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Melt by Ele Fountain

“The bonds which connect people and nature are beginning to fray. Something precious is coming apart.” Melt Page 13 More by good luck than good judgement I found myself reading Melt in the days approaching Earth Day on 22nd April … Continue reading

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The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Which books do children read? The answer to this question varies according to which source of information you consult. A more pertinent question might be, which books do children choose to read? I always find it fascinating to compare the lists … Continue reading

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The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell – Review and link to teaching resources

The Shark Caller is a children’s book so wise, tender and comforting that I want to press it in to the hands of everyone I know. A beautiful and lyrical story of family, loss, friendship and forgiveness it completely captured … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Darwin’s Dragons is a story so compelling that I carried the book around with me; every single chapter revealed a new challenge for our hero. Historical fiction that brings science and exploration to life for young readers and a book … Continue reading

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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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