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Book Review: The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold & Levi Pinfold (illustrator)

Blurb What if you could communicate with a whale? Rio has been sent to live with a grandmother he barely knows in California, while his mum is in hospital back home. Alone and adrift, the only thing that makes him smile is joining his new friend Marina on her dad's whale watching trips. That is… Continue reading Book Review: The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold & Levi Pinfold (illustrator)

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Book Review: When I See Blue by Lily Bailey

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade Release Date: 9th June 2022 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Hachette Children's Group) Blurb: New town, new school, but the bully is in Ben’s head … There are 4 things you should know about Ben:1. He’s 12 years old2. He’s the new kid at… Continue reading Book Review: When I See Blue by Lily Bailey

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Book Review: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

Publisher: Anderson Press Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade Release Date: 3rd June 2021 Format reviewed: Paperwork own copy (a gift) Blurb 1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only… Continue reading Book Review: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

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Book Review – The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Publisher: Harper Collins Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade Release Date: 18th February 2021 (in paperback 6th January 2022) Format reviewed: Hardback own copy Blurb There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But… Continue reading Book Review – The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

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Book Review: The Exploding Life of Scarlet Fife by Maz Evans

Rating: 5/5 Publisher: Hodder Children's Books, Hachette UK Genre: Children's, Middle Grade Release Date: 13th May 2021 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Hodder Children's Books) Blurb: Cover image by Chris Jevons, 2021 Scarlett Fife has BIG FEELINGS. And when she has BIG FEELINGS, they explode out of her like an over-squeezed stress… Continue reading Book Review: The Exploding Life of Scarlet Fife by Maz Evans

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Book Review: Flight by Vanessa Harbour

RATING: 5/5 I came across this middle-grade World War II adventure story by Vanessa Harbour when I attended an online workshop by the Golden Egg Academy. Published by Firefly Press this book has been out in the UK for a couple of years, but the recommendation sent me looking for it and I'm so glad… Continue reading Book Review: Flight by Vanessa Harbour

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Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

Rating: 5/5 I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) - particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It's a real page turner and beautifully told. Blurb (from Good Reads): Cover by Melissa Castrillon All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a… Continue reading Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis

RATING: 5/5 Oh my goodness…another book that had me welling up and beaming! The Girl with the Dragon Heart is a truly magical book, in all senses of the word, and it caught me in its spell. BLURB: Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis

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Book Review: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Rating 4/5 Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth is a beautiful book that kept me turning the pages without the overt use of cliffhangers and mystery. Not that it lacked these entirely. It was definitely full of action, adventure and uncertainty, it just didn’t require or position these in a manner… Continue reading Book Review: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

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Book Review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

RATING: 4/5 This book is as delicious and magical as its title suggests. You'll find it in the 9-11 year category, but much like other books that sit there, it has the ability to capture the child in all of us. Which is lucky for me as I am currently reading my way through this… Continue reading Book Review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis