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Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

Contemporary Children's Literature for Years 5-6 & Years 3-4 are now available! Featuring some of the best recent middle grade publications, they are packed full of reading lessons that are sure to capture children's imaginations and leave them wanting to read more. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for teachers… Continue reading Contemporary Children’s Literature from the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Middle Grade Spring Collection

The Case of the Smuggler's Curse by Mark Dawson (Welbeck Flame) Fans of middle grade mysteries and classic children's adventure stories will love The Case of the Smuggler's Curse! A ghostly figure on the beach, stories of smugglers and shadowy winter evenings make this the perfect book to curl up with. Something is going on… Continue reading Middle Grade Spring Collection

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Kate on the Case: The Call of the Silver Wibbler by Hannah Peck ~ Blog Tour

Since Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys or the adventures of the Famous Five, mystery stories for children have been incredibly popular. The thrill of unravelling clues right along with the characters keep young readers turning page after page. Now author/illustrator Hannah Peck has teamed up with Piccadilly Press to share a new lower middle… Continue reading Kate on the Case: The Call of the Silver Wibbler by Hannah Peck ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Anisha Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

Anisha Accidental Detective is a brilliant mystery series celebrating Indian culture in the UK and the determined curiosity of some very feisty kids. With lots of laughs about the chaos of everyday life, each story is ready to be devoured. Holiday Adventure is the fifth hilarious book perfect for readers age 7+. In this adventure,… Continue reading Anisha Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure by Serena Patel & illustrated by Emma McCann

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Flyntlock Bones: The Ghost of Scarletbeard by Derek Keilty & Mark Elvins ~ Blog Tour

Yo ho ho and a ... ghost! The great pirate detective Flyntlock Bones and his crew are back for the final instalment of this fantastic trilogy for readers age 7+! From the blurb: The Countess of Bohemia’s jewels have been stolen by a ghost. Not just any old ghost, but the ghost of Captain Scarletbeard,… Continue reading Flyntlock Bones: The Ghost of Scarletbeard by Derek Keilty & Mark Elvins ~ Blog Tour

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke ~ Blog Tour

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke is an absolute delight. Full of spark and intuition, it celebrates the fact that kids can do anything – including outsmarting the adults who think they’re more clever. This fast-paced mystery overflowing with clues took me back to my love of Nancy Drew mysteries as a child. Libby… Continue reading Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

In a dystopian future where the world is at war over the scarcity of water, we meet Auden Dare. At just 11 years old, he has a lot to deal with: his father is away fighting, his mum is doing her best to look after him, prices of every day items are sky-rocketing and his… Continue reading The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Bird Singers by Eve Wersocki Morris

Polish folklore meets the damp, misty Lake District in this deliciously creepy mystery. Layah and her sister Izzie's summer is thoroughly disrupted when their mum suddenly changes their holiday plans and decides they need to go to Lowesdale - a town with cafes full of delicious food but not much else. Layah is unsettled. It's… Continue reading The Bird Singers by Eve Wersocki Morris

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Muddlemoor Mysteries: The Book Club Bank Heist by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi

February 2022 - Lower Middle Grade It’s the Easter holidays and 9 year-old Joe is thrilled to be back at his Granny’s house with his cousins, Tom and Pip. They love spending time together, especially when their parents aren’t around (and there are biscuits on offer). One of their favourite things to do together, besides… Continue reading The Muddlemoor Mysteries: The Book Club Bank Heist by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi

Book Review, Young Adult

The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby

The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby takes readers right into the heart of codebreaking, spies and mystery at top-secret Bletchley Park during the second World War. Having visited Bletchley Park in 2019, being able to picture the mansion, cabins and even the back entrance for the motorcyclist couriers took me even deeper into the story.… Continue reading The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby