after… Continue reading Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Buck ‘N’ Bronco: Hit the Road! is a hilariously fun lower middle grade story from Barrington Stoke. Full of silly antics, jokes and a bit of toilet-humour, children will love laughing along with Buck and Bronco as they set off into the wide world. The Happy Ranch theme park has closed and is going to… Continue reading Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Look What I Found in the Woods by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jesus Verona

Look What I Found in the Woods explores the forest from a child’s point of view – full of awe and wonder at all of the amazing things hidden inside. With gentle rhyme and packed full of information, readers will want to read it again and again. Opportunities to search and find will encourage them… Continue reading Look What I Found in the Woods by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jesus Verona

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Go Wild in the Mountains by Goldie Hawk & illustrated by Rachael Saunders

Go Wild in the Mountains is a valuable resource for anyone who loves adventures and exploring. From beautiful views to perilous peaks to spotting amazing wildlife, this book contains everything kids need to know about exploring mountains safely. Beginning with “what is a mountain” and how they’re formed, it covers so much about these incredible… Continue reading Go Wild in the Mountains by Goldie Hawk & illustrated by Rachael Saunders