Author guest post and interview: Joanne O’Connell

We are delighted to welcome our first author, Joanne O'Connell, to the ELS blog. Joanne's debut novel, Beauty and the Bin, is a warm, funny and timely story, exploring food waste, fast fashion, friendship, and very embarrassing parents. Full of quick and practical ideas for greener living, Beauty and the Bin is an inspiring read … Continue reading Author guest post and interview: Joanne O’Connell

Book review: The Tindims of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry

On the blog this week, we will be looking at books that encourage children and young people to think about the natural world and the small, everyday things we can all do to protect it. In our first post, ELS library assistant Sarah finds inspiration from The Tindims of Rubbish Island. Printed in dyslexia-friendly font … Continue reading Book review: The Tindims of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry

Book review: Maggie Blue and the Dark World by Anna Goodall

ELS librarian Samantha follows a one-eyed cat into the unknown in Anna Goodall's debut novel Maggie Blue and the Dark World. Maggie Blue is an outsider, both at home and at school. She lives with her eccentric aunt Esme, and has no friends other than the irascible Hoagy, a stray cat who can talk to … Continue reading Book review: Maggie Blue and the Dark World by Anna Goodall

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

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