Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

There’s always that one relative who doesn’t quite know how to speak to children or who you just don’t get on with. For Tansy, it’s Aunt Emma. Every time Aunt Emma visits (which is only twice a year), she doesn’t bring Tansy a present, she tells boring stories and Tansy has to give up her… Continue reading Be Nice to Aunt Emma by Anne Fine & Gareth Conway

Book Review, Graphic Novel

Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A Reynolds & Pablo Leon

According to my children, Miles Morales is really cool! Having read this exciting middle grade graphic novel, I’d have to agree. Miles is a diverse hero kids can relate to. He isn’t the original Spider-Man but he knows the legendary Peter Parker and has been inspired to carry on his great work after being bitten… Continue reading Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A Reynolds & Pablo Leon

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Between Sea and Sky by Nicola Penfold

Between Sea and Sky is a powerful story that encourages readers to question what we value and how our actions now will impact the future. Set in a post-climate change society, life is hard. People have lived through the Greedy Years, the Decline, the Floods and the Hungry Years. Nothing is the same as it… Continue reading Between Sea and Sky by Nicola Penfold

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Way to Impossible Island by Sophie Kirtley

Two worlds collide in this heartfelt, inspiring story of owning who you are and asserting that “normal is not the way”. Questions of “What is normal?” and “Who is actually normal?” weave their way through the pages as Dara and Mothgirl help each other to love themselves and what the future holds. It is wonderful… Continue reading The Way to Impossible Island by Sophie Kirtley

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow & Oli Hyatt ~ Blog Tour

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow & Oli Hyatt is a pirate story with a difference. Overflowing with the folklore of the sea, the Pirate King shows the people of Haven that the stories of an ancient curse are real and when the Bloodmoon comes, there is definitely something to fear!… Continue reading Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow & Oli Hyatt ~ Blog Tour

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

Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson ~ Blog Tour

Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky. Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips . . . but she doesn't have ANY magic! Then, after a trip to Earth, Ray’s life changes forever. She is transformed from Ray Grey into RAINBOW GREY! With the help… Continue reading Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

When I spotted Jenni Spangler had written a second book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The Vanishing Trick was one of my favourite books of 2020 so I knew The Incredible Talking Machine was going to be something special. I was right! The Incredible Talking Machine is a cleverly crafted story… Continue reading The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Cooking Club Detectives by Ewa Jozefkowicz

When Erin and her mum move to a new flat, she worries about starting over – a new school, new friends, new challenges. Right at the heart of this new community, Erin discovers the Skipton House Community Centre bursting with music, fun and friendship. In between the creche, sports and the food bank, there is… Continue reading The Cooking Club Detectives by Ewa Jozefkowicz

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

More Than a Game – Emmy Levels Up & Amber Under Cover

Emmy Levels Up by Helen Harvey & Amber Under Cover by Em Norry are exciting new middle grade novels from Oxford University Press. Both of these brilliant stories feature girls who are fantastic at games. Emmy is a talented video gamer while Amber excels at escape rooms. When real life becomes too difficult, these clever… Continue reading More Than a Game – Emmy Levels Up & Amber Under Cover