Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Zo and the Forest of Secrets by Alake Pilgrim ~ Blog Tour

Get lost in a forest of intense imagery, incredible creatures and an intriguing mystery that will leave readers searching for clues at every turn. There is no time to catch your breath in this galloping story of one girl's quest to find answers about herself, her family, an abandoned research centre and the strange boy… Continue reading Zo and the Forest of Secrets by Alake Pilgrim ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Magic of Nature in Middle Grade

The natural world has a magic all its own. Even though we know so much about how plants grow, reproduce and fill our world, it is still inexplicably wondrous to be surrounded by something so alive - the damp shadows of the forest, the new shoots of a seed, the medicinal powers not created by… Continue reading The Magic of Nature in Middle Grade

Blog Tour, Book Review, Guest Post, Middle Grade Fiction

The Map of Leaves by Yarrow Townsend ~ Blog Tour

The Map of Leaves by Yarrow Townsend is a magical story of being at one with nature. Since her mother died, Orla's only company has been the plants surrounding her home. Now a sickness has come and nature is blamed but Orla knows that can't be. The Warden of Thorn Creek demands all plants be… Continue reading The Map of Leaves by Yarrow Townsend ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Birdsong by Katya Balen

The healing power of nature and music weaves its way through this stunning story. In Annie, Katya Balen has created another character who is so unique and so real. Her inner voice is strong, vibrating with emotion and truth that will gently wind its way inside the reader and change them. This is a book… Continue reading Birdsong by Katya Balen

Book Review, Picture Books

The River by Tom Percival

The movement of the river, the changing of the seasons and the details of the beautiful setting lay the foundations for this powerful story about friendship, grief and healing. Rowan loves to play by the river with his fun-loving dog. The emotions of the river echo the emotions of the boy - light and joyful… Continue reading The River by Tom Percival

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Return to FACTopia by Kate Hale & Andy Smith ~ Blog Tour

My children and I were thrilled to find out not only is FACTopia back with a second book packed full of amazing facts BUT it is the second in an 8 book series! We loved the first FACTopia book - it absolutely captured my 11-year-old twins imaginations and allowed them to share a book with… Continue reading Return to FACTopia by Kate Hale & Andy Smith ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Picture Books

Nonook & the Melting Arctic by Ryan Mizzen & Paul Winward

Nanook the polar bear makes it clear that the world is in trouble. The arctic ice is melting, animals are suffering and the world is changing irreversibly. The people who can help are those who are casing the problems in the first place – world leaders and those they lead. People must realise the whole… Continue reading Nonook & the Melting Arctic by Ryan Mizzen & Paul Winward

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Willow Wildthing and the Magic Spell by Gill Lewis & Rebecca Bagley

The Willow Wildthing series celebrates the value of the forest and nature. Children are at the heart of these stories as they fight to preserve all that is wild. Willow Wildthing and the Magic Spell is the fourth book in this brilliant series. 4. Willow Wildthing and the Magic Spell The forest has always been… Continue reading Willow Wildthing and the Magic Spell by Gill Lewis & Rebecca Bagley

Activity Books, Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Super Books from Scholastic – September 2021

Saving Mr Hoot by Helen Stephens Ben is sure he hears an owl outside his bedroom window but no one else has noticed him. Mr Hoot takes Ben’s biscuit and steals his glove but still no one believes him. When spring comes, there are plans for tree felling in the area. Mr Hoot’s home is… Continue reading Super Books from Scholastic – September 2021

Book Review, Picture Books

Rock and Roll by Hazel Terry

Rock and Roll is a unique picture book that children will treasure. Celebrating the beauty of the world, it shows the value of a lifelong friendship and how elements of life are so intricately connected. Two boulders stand strong year in and year out. Over time, the seasons change, and eventually, people come. They leave… Continue reading Rock and Roll by Hazel Terry