All writers of children’s stories aged 18+ are invited to enter the 2020 StoryLinks Short Story competition Entries should be a short story, maximum of 1000 words, suitable for children of any age up to 15 years old. Due date for entries is Monday, 16 March 2020. The shortlist of three will be announced Monday, … Continue reading 2020 Short Story competition now open!
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)
written by Christopher Edge reviewed by Leslee Anne Hewson This adventure story is fascinating because of its historical references and science input. Edge wrote a complicated but accessible story which included factual information about codes and code-breaking – The Freemason’s Code, Morse Code and the Enigma Code. His three main characters are based on three … Continue reading The Longest Night of Charlie Noon
#1 Pelican in Peril #2 Microbat Mayhem written by Candice Lemon-Scott Illustrated by Aska reviewed by Maria Parenti-Baldey Two snappy adventure stories with Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay. In Pelican in Peril, the kids rescue an oil-covered pelican, Poseidon, who becomes an unexpected hero. They uncover a plot to pollute their little town’s ocean waters … Continue reading Eco Rangers Series
by Phil Cummings illustrated by Shane Devries reviewed by Claire Monsour Boy is the story of a young boy, named "Boy", who lives in a village in a land ruled by a powerful king. The kingdom is being terrorised by a fire-breathing dragon. Boy can't hear, but he's a very happy child. He communicates with … Continue reading Boy
by Tracey Hawkins illustrated by Anil Tortop reviewed by Sandy Driessens How lovely is this image of a cow leaping in the moonlight and the black and white cow hide print on the end papers. But what is the story behind it? With clip-clopping of hooves and some fabulous moves, Lola the Jersey cow practices … Continue reading Leaping Lola
by Jack Henseleit illustrated by Ryan Andrews reviewed by Sandy Driessens WARNING: DO NOT look for fairies. You will not find them. And if you do. YOU WILL REGRET IT. In this, the second book of The Witching Hours series, this warning still applies. Our young adventurers, Anna (10 years) and Max (8 years) arrive … Continue reading The Troll Heart #2 The Witching Hours