Staff Reviews

September 7, 2017

  Everyone who works in The Alligator's Mouth is a feminist (non-feminists are not allowed cake), but if we weren't already committed to the struggle for women's equality, this book would certainly convert us.

  It's early 1914. Evelyn is 17 and desperate to go to unive...

July 17, 2017

  Political activism is an unusual and refreshing subject for teen fiction, and Catherine Barter approaches it with great skill. This is a book about decisions, consequences, responsibility and love as much as it is about a teenager on her own political journey.


June 5, 2017

  Buy Knighthood for Beginners from our online shop!


  It's difficult to convey the joyous silliness of this marvellous

novel for young readers. Elys Dolan, so loved for her picture books (Weasels, Steven Seagull and many more) has produced one of my favourite books th...

January 18, 2017

  A whole year has passed since I first encountered Dave Pigeon and his put-upon sidekick Skipper and frankly it's hard to know how I've coped without them. Fortunately they are finally back in a tale bursting with even more adventure, jokes, peril, silliness, courage,...

September 15, 2016

Beth Garrod will be in the shop for a teen author event on Sat 15th Oct at 4pm! See our Events page for details.

  When Bella's mother exercises her parental right to behave like a lunatic and drags her daughters off to a caravan in Wales, Bella responds in the onl...

July 29, 2016

  Lorina's school project is to write about a 'special place'. What place could be more special than the Castle of Inside Out, far away on a hill beyond the forest? Her guide on the journey there is a black rabbit, whose opinions are as unreasonable as they are vehemen...

July 6, 2016

  Skye's sister Luisa was killed in an accident last summer and Skye can't forgive herself for not saving her. In an attempt to help her move on, her family send her to a camp for bereaved teenagers. Skye is prepared to tolerate this — after all, she's been through wor...

June 17, 2016

  Ivy's problems have always been ordinary (like having a really annoying older brother). That is, until her beloved grandmother is taken seriously ill and her life changes for ever. When a glossy black feather writes an ominous message on the kitchen wall and a myster...

June 9, 2016

Lou's a swimmer. It's been her life since she was a little girl, so she's never had time to worry about school, boysor a social life. When her only friend moves away and Lou suddenly has to give up swimming, she finds she's terrifyingly poorlyprepared for the treacher...

May 31, 2016

  Lil was a pirate, a swashbuckling pirate,

Whose home was a ship with great sails,

Who had travelled the seas in the blustery breeze

And had ridden the waves with huge whales...


Given the above stanza you would think that Lil would be entitled to some respect. But no. In...

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