Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock

There’s nothing better than adventures with your cousins! Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh are on holiday at their grandparents’ cottage – Clifftopper Farm. It’s New Years with snow, cold and lots of chances to play outside – until the group find themselves caught up in a strange mystery. Frost Castle is presenting a winter play.… Continue reading Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium by Sharon Marie Jones

June 2021 Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium is the third book in a fun series aimed at 7-9 year olds from Sharon Marie Jones & Adrianna J. Puglisi. It is just the kind of books my daughters would have loved when they were a little bit younger – a magical story with an environmental message, manageable chapters,… Continue reading Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium by Sharon Marie Jones

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

Bursting with next generation aliens, dangerous spores, a survival bunker and an evil teacher everyone wanted to forget, Crater Lake: Evolution is a gripping page-turner that demands to be read in one sitting! Jennifer Killick is a science fiction genius with a sequel that is even better than the original. Lance and his friends will… Continue reading Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

Article, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Reading

Fantastic Festive Books for Children

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the school Christmas break is almost upon us. That means lots of times for resting, relaxing and reading! What could be better than settling down with some fantastic festive stories? Reading together is a special way for families to connect and create memories.  With fewer events… Continue reading Fantastic Festive Books for Children

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Chase in Time & A Christmas in Time (series) by Sally Nicholls & illustrated by Isabelle Follath and Rachael Dean

A Chase in Time and A Christmas in Time are an exciting duo of time travelling adventures. With two more stories to come in 2021, An Escape in Time and A Secret in Time, it’s a series children can really get their teeth into. Alex and Ruby have discovered a portal into the past through… Continue reading A Chase in Time & A Christmas in Time (series) by Sally Nicholls & illustrated by Isabelle Follath and Rachael Dean

Book Review, Picture Books

Christmas Picture Books from Little Tiger Press

One of our favourite Christmas traditions is getting out the box of very special Christmas books we’ve collected over the years. Each one holds wonderful memories and is cherished every year. We’re always on the look out for new books to add to our collection. Little Tiger has a selection of fun and festive stories… Continue reading Christmas Picture Books from Little Tiger Press

Book Review, Picture Books

The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

Love, support, acceptance and kindness are what make people shine brightly. The same is true for the lovely little fir tree in the gorgeous book. At first, the tree is devastated when it isn’t chosen to become a Christmas tree. Left in the clearing, all alone, it longs to feel needed and loved. The animals… Continue reading The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

The Good Bear is a powerful story of trust, unusual friendships and understanding. Twelve-year-old Thea travels to Norway to spend Christmas with her father and his family.  Leaving her mother and everything familiar behind, Thea must learn that Christmas is not about the traditions, what you do or what you eat, but about being together… Continue reading The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder

Tinsel is a Christmas story for the 21st century. With a refreshing twist on the origin of the Santa Claus story, it shows just how much girls can do! This is the story of Ms. Claus – an orphan named Blanche Claus, whose magical adventure results in the launch of the biggest Christmas undertaking ever.… Continue reading Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder

Book Review, Picture Books

A Dancer’s Dream by Katherine Woodfine & illustrated by Lizzy Stewart

It’s Christmas and what could be better than the beautiful Nutcracker ballet? This gorgeous picture book is set at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg the very first year the classic ballet was performed. All the girls are vying for the role of Clara. When Stana is chosen, she can’t believe it! Mr. Tchaikovsky’s… Continue reading A Dancer’s Dream by Katherine Woodfine & illustrated by Lizzy Stewart