Book Club News and Reviews

Our book clubs are taking new members so, if you love books we run book clubs for year 4, year 5&6 and year 7&8.  

Year 4 and our Year 5&6 Book Clubs take place on Thursday afternoons from 4.15-5.15pm around 3 times a term. We read a mix of new and classic books and from time to time the odd proof. This term we had a visit from wonderful author Abi Elphinstone who spoke to us about her latest book SkySong, published by Simon and Schuster (and Mino our shop dog even managed to get a cuddle). Abi is always such an inspirational speaker and her enthusiasm for life and books and adventure is like a burst of sunshine.

And during the session we had a surprise visit from Robin Stevens who popped in to sign copies of her latest book in the Murder Most Unladylike series, 'A Spoonful of Murder' and Mino had another lovely cuddle...#twoforone !



If you have are interested in joining one of our book clubs- either pop into the shop and ask for an application form or send us an email and we will gladly email one out to you.

Here are a few of our book club thoughts and reviews on some of the titles we have read recently and a couple of poof copies that two book clabbers reviewed for us...

The Bird, The Boy and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods - published by Penguin Random House 

'It’s a heart gripping adventure that holds you in the magical world of Isola. It’s emotional and I couldn't put it down for a second.'

'Fantastical, magical and mysterious. This book is jam packed with wonder and amazement.'

'A beautiful book to read. You will want to read on!'

'This breath-taking book will make you cry, laugh and wonder as you delve into pages of love and death.'

'This is a mystical, magical book full of awe and wonder.'

First Light by Rebecca Stead - published by Penguin

'This is a brilliant book. It is told from the perspectives of Peter and Thea. It is about life above and under the ice and. It is a magical tale about when both sides meet. It is a mix of science and action! Overall a brilliant book!'

'A very adventurous and mystical book full of tension and fun. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love adventure.'

Tin by Pádraig Kenny - published by Chicken House

'Tin is a heartwarming book about family, friendship and loyalty. When Christopher is taken away by the ‘Agency’, his mechanical friends embark on a dangerous journey to find out who took him, where he was taken, and most importantly why.
Perfect for fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Cogheart.'


Ice Garden by Guy Jones - published by Chicken House

'A girl called Jess, who is allergic to sunlight, stumbles across a hidden land made of ice, a place of excitement and adventure. A place where hearts of ice can be melted. Jess was my favourite character because she was very adventurous and never let her allergy hold her back in doing the things she loves, even if sometimes she has to do it a different way. Because of this, my favourite part was when she first found the ice garden and decided to explore it. Jones writes very descriptively and the level of description caused me confusion at times and I found some parts towards the end predictable, but over all the Ice Garden was a full time page turner and an exciting novel.'