Book Review, Early Reader

Super Early Readers from Oxford University Press

Mirabelle Breaks the Rules by Harriet Muncaster Mirabelle is back! This half-witch half-fairy promises she won’t get into mischief at school but we all know this is a promise she can never keep! At Miss Spindlewick’s Witch School for Girls there are just too many opportunities for things to go wrong. Whether it’s in Potions… Continue reading Super Early Readers from Oxford University Press

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Featherlight by Peter Bunzl

April 2021 Featherlight is a beautifully magical adventure from the wonderful Peter Bunzl and the amazing Barrington Stoke. Deryn’s father is the lighthouse keeper on Featherstone Island. When he and her mother have to go to the mainland, Deryn is left alone to keep watch. As the only people who live on the island, it… Continue reading Featherlight by Peter Bunzl

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Eleven year-old Stella is going to spend the summer with her grandpa on Shetland Island. She’s full of mixed feelings – memories of good times when Grandma was alive (puffins, selkies, hot chocolate and the lighthouse) but nervous about spending an entire summer away from her parents with the sea, boats and Grandpa who just… Continue reading The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

The Widdershins sisters are back with their third magical fantasy adventure. They are finally leaving their home in Poacher’s Pocket, a ramshackle pub on Crowstone Island. Moving on from the gloom of the prison and the Sorrow Isles, they journey to the mainland and a bright future. Fliss, Betty and Charlie, along with Father, Granny… Continue reading A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant

Lose yourself in the world of the makers where gifted individuals create the most amazing pieces of clothing that influence the character and actions of their wearers. From gloves to shoes to hats, incredible items are crafted from magical ingredients and brilliant powers. A long-standing rivalry between the different maker families means there is little… Continue reading The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant

Book Review, Early Reader, Illustrated Fiction

Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison & illustrated by Elissa Elwick

Midnight Magic is a wonderfully charming verse novel from the magnificent Michelle Harrison (author of the A Pinch of Magic series). Published on the 1st October 2020, it is perfect for young readers on spooky autumn days leading up to Hallowe’en. Midnight is a very special kitten – a beautiful black cat with rare magical… Continue reading Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison & illustrated by Elissa Elwick

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Splinters of Scarlet is a gripping historical adventure with a fascinating thread of fantasy and magic woven into the tale. Life in Denmark in the mid-1800s is hard, especially for orphans Marit and Eve who have no one to care for them. Too old to stay at the orphanage, Marit struggles with the deaths of… Continue reading Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Victoria Stitch. Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster

Victoria Stitch. Bad and Glittering has all the ingredients young readers adore – magic, friends, crystals, beautiful colours, flittering wings and betrayal! The gothic feel makes it perfect for dark Autumn nights. With a lengthy, detailed story as well as engaging illustrations and fun characters, it’s a great first step into Middle Grade level. In… Continue reading Victoria Stitch. Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Glassheart by Katharine Orton

It’s the end of the Second World War and the entire world is healing. Memories of the Blitz, loss and hardship continue to haunt those who have survived. Nona and her Uncle Antoni work together to replace the beautiful stained-glass windows in war torn buildings. As they attempt to heal these historic landmarks, they also… Continue reading Glassheart by Katharine Orton

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder

Tinsel is a Christmas story for the 21st century. With a refreshing twist on the origin of the Santa Claus story, it shows just how much girls can do! This is the story of Ms. Claus – an orphan named Blanche Claus, whose magical adventure results in the launch of the biggest Christmas undertaking ever.… Continue reading Tinsel by Sibeal Pounder