Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Small Things by Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson has created another empathy-fuelled story that will captivate and inspire readers. Anna feels different from her friends at school. Her family doesn’t have the money for lots of extra-curricular activities and life seems boring. When a new student joins their class, Anna is thrilled to be asked to be her buddy. But Ellie… Continue reading The Small Things by Lisa Thompson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of Serendipity: Sequins & Secrets by Lucy Ivison

The House of Serendipity: Sequins and Secrets is a charming story with a unique and refreshing voice. Two young girls from very different backgrounds find they share a dream – to design and create the most beautiful clothing. In 1920s London, fashion is everything for the young girls of the debutante season. The right dress… Continue reading The House of Serendipity: Sequins & Secrets by Lucy Ivison

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Willow Wildthing and the Shooting Star by Gill Lewis & Rebecca Bagley

Willow's little brother, Freddie, is ill and needs to go to the hospital. Full of guilt that she might have made him poorly, Willow is desperate to make him feel better. She promises that, while he's gone, she will find a story she can tell him when he returns. Three shooting stars give her more… Continue reading Willow Wildthing and the Shooting Star by Gill Lewis & Rebecca Bagley

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep by David C Flanagan & Will Hughes – Blog Tour

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is the first early-reader chapter book for 6-9 year olds from the brilliant indie publisher Little Door Books. Bursting with fun and fantastic, friendly illustrations, this is the first title in a captivating magical, adventure series. The second book, Uncle Pete and the Forest of Lost Things,… Continue reading Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep by David C Flanagan & Will Hughes – Blog Tour

Book Review, Interview, Middle Grade Fiction

Arctic Star ~ Q&A with Tom Palmer

Multi-award-winning author Tom Palmer returns with a thrilling naval adventure inspired by the incredible history of the Second World War Arctic convoys.Winter 1942. Teenagers Francis, Joseph and Stephen are Royal Navy recruits on their first mission at sea during the Second World War. Their ship is part of an Arctic convoy sailing to Russia to… Continue reading Arctic Star ~ Q&A with Tom Palmer

Book Review, Picture Books

The Neighbourhood Surprise by Sarah van Dongen

The Neighbourhood Surprise is a lovely story of community, diversity, acceptance and love. Mrs Fig is moving to a retirement home. Koya and her friends, Hassan and Alex, love to spend time with her and are really going to miss her when she leaves. They decide to plan a leaving party to celebrate her and… Continue reading The Neighbourhood Surprise by Sarah van Dongen

Book Review, Picture Books

The Mystery of the Golden Pyramid – A Lift the Flap Adventure by Adela Norean & Aaron Cushley

The Mystery of the Golden Pyramid cleverly mixes an exciting fiction story with fascinating non-fiction facts! When Sophie moves to her new house, she meets an unusual talking dog named Ari. He gives her the first piece of a puzzle only she can solve. It’s an amulet belonging to an Egyptian king. Sophie’s quest is… Continue reading The Mystery of the Golden Pyramid – A Lift the Flap Adventure by Adela Norean & Aaron Cushley

Book Review, Picture Books

Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan

Just Being Ted is the charming story of an incredibly creative dragon who desperately wants some friends. When he tries to play with the other animals in the forest, no one wants to spend time with him. They just make assumptions about dragons and think he’s going to eat them. Ted is lonely and losing… Continue reading Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Jenny Pearson – The Incredible Record Smashers – Guest Post

The Incredible Record Smashers is the second hilarious and heart-warming adventure from Jenny Pearson, author and primary school teacher, & illustrated by Erica Salcedo. Jenny's debut, The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, was a Waterstones Children's Book of the Month, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and is a 2021 Read for… Continue reading Jenny Pearson – The Incredible Record Smashers – Guest Post

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Factopia!: Follow the Trail of 400 Facts by Kate Hale & illustrated by Andy Smith ~ Blog Tour

Follow the trail of facts and create your own story in the dazzling world of FACTopia! After learning that the horned dung beetle is the world’s strongest insect and can pull more than 1.141 times its own body weight, we take a diversion and head to pg. 40 to find out ‘Who’s creepy-crawly?’ …. …… Continue reading Factopia!: Follow the Trail of 400 Facts by Kate Hale & illustrated by Andy Smith ~ Blog Tour