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

What Lexie Did by Emma Shevah

Cover illustration by Helen Crawford-White Lies. There are all sorts of different lies; big lies, little lies, white lies. Everybody lies. The problem comes with knowing when and what it’s ok to lie about… Lexie and Eleni aren’t just cousins, they’re practically twins. They do everything together. When Anastasia’s family move into the area, Greek … Continue reading What Lexie Did by Emma Shevah

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

When The Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth

Ruby has to leave Australia in a hurry with her Dad and Grandma, leaving her life and her mum behind. With very few possessions to remind her of home, the family set sail to a new life in India, where her father grew up. The hotel isn’t what she thought it would be: it’s boarded … Continue reading When The Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth

Charlie And Me by Mark Lowery

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

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

Publication Date: 29th June 2017 Ethan was game for anything. With Kacey by his side, there was no challenge too big, no dare they wouldn't take on. And then, his dare killed her. The Ethan he was before was gone, left behind in Boston, as his family move to the tiny sea side town to … Continue reading The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

The Boy, The Bird & The Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

Publication date: 1st May 2017 Alberto is Allora’s coffin maker, living alone following the plague that swept through the town 30 years ago with the same relentless ferocity that now sees fish fly out of the sea. He notices food disappearing from his kitchen, and soon begins leaving food for the scrap thin boy he … Continue reading The Boy, The Bird & The Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

The Secret Of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

When tragedy strikes the Abbott family, they move to the countryside to make a fresh start. Henry is trying to find a way to come to terms with the loss of her brother, her mother being very poorly and her father going away to work in Europe. She takes solace and strength from her worries … Continue reading The Secret Of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange