Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Small Things by Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson has created another empathy-fuelled story that will captivate and inspire readers. Anna feels different from her friends at school. Her family doesn’t have the money for lots of extra-curricular activities and life seems boring. When a new student joins their class, Anna is thrilled to be asked to be her buddy. But Ellie… Continue reading The Small Things by Lisa Thompson

Early Reader

The Beach Puppy by Holly Webb & illustrated by Ellie Snowden

We’re so excited that Holly Webb has joined the Barrington Stoke team with The Beach Puppy. A part of the Little Gems series for 5-8 year olds, it is full of bright illustrations, short action-packed chapters and a captivating story. It’s perfect for young readers who are ready to make a move from simple picture… Continue reading The Beach Puppy by Holly Webb & illustrated by Ellie Snowden

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Beast of Harwood Forest by Dan Smith

Pete, Nancy & Krish are back for another spine-chilling sci-fi, horror adventure! They are on their Year 8 Geography residential to Heathland Camp. It all seems quite tame until they discover the abandoned Harwood Institute – a Ministry of Defence research facility from the Second World War. Ghost stories, out of bound signs and strange… Continue reading The Beast of Harwood Forest by Dan Smith

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

Journey to the amazing ocean planet of Hydrox in The Deep-Sea Duke – the exciting science fiction, alien sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James! Cogwork android Hugo and sentient volcano Ada have travelled to Hydrox with their friend Dorian for the holidays.  This mismatched trio play off each other brilliantly as they grapple with… Continue reading The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic is a beautifully detailed non-fiction retelling of the story of the legendary ship and its demise in 1912. Starting with the race across the ocean, it moves through every major aspect of its construction, engineering, travellers, crew, safety, the route and that massive iceberg. Lessons learned after… Continue reading Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Buck ‘N’ Bronco: Hit the Road! is a hilariously fun lower middle grade story from Barrington Stoke. Full of silly antics, jokes and a bit of toilet-humour, children will love laughing along with Buck and Bronco as they set off into the wide world. The Happy Ranch theme park has closed and is going to… Continue reading Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

When I first saw this book, I was immediately reminded of the scene in The Return of Mary Poppins where Mary Poppins and the children visit “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” – with its song that my daughter regularly takes great delight in singing at full volume – especially when she was performing in a… Continue reading The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

I Am the Minotaur is a story of hiding, of darkness, of being alone but it is also a story of find out who you really are and doing the right thing even if no one is there to see it. Matthew is not your usual hero.  He is the minotaur – the monster no… Continue reading I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

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