Reviewer:

Ruth Ennis

Book Cover - Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers and Everyday Heroes

Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers and Everyday Heroes

The first collection of its kind, Black & Irish is an exciting non-fiction book that celebrates many iconic Black Irish people and their achievements. With actors, writers, fashion influencers, doctors, activists, musicians, sports stars, academics, and many more, this book acts as a tribute to several inspirational figures of all ages.

Book Cover - Wise Creatures

Wise Creatures

Hauntings don’t begin with houses. They begin with people. Teenager Daisy lives with her aunt Susan and cousin Nina (who she loves like a sister). After a tragic and mysterious childhood, Daisy has spent much of her life building walls within herself to block out the creatures festering inside her, always threatening to overflow.

Book Cover - Ten-Word Tiny Tales

Ten-Word Tiny Tales

It is one thing to tell a good story within thousands of words, to build fantastical worlds and interesting characters over a prolonged period of time. It is an entirely different thing to achieve this same goal within a ten-word limit. In this beautifully produced hardback, UK Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho succeeds in presenting twenty unique tales accompanied by stunning illustrations from a wide range of artists. Most of these stories lean in a mildly eerie direction, perfect for those in search of light spooks.

Book Cover - The Mermaid Moon

The Mermaid Moon

Merrin is a mermaid, Molly is a human, and the two are the best of friends. They spend every day playing together, one above the sea, one below. Once a year, during the Mermaid Moon, all creatures in the ocean have the power to fly out of the sea and above the land. Merrin is eager to use this opportunity to spend time with her friend, but has to be careful to return to the sea before the moon sets and the magic disappears …

Book Cover - Frankenstiltskin

Frankenstiltskin

You’re likely familiar with the fairy tale of Rumpelstiltkin; a mischievous creature who helps a young girl impress the king, but at a great cost. The only way out of this bargain is if the young girl can guess this strange creature’s unusual name. In this, part two of the Fairy Tales Gone Bad trilogy, Coelho tells a twisted version of this familiar story.

Book Cover - Fizzy and the Party

Fizzy and the Party

Fizzy and her Mum are about to wind down, eat supper and head to bed one Tuesday evening. But Fizzy begins to root through her dress up box to find the perfect outfit for Mrs Crumbleboom’s party next door. While her Mum needs some convincing, the two head over to the party and enjoy lots of treats, rock music, and exploring Mrs Crumbleboom’s house. Mum brings Fizzy back home before they can see the fireworks, but a compromise is made when they make a blanket fort and watch the fireworks from the window together.

Book Cover - Where The World Ends

Where The World Ends

Where the World Ends is loosely based on the true story of the nine boys and three men that were stranded on an island off the coast of Scotland in the 1700s. They travel from their home island, Hirta, to the Warrior Stac to hunt birds and gather resources. Soon, doubts and fears settle in when nobody sails to the stac to bring them home.

Book Cover - Rainbow Grey

Rainbow Grey

Welcome to the magical world of the Weatherlands, where young Weatherlings train at the Sky Academy to hone their weather-related skills, from controlling rain and snow, thunder and lighting, and the rare sun magic. Adventure-obsessed Ray Grey doesn’t have any magic, but this doesn’t stop her from being the most enthusiastic and dedicated Weatherling. One day, she discovers the secret of the rarest magic of all: rainbow magic. But not all Weatherlings are good, so Ray and her best friends, Snowden and Droplett, are going to have to work together to prevent the terrible storms that are brewing.

Book Cover - The Truth About Lies

The Truth About Lies

Jess Wilson is remarkable for one outstanding reason; she remembers every single detail of her life from the age of eleven. With her incredible memory, she is unable to forget anything, not the mystery of her old life, not her roommate’s death, and not the new and charming Dan.

Book Cover - The Polka Dot Shop

The Polka Dot Shop

Andy’s mum owns a quirky, second-hand clothing shop called Eliza’s Emporium. The only problem is Andy hates the clothes her mum brings back from the shop and wants nothing more than to have her own expensive clothes. Everything changes when Andy finds a bag left in the shop, full of designer clothes.