Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Invaluable Books from Barrington Stoke

Barrington Stoke can always be relied on to create entertaining, meaningful, empathy-filled stories that are accessible and empowering for readers. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, everyone can enjoy these wonderful books. The manageable length and carefully chosen vocabulary encourages success and brings children back for more. All About Ella by Sally Nicholls &… Continue reading Invaluable Books from Barrington Stoke

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Birdsong by Katya Balen

The healing power of nature and music weaves its way through this stunning story. In Annie, Katya Balen has created another character who is so unique and so real. Her inner voice is strong, vibrating with emotion and truth that will gently wind its way inside the reader and change them. This is a book… Continue reading Birdsong by Katya Balen

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Fagin’s Girl by Karen McCombie

Already a huge Karen McCombie fan, I couldn't wait to read Fagin's Girl. With Barrington Stoke's manageable length, accessible print and vocab, and incredibly high quality stories, this Victorian adventure is a must-have for Key Stage Two classrooms and libraries. Ettie's life has never been easy, especially since her father died, but on her tenth… Continue reading Fagin’s Girl by Karen McCombie

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

The Tide Singer by Eloise Williams & illustrated by August Ro

The Tide Singer is a stunning intertwining of Welsh folklore and gripping adventure. Written by the incredible Eloise Williams, we'd expect nothing less, but combined with the powerful style of Barrington Stoke, this is a one-of-a-kind story of the wild unknown. Morwenna is no ordinary girl. She and her father live near the sea, running… Continue reading The Tide Singer by Eloise Williams & illustrated by August Ro

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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Horror of Dunwick Farm by Dan Smith, illustrated by Chris King

The Invasion of Crooked Oak is probably the book I share with children most often when covering classes in Key Stage Two. It is exciting, easy to read aloud and short enough to complete in a day or two. Children love to be scared and relish the edge-of-their-seat intensity as Pete, Krish and Nancy face… Continue reading The Horror of Dunwick Farm by Dan Smith, illustrated by Chris King

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Bruno and Frida by Tony Bradman & illustrated by Tania Rex

The story of 11 year-old Bruno Beck and his dog, Frida, stopped me in my tracks. Honest and powerful, it is an emotional portrayal of life in East Germany in 1945. Russian troops are moving in and people are being forced from their homes. Essentially, millions of people become refugees in an instant. Bruno and… Continue reading Bruno and Frida by Tony Bradman & illustrated by Tania Rex

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling by Laura Wood

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 Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling by Laura Wood

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Mermaid in the Millpond by Lucy Strange & Pam Smy

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 The Mermaid in the Millpond by Lucy Strange & Pam Smy