Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Raven Riddle by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

The third book in the wonderful Griffin Gate series by the brilliant Vashti Hardy & Natalie Smillie has arrived! Just as accessible, exciting and adventurous as the first two books, it is a fantastic read for anyone who loves the idea of using incredible inventions to solve mysteries. In The Raven Riddle, Grace Griffin is… Continue reading The Raven Riddle by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

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

Fake by Ele Fountain ~ Blog Tour

Fake is another triumph for Ele Fountain. Gripping from the first page to the last, I couldn't put it down. Ele's talent for exploring global issues on such a personal level pulls readers into the story to experience challenges right along with her characters. 14-year-old Jessica is going to school for the first time. Living… Continue reading Fake by Ele Fountain ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Harley Hitch is back in another brilliant adventure for young readers age 7+. This series is absolutely bursting with unique and fantastically fun characters. From the magnificent moon to the gorgeous stars to the brilliant fortune-telling fish in the Rusty River, there is something intriguing on every page. It’s a new term and Harley is… Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Books from Barrington Stoke are so often my go-to recommendations for teachers and parents. First and foremost, they are fantastically engaging stories from some of the best, current authors in the UK. The quality of the writing is incredible and children are soon carried away in the adventures. What makes Barrington Stoke books really special… Continue reading Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Marvellous Machines by Jane Wilsher & Andres Lozano

Marvellous Machines is a very cool book about all sorts of incredible machines and inventions. It includes a very special magic lens that shows readers the inner workings of the technology with lots of surprises! We’ve explored this book for hours finding new discoveries on every page! From the simplest levers, pulleys and gears to… Continue reading Marvellous Machines by Jane Wilsher & Andres Lozano

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

I can’t wait for the world to meet Harley Hitch! She’s sassy and smart, impulsive and full of initiative – such a fantastic role model for girls and boys. Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest is a delightful romp through a mechanical forest bursting with STEM-fuelled girl power! Harley lives in Inventia with her dog,… Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Shipwreck Island by Struan Murray

In March 2020, I read Orphans of the Tide and was blown away by the intensity of the story and power of the symbolism. Click here to read my review of Orphans of the Tide. Shipwreck Island is the brilliant sequel to Orphans of the Tide – the second in the trilogy. Readers are reunited… Continue reading Shipwreck Island by Struan Murray

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Stephen Hawking – Trailblazers Series by Alex Woolf

Stephen Hawking from the Trailblazers biography series is an incredibly detailed look at this great scientist’s life. It is respectful of children’s abilities and desires to understand more complex details as it delves into Hawking’s theories, discoveries and amazing legacy. This book is perfect for anyone who loves science and admires Hawking’s work. There is… Continue reading Stephen Hawking – Trailblazers Series by Alex Woolf

Book Review, Picture Books, Uncategorized

One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe by Alan Windram & illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter

We love cat stories in our house and this one takes it to the extreme! What could be better than a giant cat, robots and aliens?! One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe is the laugh-out-loud sequel to the award-winning picture book, One Button Benny. In this exciting story, Benny faces a new emergency and… Continue reading One Button Benny and the Gigantic Catastrophe by Alan Windram & illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter

Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

A Robot Ate My Grandma by Dave Cousins & illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

A Robot Ate My Grandma is the third book in a fun, laugh-out-loud series about a family with a very clever grandmother who invents robots to make their lives easier. In this instalment, Jake and his twin sister, Jess, are taking part in the school performance of Little Red Riding Hood. When they go to… Continue reading A Robot Ate My Grandma by Dave Cousins & illustrated by Catalina Echeverri