Seven Stories: Barbara Henderson

In our regular Q&A, we ask a Scottish author to share some stories about their own life. This month, we are delighted to welcome Barbara, an author with an unrivalled talent for bringing Scotland's past to life. This interview was part of the blog tour for her new book, The Chessmen Thief. It gave us... Continue Reading →

Review: Uncle Pete and the Boy who Couldn’t Sleep

As a household filled with little readers who compulsively resist bedtime, we were intrigued by this book as soon as we saw the title. Imagine if you really couldn't get to sleep – ever. David C Flanagan's young fiction story introduces Harry, a boy who has never even been tired, and explores what now sleeping... Continue Reading →

Review: Home of the Wild

This book is a rare thing: a picture book with words and illustrations which are equally beautiful. The story of a boy who rescues and cares for an abandoned fawn, it is a lyrical celebration of Scotland's landscapes and wildlife which conveys the atmosphere of its setting perfectly. As a summer unfolds, we see the... Continue Reading →

Review: the Girl with her Head in the Clouds

Sixteen-year-old Dolly Shepherd loves living life on the edge, and while her weekdays are spent working in her aunt's Ostrich Feather Emporium, one weekend she seizes a thrilling opportunity – to parachute from a hot air balloon. It the first leap in what will prove a daring, dangerous and fulfilling career. Karen McCombie's story re-imagines... Continue Reading →

Seven Stories: Hannah Foley

In our regular Q&A, we ask a Scottish author to share some stories about their own life. This month, we welcome Hannah, who has dazzled us with her debut middle-grade story, The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle. We're hoping to uncover the secrets of how she came to create Avery's fantastical world.  News story: What... Continue Reading →

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