Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Lightning Strike by Tanya Landman

Lightning Strike is a gripping story that paints a heart-wrenching picture of the terrible conditions of London’s East End in the 1880s. Eliza and her family work in a match factory. The phosphorus they come in contact with is pure poison, causing a horrible condition known as “phossy jaw”. There’s little money, never enough to… Continue reading Lightning Strike by Tanya Landman

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

The Royal Rebel: The Life of a Suffragette Princess by Bali Rai

The Royal Rebel is the inspirational story of Sophia Duleep Singh, granddaughter of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, heir to the Sikh Empire in India. As goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Sophia lived a life torn between two nations. She never felt completely at home in England or in India. This book tells her story as she… Continue reading The Royal Rebel: The Life of a Suffragette Princess by Bali Rai

Book Review, Young Adult

The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt

The Edelweiss Pirates is a powerful, eye-opening story of a group of German teenagers who fought against the expectations of young people under the Nazi regime. Instead of continuing with the Hitler Youth, 14-year-old Josef takes a risk and leaves to join a secret gang – the Edelweiss Pirates. These teens are cool with long… Continue reading The Edelweiss Pirates by Dirk Reinhardt

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Welcome to Trash Land by Steve Cole & Oriol Vidal

Welcome to Trash Land is a fascinating glimpse into the world of the dumping ground for broken electronics in Ghana. Told from the point of view of Theo, a young boy who is forced to scavenge for metal in order to earn enough money to survive, we are faced with the reality of what happens… Continue reading Welcome to Trash Land by Steve Cole & Oriol Vidal

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, 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

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

Edgar and Adolf by Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Edgar and Adolf is a beautiful story published by Oxford University Press in association with Barrington Stoke. It is the perfect combination of a rich, heartfelt story with accessible vocabulary, spacing and font. This story bridges the gap between middle grade and young adult wonderfully and  I can already think of so many children with… Continue reading Edgar and Adolf by Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

I Am the Minotaur is a story of hiding, of darkness, of being alone but it is also a story of find out who you really are and doing the right thing even if no one is there to see it. Matthew is not your usual hero.  He is the minotaur – the monster no… Continue reading I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

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