Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Madness underneath

The Madness Underneath - buy it by Maureen Johnson – her website Recommended Ages: 13+ Part two of Maureen Johnson’s ‘Shades of London’ series. The series follows the troubles of Aurora ‘Rory’ Devereaux as she finds herself transplanted from Louisiana into the middle of London boarding school life. There the dangerous exploits of a ghostly killer rattles the neighbourhood and Rory finds herself caught up with a secret crime fighting squad. After the jaw dropping conclusion ... Read More »

Review: Tethers by Jack Croxall


  Tethers – buy it by Jack Croxall – His Website Recommended Ages: 12+ This Victorian fantasy adventure from author Jack Croxall brings excitement into a quiet Northern town with murder and mystery. Despite the promise of a steady career apprenticing to be a teacher, 13 year old Karl Scheffer has wanderlust, itching to explore beyond the quiet limits of his home town, rural Shraye. Together with his good friend Esther Emerson, Karl has his ... Read More »

Review: Red Ink by Julie Mayhew


Red Ink – Buy It by Julie Mayhew – her website Recommended ages – 13+ Fifteen year old Melon Fouraki hates her name. Teased at school by her peers, she blames her mother for inflicting her with the perfect device for social persecution. It doesn’t matter to Melon that her name is part of The Story, the family fairy tale that brought her mother Maria to London from Crete when she was Melon’s age and ... Read More »

Review: Hollow Pike by James Dawson

Hollow Pike

Hollow Pike – buy it by James Dawson – his website Recommended ages: Age 14+ Lis London is moving to live with her sister in Hollow Pike. She desperately wants to escape from the bullies at her old school in Wales. Haunted by creepy dreams and bad memories, she can’t wait to have a fresh start and let go of the past. But her new school has secrets of its own. Beautiful queen bee Laura ... Read More »

Review: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

maggot moon

Maggot Moon – buy it By Sally Gardner – her website Recommended Age: 13+ Standish Treadwill sees the world differently, through his one blue eye and one brown, the letters dancing around in a dyslexic swirl. Yet it is his steadfast Gramps and his wonderful friend Hector who encourage him to continue fighting for all that makes him different. Against the backdrop of the harsh regime of the Motherland, with the help of a small ... Read More »

Review: The Land of Stories The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Land of Stories

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - buy it By Chris Colfer – website Recommended Ages: 9+ Bookish Alex Bailey and her twin brother Conner are navigating sixth grade in very different ways. Struggling with a ‘family situation’, Alex sits at the front of the class and hangs on the stories and words of her teacher Mrs. Peters, whilst Conner is just trying to rest his eyes! The one thing they have in common is their ... Read More »

Review: Noughts and Cross by Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses

Buy Noughts and Crosses and the sequel Knife Edge in a 2 for 1 package here By Malorie Blackman Recommended Reading Age: 14+ Critically acclaimed author, Malorie Blackman, tackles issues of race in this reversing of segregation in an alternate dystopian landscape of England in the 1960s. Persephone (Sephy) Hadley is a dark-skinned Cross and daughter of a successful politician. Her childhood friend Callum is a Nought with light skin and his Mother is a former ... Read More »

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Her website Recommended Age: Adult with crossover appeal, 15+ The first in a series of adult novels that are filled to the brim with details that place the magical world directly in to modern day Oxford. The story of reluctant witch and keen academic of alchemy, Diana Bishop, begins in the dusty and mysterious setting of the Bodleian library. For those missing Hogwarts these libraries feel wonderfully familiar. Likewise fans of Pullman’s Lyra will get ... Read More »