Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Empathetic author Gill Lewis has teamed up with Barrington Stoke to create a story where children who don’t fit in or who need something different are able to hear their own voice and feel valued for who they are. Dylan is a Year 8 boy who is struggling at school. Lessons are hard, teachers don’t… Continue reading Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger

A life-changing journey on a 19th century ship bound for England, leaving behind everything you’ve ever known, witnessing a murder on a dark night… The Secret Detectives is a gripping Middle Grade mystery with hints of Nancy Drew and The Secret Garden intertwined in its gripping plot. Eleven-year-old Isobel Petty is alone in the world.… Continue reading The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) by Phil Earle & illustrated by Elissa Paganelli

Written from the charming point of view of Pickles the dog, The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) is a wonderful combination of a fun football story and a powerful, empathetic look at child poverty in the UK. Pickles thinks football is the best thing in the world. He, Dad and Elsie make a great… Continue reading The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) by Phil Earle & illustrated by Elissa Paganelli

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Melt by Ele Fountain

Melt is a powerful portrayal of Inuit culture, traditions and how we are all shaped by the world around us. Questions about courage, friendship and standing up for what is right are key to the incredible life and death adventure at the centre of this brilliant story. The impact of climate change is described in… Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Chocolate Milk, X-ray Specs and Me by Bethany Walker & illustrated by Jack Noel – Blog Tour with Special Guest Post by the Author!

We're thrilled to have a guest post from the author herself, Bethany Walker: Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs and Me – An unconventional spy story Think of your favourite spy story. Does it contain attractive, suave secret agents? Is it set in a very glamorous location? Is the villain intent on taking over the world? Are… Continue reading Chocolate Milk, X-ray Specs and Me by Bethany Walker & illustrated by Jack Noel – Blog Tour with Special Guest Post by the Author!

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

Bursting with next generation aliens, dangerous spores, a survival bunker and an evil teacher everyone wanted to forget, Crater Lake: Evolution is a gripping page-turner that demands to be read in one sitting! Jennifer Killick is a science fiction genius with a sequel that is even better than the original. Lance and his friends will… Continue reading Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Eleven year-old Stella is going to spend the summer with her grandpa on Shetland Island. She’s full of mixed feelings – memories of good times when Grandma was alive (puffins, selkies, hot chocolate and the lighthouse) but nervous about spending an entire summer away from her parents with the sea, boats and Grandpa who just… Continue reading The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Stick Boy by Paul Coomey – Blog Tour & Special Guest Post by the Author!

Review by Lucy (age 10, Year 6) Stick Boy is a book about a boy who is literately a stick boy. The entire world is in 3D whilst Stick Boy is just a stick. He was bullied by lots of different kids at his old school so he had to move to a different city… Continue reading Stick Boy by Paul Coomey – Blog Tour & Special Guest Post by the Author!

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

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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