Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.
This weeks theme is Books I love with under 2,000 ratings on Good Reads. Well as a challenge this wasn’t as difficult as I feared it would be as when you read a lot of MG and a lot of UK MG it seems to attract less ratings on Good Reads than other genres and have not attracted the Good Reads reviews they deserve and even more so for Young Readers books.
So I set myself a bigger challenge, books I LOVE under 1,000 ratings including the total ratings for series. Which is shocking and I urge you if you have read these or if I encourage you to try them please let’s get these numbers up??
All ratings accurate at time of posting, where there is a series I have added up the total of ratings across the entire series and listed that here.
Click on the Book Cover to take you to the Good Reads Page.
10. The Magical Kingdom Of Birds series – Anne Booth Illustrated by Rosie Butcher (OUP)
Total Good Reads ratings: 12
This is such a beautiful series from a greater author that combines magic, nature, kindness and quiet learning and especially lovely as it includes a protagonist with a physical disability which is rare even in a more inclusive society.
Littlefae ADORES the Magical Kingdom so much I’ve got a Faevorites post in the works as the third book in the series is published on 7th March.
These are a million times better than the Rainbow Fairies juggernaut and deserve much more attention and love.
9. The Trapdoor Mysteries series- Abie Longstaff illustrated by James Brown (Hachette)
Total Good Reads Ratings: 21
These are a fabulous series and certainly underrated if Good Reads is anything to go by. Combining magic and good old fashioned mystery Tally is the young servant girl with a secret, she discovers she has inherited the guardianship of the Secret Library which is enchanted and gives magical solutions to the problems she faces at the Manor with the overarching mystery of where did her mother disappear to leaving her on the cliffs by the secret entrance one day.
Beautifully illustrated throughout by the amazing James Brown they are perfect for the young readers age group BUT seem to be missing the target. I’ve spoken to another mum who believed the series to be aimed at older children thanks to the Dark cover designs and indeed Littlefae was a little frightened they were ‘horror’ books when Sticky Situation first came home.
I implore you as Mary Poppins said ‘The cover’s not the book, open it up and take a look’ try these gorgeous stories!!
8. The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods – Samuel Halpin Illustrated by Hannah Peck (Usborne)
Good reads ratings: 55
This book is fantastic, and I adore it completely and ok yes it’s a UK debut but it really deserves more ratings than this.
This twisted dark fairy tale set in a modern town follows new friends Poppy and Erasmus investigating into the curious and peculiar events around the town including missing children, children grown old before their time and other strange occurrences. Poppy’s eccentric grandmother seems to have good reason to hide the sugar and never dust her windowsills but what darkness could lie out there?
Usborne is on an absolute roll with its debut authors with some amazing books and I wholly recommend you checking this one out especially.
7. A Darkness Of Dragons – S.A Patrick (Usborne)
Good Reads Ratings: 126
I was hooked from two pages in and I thoroughly enjoyed the romp through Patch’s story.
S.A Patrick has taken influence from the world of fairy tales and the Pied Piper of Hamlyn, thrown in a dash of Tolkien and Middle Earth and the classic heroic saga of the journeyman is formed of tricksters bringing about a war. The world building is rich and full of depth, full immersion, and explores concepts within a safe narrative context such as poverty, war, imprisonment, child mortality and the abuse of other peoples for financial and political gain. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, there is comic relief as it’s punctuated with fun and humour.
Certainly worth a recommendation and read.
6. The Boy who Grew/Lived/Flew with Dragons – Andy Shepherd (Piccadilly)
Total Good Reads Ratings: 157
Ive wanted to read these for AAAAAGES!! But they are certainly something I wanted to share with Littlefae. I finally took the gamble and we’ve been reading through The Boy who Grew Dragons together.
These stories are beautiful, full of heart and absolutely hysterical!! For me I love that the protagonist is little for their age and has had some significant health issues as he is a role model for children like my daughter who is tiny for her age and has hypothyroidism that their condition doesn’t have to hold them back.
5. The Way Past Winter- Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
When my mum and I started planning for Jolabokaflod (an Icelandic tradition of gifting books on Christmas Eve) The Way Past Winter was at the top of my list.
This beautiful sweeping masterpiece is full of magic and mythology against the deadly beautiful snowy back drop of the frozen far north. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
4. The Cradle of All Worlds – Jeremy Lachlan (Egmont)
There are facets of Pullman’s His Dark Materials through the magical realism and world building, tints and colours of Stephen King’s multiverses and especially the Gunslinger on both a physical and metaphorical quest, this plays out with parallels to the popular streaming series Stranger Things with other worlds, outstanding indomitable female protagonists and dark things released in the desire to exploit other realms.
3. The Train to Impossible Places- PG Bell (Usborne)
Good Reads Ratings: 308
There are times when a book comes into your life and it opens wondrous worlds to you and leaves you changed like many have already mentioned this has the magic of Harry Potter about it. The Train to Impossible Places is one of those books.
It’s a post modern mash-up of The Magic Faraway, Discworld and with heaps of cult British humour to boot, Blackadder, Only Fools & Horses, Pratchett with a side order of Hitchhikers taking flavours and nuances but without feeling like a clone or copy, PG Bell has done something rather wonderful in that he has created a magical, wry world that is at once familiar but is equally unique and beautifully creative.
Seriously, buy it for your children to read aloud, to read themselves, to read yourselves, just please read it and please please please whilst it’s still available splurge out on the gorgeous hardback edition because the fully illustrated bound cover by Flavia Sorrentino is a sight to behold.
2. The Amelia Fang Stories – Laura Ellen Anderson (Egmont)
Total Good Reads Ratings: 415
Amelia Fang is a fantastic character starring in her own series of books by author/illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. Amelia Fang is one of Littlefae’s most Faevorite characters and she is so excited for the next in the series dropping on 7th March.
Amelia Fang is a wonderful series for children, she is kind, caring, an excellent role model for children as she is brave and thoughtful but she also makes mistakes and tries to put them right. Plus her friends are hysterical and Florence especially is the BEST character to read aloud!!
1. The Isadora Moon Books- Harriet Muncaster (OUP)
Total Good Reads Ratings: 818
Ok I’m cheating a bit here, I’ve not linked completely to all 8 Isadora books but to the main Isadora Page they are on Good Reads and the English Language versions total up to 818 ratings.
I adore Isadora Moon and so do the Fae. Isadora and her author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster is responsible for Littlefae taking the steps towards independent reading and for that I will forever be grateful. On Saturday 23rd February it is Isadora Moon Day and I will be posting a much more in depth Faevorites post on Isadora and why we love her so much then.
Whew!! That was a big post!