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

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

Rocket Boy by Katie Jennings & illustrated by Joe Lillington

Rocket Boy shows just how much children can achieve when left alone with their imagination and a very big cardboard box! Like a slightly more grown-up “Whatever Next” by Jill Murphy, Rocket Boy is an exciting space adventure with a trusty sidekick. Callum is an absolute gold-mine of facts about the universe. He is always… Continue reading Rocket Boy by Katie Jennings & illustrated by Joe Lillington

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Name is River by Emma Rea

Eleven-year-old Dylan dreams of a wonderful future – a future where he grows up on his family’s farm in Wales, builds a treehouse and plays with his friends by the river. Then, suddenly, one phone call changes everything. A huge pharmaceutical company wants to buy the farm and his family will have to leave. Dylan… Continue reading My Name is River by Emma Rea

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

Vashti Hardy has done it again! The Griffin Gate is exactly the kind of story children are looking for: adventure, mystery and a strong sense of family – with a bossy robotic raven thrown in! Teaming up with talented illustrator Natalie Smillie, this story jumps off the page and dares readers to go with Grace… Continue reading The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & illustrated by Natalie Smillie

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Agent Asha is a new series about a girl called Asha who is really good at coding. One day a kids’ spy agency emailed her because they needed her coding skills on a mission. Ireland’s internet cables under the sea were being attacked by sharks and Asha’s mission was to find out what was making… Continue reading Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar

Book Review, Picture Books

Rex The Rhinoceros Beetle by M.G. Leonard & illustrated by Duncan Beedie

Rex is a wonderful rhinoceros beetle who would love to be as fearless and as strong as his friend, Buster. Buster has so many big stories about all of his rainforest adventures and Rex is in absolute awe of him. However, Buster might not actually be as brave as he seems.  Will Rex be able… Continue reading Rex The Rhinoceros Beetle by M.G. Leonard & illustrated by Duncan Beedie

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond by Alex English

Get ready to be carried away on a heart-stopping adventure of secrets, airships, maps, stolen jewels and pirates! Sky Pirates by Alex English joins the ranks of Brightstorm (Vashti Hardy) and Cogheart (Peter Bunzl) as a brilliant science fiction airship adventure with a strong, clever girl at its centre. Eleven-year-old Echo lives in the palace… Continue reading Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond by Alex English

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell

Take yourself back in time to Edwardian Cambridge: a city of learning and invention as well as hardship and loss. It’s 1905 and Helena finds herself moving to a strange house full of all kinds of clocks. The owner, Mr Westcott, is obsessed with keeping these clocks ticking. They must never stop. Helena’s father is… Continue reading The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

Orphans of the Tide is absolutely stunning. Struan Murray invites readers to dive into layers and layers of meaning and be swallowed up by the rich symbolism of the story. Surrounded by the sea, “The City” (the last in the world) is at the mercy of the tides and the power of the water. The… Continue reading Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray

Article, English Teaching, Reading

5 Books Teachers Should Read in the Classroom

In honour of World Book Day 2020, True Education Partnerships asked me to write a guest blog post about my Top 5 Books for the Classroom. Follow the link to read more: https://www.trueeducationpartnerships.com/schools/books-teachers-should-read-classroom/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=edu Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.