It’s Daisy Wart’s 11th Birthday, and instead of Granny taking her for a birthday treat, she’s stood outside a crumbling building. Granny is convinced she’s a witch, but Daisy is adamant she isn’t. For Daisy is a Shakespearean actress, preparing to show the world her Bottom just two nights hence. With the headmistress ignoring her, … Continue reading You Can’t Make Me Go To Witch School by Em Lynas, illustrated by Jamie Littler
I have an utter fear of snakes. I can’t read books about them, I can’t watch them on tv, and the thought of being in a room with one has me shaking and in tears. It’s a fear that is well known in school. When Animals in Hands came into Year 3 back in September, … Continue reading Feel The Fear…
Cover illustration by David Litchfield Magpie steals just enough to get by, an orphan who dreams of flying above the rooftops that surround her. When a boy whizzes past her, clearly in trouble, she races to the rescue, and suddenly finds herself soaring across the fields below. She’s actually flying – if only for a … Continue reading Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll
Publication Date: 11 January 2018 Cover illustration by David Dean Martin and Charlie are on an epic journey to Cornwall, on their own. Having deceived their parents, the two set off with limited funds and no adults, and they know they will have to avoid discovery on their journey south. When Martin’s carefully laid plans … Continue reading Charlie And Me by Mark Lowery
Publication Date: 11 January 2018 Beaky Malone was the World's Greatest Liar, until he stepped into Madame Shirley's rusty metal box. It's been a while since he told his last lie, so he’s a little concerned he won’t be able to act in Ms Brannan’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. And to make life even … Continue reading Beaky Malone: Weirdest Show On Earth by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Katie Abey
Look out for my stop on the Make Me Awesome Blog Tour on Thursday 11th January, where you’ll be able to read my review and my After School Book Club’s interview with Ben Davis. It’s awesome! Until then, make sure you check out the other stops on the tour!
Having loved The Goldfish Boy, I couldn’t wait to The Light Jar – I knew I was in for an emotional read, I had tissues at the ready, and boy oh boy did I need them! Cover illustration by Mike Lowery Nate hates the dark. When he’s woken up in the middle of the night … Continue reading The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
Publication Date: 11 January 2018 Cover illustration by Tom Clohosy Cole Alfie wants to be like any other 11 year old, which is a bit tricky when he’s actually over a thousand years old. He longs for a friend, but knows the only way he and his mother can stay where they are is to … Continue reading The 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford