Staff Reviews

September 20, 2018

  If you like your books with a touch of magic and sparkle perhaps you could enter our emporium and ask for our best advice. Or maybe you have higher expectations and you are also looking for some mischief, mermaids and monkeys. How can you expect to have all these ing...

July 16, 2018

  When Kat and her mother leave London for a new life in scenic Dorset, she wastes no time setting up a pet-sitting agency.

  Everything is falling into place a little too nicely. No sooner has she a few clients on her books than a mystery appears and beckons...

July 16, 2018

   Pippin lives with her grandmother, who was once a master detective and scientist. When the animals in the magic forest are in danger and there is not enough water, it is young Pippin and her mouse, Tony, who set out to help them (fortunately she can talk to ani...

July 13, 2018

  When I was young I knew of an old lodge in the woods near the river where we lived. My brothers and I often wondered who had lived there and if any ghosts appeared after dark.

  Perhaps that is what draws me to this book, with its wonderings and what ifs, its gentle c...

July 13, 2018

  This is a huge, rich tapestry translated from the Japanese and published by the always interesting Pushkin Press. 

  First we meet Erin and her mother, who care for the Toda — huge and magnificent beasts of war. After her mother dies, Erin finds herself caught in...

September 20, 2017

  When Lockwood & Co. get a job offer from The Other Side it is the beginning of the end, and likely to end where it all began in this thrilling and hugely satisfying conclusion to the best horror sequence for those who dare. 

  If you are looking for som...

July 17, 2017

  In this era of Post-Truth and Fake News it is interesting to find novels for children who will be asking questions about the many kinds of faked veracity and concealed deception we seem to encounter every day in the real world.

  Perfect is a town where nothing goes w...

June 5, 2017

  This is a thriller, buddy movie of a summer holiday book that will travel nicely alongside the latest Anthony Horowitz in a suitcase to a destination anywhere, as the Marvellettes sang.

  First we meet Chipper who is planning to escape from The Ins...

January 18, 2017

  Those of you who have joined the erstwhile Mysterious Benedict Society in days gone by will be thrilled to see a scrumptious new book, similarly dense, differently intriguing, gently labyrinthine and splendidly enhanced by Karl James Mountford’s impressive cover and...

November 9, 2016

This elegant and scrupulously chic publication is an attractive counterpoint to the vogue for infographics and will be appreciated by families and information geeks alike. Herein you will find the periodic table, Moh's Scale of mineral hardness, the Fibonacci sequence...

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