Book Review, Early Reader, Illustrated Fiction

Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison & illustrated by Elissa Elwick

Midnight Magic is a wonderfully charming verse novel from the magnificent Michelle Harrison (author of the A Pinch of Magic series). Published on the 1st October 2020, it is perfect for young readers on spooky autumn days leading up to Hallowe’en. Midnight is a very special kitten – a beautiful black cat with rare magical… Continue reading Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison & illustrated by Elissa Elwick

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Splinters of Scarlet is a gripping historical adventure with a fascinating thread of fantasy and magic woven into the tale. Life in Denmark in the mid-1800s is hard, especially for orphans Marit and Eve who have no one to care for them. Too old to stay at the orphanage, Marit struggles with the deaths of… Continue reading Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

The Incredible Record Smashers is a laugh-out-loud story that hits the reader right in the heart. Bravely addressing a challenge so many children face, Jenny Pearson skilfully leads Lucy on a journey of discovery. Caring for a parent struggling with depression is hard. This story does not shy away from that. Through humour, empathy and… Continue reading The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Victoria Stitch. Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster

Victoria Stitch. Bad and Glittering has all the ingredients young readers adore – magic, friends, crystals, beautiful colours, flittering wings and betrayal! The gothic feel makes it perfect for dark Autumn nights. With a lengthy, detailed story as well as engaging illustrations and fun characters, it’s a great first step into Middle Grade level. In… Continue reading Victoria Stitch. Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Glassheart by Katharine Orton

It’s the end of the Second World War and the entire world is healing. Memories of the Blitz, loss and hardship continue to haunt those who have survived. Nona and her Uncle Antoni work together to replace the beautiful stained-glass windows in war torn buildings. As they attempt to heal these historic landmarks, they also… Continue reading Glassheart by Katharine Orton

Article, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Reading

Brilliant Books for Autumn

The air is crisp, leaves are falling and nights are drawing in. Autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. I'm really pleased to have written an article for True Education Partnerships with five fantastic books for Autumn! Follow the link to read the article: https://www.trueeducationpartnerships.com/schools/five-brilliant-books-for-autumn/ Click on the covers below… Continue reading Brilliant Books for Autumn

Book Review, Picture Books

The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

Love, support, acceptance and kindness are what make people shine brightly. The same is true for the lovely little fir tree in the gorgeous book. At first, the tree is devastated when it isn’t chosen to become a Christmas tree. Left in the clearing, all alone, it longs to feel needed and loved. The animals… Continue reading The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Island That Didn’t Exist by Joe Wilson

Right from the start, The Island That Didn’t Exist is full of fast-paced action! Twelve-year-old Rixon is shocked when his Great Uncle Sylvester leaves him something in his will – an island that can only be found on an ancient map! Does it actually exist? And, more importantly, how can he get there?! Rixon is… Continue reading The Island That Didn’t Exist by Joe Wilson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Children of Swallow Fell by Julia Green

What do we need to survive? Is it a warm, safe home with plenty to eat? Is it being surrounded by friends and family? Is it good health and access to medical care? Now, more than ever, we have been thinking about our basic needs and how they are met each day. The Children of… Continue reading The Children of Swallow Fell by Julia Green

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

The Good Bear is a powerful story of trust, unusual friendships and understanding. Twelve-year-old Thea travels to Norway to spend Christmas with her father and his family.  Leaving her mother and everything familiar behind, Thea must learn that Christmas is not about the traditions, what you do or what you eat, but about being together… Continue reading The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock