August 09

Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman

Book Blurb: No one in the village of Karlstein dares to leave their homes on All Soul’s Eve – the night Zamiel the Demon Huntsman comes to claim his prey. But the evil Count Karlstein has struck a terrible bargain with Zamiel, and so the lives of his two nieces, Lucy and Charlotte, are in […]

August 09

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Book Blurb: Flung far across the universe, from star to star, faced with monsters… magicians… and maybe new friends… an Earth girl named Zita must find a way home. Did I like it? (By G aged 8) Yes I did like it.  I thought it was really good. But it’s not just a simple book. […]

June 19

The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde

Book Blurb: Ark is a place of tally sticks, rationed food and shared shoes, where art and music are banned, language is severely restricted and outcasts are thrown to the wolves. Letta’s job is to collect words and dole them out to people who need them. When she discovers that John Noa is planning to […]

April 03

Holes by Louis Sachar

Book Blurb: Stanley Yelnat’s family has had a history of bad luck, so he isn’t too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys’ juvenile detention centre. At Camp Green Lake the boys must dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the dried up lake bed.  The […]

February 18

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Book Blurb When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him.The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is is conducting experiments too horrible to talk about. […]

February 16

The Phantom Toothbooth by Norton Juster

Book Blurb: One genuine turnpike tollbooth. If not perfectly satisfied, your wasted time will be refunded. When Milo receives a mysterious and intriguing package through the post, all his previous feelings of boredom are banished. Having nothing better to do, he points his pedal car towards a strange land beyond the Tollbooth, and quicker than […]

February 14

That rabbit belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

  Book Blurb: Emily Brown’s rabbit is NOT FOR SALE. Not even to Her Most Royal Highness Queen Gloriana the Third. Not even for ALL THE TOYS Emily Brown could ever desire. But when Queen Gloriana steals her rabbit, Emily Brown is FED UP! She sets out to get him back and show that Queen […]

February 13

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt

Book Blurb: Have you ever been kidnapped by pirates in the middle of the night and forced to walk the greasy pole of certain death? Or challenged a giant  grizzly bear to a milk-drinking contest? Or gone on a dagerous quest in search of mysterious treasure? What’s that? You haven’t? Then the unlikely advantures of […]

February 13

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

  Book Blurb: When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for girls, they can’t find a truly exciting mystery to investigate. (Unless you count The Case of Lavinia’s Missing Tie. Which they don’t.) Then Hazel discovers the body of the Science Mistress, Miss Bell – but when […]