Evie and the Animals

by Matt Haig illustrated by Emily Gravett reviewed by Mia Macrossan This heartwarming story introduces  a young girl who has the special talent of being able to understand and talk to animals a la Hugh Lofting's Dr Dolittle. (I don't think it is a coincidence that Evie goes to Lofting Primary School) Evie gets in … Continue reading Evie and the Animals

Vognox the Viking and the Island of Skeletons

by Nick Falk illustrated by Tony Flowers reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is the  laugh out loud highly illustrated, almost graphic novel of a very reluctant Viking adventurer. Vognox is frightened of everything. He doesn’t want to go outside because there are horrible monsters out there with terrible fangs who will bite him on the … Continue reading Vognox the Viking and the Island of Skeletons

The Time Travel Diaries

by Caroline Lawrence reviewed by Sarah Custance Caroline Lawrence is the author of the award winning ‘Roman Mysteries’ series, first published in 2001 and  since  translated into 14 different languages. Lawrence loves delving deep into history for her novels and tries to make them as accurate and true to history as she can and her … Continue reading The Time Travel Diaries

The Monster Who Wasn’t

by T C Shelley reviewed by Sarah Custance T.C. Shelley has been an English Teacher and ‘The Monster Who Wasn’t’ is her first novel. Throughout the book there are various hints that  at least one sequel if not a whole series is planned about ‘the imp’ (aka Sam, the monster who wasn’t). For this novel … Continue reading The Monster Who Wasn’t

The Year We Fell From Space

by Amy Sarig King reviewed by Mia Macrossan Amy Sarig King has  published many critically acclaimed young adult novels under the name A.S. King, including Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and Ask the Passengers, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. This latest title, writing as Amy Sarig … Continue reading The Year We Fell From Space

The Dragon in the Library

by Louie Stowell illustrated by Davide Ortu reviewed by Sarah Custance Louie Stowell is an English author of many books, both fact and fiction, for children as well as being the Editorial Director at Ladybird. The Dragon in the Library is her first middle grade novel that will become a series with the second book … Continue reading The Dragon in the Library

Scoop McLaren Detective Editor

by Helen Castles Reviewed by Sarah Custance Helen Castles is a real life newspaper reporter with ‘Scoop McLaren Detective Editor’ being her first published book, the beginning of a series. Helen has wonderfully blended her actual reporter experience as (I’m sure you can tell by the title) it is based around a budding editor and … Continue reading Scoop McLaren Detective Editor