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

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

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 Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Triplets, unique powers, a family secret and a lost heir – perfect ingredients for a captivating fantasy adventure! Cordelia, Rosalind and Giles live with their mother and older brother in an enchanted castle deep in the forest. Rosalind longs to be a fierce knight, Giles a wonderful singer, and Cordelia – she just longs to… Continue reading The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Home: Where our Story Begins by Patricia Hegarty & Britta Teckentrup Britta Teckentrup has to be one of my favourite picture book illustrators. She depicts nature in such a soft, gentle manner that really brings the animals to life in their habitats. The creatures are absolutely adorable yet still natural rather than artificial and animated.… Continue reading September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Curse of the Dearmad by Emma Mylrea

Curse of the Dearmad is an engaging new middle grade fantasy from Emma Mylrea. Twins, Percy and Nell, are starting high school. As if that isn't challenging enough, there is something the matter with their mother and she has to go away to get well. Heartbroken, Percy and Nell struggle to think of anything they… Continue reading Curse of the Dearmad by Emma Mylrea

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

The Chime Seekers is a magical story of an unusual world that exists alongside our own. A world where faeries rule and nothing quite makes sense. On nights when the veil between this world and our own is thin, anything can happen. Darkness creeps in, tricks are played, babies stolen and lives changed. When Yanni… Continue reading The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Hal and his Uncle Nat are back with the fourth Adventures on Trains mystery! This time, they find themselves journeying across Europe to the mountains of Germany to find the answers to an old family curse, an unexplained death and a missing will. They’ve packed plenty of intuition, deduction and determination to see them through.… Continue reading Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Book Review, Picture Books

The Happy Three Lions by Louise Fatio & Roger Duvoisin

First published in 1954, The Three Happy Lions is an honest, appealing picture book that feels as fresh as when it was first written. The classic illustrations remind me so much of books I enjoyed as a child and transport me back to the safe, comfortable feeling of being in my primary school library. Sprinkled… Continue reading The Happy Three Lions by Louise Fatio & Roger Duvoisin

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

A gripping new historical adventure from East Anglia Book of the Year-winner A.M. Howell. (8 July, Usborne, paperback, 9-12 years) It’s May 1910 and the blazing Halley's comet is drawing closer to the earth, when Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. Nancy is forbidden… Continue reading Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

Middle Grade Fiction

Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

The Monster Spotter's Handbook by Matt Cherry (Firefly Press) Edwin Spook is the last of the Monster Spotters. He thinks a monster is the best thing since toasted bread and loves to live dangerously. Duke is the last of the Monster Catchers. He does all he can to trap four very special monsters who represent… Continue reading Hilarious Hijinks & Laugh-Out-Loud Adventures for Middle Grade Readers

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

A panda who loves Mary Poppins and wants nothing more than to be a nanny for its own special family – an absolutely brilliant premise for a sweet, fun story with a silly twist. Pudding the Panda is the star attraction at the Edinburgh Zoo. She is spectacular at making children smile. She loves Gerald,… Continue reading Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne