Welcome to Miss Gibson Reads!

Hi, and welcome! I’m Steph, and I’m a Primary Teacher, mother to one and a huge lover and advocate of reading, with a particular focus on children’s fiction. I hope to use this blog to share that passion with others, reviewing the latest releases in the world of children’s fiction and how books can be used for such a huge variety of purposes so we can learn from them and share them with our children in the most effective way to pass on a love of reading to the next generation.

Review: Girl (in real life) by Tamsin Winter

In June 2019, I sat in the audience of an Usborne Books at Home event called “Dream Bigger”, waiting for one of my favourite authors to talk about her new book – Jemima Small vs The Universe. Having already read Jemima, I was enthralled while Tamsin shared her knowledge of the issue of body image among teenage girls, how this stems from the media they consume, and how they are targeted by that very media. Taking her inspiration from a news story about year 6 children being weighed in school, she skilfully and sensitively examined the pitfalls and pressures of such a policy on teenage girls. I was astounded at how Tamsin had her finger on the very pulse of such an important and relevant issue, and had produced a book which I felt needed to be put in the hands of every teenage girl, and on the bookshelf of every secondary library in the land. Of course, after discussing Jemima, the inevitable question for an author Q&A came… what have you got in the pipeline? This seems such an awful question sometimes, a kind of “yeah this is great, but what are you doing next??” doesn’t seem to do an author or their book justice sometimes, but it does come from a place of love, a feeling of anticipation for what’s to come. Luckily, Tamsin had already had her next idea, and boy was the issue every bit as relevant and important for today’s tweens and teens…

Girl (in real life) tells the story of Eva, who rose to internet fame before she was even born, thanks to her parents and their online channel “All About Eva”, documenting every moment and milestone of Eva’s life. Every spot, every tantrum, every moment of her life is up online for the world to see, and comment on. The world is part of her family, and “the brand” is a constant presence as much as her mum or her dad. As her mum shares one of her most private milestones on the channel without her consent, Eva has finally had enough. Feeling ignored and unheard by her media-hungry parents, Eva takes matters into her own hands, and with the help of a new friend, she seeks to end her involvement in the channel by any means necessary. This time inspired by the children of vloggers seeking to sue their own parents, Tamsin examines the effects of a life of internet exposure on teens.

I loved the cast of supporting characters, from her hilarious friend Spud, to her fantastic grandmother, Farmor, who doesn’t stand for any of the online vlogging business from the beginning. She very much reminded me of my own grandmother, who warned of the dangers of such “new-fangled nonsense” long before social media was ever invented. Her parents are, of course, a major part of the novel, but though they could be painted as the villains of the piece, they’re not bad people, it’s clear that they began the channel out of love, and have watched it grow and provide for their family, but don’t know where to draw the line. The title “All About Eva” has almost become ironic, as they fail to listen to their daughter and her needs, instead pandering to subscribers, media and sponsors. As with all good teen novels, the angst of friendships is also explored, as Eva negotiates difficulty in her relationship with her best friend Hallie, and a new friendship forming with a new girl to school, who comes amidst rumour of her previous behaviour and the reason for her transfer. The balance of humour and slapstick events in the story with genuine, poignant moments makes for an authentic and genuine read.

From experience of working with tweens, if you ask the question “what do you want to be when you’re older?” the general consensus these days is a YouTube star. Nothing wrong with an ambition, and some would certainly relish the fame and the freebies that they see other “influencers” have showered upon them, but this title examines the other side of the camera. From Eva’s side of the camera, the freebies aren’t worth the harassment she receives from her peers in school, and the fame comes with a whole host of problems for her to deal with. Tamsin’s writing, as always, is spot-on for a middle-grade/teen audience, getting her message across without being condescending or preaching, just good, honest story-telling. I loved the fact that this wasn’t written about a teen posting their own life online – it almost seems too easy to berate teens for over-sharing, but instead the issues of control, consent and “sharenting” are explored. Although this has its own teen target audience, I think many parents would benefit from reading it, I know that I certainly did – at what point does a cute picture of my toddler posted to insta cross the line of consent, or jeopardise her mental or physical health? In a culture of likes and shares, where do we draw the line? Are we inviting comment from perfect strangers on their little lives? Who is teaching our teens and our adults how to use social media safely for themselves and for others? How do I teach my toddler to negotiate an ever-changing, ever-evolving virtual world which I never had to navigate at her age? Our adults never grew up with social media (which I thank my lucky stars for), so are we naïve to the pressures it can put on our children? Once again, Tamsin has her finger right on the pulse of what needs to be examined, and I find myself saying yet again that this book belongs on the bookshelf of every teen, every secondary school, and possibly every parent who uses social media!

*Trigger Warning – Grief/Bereavement*

There are fantastic teacher resources and book club discussion questions for this title, which can be found here:

https://usborne.com/gb/girl-in-real-life-9781474978484

Review: The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke by Kirsty Applebaum

Having adored Kirsty’s quirky and unusual books The Middler and Troofriend, I was delighted to receive a proof copy of The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke in exchange for an honest review. Kirsty has long been considered the queen of dystopian fiction for children in my mind, and I’ve described her books in the past as “Black Mirror for a middle grade audience” – and her third is no exception.

We join Lonny at age 12, already aware of his differences, a lifeling, kept hidden in the woods by his father for his own protection. We learn very quickly that Lonny being a lifeling is both a blessing and a curse: he can save beings on the brink of death from dying, but in exchange, he sacrifices years of his own life. Resentful of having to spend his life in the words with his father, grandfather, and his younger brother Midge, Lonny snatches a moment of opportunity to make his way out to the nearest town, Farstoke, where it just so happens to be festival week, a celebration of lifelings. Despite Grandpa’s warnings still ring in Lonny’s ears – “The more good and dandy it seems, the more worse it is” – Lonny is welcomed by the Farstoke folk with open arms and homemade pizza. But are things as they seem? Are the people really as nice, and are lifelings truly as valuable to them as they make out?

Kirsty’s ideas are just incredible, and written so realistically and always with a root in real life, so the reader truly begins to question their own morals, and what they would do, given the opportunity to be a lifeling, or to know a lifeling. The moral dilemmas presented aren’t just around whether a lifeling should give up their own life for others, but deeper than that, who they would give up their life for? Would it depend on the amount of life given, or their relationship with the person? All really interesting questions, and brilliantly woven into the story. The issues of grief, and even depression, are explored sensitively, but not brushed over – we see the full extent of the harm that both can cause a person, and the desperation which they can lead to, and that’s so important in middle grade fiction. My favourite part of this one was the stories told by Grandma Quicke, and in particular how there are two different versions, each one demonstrating a slightly different bias – a brilliant way to explore the ideas that stories can change depending on the storyteller, and indeed change over time. I love all of Kirsty’s work, but I think this is the deepest her exploration of human nature has gone so far, and I think it will lead to fantastic discussion within a classroom setting. I can’t wait to share Lonny Quicke with Year 5! A truly thought-provoking exploration of human nature and the value of human life.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Kirsty’s books make a brilliant start for Philosophy For Children (P4C) sessions. This one in particular could form the basis for discussions on what children would do in Lonny’s situation, or what they would do if they were friends with a lifeling but a family member was sick.
  • Could certainly be linked to the Science curriculum focus on the human timeline, possibly comparing life cycles, thinking about how much life saving different creatures would take from a lifeling.
  • Dystopian themes are rarely explored in the KS2 curriculum, it would be great to explore this genre further, and explore some of the different outcomes of this story.

I believe there are also a free digital teaching resources pack on the way, so I will come back and add the link to that when it arrives!  

Review: The Weather Weaver by Tamsin Mori

Many of us long for that nostalgic homely feeling of the place we spent our childhood, and eleven-year-old Stella is no different. Having moved away from the Shetland Islands as a young child so her parents could follow their careers, Stella is delighted to be returning, albeit alone, to share the Summer with her grandfather. But her delight soon fades, as she realises that the island, and her Grandpa, aren’t quite how she remembers them. Everything seems duller, somehow, and Grandpa is just not the same without Grandma, keeping her stuck in the house and forbidding her from exploring the island. Nomatter how hard Stella tries to cheer up Grandpa, she just keeps missing the mark and upsetting him more, so after a particularly difficult moment, she takes off alone to explore the island. But instead of finding the birds and wildlife she’s hoping for, she comes across a mysterious lady called Tamar, whose unique skills and ability to control the weather entice and intrigue Stella. As Tamar mentors Stella in the ways of weather-weaving, she begins to hone her own unique skills, but will her power grow string enough to take on a malevolent being, hell-bent on raising the seas and destroying the island?   

The Weather Weaver is a beautiful story of discovery and finding your true self. Stella not only contends with her new found skills, but also her sense of belonging to the island and to her family. As she uncovers new talents, she also uncovers truths about her family and their choices. Tamsin explores the issue of grief, bereavement and separation so delicately and sensitively, there are difficult and uncomfortable moments, and poignant moments too, but all pitched perfectly for a middle grade audience. It’s so important that these issues are included in fiction so children have the chance to experience these emotions along with Stella. I have to say my favourite part of the whole story was Nimbus – who knew it was possible to feel so much fondness for a cloud? The backdrop of the Shetland Islands was so perfect, I couldn’t imagine the story taking place anywhere else. I felt the strong winds on my face, and the sea spray on my face. The whole concept of weather weaving is original, exciting, and brilliantly written and explored, I do hope Tamsin explores it even further in her future work.

Thankyou to NetGalley and UCLan Publishing for advanced access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean

This is the story of Archie Albright, a young teen struggling with the break-up of his parents. He desperately wants things to go back to normal, to his Friday nights in the arcade with his dad and his mum not locking herself in her room. But, unable to shake the feeling that there is a secret being kept from him, Archie searches for the answers until a colourful flyer falls from dad’s pocket, and he learns that his dad is gay. Despite support from his family, friends, and neighbours, Archie feels his world has changed forever, even his arcade trips feel different, tense somehow. So he and his friends set out on an exciting but hasty plan to follow the rainbow and find out more about the colourful world he is now a part of.

The vivid array of background characters they meet at pride feel like a genuine family, who welcome the Archie, and the reader, with open arms. Although Archie and his friends don’t always make the most sensible decisions, they are driven by love and wanting to accept Archie’s dad, for whoever he truly is. Sen and Bell make excellent allys, supporting Archie, listening to him, and helping him to explore and find out more about the LGBTQIA+ world. Oscar in particular serves as a brilliant mentor to Archie, he’s a calm and reassuring presence (despite the calamities of the trip!) and provides words of wisdom to Archie and to the reader, “It’s just interesting… What some people think is a big deal. People love to freak out over things that don’t really matter at all.”

The overwhelming reaction to “Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow” seems to be one of relief that this book exists – I’ve heard so many describe it as the book they wished they’d read when they were a child. While I feel a pang of sadness that such a book is still so vital in 2021, I am glad that I’ll be able to share this book with the next generation, and that it will not only open their eyes to a world of rainbows and acceptance, but also teach them how to be an ally to others in our increasingly vibrant and diverse world. This is a really wholesome exploration of a parent coming out, perfect for a middle-grade audience. It struck just the right note, balancing the acknowledgement of the discomfort Archie experiences, and the sadness of his Mum, but their drive to accept him and love him for who he is. A good introduction to the LGBTQ+ world, a little idealistic perhaps, and doesn’t explore the complex emotions or conflict which often comes with such a story, but at the end of the day, this is how it should be… No great fuss or commotion, just figuring out that things are, infact, exactly the same as they always were. Beautiful illustrations from Sandhya Prabhat set the book off perfectly. It’s gentle, it’s open, it’s full of love, joy, and acceptance – I can’t wait to put this on my class bookshelf.

Review: Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt

Josh and Becky are “almost-twins”, who live with their same-sex parents, Mum and Ima, and were born of the same donor father. Proud of Me explores important themes from the LGBTQ+ community through the perspectives of each of them, both facing their own battles as they struggle to define themselves and their place in the world. While Josh is desperate to uncover the truth about their donor, Becky can’t stop thinking about her new friend Carli. Told through their alternating perspectives, Proud of Me explores acceptance and self-acceptance in the Queer community.

Following her Carnegie-nominated middle-grade title “Nothing Ever Happens Here”, Sarah once again explores a vast range of different issues which affect the LGBTQ+ community, from single-sex parents, to the bigotry of others, but the strand which perhaps hasn’t been explored so much in other YA and Middle Grade fiction is that of being born from a donor-conceived pregnancy, and the angst and uncertainty that an individual can feel about who they are and where they come from. I thought Josh’s resentment at the lack of information available to him, and his frustration that his sibling doesn’t share his desire to know more were written so well, I really felt his struggle to connect with his identity, despite never having experience of anything even close. Similarly, Becky’s struggle to overcome her embarrassment following an uncomfortable first experience with her sexuality felt ever bit as messy as teenage relationships feel in real life. The way that the chapters alternated between their different perspectives allowed the reader to see situations from both sides.

I hugely admire Sarah’s honesty in exploring the issues she does in her novels, and her books always explore a range of different perspectives with kindness and understanding, drawing on her experience and work with LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall. She never conforms to the “happily-ever-after” trope, she casts aside the rose-tinted spectacles which some believe should be used to write children’s fiction, and explores the nitty gritty within the issues, often presenting points that wouldn’t be immediately apparent to the average middle grade reader, such as the questions that Josh and Becky are often asked which can be hurtful. Her books have opened my eyes to the continuing issues surrounding the queer communities despite the progress made in recent times. Carli’s parents are representative of the bigotry which can still exist in even the most progressive communities. The verbalisation of thought processes from Becky, for example when she is angry at Archie and says “Everything I say is coming out wrong, but I don’t know how to make it right” and discusses defence mechanisms in animals, is akin to a whisper to the reader “You are not alone. Nobody gets this right.” Similarly, Archie’s advice to Becky around labels, and reclaiming them, could be just the message a young reader needed to hear.

Most important of all, old and young readers alike learn how to be an ally to those experiencing prejudice and intolerance. Every bit as ground-breaking and important as “Nothing Ever Happens Here” – and I do hope Sarah continues to write these vital books for a young audience.

Review: The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell

Blue Wing is desperate to learn the ways of The Shark Caller, like her Papi Siringen who took her in when her parents were tragically killed by a “rogue shark” known as Xok. Hell bent on avenging her parents, she will stop at nothing to lure and kill Xok, but despite her pleas, Siringen refuses to teach her on account of her being a girl. Instead, Blue Wing is asked take care of the insufferable daughter of an American, who has come to study the local coral. Exasperated by her selfish and short-sighted views of the world, and her lack of appreciation for her island, Blue Wing struggles to connect with Maple. That is, until she discovers that they may have more in common than she first thought, beginning a voyage of self-discovery for both girls as they uncover secrets hidden by the tide for decades.

The star of this novel is undoubtedly Zillah’s vivid and vibrant description of Papua New Guinea; I could feel the heat of the sun and the sand in my toes as she painted such a stunning background to this story of friendship, grief and acceptance.  Her own childhood and small village experiences make her exploration of a village steeped in tradition and ritual, but on the cusp of modernisation, all the more authentic. Coupled with Zillah’s choice to write in Blue Wing’s voice, in Papuan Pidgin English, we are wholly immersed in this beautiful world. Blue Wing is so wise for such a young heroine, and often makes profound comments on the world, from the motivations of different people, to tasting Coca Cola. She has an other-worldly perception of events and her surroundings, intricately explored by Zillah. Her difficult friendship with Maple plays out as they uncover secrets about each of the adults around them. I loved how Zillah has examined how guilt plays a part in all of our lives, and how many of the characters are misunderstood, particularly one who has been branded a villain but has suffered untold hurt and abuse, leading to devastating consequences. The message of truth and acceptance and of moving on is so sensitively and thoughtfully written through the story and the ending in particular stopped me in my tracks because I just did not see it coming, and yet it made perfect sense.

The Shark Caller is exceptional. You will want to re-read it from the beginning the moment you finish it. Rarely does a book have such a profound and moving effect on its readers as this one had on me. I’m still reeling from the ending, and have already re-read the book with entirely new eyes.

Illustrations from Saara Katariina Söderlund are stunning, as always, and the front cover is loaded with hidden meaning I didn’t notice until I’d fully read and understood the story. So very clever, and so very talented.

Perfect for a middle grade or YA audience, or indeed an adult book club, with themes of grief, loss and moving on from trauma. Would recommend for fans of Katherine Rundell, or Sophie Anderson. Would be great to explore other cultures within the classroom for UKS2 or KS3.

