Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Melt by Ele Fountain

Melt is a powerful portrayal of Inuit culture, traditions and how we are all shaped by the world around us. Questions about courage, friendship and standing up for what is right are key to the incredible life and death adventure at the centre of this brilliant story. The impact of climate change is described in… Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Eleven year-old Stella is going to spend the summer with her grandpa on Shetland Island. She’s full of mixed feelings – memories of good times when Grandma was alive (puffins, selkies, hot chocolate and the lighthouse) but nervous about spending an entire summer away from her parents with the sea, boats and Grandpa who just… Continue reading The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

The Widdershins sisters are back with their third magical fantasy adventure. They are finally leaving their home in Poacher’s Pocket, a ramshackle pub on Crowstone Island. Moving on from the gloom of the prison and the Sorrow Isles, they journey to the mainland and a bright future. Fliss, Betty and Charlie, along with Father, Granny… Continue reading A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster

Sam McCann has never had a real home. As a foster child, he’s lived in lot of houses but has never had a place where he’s felt completely safe, at ease and wanted. After nine houses in five years, he is always anticipating his next move. Fed up with waiting for others to find the… Continue reading The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster

Book Review, Picture Books

This Love by Isabel Otter & Harriet Lynas

This Love is a gorgeous picture book about the positive things that unite people around the world. Despite our many differences and the uniqueness of our cultures, there are so many qualities and experiences we all share. Love is a special language understood by everyone and there are common understandings that form a large part… Continue reading This Love by Isabel Otter & Harriet Lynas

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

The Valley of Lost Secrets is an evacuee story that focuses on the most important aspect of that endeavour – the day to day lives of the children who were sent from their homes to places so very different from what they knew. Twelve-year-old Jimmy and his six-year-old brother, Ronnie, are evacuated to a village… Continue reading The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold

The Last Bear is truly something special. It is a story about living from your heart and recognising your place in the world. It is a story of learning to communicate and sharing your soul with others. It is a story of strength, compassion and responsibility. Most of all, it is a story of love.… Continue reading The Last Bear by Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

The Lost Child’s Quest is the first book in a brand new fantasy adventure series, Tales of Truth and Treasure. Full to the brim with legends, nature and magic, this story holds a powerful message of hope and trust. Ten-year-old Tia is an orphan. Left in a children’s home at a young age, she has… Continue reading The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

Book Review, Picture Books

Christmas Picture Books from Little Tiger Press

One of our favourite Christmas traditions is getting out the box of very special Christmas books we’ve collected over the years. Each one holds wonderful memories and is cherished every year. We’re always on the look out for new books to add to our collection. Little Tiger has a selection of fun and festive stories… Continue reading Christmas Picture Books from Little Tiger Press

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Splinters of Scarlet is a gripping historical adventure with a fascinating thread of fantasy and magic woven into the tale. Life in Denmark in the mid-1800s is hard, especially for orphans Marit and Eve who have no one to care for them. Too old to stay at the orphanage, Marit struggles with the deaths of… Continue reading Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy