Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Forgotten Crown by James Haddell ~ Blog Tour

Tales of Truth and Treasure by James Haddell is a celebration of families brought together by adoption. The Forgotten Crown is the highly-anticipated second book in the series. Tia Trevelyan has settled into her new family in Stormhaven but despite a growing sense of peace and belonging, she still has so many questions about her… Continue reading The Forgotten Crown by James Haddell ~ Blog Tour

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, Early Reader

Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch by Ruth Quayle & Julia Christians

Magnificent Mabel is a wonderfully charming little girl with a big voice! She is clear about what she wants and isn’t afraid to go out and get it. Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch is the fifth book in a charming early reader series for children age 5-7. Each of the three chapters is… Continue reading Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch by Ruth Quayle & Julia Christians

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies

The Song That Sings Us is a powerful novel encouraging empathy for the Earth and challenging readers to take up the fight of protecting our world from the damage of greed and power. When their rebel mother dies in an attack on their mountain home, Harlon and twins, Ash & Xeno, are left to pick… Continue reading The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies

Book Review, Picture Books

Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury

With beautiful rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations celebrating families and time spent together, Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury is a collection of five lyrical poems to share with your baby. This is a book to read again and again encouraging black and brown babies to see how extraordinary they are. The aim is to help… Continue reading Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Fledgling by Lucy Hope

Love is the food that nurtures them… When a winged creature is blown into Cassie’s room during a storm, her life changes forever. Village folklore and rumours of the past manifest themselves in this unusual being. What is it? Why has it come? Who does it want? The mysteries of this powerful story are carefully… Continue reading Fledgling by Lucy Hope

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

The thing with dragons was that no one expected to find one. Pip loves spending time in the magic and peace of the creek. It’s much better than the tense atmosphere at home where her mum’s partner, Matt, is angry, threatening and controlling most of the time. Pip loves her mum and wants nothing more… Continue reading Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson

Jenny Pearson is the queen of comedy writing that bursts with empathy and a whole lot of heart! Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List highlights the value of cross-generational relationships and how rewarding it is to look after someone else. Hilarious and touching, this is a book to smile through. With a dying grandmother’s last… Continue reading Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Clara Claus Saves Christmas by Bonnie Bridgman & Louise Forshaw

Break out the candy canes and sugar cookies! Christmas spirit runs through every line of Clara Claus Saves Christmas by Bonnie Bridgman & illustrated by Louise Forshaw. As the nights are drawing in, it’s just about time to start enjoying some wonderful Christmassy stories! Clara Claus is the daughter of the one and only –… Continue reading Clara Claus Saves Christmas by Bonnie Bridgman & Louise Forshaw

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Swop The Satsuma-Sized Secret by Lucy Noguera & illustrated by Laura Ireland

Swop is a super cute pup that young readers will love. Perfect for Lower Key Two, this book is sure to become a favourite on classroom bookshelves. Swop is the world’s smallest dog and just the distraction Ernie needs when his family moves to the city and he has to start over. Dad is gone… Continue reading Swop The Satsuma-Sized Secret by Lucy Noguera & illustrated by Laura Ireland