Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Secrets and Spies: The Underground World of Espionage by Anita Ganeri & Luke Brookes

Children (and adults) are fascinated by the world of espionage. Going all the way back to ancient civilisations, people have found ways to go undercover and find out just what their enemies are up to. This book covers it all, revealing the secrets of spies throughout history. Do you have what it takes to be… Continue reading Secrets and Spies: The Underground World of Espionage by Anita Ganeri & Luke Brookes

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Lightning Strike by Tanya Landman

Lightning Strike is a gripping story that paints a heart-wrenching picture of the terrible conditions of London’s East End in the 1880s. Eliza and her family work in a match factory. The phosphorus they come in contact with is pure poison, causing a horrible condition known as “phossy jaw”. There’s little money, never enough to… Continue reading Lightning Strike by Tanya Landman

Book Review, Young Adult

The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt

The Edelweiss Pirates is a powerful, eye-opening story of a group of German teenagers who fought against the expectations of young people under the Nazi regime. Instead of continuing with the Hitler Youth, 14-year-old Josef takes a risk and leaves to join a secret gang – the Edelweiss Pirates. These teens are cool with long… Continue reading The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Hide and Seek by Robin Scott-Elliot ~ Blog Tour

Hide and Seek is a thrilling historical adventure from acclaimed children’s author and former BBC sports journalist Robin Scott-Elliot whose debut, The Tzar’s Curious Runaways was a Telegraph and an Observer children’s Book of the Year. Summer, 1942. Paris is boiling hot and thirteen-year-old Amélie Dreyfus is hiding in the dark cool of her mother’s wardrobe. The sound of heavy boots signals… Continue reading Hide and Seek by Robin Scott-Elliot ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

The Week at World’s End has shot to the very top of my list of favourite books of 2021. Pulling me in from the very first line, it took me on a challenging, entertaining and eye-opening journey. I know a book is powerful when I keep going back to it, thinking about the story, characters… Continue reading The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

A gripping new historical adventure from East Anglia Book of the Year-winner A.M. Howell. (8 July, Usborne, paperback, 9-12 years) It’s May 1910 and the blazing Halley's comet is drawing closer to the earth, when Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. Nancy is forbidden… Continue reading Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

An Escape in Time is the third book in the exciting time travelling adventure series by Sally Nicholls. This time, Ruby & Alex step through the mirror at their aunt’s house to meet an aristocrat fleeing the French Revolution. Once again, the children face gender expectations they aren’t used to and the unusual challenges of living… Continue reading An Escape in Time (The Time-Seekers series) by Sally Nicholls

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & Gill Smith

Maria’s Island is a beautiful, heart-felt story of one community’s struggle with the shame, fear and sickness of leprosy. Rita lives in London but every summer she travels to Crete to visit her yiayia (grandma). Mum wants Yiayia to move to England to be closer to them but there’s a very important reason why she… Continue reading Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & Gill Smith

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Way to Impossible Island by Sophie Kirtley

Two worlds collide in this heartfelt, inspiring story of owning who you are and asserting that “normal is not the way”. Questions of “What is normal?” and “Who is actually normal?” weave their way through the pages as Dara and Mothgirl help each other to love themselves and what the future holds. It is wonderful… Continue reading The Way to Impossible Island by Sophie Kirtley