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Toto the Ninja Cat and the Mystery Jewel Thief by Dermot O’Leary illustrated by Nick East

At the weekend I was involved in an online discussion about books suitable for children in Year 3, aged about 7 or 8, and as luck would have have it the next book on my reading list fitted the bill … Continue reading

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Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone

The second story in the Unmapped Chronicles is full of adventure, magic, threat and danger and, most importantly, of the transforming power of kindness and understanding. “Take the marble. Then run, girl, run headlong into this adventure. The Unmapped Kingdoms … Continue reading

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The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie

Vashti Hardy’s first title for Barrington Stoke contains all the components required of the perfect adventure story for children. A brave if somewhat impetuous lead character, clues to solve, villains to defeat, a wise and loyal companion and a map. … Continue reading

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The Key to Finding Jack by Ewa Jozefkowicz cover illustration by Katy Riddell

Flick and her older brother Jack have a close bond, spending time together and sharing a love of solving riddles each evening. When Jack goes missing following an earthquake while on a gap year trip in Peru Flick is determined … Continue reading

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Brilliant New Children’s Books – illustrated young fiction and middle grade adventure

Over the last few weeks several new books have been published for children including some that were delayed due to the pandemic and I would like to share just three of them. Children overcoming fears, making friends, having adventures, magic, … Continue reading

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Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission by David Long illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

This retelling of the story of the memorable moon mission by David Long, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 – Best Books with Facts for Survivors, will engage, inform and inspire young readers keeping them gripped to the final page. It … Continue reading

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Toto The Ninja Cat and The Superstar Catastrophe by Dermot O’Leary illustrated by Nick East

The third in a series inspired by the author’s real life cats this action packed adventure is full of humour and is a real mood lifter of a book. Illustrated throughout,  this is great fun for young newly confident readers … Continue reading

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The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle

I loved Judith Eagle’s debut, The Secret Starling, so it was with eager anticipation that I started reading her second book. I was not disappointed. Wonderful storytelling, an epic adventure, villains that make you boo and hiss, brave and resourceful … Continue reading

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Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Golden Seahorse by Sally Gardner illustrated by Nick Maland

The third in this magical series by Sally Gardner this delightful book is a treat for young readers. The story is told with bags of humour and a touch of the ridiculous and this, combined with the wonderful illustrations by … Continue reading

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Dust Road by Tom Huddleston

Dust Road, the sequel to Flood World, is another epic adventure on a grand scale. Its gripping plot, vicious villains, courageous heroes and thought provoking themes combine to make this a rewarding read for children and teens.  Tom Huddleston has … Continue reading

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