Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby

I sat down to make a start on A Flash of Fireflies and ended up reading the entire thing. I was completely drawn in by the magic and mystery of this unique story - a completely enchanting twist on fairy tales, forests and witches. Hazel's world is turned upside-down. Sent on her own from Kuwait… Continue reading A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Girl King ~ Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle is back with another heart-pounding fantasy middle grade adventure. If you loved The Storm Keeper Trilogy, then don't miss this magical tale. Sister and brother, Amy and Liam, are visiting their grandmother in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. Far from home, friends and their usual entertainment, they only have each other… Continue reading The Lost Girl King ~ Catherine Doyle

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Zo and the Forest of Secrets by Alake Pilgrim ~ Blog Tour

Get lost in a forest of intense imagery, incredible creatures and an intriguing mystery that will leave readers searching for clues at every turn. There is no time to catch your breath in this galloping story of one girl's quest to find answers about herself, her family, an abandoned research centre and the strange boy… Continue reading Zo and the Forest of Secrets by Alake Pilgrim ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Magic of Nature in Middle Grade

The natural world has a magic all its own. Even though we know so much about how plants grow, reproduce and fill our world, it is still inexplicably wondrous to be surrounded by something so alive - the damp shadows of the forest, the new shoots of a seed, the medicinal powers not created by… Continue reading The Magic of Nature in Middle Grade

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Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

Contemporary Children's Literature for Years 5-6 & Years 3-4 are now available! Featuring some of the best recent middle grade publications, they are packed full of reading lessons that are sure to capture children's imaginations and leave them wanting to read more. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for teachers… Continue reading Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

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Rumaysa Ever After by Radiya Hafiza & illustrated by Rhaida El Touny ~ Blog Tour

Return to a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible . . . Rumaysa: Ever After is the enchanting sequel to Radiya Hafiza's Rumaysa: A Fairytale – a gorgeously empowering and funny story that spins the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fiercest one of all? Rumaysa is… Continue reading Rumaysa Ever After by Radiya Hafiza & illustrated by Rhaida El Touny ~ Blog Tour

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A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell ~ Blog Tour

Fleur is used to balancing her two different cultures from her English Mum to her West Indian Nan but when she discovers that she can talk to animals she finds herself in a whole new world! Can her new powers help her take down Celeste 'The Best' the hockey-loving, ankle-smashing new girl, once and for… Continue reading A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Magicborn by Peter Bunzl

Shapeshifting creatures, unknown powers, a twin connection and a enchanted forest that leads to Fairyland... Peter Bunzl has created a wonderfully classical tale that celebrates magic, family and finding out who you are. Tempest only remembers bits of her past. Living near the river with her two adoptive fathers brings her so much happiness. She… Continue reading Magicborn by Peter Bunzl

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Wondrous Prune by Ellie Clements

The Wondrous Prune is a magical treat exploding with empathy and PSHE themes. Dealing with bereavement, moving house, starting at a new school, friendships, bullying and being pushed into criminal activity is all dealt with sensitively and in a way that empowers children. Prune is just an ordinary kid who wishes she could be a… Continue reading The Wondrous Prune by Ellie Clements

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The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill ~ Blog Tour

Kelly Barnhill tells stories that stay with readers long after the book has ended. I loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon with its exploration of kindness, strength and positivity so when I was asked to take part in this blog tour for The Ogress and the Orphans, I jumped at the chance. What is… Continue reading The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill ~ Blog Tour