Reviewer:

Katie Sullivan Smyth

Book Cover - Kòku Àkànbi and the Heart of Midnight

Kòku Àkànbi and the Heart of Midnight

Maria Motúnráyo Adébísi’s debut novel is the first in a new and exhilarating fantasy series based on West African Mythology. When thirteen-year-old orphaned protagonist, Koku, accidentally unleashes an evil demon spirit during a school trip to the British Museum, his uncle sends him away for the summer. Tired of feeling unwanted, frustratingly misunderstood and of fighting his daily battle with sickle cell anaemia, Koku arrives to the home he doesn’t remember, Olori, feeling powerless.

Book Cover - Indiana Bones and the Invisible City

Indiana Bones and the Invisible City

Harry Heape and Rebecca Bagely offer readers another gripping and tremendously exciting story of Indiana Bones and his friends on their third adventure together. Beginning with a mini recap of ‘slimportant’ pieces of ‘funformation’ in bullet point format, this book ensures all readers, new and returning, can dive into the first chapter in the know.

Book Cover - A Game of Life or Death

A Game of Life or Death

Sixteen-year-old Asha Kennedy returns home after work to find her sister Maya’s dead body. Life as she knows it collapses. Without Maya, Asha’s sole guardian, the social services are bound to put her back into the care system that the sisters promised each other they would never return to. Caught in a mess of grief, emotions and questions, and determined to keep that promise, Asha’s fight or flight response takes over.

Book Cover - A Saucer Full of Secrets

A Saucer Full of Secrets

Alban the Cat and Sedu, a twelve-year old foundling, are brought together in an abbey near Skellig Island where many secrets hide. Drawn by suspicions and curiosity, Sedu, with Alban’s help, successfully sneaks across. Arriving at the island, they meet Cullan, a member of the Tuath Dé from the Land of the Kings.

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Wildlord

Orphaned, and with a guardian on the other side of the world, Tom ‘Thos’ Swinton is set to spend his summer holidays alone on the campus of his school, Downshire College. That is, until the arrival of a very unexpected letter, addressed to him by an unknown relative. Cousin James, later referred to as Jack Swinton, requests that Tom stay with him at Mundham Farm in Suffolk for the holidays. Enclosed in the letter is a train ticket for the following day. Despite his headmaster’s reservations, Tom jumps at the chance of something different and embarks on his fateful adventure.

Book Cover - The Philosophy Resistance Squad

The Philosophy Resistance Squad

Milo Moloney is accepted into the most highly ranked and the wealthiest school in all of Ireland: The Secondary Training Institute for Lifelong Employment. Entering into First Year, he is determined to excel and arrives at orientation ready for the challenge that the prestigious school will give him. However, the academic challenge that Milo is faced with is not what he expects.

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Strange But True: 10 Of The World’s Greatest Mysteries Explained

This beautiful book is fun, captivating and, in my opinion, one to be shared! An accessible read which lends itself to being either consumed cover to cover in one sitting or used with a ‘dip in and out’ approach. Hulick’s writing invites readers to participate in the story being told by asking questions that can encourage group discussions. Otherwise, the reader needs to channel their inner Sherlock-Holmes and join the dots.

Book Cover - The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

Parks’s latest title is a romantic comedy that delves into the complexities of human emotions and the feat that navigating through life can be. If family, friends and school life is not enough, there is always the etiquette of the dating world to consider. From first kisses, to new crushes, and childhood sweethearts, this novel exposes the complications that can arise with matters of the heart.

Book Cover - When We Got Lost in Dreamland

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

Dreamland is not a fun place to go, as it happens. Nonetheless, Welford’s writing offers oodles of fun. This is an adventurous story that plays with the idea of the subconscious mind, and all its potential. Narrated by Malky, readers are brought along on a series of unusual events. Both real and imaginary, and imaginary and real at the same time… (wires get crossed, things gets confusing).

Book Cover - The Boy I Am

The Boy I Am

This book offers readers a new and gripping dystopian thriller in YA fiction. It is a thought-provoking novel that tackles the subject of traditional gender roles and explores the theme of societal power dynamics. Quite pointedly, society is split between men and women whereby the men are either auctioned to the ‘female elite’ or live a life buried underground in the mines.