Matt Millz – Harry Hill (7+)

Arthur Smith: “Is that your real face or are you still celebrating Halloween?” If you like books and comedy then you will LOVE this book!! The lead character Matt Millz finds a passion for stand-up comedy after he competes in his school’s talent show. BUT his headmaster is not happy because when Matt had his first real gig outside of …

Max and the Millions – Ross Montgomery

Max and the Millions will have you on the edge of your seat. It will take you on a treacherous adventure that tests courage and friendship. “The greens attacked the reds, and then Demon came!” Will any of them escape? I enjoyed the variety of characters in this book, something different for everyone. This book will make you question becoming …

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked – Adrian Edmondson (8+)

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked is about a boy who is treated very badly by his uncle, cousin and aunt when his mother is put into jail for crime that she didn’t commit. Will Joe find his dad and get his mum out of prison? His only friend is a small Shetland pony who broke the animal code …

Have Sword, Will Travel – Garth Nix & Sean Williams (9+)

3 1/2 stars ‘”Now you are a knight,” said the sword. “All is properly in order.”’ Have Sword, Will Travel is a new humorous book written by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. It is the first book in a series. When Odo and Eleanor come across and enchanted sword, Odo becomes a knight and Eleanor his squire! Very soon the …

Ninja Kid – Anh Do (6+)

4 1/2 stars. “Your dad was the last ninja on earth, and since he is no longer with us I believe you are now the last ninja on earth.” Nelson Kane is an ordinary boy until his tenth birthday when he discovers he is a ninja. He is the main character but my favourite character is Kenny because he is …

The Rescue Princess: The Enchanted Ruby – Paula Harrison (6+)

It’s about a girl called Scarlette who saved an otter with her friends. I think other people will like it (mostly girls) because it’s about princesses. It’s not funny or sad but it’s still a good book. I did not learn anything, but the whole thing was interesting. I would like to read it again because I enjoyed it. My …

The Boy Who Hit Play – Choloe Daykin (10+)

12-year-old Elvis Crampton Lucas was abandoned at a park bench and adopted by a nice man called George Lucas (no, not THAT George Lucas). George, Elvis and their housemate Lloyd all go on a journey to Norway to find Elvis’ birth parents and to try to discover why he was abandoned in the first place. On his quest to discover …

Being Miss Nobody – Tamsin Winter ( 10+)

Ok, so technically I wasn’t meant to review Being Miss Nobody but I loved this book so much I wanted to do a book review on it, so here we go! Being Miss Nobody is about having the courage to speak up even if you can’t speak (in this case blogging). The book takes you on an emotional roller-coaster. Rozzie …

Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman (10+)

‘Where had it come from? What had happened to Rayna? It was Rayna.’ Ice Wolves is a new fantasy fiction series written by Amie Kaufman. It is probably aimed for children in late primary school and early high school. When Anders’ sister transforms into a scorch dragon and himself an ice wolf, Anders doesn’t know what to do! Scorch Dragons …

Break Your Chains – Emily Conolan (9+)

“To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you’ve ever known.” That was a saying from the book written by Emily Conolan this book is a choose your own destiny. This book is part of a series called the Freedom Finders. The other books in the series are called, Touch the Sun, Swim the Seas and Split the Skies. I …

The Mice of the Round Table – Julie Leung (9+)

‘’Together in paw and tail, lest divided we fall and fail’’ – that there is Camelot’s quote. This genre in my opinion is a mixture of fantasy and adventure. I found this book to be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable read. This book will guarantee entertainment including emotions of sadness, happiness and nerves. I did not get bored in any …

Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny – Kita Mitchell (8+)

Grandma Dangerous and the Dog of Destiny by Kita Mitchell is a great book that definitely deserves more than five stars; probably a billion stars. This is about a family of three. The mother won the Health and Safety Officer of the Year award and won’t let her son Ollie (an 11-year-old boy) go and get milk from a local …

The Red Ribbon – Lucy Adlington (12+)

“Four of us: Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might all have been friends together. But this was Birchwood.” The Red Ribbon, by Lucy Adlington, is an action-packed novel. I liked this story, because it better reflects the history between Nazi Germans and the Jews. This book is set at Birchwood, a concentration camp. This was a …

Polly & Buster: The Mystery of the Magic Stones (book 2) – Sally Rippin (8+)

The first Polly & Buster literally blew me away. Finding junior middle fiction with such a socially complex plot and character development is rare. Sally had a lot of expectations to live up to in book 2 and I can confidently assure you that she’s smashed all of them! The story of Polly & Buster and their forbidden friendship continues …

The Last Days of Us – Beck Nicholas (14+)

3.5 stars. This was an entertaining, emotional roller coaster of a book! Based on the blurb, I thought this was going to be another generic road-trip novel. In some ways, it was; however, I still enjoyed this book. For me, the central theme of this book is grief. The way that Nicholas portrayed this was very humbling and eye-opening. I …

