Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) by Phil Earle & illustrated by Elissa Paganelli

Written from the charming point of view of Pickles the dog, The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) is a wonderful combination of a fun football story and a powerful, empathetic look at child poverty in the UK. Pickles thinks football is the best thing in the world. He, Dad and Elsie make a great… Continue reading The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) by Phil Earle & illustrated by Elissa Paganelli

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Melt by Ele Fountain

Melt is a powerful portrayal of Inuit culture, traditions and how we are all shaped by the world around us. Questions about courage, friendship and standing up for what is right are key to the incredible life and death adventure at the centre of this brilliant story. The impact of climate change is described in… Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

Bursting with next generation aliens, dangerous spores, a survival bunker and an evil teacher everyone wanted to forget, Crater Lake: Evolution is a gripping page-turner that demands to be read in one sitting! Jennifer Killick is a science fiction genius with a sequel that is even better than the original. Lance and his friends will… Continue reading Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

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, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Stick Boy by Paul Coomey – Blog Tour & Special Guest Post by the Author!

Review by Lucy (age 10, Year 6) Stick Boy is a book about a boy who is literately a stick boy. The entire world is in 3D whilst Stick Boy is just a stick. He was bullied by lots of different kids at his old school so he had to move to a different city… Continue reading Stick Boy by Paul Coomey – Blog Tour & Special Guest Post by the Author!

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

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Fantastic Festive Books for Children

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the school Christmas break is almost upon us. That means lots of times for resting, relaxing and reading! What could be better than settling down with some fantastic festive stories? Reading together is a special way for families to connect and create memories.  With fewer events… Continue reading Fantastic Festive Books for Children

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Case of Grave Danger (The Violet Veil Mysteries) by Sophie Cleverly

Thirteen-year-old Violet is the daughter of an undertaker: born in the mortuary, living her whole life among the dead. With a cemetery for a back garden, dealing with loss and those in mourning is nothing new for her. She can sense the dead and listens to their messages. Then, one day, a young man is… Continue reading A Case of Grave Danger (The Violet Veil Mysteries) by Sophie Cleverly

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Hope Jones series by Josh Lacey & illustrated by Beatriz Castro

Hope Jones is an inspiring ten year old who knows what she believes in and is not afraid to share it. She wants to save the world. Like Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst and so many others who inspire her, she wants to make it clear that the world is a mess and the… Continue reading Hope Jones series by Josh Lacey & illustrated by Beatriz Castro

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Harrison (Hal) and Uncle Nat are back for their third fast-paced, heart-stopping, edge of your seat mystery! The Adventures on Trains series just keep getting better and better with Murder on the Safari Star. This time, Uncle Nat surprises Hal with the best Christmas present ever – a chance to travel through South Africa and… Continue reading Murder on the Safari Star by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli