Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

The Widdershins sisters are back with their third magical fantasy adventure. They are finally leaving their home in Poacher’s Pocket, a ramshackle pub on Crowstone Island. Moving on from the gloom of the prison and the Sorrow Isles, they journey to the mainland and a bright future. Fliss, Betty and Charlie, along with Father, Granny… Continue reading A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

Book Review, Early Reader

Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel by Phil Earle & illustrated by Steve May

Barrington Stoke have teamed up with Phil Earle and Steve May to create another brilliant Little Gems story for young readers (age 5-8). As an early chapter book, it builds confidence through manageable sections of text, short chapters and many large, colourful illustrations. Children will develop their reading endurance with this incredibly appetizing story. Albert’s… Continue reading Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel by Phil Earle & illustrated by Steve May

Book Review, Young Adult

Animal Farm by George Orwell

There is no doubt that Animal Farm is a classic. It’s being studied in secondary schools around the country. My own daughter read it in Year 7 and loved the connections to politics and the Russian Revolution. It is fantastic that Barrington Stoke has released this brilliant story in a dyslexia-friendly, unabridged edition. With specially-designed… Continue reading Animal Farm by George Orwell

Article, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Reading

Fantastic Festive Books for Children

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the school Christmas break is almost upon us. That means lots of times for resting, relaxing and reading! What could be better than settling down with some fantastic festive stories? Reading together is a special way for families to connect and create memories.  With fewer events… Continue reading Fantastic Festive Books for Children

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Case of Grave Danger (The Violet Veil Mysteries) by Sophie Cleverly

Thirteen-year-old Violet is the daughter of an undertaker: born in the mortuary, living her whole life among the dead. With a cemetery for a back garden, dealing with loss and those in mourning is nothing new for her. She can sense the dead and listens to their messages. Then, one day, a young man is… Continue reading A Case of Grave Danger (The Violet Veil Mysteries) by Sophie Cleverly

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Hope Jones series by Josh Lacey & illustrated by Beatriz Castro

Hope Jones is an inspiring ten year old who knows what she believes in and is not afraid to share it. She wants to save the world. Like Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst and so many others who inspire her, she wants to make it clear that the world is a mess and the… Continue reading Hope Jones series by Josh Lacey & illustrated by Beatriz Castro

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Harrison (Hal) and Uncle Nat are back for their third fast-paced, heart-stopping, edge of your seat mystery! The Adventures on Trains series just keep getting better and better with Murder on the Safari Star. This time, Uncle Nat surprises Hal with the best Christmas present ever – a chance to travel through South Africa and… Continue reading Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Delivery to the Lost City (The Train to Impossible Places) by P.G. Bell & illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino

Join Suzy on her third action-packed journey on The Train to Impossible Places. Her over-protective parents are on to her and it looks like she won’t be allowed to sneak out in the middle of the night with a bunch of trolls to deliver mail to all sorts of amazing places any longer. When there’s… Continue reading Delivery to the Lost City (The Train to Impossible Places) by P.G. Bell & illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant

Lose yourself in the world of the makers where gifted individuals create the most amazing pieces of clothing that influence the character and actions of their wearers. From gloves to shoes to hats, incredible items are crafted from magical ingredients and brilliant powers. A long-standing rivalry between the different maker families means there is little… Continue reading The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster

Sam McCann has never had a real home. As a foster child, he’s lived in lot of houses but has never had a place where he’s felt completely safe, at ease and wanted. After nine houses in five years, he is always anticipating his next move. Fed up with waiting for others to find the… Continue reading The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster