Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Orphans of St Halibut’s: Pamela’s Revenge by Sophie Wills

I have been looking forward to this wonderful sequel for such a long time! The first The Orphans of St Halibut’s book was one of my absolute favourite reads of 2020. I love its wonderfully dark, Dickensian comedy of errors with chapter after chapter of hilarious, twisted escapades – it’s one of those books where… Continue reading The Orphans of St Halibut’s: Pamela’s Revenge by Sophie Wills

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Welcome to Trash Land by Steve Cole & Oriol Vidal

Welcome to Trash Land is a fascinating glimpse into the world of the dumping ground for broken electronics in Ghana. Told from the point of view of Theo, a young boy who is forced to scavenge for metal in order to earn enough money to survive, we are faced with the reality of what happens… Continue reading Welcome to Trash Land by Steve Cole & Oriol Vidal

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling ~ Blog Tour

Song of the Far Isles is a beautifully magical tale of the music that makes us who we are. Oran lives on the island of Little Drum where music is everything: birth instruments, life songs and the ghasts (their ancestors who linger to hear the music). But everything changes when the Duchess arrives from the… Continue reading Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

A gripping new historical adventure from East Anglia Book of the Year-winner A.M. Howell. (8 July, Usborne, paperback, 9-12 years) It’s May 1910 and the blazing Halley's comet is drawing closer to the earth, when Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. Nancy is forbidden… Continue reading Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen is an action-packed science fiction adventure with a difference. An Own Voices novel, the main character, Rory Hobble, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – an invisible disability that is often misunderstood and not often shared in children’s literature. In this exciting story, 11-year-old Rory lives a life of challenges… Continue reading Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

An Escape in Time is the third book in the exciting time travelling adventure series by Sally Nicholls. This time, Ruby & Alex step through the mirror at their aunt’s house to meet an aristocrat fleeing the French Revolution. Once again, the children face gender expectations they aren’t used to and the unusual challenges of living… Continue reading An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

Middle Grade Fiction

Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

The Monster Spotter's Handbook by Matt Cherry (Firefly Press) Edwin Spook is the last of the Monster Spotters. He thinks a monster is the best thing since toasted bread and loves to live dangerously. Duke is the last of the Monster Catchers. He does all he can to trap four very special monsters who represent… Continue reading Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers