Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium by Sharon Marie Jones

June 2021 Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium is the third book in a fun series aimed at 7-9 year olds from Sharon Marie Jones & Adrianna J. Puglisi. It is just the kind of books my daughters would have loved when they were a little bit younger – a magical story with an environmental message, manageable chapters,… Continue reading Grace-Ella: Pixie Pandemonium by Sharon Marie Jones

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wulfie: Beast in Show by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

This little, purple wolf-like creature is sweet and kind. He lives with his best friend Libby who makes sure he doesn’t end up in too much trouble! The thing is, he isn’t an ordinary pet – he can grow, shrink, talk and freeze time. When Aunt Ilda, Libby’s awful stepmum’s awful sister, arrives there are… Continue reading Wulfie: Beast in Show by Lindsay J Sedgwick & illustrated by Josephine Wolff

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Storm Keepers’ Battle by Catherine Doyle

The Storm Keepers’ Battle is the action-packed, emotional  conclusion to Catherine Doyle’s Storm Keeper Trilogy. This brilliant middle grade fantasy will carry readers away on an exciting adventure through wind, waves and the magic of memories. The island of Arranmore off the west coast of Ireland is bursting with magic. Good and evil have long… Continue reading The Storm Keepers’ Battle by Catherine Doyle

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