I read Kiwi in Cat City a long time ago, and it’s taken a while to return to this lovely, funny, and highly imaginative series. It’s a first class read for middle graders, and adults with a sense of humour
Looking for Emily came up as an offering on Netgalley. The blurb intrigued me, and I succeeded in getting an advance copy. Not enough in advance for me to read it before publication, but I prioritised it all the same.
The Cat Who Saved Books was a netgalley book, for which I am very grateful. I seem to have become better at picking books that suit my post-covid brain since I realised the trouble with those more thrilling books I’d
The Year of Shadows was, I think, a near miss for Book of the Month for GMGR a few years ago. I put it on my list anyway, sure that it would be picked soon… but so far, not. I
Rea and the Blood of the Nectar caught my eye when it was offered by Netgalley and the publisher. I’m glad it did! It’s a super fantasy tale, smoothly merging the life of a poor girl in India with a
Outlaw Heroes has been in my Kindle a long time, since about November 2013. I have a feeling I picked it up as a special offer – kindle free days or similar. Those were the days! It is definitely a
I’ve had the Sign of the Green Dragon on my TBR for quite a long time, and decided I’d better read it before I give up reading Middle Grade Books. Well, I may read some for fun, but I’m giving
The Wide Awake Loons has been in my Kindle since February 2015. I suspect I got it in a free or reduced price offer, possibly a Kindle deal. I apologise to Katherine Holmes for taking so long to get around to
Lockdown may be easing in many countries, but it is still big news. Maybe it helps children to read about kids in other countries, or other situations from themselves. If so, Clare O’Beara’s two books featuring kids in lockdown in
The Mostly Invisible Boy was a Great Middle Grade Reads book of the month – for June! I managed to read it before the end of July, which is a vast improvement on my recent performances. This was the Group’s
Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue came to me from the publisher via Net-galley early in the year, when it was scheduled for publication around June. I saw a new date for July and one for September, so I’m publishing the
Monstrous Devices was a net-galley book from the publisher. I got it very close to the publication date listed, although it seems to have been published earlier, maybe in different formats, or it’s been picked up by a bigger publisher.
The Seed Savers series by Sandra Smith has been one of my joys to read over the last few years. I didn’t really understand Sandy’s use of the Bible as a teaching method in book 1, but now I realise
Salt has been in my kindle for at least three years (on my list for four!). It’s not the first I’ve read by Helen Laycock, whose Mandrake’s Plot I featured at the end of 2018. Helen gets over the ‘absent
A Girl Called Justice is for middle graders who like a good mystery. And Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway series, Brighton Mysteries) is READING IT ON FACEBOOK! She started 1st May, with the aim of finishing it May 14th when a