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The Haunted Hills by Berlie Doherty – Publishing UCLan

Desolate countryside, a lonely cottage and the ghost of a boy and his dog endlessley wandering the moors… I can’t resist a spooky tale and had been coveting this book ever since I first saw it shared on Twitter. So with the nights drawing in and the first of the blustery autumnal weather arriving, IContinue reading “The Haunted Hills by Berlie Doherty – Publishing UCLan”

Thank You for the Little Things by Caryl Hart, Illustrated by Emily Hamilton.

Whenever I am feeling sad Or life feels hard or wrong or bad, I focus for a little while On LITTLE THINGS that make me smile… With war raging in Ukraine and a pandemic bubbling away in the background, the world feels a frightening and overwhelming place. With rising fuel and energy costs, families areContinue reading “Thank You for the Little Things by Caryl Hart, Illustrated by Emily Hamilton.”

WRATH by Marcus Sedgwick – Published by Barrington Stoke

Master storyteller Marcus Sedgwick makes his Barrington Stoke debut with a moody, intense mystery of a missing girl and the intricasies of teen relationships. The mysterious disappearance of teenager Cassie Cotton had me hooked from the very first page and the events that unfold, as told by classmate Fitz. Cassie has always been a bitContinue reading “WRATH by Marcus Sedgwick – Published by Barrington Stoke”

The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold

Hannah Gold What if you could communicate with a whale? Hannah Gold ensnared Middle Grade hearts last year with her best-selling debut The Last Bear – a huge roar for our earth in the war against climate change and an unforgettable story of a remarkable connection between animal and human. I completely fell in loveContinue reading “The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold”

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”

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”