Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Orphans of St Halibut’s by Sophie Wills & illustrated by David Tazzyman

The Orphans of St Halibut’s is a wonderfully dark, Dickensian comedy of errors with chapter after chapter of hilarious, twisted escapades. Eight-year-old Herc, big sister Tig and their friend, Stef (along with Pamela the goat) are the only orphans left at St Halibut’s Home for Waifs and Strays in the dreary town of Sad Sack.… Continue reading The Orphans of St Halibut’s by Sophie Wills & illustrated by David Tazzyman

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Time School We Will Honour Them by Nikki Young

Nadia, Jess, Tomma and Ash are back with another fascinating historical timeslip adventure in the Time School series. The four friends are in Year 7 in a Yorkshire mill town near Leeds when Nadia learns some sad news – her grandfather has passed away. She is asked to give a eulogy at his funeral and… Continue reading Time School We Will Honour Them by Nikki Young

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

After the War From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer

After the War is the book every teacher of the Holocaust needs. This carefully researched and accurate retelling of the horrors and hopes of the Second World War pulls readers in to the reality faced by three brave Polish Jewish boys who find themselves in the serene beauty of the Lake District in the days… Continue reading After the War From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

Once upon a time… or once upon a now… Time has so much meaning and sometimes none at all. When Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny become lost in the woods, their night of adventure and mystery gives time an entirely new meaning. This is a book of the unknown – of puzzles, codes, hints and ciphers.… Continue reading The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow is an engaging combination of Welsh folklore and clockwork magic. This gothic Christmas tale is a must read for every fan of fairies, frost and mysteries. Seren Rees is an orphan who has lost everyone close to her. As she travels to live with her godfather and his family is a small… Continue reading The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago de Moraes

A Mummy Ate My Homework is the first book in a fun new time-travel adventure series by Thiago de Moraes, the incredibly creative author and illustrator of The Myth Atlas.  11 year-old Henry loves school and learning. He thinks the summer holidays are boring and he can’t wait to get back to finding out new… Continue reading A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago de Moraes

Book Review, Picture Books

Paris Cat by Dianne Hofmeyr & illustrated by Piet Grobler

1920’s Paris and a bold, adventurous cat who believes in herself from the tip of her tail to the ends of her whiskers makes for a wonderful combination! Cat starts life as a Paris alley cat – nothing special, nothing important but she has a dream. She wants to make something of herself and find… Continue reading Paris Cat by Dianne Hofmeyr & illustrated by Piet Grobler

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens in this heart-stopping Victorian mystery. It is the perfect book for anyone who loves to explore the dark, haunted side of a historic city. There are new twists at every turn as Zinnie strives to uncover the truth. This is a wonderful story of challenging female stereotypes and finding strength in… Continue reading The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Even when things seem at their darkest, there is always a flicker of light. The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery is so much more than a story about the Second World War. It explores darkness, light, hope and love within layers and layers of meaning. Both the internal and external battles portrayed in this story… Continue reading The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

Dark, mysterious, captivating… The Vanishing Trick pulled me in from the very first moment Leander spotted the strange, black carriage and met the eerie Madame Pinchbeck. “It wasn’t a sin to steal if you only took forgotten things” and this lost, forgotten, empty boy needs nothing more than to belong – to someone, to something.… Continue reading The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould