Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Books from Barrington Stoke are so often my go-to recommendations for teachers and parents. First and foremost, they are fantastically engaging stories from some of the best, current authors in the UK. The quality of the writing is incredible and children are soon carried away in the adventures. What makes Barrington Stoke books really special… Continue reading Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Triplets, unique powers, a family secret and a lost heir – perfect ingredients for a captivating fantasy adventure! Cordelia, Rosalind and Giles live with their mother and older brother in an enchanted castle deep in the forest. Rosalind longs to be a fierce knight, Giles a wonderful singer, and Cordelia – she just longs to… Continue reading The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey

Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month – September 2021 The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre is a wonderful romp through Paris with a charming bookish mystery. Dastardly villains who don’t care about anyone but themselves think they have a brilliant plan to ensure a terrible writer meets his looming deadlines. Bastien is determined to outsmart… Continue reading The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Lightning Strike by Tanya Landman

Lightning Strike is a gripping story that paints a heart-wrenching picture of the terrible conditions of London’s East End in the 1880s. Eliza and her family work in a match factory. The phosphorus they come in contact with is pure poison, causing a horrible condition known as “phossy jaw”. There’s little money, never enough to… Continue reading Lightning Strike by Tanya Landman

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Anisha Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble! by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

It’s half-term and Anisha’s family are off on a road trip. This is a recipe for disaster with a whole host of funny mishaps before they even arrive at the National Space Centre and the Shabdkosh Festival. The festival is so exciting. It has everything you could ever want including a chance to meet a… Continue reading Anisha Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble! by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr

From the first page, The Book of Stolen Dreams pulls the reader right into mystery and adventure. There is a classic feeling to this story – a weightiness of something you just know is going to be epic. Brother and sister, Robert and Rachel Klein, are left orphaned in Krasnia – a city devastated by… Continue reading The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon City by Katie Tsang & Kevin Tsang

I think this just might be my favourite book in the fantastic Dragon Realm series! Full of action and excitement, the gang are even more reliant on their relationships with each other as they try to rescue their dragons and find their way home. We rejoin Billy, Dylan, Charlotte and Ling-Fei in some sort of… Continue reading Dragon City by Katie Tsang & Kevin Tsang

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Keeper of Secrets by Sarah J Dodd

Family, loss, heartbreak and healing. Keeper of Secrets is a beautiful story of the power of nature. Everything has been wrong since 11 year-old Emily’s mother died in a tragic accident. The happy life she once knew with her favourite person by her side has completely disappeared. When her grief-stricken father, a vet, needs a… Continue reading Keeper of Secrets by Sarah J Dodd

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Choose Your Own Adventure for the next generation

When I was a child, I loved the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. If you want to explore the castle, turn to page 71. If you want to battle the troll, turn to page 96. There were so many possibilities and so many endings. This week, I was thrilled to discover two new books that… Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure for the next generation

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Curse of the Dearmad by Emma Mylrea

Curse of the Dearmad is an engaging new middle grade fantasy from Emma Mylrea. Twins, Percy and Nell, are starting high school. As if that isn't challenging enough, there is something the matter with their mother and she has to go away to get well. Heartbroken, Percy and Nell struggle to think of anything they… Continue reading Curse of the Dearmad by Emma Mylrea