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Review: Peril in Paris by Katherine Woodfine

ALL ABOARD THE TRAIN TO PARIS! It’s 1911, and the young detectives of TAYLOR & ROSE are turning their talents to ESPIONAGE. On a case for the mysterious SECRET SERVICE BUREAU, the daring MISS SOPHIE TAYLOR and MISS LILIAN ROSE must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris. But DANGER lurks beneath… Continue reading Review: Peril in Paris by Katherine Woodfine

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History + mystery + middle grade = my perfect book

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of history. My PhD research is deeply connected with the suffrage campaign and the late 19th/early 20th century. I think I’m probably happiest in the archives. I also think that this love for history was forged in the fictional books I read vociferously as a child. For that… Continue reading History + mystery + middle grade = my perfect book

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Review: The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and… Continue reading Review: The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

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three middle grade books that are sure to become classics

I’ve spontaneously started a little series on this book lately. I’ve discussed funny MG books and recently released MG books that I love, and today I thought I’d do a ‘classics’ edition. Classic middle grade books, like Roald Dahl’s MATILDA or the HARRY POTTER series, are stories that seem to be beloved by SO many… Continue reading three middle grade books that are sure to become classics

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really really good middle grade books I’ve recently devoured.

I’m a middle grade novel aficionado. I love them. They are where my heart lies, in a literal and literary sense. I think they capture a really special moment in a person’s life, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading (or writing) them. Over the last month, I’ve read some AH-MAZING middle grade novels, so… Continue reading really really good middle grade books I’ve recently devoured.

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Review: The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew

Can this shocking new feeling be love, or is it electrickery? In a lowly side-show fair in eighteenth-century England, teenager Mim is struggling to find her worth as an act. Not white, but not black enough to be truly exotic, her pet parrot who speaks four languages is a bigger draw than her. But Alex,… Continue reading Review: The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew