Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

- Short Review - The first of a trilogy this is witchcraft but not in the traditional sense of casting spells around a cauldron.  More of a fantasy novel, the story follows the travels of Safi and Iseult a pair of Threadsisters.  Each has their own individual power but together their destiny is greater than… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Against All Gods by Maz Evans

- Short Review - Against All Gods is the finale of what has been a rollercoaster of a series by Maz Evans. A series of books which I would be as bold as to say are one of the best middle grade series out there. Against All Gods has everything you want, laughter, action, new… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Against All Gods by Maz Evans

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

BOOK REVIEW: Frostfire by Jamie Smith

This is a book which pulls no punches in its opening scenes and chapters. The reader is thrown into the thick of a complex world, with all the confusion and disorientation which goes along with that, but it certainly makes for an arresting, exciting read. The book opens with some of the main characters –… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Frostfire by Jamie Smith

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Illustrator, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

As a fan of both writer David Almond and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to review this title. The first thing I would say is that it is a very beautifully produced book with a stunning cover by Jeffers, featuring his trademark mixed media style of illustration and unique font. This… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

BEST BOOKS: Dan Soule picks his best books of 2018

I've had a truly wonderful year of reading. I read some classics from way back, some from when I was a kid (still way back but not quite as far) and some brilliant modern books hot off the press or a few years old. I'll give my complete list of everything I read at the… Continue reading BEST BOOKS: Dan Soule picks his best books of 2018

Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Short Story Middle Grade

Short Story: Gill, The Super Fish-Boy by Jenny Pearson

Day one and I’m late for roll call. It’s my mum’s fault as my super-suit is way too small and it is giving me a super-wedgie. I wish she’d never wangled me a place on the Superkids Summer Program but when your mum is Astro-Woman, she gets what she wants. Just ask my dad.

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Book Review: Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge

Short Review: Funny, silly and yet full of a massive amount of scientific facts, oh and a ton of bogey jokes, with loads of illustrations. A story about the trouble with having an annoying younger brother and trying to save a dinosaur, win a science contest while trying not to get to much snot on… Continue reading Book Review: Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge