Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Splinters of Scarlet is a gripping historical adventure with a fascinating thread of fantasy and magic woven into the tale. Life in Denmark in the mid-1800s is hard, especially for orphans Marit and Eve who have no one to care for them. Too old to stay at the orphanage, Marit struggles with the deaths of… Continue reading Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Extraordinary Travellers: The Little Museum by Karen Beddow & Lyndsay Macaulay

The Eiffel Tower has been stolen and it’s up to the League of Extraordinary Travellers to solve the case! In the 1920’s, Athena Strong was an incredible scientist and inventor. Despite their brilliance, if her creations were to fall into the wrong hands, it would be disastrous! Now, years later, Lucy and Tom, together with… Continue reading Extraordinary Travellers: The Little Museum by Karen Beddow & Lyndsay Macaulay

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Baboon with the Golden Bum by Jed Lynch & illustrated by Stephen Stone

The Baboon with the Golden Bum is a funny, action-packed mystery with a dark, “film noir” detective feel. Seamus, a turkey detective, is the head of the Free Range Detective Agency. His dry comments, clever sarcasm and random musings lift this story to the next level of children’s detective parodies. Seamus has had no cases… Continue reading The Baboon with the Golden Bum by Jed Lynch & illustrated by Stephen Stone

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher

It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for the highly anticipated final book in the Clockwork Crow trilogy! It’s the Summer Fair! At first, Seren is distracted by the worries of her dear friend, the Crow, but she and Tomos are soon completely enthralled by all of the amazing… Continue reading The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs by Derek Keilty & illustrated by Mark Elvins

Sail the Seven Seas with this hilarious cast of private investigator pirates as they solve crimes and outwit those who dare to cross their path! Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs in the first book in the Flyntlock Bones trilogy. Young Flyntlock has left the orphanage to find his way in the world. When… Continue reading Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs by Derek Keilty & illustrated by Mark Elvins

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Lori and Max – Book One Lori and Max is a fun, multi-layered detective story with some unexpected twists. Written in a young, chatty style, children will be pulled into the story as they spot clues and help Lori find answers. This story has been very cleverly written from two points of view. Lori is… Continue reading Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Detective: Sky High by Gareth P. Jones

Dragon Detective: Sky High is a mystery story with a twist! It is the third book in a series of high action, detective adventures by Gareth P. Jones. Dirk Dilly, a mountain dragon who is also a top detective, does all he can to solve crimes whilst keeping the existence of dragons a secret from… Continue reading Dragon Detective: Sky High by Gareth P. Jones

Book Review, Picture Books

Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery by MN Tahl & illustrated by Mark Chambers

Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery is a fantastically fun, adventure-filled story that children (and their grown-ups) will absolutely love! With flaps to lift and holes to peek through, there are layers and layers of story to enjoy! It’s an exciting day in Mouseopolis – it’s the unveiling of the Big Cheese! But when they… Continue reading Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery by MN Tahl & illustrated by Mark Chambers

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Invasion of Crooked Oak by Dan Smith & illustrated by Chris King

Lose yourself in this chilling mystery of an abandoned fracking site, unusual smells and adults behaving strangely. As soon as readers pick up this engaging book, they will be pulled in by the intensity of the cover, the very first chapter title, “Something Strange”, and the characters’ interest in the intriguing “Mystery Shed” website. Pete… Continue reading The Invasion of Crooked Oak by Dan Smith & illustrated by Chris King

Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

Mr Dog and a Deer Friend by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole & illustrated by Nikolas Ilic

In this fifth book in the series, Mr Dog is back helping animals in need. Whenever there’s an animal who needs a friend, he is always happy to lend a hand! In this adventure mystery, Mr Dog finds a sweet young deer in trouble. After rescuing her, he does all he can to help her… Continue reading Mr Dog and a Deer Friend by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole & illustrated by Nikolas Ilic