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

SHORT STORY: Circus Girl by Dianne Bates

My mum can fit inside a jar. SHEILA SPANGLE THE AMAZING CONTORTIONIST reads the sign on our caravan. Twice a day Mama squeezes inside her jar.         Papa’s a magician – Herman the Mighty. And my older brother Anthony flies on the trapeze night after night in the Big Top.         I’m Cassie, nine years… Continue reading SHORT STORY: Circus Girl by Dianne Bates

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

FICTION: The Ins and Outs of War by Marissa Hoffmann

Little Albert’s scared so I’m holding his hand. The warden’s shouting AIR RAID DAMAGE down the receiver in the phone box. Seems daft to me with all the smoke scribbling up into the sky.

Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Star Spun Web by Sinead O’Hart

- Short review - A fast moving fantasy novel for readers 10 to 12 with elements like Philip Pullman's stories. Follow Tess and her pet tarantula on an amazing adventure through parallel worlds. You will trip along this story from beginning to end spellbound by Sinead O'Hart's unique turn of phrase. - Longer Review -… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Star Spun Web by Sinead O’Hart

Middle Grade Fiction

FICTION: The Head by Joseph Surtees

Amy was upset. She’d been told off for asking too many questions. They were visiting the Tower of London and Amy wanted to know all about it. Eventually the teacher had told her to be quiet and she had run off, so nobody would see her crying. She kicked a mound of earth in front… Continue reading FICTION: The Head by Joseph Surtees

Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Fire Maker by Guy Jones

- Short Review - Alex is being bullied at school by his former best friend, Freddie.  His Mum and Dad have split up and he lives with his father but he's so busy with work that he barely notices that Alex is there.  Everything is okay though as he still has his magic.  When he… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Fire Maker by Guy Jones

Book Review, Children's Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Pog by Padraig Kenny

- Short Review - Following the death of their mother, Penny & David have moved into what once was her childhood home.  It's been empty for some time but their father feels it could become the perfect family home for them to make a fresh start in.  What none of them realise is that the… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Pog by Padraig Kenny

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: She Wolf by Dan Smith

Short Review Ylva (pronounced Eel-va) is an orphaned Dane.  Her mother has been killed by a three-fingered man and, as a proud Viking, she needs to avenge her murder.  In a bleak Northumbrian landscape we follow her journey of survival and vengeance - but who should she trust and is everything as it seems?  With… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: She Wolf by Dan Smith