Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Escape Room by Christopher Edge

In true Christopher Edge style, there is so much more to Escape Room than meets the eye. With layers of symbolism and the complete unexpected, readers are challenged to think about their own place in the world. 12-year-old Ami has been given a fantastic gift – an immersive escape room experience. She absolutely loves puzzles… Continue reading Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sabotage on the Solar Express by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

February 2022 With high-speed, heart-pounding danger; high-tech, environmentally-friendly science; and MacGyver-style engineering, the fifth instalment of the Adventures on Trains series is everything we hoped for and more. We join Hal and his Uncle Nat on a three week adventure in Australia. Hal takes advantage of the stunning landscape to fill his sketchbook with every… Continue reading Sabotage on the Solar Express by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler – Review by Charlotte, age 13

Meet Twelve. The Pledge changed her name. She will change the world. I first picked up this book because my Mum had been sent it and was about to start reading it and the cover intrigued me. I read the blurb, then the first page and then the next thing I knew, I was 6… Continue reading Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler – Review by Charlotte, age 13

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, 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