I’ve been a huge fan of Darren’s writing since his debut Scavengers reframed the landscape of Middle Grade writing for me. His writing is like a rich tapestry that transports us into deeply imagined worlds but also challenging and introspective, unflinchingly so, on the emotional landscape of children, particularly boys as they navigate the changing world … Continue reading Furthermoor – Darren Simpson featuring chapter excerpt.
Oi BOOKFACES!! Emily is back in the Midnight Howl and this time things are getting even more serious! 2019 brought a fiery girl with a proper shouty ‘gob’ on her, a constant need for snacks, a indefatigable need to ‘sort things out’ and a companion hedgehog who just MIGHT be magical, The Midnight Hour by … Continue reading The Midnight Howl- Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder
When I first heard the premise of LD Lapinski’s The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, I felt the tingles that always preclude an astonishingly good book, but I was quite unprepared for just how much this book has grasped my heart and imagination. There is something incredibly special about this book that is lodged halfway between the … Continue reading The Strangeworlds Travel Agency – LD Lapinski
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week. This weeks theme is a Genre Freebie meaning I can pick anything around a genre or trope within a genre. I thought I would go with Portal Magic in fantasy? Portal Magic fantasies are classic of the … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Portal Magic
This book is effervescent with magic, imagination and joyful revelry in a childlike wonder truly lit up the corners of my heart that have been striving to be seen since the age of not believing. With flavours of Peter Pan, Neverending Story, Hook and a dash of Narnian portal magic but in a wonderfully unique … Continue reading The Land Of Roar – Jenny McLachlan Illustrated by Ben Mantle
Wow. This book has all the stardust of imagination to take me back to my childhood, crawling hands and knees through my parents wall-length wardrobe breathless in the hope I would discover Narnia or a Faraway Land by the time I reached my father’s shoes. These are characters and stories that fold themselves into a … Continue reading Rumblestar (Unmapped Chronicles 1) – Abi Elphinstone