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…

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams

The latest book by David Walliams, The World’s Worst Children, is unlike any of the other books by Walliams. It is a collection of short stories about, as you’ve most probably guessed, really horrid children. It is beautifully, or should I say disgustingly, illustrated in colour by Tony Ross which makes it just that little…

The Jolly-Rogers and the Cave of Doom by Jonny Duddle

My friend at work recommended me this book as she and her son have really enjoyed reading both the picture and chapter books in this ‘Jolly-Rogers’ series. Although I recognise the series, I have never read one before and so I took up her advice to read it. I was told that with these stories,…