Owl? What kind of a name is that? And why, every time she asks who her father is, does her mother tell her fairy tales about elemental beings, sprits and fairies in a world of winter? As Owl turns 13, she is more desperate than ever to discover who her father is, especially when frost … Continue reading A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson
The children are full of excitement, the plays, carol concerts and Christmas parties are done, and all that is left to do, as far as the children are concerned, is Toy Day tomorrow. Every morning children run up with hands full of cards saying, "Miss, Miss, can I go and post these?" before skipping off … Continue reading It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
...follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and never, ever lie to your mum.
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with our fabulous School Library Service at the termly primary book review. It reminded me just how many fabulous books have been published this year, especially for Upper Key Stage 2, which are they ones I read most of. Every fiction genre seems to have had two or three real … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of School Librarianism
One of the shortlisted books in the Hooked on Books category of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017, it’s by far the scariest adventure in the pile, but then I still watch Dr Who with a cushion just in case the Cybermen show up. Moll Pecksniff finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the forest … Continue reading The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
Meet Jack Sullivan; the zombie-hunting, monster-slaying, 13 year old who's busy riding out the monster apocalypse from his tree house. Life's not too bad, now he's been abandoned by his foster family and left to fend for himself, but it would be better if only he could find his best friend, Quint, and work out … Continue reading The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
The Mighty Dynamo follows Noah's quest to become a professional footballer by playing in the Schools' World Cup. When his headteacher bans him from the school team, for something he didn't do, he just has to find another way to get there. With help from his best friend, Stevie -the analytical genius, and his big … Continue reading The Mighty Dynamo by Kieran Crowley
Publication Date: 12 January 2017 This is the story of Omar and his family as they live through the civil war in Syria from the very beginning. Omar doesn't care about politics or school. At 12 years old, he knows that when he is older he’s going to set up his own business. He knows … Continue reading Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird