Skin Taker

Michelle Paver ‘The answer lies in the jaws of a wolf’ Allow yourself to be transported back to the Stone Age for a truly atmosperic, utterly absorbing adventure. I was completely immersed from cover to cover in a kingdom of ancient clans, demons, wolves and bears – Skin Taker is pure escapism at it’s best!Continue reading “Skin Taker”

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”

The Life & Time of Lonny Quicke

Kirsty Applebaum Nosy Crow – publishes 6th May 2021 This book tempted and teased me from the very moment it arrived through the door – talking to me from the To Be Read pile, begging me to pick it up…and when I did, I could not put it down. I devoured The Life and TimeContinue reading “The Life & Time of Lonny Quicke”

Circus Maximus: Race to the Death

Annelise Gray Zephyr Books – Published 4th March 2021 Stampeding into a bookshop near you… ‘The Thunder of hooves, the roar of the crowd, the pulse-pounding race to the death’ Wow! Just…Wow! I tore through this sensational middle grade debut, barely stopping to come up for air I was that gripped! This is historical fictionContinue reading “Circus Maximus: Race to the Death”

The Dog that Saved the World (Cup)

Phil Earle Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli Published by Barrington Stoke – 4th March 2021 Can you believe it’s 25 years since Euro ’96 and I’ve only just realised that the lyric in Baddiel and Skinner’s 3 Lions is ‘Jules Rimet still gleaming’…not ‘jewels remain still gleaming!’ Football, family and a faithful four-legged friend, The DogContinue reading “The Dog that Saved the World (Cup)”

Shipwreck Island

Struan Murray Puffin Books – published 4th March 2021 Friendship, dark secrets and malevolent forces, Struan Murray has delivered another fast-paced and thrilling adventure that will have you gripped from from cover to cover. Orphans of the Tide was without a doubt, one of my standout favourite books of 2020 and this phenomenal sequel didContinue reading “Shipwreck Island”

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”

The Shark Caller

Zilla Bethell Usborne Books – Published 4th February 2021 I finished The Shark Caller on New Year’s Day and only hours into 2021, I think I may have found one of my favourite books of the year! Atmospheric, captivating and deeply moving, The Shark Caller is difficult to put down once started and difficult toContinue reading “The Shark Caller”

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

Ross Welfrod Harper Collins Childrens Books – Published 21st January 2021 Don’t you just love it when you can control a dream…when you know you’re dreaming & you choose where to take it… Dared by class-mate Kez Becker, 12 year old Malky sneaks into a garden shed & takes the first thing he finds; aContinue reading “When We Got Lost in Dreamland”

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”

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