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 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

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

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

Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Hal and his Uncle Nat are back with the fourth Adventures on Trains mystery! This time, they find themselves journeying across Europe to the mountains of Germany to find the answers to an old family curse, an unexplained death and a missing will. They’ve packed plenty of intuition, deduction and determination to see them through.… Continue reading Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

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