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

Jane Austen Investigates: The Burglar’s Ball by Julia Golding

Young Jane Austen is back with another mystery full of determination to right the injustices of the world. It’s 1789. Jane and her older sister, Cassandra, have been invited to return to their old school for a ball. All the excitement of an Austen novel leaps off the pages. There are dresses, jewels and dance… Continue reading Jane Austen Investigates: The Burglar’s Ball by Julia Golding

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell

It’s May 1910 and Halley’s Comet has been spotted streaking across the sky. Everyone in England is on edge. Is it safe? Will gas from the tail poison them all? Twelve-year-old Nancy is fascinated with comet but worried about her mother and all the things she isn’t telling them. Then, one morning, she and her… Continue reading Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.M. Howell

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock

There’s nothing better than adventures with your cousins! Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh are on holiday at their grandparents’ cottage – Clifftopper Farm. It’s New Years with snow, cold and lots of chances to play outside – until the group find themselves caught up in a strange mystery. Frost Castle is presenting a winter play.… Continue reading Clifftoppers: The Frost Castle Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions by Shoo Rayner

Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions is the second fantastic doggy mystery adventure from the talented author/illustrator Shoo Rayner. Ten-year-old Walker walks dogs because he can’t have one of his own. His father says he has a special “way with dogs” when, in reality, he can actually talk to them – and they talk… Continue reading Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions by Shoo Rayner

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House by Annabelle Sami

The Haunted House is a real ‘who dunnit’ as readers try to solve this fun, spooky mystery along with Zaiba and her friends. A new family has moved into Oakwood Manor but someone doesn’t want them there. Is it a ghost or is it a member of the community who wants the old house for… Continue reading Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House by Annabelle Sami

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

I can’t wait for the world to meet Harley Hitch! She’s sassy and smart, impulsive and full of initiative – such a fantastic role model for girls and boys. Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest is a delightful romp through a mechanical forest bursting with STEM-fuelled girl power! Harley lives in Inventia with her dog,… Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Twitch by M.G. Leonard

Non-fiction meets delightful narrative in this story bursting with fascinating facts about all sorts of birds and the intriguing world of birdwatching. M.G. Leonard has gone above and beyond with her knowledge of birds and passion for her hero to come out on top no matter how many challenges he faces. Twitch is a story… Continue reading Twitch by M.G. Leonard

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Peril at the Bake Off by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi (Blog Tour)

Peril at the Bake Off is a brilliant children’s mystery story. Ruth Quayle has captured the essence of childhood when life is one big adventure. This story is about kids being kids - having fun and getting into all sorts of trouble with their cousins. Bella and Joe are spending the summer with their granny… Continue reading Peril at the Bake Off by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi (Blog Tour)