Category middle grade

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 […]

“Cogheart” by Peter Bunzl. Book review by Pippa Wilson

  The beautiful cover is by Becca Stadtlander. Publisher Usborne says: Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month – August 2016 Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, […]

“Robyn Silver – The Midnight Chimes” by Paula Harrison.

  Best-selling author Paula Harrison has a brand new series coming out! After the massive success of her Rescue Princess, Red Moon Rising and Secret Rescuers series, we can look forward to this new character: Robyn Silver! And much to my delight, there are fantastic illustrations too by Renee Kurilla. For those interested in the cover […]

A Review of “Where Monsters Lie” by Polly Ho-Yen

  If you loved The Boy In The Tower, you’ll love Where Monsters Lie by Polly Ho-Yen. The Synopsis on Good Reads says: The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water. Then strange […]

“Fire Witch” – The Inside Story with author Matt Ralphs

Hello! This month I’m delighted to welcome author Matt Ralphs to my hellopipski blog, and I can’t wait to hear about his new book Fire Witch. Macmillan £6.99 So Matt, what’s Fire Witch about? Fire Witch and the prequel Fire Girl tell the story of Hazel Hooper and her dormouse familiar, Bramley. They live in England in the […]