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, Middle Grade Fiction

The Light in Everything by Katya Balen

Emotional and honest, Katya Balen's The Light in Everything is a beautiful story of the storms of life. Cleverly told from two completely different yet wonderfully similar points of view, readers are taken right into the heart of Zofia and Tom's journey to find peace and family. Zofia is wild and stormy. She lives life… Continue reading The Light in Everything 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

Book Review, Picture Books

Isabelle and the Crooks by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Chris Mould

Michelle Robinson is one of my children's favourite picture book authors. There are so many great stories to choose from. They've read and reread There's a Lion in my Cornflakes while discussing which animal they'd like to win and found The World Made a Rainbow wonderfully touching after a year of lockdowns. Isabelle and the… Continue reading Isabelle and the Crooks by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Chris Mould

Book Review, Picture Books

Stop the Clock! by Pippa Goodhart & Maria Christania

Do you ever wish you had more time to "stop and smell the roses"? More time to enjoy life? More time to simply take notice of what is going on around you? Joe finds his life is always in hurry. From the moment his family wakes up in the morning, it's rush, rush, rush! At… Continue reading Stop the Clock! by Pippa Goodhart & Maria Christania

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Last Firefox by Lee Newbery

The Last Firefox is a charming story about facing your fears and learning to trust that who you are is always enough. Lee Newbery's fantastic debut is a triumph in empathy-building, celebrating family diversity and encouraging children to stand up for themselves. Charlie loves a lot of things about his life - the home he… Continue reading The Last Firefox by Lee Newbery

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

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Let’s Get Festive Blog Tour ~ The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

A team of twelve Christmas elves have joined forces to bring you a festive treat - the Let's Get Festive! 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour Join in every day from the 1st to the 12th of December for our favourite Christmas books! The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle A magical snow globe,… Continue reading Let’s Get Festive Blog Tour ~ The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle