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George is back and the Undergrounders’ series continues.  The action starts in the aftermath of the dramatic ending of the first book, The Undergrounders & The Flight of the Falcon. George returns to his school, that still bears the scars of the dramatic events of book one. He dreads heading back after a brief altercation with his nemesis Liam Richardson, but he returns to find his social status flipped on its head. I liked that more usual school and teenage issues are interspersed with the high-octane action in this book. Things at school may be looking up for ... View Full Review
Ballistic Kids is a lyrical picture book. Both rhyme and colourful images tell the tale of Scott, a young boy from a small village, who shows you can achieve your dreams with some hard work and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The rhyming in this book makes it easy to follow and I think it would be nice to be read aloud by either a child or a parent as a bedtime story. Scott and his best friend Matt don’t feel like they fit in, but instead of changing themselves to find acceptance, they form a band, meet ... View Full Review
The Feather Follower is an early chapter book that follows Mattie, a seven-year-old girl, as she navigates a strange world on the hunt for some important keys. I think the book is written in a style that would be suitable for seven-year-olds, with short, easy to digest chapters that help to keep the story moving. This book did remind me of the Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland, the idea of falling into a world where everything isn’t quite as it seems. Mattie faces a lot of unhelpful characters and tricksters throughout but she manages to overcome ... View Full Review
I was intrigued by the book cover of The Tiger With a Sapphire Eye and I looked forward to reading it. Set in London 1938, this book follows Arabella Swain and Humphrey, her cousin as they embark on an adventure during one summer. Arabella and Humphrey are spending the summer in London under the watchful eye of Mrs McKay the housekeeper. A mystery reveals itself, at the heart of which is a tiger statue collected by Arabella and Humphrey’s grandfather and stored as an artefact at the British Museum. The race is on to find a book that, with ... View Full Review
I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are beautiful with so much colourful detail. The story is very poignant, we've all been stuck in places we don't want to be, trying to find the courage to change our situation. The Fox does just that and the story ends on a positive note, a lesson for us all. The story is told in verse, but not the simple baby verse of early readers. This is much more subtle rhyming, but it flows easily. My grandchildren ( ages 6-10) all enjoyed reading this book and have asked for it a few times. A ... View Full Review
This is a really sweet story. The story says important things about friendship and acceptance, and there's an environmental message at the end which I thought was great. It's very well written - always a good example for children. The pencil drawing illustrations are lovely, although Bertie sometimes looks a bit unfriendly, and younger children might prefer brightly coloured illustrations. I'd definitely read it to my granddaughter who is four. However, I'm just not sure what age group it's aimed at as some of the adventures might not be relatable to a younger child whilst older children might find the ... View Full Review
I am becoming very fond of Justine Avery's eclectic collection of books. She has the ability to consider issues relevant to children and young people that many adults would fail to recognise.  This bright and colourful little book almost acts as a little aide-memoire reminding us that when we encounter problems, we need to trust in our abilities, thoughts and ideas and 'think outside the box'. The artwork is attractive and feels new and fresh and the text is professionally constructed. A delightful addition to an already pleasing series. Val Rowe, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador View Full Review
Meet Hammerhead and Captain Stinkypants is a brightly illustrated picture book. About two boys (and their dad) who are whisked off one morning while they were still in their pyjamas to superhero training. The grumpy warlock behind the curtain was a bit Wizard of Oz, and the name mix-ups were amusing. Although you would have thought that Strada would be able to hear the warlock’s bellowing, as it is described as “the loudest and most frightening voice you’ve ever heard”. The inclusion of the riddles is a nice idea, and you can try work ... View Full Review
A mysterious art thief, a 12-year-old undercover agent and a Parisian patisserie. Simone La Fray is a unique character, old beyond her years and discreetly training as a covert agent, with the support and encouragement of her mother, a successful operative. Simone also works to help her Father at their patisserie, what a busy life!  The descriptions of all the delicious confections made me very hungry as I was reading. The other descriptions throughout were nice and detailed and I could believe I was following Simone through the streets of Paris on the hunt for the Red Fox.  ... View Full Review
This is an utterly charming little gem of a book which I found incredibly moving. It traces in rhyme format the joy of a mother welcoming her baby into the world and the impact that this is to have have upon her life. The beautifully detailed and nostalgic illustrations are a sheer delight and match the text so well. This would be a perfect book for a mother-to-be to place in a treasure box for her child or perhaps for a new granny to buy for her daughter.  It is absolutely gorgeous. Val Rowe, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador View Full Review
Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill is a new adventure that develops the brilliant ideas firmly established in Grimly Darkwood’s first Vale of Strange book. Late in the summer, following Peter and Amanda’s adventures in the Vale of Strange (covered in The Shop on Peculiar Hill) it becomes clear that Peter will have to return once more with a new friend, Mala, short for Guatemala.  Her father is an explorer and has gone missing. The sudden outbreak of strangeness is the first of their problems but not the last and it seems that something big is ... View Full Review
An interesting crime mystery with lots of action.  The fast pace story of George Jenkins and his friends, the start of a new series (The Undergrounders’ series) and the search for a criminal that turns not only their school life upside down but uncovers information about the circumstances of the death of George’s mother. Just how are they all connected?  When George stumbles upon a crime scene at school, his life is changed forever. He is eager for the attention and respect of his distant father and to get it, he leads his friends on ... View Full Review
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