Pleasant Grove – Jason Price

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pleasant Grove is a small town which has got a friendly, safe reputation. It’s the type of place where doors are left unlocked at night and they are surrounded by what seems to be an unspoiled paradise. Except, that is, for the glass dome that keeps them eternally within the town. Not only…

Sister Switch – Beth Garrod

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Erin and Lily are sisters, but they could not be more different! Erin is older, and is very cool and collected. She does well at school and actually ENJOYS learning – she even goes to a quiz club at lunchtime! Lily, on the other hand, finds life a bit more difficult. She’s desperate…

Ghostcloud – Michael Mann

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In a future, dystopian London, Luke Smith-Sharma has to spend his days shovelling coal under a half-bombed, blackened power station. The only way he, and all the other children working there, can escape this life and win their freedom, is to be given a ticket from the evil woman in charge: Tabatha Margate….

The Ash House – Angharad Walker

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ash House tells the story of a boy with a mysterious illness who is taken to The Ash House to find a cure. When he arrives he notices that there are no adults around; children are left to run the house in the absence of the Headmaster. Each of them is named after…

Albert Upside Down – Ian Brown & Eoin Clarke

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When Albert wakes up one morning, the world looks a little different to usual. He’s upside down! He needs some help to right himself and asks some garden creatures to help him. Everyone has different skills and ideas about what might do the trick, but can they all work together to help Albert?…

The Wild Before – Piers Torday

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Piers Torday’s Last Wild trilogy is a fantastic series of books which explore themes of eco-consciousness and looking after the world. Torday is a writer that creates magic in his books; these allow the reader to not only explore the world he has created but also their own emotions invoked by the topics…

Locked Out Lily – Nick Lake

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lily’s parents are having a baby, and she’s recently become ill. She is desperate for things to go back to how they were before this all happened. When her mum goes into labour, she’s sent to stay with Grandma Squeak, but Lily makes a plan to get back home. When she arrives, she…

Song of the Far Isles – Nicholas Bowling

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oran’s home is the far isle of Little Drum. Here, music is everything to everyone; they live and breathe music. They are each born with an instrument which, when they play, their ancestors – ghasts – listen to the beautiful music they create. When the Red Duchess, who rules over on the mainland,…

The Most Important Animal of All – Penny Worms

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Written in a narrative style, this is the tale of a class looking at which animal they think is the most important animal of all, after learning all about them in the classroom. With seven different animals focused on, not only will children learn about different creatures, but they’ll find out all about…

Wave Riders – Lauren St John

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wave Riders is the story of twins Jess and Jude Carter, who live their dream sailing from one exotic location to the next. Alongside their guardian, Gabriel, they have the time of their lives. However, when Gabe vanishes and they encounter a storm that will change their lives forever. They are left penniless…