Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson

When tragedy and trauma strikes, what is the best way to cope with difficult memories? Should we push all the feelings aside and try to forget what’s happened or face the pain and try to deal with it? The Memory Thieves explores this question and how to find true healing. This book had me hooked… Continue reading The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen is an action-packed science fiction adventure with a difference. An Own Voices novel, the main character, Rory Hobble, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – an invisible disability that is often misunderstood and not often shared in children’s literature. In this exciting story, 11-year-old Rory lives a life of challenges… Continue reading Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen by Maximilian Hawker

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Crowfall by Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy has done it again with an exciting ecological adventure that transports readers to a world where invention and nature struggle to live side by side. Her wonderful, trademark steampunk style moves in a whole new direction in this story of hope, harmony and survival. Meet Orin Crowfall, an intelligent, determined boy who lives… Continue reading Crowfall by Vashti Hardy

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Beast of Harwood Forest by Dan Smith

Pete, Nancy & Krish are back for another spine-chilling sci-fi, horror adventure! They are on their Year 8 Geography residential to Heathland Camp. It all seems quite tame until they discover the abandoned Harwood Institute – a Ministry of Defence research facility from the Second World War. Ghost stories, out of bound signs and strange… Continue reading The Beast of Harwood Forest by Dan Smith

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

Journey to the amazing ocean planet of Hydrox in The Deep-Sea Duke – the exciting science fiction, alien sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James! Cogwork android Hugo and sentient volcano Ada have travelled to Hydrox with their friend Dorian for the holidays.  This mismatched trio play off each other brilliantly as they grapple with… Continue reading The Deep-Sea Duke by Lauren James

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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

Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

Bursting with next generation aliens, dangerous spores, a survival bunker and an evil teacher everyone wanted to forget, Crater Lake: Evolution is a gripping page-turner that demands to be read in one sitting! Jennifer Killick is a science fiction genius with a sequel that is even better than the original. Lance and his friends will… Continue reading Crater Lake: Evolution by Jennifer Killick

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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