Arctic Star by Tom Palmer, illustrated by Tom Clohsey Cole

Publication Date: 6 May 2021 The Blurb Winter 1943. Teenagers Frank, Joseph and Stephen are Royal Navy recruits on their first mission at sea during the Second World War. Their ship is part of an Arctic Convoy sailing to Russia to deliver supplies to the Soviets. The convoys have to navigate treacherous waters, sailing through … Continue reading Arctic Star by Tom Palmer, illustrated by Tom Clohsey Cole

Melt by Ele Fountain

Publication Date: 29 April 2021 The Blurb A boy lives in a remote, snow-bound village with his elderly grandmother. Their traditional way of life is threatened by the changing snow and ice: it melts faster every year. When the sea-ice collapses while he is out hunting, he only just escapes with his life and is … Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain

Llama On A Mission by Annabelle Sami, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan

Publication Date: 29 April 2021 The Blurb Yasmin Shah is just like any other ten-year-old girl, with a crazy loud family, the BEST best friend ever& and a talking toy llama! With the help of her loud guardian llama Levi, Yasmin has finally found her voice, but her mission has only just begun. She is … Continue reading Llama On A Mission by Annabelle Sami, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan

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

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