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

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade

The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell | 1 Minute Reviews

Have you been looking for something magical? An adventure to another world that mirrors our own? The Crooked Sixpence, Book 1 of the new Uncommoners series, stands as one of my favourite middle grade novels of last year. Now is a great time to start, with book 2 coming along in June! When her home is… Continue reading The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin | 1 Minute Reviews

The Thing About Jellyfish is an impressive middle grade book about coping with the death of a friend, growing up and growing apart, and an obsession with jellyfish. When Suzy’s best friend drowns, she decides that it is jellyfish to blame, and sets out on a mission to prove to everyone that it was the… Continue reading The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade

Bird by Crystal Chan | 1 Minute Reviews

Despite being for 9-12 age group, Bird is a complex, blunt, aching description of a family trying to hold together after the death of a child. John, or Bird, dies long before the novel begins but is so tangible and present in the lives of Jewel and her family. Jewel and her new friend (also… Continue reading Bird by Crystal Chan | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Middle Grade · YA

A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 1 Minute Reviews

Note: In America this book is known as The Cartographer’s Daughter. A Girl of Ink and Stars is a great adventure and a future classic. Isabella is a budding cartographer whose skills are required when one girl is murdered and another runs away, lost in the island’s Forgotten Territories. But who killed the girl, why are… Continue reading A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 1 Minute Reviews