Tag Archives: Friendship

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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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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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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The Boy Who Lived With Dragons by Andy Shepherd illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

The Boy Who Lived With Dragons by @andyjshepherd illustrated by Sara Ogilvie @PiccadillyPress. There is never a dull moment in this welcome sequel to one of my highlights of 2018. Perfect for newly confident readers Continue reading

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Book Advent – Children’s Books for Christmas Week 1

The Dog That Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies illustrated by Mike Byrne  Award winning author Nicola Davies tells this story, of a boy for whom Christmas is a strain rather than a joy and the dog that helps him to … Continue reading

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The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay

A wonderful story, characters you grow to love, a plot that carries you along with families as they grow from young children to adulthood set against the backdrop of a terrible war that affected so many, this is a book … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll – Review and Link to Resources

Five years ago this month I reviewed Emma Carroll’s debut novel Frost Hollow Hall for The Bookbag. At the time I said that the ten year old me would have loved the book. Each of her subsequent novels has reminded … Continue reading

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The Lost Diary of Sami Star by Karen McCombie

In her latest book for Barrington Stoke Karen McCombie captures the voice of a young girl who feels she is invisible to her family and friends but gradually discovers that friendship can be found in the most unlikely places. Life … Continue reading

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Splash by Charli Howard

Splash by Charli Howard is an uplifting story about family, friendship and following your dreams told with sensitivity and warmth. A perfect read for those moving from primary to secondary school.     Molly, who lives with her grandparents following … Continue reading

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