The Elephant Squad – Kerry Gibb

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cleo has given up on receiving invites from her classmates, or being able to discuss the latest gossip from the school disco that everyone in her year went to. Ever since she started school, she’s said no to any events outside school. It’s not that she doesn’t want to go, but her mum…

Truth Be Told – Sue Divin

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Having previously read ‘Guard Your Heart’, Sue Divin’s previous book, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this, her second book, ‘Truth Be Told’. Tara has been raised in Derry City, while Faith lives in rural Armagh. When they come face-to-face, they realise they look almost identical and start to question if they’re…

The Secret Sunshine Project – Benjamin Dean

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you have read Benjamin Dean’s debut children’s book, you will know he writes uplifting stories which give representation to the LGBTQ+ community alongside delivering emotionally charged stories in a way which children can access. The Secret Sunshine Project is no different. When Bea and Riley go to Pride with their parents, they…

Luma and the Pet Dragon – Leah Mohammed

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Luma wakes up on her seventh birthday and knows there is a special day awaiting her. What she doesn’t know however, is that she will not only meet a dragon, but a dragon who can talk. Except when he’s around others – then he appears to be a mischievous puppy. It’s a big…

Snowy White –

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Today is ‘Tell A Fairy Tale Day’ which is perfectly fitting for this fabulous book: Snowy White. A cool re-telling of a classic fairy tale, this is a brilliant book to modernise Snow White for a new generation. Kingsley is the finest cat in the land, but when Snowy White arrives – a…

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List – Jenny Pearson

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am a HUGE fan of Jenny’s books. Not only are they funny but they always have emotion at the heart of the story, which inspires empathy within the reader. When Frank receives money from his grandma that he didn’t know he had, things take an unexpected turn because it also comes with…

Agent Moose – Mo O’Hara and Jess Bradley

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect for fans of: John Patrick Green When I heard about Agent Moose I was really excited – my class are big fans of Investigators and this series sounded like a perfect read for them to move onto. I wasn’t disappointed! Agent Moose has solved 99 cases and wants to solve his 100th…

Sleepover Takeover – Simon James Green

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect for fans of: Charlie Higson Otis and Jagger have always been on the outside of cool within their class – and they don’t mind. They have their own fun weekend planned and don’t need to be involved in the coolest party of the year. But when Rocco invites them last minute to…

The Bird Singers – Eve Wersocki Morris

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Layah and Izzy have grown up immersed in the ancient myths of their father’s homeland, Poland. Their grandmother wrote a book on them, and the girls have always loved listening to them. It’s summer, and their Mum has taken them to the Lakes to have a holiday. Their dad has stayed behind to…

Frankie’s World – Aoife Dooley

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Frankie feels different, she always has done. Sometimes, she even wonders if she’s an alien! Is it because she’s smaller than everyone else in class? Or that she has to go to hospital? If only she could find her dad – who left when she was younger – Frankie could get some answers…