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

SHORT FICTION: The Fairy Forest at Sunset by Cassie Parkes

Ada arrived with a box full of magic, but no-one seemed to care. The staff had positioned her and her stage in a shaded part of the West Lawn, which was bordered by a small forest of tall pine trees that loomed over her as she set up her small stage, unpacking her magical possessions… Continue reading SHORT FICTION: The Fairy Forest at Sunset by Cassie Parkes

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

SHORT FICTION: The Bomb Squad by Avah Dodson

Alexa Kroshatt’s mind whirled with escape plans: injury, illness, blackmail. Sweat clung to Alexa’s forehead like a sticky Band-aid. She scrunched herself into a tight ball—like if she made herself smaller, she might be invisible. The soft, lavender comforter that was babyish but Alexa’s only protection from evil was thrown off. “Alexa,” a firm voice… Continue reading SHORT FICTION: The Bomb Squad by Avah Dodson

Middle Grade Fiction, Short Story Middle Grade

SHORT FICTION: Why the Owl has Very Big Eyes – an Iroquois folktale retold by Leonore Wilson

Raweno was the Maker of Everything. He stopped what he was doing. It had been a long day and he was ready to go to sleep. The last thing he had done was turn Mr Cardinal’s wings as fiery red as a sunset. As he turned to a small, furry critter squatting by his ankles,… Continue reading SHORT FICTION: Why the Owl has Very Big Eyes – an Iroquois folktale retold by Leonore Wilson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Children’s Ghost Stories by Andrew Murray

- Short Review - This could quite possibly be one of the best books at introducing horror or ghosts stories to children or inquisitive younger minds. Murray deals with a range of stories, including his own marvellously spooky offerings, whilst also retelling some classics such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Ghost of King… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Children’s Ghost Stories by Andrew Murray

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