Review: The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park

I loved the idea and premise of this book, and was lucky enough to have early access granted by NetGalley and Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group.

In The One Thing You’d Save, Linda Sue Park explores the hypothetical question, “If there were a fire, and you could save just one thing, what would it be?” Of course, family and pets are all safe in the scenario, and size and weight of the object doesn’t matter. Through a series of linked poems, written in the ancient Korean sijo (pronounced SHEE-zho) style, Linda presents the thoughts of each child in a middle school class.

It is remarkable the diversity and range of voices which Linda has succeeded in representing, through words on the page, and in the form of their different choice of object. Although we never see the children, they are very different in their thinking and their answers. Some children come to their object very quickly and know exactly which they will save, others have to think more carefully. Some objects are valuable, others worthless to anyone but their owner. Some have sentimental value, others are associated with a specific memory. Some try to stretch the bounds of the question to include more of their precious possessions. But the way in which Linda delves into the thoughts and emotions of each child, giving us an understanding of their backgrounds and lives, with little more than an object to characterize them is extraordinary. I very quickly tuned in to each child, feeling particularly bereft at the one children who had nothing they deemed worth taking.

Linda has turned quite a simple hypothetical question into a powerful discussion of materialism, sentimentality, values and worth. Illustrations from Robert Sae-Heng add to the beauty of the message and the objects.

I will absolutely be sharing this with my year 5 in the new year, and I look forward to hearing their own answers to this question, and me learning more about them in the process.

Unboxing: Tales by Mail – December Box “Whimsical Worlds”

I am ALWAYS excited when a bright orange box full of new adventures and surprises drops onto my doormat, and with my love of all things magic and fantasy, December’s theme of Whimsical Worlds sounded just my cup of tea!

First of all the titles in this month’s box..

**The House at The Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes**

Nine is an orphan, and a thiefling to the miserly Pockets, who took her in when she was a child in return for her only worldy possession, a music box. But when Nine’s latest “pounce” yields only a tiny ornament of an odd-looking house, her disappointment leads her to lift the tiny doorknocker, which opens up a whole world of curiosity and magic she never dreamed of. She if welcomed with open arms by Flabberghast, an exasperated wizard, and his companions Eric (a troll with a love of housework) and Dr Spoon… well… I’ll leave that one to your imagination.  

But with the discovery of such an astonishing home, comes the expectation that Nine will lift the dreadful curse put on the house by a scorned witch whom Flabberghast has had “a disagreement” with… Will Nine be the one to break the curse, free the house, and finally locate the elusive toilet?

I read this one within 48 hours, and absolutely adored every tiny enchanting detail Amy Sparkes has carefully crafted and tossed into this marvellous melting pot of magic!

You can read my full review here:

https://missgibson16.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/review-the-house-at-the-edge-of-magic-by-amy-sparkes/

**The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli**

At the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children, Pip and Flora are in trouble. Running away with their dog they discover the Marvellous Land of Snergs, a magical world of cinnamon bears and scrumptious feasts – but also one of vegan ogres, disgraced jesters and dastardly Kelps, with a villain dressed entirely in purple … Soon their only friend is forgetful but lovable snerg, Gorbo. He will lead them home – if they can decide where home really is and if Gorbo can remember how to get there.

I have to admit, I’d never heard of the tale before, but even my partner’s ears pricked up when I read the strapline “The story that inspired The Hobbit”. I can’t wait to dive into this one, it’s gone straight to the top of my TBR.

I love that the titles are always new and fresh – The House at the Edge of Magic isn’t out until January! I also appreciate having signed bookplates to go inside the books, making them just that little bit extra special.

As with all Tales by Mail boxes, the books are accompanied by cards to go into the Tales by Mail binder, the “Chronicle Files”. There are cards to review each of the titles, personal letters from both of the authors to TbM readers, a readalong quiz and some lovely activities to complete for each title. I loved the prompt to write a postcard from a Whimsical World – a lovely activity.

And finally, all those little surprise goodies which make the book subscription experience…

*Beautiful Bookmarks for Owl and the Lost Boy, Tinsel and A Dancer’s Dream.

*A fabulous vinyl sticker declaring “A Bookworm Lives Here” – I absolutely love this, I’ve yet to decide where to put it – my office? my classroom?

