Blog Tour: The Elephant Squad by Kerry Gibb

Welcome to my spot on the blog tour for the brilliant new read from Kerry Gibb – The Elephant Squad – for which I am sharing my review. With the pressure on society as a whole to look after those who are less able to look after themselves ever growing, it is easy to focusContinue reading “Blog Tour: The Elephant Squad by Kerry Gibb”

Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob (Game Over 1) by M. J. Sullivan

I’ve always loved science fiction. As a child and then as a teenager, I collected the Dr Who books published by Target and moved onto the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and various other titles but there was a serious shortage, I felt, of books that were aimed directly at teenagers, rather than children orContinue reading “Game Over: Rise of the Raid Mob (Game Over 1) by M. J. Sullivan”

Alex Neptune, Dragon Thief (Alex Neptune 1) by David Owen, illustrated by George Ermos

Having converted many of my Year 5s – and their adults – into fans of the Eerie-on-Sea books by Thomas Taylor over the last couple of years, I find I am often asked by parents and carers for recommendations that are similar in tone. When I saw this new title was being marketed as perfectContinue reading “Alex Neptune, Dragon Thief (Alex Neptune 1) by David Owen, illustrated by George Ermos”

Wolf Bane (Wolf Brother 9) by Michelle Paver, illustrated by Geoff Taylor

Something I try very hard to get my classes to understand is that there is so much more to writing a story than just thinking about the characters and settings, and the beginning, middle and end. For me, a story should be crafted, rather than just written, so that the reader finds themselves absorbed byContinue reading “Wolf Bane (Wolf Brother 9) by Michelle Paver, illustrated by Geoff Taylor”

The Underpants of Chaos by Sam Copeland and Jenny Pearson, illustrated by Robin Boyden and Katie Kear

Some things are just meant to be together. Strawberries and cream, Morecambe and Wise (showing my age now!) and the fantastic writing and illustrating partnerships of Sam Copeland and Jenny Pearson. and Robin Boyden and Katie Kear. With both authors much loved for their hilarious stories, this really is a match made in heaven forContinue reading “The Underpants of Chaos by Sam Copeland and Jenny Pearson, illustrated by Robin Boyden and Katie Kear”

Wilder than Midnight by Cerrie Burnell

Within my little library in class, I have split the books into various categories – both to help the children to make independent choices as to what they might like to read and hopefully to help them recommend titles to one another. Some of my books fit very neatly into distinct categories and then thereContinue reading “Wilder than Midnight by Cerrie Burnell”

Skulduggery Pleasant: Until the End (SP 15) by Derek Landy

There can be few series that have had the same impact on young readers than the Skulduggery Pleasant one. To hold the attention of readers through the fourteen titles preceding this one is no mean feat, particularly given the length of some of them. And yet, we are are quite possibly at the end ofContinue reading “Skulduggery Pleasant: Until the End (SP 15) by Derek Landy”

Hazel Hill is Gonna Win this One by Maggie Horne

Over the great many years since I was at school, there have been huge shifts in the world around me. Some of these have been enormously positive – such as the changes to the law to allow same-sex couples to marry – and some far less so. Some things, however, do not seem to haveContinue reading “Hazel Hill is Gonna Win this One by Maggie Horne”

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman, illustrated by Tracy Nishimura Bishop

There’s not a day that goes by when I am not tagged into some sort of bookish chat on Twitter – something for which I am extraordinarily grateful. Up until a few days ago, however, I had never been asked for examples of middle grade titles with a pangolin in – something, of which IContinue reading “The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman, illustrated by Tracy Nishimura Bishop”

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