Sometimes, we have to ignore the but…

In school, whenever you think you've done well, there is always a but, a could have done that better, if only I'd done that instead. But every now and again, if only for a day, it's really important to just stop at didn't I do a good job! This week, that happened. It was Thursday, … Continue reading Sometimes, we have to ignore the but…

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Matthew is terrified of germs. They creep over your skin, crawl into your mouth and make you ill. Then you pass them on to other people and they get ill. And that can't happen. So Matthew cleans. He washes himself constantly, and keeps his bedroom spotless, and stays indoors so the germs can't reach him. … Continue reading The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Attack Of The Alien Dung by Gareth P. Jones

Publication Date: 9th February 2017 Bisket is looking forward to a pet-owner trip to the cinema, when a specially trained seagull taps on his window to deliver a message from Commander F. Reports are coming in of a Pooh.F.O. circle that's appeared up at Clifftop Farm, and it's up to the Pet Defenders to ensure … Continue reading Attack Of The Alien Dung by Gareth P. Jones

The Devil’s Paintbox by Robin Jarvis

Months after saving Whitby, Verne is still trying to discover the secrets of the Nimius. When it whirs back to life in his hands, he knows he must tell his friends, Lil and Cherry Cerise. Together at Cherry’s house, the Nimius uncovers a set of paints hidden deep beneath Cherry’s hearth, and she can't determine … Continue reading The Devil’s Paintbox by Robin Jarvis

Do we have to read that one? It’s just a picture book…

Back in October, I sat down with my Year 3 & 4 Book Club to show them this year's shortlist for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards Telling Tales category. I read the blurb for each book, and the children voted on whether it made them want to read on. Votes were counted and covers were … Continue reading Do we have to read that one? It’s just a picture book…

The Secret Of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

When tragedy strikes the Abbott family, they move to the countryside to make a fresh start. Henry is trying to find a way to come to terms with the loss of her brother, her mother being very poorly and her father going away to work in Europe. She takes solace and strength from her worries … Continue reading The Secret Of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham

Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham Publication date: 9th March 2017 Rose Raventhorpe loves exploring the Skittleways of her beloved Yorke, with her butler, Argyle, who teaches her about the feline guardians of the city. On a morning walk on her 12th birthday, with her best friend, Emily, Rose notices that some of the … Continue reading Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham

Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Felix is desperate to serve the guests upstairs so he can listen to the ghost stories they share, but the honour goes to the housekeepers daughter, until she can bear them no longer. But when he gets his chance, Lord Byron has finished his tale and Mrs Shelley is out of stories. But this night … Continue reading Strange Star by Emma Carroll

My bookshelf backfired spectacularly, and I need to fix it, fast.

Picture the scene: it's 9am on a Thursday morning, the Year 5s are sat with their Reading Buddies talking about what they're currently reading. The room is buzzing, some children are smiling or laughing, others look intense, speaking in hushed tones, a few are gesturing wildly. They are all on task, showing the range of … Continue reading My bookshelf backfired spectacularly, and I need to fix it, fast.

What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Ethel feels as though she's been sidelined by her friends and only seems to be noticed because of her spots. She has tried everything going to rid of them. Then, she gets a free sun bed. Willing to try anything, she waits until her very prim and proper Gram goes to church, before trying it … Continue reading What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford