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

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow is an engaging combination of Welsh folklore and clockwork magic. This gothic Christmas tale is a must read for every fan of fairies, frost and mysteries. Seren Rees is an orphan who has lost everyone close to her. As she travels to live with her godfather and his family is a small… Continue reading The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

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

A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago de Moraes

A Mummy Ate My Homework is the first book in a fun new time-travel adventure series by Thiago de Moraes, the incredibly creative author and illustrator of The Myth Atlas.  11 year-old Henry loves school and learning. He thinks the summer holidays are boring and he can’t wait to get back to finding out new… Continue reading A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago de Moraes

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

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

The Ship of Shadows, beautifully crafted by Maria Kuzniar, is a book to be read slowly. Savour the intricate descriptions that cause the Spanish and Moroccan settings to leap of the page and into your imagination. Aleja is a girl hungry for adventure. Inspired by stories of explorers and pirates, she longs for a life… Continue reading The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

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

Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster

I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster, published by Odyssey Books. This middle grade / young adult fantasy adventure is the sequel to the heart-stopping story Esme’s Wish. This is a story of time: the past and the present, time travel, time standing still, time… Continue reading Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster

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

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, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot by Annabelle Sami & illustrated by Daniela Sosa

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot is the second brilliant book in the Agent Zaiba mystery series for children age 8+. The first, The Missing Diamonds, was published by Stripes Publishing in February 2020. It’s the day of the school summer fete – Zaiba’s favourite day of the whole year! There will be treats, games… Continue reading Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot by Annabelle Sami & illustrated by Daniela Sosa

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

Wilde by Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams writes with magic and passion. Her latest book, Wilde, is the perfect combination of the everyday trials of Year 6 and a wonderfully mystical story. Wilde is a young girl with a whole collection of troubles. When she arrives at her aunt’s house in the town of Witch Point in Wales, she knows… Continue reading Wilde by Eloise Williams

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

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll is a story of identity, strength and finding your voice. 11-year-old Addie wants nothing more than to be understood and to be heard. She lives in a world where only a very few people truly understand how she thinks and feels but there are many people who don’t… Continue reading A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

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

The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens in this heart-stopping Victorian mystery. It is the perfect book for anyone who loves to explore the dark, haunted side of a historic city. There are new twists at every turn as Zinnie strives to uncover the truth. This is a wonderful story of challenging female stereotypes and finding strength in… Continue reading The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

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