Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Thief Who Sang Storms by Sophie Anderson

Based on an intriguing Russian folk poem, Nightingale the Robber, telling of a mysterious man with bird-like features and a powerful, dangerous whistle, The Thief Who Sang Storms, is a captivating story of grief, finding hope in even the darkest of places, and the importance of unity in diversity. Readers will be completely mesmerised by… Continue reading The Thief Who Sang Storms by Sophie Anderson

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Harley Hitch is back in another brilliant adventure for young readers age 7+. This series is absolutely bursting with unique and fantastically fun characters. From the magnificent moon to the gorgeous stars to the brilliant fortune-telling fish in the Rusty River, there is something intriguing on every page. It’s a new term and Harley is… Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Storm of Sisters by Michelle Harrison

It was wonderful to read a sneak peak of the fourth book in Michelle Harrison’s brilliant A Pinch of Magic series – A Storm of Sisters! The Widdershins sisters are back. It’s deepest winter. Betty, Fliss and Charlie are visiting their cousin, Clarissa, in far away Wilderness. This enchanted town has an eerie past with… Continue reading A Storm of Sisters by Michelle Harrison

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Illustrated Fiction

Wintery Stories for Young Readers

Illustrated Fiction for Cold Days A Night at the Frost Fair by Emma Carroll & Sam Usher From the very first double-page illustration, it’s clear this story is something special. A Night at the Frost Fair by Emma Carroll & Sam Usher is a beautiful, hard-back illustrated fiction book for readers age 7+ although younger… Continue reading Wintery Stories for Young Readers

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler – Review by Charlotte, age 13

Meet Twelve. The Pledge changed her name. She will change the world. I first picked up this book because my Mum had been sent it and was about to start reading it and the cover intrigued me. I read the blurb, then the first page and then the next thing I knew, I was 6… Continue reading Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler – Review by Charlotte, age 13

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wulfie: Saves the Planet by Lindsay Sedgwick

Wulfie Saves the Planet is so much fun! I love the first two books in the series and I’m sure this fuzzy, purple creature has only grown more mischievous in the third! This adventure seems to be a little more mature as Libby and Wulfie take on a serious problem. Libby needs to come up… Continue reading Wulfie: Saves the Planet by Lindsay Sedgwick

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Rider series by Cornelia Funke

Packed full of adventure, magic and danger, the Dragon Rider series is just right for middle grade fantasy lovers who want to be carried away on quests to amazing places with the most unlikely friends. These epic adventures are perfect for fans of the Dragon Mountain series or those who are ready to move on… Continue reading Dragon Rider series by Cornelia Funke

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The Magical Unicorn Society: Unicorns, Myths and Monsters by Anne Marie Ryan, Olga Baumert & Kristina Kister

I’m always captivated by anything to do with folklore so this book caught my attention right away. A collection of eight stories, it introduces readers to the mythical creatures that exist alongside unicorns. With incredible artwork reflecting the majesty of these creatures, young readers will devour each engaging chapter. With a myth file, diagram and… Continue reading The Magical Unicorn Society: Unicorns, Myths and Monsters by Anne Marie Ryan, Olga Baumert & Kristina Kister

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