book reviews


You can read a book in two ways:

1. skitter over the surface of the pages because the characters are dull and the plot is stupid

2. creep inside the pages because the characters are alive and their worlds hold untold secrets


The second way of reading doesn’t involve a choice.  You don’t open the book and say, ‘Yes, today I am going to creep inside this book.’  It’s stronger than that.  From the very first words, the book whispers your name and you’re pulled inside its pages – into the lives of extraordinary characters, into their worlds of adventure and magic. And so here goes for the books Moontrug has been pulled inside recently (just click on the links to read the reviews).


Picture books

The Mouse Who Ate The Moon by Petr Horacek
The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris
Why? by Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes, Mighty Moo by Alison Brown, Harry & the Monster by Sue Mongredien and Nick East
The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull
Train by Judi Abbot, Little Puppy Lost by Holly Webb
The Grumpy Teddy by Greg Dobbins and The Bristol Giants by Oliver Rigby

6-8 years

Circus of Thieves by William Sutcliffe
Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Goth Girl by Chris Riddell
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Baby Aliens Got My Teacher by Pamela Butchart
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn
Prankenstein by Andy Seed
Frog the Barbarian by Guy Bass

8-12 years

The Outsiders by Michelle Paver
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Phoenix by SF Said
Once by Morris Gleitzman
The Last Wild by Piers Torday
The Dark Wild by Piers Torday
The Year of Big Dreams by Karen McCombie
Osbert the Avenger by Christopher William Hill
Ironheart by Allan Boroughs
My Brother’s Shadow by Tom Avery
East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris
Ways To See A Ghost by Emily Diamand
Flood and Fang by Marcus Sedgwick
The Skull In The Wood by Sandra Greaves
A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth
The Society of Thirteen by Gareth P Jones
Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll
The Case of the Exploding Loo by Rachel Hamilton
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Shadow Forest by Matt Haig
Jimmy Coates: Killer by Joe Craig
The Black North by Nigel McDowell
Tiger Moth by Suzi Moore
The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard by Julia Lee
The Savage Kingdom by Simon David Eden
One Wish by Michelle Harrison
The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse
The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Who Framed Klaris Cliff by Nikki Sheehan
Mountwood School for Ghosts by Toby Ibbotson
Bloodstone by Allan Boroughs
Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
Not As We Know It by Tom Avery
Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin
Stonebird by Mike Revell
The Wild Beyond by Piers Torday
The Sword of Kuromori by Jason Rohan
Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius by Tamsyn Murray
Hamish & The Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace
River Daughter by Jane Hardstaff
In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll
Box of Demons by Daniel Whelan & Red Moon Rising by Paula Harrison
Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs
The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
The D’Evil Diaries by Tatum Flynn
The Maloneys’ Magical Weatherbox by Nigel Quinlan
Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent
The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray
The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll
The Black Lotus by Kieran Fanning
The Wreck of the Argyll by John K. Fulton
Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

11-14 years

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis
Pants Are Everything by Mark Lowery
Raspberries on the Yangtze by Karen Wallace
Girl With A White Dog by Anne Booth
The Broken King by Philip Womack
Apple & Rain by Sarah Crossan

14+ years

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Lobsters by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen


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The Best Opening Lines in Children’s Books
The Cleverness of Literary Agents
Literary Rap Battle with author Rachel Hamilton
Favourite Bed-Time Reads
Best of 2014 in middle grade books 


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‘It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.’ (Oscar Wilde, writer)

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