Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

The Incredible Record Smashers is a laugh-out-loud story that hits the reader right in the heart. Bravely addressing a challenge so many children face, Jenny Pearson skilfully leads Lucy on a journey of discovery. Caring for a parent struggling with depression is hard. This story does not shy away from that. Through humour, empathy and… Continue reading The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

The Good Bear is a powerful story of trust, unusual friendships and understanding. Twelve-year-old Thea travels to Norway to spend Christmas with her father and his family.  Leaving her mother and everything familiar behind, Thea must learn that Christmas is not about the traditions, what you do or what you eat, but about being together… Continue reading The Good Bear by Sarah Lean & illustrated by Fiona Woodcock

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis is a powerful and emotional book. Aimed at readers age 8+, it is fantastic story for developing empathy across so many parts of life. Jordan has a past he doesn’t want anyone to know about. All he wants is to be normal, to have friends, to fit in at… Continue reading The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

School for Nobodies by Susie Bower

School for Nobodies is one of those books you that forces you to stop and think once you’ve finished reading it. There are so many layers of meaning and symbolism that come together in the final scenes bringing the story to an intense and powerful conclusion. Flynn is adopted. Her “parents” refuse to talk about… Continue reading School for Nobodies by Susie Bower

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Review by Lucy, age 10 I love Onjali Q. Rauf’s books because they are about kids helping fix the problems around the world. They inspire young people to look around to see who they can help to be happier and safer with their families. The Night Bus Hero is one of these amazing books that… Continue reading The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Lori and Max – Book One Lori and Max is a fun, multi-layered detective story with some unexpected twists. Written in a young, chatty style, children will be pulled into the story as they spot clues and help Lori find answers. This story has been very cleverly written from two points of view. Lori is… Continue reading Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

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, Middle Grade Fiction

Emily Knight I Am… Becoming by A. Bello

I am very happy to be taking part in the blog tour for Emily Knight I am… Becoming – the third powerful book in the Emily Knight series by A. Bello. This upper Middle Grade / Young Adult fantasy is action packed from the beginning to the very end, leaving the reader wanting more! Fifteen-year-old… Continue reading Emily Knight I Am… Becoming by A. Bello

Book Review, Picture Books

Umbrella by Elena Arevalo Melville

Clara is alone in the park when she comes across a very special umbrella. Not only does it give her exactly what she needs, but she is able to share this magical provider with everyone who comes along. Lessons of sharing, selflessness and community are emphasised in this positive, up-lifting story. This ability to help… Continue reading Umbrella by Elena Arevalo Melville

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

My Life as a Cat is the most unique, charming story I have read in a very long time. Leonard is a cat but he didn’t start out that way. He is actually an alien who is spending a month on Earth to find out about the human race. He intended to become human but… Continue reading My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak