Tag Archives: middle grade

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 […]

A review of “Strange Star” by Emma Carroll.

Faber £6.99 Paperback Emma’s website Faber and Faber’s synopsis: They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule. Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. […]

A Review of Aaron Blabey’s “The Bad Guys” Episode 1

Created by award-winning Australian writer (and actor) Aaron Blabey Published by Scholastic. Paperback £5.99 So what did I think? Mr Wolf has decided that it’s not fair that so many of his friends have a bad reputation, so he takes it upon himself to set up The Good Guys Club. Mr Wolf forces the Good Guys-that’s […]

Review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Old School” by Pippa Wilson

Puffin books £12.99 Hardback (Just seen it on Amazon for £4) Synopsis from http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book10/: Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension […]

The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson. Review by Pippa Wilson.

  Synopsis from the Usborne website: Becket Rumsey is all at sea. His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they’ve left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what’s going on – it’s a mystery. So with the help of Billy […]

Review of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

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 […]