Guest Post: Malcolm Duffy

I previously posted a blog about the brilliant book: Sofa Surfer – Malcolm Duffy. Now, I am lucky enough to have a follow-up post from the author all about research that was carried out on the book. as well as telling the story of a loss of identity. I found the below post really powerful…

The Tindims – Sally Gardner & Lydia Corry

As I’m sure you’ve spotted, I’m a little behind schedule posting this blog, so first, apologies my post is late! The Tindims series of books focus on miniature characters who live on Rubbish Island and want to save the world through conservation – they’re expert recyclers who live by the motto ‘what is rubbish today…

Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fountains of Silence is set in 1950’s Spain, when General Fransisco Franco was dictator, and the country was held firmly in his grip. Daniel’s father is an oil executive who is set to make a deal with Franco, whilst using the trip to continue grooming Daniel to take over the business. However, Daniel…

An Alien in the Jam Factory – Chrissie Sains

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a fun, funny adventure of Scooter (the immense jam inventor) and an alien – Fizzbee – who arrives with a bang! Scooter is full of incredible ideas for new flavours and jam-tactic inventions but Daffy Dodgy – who runs the doughnut factory next door – is so keen to know what…

Beyond the Burrow – Jessica Meserve

Stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beyond the Burrow is a gorgeous picture book which children will love to read! When little rabbit finds a very juicy carrot for breakfast, they tug it out…but with tricky consequences! Rabbit ends up down the wrong hole and needs to find their way home. On this adventure, they meet non-rabbit friends…

Skin Taker – Michelle Paver

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you haven’t already invested yourself into the Wolf Brother series, then I suggest you do! Michelle Paver has created an exciting adventure series steeped in history and mystery. Set in the Stone Age, the series follows Torak, Renn and Wolf through a range of adventures which they need to overcome in order…

The Day The Screens Went Blank – Danny Wallace

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In a time where we are relying on tech more than ever to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as work and learn new skills, Danny’s book feels more relevant than ever! In The Day the Screens Went Blank, we meet Stella and her family who all are addicted to…

Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs and Me – Bethany Walker

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Freddy Spicer’s parents are in Outer Castenga (where they farm sprouts) while he is left with Grandad. He is made to eat sprouts EVERY day, but otherwise Freddy quite likes living with him. He is, after all, a brilliant hide and seeker! Although he misses his parents, he writes to them all the time,…

The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke – Kirsty Applebaum

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kirsty Applebaum’s books are often touted as being a ‘Black Mirror’ series for children and this is proved again with The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke. Lonny is a Lifeling, who can save lives with just a touch of his hand. The problem is, it takes his life away by making him…