“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley
When Charlie’s longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie’s world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town where he finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. However, when Charlie sets off to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed becoming as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age. The Stone Age boy, Harby, is desperate to find his baby sister Mothga, so the boys set out together to find what they have lost – their courage, their hope, their family and their way home.
A well told tale, with engaging characters and many thought provoking messages. Paperback, Bloomsbury, £6.99
The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler
This is a wonderful, fast paced, spooky Victorian adventure where three children from different backgrounds have to work together to save their lives from the manipulative and miserly Madame Pinchbeck. At the start of the book, hungry orphan Leander meets the mysterious Madame Pinchbeck, who offers him food, board and lodgings and then joins Charlotte and Felix, two other children Madame Pinchbeck “looks after”. The story is told from the three children’s alternate points of view. It is really well written, full of atmosphere and exciting from start to finish. Paperback, Simon & Schuster, £6.99
For age 9 upwards.
Mighty Maurice by Emily Gale
Maurice is a very lonely moose with a huge moustache, who goes on a journey to find new friends who will accept him for what he is. A delightful rhyming picture book with a strong moral story to show that even if you don’t fit in where you are at the moment, you will find your place and people who love you.
Suitable for young children and early readers, with extra pictures at the end to colour in. Hardcover, £11.99