Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Fight Back by A.M. Dassu

Fight Back by A.M. Dassu is an important and powerful story. It should be read by adults as much as by the young people for whom it was written. In a similar vein to A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll, it reveals issues of identity, respect, community and empowerment that need to be recognised… Continue reading Fight Back by A.M. Dassu

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Invaluable Books from Barrington Stoke

Barrington Stoke can always be relied on to create entertaining, meaningful, empathy-filled stories that are accessible and empowering for readers. With dyslexia-friendly font, spacing and page tint, everyone can enjoy these wonderful books. The manageable length and carefully chosen vocabulary encourages success and brings children back for more. All About Ella by Sally Nicholls &… Continue reading Invaluable Books from Barrington Stoke

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Middle Grade Spring Collection

The Case of the Smuggler's Curse by Mark Dawson (Welbeck Flame) Fans of middle grade mysteries and classic children's adventure stories will love The Case of the Smuggler's Curse! A ghostly figure on the beach, stories of smugglers and shadowy winter evenings make this the perfect book to curl up with. Something is going on… Continue reading Middle Grade Spring Collection

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, Young Adult

The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby

The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby takes readers right into the heart of codebreaking, spies and mystery at top-secret Bletchley Park during the second World War. Having visited Bletchley Park in 2019, being able to picture the mansion, cabins and even the back entrance for the motorcyclist couriers took me even deeper into the story.… Continue reading The Secrets Act by Alison Weatherby

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling by Laura Wood

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 Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling by Laura Wood

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Young Adult

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang

What is “Consent” and why is it so important that everyone understands what it means? This book is the ultimate guide to this essential concept – ensuring that readers make important decisions about what they are and are not ok with and how to communicate this to others. Going beyond “Yes means yes” and “No… Continue reading Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Sudden Death: A Roy of the Rovers Novel by Tom Palmer & Elkys Nova

Perfect for football lovers in Year 6+, Sudden Death is another powerful Roy Race & the Rovers story. It is full of hard work, training, match strategy and team dynamics, bringing the reality of professional football to life on the page. Readers will be carried away in the action, feeling every high and every low.… Continue reading Sudden Death: A Roy of the Rovers Novel by Tom Palmer & Elkys Nova

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