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May 30, 2019

 I've long thought that there aren't enough novels about guinea pigs. These noble, intelligent and loyal creatures deserve their moment in the sun. Fortunately Ali Pye has at last documented the thrilling adventures of Harry Stevenson, a guinea pig who prefers a quiet...

May 7, 2019

  Rose and Maya are sisters but they don't speak; not since Maya had the accident. Maya blames Rose and Rose tries to make things ok the only way she knows how - by being perfect. When Maya and Rose are thrown together on a school trip, tensions rise as Maya tries to p...

February 24, 2019

  Charlie is just a normal kid. Nothing unusual about him, apart from his tendency to turn into a spider, a bird or a rhino in times of high stress. Understandably, Charlie finds it challenging to set off for the Headmistress's office and find en route he's suddenly an...

September 20, 2018

  Jack has won the Most Sensible Boy in the School prize three years running, but he's never managed to make a friend. Still, that's about to change  at his new school for super-bright children he's sure to chum up with someone smart, clever, organised, logical and mos...

September 4, 2018

  2018 is proving to be an excellent year for poetry aimed at children and young people. Newly published I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree continues this welcome trend and is the most beautiful poetry anthology I have seen for some time.

  The selection is extensive...

July 13, 2018

  When we last met Dave the dragon, he was enthusiastically pursuing his goal of becoming a knight. Now he is back, accompanied by his eccentric sidekick Albrecht, who is still pungent, glossy of coat and prone to telling improbable stories. And still a goat.

  Indeed,...

July 11, 2018

  There is a school in Oxford called Spires Academy where, under the tutelage of writer in residence Kate Clanchy, they make poems. Poems which are concise and subtle, vivid and moving, fluid, arresting, beautiful and often funny.  

These poets are all...

July 11, 2018

  Ella starts at a new school, wearing the wrong clothes and with a secret no one must find out. All she wants is to make friends. There's pretty, popular Lydia, and quiet, mysterious Molly. It seems as though Ella can't be friends with both - so who should she choose?...

January 23, 2018

  On a scale of one to ten, exactly how annoying is your brother? At least a nine, am I right? In which case, you are urgently in need of SiblingSwap.com, the website that solves all your irritating brother problems by swapping the offending family member with someone...

September 27, 2017

  Penguins are famous for waddling, eating fish, and assiduously guarding their eggs. They are less known for their adventuring skills, but (pleasingly) in Alex T. Smith's latest novel we are introduced to Mr. Penguin, the Indiana Jones of the penguin world.  You can t...

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