Boy Underwater by Adam Baron, illustrated by Benji Davies

Publication Date: 1 June 2018 Grab your tissues (to muffle laughter and mop up tears) and get ready for one of the stand out reads this year… It’s that time in Year 4 when Cymbeline’s class are due to start swimming lessons, which is great, or it would be if he’d ever been swimming before. … Continue reading Boy Underwater by Adam Baron, illustrated by Benji Davies

The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst

Cover jacket illustrated by Brandon Dorman Mayka and her friends were carved many years ago by Father, a skilled Stonemason who moved to the solitude of the mountains many years before. Long since dead, time is slowly catching up with the forever 12 year old stone girl and the menagerie of stone creatures she lives … Continue reading The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst

The Infinite Lives Of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

Cover and chapter opener illustrations by Matt Saunders It’s Maisie Day’s 10th Birthday, but when she races downstairs, she finds herself alone, her family gone and the world she knew no longer exists outside – just an impenetrable darkness that is seeping into her home. It’s Maisie Day’s 10th Birthday, but when she races downstairs, … Continue reading The Infinite Lives Of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

Curse Of The Nomed by B.B. Taylor, illustrated by Holly Bushnell

Publication Date: 17 May 2018 Starting secondary school is nerve wracking enough without being late, but that’s exactly what happens on Nora, Stef and Jacob’s first day at Nomed Academy. The three children find themselves stood outside the assembly hall staring at a room full of statuesque students and their Headteacher, who looks nowhere near … Continue reading Curse Of The Nomed by B.B. Taylor, illustrated by Holly Bushnell

My thoughts on mental health issues among primary school pupils and how I hope The Mystery of the Colour Thief will help children to reach out by Ewa Jozefkowicz

I am delighted to welcome Ewa Jozefkowicz to the blog today to talk about children’s mental health. With figures showing that in an average class of 30 young people, three will have a mental health problem, and 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, it’s an issue that needs to … Continue reading My thoughts on mental health issues among primary school pupils and how I hope The Mystery of the Colour Thief will help children to reach out by Ewa Jozefkowicz