Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Books from Barrington Stoke are so often my go-to recommendations for teachers and parents. First and foremost, they are fantastically engaging stories from some of the best, current authors in the UK. The quality of the writing is incredible and children are soon carried away in the adventures. What makes Barrington Stoke books really special… Continue reading Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr

From the first page, The Book of Stolen Dreams pulls the reader right into mystery and adventure. There is a classic feeling to this story – a weightiness of something you just know is going to be epic. Brother and sister, Robert and Rachel Klein, are left orphaned in Krasnia – a city devastated by… Continue reading The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon City by Katie Tsang & Kevin Tsang

I think this just might be my favourite book in the fantastic Dragon Realm series! Full of action and excitement, the gang are even more reliant on their relationships with each other as they try to rescue their dragons and find their way home. We rejoin Billy, Dylan, Charlotte and Ling-Fei in some sort of… Continue reading Dragon City by Katie Tsang & Kevin Tsang

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Choose Your Own Adventure for the next generation

When I was a child, I loved the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. If you want to explore the castle, turn to page 71. If you want to battle the troll, turn to page 96. There were so many possibilities and so many endings. This week, I was thrilled to discover two new books that… Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure for the next generation

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow & Oli Hyatt ~ Blog Tour

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow & Oli Hyatt is a pirate story with a difference. Overflowing with the folklore of the sea, the Pirate King shows the people of Haven that the stories of an ancient curse are real and when the Bloodmoon comes, there is definitely something to fear!… Continue reading Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow & Oli Hyatt ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep by David C Flanagan & Will Hughes – Blog Tour

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is the first early-reader chapter book for 6-9 year olds from the brilliant indie publisher Little Door Books. Bursting with fun and fantastic, friendly illustrations, this is the first title in a captivating magical, adventure series. The second book, Uncle Pete and the Forest of Lost Things,… Continue reading Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep by David C Flanagan & Will Hughes – Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray (Blog Tour)

Annelise Gray has penned a pulse-pounding middle grade historical-adventure set in the Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world. This is where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory. Circus Maximus: Race to the Death is about a girl trying to find… Continue reading Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Girl with her Head in the Clouds by Karen McCombie & illustrated by Anneli Bray

I love historical novels, especially ones based on true stories! This uplifting book by Karen McCombie (author of the brilliant Little Bird series) tells the tale of the adventurous, quick-witted Dolly Shepherd – a real young woman who became a pioneering aviatrix in the early 1900s. She went against the expectations of young women in… Continue reading The Girl with her Head in the Clouds by Karen McCombie & illustrated by Anneli Bray

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

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