Synopsis from Good Reads: Grandpa lives in a Maximum Security Twilight Zone, and his Grandson attempts to set him free. Jack’s Grandpa… wears his slippers to the supermarket serves up tinned tongue for dinner and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the […]


When Chris Riddell took over as children’s laureate, I thought it would be the perfect time to have a go at drawing. As a kid I used to spend many an hour doodling and creating,so I thought how daft to give it all up for no good reason! So after a few searches on YouTube, […]


Good Reads tells us: It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person […]

Year of the rat

Profound, yet upbeat. Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2015 (editor Jane Griffiths) Good Reads Synopsis: Grappling with grief is hard enough without repeat visits from the deceased. Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut. The world can tip at any moment… a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all […]


A double whammy for the first time here at! Having just read these two gems back to back, I thought I’d do a double review (very cosy!) Good Reads synopsis: ‘You’re telling me there are fairies in this wood?’ When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled […]

on writing

Reading Stephen King’s “On Writing” this week has had a profound effect on the way I see myself as a writer. The intimate and frank description of his approach to writing (and the inciting events in his life that lead to the development of his style of writing) have made me reflect a lot. It’s […]

Deep water

Usborne £6.99 Book trailer Blurb from Good Reads: When her mum vanishes, Danni moves to a tiny Cornish fishing village with Dad – where the locals treat her like a monster. As the village’s dark, disturbing past bubbles to the surface, Danni discovers that she’s not who – or what – she thought she was. […]


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