Illustrations by Tom Clohosy Cole Jack loves nothing more than playing video games based on war with his Dad, a member of the Army Reserves. That, and his dog, Finn. And now he's learning all about the D-Day Landings at school before the Year 6 residential trip to Normandy. Life couldn't be better. Then Jack's … Continue reading D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer
I am a huge fan of Lorraine Gregory - her debut, Mold And The Poison Plot is one of my favourite middle grade books, so it’s felt like a very long wait for book two, but ohhhh, was it worth it... Cover illustration by Meg Hunt Brat lives in the isolated castle serving Lord Macawber, … Continue reading The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory
Every now and again, the sheer strength of love for a book from everyone who has read it can become a barrier for reading it for me, as I worry it won't live up to the expectations I then have for it. Irrational, I know, but true nonetheless. And so, Edward Tulane never quite made … Continue reading The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
The vibrant, joyful cover hides a story I wasn’t prepared for on first reading... A little girl and her grandad spend time together throughout the seasons, talking, playing, creating and making memories that will last a lifetime. Coelho’s words and Colpoys illustrations combine to create a wonderful tale of love, loss and making memories. It … Continue reading If All The World Were… by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys
Cover illustration by Michelle Rockford Nell is the only naturalist on the Beckham Estate, which means she shares her bedroom with her menagerie of rescued animals that she cares for. They provide a distraction from having to care for her mum too, and offer normality and rhythm in her otherwise chaotic life. When a new … Continue reading Will You Catch Me? By Jane Elson
Welcome to the blog today where I have exciting news about the 2019 Read For Empathy Guides, and a special guest post from Jon Biddle, a Read for Empathy book collection judge, about the judging process, and why Read For Empathy Day is so important. So, over to Jon... As a member of staff at one of … Continue reading EmpathyLab Announces 2019 Read For Empathy Guides
Our Castle By The Sea by Lucy Strange: Lucy intertwines the realities of life on the home front with sinister myth and malicious mystery to create a spellbinding story.
Cover illustration by Kerry Hyndman The Blurb... London schoolboy Ben is heading for Kenya to meet his Maasai family. But how is an outsider like him going to fit in? When he meets his cousin Kip, he discovers they share more than he thought – if only Ben can keep up . . . Together, … Continue reading Warrior Boy by Virginia Clay