‘Libby and the Highland Heist,’ by Jo Clarke, illustrated by Becka Moor.

You may have already read Libby’s first adventure, ‘Libby and the Parisian Puzzle,’ or perhaps you’re searching for a new middle grade mystery series to get your brain whirring. Either way, you are going to love the second instalment in Jo Clarke’s ‘The Travelling School Mysteries’ series! ‘After a tumultuous term in Paris, Libby and … Continue reading ‘Libby and the Highland Heist,’ by Jo Clarke, illustrated by Becka Moor.

‘The Octopus, Dadu and Me,’ by Lucy Ann Unwin, cover by Selom Sunu, illustrations by Lucy Mulligan.

This is my first read of 2023 and I had high hopes based on what I’d read online. I wasn’t definitely not disappointed - I read the whole book in a day as I was so caught up to Sashi’s story. ‘FACT: Octopuses have three hearts. FACT: Octopuses have BEAKS, like BIRDS. FACT: The octopus … Continue reading ‘The Octopus, Dadu and Me,’ by Lucy Ann Unwin, cover by Selom Sunu, illustrations by Lucy Mulligan.

Blog tour: ‘Mountainfell,’ by Katharine Orton, cover by Sandra Dieckmann.

If you are looking for a crisp, magical adventure to snuggle down with, look no further than the latest tale from Katherine Orton. Her writing is always exquisite and guaranteed to transport you right into the heart of the story. Katharine’s also written a special piece about what inspired the host of wonderful, fearsome creatures … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Mountainfell,’ by Katharine Orton, cover by Sandra Dieckmann.

#NNFN ‘Every Word Tells a Story,’ by Tom Read Wilson, illustrated by Ian Morris.

This is the first of my blog posts helping The Federation of Children’s Book Groups spread the word about some amazing information books during National Non-Fiction November. Today, I’m sharing ‘Every Word Tells a Story’ - a fascinating title about the origins of over one hundred words. ‘See how the English language evolved in this … Continue reading #NNFN ‘Every Word Tells a Story,’ by Tom Read Wilson, illustrated by Ian Morris.

Blog tour: ‘The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories,’ illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.

I’m sure that some of us may be lucky enough to remember, as children, having a gorgeous collection of bedtime stories to pore over every night. And I’m also sure that lots of us will have had a particular favourite which we read time and time again before seeking out other titles by the same … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories,’ illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.

Blog tour: ‘The Girl, the Ghost and the Lost Name,’ by Reece Carter, cover by Eleonora Asparuhova.

This is the debut children’s novel from Reece Carter who is best known in his home country of Australia as a nutritionist and author of two non-fiction titles for adults. He had always wanted to write for children and thank goodness he did! Readers are going to fall in love with Corpse in this thrilling … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Girl, the Ghost and the Lost Name,’ by Reece Carter, cover by Eleonora Asparuhova.

Blog tour: ‘The Spell Tailors,’ by James Nicol, illustrations by Jenny Zemanek.

James’ Apprentice Witch series is one of my favourites so I have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for him to release a new book. Am here it is! The Spell Tailors! Just as full of magic, but a long way away from the protective charms and spells being performed by Arianwyn… Be sure to … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Spell Tailors,’ by James Nicol, illustrations by Jenny Zemanek.

Blog tour: ‘The Story of Green River,’ by Holly Webb, illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk.

Holly Webb is renowned for her gorgeous stories with animals at their heart, and although I was very familiar with her tales for younger readers, I hadn’t seen very much for children as they move through KS2. Having now read ‘The Story of Green River,’ I’m delighted to confirm that this would be perfect for … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Story of Green River,’ by Holly Webb, illustrated by Zanna Goldhawk.

Blog tour: ‘The Dangerous Life of Ophelia Bottom,’ by Susie Bower.

Today’s post feature a fast-paced middle grade mystery with a twist. A humorous read for anyone who’s ever felt a little bit like an outsider. Read author Susie Bower’s piece about how her own childhood experiences helped shape Ophelia’s story. ‘Ophelia Bottom longs for an ordinary life: to have normal, well-behaved parents rather than embarrassing … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Dangerous Life of Ophelia Bottom,’ by Susie Bower.

Blog tour: ‘Ember Shadows and the Fates of Mount Never,’ by Rebecca King.

I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a person’s fate being decided for them by the time the reach twelve. No wondering if you’ll have children, live to 100, become a brain surgeon…it’s all written done there on your card in black and white. The mystery of that opening chapter completely sucked me in, … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Ember Shadows and the Fates of Mount Never,’ by Rebecca King.

‘Knight Sir Louis and the Sorcerer of Slime,’ by The Brothers McLeod.

It’s here! The third instalment in the hilariously bonkers series about Knight Sir Louis and life in Castle Sideways. Read on to find out more and to discover author Myles McLeod’s piece about writing funny, working with your brother, AND some top reading recommendations. King Burt the Not Bad is in a huff with his … Continue reading ‘Knight Sir Louis and the Sorcerer of Slime,’ by The Brothers McLeod.

Blog Tour: ‘My Friend the Octopus,’ by Lindsay Galvin, cover by Gordy Wright.

Having previously read ‘Darwin’s Dragons’ (also by Galvin), I was eagerly awaiting the publication of her next book, hoping for more fast-paced historical action with heart and humour. That is exactly what I got! Twelve-year-old Vinnie Fyfe works in the tea-shop at Brighton aquarium, and waits for her milliner mother to return from Paris. The … Continue reading Blog Tour: ‘My Friend the Octopus,’ by Lindsay Galvin, cover by Gordy Wright.

Blog tour: ‘Escape to the River Sea,’ by Emma Carroll, cover by Katie Hickey.

I am sure that many of you will already have been transported back in time with Emma Carroll’s incredible historical adventures, or have been enchanted by Eva Ibbotson’s transportative writing. Lots of you who work in schools may also have used ‘Journey to the River Sea’ as part of a topic on rainforests. Well, now … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Escape to the River Sea,’ by Emma Carroll, cover by Katie Hickey.

Blog post: ‘Hedgewitch,’ by Skye McKenna, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic.

Today I’d like to introduce you to the first in a brand new series of magical reads full of charm, pluck, and malevolent fae. If you’re looking for a new series for middle grader readers to get stuck into, look no more! Cassie Morgan has run away. After seven years spent waiting for her mother … Continue reading Blog post: ‘Hedgewitch,’ by Skye McKenna, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic.

‘The Girl Who Lost a Leopard,’ by Nizrana Farook, cover by David Dean.

If you haven’t already had the pleasure of reading Farook’s previous titles (‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ and ‘The Boy Who Met a Whale’), then you must make sure you go and find yourself copies after you’ve read her latest adventure: ‘The Girl Who Lost a Leopard.’ “Selvi is a wild child who loves … Continue reading ‘The Girl Who Lost a Leopard,’ by Nizrana Farook, cover by David Dean.