Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Empathetic author Gill Lewis has teamed up with Barrington Stoke to create a story where children who don’t fit in or who need something different are able to hear their own voice and feel valued for who they are. Dylan is a Year 8 boy who is struggling at school. Lessons are hard, teachers don’t… Continue reading Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Melt by Ele Fountain

Melt is a powerful portrayal of Inuit culture, traditions and how we are all shaped by the world around us. Questions about courage, friendship and standing up for what is right are key to the incredible life and death adventure at the centre of this brilliant story. The impact of climate change is described in… Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia by Gattaldo

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia is the inspirational biography of a courageous human rights journalist. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK, it carries an important message for the entire world. Daphne was an ordinary little girl in Malta. She grew up believing that she could do anything she set her mind to and, through… Continue reading Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia by Gattaldo

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

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

The Lost Child’s Quest is the first book in a brand new fantasy adventure series, Tales of Truth and Treasure. Full to the brim with legends, nature and magic, this story holds a powerful message of hope and trust. Ten-year-old Tia is an orphan. Left in a children’s home at a young age, she has… Continue reading The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Windrush Child is a story about what it means to be British and the protection of human rights. Written with compassion, insight and purpose, it delves deep into the realities faced by so many families who were a part of the Windrush generation. Leonard is a small child in 1950’s Jamaica. His parents are very… Continue reading Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh is inspirational, touching and downright funny! Billy Plimpton has a stammer. As he leaves Year 6 and begins secondary school, he is terrified of others finding out. He does all he can to hide his voice and think of ways to cure his stammer so he can follow his… Continue reading The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

Remarkable Rebels ~ A personalised book by Julia Gray & illustrated by Laura Borio

The Remarkable Rebels books from Wonderbly are incredibly personal and powerful for the reader. Each book is unique with a main character specially tailored to match the young reader and with inspiring role models chosen to match their personality and interests. My daughter, Charlie, and I had a great time choosing the elements of her… Continue reading Remarkable Rebels ~ A personalised book by Julia Gray & illustrated by Laura Borio

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Children of Swallow Fell by Julia Green

What do we need to survive? Is it a warm, safe home with plenty to eat? Is it being surrounded by friends and family? Is it good health and access to medical care? Now, more than ever, we have been thinking about our basic needs and how they are met each day. The Children of… Continue reading The Children of Swallow Fell by Julia Green

Book Review, Picture Books

Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Kate Hindley

With a bright, eye-catching cover, Jeremy Worried About the Wind is just the kind of picture book children want to pick up and explore. Perfect for any child who has ever felt a little worried, this book reassuringly addresses those concerns through a funny, slightly silly story. Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about everything… Continue reading Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Kate Hindley