Book Review: May – August 2022

5-8 Years
The Birthday Duck – Michael Morpurgo £5.99
From Sir Michael Morpurgo comes a classic story of one small boy, and one very lucky duck… Sam is a city boy through and through – and isn’t looking forward to his school trip to Nethercott Farm at all. But busy days of farm work, animals and learning all about nature weave their magic – and when Sam finds a duck about to be dinner, he is determined to save him. But how?

Daisy and the Trouble With London – Kes Gray £6.99
Here comes trouble! Daisy is off to actual, actual London for the day!!!
Nanny and grampy are taking her to see the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and lots more. Trouble is, all Daisy really wants to see is Cooey the pigeon.

Kitty and the Woodland Wildcat – Paula Harrison £5.99
Kitty is a superhero-in-training with cat-like superpowers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn. Join her for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon with her faithful cat crew by her side. Kitty is on a camping holiday with her friend Ozzy. Just like Kitty, Ozzy is a superhero-in-training with owl-like superpowers.

9-12 Years Fiction
The Last Firefox – Lee Newbery £6.99
A boy befriends a very special fox whose uniqueness leads them both on a whirlwind adventure in this gripping and heartwarming tale about courage and companionship. Because Cadno isn’t just any fox: he’s a firefox – the only one of his kind – and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail.

The Last Bear – Hannah Gold £6.99
There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…

Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens £7.99
At Deepdean School for Girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have set up their own detective agency. But they are struggling to find any real crimes to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t). Then Hazel discovers the science mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the gym. To add to the mystery, when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared.

Teenage Fiction
Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Glasgow £7.49
Charlie Davis is in pieces. At 17, she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget it through cutting; the pain washes out the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. She doesn’t have to think about her father or what happened under the bridge. Her best friend, Ellis, who is gone forever. Or the mother who has nothing left to give her.

Grandad’s Camper – Harry Woodgate £6.99
Grandad tells his granddaughter about the adventures he used to have with gramps. A long time ago, grandad and gramps spent many happy days travelling the world together in a camper van. But now gramps isn’t around any more, grandad doesn’t feel much like having adventures. As she listens to his wonderful stories, grandads granddaughter has an idea to cheer him up…

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes £7.99
Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future. Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why. Now she must move into the mansion she’s inherited. It’s filled with secrets and codes, and the old man’s surviving relatives – a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got ‘their’ money.

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