Book Review, Early Reader

Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch by Ruth Quayle & Julia Christians

Magnificent Mabel is a wonderfully charming little girl with a big voice! She is clear about what she wants and isn’t afraid to go out and get it. Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch is the fifth book in a charming early reader series for children age 5-7. Each of the three chapters is… Continue reading Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch by Ruth Quayle & Julia Christians

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

More Than a Game – Emmy Levels Up & Amber Under Cover

Emmy Levels Up by Helen Harvey & Amber Under Cover by Em Norry are exciting new middle grade novels from Oxford University Press. Both of these brilliant stories feature girls who are fantastic at games. Emmy is a talented video gamer while Amber excels at escape rooms. When real life becomes too difficult, these clever… Continue reading More Than a Game – Emmy Levels Up & Amber Under Cover

Book Review, Picture Books

Loud! by Rose Robbins

LOUD! is another wonderfully inclusive story from author/illustrator Rose Robbins. Abigail finds school difficult. Her ADHD means she can be disruptive in class, struggles to concentrate and becomes frustrated with herself and others. She doesn’t want to do writing. She’d rather scribble, fiddle and stare out the window. When things get too much, she finds… Continue reading Loud! by Rose Robbins

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam

Nine-year-old Yusaf’s older sister is getting married and he is faced with a summer of change. Suddenly having to be “the man of the house”, when he isn’t even sure what that means, is daunting. It would be much easier if the wedding were called off, his sister stayed home and everything remained the same.… Continue reading Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll (Blog Tour)

Twelve year old Cora Byers is brave and bold. She is also autistic. She knows who she is (and who she isn’t). Life isn’t always easy (especially since she lost her mum) but she’s learned how to cope and make the best of many challenging situations. She understands what makes her different, even if she… Continue reading Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

March 2021 Twelve year old Cora Byers is brave and bold. She is also autistic. She knows who she is (and who she isn’t). Life isn’t always easy (especially since she lost her mum) but she’s learned how to cope and make the best of many challenging situations. She understands what makes her different, even… Continue reading Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) by Phil Earle & illustrated by Elissa Paganelli

Written from the charming point of view of Pickles the dog, The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) is a wonderful combination of a fun football story and a powerful, empathetic look at child poverty in the UK. Pickles thinks football is the best thing in the world. He, Dad and Elsie make a great… Continue reading The Dog that Saved the World (Cup) by Phil Earle & illustrated by Elissa Paganelli

Article, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Reading

Fantastic Festive Books for Children

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the school Christmas break is almost upon us. That means lots of times for resting, relaxing and reading! What could be better than settling down with some fantastic festive stories? Reading together is a special way for families to connect and create memories.  With fewer events… Continue reading Fantastic Festive Books for Children

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster

Sam McCann has never had a real home. As a foster child, he’s lived in lot of houses but has never had a place where he’s felt completely safe, at ease and wanted. After nine houses in five years, he is always anticipating his next move. Fed up with waiting for others to find the… Continue reading The Perfect Parent Project by Stewart Foster

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky by Tom Palmer & illustrated by Dan Cornwell

Roy of the Rovers: Rocky by Tom Palmer is the sixth book in the fantastic 21st century reboot of the stories of the classic children’s football star, Roy Race. Rocky Race is a strong girl who dominates the football pitch. In this book, she gets to be the star and prove she is so much… Continue reading Roy of the Rovers: Rocky by Tom Palmer & illustrated by Dan Cornwell