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

Lenny’s Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee reviewed by Mia Macrossan Karen Foxlee says that story writing is about creating a world, breathing characters to life and enticing readers on a journey’. In LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING, her new book for younger readers she has succeeded in creating an instant classic.   This book is so vivid and immersive, so … Continue reading Lenny’s Book of Everything

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

Leave Taking

by Lorraine Marwood illustrated by Peter Carnavas reviewed by Danielle Freeland Lorraine Marwood has delivered something very special in this verse novel. When Toby’s parents decide to pack up and leave their family’s farm to start again after the death of their only daughter, Leah. Toby doesn’t want to go.  His sadness for Leah turns … Continue reading Leave Taking

Sonam and the Silence

Written by Eddie Ayres Illustrated by Ronak Taher Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Sonam and the Silence is not an easy or carefree children’s book. It has not come from a place of lightness, but it does bring with it an important message of resilience and hope. Eddie Ayres dedicated a year to working at the Afghanistan … Continue reading Sonam and the Silence