Book Review, Guest Post, Picture Books

Herman Needs a Home by Lucy Noguera & Emma Latham ~ Guest Post

Herman Needs a Home from Lucy Noguera and Brilliant Monster Books is a delightful picture book packed full of facts about hermit crabs. Herman and his sister, Hiro, are growing. That means their shells no longer fit. Hiro is lucky enough to find a new shell to move into, but not Herman. He looks everywhere… Continue reading Herman Needs a Home by Lucy Noguera & Emma Latham ~ Guest Post

Article, Reading

‘Futuristic and Dystopian literature is always bleak in its outlook.’ How far do you agree? ~ Charlie, Year 9

This half-term, Charlie was invited to take part in the English Scholars Programme at school. She and her partner were tasked with answering this question - ‘Futuristic and Dystopian literature is always bleak in its outlook.’ How far do you agree? Charlie chose to take on the more hopeful side of dystopian literature while her… Continue reading ‘Futuristic and Dystopian literature is always bleak in its outlook.’ How far do you agree? ~ Charlie, Year 9

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Beyond the Frozen Horizon by Nicola Penfold

In the year 2030, world leaders pledged a coordinated and unprecedented response to the Climate Crisis. There are strict Global Climate Laws. Low impact living is no longer optional - it has to be compulsory if the world has any chance of recovery. Large areas of the Earth have been made into designated World Wilderness… Continue reading Beyond the Frozen Horizon by Nicola Penfold

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold

A heart made from nature... The best kind. The Lost Whale is a beautifully crafted story of hope and healing. The empowering symbolism of the beach, the sea and the whale is woven throughout bringing comfort and renewal to a troubled soul. Rio's mother is ill. He's done what he can to care for her… Continue reading The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Magnificent Non-Fiction

World Book Day is for non-fiction too! I'll always remember the year my son dressed up as an astronaut and took his favourite space book into Year One to share. Here is a collection of some brilliant non-fiction that should find a place in every school library: How to Make a Book by Becky Davies… Continue reading Magnificent Non-Fiction

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

In a dystopian future where the world is at war over the scarcity of water, we meet Auden Dare. At just 11 years old, he has a lot to deal with: his father is away fighting, his mum is doing her best to look after him, prices of every day items are sky-rocketing and his… Continue reading The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

Book Review, Early Reader

Big Sky Mountain: The Forest Wolves by Alex Milway

Big Sky Mountain: The Forest Wolves is the fun-filled second book in this early reader series for age 5+ from Alex Milway. Rosa and Grandma Nan live in the forest with all sorts of talkative woodland creatures. From Albert the Moose to Higgs the helpful hedgehog to a herd of humongous bison, there's no shortage… Continue reading Big Sky Mountain: The Forest Wolves by Alex Milway

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Escape Room by Christopher Edge

In true Christopher Edge style, there is so much more to Escape Room than meets the eye. With layers of symbolism and the complete unexpected, readers are challenged to think about their own place in the world. 12-year-old Ami has been given a fantastic gift – an immersive escape room experience. She absolutely loves puzzles… Continue reading Escape Room by Christopher Edge

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Two Bears by Patricia Hegarty & Rotem Teplow

Two Bears is a beautiful fiction/non-fiction picture book sharing the similarities and differences between polar bears and grizzly bears. The gorgeous illustrations and powerful story of conservation takes me back to my home country of Canada where bears still roam in the wild and need to be protected. The polar bears in the north and… Continue reading Two Bears by Patricia Hegarty & Rotem Teplow