• Reviews

    Review: You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    You Must Be Layla (Paperback)You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied
    Genre: Middle Grade | Contemporary
    Published by: Puffin
    Pages: 288
    Release date: 05/03/2019
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Layla believes she was right to stand up for herself against a bully, but it’s landed her a suspension – not the way she (or her parents) would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new school! This is just a setback though, and she’s determined to prove that she does deserve her scholarship by making new friends and setting her sights on inventing something that could win the big robotics competition.

    But where to begin?

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  • Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: Brand New Boy by David Almond

    Hey friends! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Brand New Boy by David Almond. I am sharing with you some reasons why I am excited to read this book. Enjoy!

    Brand New Boy: Amazon.co.uk: Almond, David, Altés, Marta: BooksBrand New Boy by David Almond
    Genre: Middle Grade
    Published by: Walker Books
    Pages: 320
    Release date: 05/11/2020
    Where to find: Goodreads | Amazon
    Summary: “Mam, did you think George was,” I say, “a bit … weird?”

    “Weird? Yes, I suppose so. But you kids are all a bit weird if you ask me. And to tell the truth, it’d be weird if you weren’t.”

    When a new boy joins the class, everyone thinks he’s a bit strange, but he’s brilliant at football and loves crisps, and that’s all that matters to Dan and Maxie. However, the truth about George is stranger than anyone could have imagined … and more sinister, too. Can his new pals help him to become truly free?

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  • Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall (Guest Post)

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall and I am bringing you a guest post from Catherine about why she wrote the book and why it is important to her. Enjoy!

    The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall
    Genre: Historical MG
    Published by: Book Guild Publishing
    Pages: 200
    Release date: 28/08/2020
    Where to find: Goodreads | Amazon
    Summary: London, 1666. After the sudden death of her father, thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hopper and her mother must take over THE WHITE PHOENIX – the family bookshop in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. But England is at war with France and dire prophecies abound. As rumours of invasion and plague spread, Lizzie battles prejudice, blackmail and mob violence to protect the bookshop she loves. When the Great Fire of London breaks out, Lizzie must rescue more than just the bookshop. Can she now save the friend she wasn’t supposed to have? CAN THE WHITE PHOENIX RISE FROM THE ASHES?

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  • Reviews

    Review: The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

    The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling
    Genre: Middle Grade | Historical | Mystery
    Published by: Little Tiger
    Pages: 288
    Release date: 02/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Zinnie and her sisters live in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town. They keep out of the way of the authorities and remain undetected. Until, that is, rumours of a ghost bring unwanted visitors into the caverns they call home. Among them, a young Arthur Conan Doyle, keen to investigate, and MacDuff, the shady owner of Edinburgh’s newest attraction, the House of Wonders.

    Caught up in a world of intrigue and adventure, Zinnie seeks answers. But how can she discover what secrets lie in the House of Wonders while also protecting the sisters she holds so dear?


  • Reviews

    Blog Tour Review: Fierce, Fearless and Free by Lari Don

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    Fierce, Fearless and Free by Lari Don
    Genre: Middle Grade
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 141
    Release date: 05/03/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: A brilliant, inclusive collection of traditional tales from around the world featuring amazing women and girls. Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who – no, that’s not right! Once upon a time, there were strong, fierce women who plotted, schemed, took action, showed kindness, used magic and trickery, and made their own destiny. From the long-haired Petrosinella who escaped the tower and broke the spell that the ogress had cast over her and Nana Miriam who beat a hippo using politeness and magic, to Kate Crackernuts who tried to save her stepsister from her mother’s curse, these are stories of girls doing it for themselves! With stories drawn from all over the world, including China, Scotland, Armenia, Italy and Nigeria, Lari Don presents heroine stories that don’t leave girls sitting around waiting to be saved by the handsome prince.


  • Reviews

    ARC Review: Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy

    45358320Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy
    Genre: Historical
    Published by: Nancy Paulsen Books
    Pages: 240
    Release date: 14/01/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Pixie’s defenses are up, and it’s no wonder. She’s been uprooted, the chickens seem to have it in for her, and now her beloved sister, Charlotte, has been stricken with polio and whisked away into quarantine. So it’s not surprising Pixie lashes out. But her habit of making snap judgments — and giving her classmates nicknames like “Rotten Ricky” and “Big-Mouth Berta” — hasn’t won her any friends. At least life on the farm is getting better with the delivery of its newest resident–a runt baby lamb. Raising Buster takes patience and understanding–and this slowing down helps Pixie put things in better perspective. So too does paying attention to her neighbors, and finding that with the war on she’s not the only one missing someone. As Pixie pushes past her own pain to become a bigger person, she’s finally able to make friends; and to laugh about the fact that it is in places where she least expected it.