* Teabags from a lovely company called Small and Wild, who make “happy herbal teas for kids” – super cute, can’t wait to try them!

*A wooden plaque, which I’m using as a Christmas tree decoration, and a badge, with the symbols of this month’s theme on!

I loved the Whimsical Worlds box, and I can’t wait for February’s box, which I believe is entitled Historical Heroes – my cogs are already turning wondering what titles could be inside!

Review: The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes

This was a book that I received before release thanks to my Tales By Mail subscription as part of their Whimsical Worlds box, and it was the perfect title for such a theme! Having never read any of Amy Sparkes’ work before, I was immediately gripped by the synopsis promising a house full of magic, mystery and ridiculous residents! I also love how the cover art by Ben Mantle perfectly encapsulates the wondrous house and its curious occupants.

Nine is an orphan, and a thiefling to the miserly Pockets, who took her in when she was a child in return for her only worldy possession, a music box. But when Nine’s latest “pounce” yields only a tiny ornament of an odd-looking house, her disappointment leads her to lift the tiny doorknocker, which opens up a whole world of curiosity and magic she never dreamed of. She if welcomed with open arms by Flabberghast, an exasperated wizard, and his companions Eric (a troll with a love of housework) and Dr Spoon… well… I’ll leave that one to your imagination.   

But with the discovery of such an astonishing home, comes the expectation that Nine will lift the dreadful curse put on the house by a scorned witch whom Flabberghast has had “a disagreement” with… Will Nine be the one to break the curse, free the house, and finally locate the elusive toilet?

The book was an absolute gem from the moment Nine knocked on the door, to the very final moment. I loved the house with all of its quirks, particularly the tea cupboard! I felt very much like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole into a world which makes absolutely no sense, full madness and mayhem, but with such charm and such warmth. Nine is a strong and independent heroine, who overcomes her helplessness on her quest to help others, and finds a sense of belonging and friendship. The characters trapped inside the cursed house really make this book, and the house truly feels like a character itself. The world that Amy has created is wondrous and magical, and I loved every tiny enchanting detail she has carefully crafted and tossed into this marvellous melting pot.  I cannot wait to spend more time in this delightful realm.

Perfect for fans of magical middle grade, Abi Elphinstone, Michelle Harrison or LD Lapinski!

Review: The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson

Following the success of The Supermiraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, I was so looking forward to The Incredible Record Smashers from Jenny Pearson, and I was not disappointed!

Lucy is excellent at fixing things, but the one thing she wishes more than anything that she could fix is her mum, who suffers from bouts of sadness, where Lucy stays with her Aunty Sheila. While staying with Aunty Sheila, Lucy hatches a plan with her best friend Sandesh to find her mum’s happiness, convinced that it lies with pop star Paul Castellini, who now hosts a popular tv show hunting for world record smashers! Lucy sets about finding a record she can break, with help from Sandesh and hilarious results! But will Paul Castellini be the one to fix Lucy’s mum?

Every bit as witty and heart-wrenching as Freddie, Pearson has once again struck the perfect balance between a slapstick comedy adventure and an exploration of big emotions and important topics for a middle grade audience. I loved the scenes where Lucy and Sandesh tried hard to find a record to break and particularly loved the squirrel scene! A plethora of hilarious background characters support the action and adventure but I think my absolute favourite character was Aunty Sheila and her green hair scrunchie, particularly given her revelation right at the end! Brilliant!

 It is SO important that children see themselves represented on a classroom bookshelf, but also that they have access to explore big feelings and topics such as mental health and depression, as they are so rarely spoken about with children. Pearson does not talk down to children about these vital issues, she instead wraps them in a witty story with relatable characters to give children a safe space to explore and feel. Her experience as a teacher shines through in her pitch, the friendship and dialogue between characters, and her understanding of her audience.

This belongs on every upper KS2 bookshelf, and every Secondary school library. And while you’re there, pick up a copy of Freddie and add him too – I can’t WAIT to read more from Jenny!

Thankyou to Usborne/Usborne Books at Home for my proof copy of this title.

You can find my review of Freddie Yates here:

https://missgibson16.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/review-the-super-miraculous-journey-of-freddie-yates/