Ready, Steady, Review…Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

In our new fast feature, we recommend a terrific title in 60 words - ish. Budding artist Danny can't believe it when the 'surprise' his parents promise turns out to be his Chinese Granny – who's moving into his bedroom. Entertaining his elderly room-mate may not be how Danny planned to spend his holidays, but... 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 →

Ready, Steady, Review… Madam Squeaker

In our new, fast feature, we recommend a terrific title in 60 words or less. The tale of a little mouse who makes a big noise, Madam Squeaker delighted the Roaring Readers. We adored the quirky characters, especially the owl, and plentiful illustrations (the mice's expressions are gorgeous). The theme - everyone has a voice... Continue Reading →

Review: The Time-Thief

The first book in Patience Agbabi's Leap Cycle introduced us to Leaplings – children born on February 29th - who have the power to travel through time. Its brilliant sci-fi premise inspired lots of leap-year-related chat in our house, so were looking forward to being reunited with athletics-loving Elle and her car-crazy best friend Ben,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Chessmen Thief

The Lewis Chessmen have been enchanting those who encounter them since they were discovered on a Hebridean beach nearly 200 years ago. In her new book, Barbara Henderson channels their timeless appeal and shares it with new generation of readers, who are set to be captivated. In its own way, this story is as much... Continue Reading →

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