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

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