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We Can Be Heroes by Catherine Bruton cover

We Can Be Heroes

Ever since 12 year old Ben’s dad died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his mum has been acting strange. They’ve coped with it- her OCD eating habits, the way she hides in herself- but now it’s just too much. She’s being looked after by doctors now, and Ben is with his grandparents in the Midlands, … Continue reading

Wereworld: Rage of Lions by Curtis Jobling cover

Wereworld: Rage of Lions

Things are quiet in Lyssia. Catlord Leopold, the tyrant king, is imprisoned in his own keep, and the Wolf’s Council are slowly cleaning up the mess left behind by the mighty Werelion. Drew, the boy destined to be king, is being trained up, and his friends Hector, Gretchen, and Whitley are enjoying courtly life. But … Continue reading

Troubletwisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams cover


Jack and Jaide are wrenched from their lives when they are moved from their city-life to a small house in the seemingly quiet town of Portland, where their mysterious Grandma X lives. After arriving at the peculiar house, odd things seem to happen, and the twins are confused whether their grandma is working against them … Continue reading

Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce cover

Angel’s Fury

Cassie Farrier does not look forward to a good night’s rest. Everyday she fears what is to come in her ‘dreams’- a terrifying journey that ends in the death of a Jewish girl in WW2. This nightmare is not fantasy- it is memory. The question is, how does Cassie remember things from a time 70 … Continue reading

The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck cover

The Tiger’s Curse

Kelsey needs a summer job. Is she going to stack shelves in a supermarket? Serve fries at McDonalds? No, she’s going to go work in a circus and look after a Tiger. During her placement, a man visits the circus and offers to buy Ren the tiger and transfer him to a nature reserve in … Continue reading

Long Reach by Peter Cocks cover

Long Reach

In the world of espionage, things are never as they seem. Eddie Savage, – a 17 year old school boy, – is not who many think he is. He’s neither Eddie or Savage, and he isn’t a schoolboy either. : He is a spy, taking revenge on the man that murdered his brother: Tommy Kelly, … Continue reading

An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons cover

An Act of Love

They start out as childhood friends- at aged 7 they are inseparable. They do everything together- swimming, football, exploring The Wilderness; the empty area of land behind the estate. But slowly, everything starts to fall apart. Chris moves away and makes new friends, Imran doesn’t. Chris gets a job, Imran doesn’t. Chris becomes a soldier, … Continue reading

The Shadowing: Hunted by Adam Slater

The Shadowing: Hunted

Hunted, written by Adam Slater and published early May is the first in his new horror series, titled The Shadowing. This book follows the path of Callum, a supposedly normal boy (the “normal” you come to guess that isn’t that normal) who seems to have extraordinary luck…what the devil could this lead to? Ironically, it … Continue reading

The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence cover

The Case of the Deadly Desperados

I came to read The Case of the Deadly Desperados with a certain excitement and apprehension – excitement because The Roman Mysteries were a large part of my childhood reading, and apprehension because I was worried that The Case of the Deadly Desperados, or more broadly The P.K Pinkerton Mysteries, would not be to the … Continue reading

One Seriously Messed Up Week by Tom Clempson cover

One Seriously Messed Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite

Introducing: Jack Samsonite, a nearly-16 British teenager. His mission: to pass his GCSEs, pull the girl of his dreams, and not get beaten up. Wish him luck. Diary-style novels are always hard to review. Always. Take a look at the other reviews I have made of books like Spud and Adrian Mole – they’re short. … Continue reading

Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland cover

Duty Calls: Dunkirk

Private Johnny Hawke has just arrived in France. The year is 1940 – the middle of the Second World War. Germany has invaded most of France, but French and British forces are attempting to hold them back. It is not easy when both rations and ammunition are in short supply. Aged 16, Hawke has just … Continue reading

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens cover

The Emerald Atlas

Given up by their parents, Kate, Michael, and Emma move from orphanage to orphanage, sometimes staying no longer than two weeks. The reason? All three believe their parents will re-claim them one day. For now though, they’re moving to a new orphanage, one set in the mysterious Cambridge Falls. The only children in their new … Continue reading

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins cover

Anna and the French Kiss

I don’t think I’ve ever before read a book that so little suited both its cover and title. I would never have picked up the soppy picture of a girl sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower, and I never would have considered a book with the words ‘french kiss’ in the title, but I … Continue reading

Forgotten by Cat Patrick cover


Imagine this: you can see glimpses of the future, but your past is empty. Every day, at 4:33am, your brain deletes every memory you had in the previous 24 hours. Gone. For London Lane, she doesn’t need to imagine this. It’s her reality. She gets around it with help from her mother, her mobile phone … Continue reading

Maximum Ride: Angel by James Patterson cover

Maximum Ride: Angel

If you’ve ever read a previous Maximum Ride, Angel is much the same. To summarise what happens: bird kids are safe, bird kids get involved in dangerous stuff, bird kids try and figure out what is happening, bird kids save someone, a bird kid nearly dies, bird kids are safe again. You’d think that James … Continue reading

Clash by Colin Mulhern cover


Alex Crow is not the sort of person you would socialise with. He’s one of those people who has a reputation wherever he goes, and not just any old reputation; Alex is known for his violent outbursts. Most people, including Kyle, think he’s a psychopath, but that’s only half the story. Alex is a young … Continue reading