Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Girl King ~ Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle is back with another heart-pounding fantasy middle grade adventure. If you loved The Storm Keeper Trilogy, then don't miss this magical tale. Sister and brother, Amy and Liam, are visiting their grandmother in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. Far from home, friends and their usual entertainment, they only have each other… Continue reading The Lost Girl King ~ Catherine Doyle

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Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

Contemporary Children's Literature for Years 5-6 & Years 3-4 are now available! Featuring some of the best recent middle grade publications, they are packed full of reading lessons that are sure to capture children's imaginations and leave them wanting to read more. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for teachers… Continue reading Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

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Our Brightstorm Journey

There is no doubt the Brightstorm trilogy by Vashti Hardy is incredibly important to our family. Following the adventures of boy/girl twins, Arthur & Maudie, they have given our own twins, Tom & Lucy, the opportunity to follow a positive, loving twin relationship that is so like their own. We first met Vashti Hardy when… Continue reading Our Brightstorm Journey

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Children’s Book Award Blog Tour ~ The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & Natalie Smillie

For my stop on the FCBG Children's Book Award Blog Tour, I'm thrilled to be sharing one of the shortlisted titles in the Young Reader category - The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie! You're in for a treat as I have an exclusive interview from FCBG with Natalie Smillie about… Continue reading Children’s Book Award Blog Tour ~ The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & Natalie Smillie

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Rising by Katie & Kevin Tsang

Dragon Rising is the fourth Dragon Realm adventure by Katie & Kevin Tsang. I keep saying each new book in the series is my favourite, but this one really is! Fast-paced, imaginative and full of wonderful characters, these stories would make absolutely brilliant films. After his adventures in Dragon City and a fantastic time at… Continue reading Dragon Rising by Katie & Kevin Tsang

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Raven Riddle by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

The third book in the wonderful Griffin Gate series by the brilliant Vashti Hardy & Natalie Smillie has arrived! Just as accessible, exciting and adventurous as the first two books, it is a fantastic read for anyone who loves the idea of using incredible inventions to solve mysteries. In The Raven Riddle, Grace Griffin is… Continue reading The Raven Riddle by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Carnival of the Lost by Kieran Larwood ~ Blog Tour with an exclusive extract

"A wonderfully murky, carnivalesque world of intrigue in the start of anew series from Blue Peter Book Award winning author, KieranLarwood." You're in for a treat with an exclusive extract of the first chapter of this high stakes adventure! But be warned - once you start reading this intriguing tale, you won't want to stop!… Continue reading Carnival of the Lost by Kieran Larwood ~ Blog Tour with an exclusive extract

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