Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Escape Room by Christopher Edge

In true Christopher Edge style, there is so much more to Escape Room than meets the eye. With layers of symbolism and the complete unexpected, readers are challenged to think about their own place in the world. 12-year-old Ami has been given a fantastic gift – an immersive escape room experience. She absolutely loves puzzles… Continue reading Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael

It’s April 1832 and Nico has had enough of being told she can’t do anything because she’s a girl. Her love of science and reading aren’t appreciated by her parents who think she just doesn’t understand her place in the world and has no right to an opinion. Nico’s parents also think it’s ridiculous that… Continue reading The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Smuggler’s Secret by Annabelle Sami

It is so wonderful to be back with Zaiba, Ali and Poppy in their next mystery! This modern-day Nancy Drew has everything it takes to be a great detective, using all of her observation skills, quick-thinking and powers of deduction that help her to see things other don’t. The Snow Leopard Detective Agency is heading… Continue reading Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Smuggler’s Secret by Annabelle Sami

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Secret in Time by Sally Nicholls

The In Time series by Sally Nicholls is one of my favourite historical fiction series for younger readers. Written for age 7+, it is fast-paced, exciting and so accessible. Alex and Ruby are trying on their new school uniforms at their Aunt Joanna’s house. Glancing at the large, eighteenth century mirror in her hallway, they… Continue reading A Secret in Time by Sally Nicholls

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

I’ve heard so many great things about this hilarious story from Simon James Green and was thrilled to see Jacqui Sydney and her Year 5 & 6 children mentioned in the dedication. How thrilling for the children and wonderful for such an enthusiastic supporter of children’s literature to be honoured in this way. Sleep-over Take-over… Continue reading Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Horror of Dunwick Farm by Dan Smith, illustrated by Chris King

The Invasion of Crooked Oak is probably the book I share with children most often when covering classes in Key Stage Two. It is exciting, easy to read aloud and short enough to complete in a day or two. Children love to be scared and relish the edge-of-their-seat intensity as Pete, Krish and Nancy face… Continue reading The Horror of Dunwick Farm by Dan Smith, illustrated by Chris King

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sabotage on the Solar Express by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

February 2022 With high-speed, heart-pounding danger; high-tech, environmentally-friendly science; and MacGyver-style engineering, the fifth instalment of the Adventures on Trains series is everything we hoped for and more. We join Hal and his Uncle Nat on a three week adventure in Australia. Hal takes advantage of the stunning landscape to fill his sketchbook with every… Continue reading Sabotage on the Solar Express by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Thief Who Sang Storms by Sophie Anderson

Based on an intriguing Russian folk poem, Nightingale the Robber, telling of a mysterious man with bird-like features and a powerful, dangerous whistle, The Thief Who Sang Storms, is a captivating story of grief, finding hope in even the darkest of places, and the importance of unity in diversity. Readers will be completely mesmerised by… Continue reading The Thief Who Sang Storms by Sophie Anderson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune by Sophie Cleverly

Since reading the first Violet Veil mystery back in early 2021, my daughter and I have been eagerly awaiting this sequel. It is just as fantastic as the first! With twists and turns, dark secrets and a brilliant cast of characters, it’s a super mystery to get caught up in. Violet is the daughter of… Continue reading The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune by Sophie Cleverly