Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track

Annalise Gray A truly EPIC SAGA, The second in the Circus Maximus adventure series is waiting in the holding pens ready to storm the arena and it is sure to set pulses racing! I absolutely tore through Race to the Death, in fact it was one of my favourite reads of 2021. Ever since, IContinue reading “Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track”

When the War Came Home

Lesley Parr Although we haven’t yet waved goodbye to 2021, I think I may have found one of my favourite books of 2022! Although technically I read it this year, the official publication date for When the War Came Home is the 6th January 2022 (I was lucky to pick up a copy a fewContinue reading “When the War Came Home”

The Horror of Dunwick Farm

(The Crooked Oak Mysteries) Dan Smith Illustrated by Chris King Mystery and horror with a sprinkling of sci-fi, The Crooked Oak Mysteries have become a firm favourite of mine. So when the latest fast-paced, novella-length adventure landed on my doormat on Christmas Eve, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I adored Goosebumps as aContinue reading “The Horror of Dunwick Farm”

Grow

Luke Palmer I’ve just finished Grow and I cannot stop thinking about it; unflinchingly honest and unapolegetically harrowing I can honestly say this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. Aimed at the Young Adult audience, Grow is a compelling and difficult read, with themes of grief, loss, racism, exploitationContinue reading “Grow”

Lies Like Wildfire

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez ‘Good people do bad things.’ What a thriller! The pages literally smoulder with secrets, lies, danger and betrayal throughout this compulsive and unputdownable read – an absolute scorcher of a book! 18 year old Hannah has lived in Gap Mountain all her life. It’s her final summer before college and she dividesContinue reading “Lies Like Wildfire”

Show Us Who You Are

Elle McNicoll Knights Of – Published 4th March 2021 The Spark has become a flame, burning brightly in my heart. Show Us Who You Are is a much anticipated, sensational second novel that packs a powerful emotional punch. I laughed, I cried and I nearly hurled the book across the room in outrage at variousContinue reading “Show Us Who You Are”

Swan Song

Gill Lewis Barrington Stoke – published 4th February 2021 There couldn’t be a more perfect book to bring Children’s Mental Health Week to a close. Swan Song is a profoundly moving story of child and adolescent mental health and the healing power of nature. ‘Dylan is struggling. Since he started grammar school, everything has becomeContinue reading “Swan Song”

Front Desk

Kelly Yang Knights Of – published January 7th 2021 A truly remarkable and uplifting story of an exceptional little girl who never gives up, despite the harsh realities of immigration and poverty. Ten year old Mia Tang and her parents arrive in America with only $200 in their pocket. They immigrated from China in searchContinue reading “Front Desk”

Boy Everywhere

A.M. Dassu ‘How far would you go to get back home?‘ Old Barn Books – Published 22nd October 2020 Unapologetically harrowing, yet heartfelt and full of hope…it’s really hard to find the right words to review Boy Everywhere in order to do it justice. It was not easy to read yet, it was so compellingContinue reading “Boy Everywhere”

The House with Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderson Usborne – May 2018 “Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka’s grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs toContinue reading “The House with Chicken Legs”

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