I hope you are all well!
I’m stopping by your timelines today to share 3 books that I read and loved recently!
Greta and the Ghost Hunters – Sam Copeland
Greta Woebegone did not believe in ghosts because she was a sensible young girl and sensible young girls tend not to believe in ghosts. That was until the day she was knocked over by a car and died, when everything changed…
As she recovers, Greta finds she can not only see the spirits that haunt her ancestral home, she can talk to them – from her Grandpa Woebegone and Percy the poo-pushing plague victim, to the sinister poltergeist in the cellar. Can Greta save the ghosts from being exorcised (a fate worse than undeath)? Can the ghosts help Greta stop her beloved Grandma being put in a home? And can any of them find the courage to face up to the traumas in their pasts that are holding them back from the future?
The brilliant people of Puffin sent me a proof copy of this and I was PROPER in the mood for something funny on a dreary Saturday morning… let me tell you that man, I loved this story so so much. It’s full of ghostly shenanigans, a girl afraid and a fair few new friends! What more could you want from a book: this is funny, full of heart and has some brilliant characters! Greta is a lush character and her ghost friends really made me chuckle an awful lot. The narration in this is just gorgeous (I love a book that has a narrator – anyone else?). This made me laugh a lot and cry, of course! Sam Copeland just GETS funny books and this is gonna be a proper hit with kids!
Stuntboy, in the Meantime – Jason Reynolds
Portico Reeves’s superpower is making sure all the other superheroes – like his parents and two best friends – stay super. And safe. Super safe. And he does this all in secret. No one in his civilian llfe knows he’s actually… Stuntboy!
If you’re new around here, you’ll not know that I love Jason Reynolds… if you’re not new around here, you’ll know that I LOVE Jason Reynolds. As soon as I opened this, I knew it was going to be amazing and as soon as I started it, I was so so impressed. Stuntboy is brilliant! Poor Portico is going through a lot (a horrible boy picking on him, his parents are arguing, then breaking up) and he feels the Frets a lot. However, in among of this horrible-ness, has a wonderful best friend and he’s a secret superhero with all kinds of moves. This is a brilliant exploration of what it’s like to be a kid whose parents are going through a separation. This is going to go down so well at school! This is a fabulous story as always by Jason Reynolds and perfectly illustrated by Raul the Third!!
Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City – Rob Biddulph
Drawing feels like magic to Peanut Jones. But art can’t fix her problems. Her dad has gone missing, and she’s stuck in a boring new school. Until the day she finds a unique pencil turbo-charged with special powers. Suddenly she’s pulled into a world packed with more colour, creativity, excitement and danger than she could ever have imagined. And maybe, just maybe, she might find out what happened to her dad.
Rob Biddulph is another one of those authors who just gets it. His first foray into middle grade fiction (he’s most well known for his picture books) was just a complete adventure. Man, I devoured this in one morning – I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it. Rob Biddulph never fails to impress! This has got a brilliant plot, incredible characters and a final 3 pages which has left me gasping for more! A young girl, the importance of creativity and the power of hope. I just adored this! Honestly, the story and it’s illustrations are just spot on. I can’t wait for more from this series!
A massive thanks to the publishers, Puffin and Knights Of, for sending me copies of these! You guys are brilliant!
And that’s it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books!