Dead Good Detectives – Jenny McLachlan

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sid lives in a town called Fathom, a town near the sea which celebrates Pirate Day and has a mysterious ‘Pirate’s Corner’ in the graveyard. Steeped in stories both real and mythical, which inspire Sid and her closest friend Zen in their imaginary games. The one thing they imagine the most is getting…

#BritainsBookshops: The Padstow Bookseller

Friday 12th August 2022. It will be no surprise to anyone that one of my favourite places to be is in a bookshop. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading and visiting bookshops has been part of that. During my last visit to Cornwall, I went to the The Padstow Bookseller and…

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…