Festive reads: middle grade and YA edition

Following our post on Christmas-themed picture books, we've rounded up a selection of shiny new chapter books for older children and teenagers. We've also sneaked in a few of our all-time favourite wintry reads – perfect for reading with a mug of hot chocolate and a festive treat or two! For younger readers The Miracle on … Continue reading Festive reads: middle grade and YA edition

Festive reads: picture book edition

Whether you're reading to your class or snuggled under a blanket at home with family and pets, there's something extra special about sharing stories during the festive period. In this spirit, we've chosen a selection of the wonderful Christmas and wintry-themed picture books currently brightening up the shelves at ELS. The Snowflake written and illustrated … Continue reading Festive reads: picture book edition

Book review: The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

ELS librarian Samantha goes on an epic adventure with Ross Montgomery's latest novel, The Midnight Guardians. When evacuee Col’s childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. But they bring dire news: Col's sister is in danger. Together with his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger … Continue reading Book review: The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Book review: I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

ELS librarian Samantha falls head over paws in love with Carlie Sorosiak's middle-grade novels, I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? While I personally think there’s only one answer to this (both, always both), Carlie Sorosiak’s novels, I, Cosmo and My Life as … Continue reading Book review: I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

Book review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

ELS librarian Samantha reviews Elle McNicoll's debut novel, A Kind of Spark. A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there's more to the story of these 'witches', just like there is … Continue reading Book review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Book review: The StrangeWorlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

ELS librarian Samantha reviews L.D. Lapinski's newly released middle-grade novel, The StrangeWorlds Travel Agency. When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right … Continue reading Book review: The StrangeWorlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

Book review: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

ELS librarian Sarah reviews Katherine Rundell's modern classic Rooftoppers. This award-winning novel did not disappoint. The story is of Sophie and her guardian Charles, both survivors of the sinking of the Queen Mary, and their quest to find her mother and avoid the authority’s attempts to place Sophie in an orphanage. The book is quirky … Continue reading Book review: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Book review: A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison

ELS librarian Samantha finds the perfect lockdown distraction in Michelle Harrison's A Sprinkle of Sorcery, sequel to the bestselling A Pinch of Magic. The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the prison island of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s … Continue reading Book review: A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison

Book review: The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

ELS librarian Sarah reviews her recent lockdown read, The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Set in The Philippines, Ami lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants – including her mother – have leprosy. Ami loves her home, with its blue seas and tropical forests, but the arrival of … Continue reading Book review: The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave