The Monsters Of Rookhaven by Pádraig Kenny, illustrated by Edward Bettison

Publication Date: 17 September 2020 The Blurb 'Humans, as is there wont, have a terrible habit of making a mess of everything.' Mirabelle has always known she is a monster. When the glamour protecting her unusual family from the human world is torn and an orphaned brother and sister stumble upon Rookhaven, Mirabelle soon discovers … Continue reading The Monsters Of Rookhaven by Pádraig Kenny, illustrated by Edward Bettison

What’s That In Dog Years? by Ben Davis

The Blurb The last woof and testament of Gizmo the Wonder Dog! George knows that Gizmo is getting old - after all, he's been around since before George was born and what's that in dog years? - so he writes Gizmo a bucket list. As the pair work their way down the list they have … Continue reading What’s That In Dog Years? by Ben Davis

Lori and Max by Catherine O’Flynn

The Blurb Lori wants to be a detective but, so far, the most exciting mystery she has solved is the disappearance of her nan’s specs down the side of the sofa. Max is the new girl at school and Lori is asked to look after her. Max is odd. She doesn’t fit in – but … Continue reading Lori and Max by Catherine O’Flynn

D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer

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

The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory

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

The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

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

If All The World Were… by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

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

Will You Catch Me? By Jane Elson

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

EmpathyLab Announces 2019 Read For Empathy Guides

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