Review: Secrets of the Last Merfolk

The Christmas holidays are not looking promising for Finn (forced on a cabin break with his workaholic dad and irritating stepmum) and Sage (who's trying to muster enthusiasm for another knitted present) but when they hear the eerie sound of singing and spot strange figures swimming in the icy sea – everything changes. The children... Continue Reading →

Review: A Dragon Story

Everyone knows that stories about dragons always end badly. Everyone, that is, except Pip, a little girl, and Turmeric, a wonderfully-named young dragon, who refuse to accept the received wisdom. When Pip and Turmeric's paths cross, they set out to create their own ending – but what will it be? This debut picture book, from... Continue Reading →

Roy Peachey’s Research Log

In our new feature asking how authors research their books, Roy Peachey chats to Roaring Reads about the life story of athlete Eric Liddell – and how he found out about it for his captivating new novel, The Race. Can you tell us a little about the research you did for your new book? Having... Continue Reading →

Review: the Race

Perfectly timed for an Olympic year, this fascinating story follows two parallel sporting lives. It re-imagines the life of celebrated gold medallist Eric Liddell and gives a fresh perspective through the eyes of Lili, a twelve-year-old Chinese Scot, for whom his trials come to have particular resonance. Lili has a big race to prepare for... Continue Reading →

Review: Pinkie and Boo!

A delightful story that perfectly captures the spirit of a disgruntled pre-schooler, Pinkie and Boo is a fresh and fun reinvention of an enduring picture book theme. Pinkie is the littlest in her family. Even her name (like the titchiest finger) proves it, so she sees the arrival of a new baby brother as a... Continue Reading →

Ready, Steady, Review… Arctic Star

In our new fast feature, we recommend a terrific title in 60 words. In 1943, Frank and fellow Naval recruits join an Arctic Convoy mission to Russia – a voyage through hostile seas to a hostile port, that will test their bond to shattering point. Artful descriptions ensure that we wholly experience each sensation –... Continue Reading →

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