Category middle grade

The Inside Story with author Chris Callaghan.

My guest today is Chris Callaghan, author of The Great Chocoplot ! Can you imagine hearing, “in six days there will be no more chocolate in the world…ever!“? I know, pure horror! For Jelly, the main character in The Great Chocoplot, who lives in Chompton-On-De-Lyte and is partial to Blocka Choca bars, this is a total […]

Guest post: The Royal Cameo in ‘PUNCH’ by author Barbara Henderson.

Hello! Welcome to Barbara Henderson! Last year I was completely staggered by the power of Barbara’s storytelling in her Middle Grade book Fir for Luck, which tells the story of 12 year old Janet in a village during the Highland Clearances. You can read more about that here, and I would really urge you to get your […]

The Inside Story with ‘Gaslight’ author Eloise Williams.

Hello! Today I’m delighted to welcome author Eloise Williams to my hellopipski blog, and for her to tell us all about her book Gaslight, which is a rip-roaring Victorian adventure story, filled with shady characters, shocking twists and a fantastically satisfying ending. Here’s a taster! I loved the story’s main character, Nansi, and how story is […]

The Inside Story with Melissa Savage, author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me.

  Hello! We all know the saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade‘. Right? Well, the brand new debut,  Bigfoot, Tobin & Me, by US author Melissa Savage is a heartwarming and life affirming story for readers aged 9+, boasting a main character called Lemonade! Following the death of her mother, Lemonade moves to Willow Creek to be […]

The Inside Story with Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy.

It’s a pleasure today to welcome author Lisa Thompson to find out about her Middle Grade book The Goldfish Boy (which has fabulous illustrations from Mike Lowery, by the way), and to hear about her personal writing process. Hi Lisa! Tell us about The Goldfish Boy! The Goldfish Boy is about a 12 year old boy […]

A Review of Lisa Thompson’s ‘The Goldfish Boy’.

Scholastic says: How do you solve a crime when you can hardly even go outside? A witty and heartfelt mystery starring a hero with severe OCD. When you spend most of your day trapped in your bedroom, staring out of the window, you don’t get to experience all that much. Kept prisoner by crippling OCD, […]

A Review of Jennifer Killick’s ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’.

The Publisher says: Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade […]

The Inside Story with author Jennifer Killick.

Hello! Today I’m really excited to welcome debut author Jennifer Killick to my blog! I’ve been reading Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink, which is so funny: it’s made me chuckle and laugh out loud all the way through. Plus, it’s full of all the vital Middle Grade ingredients for a lively read, so […]

Book Review : “Winter Magic” a collection of stories, curated by Abi Elphinstone.

Cover by Thomas Flintham @thomasflintham   Look at all these fabulous authors! And all in the one book!   This magical collection sparkles with all the essential elements of children’s literature in one beautiful edition.  Firstly, it’s a rare treat to find so many award winning authors in one place: and this is a stellar compilation, curated by […]

Cogheart-The Inside Story with Peter Bunzl.

  Welcome to the hellopipski blog, Peter Bunzl!   There’s been such a buzz about Peter’s novel Cogheart, that I just had to know how he’s created such a great and popular book. When I read Cogheart recently, I was struck by all the fantastic characters and the totally believable world that Peter has created […]