Escape to the River Sea – Emma Carroll

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect for fans of: Eva Ibbotson ‘Escape to the River Sea’ is the next chapter of Eva Ibbotson’s classic. Taking us back into the world of ‘Journey to the River Sea’, Emma Carroll has written a beautiful tale filled with emotion, action and mystery. It’s 1946, and Rosa Sweetman is waiting at Westwood…

Fledgling – Lucy Hope

Stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect for fans of: Lucy Strange Cassie sees signs everywhere; the owls are just another. The problem is, Cassie doesn’t know what they mean. With a mother who is a self-obsessed opera singer and a father who is a taxidermist, life has never been what you’d call ‘normal’. However, things are only…

Greta and the Ghost Hunters – Sam Copeland

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Perfect for fans of: Jenny Pearson Greta and her family live in their ancestral home. She has never believed in ghosts, despite being in the perfect location for a haunted house. But when she’s knocked over by a car and almost dies, everything changes. Now Greta doesn’t just see the ghosts in her…

At the Height of the Moon: A Book of Bedtime Poetry and Art

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a gorgeous book which pairs short stories and poems with classic and contemporary artwork. There are a range of different topics covered within this book, and although aimed towards ‘bedtime’ – which it would work beautifully for – it is also perfect for classroom learning. I always think there’s such an…

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loki is a trickster god who has been banished to live among mortals on Earth by Odin. Not only that, but he is trapped in the body of an 11 year old boy, sent to school and living under the watchful eye of two guardians and, worst of all, putting up with Thor…

A Squirrel’s Tail – Julian Reisz

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A Squirrel’s Tail is a fun picture book with an important message within the pages. Written by a father who wanted to cheer his daughter up after surgeries, Hazel the squirrel shows the strength and resilience that children so often show in these situations unprompted. It also shows the important relationship between children…

Life Skills Journal

Stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a fantastic resource for both home and the classroom, allowing children to explore who they are and, in turn, develop skills to aid with anxiety, worries or simply navigating life in the current climate. With activities, advice and research showing children how they can begin to, or continue, growing their…

Escape Room – Christopher Edge

Stars: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Christopher Edge was first author to show me I can enjoy sci-fi books; Star Wars is not the only type of Science Fiction there is! Now, he’s back with a different take on the genre. Ami has arrived at The Escape to be challenged by the ultimate escape room, full of puzzles…

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…