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

The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King

Publication Date: 6 February 2020 The Blurb Like a dying star, Liberty’s family is imploding. Can she hold mum and dad together, before they spin out of reach? When Liberty’s parents separate, she doesn’t know what to do. She feels she’s on a different planet, and gravity is collapsing around her. Her family members have … Continue reading The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King

And she will be judged…

The thing with working in education is that you will be judged. The obvious is SLT obsevations. As a teacher, it's a maximum of 3 hours each school year (barring specific circumstances). As a TA, it's as often as you find yourself supporting an observed teacher, with no regulation, because TAs aren't regarded as a … Continue reading And she will be judged…

Fearless! How To Be Your True, Confident Self by Liam Hackett, illustrated by Mike Perry

Publication Date: 2nd January 2020 It's been a fair while since I've blogged a review, mainly because I've been struggling with my mental health. I stepped away from sharing my opinions as I had so little self-worth, I just didn't think anyone else would be interested in what I thought. When I was asked if … Continue reading Fearless! How To Be Your True, Confident Self by Liam Hackett, illustrated by Mike Perry

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

Me And Mister P: Ruby’s Star by Maria Farrer, illustrated by Daniel Rieley

Cover and internal illustrations by Daniel Rieley Welcome to my stop on Mister P’s Blog Tour! I’m delighted to be hosting a fabulous guest post by Maria Farrer about Putting Empathy Centre Stage, and sharing my review of Me And Mister P: Ruby’s Star... Ruby spends her days, and nights, looking after her Mum and baby … Continue reading Me And Mister P: Ruby’s Star by Maria Farrer, illustrated by Daniel Rieley

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

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

An Interview with B.B. Taylor

I’m delighted to welcome B.B. Taylor to the blog today to talk about all things Curse Of The Nomed and secondary school. Based on a winning idea by The Whizz Writers at Four Dwellings Academy in Birmingham, and beautifully illustrated by Holly Bushnell, B.B. Taylor has brought their story about three children’s first day at … Continue reading An Interview with B.B. Taylor

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