Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Max Counts to a Million by Jeremy Williams

Max Counts to a Million is the first proper COVID-19 story I've read. It follows Max, an ordinary boy, who is experiencing all the unknowns and anxieties of lockdown and the huge impact it is having on his family. This is a story that will resonate with children. They will see themselves in Max as… Continue reading Max Counts to a Million by Jeremy Williams

Book Review, Graphic Novel

Gripping Graphic Novels

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic) - Review by Lucy (age 12) Raina Telgemeier is my favourite graphic novel author. I love the storylines about relationships - friends, siblings, families - and how the characters go through ordinary life experiences. The stories are honest and relatable. In Ghosts, sisters Cat & Maya have to move to… Continue reading Gripping Graphic Novels

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Anisha Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

Anisha Accidental Detective is a brilliant mystery series celebrating Indian culture in the UK and the determined curiosity of some very feisty kids. With lots of laughs about the chaos of everyday life, each story is ready to be devoured. Holiday Adventure is the fifth hilarious book perfect for readers age 7+. In this adventure,… Continue reading Anisha Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Monster Max and the Marmalade Ghost by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury

Monster Max is back in this laugh-out-loud, slightly gross sequel overflowing with sticky silliness! Always ready to fulfil his moto of "Protect and Do Good Stuff", this crime-fighting, evil villain-busting boy who turns into a huge monster whenever he burps (and turns back again by sneezing) will stop at nothing to prevent a ghostly creature… Continue reading Monster Max and the Marmalade Ghost by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson ~ Blog Tour

It's my stop on Grandpa Frank's Great Big Blog Tour and I'm so pleased to welcome author Jenny Pearson with a special guest post! Let’s hear it for the older generation! I love writing grandparent characters and I think that is because I had four absolute belters of grandparents of my own. I am very… Continue reading Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

What’s New Harper Drew? by Kathy Weeks ~ Blog Tour

Harper Drew's diary of her chaotic summer will have readers laughing out loud. From a dream birthday party to a disastrous family holiday to a long-awaited invitation to Maisie's epic glamping festival, life is never dull for Harper and her friends. Harper is so observant, commenting on all the little details of life that matter… Continue reading What’s New Harper Drew? by Kathy Weeks ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Muddlemoor Mysteries: The Book Club Bank Heist by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi

February 2022 - Lower Middle Grade It’s the Easter holidays and 9 year-old Joe is thrilled to be back at his Granny’s house with his cousins, Tom and Pip. They love spending time together, especially when their parents aren’t around (and there are biscuits on offer). One of their favourite things to do together, besides… Continue reading The Muddlemoor Mysteries: The Book Club Bank Heist by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi

Blog Tour, Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh ~ Blog Tour

After thoroughly enjoying the original The Worst Class in the World book in 2020, I was delighted to be offered the chance to read The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Rikin Parekh - a laugh out loud collection of crazy school adventures. This third book in the… Continue reading The Worst Class in the World Dares You! by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

I’ve heard so many great things about this hilarious story from Simon James Green and was thrilled to see Jacqui Sydney and her Year 5 & 6 children mentioned in the dedication. How thrilling for the children and wonderful for such an enthusiastic supporter of children’s literature to be honoured in this way. Sleep-over Take-over… Continue reading Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

This could be the best or the worst Christmas ever! It can be tough to be a kid – a cheeky word here, a bad decision there and all of a sudden, you’re in trouble. It’s even worse if when it’s Christmas and the risk of landing on Santa’s Naughty List influences every action. Aisling… Continue reading The Santa List by Kieran Crowley