Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Frost by Holly Webb & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

I have been completely taken in by Holly Webb’s gorgeous animal stories full of love, hope and time-travelling adventures! Frost is a wonderful story about a young girl who begins to care for a small fox living in some waste land near her home. Despite warnings from the adults in her life to stay away… Continue reading Frost by Holly Webb & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Book Review, Picture Books

Under the Stars by Rosie Adams & illustrated by Frances Ives

Under the Stars shows readers that there is a whole world for us to explore and discover. Through beautiful, descriptive language, we see that all living things on Earth are similar and there is so much value in the natural world. The gorgeous, soft illustrations reveal togetherness and family. The city is not very far… Continue reading Under the Stars by Rosie Adams & illustrated by Frances Ives

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

The Castle of Tangled Magic is a book full of the anticipation of something truly special. The wisdom of the elderly, ancient magic and Russian folklore flows off the page in language full of wonder and enchantment. Sophie Anderson is a master storyteller with a richness unparalleled and an ability to draw readers into gloriously… Continue reading The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Fox: A Circle of Life Story by Isabel Thomas & illustrated by Daniel Egneus

Even in winter, there is life in the forest. Fox: A Circle of Life Story by Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Daniel Egneus is a gentle yet honest introduction to death and the circle of life in the forest. Mother Fox moves through the woods with silence and strength. The predator/prey relationship is obvious and… Continue reading Fox: A Circle of Life Story by Isabel Thomas & illustrated by Daniel Egneus

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike is a unique, spell-binding story of love, family and truth. Eleven-year-old Rayne lives with her mother in their quiet village. Bound by the magic of her family’s past, she is destined to become a spell breather, just like her mother. However, Rayne would much rather be out with… Continue reading The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike