Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Edgar and Adolf by Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Edgar and Adolf is a beautiful story published by Oxford University Press in association with Barrington Stoke. It is the perfect combination of a rich, heartfelt story with accessible vocabulary, spacing and font. This story bridges the gap between middle grade and young adult wonderfully and  I can already think of so many children with… Continue reading Edgar and Adolf by Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

I Am the Minotaur is a story of hiding, of darkness, of being alone but it is also a story of find out who you really are and doing the right thing even if no one is there to see it. Matthew is not your usual hero.  He is the minotaur – the monster no… Continue reading I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Shipwreck Island by Struan Murray

In March 2020, I read Orphans of the Tide and was blown away by the intensity of the story and power of the symbolism. Click here to read my review of Orphans of the Tide. Shipwreck Island is the brilliant sequel to Orphans of the Tide – the second in the trilogy. Readers are reunited… Continue reading Shipwreck Island by Struan Murray

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Shark Caller: Blog Tour – Zillah Bethell

I'm am absolutely honoured to host Zillah Bethell on her blog tour for the publication of The Shark Caller - an incredibly powerful story of friendship, forgiveness and bravery. Zillah writes exclusively for Scope for Imagination about the 'deprivations' of her childhood in Papua New Guinea. BLUE GRASS I grew up on a remote island a… Continue reading The Shark Caller: Blog Tour – Zillah Bethell

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

True Adventures Series – Kekla Magoon & Devika Rangachari

The True Adventures Series from Pushkin Press is a fresh approach to historical fiction. Inspired by previously untold, true stories, these middle grade novels take readers on gripping adventures revealing incredible heroes of history. Find out about all the books in this series on the Pushkin Press website. Swordswoman! The Queen of the Jhansi in… Continue reading True Adventures Series – Kekla Magoon & Devika Rangachari

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Rolo’s Story by Blake Morgan

Rolo’s Story is another touching tale from the Dog’s Eye View series. Full of personality and heart-warming friendship, it helps young readers understand what life is really like for dogs who are mistreated, live life on the street and are longing for a forever home. When we meet Rolo, he thinks he doesn’t need a… Continue reading Rolo’s Story by Blake Morgan

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Featherlight by Peter Bunzl

April 2021 Featherlight is a beautifully magical adventure from the wonderful Peter Bunzl and the amazing Barrington Stoke. Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island. When he and her mother have to go to the mainland, Deryn is left alone to keep watch. As the only people who live on the island, it… Continue reading Featherlight by Peter Bunzl

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Legend: Dragon Realm Series by Katie & Kevin Tsang

April 2021 After being left on an incredible cliff-hanger at the end of Dragon Mountain, the first book in the Dragon Realm series, Dragon Legend picked up the story at high speed and didn’t let up for the entire adventure! Billy Chan is back with his friends, Charlotte Bell and Liu Ling-Fei, and JJ –… Continue reading Dragon Legend: Dragon Realm Series by Katie & Kevin Tsang

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

March 2021 Twelve year old Cora Byers is brave and bold. She is also autistic. She knows who she is (and who she isn’t). Life isn’t always easy (especially since she lost her mum) but she’s learned how to cope and make the best of many challenging situations. She understands what makes her different, even… Continue reading Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

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