The Little Grey Girl (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)

by Celine Kiernan reviewed by Sarah Custance Celine Kiernan is an Irish author famous for her work The Moorehawke Trilogy.  The Wild Magic Trilogy is her  first time writing for a middle-grade audience. A quote on the cover describes Kiernan as Ireland’s answer to J.K. Rowling but I consider that Kiernan’s Irish heritage plays more … Continue reading The Little Grey Girl (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)

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

Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., Book 1)

by Anna James illustrated by Paola Escobar reviewed by Mia Macrossan This literary story is aimed at those who have already read a fair bit because characters from several famous children’s stories feature in the plot. 12 yr old Tilly lives with her grandparents  above their bookshop called Pages & Co. This is no ordinary … Continue reading Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., Book 1)

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

Christmas Books Reading List

Yes, it is that time of year again. If you are thinking of starting a collection of Christmas books or just looking to add some gems to your collection here are some tried and true favourites, ranging over the humourous, the quirky, the Australian experience, the traditional and the sublimely beautiful. Have a look at … Continue reading Christmas Books Reading List

Tricky’s Bad Day

by Alison Lester reviewed by Claire Monsour Poor Tricky is having a bad day. It all starts when he wakes early  and tries to get himself some milk; but a spill and a slip wake the whole family! From then on, nothing seems to go right for him. Breakfast isn't the way he wants it, … Continue reading Tricky’s Bad Day