Secrets of a Sun King

by Emma Carroll reviewed by Tyrion Perkins The cover immediately attracted me: children on camels in front of the Nile and desert, with a pharaoh on the back, set up the expectation of mystery, travel, and adventure. Secrets of a Sun King didn’t disappoint. In London, 1922, Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her granddad's … Continue reading Secrets of a Sun King

Leaving the Lyrebird Forest

written by Gary Crew illustrated by Julian Laffan reviewed by Yvonne Mes Pondering a future beyond the forest, Alice a young girl, befriends a lyrebird and the elderly widower nearby. Alice is an independent and confident girl, who we follow from the age of 3 until she is 14 while she is living with her … Continue reading Leaving the Lyrebird Forest

Read winning story of 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition

Tuck Shop Takeover by Combat Dad By Debbie Smith   “The school is looking for tuck shop ladies, I mean helpers. Maybe you should sign up?” Mum tells Dad. “Shesh!” I blurt. Mum and Dad both turn to look at me. “What?” Mum shrugs her shoulders and gives me the glare; the glare that means … Continue reading Read winning story of 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition

Sweet Adversity

by Sheryl Gwyther  Reviewed by Zewlan Moor  Sweet Adversity is a historical fiction novel for children aged 10+. It is refreshing to see a story set in Depression-era Australia that centres around a strong-willed protagonist reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables. Not only does Adversity McAllister have the long red plaits, but she also shares a … Continue reading Sweet Adversity

The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

by Gary Crew illustrated by Paul O'Sullivan reviewed by Lucy McGinley I was captivated by the tumultuous true story of Eva Carmichael, as retold by Gary Crew. This historical illustrated story is  based on the experiences of the sole female survivor of  the Loch Ard which was wrecked off the coast of Victoria in 1878. … Continue reading The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

Amal Unbound

by Aisha Saeed reviewed by Lucy McGinley This moving story centres on a brave young Indian girl who dreams of becoming a teacher.  One day her bravery brings her to the attention of the corrupt local landlord. In the simple act of refusing to give him her pomegranate her life changes dramatically. The determined and … Continue reading Amal Unbound

The Mulberry Tree

by Allison Rushby reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton This fantastic middle grade novel will appeal to many 8 - 12 year old readers. A mulberry tree haunts a tiny English village in Cambridgeshire where locals believe the tree has stolen two eleven- year -old girls on the eve of their birthdays in the past. Ten-year-old Immy … Continue reading The Mulberry Tree