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Review: Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd

Amelia Hester McLeod is named after two of her mum’s favourite explorers. Two amazing, fearless, awesome women: Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope. But Amelia herself doesn’t always feel very brave or very bright. She lives on a windblown island in a creaky old house right beneath the North Star. Her dad is sad and… Continue reading Review: Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd

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Review: The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins

Delphernia Undersea wants to sing. But everyone on Blightsend knows music belongs to the Masters — and girls with singing throats are swallowed by the sea. On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome… Continue reading Review: The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins

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Review: The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell

A nonstop middle-grade fantasy adventure, The Train to Impossible Places by debut author P. G. Bell is as fun as it is full of heart, and the first book of a planned trilogy. A train that travels through impossible places. A boy trapped in a snow globe. And a girl who’s about to go on… Continue reading Review: The Train to Impossible Places by P. G. Bell

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Middle Grade Books with Great LGBTQA+ Rep

Something that makes me SO happy is seeing diverse rep in books. It’s so important that books reflect the reality we live in, and it’s especially important for middle grade readers–in such a formative period of their lives–to read books that celebrate diversity. Today I’m starting a sort-of series on my blog, highlighting some of… Continue reading Middle Grade Books with Great LGBTQA+ Rep

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Review: Tilly and the Book Wanderers (Pages&Co #1) by Anna James

  A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author. Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.… Continue reading Review: Tilly and the Book Wanderers (Pages&Co #1) by Anna James

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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