Britain’s Bookshops: the imagination emporiums!

I’ve been writing my blog for a while now, but I’ve never really gone into what prompted me to begin finally writing one. Anyone who knows me or follows my Twitter or Instagram, will know I have always been a lover of books; I’m a lifelong reader. It will be of no surprise to anyone…

The Asparagus Bunch – Jessica Scott-Whyte

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Leon John Crothers is 4779 days old. He has been to six different schools, who have all moved him on as they think he has an ‘attitude problem’. It is only when he meets Dr Snot (yes, really!) that Leon is diagnosed as autistic. Leon doesn’t care for the label. He doesn’t believe…

Wishes Come In Threes – Andy Jones

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Phyll is having a difficult summer, and it doesn’t seem as though it will be getting easier anytime soon. She’s had to move her whole life as her family have moved to the seaside, where life is still far from perfect. Her mum is sick, she’s made an enemy at summer camp and…

Word of the Day – Britannia Books

Stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love providing children with new ways to enhance their vocabulary in the classroom. Of course, reading often tops the list when considering how this can happen as books provide opportunities to discover new words in context, allowing experimentation within writing and oracy once they have been read. However, it is also…

My Friend the Octopus – Lindsay Galvin

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When Vinnie’s mum takes her to Brighton to stay with her aunt, Vinnie thinks they are finally going on an adventure together. But when they arrive, she discovers they won’t be staying there together like she first thought. Instead, her mum has shut their milliner’s and is leaving for Paris, and can’t tell…

A House Without Walls – Elizabeth Laird

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘I might be trapped here, never living in a house with solid walls again, never going back to school, a refugee for the rest of my life.’ Safiya and her family have had to leave their home in Syria, driven out by civil war. But, despite this, Safiya knows how lucky she is…

Chameleon Dad – Debbie Thomas

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Connie’s Dad went to buy her a cup of hot chocolate at the airport cafe. Eight years later, he still hasn’t come back. Despite loving her foster-mum, Connie is desperate to track down her dad and find out what happened to him; why would he leaver her? When a mysterious letter appears, she…

Like A Charm – Elle McNicoll

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ramya Knox has been told all her life she’s different, and been made to feel that way, too. Both at school and home, no-one seems to expect much from her, but it’s these differences, however, which will make it only her that can see the magic surrounding Edingburgh. Ramya can see through the…

The Haunting of Leigh Harker – Darcy Coates

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Leigh Harker has always found her home to be a sanctuary. It is there that she feels safest, and after living there for a decade she has felt comfortable with her neighbourhood. Then, one day, things change abruptly. Curtains open on their own, radios turn on and off, and a sense of overwhelms…

The Colour of Hope – Ross Mackenzie

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Years ago, the emperor used dark magic to steal all the colour from the world – there is nothing but grey for people to exist in…except for the emperor himself. One day, when nearly all the world has forgotten what life was like in colour, a miracle baby is born. Everything the baby touches…