The Runaways of Haddington Hall – Vivian French

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Laughter is expressly forbidden at Haddington Hall, which is where Minnie O’Sullivan is whisked off to as a wayward girl. When the hall’s ruthless founder, Mrs Haddington, takes an instant dislike to her, life becomes even more difficult. Minnie, however, has never gone down without a fight and isn’t going to start now….

The Boy Behind the Wall – Maximillian Jones

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In 1960s Berlin, the Wall cuts right through the heart of the city, separating parks, streets and families. Harry and Jakob are both teens living on either side of the wall. When Jakob finds a message that Harry has sent over the wall, a friendship begins which will need to avoid the detection…

Chime Seekers – Ross Montgomery

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Having loved Ross’ previous books I knew I’d be in for a treat with his latest offering. Chime Seekers tells the story of Yanni who has had to move away from the place he loves, and now has to share his parents with his new baby sister. She seems to get all the…

False Rose – Jakob Wegelius

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a brilliant sequel to the book ‘Murderer’s Ape’ which is one of my all-time favourite children’s books. Written by Swedish author and illustrator, Jakob Wegelius, it follows the story of Ape Sally Jones and her life as an engineer on a boat with the Chief. There is also a graphic novel…

The Book of Stolen Dreams – David Farr

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rachel and her brother are embroiled in a plan of their father’s which takes them on an adventure that will both put them in danger, but also have the potential to save them. When their father leaves them in possession of a book, they could never imagine the power it contains. The evil…

Cheltenham Literature Festival

It is shocking I’ve never managed to visit Cheltenham Literature Festival despite attending University in the town for 4 years and only living 45 minutes away. This year, there is a fantastic line up which has an author, talk or book discussion for anyone and everyone! There are so many different age ranges and genres…

The Shadows of Rookhaven – Padraig Kenny

Stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is the brilliant sequel to The Monsters of Rookhaven which I thought was an eerie and exciting story with some fantastic characters. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend that you do (and also the review I wrote for it, which includes an interview with Padraig himself!). Don’t…

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones – Phil Hickes

If you have read ‘The Haunting of Aveline Jones’ then you’ll know what a fantastic book this is going to be to read! Full of eerie settings and storylines, this is a book that will haunt your thoughts long after you’ve finished reading it! I will definitely have mentioned already (several times!) that Halloween is…

His Royal Hopeless – Chloe Perrin

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I LOVE Halloween and when I unwrapped this book, the front cover made me want to dive right in for a spooky read! Robbie is heir to the Sinistevils who are the most evil dynasty in the world. But he just knows he won’t be any good at taking over from his wickedly…

Lightning Falls

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a book which you will want to have in your classroom to help children explore magic and hauntings! Valerie has always lived (and haunted!) at Lightning Falls but when mysterious Joe turns up, she gets told her world may not be the one she knew… Today I am thrilled to have…