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Review: The Wells and Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens

A fantastic series of schoolgirl capers that draw as much from Sherlock Holmes as Malory Towers, the Wells and Wong Mysteries are an absolutely delightful series of books about Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, investigators extraordinaire! The first book, Murder Most Unladylike, takes place at Deepdean School for girls, where they find a teacher dead… Continue reading Review: The Wells and Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens

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Review: The Book of Dust vol.1 by Phillip Pullman

As a massive fan of the His Dark Materials trilogy since the age of nine, this might be a slightly biased review, so it might be worth bearing that in mind. Set a full ten years before The Northern Lights, La Belle Sauvage is the story of how exactly Lyra ended up at Jordan College.… Continue reading Review: The Book of Dust vol.1 by Phillip Pullman

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Top Picks for Anti Bullying Week

This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and I can think of no better way to talk about bullying than with the help of some of these brilliant books. A word to the wise - some of these will probably make you cry. Some will make you laugh as well. Let's get started! Wonder by R. J.… Continue reading Top Picks for Anti Bullying Week

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Review: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

In early 20th Century Russia, or so the story goes, wolves were popular pets - until, that is, they got too big and stopped being cute and playful. At this point the wolves were usually killed. Sometimes wolves were lucky, and sent into the woods, where someone brought them back to what they once were… Continue reading Review: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

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Top Picks: Picturebooks for Older Children

This list is mostly the result of a conversation with a Year 4 teacher from earlierĀ  this week, about the importance of picture books for older children. Many people tend to think that once a child can read chapter books, they should leave picture books behind. I really think that's an incredibly short-sighted view: picture… Continue reading Top Picks: Picturebooks for Older Children

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Review: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

In honour of STEM day in the US, today's review is of a book that got all of my Year 4 Reading Gladiators talking about the finer points of Quantum Mechanics. That's right - today's review is of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. 11 year-old Albie's parents are both scientists for CERN, working on… Continue reading Review: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

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Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Lily's life runs almost like clockwork until her mother's tragic death. Things were never quite the same after that - the school that her father sends her to under a pseudonym isn't exactly a place of joy, and they seem to be constantly on the run from something, though Lily is never sure exactly what.… Continue reading Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl