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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Meg and Merlin: Making Friends by Tanya Landman & Sonia Albert

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 Meg and Merlin: Making Friends by Tanya Landman & Sonia Albert

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, Young Adult

The Royal Rebel: The Life of a Suffragette Princess by Bali Rai

The Royal Rebel is the inspirational story of Sophia Duleep Singh, granddaughter of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, heir to the Sikh Empire in India. As goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Sophia lived a life torn between two nations. She never felt completely at home in England or in India. This book tells her story as she… Continue reading The Royal Rebel: The Life of a Suffragette Princess by Bali Rai

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

There’s always that one relative who doesn’t quite know how to speak to children or who you just don’t get on with. For Tansy, it’s Aunt Emma. Every time Aunt Emma visits (which is only twice a year), she doesn’t bring Tansy a present, she tells boring stories and Tansy has to give up her… Continue reading Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

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