Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium by Sharon Marie Jones

June 2021 Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium is the third book in a fun series aimed at 7-9 year olds from Sharon Marie Jones & Adrianna J. Puglisi. It is just the kind of books my daughters would have loved when they were a little bit younger – a magical story with an environmental message, manageable chapters,… Continue reading Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium by Sharon Marie Jones

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions by Shoo Rayner

Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions is the second fantastic doggy mystery adventure from the talented author/illustrator Shoo Rayner. Ten-year-old Walker walks dogs because he can’t have one of his own. His father says he has a special “way with dogs” when, in reality, he can actually talk to them – and they talk… Continue reading Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions by Shoo Rayner

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Two Sisters: A Story of Freedom by Kereen Getten

Gain a very real glimpse of the past as you travel with half-sisters Ruth and Anna from Jamaica to Georgian London in 1781. So similar on the inside yet so different on the outside, the girls love each other dearly and would do anything to protect each other. All they want is to be together… Continue reading Two Sisters: A Story of Freedom by Kereen Getten

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wulfie: Beast in Show by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

This little, purple wolf-like creature is sweet and kind. He lives with his best friend Libby who makes sure he doesn’t end up in too much trouble! The thing is, he isn’t an ordinary pet – he can grow, shrink, talk and freeze time. When Aunt Ilda, Libby’s awful stepmum’s awful sister, arrives there are… Continue reading Wulfie: Beast in Show by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

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, 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, 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, Middle Grade Fiction

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg is a wonderful eco-adventure. Full of facts and tips about how to help save the earth, it combines mystery with a new friendship and a unique relationship with animals. Nathanial and Ivy tell the story from their individual points of view as they try… Continue reading How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Three Impossibles by Susie Bower

After loving Susie Bower’s first book, The School for Nobodies, I was really looking forward to her second middle grade fantasy with Pushkin Press. The Three Impossibles is a fascinating story of secrets, discovering the truth and the power of having an enquiring mind. 11-year-old Mim’s mother died the day Mim was born when a… Continue reading The Three Impossibles by Susie Bower