The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Apparently, I've taken far too long to get this on my school bookshelf, but anything worthwhile is worth the wait as my Nan would have said. When Granma Sylvie has an accident and ends up in hospital, Ivy and Seb find themselves returning to her home, alone, until their parents can get back. Upon their … Continue reading The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

Publication date: 4 April 2017 When twin sisters, Seika and Ji-Lin are reunited on their 12th birthday, neither realise that their training is over and they are about to embark on The Emperor’s Journey with Alejan, the winged lion escorting them. All three have been trained in accordance with Himitsu tradition that has stood for … Continue reading Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys by Karen McCombie 

Publication Date: 12 January 2017 When Dani Dexter’s Mum gets the opportunity of a lifetime to go and research penguins’ bums in Antarctica, she finds herself heading off to spend three months, THREE MONTHS, in a strict, boring boarding school for girls. That's three months of not making mini-movies with her best friend, Arch. Three … Continue reading St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys by Karen McCombie 

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Publication date: 9 February 2017 Aventurine has a fierce longing to spread her dragon wings and explore the world beyond her family's cave in search of her passion, if only she knew what it was. After another lecture from her mother, and more sneering from her brother, she sets out on her own to prove … Continue reading The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Worst Ever School Trip by Barry Hutchison 

Publication date: 12 January 2017 Beaky Malone was the World's Greatest Liar, until he stepped into Madame Shirley's rusty metal box. It's been 92 hours since he told his last lie, and is finding that honesty is definitely not the best policy, as he also can't keep the truth in. In this, Beaky's second outing, … Continue reading Worst Ever School Trip by Barry Hutchison 

The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017, Hooked on Books category, Iron Fist is an action packed page turner. Dev lives under the strict rules of his uncle, Charlie Parker on their farm. Only it isn't a farm, it's a cover for a secret underground bunker containing some of the most amazing, and most … Continue reading The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Al Chaudhury gets a letter from his father (who died when Al was 8) on his 12th birthday, that sets him off on adventure through time with Alan Shearer -  the hamster, not the footballer - in a bath tub. Ross Welford skilfully guides us on Al's trips to 1984 and back again while he … Continue reading Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

I first read this as a child, and fell in love with the Animals of Farthing Wood. I was reintroduced to it when in a bookshop with my son, who asked whether I could find any of my favourite books from when I was his age. As I glanced at the shelves, this was the … Continue reading The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill 

I picked this up at the Celebration Event for 2016's Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. Having loved Looking at the Stars, I was expecting an emotional journey, and this book was a real roller coaster! Calypso's home life isn't easy. Since her Mum died from cancer, her Dad has taught her the importance of being her … Continue reading A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill