Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Fight Back by A.M. Dassu

Fight Back by A.M. Dassu is an important and powerful story. It should be read by adults as much as by the young people for whom it was written. In a similar vein to A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll, it reveals issues of identity, respect, community and empowerment that need to be recognised… Continue reading Fight Back by A.M. Dassu

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby

I sat down to make a start on A Flash of Fireflies and ended up reading the entire thing. I was completely drawn in by the magic and mystery of this unique story - a completely enchanting twist on fairy tales, forests and witches. Hazel's world is turned upside-down. Sent on her own from Kuwait… Continue reading A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books

Happy Sad by Pippa Goodhart & Augusta Kirkwood ~ Blog Tour

Even when life is fun, full of friends and absolutely joyful, we can still have mixed-emotions - the feeling of being Happy Sad. Toby learns about this feeling when he meets a stranded mermaid in a rock pool near his home by the sea. He takes her to his house and looks after her the… Continue reading Happy Sad by Pippa Goodhart & Augusta Kirkwood ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Magic of Nature in Middle Grade

The natural world has a magic all its own. Even though we know so much about how plants grow, reproduce and fill our world, it is still inexplicably wondrous to be surrounded by something so alive - the damp shadows of the forest, the new shoots of a seed, the medicinal powers not created by… Continue reading The Magic of Nature in Middle Grade

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

The Boy Whose Wishes Came True by Helen Rutter

Heart-warming, inspirational and empathy-building, The Boy Whose Wishes Came True is a book every child and every teacher needs to read. When Archie Crumb was little, his mum used to tell him to make a wish every chance he got - birthday candles, a rainbow, a snowflake, everything was wish-worthy. He had no idea the… Continue reading The Boy Whose Wishes Came True by Helen Rutter

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

Book Review, Picture Books

Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? by Anna Friend & Jake Biggin

Who Will Love Me When You're Gone is a beautiful picture book published in conjunction with Grief Awareness Week 2021. *** "My love for you can never leave, It's like the sun, the air you breathe..." Jack's mum is very poorly, and he's worried about what will happen when she's gone... Will Mummy take her… Continue reading Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? by Anna Friend & Jake Biggin

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