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BOOK REVIEW: Storm by Nicola Skinner

- Short Review - Frances Frida Ripley has an incredible birth story.  She was born, on the beach, in the middle of a storm and she's been raging about it ever since.  However if Frances thought her birth story was unusual her death story is even more extraordinary.  Having "persuaded" her parents to visit a… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Storm by Nicola Skinner

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BOOK REVIEW: The Faraway Truth by Janae Marks

- Short Review - A heart warming story about Zoe who finds herself more alone than usual one summer holiday.  Whilst hanging around the house, she intercepts the mailman one day and finds a letter from her, biological, father.  He was sent to prison before she was even born, for murder, and she's never had… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Faraway Truth by Janae Marks

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BOOK REVIEW: The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

- Short Review - When their parents have to go abroad to work, Hedy and Spencer are sent to stay with their Grandpa John, in his house of many secrets and surprises.  Grandpa used to be a magician but has become a recluse since his wife vanished into thin air, when a trick went wrong… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mask Of Aribella by Anna Hoghton

Short Review: Set in the magical location of Venice this book follows the coming of age of Aribella, the daughter of a poor lacemaker.  On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, whilst defending best friend Theo, she discovers a previously unknown power - she can conjure fire from her fingertips.  Cast out by the locals… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Mask Of Aribella by Anna Hoghton

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

SHORT FICTION: The Horse and the Unicorn by Sophie Crockett

Olivia was a little girl who lived in a large old house in the country, the house had been in Olivia's family for generations but the best part was that it came with its very own forest, lake and beautiful gardens. Olivia's best friend was an amazing chestnut horse who was called Lady, Lady was… Continue reading SHORT FICTION: The Horse and the Unicorn by Sophie Crockett

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

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BOOK REVIEW: Shadows of Winterspell by Amy Wilson

Do you believe in Fae and magic? Stella lives on the outskirts of the Winterspell Forest, where there is mystery and magic. She has her Imp, Peg and her ghostly Nan for company; who try to keep her safe but Stella wants friends, to be a normal girl and that means going to school. So,… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Shadows of Winterspell by Amy Wilson

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

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BOOK REVIEW: Hubert Horatio: How to Raise your Grown-ups by Lauren Child

- Short Review - If like me you have children that were brought up on Charlie and Lola then what better book to get them to move onto - this is a great book, full of the same magic and sparkle of Child's outings with Lola and her brother, but a bit more of a… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Hubert Horatio: How to Raise your Grown-ups by Lauren Child

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BOOK REVIEW: Bad Nana: That’s Snow Business! by Sophy Henn

- Short Review - Sophy Henn brings us another instalment of Bad Nana and Jeanie - our wonderfully plucky and fully realised protagonist. This time there is excitement about a Winter Wonderland Variety Show - all the town are invited to audition, Jeanie is very excited until she discovers that Bad Nana and her friend… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Bad Nana: That’s Snow Business! by Sophy Henn