The Dream House by Laura Dockrill, illustrated by Gwen Millward

Publication Date: 9 September 2021 The Blurb Rex has gone to stay with his godfather, Sparky. Rex doesn't say much but that's OK because Sparky is always on hand with a cup of tea to enjoy on the sofa, set up outside like an outdoor living room. Rex has his sketchbook, and he draws how … Continue reading The Dream House by Laura Dockrill, illustrated by Gwen Millward

You Will Be Okay by Julie Stokes

Publication Date: 19 August 2021 The Blurb A comforting, practical and go-to expert toolkit for children dealing with loss and grief The death of a parent, sibling or friend is one of the most traumatic experiences for a child and it can be hard to know how to talk to them about it. In this … Continue reading You Will Be Okay by Julie Stokes

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Publication Date: 4 March 2021 The Blurb The second book from the author of A Kind Of Spark, with Neurodivergent characters you'll root for and a moving friendship at its heart. When Cora's brother drags her along to his boss's house, she doesn't expect to strike up a friendship with Adrien, son of the intimidating … Continue reading Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

She was the wind beneath my wings.

On the 20th of December 2020, my life changed forever with one phone call. The phone call I've been silently dreading for a very long time. The one that meant I would never talk to me Mam again, hug me Mam again, brush her hair, hold her hand, talk rubbish with and tell her I … Continue reading She was the wind beneath my wings.

Pie In The Sky by Remy Lai

Publication Date: 6 June 2019 The Blurb When Jingwen moves to Australia, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. Making friends is impossible, since he doesn’t speak English, and he’s stuck looking after his little brother Yanghao. But Jingwen knows how to make everything better. If he can just make all of the cakes on … Continue reading Pie In The Sky by Remy Lai

Shadowsea by Peter Bunzl

Publication Date: 9th January 2020 The Blurb SECRETS NEVER STAY SUBMERGED FOR LONG Swept into the bright hustle and bustle of New York, Lily, Robert and Malkin discover shadowy secrets lie beneath its surface. For there are chilling goings-on in their hotel… A strange boy held captive, haunted by an undersea mystery; and a revengeful … Continue reading Shadowsea by Peter Bunzl

The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Every now and again, the sheer strength of love for a book from everyone who has read it can become a barrier for reading it for me, as I worry it won't live up to the expectations I then have for it. Irrational, I know, but true nonetheless. And so, Edward Tulane never quite made … Continue reading The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

If All The World Were… by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

The vibrant, joyful cover hides a story I wasn’t prepared for on first reading... A little girl and her grandad spend time together throughout the seasons, talking, playing, creating and making memories that will last a lifetime. Coelho’s words and Colpoys illustrations combine to create a wonderful tale of love, loss and making memories. It … Continue reading If All The World Were… by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

Ember and Ness are the very best of friends and would do anything for each other. Theirs is the kind of friendship where just a look can cause the kind of laughter that brings tears of joy with it. When Ness dies, very suddenly, Ember is lost and empty. A dead dog, curious cat and … Continue reading The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was A Mermaid by Tania Unsworth

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but between the captivating cover by Helen Crawford-White, and the enticing opening, I couldn’t wait to dive straight in… “The first time Stella Martin ran away, it was in her sleep. The second was by accident. But the third time she did it on purpose, … Continue reading The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was A Mermaid by Tania Unsworth