Category Archives: Book Review

Not My Fault by Cath Howe

Ever since the accident Rose and her sister Maya have not been talking. Maya asked her sister to push her harder on the roundabout and when Rose did there were terrible results. Now Maya blames Rose and treats her unkindly … Continue reading

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Into the Bin (and out again) by Anne Fine illustrated by Vicky Gausden

Former Children’s Laureate and Carnegie Award winning author Anne Fine has written several shorter novels for Barrington Stoke over the years that have been extremely popular in the school library. Her latest offering Into the Bin (and out again) is … Continue reading

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D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer

In this poignant and thought provoking World War 2 story Tom Palmer weaves together diverse voices to commemorate those who lost their lives during the D-Day Landings and sympathetically answers some of the most difficult questions about war itself. This … Continue reading

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We Won an Island by Charlotte Lo

Islands have featured in fiction and in particular in children’s fiction for many years. From Kirrin Island in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series to Stephenson’s Treasure Island, the islands in Kensuke’s Kingdom and Robinson Crusoe and also in picture books, … Continue reading

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D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer – The inspiration for the story

One of my favourite children’s books from 2018 was the wonderful Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer. On 2nd May his latest book, D-Day Dog, is published in time to mark the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. … Continue reading

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Jasper: Space Dog by Hilary Robinson illustrated by Lewis James

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing this entertaining book weaves fact and fiction together in a package that is designed to be accessible to a broad readership. Jasper would be a valuable addition to … Continue reading

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The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

This debut set in a dystopian near future is an absorbing story of boundaries tested, forbidden friendships made, propaganda and questioning, and developing the courage to find your own voice and speak the truth. Eleven year old Maggie is a … Continue reading

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The Truth of Things and Lark by Anthony McGowan

The publishers Barrington Stoke are responsible for a wide range of books that are created to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia or children and teens sometimes described as reluctant readers. Sometimes “reluctant” readers are simply young … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock

I loved this thrilling story with a Dickensian feel. The Book Who Flew is brimful of murder, a chilling, sinister villain, rooftop escapes, adventure and a brave hero who has dreams, secrets and a warm heart.   Athan Wilde and … Continue reading

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Super Readable Children’s Books

Book post from publishers Barrington Stoke is always a treat and February got off to a good start when these two books arrived through my letter box. Both titles have a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more … Continue reading

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