Middle Fiction

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Dragon’s Green – Scarlett Thomas (9+)

Superb. An absolutely fabulous magical adventure with a strong female protagonist and four excellent secondary characters. A great start to a new series. This is a quiet book that doesn’t shout and stomp its arrival, but sneaks into your heart. It has a tight plot; is beautifully written; moments of wit; and is fully of […]

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend (9+)

Wow. Just Wow. This has to take the world by storm. It’s totally entranced me. If you love Harry Potter you HAVE to read this book. Like now. (Well October 31st when it’s released). I don’t normally publish my reviews early, but I simply couldn’t wait to share this with you. I love the characters […]

George – Alex Gino (9+)

“George”. Wow. I’ve wanted to read this since I first saw it in 2015, and I finally managed to get my mitts on a copy. It didn’t take me long to read – it’s very simple middle fiction but with a huge message. “George” is the story of a girl (Melissa), who the world sees […]

Horizon – Scott Westerfeld ( 9+)

Action packed, suspenseful and inventive are words that i would use to describe Scott Westerfeld’s newest book, “Horizon”. After a plane crashes in an alien jungle, eight kids are left to fend for themselves, battling alien creatures, finding mysterious technology and discovering the limits of reality. Scott has written a fantastic book where the characters […]

The Wolf Wilder (10+) – Katherine Rundell

I’ve had this book on my (massive) reading pile for over a year. Finally we decided to do it for book club. I picked it up yesterday and barely put it down until I’d finished it. It’s a stunning piece of prose. The feisty, determined and resilient Feo is a fantastic protagonist. Her mother is […]

Double Cross – Jackson Pearce (9+)

Well written. Funny. Fast paced. Witty. This is a fantastic new spy school novel about 12 year old Hale who is…rotund…and doesn’t exactly fit in with his fellow students, his polymathic younger sister, or the super team of his mum and dad. But maybe he is the only one that can save the day? Hale […]

Thornhill – Pat Sym (10+)

This is a stunning debut novel that has taken my breath away. I knew I’d like “Thornhill” as soon as my Scholastic Rep Todd showed it to me, but I didn’t realise how much I’d be taken with it. Literally, since Danielle showed me that it’d had arrived this morning, it hasn’t left my hands. […]

How To Bee – Bren MacDibble (9+)

4 1/2 stars. I love when a book surprises me, and that’s exactly what “How To Bee” did. It’s a beautifully told tale set in the near future where bees are now extinct and children pollinate our plants. And although the world Peony lives in is extremely challenging, the novel is ultimately uplifting. As a […]