Book Review: The Green Ember

The Green Ember was first published in 2014 but I only came across it recently when my sister recommended I read it. She thought I’d like a fantasy tale featuring sword-wielding rabbits. I didn’t like it… I loved it! (Apologies, channelling UK Bake Off the professionals!) Siblings Heather and Picket are two young rabbits approaching […]

Book Review: The Monster in the Lake

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Dragon in the Library, and The Monster in the Lake is a good follow-up adventure for Kit, wizard-in-training, and her friends Josh and Alito, This time something is afoot in the local park, where the three friends discover they can talk to animals (the animals, […]

Book Review: Misfit’s Magic

*** News on The Lucky Diamond *** Before getting to the book review, I had some very exciting news this week, with my middle grade children’s fantasy, The Lucky Diamond, announced as a semi-finalist for Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award (#BBNYA2022). This is not a genre specific competition which made it extra special. […]

#MGReadathon this weekend

My other four books were: An enjoyable fantasy, though dark in places and comic in others, with a nice message A fun mystery adventure A charming & sweet tale A brilliant madcap adventure set in Ireland in a girls’ convent boarding school (out of print for many years, but written by my mother so it […]

#MGReadathon this weekend!

This weekend sees the return of the #MGReadathon, and the question is how many middle grade books can you read in 48 hours (minimal sleeping, cleaning, or interacting with others required!!). It sounds great fun – see all the details here. I am going to join in and will endeavour not to embarrass myself too […]

Book Review: The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith

Kip is a student a Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, a very special school where the kids study magical energies, and the school’s research is based on the work and discoveries of Eartha Quicksmith, a genius who lived four hundred years earlier. But where you have magical and incredible items, or even cryptic clues to […]

Book Review: Rea and the Blood of the Nectar

This story opens in India on the eve of Rea’s twelfth birthday. Rea is devastated to discover that instead of celebrating it with her, her twin Rohan has planned a secret midnight game of cricket with his friends. Determined to spoil his fun, Rea sneaks out of the house after him and forces her way […]

Book Launch: Revenge of Queen Rose

I am thrilled to announce that today, Monday June 27th, is publication day for book 2 in my middle grade fantasy series, Revenge of Queen Rose, so this is a special post to mark the occasion. June has been a busy month for me, between interviews, delivering fantasy writing workshops to eager and very talented […]

Book Review: Epic Zero by R. L. Ullman

It’s Elliot’s 12th birthday and still no superpowers have materialised… Elliot’s parents and older sister are ‘meta-beings’, people with enhanced powers, and members of the Freedom Force, the greatest assembly of superheroes ever to fight supervillains. Without developing meta-powers, Elliot can’t join his family and the other supers when they go off to fight villains. […]

Book Review: Kiki Kallira Conquers A Curse

It’s a few months since Kiki saved her mythical-land-brought-to-life-from-her-sketchbook world, Mysore, but when for once she happens to leave her sketchbook open at a picture of Lej, one of the Crows, it’s not long before Lej himself appears in person. Mysore is in trouble again. The river has vanished, rain no longer falls so the […]


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