Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? By Simon Packham, Published by Firefly Press

Archie Ebbs has the perfect life. Good friends, a nice home and classmates who laugh at (nearly) all his jokes. But all that is about to change. As his family have to face unsettling times, Archie has his own worries. Is he really starting to become invisible? I am delighted to be hosting a stopContinue reading “Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs? By Simon Packham, Published by Firefly Press”

The Insiders by Cath Howe – published by Nosy Crow

Secrets, lies, promises. Sometimes keeping things inside is dangerous… I think we can all recall times when friendships became strained at school and the awkwardness and pain of trying to get back on track with our besties. As a teacher I have witnessed children grappling many a time with the nuances of friendship groups andContinue reading “The Insiders by Cath Howe – published by Nosy Crow”

Aftershocks by Anne Fine

The Earthquake cracked Things wide open… We knew at once that Hauntings would follow. Aftershocks is a gripping supernatural yet spiritual read that will have you on the end of your seat throughout. It has all my favourite traits in a book rolled into one! Ghosts, a dash of dystopia and a sensitive portrayal ofContinue reading “Aftershocks by Anne Fine”

My Brother Ben

Peter Carnavas I was blown away by Peter Carnavas’ first novel The Elephant and just as in his critically acclaimed debut, Peter’s signature style of gentle story-telling shines through, handling delicate family subjects with the greatest of care and sensitivity. My Brother Ben is a story of sprawling summer days and the special bond siblingsContinue reading “My Brother Ben”

Raven Winter

Susanna Bailey Oh how I have counted down to this! I absolutely adored Otters’ Moon and Snow Foal by Susanna Bailey, so this was a much anticipated January release I knew would beat the Winter blues and warm my heart. And if that wasn’t enough, part of the story is set in the Yorkshire Dales!Continue reading “Raven Winter”

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List

Jenny Pearson The Queen of feel-good reads, Jenny Pearson is back ready to wrap you up in her signature style of humour and heart. This is the ultimate comfort read; a book that feels like the biggest and loveliest of hugs. The story sensitely handles loneliness, old-age and dementia on an epic adventure shared betweenContinue reading “Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List”

How to be a Human

Karen McCombie Wes drummed his fingers on his lap, tapped his foot on the floor and couldn’t stop grinning. This was THE most astounding thing that had ever happened to him in his entire, not-very-astounding life so far. He was sitting at the front of the top deck on a number 32 bus on theContinue reading “How to be a Human”

Julia & The Shark

Kiran Milwood Hargrave Illustrated by Tom de Freeston Prepare to ride waves of emotion in this hugely powerful and moving adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hopeā€¦ Ten year old Julia, her mum, dad and cat Noodle have left their home in Hayle Cornwall to live on Unst, a remote Shetland islandContinue reading “Julia & The Shark”

The House on the Edge

Alex Cotter The House on the Edge is one of my favourite reads of 2021 so far. I count myself extremely lucky to have read an early copy of the book – who could resist after reading the spine-tingling synopsis! From the moment it arrived through the letterbox, the spooky seaside setting spoke to meContinue reading “The House on the Edge”

How I Saved the World in a Week

I was absolutely gripped by The Boy in the Tower last year, it was one of my most memorable lockdown reads so I was eagerly anticipating How I Saved the World in a Week. Polly Ho-Yen has delivered another dystopian thriller of apocalyptic proportions! Think 28 Days Later with a hint of Walking Dead forContinue reading “How I Saved the World in a Week”

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