Review: The Blue Hare

With its focus on a pair of long-eared siblings fleeing incomprehensible horror, it feels natural to draw comparison between The Blue Hare and Richard Adams' Watership Down, but while Hugh Webster's recent book shares empathy for wildlife and an eye for nature's details with that classic, it is slimmer and faster- paced - and shines... Continue Reading →

Review: Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf

We don't think there are enough great stories out there for younger middle-grade readers, so after tearing through his first book, we were excited to get our claws into Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf, the second in Justin Davies series about Alice, a girl coming to terms with her special powers, and the gang of... Continue Reading →

Review: An Island Tail

Wee Shona the stray cat is forced to move on when the tin roof flies off her dilapidated shed in a storm. While she searches for a new place to live, her friends Angus and Tam are searching for her – but will they be able to help when they finally track her down? An... Continue Reading →

Review: Callum and the Mountain

Young Calum's life takes a strange turn when his school explodes before his eyes. What's even stranger, is that he thinks his presence may have had something to do with it. The school's closure means an early start to the summer holidays, so Callum and his three best friends have time to enjoy their west... Continue Reading →

Seven Stories: Alan McClure

In our Seven Stories feature, we ask a Scottish children’s author to share some stories about their own life. This month we meet Alan McClure, whose debut, Callum and the Mountain, revels in the greatness of our Great Outdoors. We loved exploring his fantastical world, and couldn’t wait to find out what inspired it. 1)... Continue Reading →

Fine Nine: our books of 2019

There are nine days to go until Christmas, so today we are picking our nine favourite Scottish children's titles of 2019. Just for fun, each is reviewed below in nine words (which wasn't quite the time-saver intended). We hope you enjoy our quick celebration of a wonderful year for children's books, from our corner of... Continue Reading →

Review: It’s a No Money Day

This is a remarkable book that draws attention to a bleak situation, yet still resonates with kindness, love, and even a little fun. A child's experience of visiting a food bank might not be the most obvious topic for a picture book, but - though we might wish otherwise - it is a relevant and... Continue Reading →

Review: Black Water

There is a lot to be said for a powerful title, and Barbara Henderson's new novella has that and much more. The words “Black Water” capture the essence of the dark, dangerous Solway Firth smuggling scene, and captured this reader's curiosity from the outset. The story follows Henry, a 13-year-old apprentice exciseman, who is trying... Continue Reading →

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