Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Picture Books

Arthur: The Always King by Kevin Crossley-Holland & Chris Riddell

The legends of King Arthur are eternal. Much like the title of this gorgeous book, he will forever be “The Always King”. Keven Crossley-Holland and Chris Riddell have come together to create a book absolutely worthy of the timeless stories it holds. Each stage of Arthur’s life is retold with language that will engage and… Continue reading Arthur: The Always King by Kevin Crossley-Holland & Chris Riddell

Blog Tour, Book Review, Guest Post, Middle Grade Fiction

The Runaways of Haddington Hall by Vivian French ~ Blog Tour & Guest Post

The Runaways of Haddington Hall is a fast-paced Victorian adventure full of fire and determination! Minnie O'Sullivan is the daughter of a washer woman who teaches her how to stand up for herself and make her own way in the world. When a series of small mistakes land Minnie in Mrs Haddington's home for wayward… Continue reading The Runaways of Haddington Hall by Vivian French ~ Blog Tour & Guest Post

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Scrumptious Stories: The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey

It's the first day of the Scrumptious Stories blog tour and I'm thrilled to serve up the first course with the French and Algerian treats described in Clare Povey's The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre (Usborne: 2nd September 2021)! There are so many wonderful children's books featuring delicious food. Readers are left craving all sorts… Continue reading Scrumptious Stories: The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Rider series by Cornelia Funke

Packed full of adventure, magic and danger, the Dragon Rider series is just right for middle grade fantasy lovers who want to be carried away on quests to amazing places with the most unlikely friends. These epic adventures are perfect for fans of the Dragon Mountain series or those who are ready to move on… Continue reading Dragon Rider series by Cornelia Funke

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

This could be the best or the worst Christmas ever! It can be tough to be a kid – a cheeky word here, a bad decision there and all of a sudden, you’re in trouble. It’s even worse if when it’s Christmas and the risk of landing on Santa’s Naughty List influences every action. Aisling… Continue reading The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Time School: We Will Stand with Them by Nikki Young

Time School: We Will Stand with Them is the third book in the brilliant time-slip series by Nikki Young. Each story centres around a different period in history set against the backdrop of Hickley, a Yorkshire mill town. Four friends – Nadia, Jess, Tomma & Ash – each discover a connection to their past that… Continue reading Time School: We Will Stand with Them by Nikki Young

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies

The Song That Sings Us is a powerful novel encouraging empathy for the Earth and challenging readers to take up the fight of protecting our world from the damage of greed and power. When their rebel mother dies in an attack on their mountain home, Harlon and twins, Ash & Xeno, are left to pick… Continue reading The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Stuntboy: In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds & Raul the Third

Portico Reeves is the greatest superhero you’ve never heard of! His secret power – making sure all the other heroes in his life stay super and safe. No matter what, he has to protect his secret identity so no one discovers he is Stuntboy. This empathy-building illustrated novel is perfect for readers age 8+. The… Continue reading Stuntboy: In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds & Raul the Third

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Fledgling by Lucy Hope

Love is the food that nurtures them… When a winged creature is blown into Cassie’s room during a storm, her life changes forever. Village folklore and rumours of the past manifest themselves in this unusual being. What is it? Why has it come? Who does it want? The mysteries of this powerful story are carefully… Continue reading Fledgling by Lucy Hope