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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

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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