The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

One of the shortlisted books in the Hooked on Books category of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017, it’s by far the scariest adventure in the pile, but then I still watch Dr Who with a cushion just in case the Cybermen show up. Moll Pecksniff finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the forest … Continue reading The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird 

Publication Date: 12 January 2017 This is the story of Omar and his family as they live through the civil war in Syria from the very beginning. Omar doesn't care about politics or school. At 12 years old, he knows that when he is older he’s going to set up his own business. He knows … Continue reading Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird 

The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Apparently, I've taken far too long to get this on my school bookshelf, but anything worthwhile is worth the wait as my Nan would have said. When Granma Sylvie has an accident and ends up in hospital, Ivy and Seb find themselves returning to her home, alone, until their parents can get back. Upon their … Continue reading The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

Publication date: 4 April 2017 When twin sisters, Seika and Ji-Lin are reunited on their 12th birthday, neither realise that their training is over and they are about to embark on The Emperor’s Journey with Alejan, the winged lion escorting them. All three have been trained in accordance with Himitsu tradition that has stood for … Continue reading Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Publication date: 9 February 2017 Aventurine has a fierce longing to spread her dragon wings and explore the world beyond her family's cave in search of her passion, if only she knew what it was. After another lecture from her mother, and more sneering from her brother, she sets out on her own to prove … Continue reading The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Worst Ever School Trip by Barry Hutchison 

Publication date: 12 January 2017 Beaky Malone was the World's Greatest Liar, until he stepped into Madame Shirley's rusty metal box. It's been 92 hours since he told his last lie, and is finding that honesty is definitely not the best policy, as he also can't keep the truth in. In this, Beaky's second outing, … Continue reading Worst Ever School Trip by Barry Hutchison 

The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017, Hooked on Books category, Iron Fist is an action packed page turner. Dev lives under the strict rules of his uncle, Charlie Parker on their farm. Only it isn't a farm, it's a cover for a secret underground bunker containing some of the most amazing, and most … Continue reading The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs