Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Accidental Prime Minister Returns by Tom McLaughlin

The Accidental Prime Minister Returns in the hilarious sequel to The Accidental Prime Minister by Tom McLaughlin. 13 year-old Joe Perkins is the Prime Minister of England. For him, an ordinary day involves cameras, questions and crowds. He’s grown quite used to all of the attention and making decisions that affect the country (and has… Continue reading The Accidental Prime Minister Returns by Tom McLaughlin

Article, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Reading

Brilliant Books for Autumn

The air is crisp, leaves are falling and nights are drawing in. Autumn is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. I'm really pleased to have written an article for True Education Partnerships with five fantastic books for Autumn! Follow the link to read the article: https://www.trueeducationpartnerships.com/schools/five-brilliant-books-for-autumn/ Click on the covers below… Continue reading Brilliant Books for Autumn

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis is a powerful and emotional book. Aimed at readers age 8+, it is fantastic story for developing empathy across so many parts of life. Jordan has a past he doesn’t want anyone to know about. All he wants is to be normal, to have friends, to fit in at… Continue reading The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

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, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

Noodle the Doodle by Jonathan Meres & illustrated by Katy Halford

Noodle the Doodle is a brilliantly fun summer story! There’s a new member of the class – Noodle the dog. He’s a bit silly and a bit of a troublemaker but the class loves him. He joins in with all of their adventures and makes everyone laugh. When a class trip to the seaside is… Continue reading Noodle the Doodle by Jonathan Meres & illustrated by Katy Halford

Graphic Novel, Middle Grade Fiction

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

I don’t have a lot of experience of graphic novels and really wanted to broaden my reading experiences so when the opportunity came up to read this book that I'd heard so many good things about, I jumped at the chance. I was blown away by how clearly and boldly the message and emotion of… Continue reading When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ Anne of Green Gables October, October is a powerful story of love, discovery, challenges, loss and rebuilding. 11-year-old October lives in the forest with her father. They are wild and love everything about their off-grid existence. They rely on themselves and the… Continue reading October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

Book Review, Picture Books

The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Emily Hamilton

The World Made a Rainbow is an incredibly beautiful book for our times. Published in 2020 for the children of 2020, it is a story families will relate to and be able to look back on in years to come as a reminder of how we all coped with lockdown. The Covid19 pandemic and its… Continue reading The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Emily Hamilton

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Turtle Boy is a carefully crafted, thoughtful story about finding out who you really are and being pushed to reach outside of yourself to find your potential. Will finds life difficult. As he starts seventh grade, everything seems to pile up on him and nothing is going right – bullying, too many new situations, friends… Continue reading Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll is a story of identity, strength and finding your voice. 11-year-old Addie wants nothing more than to be understood and to be heard. She lives in a world where only a very few people truly understand how she thinks and feels but there are many people who don’t… Continue reading A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll