Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Small Things by Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson has created another empathy-fuelled story that will captivate and inspire readers. Anna feels different from her friends at school. Her family doesn’t have the money for lots of extra-curricular activities and life seems boring. When a new student joins their class, Anna is thrilled to be asked to be her buddy. But Ellie… Continue reading The Small Things by Lisa Thompson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of Serendipity: Sequins & Secrets by Lucy Ivison

The House of Serendipity: Sequins and Secrets is a charming story with a unique and refreshing voice. Two young girls from very different backgrounds find they share a dream – to design and create the most beautiful clothing. In 1920s London, fashion is everything for the young girls of the debutante season. The right dress… Continue reading The House of Serendipity: Sequins & Secrets by Lucy Ivison

Book Review, Picture Books

The Neighbourhood Surprise by Sarah van Dongen

The Neighbourhood Surprise is a lovely story of community, diversity, acceptance and love. Mrs Fig is moving to a retirement home. Koya and her friends, Hassan and Alex, love to spend time with her and are really going to miss her when she leaves. They decide to plan a leaving party to celebrate her and… Continue reading The Neighbourhood Surprise by Sarah van Dongen

Book Review, Picture Books

Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan

Just Being Ted is the charming story of an incredibly creative dragon who desperately wants some friends. When he tries to play with the other animals in the forest, no one wants to spend time with him. They just make assumptions about dragons and think he’s going to eat them. Ted is lonely and losing… Continue reading Just Being Ted by Lisa Sheehan

Early Reader

The Beach Puppy by Holly Webb & illustrated by Ellie Snowden

We’re so excited that Holly Webb has joined the Barrington Stoke team with The Beach Puppy. A part of the Little Gems series for 5-8 year olds, it is full of bright illustrations, short action-packed chapters and a captivating story. It’s perfect for young readers who are ready to make a move from simple picture… Continue reading The Beach Puppy by Holly Webb & illustrated by Ellie Snowden

Book Review, Picture Books

Loud! by Rose Robbins

LOUD! is another wonderfully inclusive story from author/illustrator Rose Robbins. Abigail finds school difficult. Her ADHD means she can be disruptive in class, struggles to concentrate and becomes frustrated with herself and others. She doesn’t want to do writing. She’d rather scribble, fiddle and stare out the window. When things get too much, she finds… Continue reading Loud! by Rose Robbins

Book Review, Picture Books

The Boys by Lauren Ace & Jenny Lovlie

The Boys is a beautiful tribute to friendship and growing up. It has been created by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie who also gave us the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Winner, The Girls. Four young boys are as close as brothers. The bonds of their friendship are strong enough to last a lifetime. Through the… Continue reading The Boys by Lauren Ace & Jenny Lovlie

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg is a wonderful eco-adventure. Full of facts and tips about how to help save the earth, it combines mystery with a new friendship and a unique relationship with animals. Nathanial and Ivy tell the story from their individual points of view as they try… Continue reading How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books

The Perfect Fit by Naomi Jones & James Jones (Blog Tour)

The Perfect Fit is the perfect combination of Maths and PSHCE wrapped up in a colourful, friendly picture book. Inspired by their eldest son trying to make friends at nursery, Naomi and James Jones have created an engaging book so many children (and parents) will be able to relate to. Triangle is desperate to have… Continue reading The Perfect Fit by Naomi Jones & James Jones (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Favourite Book Character – Special Guest Post by Lucy (age 11)

Bear from the book The Last Bear by Hannah Gold My favourite book character is Bear - a real life bear - from the book The Last Bear. I like this character because he is strong and powerful; he is also independent and knows how to look after himself. He got trapped on Bear Island… Continue reading My Favourite Book Character – Special Guest Post by Lucy (age 11)