Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland

Publication Date: 5 March 2020 The Blurb Are you looking for happiness? Sometimes it can feel really far away, and sometimes you might have so much you can’t help but share. You can try to chase it, control it or capture it, but even if it seems like it’s gone for a while, you’ll know … Continue reading Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland

All the Dear Little Animals by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Eva Eriksson

Publication Date: 01 January 2020 (this edition, it was first published in English 2006) The Blurb One summer's day we started a business called Funerals Ltd., to help all the poor dead animals in the world. Esther did the digging, I wrote the poems, and Esther's little brother, Puttie, cried. The Review A warm and … Continue reading All the Dear Little Animals by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Eva Eriksson

#ReadForEmpathy by Corrinne Averiss

It’s my stop on the #ReadForEmpathy Blog Tour, and it’s my pleasure to welcome Corrinne Averiss, author of Joy, to discuss why empathy is such an important life skill, and how we can help foster it’s development in our children. The promotion of empathy has been a huge driver for me over the last few years - … Continue reading #ReadForEmpathy by Corrinne Averiss

D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer

Illustrations by Tom Clohosy Cole Jack loves nothing more than playing video games based on war with his Dad, a member of the Army Reserves. That, and his dog, Finn. And now he's learning all about the D-Day Landings at school before the Year 6 residential trip to Normandy. Life couldn't be better. Then Jack's … Continue reading D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer

The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory

I am a huge fan of Lorraine Gregory - her debut, Mold And The Poison Plot is one of my favourite middle grade books, so it’s felt like a very long wait for book two, but ohhhh, was it worth it... Cover illustration by Meg Hunt Brat lives in the isolated castle serving Lord Macawber, … Continue reading The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory

Boot: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty, illustrated by Ben Mantle

Cover and internal illustrations by Ben Mantle When Boot wakes up in Flint’s scrapyard it has only two and a half memories, which is strange because its head and left butt-cheek should be full of them. It’s few, glitchy memories are of a girl called Beth, and it knows that she loves him. All Boot … Continue reading Boot: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty, illustrated by Ben Mantle

Vote For Effie by Laura Wood

Cover illustration by Emma Trithart The Blurb… Join Effie Kostas as she fights to become Student Council President in her new school. With a campaign team of loveable misfits, she tackles the truly important subjects: gender imbalance, outdated school conventions...and good-looking boys stealing the last slice of chocolate cake at lunchtime. A laugh out-loud rallying … Continue reading Vote For Effie by Laura Wood

The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould

Cover and internal illustrations by Chris Mould When Truth Pixie was small, her Great Aunt Julia cast a spell which means she can only ever tell the truth. And that’s a good thing, right? Wrong! Lonely and miserable, the Truth Fairy has upset her family and friends with her truths to the point she rarely … Continue reading The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould

Just Jack by Kate Scott, illustrated by Alex Gunn

Having read and adored Giant, I was really excited to read Just Jack, but knew I’d want an uninterrupted time to do it. So, I saved it until I could take Jack on holiday. Once I’d got myself settled in the shade on my sun lounger I tucked in… Ever since Dad left, Jack and … Continue reading Just Jack by Kate Scott, illustrated by Alex Gunn

Double Felix by Sally Harris, illustrated by Maria Serrano

The Blurb He skips every second step when he takes the stairs, taps door handles twice and positions objects in pairs. The problem has become so bad that Felix is on the verge of being expelled from school because the principal has had enough of trying to run the school around his very specific rules. … Continue reading Double Felix by Sally Harris, illustrated by Maria Serrano