Book Review, Picture Books

Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel by Rory Ffoulkes & Irene Silvino

Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel has a dazzling talent for collecting nuts. But… Sarah’s a bit of a show-off. And she’s greedy. And she doesn’t like to share. So, who can stop Sarah from taking all the nuts in the forest and leaving the other woodland creatures hungry?! Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel is an absolutely gorgeous… Continue reading Sarah the Spectacular Squirrel by Rory Ffoulkes & Irene Silvino

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen is an action-packed science fiction adventure with a difference. An Own Voices novel, the main character, Rory Hobble, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – an invisible disability that is often misunderstood and not often shared in children’s literature. In this exciting story, 11-year-old Rory lives a life of challenges… Continue reading Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

An Escape in Time is the third book in the exciting time travelling adventure series by Sally Nicholls. This time, Ruby & Alex step through the mirror at their aunt’s house to meet an aristocrat fleeing the French Revolution. Once again, the children face gender expectations they aren’t used to and the unusual challenges of living… Continue reading An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

Blog Tour, Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

The Cartoons that Came to Life by Tom Ellen & Phil Corbett ~ Blog Tour

The Cartoons that Came to Life is a fun, unpredictable middle grade illustrated comic series. Finn Morris is always daydreaming and doodling. He much prefers to be in his own cartoon fantasy world than focusing on school. But when one of his drawings looks strangely similar to the school bully, things start to go very… Continue reading The Cartoons that Came to Life by Tom Ellen & Phil Corbett ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Picture Books

Wishes by Muon Thi Van & Victo Ngai

Wishes is an absolutely captivating picture book that explores the realities of being forced to search for a new home on the other side of the world. For young children, home is everything and having to say good-bye is heart-breaking, especially when they don’t understand the answer to that all important question – why? The… Continue reading Wishes by Muon Thi Van & Victo Ngai

Middle Grade Fiction

Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

The Monster Spotter's Handbook by Matt Cherry (Firefly Press) Edwin Spook is the last of the Monster Spotters. He thinks a monster is the best thing since toasted bread and loves to live dangerously. Duke is the last of the Monster Catchers. He does all he can to trap four very special monsters who represent… Continue reading Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

Book Review, Picture Books

Jazz Dog: Follow the Music of Your Heart by Marie Voigt

Jazz Dog is a new twist on the classic battle of dogs vs cats with a whole lot of heart! This charming little dog doesn’t like rock music like the other dogs do. Instead, he loves jazz. He doesn’t fit in and just doesn’t feel right until he discovers cat music. Suddenly, everything makes sense… Continue reading Jazz Dog: Follow the Music of Your Heart by Marie Voigt

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Crowfall by Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy has done it again with an exciting ecological adventure that transports readers to a world where invention and nature struggle to live side by side. Her wonderful, trademark steampunk style moves in a whole new direction in this story of hope, harmony and survival. Meet Orin Crowfall, an intelligent, determined boy who lives… Continue reading Crowfall by Vashti Hardy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & Gill Smith

Maria’s Island is a beautiful, heart-felt story of one community’s struggle with the shame, fear and sickness of leprosy. Rita lives in London but every summer she travels to Crete to visit her yiayia (grandma). Mum wants Yiayia to move to England to be closer to them but there’s a very important reason why she… Continue reading Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & Gill Smith