The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

I have been looking forward to reading this book for so long and it really didn't disappoint. Jamie’s dad is world famous astronaut, Commander Dan Drake and that's brilliant, right? Wrong. It means that while everyone is watching him on the International Space Station on a mission to seek out life, he isn't at home … Continue reading The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

What a great book! Pass the tissues please…

There are five books that have broken me in the last year or so. I have sat and sobbed, waterfalls from eyes, closed throat sobbing, and they're all ‘middle grade’ books. For anyone not familiar with the term that means Upper Key Stage 2 – Lower Key Stage 3, or 9 – 12 years old. … Continue reading What a great book! Pass the tissues please…

Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson

It's not very often I read a book and can't review it straight away, but this is one of those rare occasions where a book touches me so deeply, I need to walk away, cry, think, and return. Meet Adam Butters. He loves spaghetti hoops, comics, his bobble hat and his family. But there's a … Continue reading Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Frogkisser by Garth Nix Publication Date: 28th February 2017 Princess Anya must go on a Quest, not a little quest, a big one with a capital Q! Her stepstepfather is the evil sorcerer, Duke Rikard, intent on ruling the tiny kingdom of Trellonia. Having turned her older sister’s current courting prince into a frog, Anya … Continue reading Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

The Night Spinner by Abi Elphinstone

The final (and best) book in the Dreamsnatcher trilogy, we meet Moll and Griff back in Tanglefern, as with the help of the Elders, they look for clues to find the final Amulet, knowing it won't be long before the last two Shadowmasks being hunting for them. With the Old Magic struggling to break through … Continue reading The Night Spinner by Abi Elphinstone

My Brother’s Secret by Dan Smith

It's the summer of 1941 in Germany, and 11 year old Karl Friedmann is training to be a soldier for the Fürher in the Deutsches Jungvolk. He believes in Hitler, in the war and in being a good German. He will follow in his Papa’s footsteps and fight the enemy as soon as he's old … Continue reading My Brother’s Secret by Dan Smith

Need an escape route? Head to your nearest bookshop or library…

We all have places we retreat to when we're not feeling ourselves. Cosy, comforting places that warm our hearts and sooth our souls. I have lots of them. They're called bookshops and libraries. Inside, they offer thousands of escape routes, places to disappear to for a while, a chance to focus on something other than … Continue reading Need an escape route? Head to your nearest bookshop or library…

Beetle Queen by M.G. Leonard

I have been desperate to get my hands on this since finishing Beetle Boy, I needed to know what happened to Novak. When I saw Waterstones were releasing early, I was straight down to my local store to pick one up, and didn't move from the minute I turned the first beautifully sprayed edged page … Continue reading Beetle Queen by M.G. Leonard

See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Publication date: 2nd March 2017 This is the story of 11 year old Alex (13 in responsibility years) told through his audio recordings made on his golden iPod in the hope it will, one day, be heard by extraterrestrials. Obsessed by rockets, he has built his own and planned his trip to SHARF. His dad … Continue reading See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer, illustrated by Daniel Rieley

Arthur has had enough. His life is a never ending cycle of Liam this, Liam that, Liam blah blah blah, while Arthur just gets told off. He picks up his lucky crystal and his survival tin and leaves home. Forever. Or, he would have done if Mister P hadn't been stood on his doorstep with … Continue reading Me and Mister P by Maria Farrer, illustrated by Daniel Rieley