Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Two Sisters: A Story of Freedom by Kereen Getten

Gain a very real glimpse of the past as you travel with half-sisters Ruth and Anna from Jamaica to Georgian London in 1781. So similar on the inside yet so different on the outside, the girls love each other dearly and would do anything to protect each other. All they want is to be together… Continue reading Two Sisters: A Story of Freedom by Kereen Getten

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

The Queen’s Fool is an intriguing historical adventure set at the Tudor court. King Henry and Queen Katherine are on the throne and everyone must bow to their will. Young Cat Sparrow sees the world differently from other people. Her innocent perspective takes readers on an eye-opening journey with love, family and friendship at the… Continue reading The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

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Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray (Blog Tour)

Annelise Gray has penned a pulse-pounding middle grade historical-adventure set in the Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world. This is where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory. Circus Maximus: Race to the Death is about a girl trying to find… Continue reading Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Girl with her Head in the Clouds by Karen McCombie & illustrated by Anneli Bray

I love historical novels, especially ones based on true stories! This uplifting book by Karen McCombie (author of the brilliant Little Bird series) tells the tale of the adventurous, quick-witted Dolly Shepherd – a real young woman who became a pioneering aviatrix in the early 1900s. She went against the expectations of young women in… Continue reading The Girl with her Head in the Clouds by Karen McCombie & illustrated by Anneli Bray

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Edgar and Adolf by Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Edgar and Adolf is a beautiful story published by Oxford University Press in association with Barrington Stoke. It is the perfect combination of a rich, heartfelt story with accessible vocabulary, spacing and font. This story bridges the gap between middle grade and young adult wonderfully and  I can already think of so many children with… Continue reading Edgar and Adolf by Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

True Adventures Series – Kekla Magoon & Devika Rangachari

The True Adventures Series from Pushkin Press is a fresh approach to historical fiction. Inspired by previously untold, true stories, these middle grade novels take readers on gripping adventures revealing incredible heroes of history. Find out about all the books in this series on the Pushkin Press website. Swordswoman! The Queen of the Jhansi in… Continue reading True Adventures Series – Kekla Magoon & Devika Rangachari

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger

A life-changing journey on a 19th century ship bound for England, leaving behind everything you’ve ever known, witnessing a murder on a dark night… The Secret Detectives is a gripping Middle Grade mystery with hints of Nancy Drew and The Secret Garden intertwined in its gripping plot. Eleven-year-old Isobel Petty is alone in the world.… Continue reading The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger

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Fantastic Festive Books for Children

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the school Christmas break is almost upon us. That means lots of times for resting, relaxing and reading! What could be better than settling down with some fantastic festive stories? Reading together is a special way for families to connect and create memories.  With fewer events… Continue reading Fantastic Festive Books for Children

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Forest of Moon and Sword by Amy Raphael

It’s June 1647 in Scotland and strong, out-spoken women who spend their lives helping others are being arrested and tried as witches. We meet twelve-year-old Art who must hide and watch as her mother is carried away by soldiers. Will she be one of the women killed immediately or will she be taken to England… Continue reading The Forest of Moon and Sword by Amy Raphael

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

The Valley of Lost Secrets is an evacuee story that focuses on the most important aspect of that endeavour – the day to day lives of the children who were sent from their homes to places so very different from what they knew. Twelve-year-old Jimmy and his six-year-old brother, Ronnie, are evacuated to a village… Continue reading The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr