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

Willow Wildthing and the Dragon’s Egg by Gill Lewis & illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

While playing with her little brother and the amazing newt they’ve discovered in their garden, Willow Wildthing receives an important message from her friends in the Wilderness. They’re in trouble and they need her help. Venturing into a world that is tangled, untamed and full of extraordinary surprises, Willow goes on an adventure to save… Continue reading Willow Wildthing and the Dragon’s Egg by Gill Lewis & illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

My Life as a Cat is the most unique, charming story I have read in a very long time. Leonard is a cat but he didn’t start out that way. He is actually an alien who is spending a month on Earth to find out about the human race. He intended to become human but… Continue reading My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Ernest Shakleton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Olivia Holden

Ernest Shakleton is another fantastic book in the Little People, Big Dreams series from Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. The Little People Big Dreams series is the most beautiful set of non-fiction children’s books I have ever come across. Each gorgeous hard cover book is a child-friendly biography of a significant person from history.  There are… Continue reading Ernest Shakleton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Olivia Holden

Book Review, Picture Books, Uncategorized

One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe by Alan Windram & illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter

We love cat stories in our house and this one takes it to the extreme! What could be better than a giant cat, robots and aliens?! One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe is the laugh-out-loud sequel to the award-winning picture book, One Button Benny. In this exciting story, Benny faces a new emergency and… Continue reading One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe by Alan Windram & illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Level Up! Last One Standing by Tom Nicoll & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Some kids really get into their games but nothing like Flo and Max! The Level Up! series is like a modern-day Jumanji. Best friends, Flo and Max, get trapped inside a video game and can’t escape until they manage to complete it.  With non-stop action and adventure plus brilliant illustrations, there are so many kids… Continue reading Level Up! Last One Standing by Tom Nicoll & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Name is River by Emma Rea

Eleven-year-old Dylan dreams of a wonderful future – a future where he grows up on his family’s farm in Wales, builds a treehouse and plays with his friends by the river. Then, suddenly, one phone call changes everything. A huge pharmaceutical company wants to buy the farm and his family will have to leave. Dylan… Continue reading My Name is River by Emma Rea

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

Once upon a time… or once upon a now… Time has so much meaning and sometimes none at all. When Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny become lost in the woods, their night of adventure and mystery gives time an entirely new meaning. This is a book of the unknown – of puzzles, codes, hints and ciphers.… Continue reading The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

Vashti Hardy has done it again! The Griffin Gate is exactly the kind of story children are looking for: adventure, mystery and a strong sense of family – with a bossy robotic raven thrown in! Teaming up with talented illustrator Natalie Smillie, this story jumps off the page and dares readers to go with Grace… Continue reading The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie