RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Ghost Boy
    Stafford Betty
    This book was fast paced and fun. It gave the reader a different look on ghosts, so to speak.
    Well written and engaging. ~ Julie Oakley, NetGalley

  • Ghost Boy
    Stafford Betty
    A well-written book full of positive messages. The main characters are well developed and the book touches your emotions.
    Strongly recommended!
    ~ Anna Maria Giacomasso, NetGalley

  • Ghost Boy
    Stafford Betty
    Good story line, the characters were well built up and I felt intrigued to know what happens next. There was a twist that kept me interested and I enjoyed the book and the plot but found it finished quite quickly.

    I really enjoyed the chapters and found that they kept the story moving and interesting, it was a great short read for young adults.
    ~ Kelly Mason, NetGalley

  • Ghost Boy
    Stafford Betty
    Well written with great characters. ~ Becky Narlinger, NetGalley

  • Ghost Boy
    Stafford Betty
    Super. Interesting from the start, this book is about a normal 7th grade aged boy who sees and communicates with ghosts. He struggles with his peer group and his father’s disbelief, finally overcoming opposition that threatens to alienate him from both worlds—and from himself. Positive messages for growing up as a sensitive human. Highly Recommend. ~ Producervan, GoodReads

  • Melody's Unicorn
    Richard Swan
    The story and all the characters enchanted me. This is the start to a series that I will be reading to my grandchildren. I believe that children of all ages will love it as much as I did.

    ~ Marie Angel, NetGalley

  • Princess Gardener, The
    Michael Strelow
    I loved this book alot. It is well written and really enjoyable. I read it in one sitting. Eugenie and Alyssa ending was surprisingly wonderfully unique. I want to read more by this author. ~ Belinda Clemens, NetGalley

  • Princess Gardener, The
    Michael Strelow
    Thanks for the advanced copy of this one. Over to my ten year old daughter to tell us what she thought...

    I love this book because after the first page or so, I felt like Eugenie was my best friend and I'd known her all my life. The storyline is intriguing and once the action had started, I couldn't put the book down. If I had to rewrite the book, I would not change a thing! I would 100% recommend the book to anyone who likes adventure and fantasy. I feel like this book will be a bestseller!

    ~ Dan Pawley, NetGaley

  • Emajen
    Ashley Ledigo
    I'm a compulsive doodler but I never dreamt that my harmless little scribbles could be dangerous.
    Please tell me one of them' s not twitching itself into a living nightmare as I write this. I'm afraid to go to bed.
    Loved the book though. More please.

    ~ Debbie Taylor - Dip.D'Ets.Bil./ BEd./ MA

  • Emajen
    Ashley Ledigo
    The cruel and callous Crevitos, hell-bent on universal domination, comes head to head with the resourceful and courageous Destiny and Anthony, via a weird and wonderful collection of 'creations' - physical manifestations of our own absent-minded doodles.

    Parallels with the adult world we know - oppression, exploitation, avarice - are inescapable, but this children's fantasy in the grand manner culminates in a nail-biting denouement which will leave kids of all ages wanting more. And there is just a hint that more there may be.

    ~ Chaz Burrows - Dip.Hum./ BA

  • Emajen
    Ashley Ledigo
    ‘Emajen’ was recommended to me by a colleague as an excellent read for children in Yr 5 and above. It did not disappoint.

    Powerful descriptive writing brings ‘Crevitos’ to life in the first chapter, setting the scene for what is to come. We learn that Crevitos has been drawn as the powerful leader of ‘Doodleland’ in a comic strip, but that he has gained his freedom from his creator…..an original start that left me eager to read more.

    Little tasters of his power and cruelty continue between chapters in which we see the relationship between the main characters (Destiny and Anthony) develop through their mutual love of animals. We then see the two youngsters begin an exciting journey together to save the parallel world of Emajen.

    The contrasts in characters are important throughout the book; just as we have been unsettled by the fury and evilness of Crevitos and the gruesome and vivid descriptions of the way he treats ‘creations’, we are taken away to calmer places by the whimsical doodles and charming Sadler and Squib who lighten the mood. The roller coaster of emotions between chapters adds to the impact as the tension builds to an exciting climax.

    I was captivated from the start and look forward to reading ‘Emajen’ to my class; I have no doubt they will love it. ~ Jenny Goodfellow - Bsc PGCE

  • Emajen
    Ashley Ledigo
    An engaging fantasy for young readers! I enjoyed reading Ledigo's debut novel. Her complex multi-world story was well-paced and intriguging. I appreciated her optimistic caring voice and look forward to reading more about Ledigo's characters and worlds. This particular book would appeal particularly to young readers, ages 9-12, who are horse-lovers as horses are spotlighted in this fantasy! A good debut! ~ Helen T, NetGalley

  • Mistflower - The Loneliest Mouse
    Krystina Kellingley
    It's an exciting story with lots of adventure that will attract children to it. The book is also appealing to adult readers for its wisdom and spiritual undertones. The beautiful story of Mistflower, who decides to take care of a kitten, is really touching and it evokes a lot of love and compassion amongst readers. The challenges, the adventures, the other animals in the story and the delightful pictures make it an entertaining story for kids. What makes the book more appealing is that it teaches kids to love other creatures, to have compassion and to value friendship. The story can also inspire them to be more kind and loving. The characters of Mistflower and Silk are lovable and their friendship is intense, tender and comforting. It is a beautiful story of wisdom with touches of spirituality conveyed with elegance and subtlety to readers. ~ Readers' Favorite, https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/mistflower

  • Melody's Unicorn
    Richard Swan
    Melody’s Unicorn is just lovely. It took me back to my childhood when I loved to read about fairies, dragons, unicorns, and all of the other entities that we believe do not exist but secretly think they possibly do. Thoroughly enchanting! Melody’s Unicorn is definitely the type of book my bookish childhood self would have jumped on. And I have no qualms about saying how much I enjoyed it as an adult! ~ Jade Hughes, From The Inside www.jadeannahughes.com

  • Emma Oliver and the Song of Creation
    Susan Elizabeth Hale
    This ‘song’ of fiction, is a delight and full of messages ‘of the moment’. Susan Elizabeth Hale has created a short novel that will delight and intrigue youngsters and oldsters alike!

    Having just returned from my childhood place just outside Oxford this story chimed in so many ways. Oxfordshire, like my current county of residence – Worcestershire, is seeing huge residential developments, and I wonder both about the impacts of housebuilding and supporting infrastructure, as well as the loss of green space and, yes, trees. In fact my childhood place of play that included a large horsechestnut is now a housing estate and did sadden me somewhat. This novel follows the journey of a family embroiled in a residential development both from the building perspective and the deeply connected tree-realm perspective. The novel follows Emma, her tree totem “annie” and her tree colleagues, and the rest of her family, on a bit of a rollercoaster ride from her grannie’s and mother’s childhood experiences in nature through to her own underground adventures.

    The story has elements of alice in wonderland, lord of the rings and traditional wandertales that make this an enchanting and yet deeply moving and connective story of ‘family’ and nature. While there were times when the two sides of the argument followed stereotypes a little too literally for me, in the end the suspense, lyrical writing and poetry won through and kept me in the story to the final sentence. The narrative weaves in both the deeply spiritual and heartfelt attachment we have for trees and includes even the most recent findings of the hidden lives of trees. It really gets to the ways in how trees ‘communicate’ in both the ‘scientific’ sense and, more importantly for me, the metaphorical sense. Ways we communicate are explored and, in the end, the rhythmical singing that is true to the human self wins out.

    Jon Cree, Director of Forest School Association and Training Co-ordinator FSC Bishops Wood Centre.

    I commend this book to any children and youngsters engaged with trees, particularly 7 years up to 14, including those participating in a Forest School programme.
    ~ Jon Cree, Forest School Association Newsletter

  • Firebird Chronicles, The: Through the Uncrossable Boundary
    Daniel Ingram-Brown
    Through the Uncrossable Boundary is the sweeping conclusion to the adventure that introduced us to Scoop and Fletcher and their story-centric world. It’s a true adventure story that will become an instant classic, made up of stories, characters and a literature inspired world that, no matter how old you are, you will want to revisit over and over again. ~ Emily, That Weird Girl Life blog

  • Alyssa Chronicle, The
    Michael Strelow
    PRAISE FOR MICHAEL STRELOW: '... illuminates the beautiful and mysterious transformation that occurs when we listen carefully to the world.' ~ Scott Nadelson, author of Between You and Me

  • Wonderful Earth
    Mick Inkpen
    Nick Butterworth
    This re-issue of a book originally published in December 2003 by Hunt and Thorpe is very welcome. It has lost none of its appeal over the years, in fact anything with the names Butterworth and Inkpen attached will attract attention and full marks to John Hunt Publishing for the opportunity to introduce this book to a new readership.

    This is the creation story told and illustrated in a clear and fun way that young people will enjoy being told and adults will enjoy telling! I have already read and re-read right through with a smile on my face and a longing to share it with a youngster, which I will at the earliest opportunity. A glorious book, long may it be in print. ~ Mary Bartholomew, The Goodbookstall

  • Firebird Chronicles, The: Through the Uncrossable Boundary
    Daniel Ingram-Brown
    A New Kind of Magic…

    Daniel Ingram-Brown’s latest installment of The Firebird Chronicles is as magical and overwhelmingly awe-inspiring as its preceding books. It doesn’t matter how stressful your supposedly ‘adult’ day has been, Ingram-Brown never fails to evoke the child within me and within anyone that has the pleasure of reading his work.

    Through the Uncrossable Boundary envelops the reader in the same entirely unique world created throughout this series. It is a world of wonder and beauty, of wordplay and clever anecdotes, of extremely talented adventurers and their fearsome rivals. I have loved the first and second books in The Firebird Chronicles series and the feeling of total nostalgia brought on by them. However, Through the Uncrossable Boundary takes the magical and brings it so close to home you can feel it in the very pages.

    As always, I don’t want to spoil the plethora of twists and turns this book takes you on its enthralling journey through seas of singing fable fish and treacherous beast-infested waters. Nonetheless, I can promise you that every page is as compelling as the next. As always, Ingram-Brown’s pure talent for description causes your mind to manifest the entire world he creates and you can feel yourself right there alongside him (and Fletcher and Scoop, of course).

    This is a book for all ages- from the young, inquisitive mind to the adult longing to feel the excitement that only a wonderful book can evoke. Through the Uncrossable Boundary strikes the perfect balance between magic and reality, bringing the world of Fletcher and Scoop closer to home than we could ever imagine. Dreams become reality in this story and, once again, Daniel Ingram-Brown has created a perfect example of the necessity of the written word. As long as works such as Through the Uncrossable Boundary continue to blossom from the brilliant minds that write them, there will always be a future in which books are vehicles for the unimaginable.

    An impeccable read that amazes and inspires. I shall most certainly be on the lookout for more of Ingram-Brown’s phenomenal works of magic. ~ Dani, Dani Reads blog

  • Firebird Chronicles, The: Through the Uncrossable Boundary
    Daniel Ingram-Brown
    Take the first book's magic, the second book's adventure, and multiply them by 100... you've got a book that's bigger, bolder and even harder to put down than the last! ~ Charlotte, Wonderfully Bookish blog

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