First Names: NELSON (Mandela) by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and Nicole Miles

Publication Date: 4 February 2021 The Blurb Meet NELSON MANDELA, the world's most famous freedom fighter, who went from wanted terrorist to international hero and President of South Africa, thanks to 27 years in jail! Find out: why he didn't use a toothbrush until he was 21; why he was arrested for travelling on a … Continue reading First Names: NELSON (Mandela) by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and Nicole Miles

Three Keys by Kelly Yang

Publication date: 7 January 2021 The Blurb The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk. Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to … Continue reading Three Keys by Kelly Yang

Opie Jones Talks To Animals by Nat Luurtsema, illustrated by Fay Austin

Publication Date: 4 February 2021 The Blurb 10-year-old Opie Jones is Very Ordinary. In fact nothing remarkable has ever happened to her, if you don’t count the cat that gives her funny looks from next door (which she doesn’t). So she is naturally very surprised when she is recruited to join The Resistance – a … Continue reading Opie Jones Talks To Animals by Nat Luurtsema, illustrated by Fay Austin

The House At The Edge Of Magic by Amy Sparkes

Publication Date: 7 January 2021 The Blurb Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures. When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman’s purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host … Continue reading The House At The Edge Of Magic by Amy Sparkes

Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs And Me by Bethany Walker, illustrated by Jack Noel

Publication Date: 7 January 2021 I am delighted to welcome Bethany Walker to my blog today to discuss how she nearly became Bethany Bucket. It's all down there, after my review... The Blurb 10-year-old Freddy Spicer writes letters to his parents - who he believes are working at a Brussels-sprouts farm in Outer Castonga, with … Continue reading Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs And Me by Bethany Walker, illustrated by Jack Noel

The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

Publication Date: The Blurb Legends may be born from half-forgotten memory or half-understood experience, but they’re never made up out of thin air… and sometimes there’s more truth in legend than in fact. Deposited on the doorstep of a children’s home as a baby, Tia’s only clues to her history are the strange items left … Continue reading The Lost Child’s Quest by James Haddell

Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Publication Date: 7 January 2021 The Blurb Syms Covington has landed the job of a lifetime - cabin boy and fiddler on Charles Darwin's Beagle. But when he is separated from the crew during a storm, his life takes a truly extraordinary turn. Shipwrecked on a Galapagos island, he makes a discovery that could change … Continue reading Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Climate Change And How We’ll Fix It by Alice Harman, illustrated by Andrés Lozano

National Non-Fiction November is an annual celebration of non-fiction for children and young people organized by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, and I'm delighted to be sharing an amazing non-fiction title today for the final stop on the blog tour this year. Publication Date: 20 October 2020 The Blurb We know what we need … Continue reading Climate Change And How We’ll Fix It by Alice Harman, illustrated by Andrés Lozano

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

Publication Date: 12 November 2020 The Blurb Set against the backdrop of Karachi, Pakistan, Saadia Faruqi’s tender and honest middle grade novel tells the story of two girls navigating a summer of change and family upheaval with kind hearts, big dreams, and all the right questions. Mimi is not thrilled to be spending her summer … Continue reading A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Publication Date: 5 November 2020 The Blurb Sometimes at the darkest hour, hope shines the brightest… When Col’s childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight – Col must race … Continue reading The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery