Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher

It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for the highly anticipated final book in the Clockwork Crow trilogy! It’s the Summer Fair! At first, Seren is distracted by the worries of her dear friend, the Crow, but she and Tomos are soon completely enthralled by all of the amazing… Continue reading The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Early Reader

The Hat Full of Secrets by Karl Newson & illustrated by Wazza Pink

The Hat Full of Secrets is an absolutely delightful adventure with Henry Pepper and his grandad. The story grabs readers’ interest right from the start. Henry has a secret! What could it be? Will he tell us? Henry gives hints but won’t reveal what he’s hiding. When Grandad tells him to “keep it under his… Continue reading The Hat Full of Secrets by Karl Newson & illustrated by Wazza Pink

Book Review, Picture Books

Noah and the Starbird by Barry Timms & illustrated by Faye Hsu

Noah and the Starbird is a charming story encouraging children to be brave and reassuring them that sometimes grown-ups go away but they will come back again. Noah’s daddy is in the hospital so he has to go to stay with his grandma. While he’s there, his grandma introduces him to a very special lamp… Continue reading Noah and the Starbird by Barry Timms & illustrated by Faye Hsu

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

A magical snow globe, a purple reindeer, a grow-your-own Christmas pudding – The Miracle on Ebenezer Street is bursting with festive treats! This modern reimagining of A Christmas Carol will take the reader on an emotion-fuelled adventure. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud antics join heart-felt moments of dealing with loss and grief.   It’s George’s third Christmas without… Continue reading The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

Book Review, Early Reader

Mirabelle Gets Up to Mischief by Harriet Muncaster

Mirabelle is half fairy, half witch and completely full of fun! There’s nothing she likes more than her witchy magic and being a little bit naughty. The cousin of the wonderful vampire fairy, Isadora Moon, Mirabelle is full of all the mischief children love! Young readers will delight in this new story. Mirabelle is asked… Continue reading Mirabelle Gets Up to Mischief by Harriet Muncaster

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wulfie: Stage Fright by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

Wulfie: Stage Fright is a delightful twist on some favourite fairy tales: Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs. Libby lives with her absentminded father, uncaring stepmother and nasty stepbrother. Her stepmother only has enough love for one child and her darling Rex can do no wrong. Meanwhile, it seems Libby can do nothing right. She’s… Continue reading Wulfie: Stage Fright by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of Clouds by Lisa Thompson & illustrated by Alice McKinley

The House of Clouds is an honest, touching story of life with elderly grandparents and all the ups and downs it brings. Tabby isn’t thrilled that her grandad has come to live with them. The house is changing, Mum has to help him all the time and his dog, Buster, is smelly and always needs… Continue reading The House of Clouds by Lisa Thompson & illustrated by Alice McKinley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher

The lilt of haunting music carried on the breeze; a soft, velvety laugh; a magical toy carousel turning in the night – The Velvet Fox is the spine-tingling sequel to Catherine Fisher’s brilliant story, The Clockwork Crow. Seren and Tomos have become firm friends in Plas-y-Fran since their first dangerous encounter with the magical Tylwyth… Continue reading The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

The Castle of Tangled Magic is a book full of the anticipation of something truly special. The wisdom of the elderly, ancient magic and Russian folklore flows off the page in language full of wonder and enchantment. Sophie Anderson is a master storyteller with a richness unparalleled and an ability to draw readers into gloriously… Continue reading The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

Activity Books, Book Review, Picture Books, Poetry

The Book of Selkie by Briana Corr Scott

The Book of Selkie by Canadian author Briana Corr Scott is an absolutely gorgeous poetry picture book explaining the mystical creature of the sea – the Selkie. With rich, earthy colours and water that shimmers like gems, the illustrations draw readers in with a magical charm. A spell is cast as we enter the world… Continue reading The Book of Selkie by Briana Corr Scott