Magical First Chapter Books from Hayley Daze.

I'm delighted to introduce you to a magical new series from author Hayley Daze and publisher Willow Tree Books. It features a range of cute and cuddly magical who whisk their human friends away for far-flung adventures. Cuddle the Magic Kitten - Magical Friends by Hayley Daze. The first story in the series sees new … Continue reading Magical First Chapter Books from Hayley Daze.

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‘The Phantom Lollipop Man!’ By Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham.

We’ve already had children asking for this in the school library - the mark of an excellent book series! I’m sure they won’t be disappointed by the newest instalment of Izzy’s adventures - The Phantom Lollipop Man! Every day for, well, forever, the same grumpy old lollipop man has safely escorted Izzy and her pals … Continue reading ‘The Phantom Lollipop Man!’ By Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham.

‘Brightstorm,’ by Vashti Hardy, cover by George Ermos.

I have been lucky enough to read a flotilla of amazing adventure stories crafted by debut authors over the past few months. I think we’re currently in the midst of a period of absolutely fantastic children’s novels and the breath-taking  ‘Brightstorm’ is one which really stood out. When twins, Arthur and Maudie, are told the … Continue reading ‘Brightstorm,’ by Vashti Hardy, cover by George Ermos.

‘The Inventory: Winter Storm,’ by Andy Briggs with exclusive guest blog post!

This blog post is celebrating the fourth and final gripping instalment of The Inventory series - an action-packed bundle of books, crammed full with high-tech gadgetry and dastardly villains. Without giving too much away, Dev is struggling with having learnt the truth about his troubled past deep in the Black Zone of the Inventory. He … Continue reading ‘The Inventory: Winter Storm,’ by Andy Briggs with exclusive guest blog post!

Why I’m donating books to school libraries on #BookGivingDay

As well as being the traditional day for giving chocolates and overpriced roses, Wednesday 14th February is also #BookGivingDay. A day when book lovers all over the world donate new or lightly-used books to children who need them. As a teacher, I am very aware of the squeeze being put on school budgets and the cuts … Continue reading Why I’m donating books to school libraries on #BookGivingDay

‘The Eye of the North’ Blog Tour with guest post from author, Sinead O’Hart.

 I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting Sinéad O’Hart on my blog today! I absolutely loved ‘The Eye Of the North,’ an action-packed adventure frosted with magic.  Emmeline has never left Widget Manor, but one day her scientist parents mysteriously disappear and she’s bundled onto a ship to Paris to stay in a safe house. Aboard … Continue reading ‘The Eye of the North’ Blog Tour with guest post from author, Sinead O’Hart.

‘Make More Noise!’ from Nosy Crow, cover by Steph Baxter.

‘You have to make more noise than anybody else,’ Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement. To celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Representation of The People Act 1918, which have the vote to some women for the first time, Nosy Crow commissioned a very special collection of stories from a stellar collection of … Continue reading ‘Make More Noise!’ from Nosy Crow, cover by Steph Baxter.

‘Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts,’ by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed.

After ‘THE EVENT THAT MUST NEVER BE SPOKEN OF AGAIN,’ Sam has gained the unfortunate nickname of ‘Scaredy-Cat Sam.’ He needs a plan to clear his name! Following an unfortunate incident during a school trip to the space museum, the class bully, Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third, christened Sam with his much-hated nickname. Sam decides that … Continue reading ‘Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts,’ by Katie and Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed.

‘Troll Stroll,’ by Elli Woollard, illustrated by David Barrow.

‘A guzzle! A gollop! Who wants to eat goats? I’ll chomp little children and chew up their coats.’ Troll is fed up of eating goats for his dinner so he sets off to find something much more tasty - children! On bikes, in cars or packed on buses. They’re all equally delicious. However the children … Continue reading ‘Troll Stroll,’ by Elli Woollard, illustrated by David Barrow.

‘The World-Famous Book Of Numbers,’ by Sarah Goodreau.

Roll up! Roll up! Come and see ‘The World Famous Book Of Numbers!’ Sure to delight and enchant! Here on my blog for your reading pleasure! A truly magical counting book for little math-magicians! Packed full of fabulous pop-ups and confounding illusions, moving pictures and flaps to peek behind, this rather glamorous picture book is … Continue reading ‘The World-Famous Book Of Numbers,’ by Sarah Goodreau.

‘The Princess and the Suffragette,’ by Holly Webb.

Updated ahead of #Suffrage100

After reading, and loving, Webb’s sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘The Secret Garden,’ I was delighted to see learn that she had also reimagined Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic ‘The Little Princess,’ but set against the tempestuous backdrop of the Suffragette movement of the early 20th century.

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Still set in the prim and proper Miss Minchin’s school, the story centres around Lottie, a girl whose father sent her to live at the seminary at the age of four after the apparent death of her mother. Lottie cannot help but feel there’s more to life than following pointless rules and behaving ‘like a proper young lady’ when out in public.

Feeling stifled by her life at present, and angry at her distant father, Lottie takes an interest in the upsurgance of the women’s rights movement and the daring actions of the Suffragettes. Determined to support the cause and exert her own mind…

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