Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock

It was just a normal journey home when Maya takes a photo of the shop window display from the bus, when she realises that the couple she spots through the view finder aren't having an ordinary argument. They look as though they want to kill each other, and the man has a gun. When a … Continue reading Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock

The Moonlight Statue by Holly Webb

Publication Date: 9th February 2017 When Polly and her Mum move to Cornwall, following her Dad’s death, she has never felt so sad. Her first view of Penhallow Hall lifts her spirits though as she realises how grand her new home is, and when she sees her new bedroom she is full of excitement for … Continue reading The Moonlight Statue by Holly Webb

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis; a child’s review

I was lucky enough to get an uncorrected proof of The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis, which I devoured faster than the chocolates I received for Christmas. I was then absolutely delighted when Stephanie gave me permission to lend it to one of my pupils for an honest review... "Funny, emotional, exciting! … Continue reading The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis; a child’s review

Lost Tales by Adam Murphy

Traditional tales, from across the globe are given The Phoenix treatment in this gem of a graphic novel. It's no surprise it's been nominated for the Blue Peter Book Award this year. From Mi’kmao we have the tale of the great warrior, Strong Wind, and Little Scab. The Gifts of Wali Dad from the Punjab, … Continue reading Lost Tales by Adam Murphy

Able Seacat Simon by Lynne Barrett-Lee

When an orphaned kitten is found hiding on the docks in Hong Kong, he is smuggled aboard HMS Amethyst to become the ship’s cat, with the very important job of being chief rat-catcher. Based on real events, this is the story of what happened to the ship and it's crew while on a peace keeping … Continue reading Able Seacat Simon by Lynne Barrett-Lee

There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday

Mouse Mallory, his mum and two sisters leave their home on Christmas Eve to go to Granny and Gramps for Christmas. As the snow storm worsens, the roads become treacherous. A combination of black ice, sibling bickering and a momentary distraction mean they never arrive. Mouse wakes up in a world that isn't his own, … Continue reading There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday

The Fox and The Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo

The foxes love football, and foxes in every part of the country support The Foxes; Leicester City Football Club. Win or lose, they love them, and all the food scraps left behind by the human fans. When returning home from another defeat, across a car park that is being excavated, Dad and son fox hear … Continue reading The Fox and The Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo

The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine

Publication Date 9th February 2017 Another fantastic romp through Edwardian London, as Sophie and Lil set out to catch a thief. When the King's painting is stolen from the exhibition at Sinclair's department store, our intrepid detectives help Leo clear her name and keep her safe from the real thief. But is The Baron back? … Continue reading The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine