1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

What Sunny Saw in the Flames by Nnedi Okorafor | 1 Minute Reviews

Okay, I hate to make this comparison because it makes me sound like a kids novel blurb from about 15 years ago, but allow me to introduce you to a Nigerian equivalent of the Harry Potter series written by Nnedi Okorafor. Yes, really. And guys, it’s great. Nnedi Okorafor, a writer who consistently blows me away,… Continue reading What Sunny Saw in the Flames by Nnedi Okorafor | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy | 1 Minute Reviews

What a terrifically strange little book this is. I was sucked into this magical wartime novel immediately and long to go back to it. Readers do know, I rarely re-read a book but oh gosh I want to be back in that world. When their mother Juliet dies, Aila and Miles are sent to live… Continue reading The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · Middle Grade · YA

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren | Book Tour

This post is the first stop for the Prisoner of Ice and Snow Blog Tour for Bloomsbury Kids! Check out the other posts at the bottom throughout the week to find out more! I know it’s only September, but trust me when I tell you I’ve got the perfect wintry girls-being-awesome adventure to tell you… Continue reading Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren | Book Tour

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

A Storm of Strawberries by Jo Cotterill | 1 Minute Reviews

This is an absolutely charming book. Set on a strawberry farm over the course of one weekend, this novel follows twelve year old Darby as things start to (literally and metaphorically) fall apart in her life. A tornado is coming, and so is her sister Kaydee’s difficult friend Lissa. All Darby wants to do is… Continue reading A Storm of Strawberries by Jo Cotterill | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

The Girl In Between by Sarah Carroll | 1 Minute Reviews

Middle grade fiction as a genre continues to blow me away. Kiran Millwood Hargrave has twice worked to reinvent the genre into lyricism, and Sarah Carroll is following hot on her footsteps with this stunning Irish debut from Simon and Schuster. Sam and her ma are homeless, living in an abandoned mill in the heart… Continue reading The Girl In Between by Sarah Carroll | 1 Minute Reviews

Fiction · Middle Grade · YA

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

This last year has been a pretty wonderful one for writer Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Her first novel The Girl of Ink and Stars was published and instantly made a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, then shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and took the trophy for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. I absolutely loved… Continue reading The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade

Frogkisser by Garth Nix | 1 Minute Reviews

Let it be known that I love a good tongue in cheek fairytale inspired story. We have such a wealth of tales well known to us, thanks to Brother’s Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or even Walt Disney, and I absolutely love stories that take those tropes and mix them up. Enter Frogkisser, the latest novel from… Continue reading Frogkisser by Garth Nix | 1 Minute Reviews