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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

When I spotted Jenni Spangler had written a second book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The Vanishing Trick was one of my favourite books of 2020 so I knew The Incredible Talking Machine was going to be something special. I was right! The Incredible Talking Machine is a cleverly crafted story… Continue reading The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wolfstongue by Sam Thompson & illustrated by Anna Tromop

Wolfstongue is a story of connection – connection to the earth, to animals, to yourself. Silas likes being by himself. A stammer and the bullies who torment him force him to keep to himself, to keep quiet and face the world alone. But when he finds an injured wolf on the cycle path, he becomes… Continue reading Wolfstongue by Sam Thompson & illustrated by Anna Tromop

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, Middle Grade Fiction

Jane Austen Investigates: The Burglar’s Ball by Julia Golding

Young Jane Austen is back with another mystery full of determination to right the injustices of the world. It’s 1789. Jane and her older sister, Cassandra, have been invited to return to their old school for a ball. All the excitement of an Austen novel leaps off the pages. There are dresses, jewels and dance… Continue reading Jane Austen Investigates: The Burglar’s Ball by Julia Golding

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell

It’s May 1910 and Halley’s Comet has been spotted streaking across the sky. Everyone in England is on edge. Is it safe? Will gas from the tail poison them all? Twelve-year-old Nancy is fascinated with comet but worried about her mother and all the things she isn’t telling them. Then, one morning, she and her… Continue reading Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock

There’s nothing better than adventures with your cousins! Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh are on holiday at their grandparents’ cottage – Clifftopper Farm. It’s New Years with snow, cold and lots of chances to play outside – until the group find themselves caught up in a strange mystery. Frost Castle is presenting a winter play.… Continue reading Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock

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