Author interview: Anna Goodall

The most exciting thing about reading the first book in a new series, especially one from a debut author, is that you know that there is more to come – more magic, more humour and even more adventure. After reading Maggie Blue and the Dark World, we had to find out more about the story and … Continue reading Author interview: Anna Goodall

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: 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: The Witch’s Blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee is back to review the final book in Katharine and Elizabeth Corr's magical Young Adult series, The Witch's Blood. You can read Aimee's verdict on the previous two books here and here. This is the third and final instalment in The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. With Leo captured by Ronan and taken … Continue reading Book review: The Witch’s Blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Book review: The Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee falls further into the magical world of authors Katharine and Elizabeth Corr with their YA novel, The Witch's Tears. You can read Aimee's review of the first book in the series here. This is the second spellbinding instalment of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. After defeating the evil wizard Gwydion and the … Continue reading Book review: The Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Book review: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

ELS library assistant Sarah succumbs to the lure of Rachel Burge's chilling YA novel, The Twisted Tree. Whilst pondering over this review it struck me: what is a sure-fire way to know that somebody really enjoyed a book? Is it a) they feel a little sad once it’s come to an end, b) they frantically look to … Continue reading Book review: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Book Review: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

ELS librarian Samantha takes a mini-break with Simon James Green's hilarious YA novel, Alex in Wonderland. Sometimes you need a book that will make you laugh. The kind of snorting, warthog-like laughter that sends your breakfast – Coco Pops, of course – flying across the room, alarming both your cats and the strangers walking past … Continue reading Book Review: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green