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black (14+)

Everyone seems to be giving this book shining reviews, but I just didn’t find it all that fantastic. Perhaps this is because this is the first ever Holly Black novel I’ve read (and I’m not yet used to her style)? Or maybe it just wasn’t mind kind of book? When I first heard about the book, it sounded amazing and …

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (12+)

This writing duo can do no wrong. I was excited when I picked this book up, and had a genuine glow in my heart when I put it down at the end. Twins Sam & Ilsa throw their last dinner party before their post high school life is to begin. Each invites three guests and revelries ensue. Best friends; ex-boyfriends; …

How To Hang A Witch – Adriana Mather (13+)

This was an okay read. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t terrible either. It’s not a particularly memorable book – it was just okay. In How to Hang a Witch, Samantha Mather moves to Salem, home of the infamous Witch Trials. However, things go from bad to worse for Sam, who’s ancestor was one of the chief instigators of the …

Far From The Tree – Robin Benway (13+)

Teen pregnancy plus adoption? I knew that I had to read this book if I had any chance of being able to sell it. I am so glad that I did. Robin Benway has managed to spin an amazing tale of three teenagers who are related but raised in separate families. Starting with Grace: adopted at birth, she was pregnant …

Neverland – Margot McGovern (15+)

I received Margot McGovern’s manuscript in the post the day before Margot was due to visit the shop. Being the responsible passionate bookseller that I am, I thought I should at least familiarise myself with her story. Let’s just say that I didn’t get much done in the next 20 hours. When Margot walked in I was at a crucial …

Mortimer Keene Series – Tim Healey & Chris Mould (5+)

This is a brilliant series by the rhyming rogue Tim Healey, with the illustrious illustrations of the amazing Chris Mould. Funny, engaging with a big dash of science, Mortimer Keene’s mad capped schemes will enchant boys and girls alike. Quizzes, questions and ideas at the end of each book makes this a series that will extend any child learning to …

Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard (15+)

This was the last book I got to enjoy on my holiday, and I couldn’t have chosen better if I had tried. I loved Sara Barnard’s previous efforts and was therefore very excited by the prospect of her latest offering. She didn’t disappoint. “Goodbye Perfect” is beautifully written and very compelling with a very believable story-line and a well developed …

White Night – Ellie Marney (15+)

I read the blurb for this book and was super excited to start it. However, within the first few pages I honestly started to struggle with some of the language and terminology that Ellie Marney has chosen to use. Nevertheless, I persisted to see how it would progress and I’m so glad that I did. Bo is your typical 16 …

The Tale of Angelino Brown – David Almond (9+)

Another fantastic offering from one of the present day greats: David Almond, with brilliant illustrations by the epically talented Alex T Smith. Honestly, I can’t get enough of David Almond. He takes huge topics and manages to create beautiful and accessible stories around these difficult subjects. Whilst “Angelino Brown” works well for independent readers, it is a perfect read-aloud book …

srsly Hamlet – Courtney Carbone

We were sent this at the shop by our lovely Penguin Random House rep. It was a quiet day at work. I was bored. It was sitting there in front of me. Under no other circumstances would I have even considered picking it up! This book goes against everything I believe in. It’s a crime against literature. How could Courtney …

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs – Sarah Forbes (8+)

I really enjoyed this early middle fiction mystery read. It had just the right character mix, level of suspense and great writing. Elspeth Hart’s parents were tragically washed away in a flood and she has had to go live with her aunt (Miss Crab) at the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs, where her aunt is the cook. Elspeth is made …

Ava’s Big Move (Surf Riders Club Series) – Mary van Reyk (8+)

“Ava’s Big Move” is an absolutely fascinating book about a girl named Ava who has to move to a new town because her parents are opening a new cafe there. At her new school Ava makes some new friends and they tell her that the school is finally going to allow surfing as a sport. Ava joins the surf program …

The Vampire Knife – Jack Henseleit (9+)

I was excited about the The Vampire Knife from the first moment I heard Jack Henseleit speak about this new spooky series. I confess that by the start of my teens I’d already read several Stephen King novels so I guess that’s not surprising. Jack made this series not only scary but exciting as well. Following the adventures of the …

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

4.5 stars. In the sixth installment of the Throne of Glass series, Chaol and Nesryn travel to the southern continent, hoping to secure allies for the war that looms on the northern continent, and to heal the wounds that Chaol sustained in Rifthold. The most amazing thing about this book for me was the world that Maas had so carefully …

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables – Tim Harris (8+)

4 1/2 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of those gems that has wonderful dynamic characters, subtle lessons, total absurdity and a terrific plot. Not since Roald Dahl penned Matilda‘s Miss Honey have we seen such a REMARKABLE teacher. I want to meet Mr Bambuckle so he can get the best out of me and make me …