The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

One of my closest friends, Nicki, asked me to do a reading at her wedding. I was really chuffed and honoured when she asked me and of course I accepted! There was another reading during the ceremony, an extract from The Velveteen Rabbit, written by American author Margery Williams in 1922. It was a beautiful excerpt describing…

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Whilst feasting on a mass of Sushi in Spokane, I had a great chat with my husband’s cousin, Sabby, about what books she has enjoyed reading recently. I wondered if there were any American authors I was missing out on. As a leaving gift to say thank you for hosting us on part of our…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II

Being a Harry Potter fan, I was a bit apprehensive when I found out that Harry’s tale would be continued. I was anxious as I didn’t want the magical world I had grown up in to change when this new work by JK and co. came out. I was concerned for them, knowing that some die…

Back from America!

After being away for three action packed weeks in America, I am now finally home. I had an amazing time travelling down the western side of the US, visiting the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and California. There was so much to do and see, but I won’t bore you with my holiday photos……

Redwall by Brian Jacques

After reminiscing over favourite childhood books, my friend said that the Chronicles of Redwall series was amongst his most loved and evocative stories filled with adventure and excitement. He described the series as a cross between The Lord of the Rings and the Wind in the Willows, so I thought I better give it a…

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine

I love a mystery story. You know this. I know this. I love the plot twists, I love the detectives, I love the trail of clues and Katherine Woodfine knows just how to include them all! What makes her stories stand out from the crowd is the detail of  Edwardian London where Sophie, Lil and…

Collections from Ruby Tuesday

Being a teacher, you are always on the lookout for new books. I have realised recently that I spend a lot of time talking about fiction books, as that’s what I get drawn to when going into a library or a bookshop. As someone who blogs about books for children to get them engaged and…

A visit from Jack Green!

At Woodlands Junior School yesterday, we were all very  excited to have a special assembly at 10.15 with none other than the olympic athlete Jack Green! You could feel the tension buzzing in the hall as we all waited for our special visitor, thoughts and questions swirling around in our minds. How fast can he run? Was…

The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins

As described by Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl, The Black Book of secrets grabs the reader with ‘hooked talons’. I found myself getting totally sucked into this dark story filled with secrets and mystery, in similar way I was transfixed by The Blackthorn Key. They both have young male main characters, who have…

To wee or not to wee by Pamela Butchart

Just by looking at this book, you can tell it’s a Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham classic. The award winning duo have made a book which retells four well known Shakespeare plays through the voice of Izzy – she relates situations in her life with her friends to the plots of the stories. Izzy, being Izzy, rambles through these…

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

I have been waiting for a fantasy book to come along and whisk me away into another world, somewhere completely different. Recently, I have been craving fantasy fiction similar to The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit and this has definitely satisfied that craving. Before chapter one even begins in this book, there is a map to…

Mystery and Mayhem by The Crime Club

If you’ve read my blog before, you will know that I love a good detective story. I have really enjoyed reading the Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens and the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, so when I saw this anthology (set of stories) I knew it would be right up my street. Both…