Children's

Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher: review

Award-winning Annabel Pitcher's second novel, Ketchup Clouds, is a taut and compelling tale of secrets, lies and guilt and won an Edgar Award in 2014

The Bubble Wrap Boy, by Phil Earle: review

Phil Earle's The Bubble Wrap Boy is a funny YA tale about a boy with a secret talent: skateboarding

A Few Fair Days - Jane Gardam

Enter the weird and wonderful world of Lucy's seaside childhood. Meet Aunt Fanny, Auntie Bea and Aunt Kitty. Discover Jinni Love's Fair Days, nanny-nuns, akkerbeests, polycarps and queeds. Marvel at the tales of Mr Crossley's wig, the great ship, the magu

A Long Way from Verona - Jane Gardam

I ought to tell you at the beginning that I am not quite normal having had a violent experience at the age of nine' Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' colours her schooldays and her reaction to the world around her- a confining world of Order Marks, wa

The Road to Oz – L. Frank Baum

In the forward of this book L. Frank Baum said: “I write only to please the children”, and with that in mind that is exactly what he has done. This story sees Dorothy and Toto return to the Land of Oz (but with no tornados taking them there this tim

City of Fate - Nicola Pierce

Imagine your home is bombed one Sunday afternoon by a horde of enemy planes. Imagine your family has gone and you are left behind. This is the fate of five-year-old Peter and two teenagers Yuri and Tanya. Imagine being ordered to leave school to fight

The Dark Inside - Rupert Wallis

The House on the Hill has been abandoned for as long as James can remember. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he's instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man. What is he running from? Afflicted by a dark curse, Webster

The Everest Files - Matt Dickinson

A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest In the deepest Himalaya a story is spreading like wildfire. The story of an Everest expedition unlike any other. An expedition that ended in lies, betrayal, mysterious disappearances - and death. At the hear

Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle - Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith

In this third installment of the series, 11-year-old whiz-kids Nick and Tesla discover that someone in the quiet town of Half Moon Bay has placed their beloved Uncle Newt under electronic surveillance-but who is spying on him, and why? To expose the secre

Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab - Bob Pflugfelder, Steve Hockensmith

Nick and Tesla are bright 12-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they're sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a