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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

The Widdershins sisters are back with their third magical fantasy adventure. They are finally leaving their home in Poacher’s Pocket, a ramshackle pub on Crowstone Island. Moving on from the gloom of the prison and the Sorrow Isles, they journey to the mainland and a bright future. Fliss, Betty and Charlie, along with Father, Granny… Continue reading A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

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Fantastic Festive Books for Children

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the school Christmas break is almost upon us. That means lots of times for resting, relaxing and reading! What could be better than settling down with some fantastic festive stories? Reading together is a special way for families to connect and create memories.  With fewer events… Continue reading Fantastic Festive Books for Children

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Harrison (Hal) and Uncle Nat are back for their third fast-paced, heart-stopping, edge of your seat mystery! The Adventures on Trains series just keep getting better and better with Murder on the Safari Star. This time, Uncle Nat surprises Hal with the best Christmas present ever – a chance to travel through South Africa and… Continue reading Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Forest of Moon and Sword by Amy Raphael

It’s June 1647 in Scotland and strong, out-spoken women who spend their lives helping others are being arrested and tried as witches. We meet twelve-year-old Art who must hide and watch as her mother is carried away by soldiers. Will she be one of the women killed immediately or will she be taken to England… Continue reading The Forest of Moon and Sword by Amy Raphael

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook

Join head-strong Razi and his strong, sensible sister, Shifa, as they run away to sea on an amazing adventure! When mysterious Zheng washes up on their beach full of stories of theft, mutiny and murder, Razi is determined get over his fear of the sea so he can help Zheng find his captain’s treasure chest… Continue reading The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

It’s 1835 and cabin boy Syms Covington is travelling with Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands.  As they study so many incredible creatures, they have no idea what discoveries Syms will make when he goes overboard in a storm trying to save Mr. Darwin and ends up all alone on an unexplored island. Readers are… Continue reading Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin