Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

BLOG TOUR: Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor & illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor is the book every football-crazy child has been waiting for! Aimed at children who absolutely love football, especially boys, this exciting, heart-warming story will encourage even the most reluctant reader to give it a try. Soon they will be swept away in the play-by-play action. I can think of numerous… Continue reading BLOG TOUR: Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor & illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

Book Review, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

Kidnap on the California Comet (Adventures on Trains) by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Mystery and intrigue step up a gear in Kidnap on the California Comet, the highly-anticipated sequel to The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. This second Adventures on Trains story doesn't disappoint as 12 year-old Hal Beck is back riding the rails with his Uncle Nat. This time, they’re in America on… Continue reading Kidnap on the California Comet (Adventures on Trains) by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Book Review, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Even when things seem at their darkest, there is always a flicker of light. The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery is so much more than a story about the Second World War. It explores darkness, light, hope and love within layers and layers of meaning. Both the internal and external battles portrayed in this story… Continue reading The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Book Review, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

Dark, mysterious, captivating… The Vanishing Trick pulled me in from the very first moment Leander spotted the strange, black carriage and met the eerie Madame Pinchbeck. “It wasn’t a sin to steal if you only took forgotten things” and this lost, forgotten, empty boy needs nothing more than to belong – to someone, to something.… Continue reading The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler & illustrated by Chris Mould

Book Review, Picture Books

Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

One of the country’s favourite witches is back with a fun and reassuring take on the challenges of lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic. Winnie the Witch is staying at home with her wonderful cat, Wilbur. Together they listen to the news, try to wash their hands, learn about good hygiene when they sneeze, do their… Continue reading Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Everybody Worries by John Burgerman

Everybody Worries by John Burgerman is an engaging picture book written to help children cope with worries about Coronavirus. With bright, colourful illustrations on every page, children of all ages will be drawn into its message. It begins with reassurance that everyone worries sometimes – even the most brave, clever, confident people have something they… Continue reading Everybody Worries by John Burgerman

Book Review, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

The Day We Met the Queen by Onjali Q Rauf – Book Review by Lucy, age 10

In April 2019, I went to Waterstones for an Easter holiday treat. I chose The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf. I picked it up because the plain cover had all the writing on the back of a boy’s rucksack. When I turned it over and read the blurb, I… Continue reading The Day We Met the Queen by Onjali Q Rauf – Book Review by Lucy, age 10