Mini reviews: more MG marvellousness!

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well!

I’m stopping by your timelines today to share 4 books that I read and loved this year that I can’t wait to take to school and share with the rest of KS2!

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The Ravel Riddle – Vashti Hardy

Grace’s family are wardens of the Griffin map, using its teleport technology to fight crime across Moreland. And now there’s someone new on the team: Tom Eely, who has been training hard to become a warden. Grace and Tom reckon they’re ready to tackle a mission together, but they’re disappointed when Mum sends them to a quiet mountain village where ravens have been pestering the locals. Surely there won’t be any opportunities to use their exciting gadgets or combat skills there? But as the pair investigate, the situation becomes more puzzling. Why does it seem like the ravens are protecting something? And are the villagers’ tales of a mountain witch really to be believed? Grace and Tom will have to use all their wit, skill and courage if they want to solve the raven riddle…

I’m a massive fan of Vashti’s stories – she writes so brilliantly and these stories with Barrington Stoke are no different! I love these stories. They’ve always got a lovely message and this one is about the importance of getting to know people before you judge them – which I think is such an important message for children. Grace and Tom go on a mission where ravens are bothering a village… but there’s more to the story and it’s up to them to figure out what is happening! I can’t wait for the next one in this series – it’s such a brilliant series filled with lush messages! There’s plenty of inventions, friends and tea to be had… what more does one story need? Thanks to Barrington Stoke for sending me a review copy of this book!

The Tower at the End of Time – Amy Sparkes

Nine and her friends have broken the curse on their marvellous, magical House, and are free to travel the worlds once more! Their first stop: The Wizarding Hopscotch Championships. There’s only one problem: the House is nervous about travelling – and gets the hiccups! Bouncing from world to world with every “HIC!”, they finally land at the championships, only for Flabberghast to have an unfortunate run-in with square number seven, and find himself faced with the terrible Tower at the End of Time. But maybe here they can find out how to cure the House’s hiccups, and Nine might finally discover who left her the beloved music box, and who she really is…

I loved this just as much as the first – which was a firm favourite in my library this year! This made me chuckle; the epilogue made me cry. This is so full of adventure and magical catastrophes that I was just racing through greedily – I wanted to just keep reading! I mean you can’t beat a truth telling house, another house with hiccups and magical hopscotch tournament, can you?! You all know how much I love a story with a bit of humour, a load of magic and a whole load of heart! I wonder if there’s to be more in this series cause that’s something I could well get behind?! I can’t wait to take this to school! Thanks to Walker for sending me a review copy of this book!

Anisha Accidental Detective: Showstoppers – Serena Patel

Just one week until showtime! I’m so busy – our class is putting on a musical, and we only have one week. I’m leaving the theatrics to Milo, but as the directors assistant I have loads to do…especially now everything is going wrong! Time for me, Anisha, accidental detective, to step in to the spotlight!

I really enjoyed this, which didn’t surprise me at all! This series is loads of fun and I need more people to be talking about it. As usual, Anisha and the gang end up with a mystery to solve (because of course life is full of mystery). I love the illustrations throughout – they add loads to the book – and the footnotes are always really interesting to read. I love the messages about believing in yourself and finding something you’re good at! I enjoyed this so much that I had to read the next one STRAIGHT away!

Anisha Accidental Detective: Holiday Adventure – Serena Patel

Pack your bags – we’re off to a holiday camp! Milo can’t wait to see the wildlife, Manny’s learning survival skills, and even Granny’s going to have a go at archery. Honestly, I just want to read my book, but there’s NEVER any time to relax for Anisha, Accidental Detective. The holiday park’s mascot, Delilah the duck, has been DESTROYED, and my new friend Cleo is everyone’s number one suspect. But I’m sure she’s innocent, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to prove it. Let’s hope we can find the real culprit, and QUACK the case!!

As I say, I read this STRAIGHT after the other one because I just love this series. It continues to be such fun! This time, Anisha is on holiday and all she wants to do is read (a girl after my own heart)… but there is of course a mystery to solve! (Do you ever think that these characters just want a day off? Ha!) Along with her trusty friends and some new ones, can she solve it before the party? These always make me smile! I love the illustrations throughout too – they’re so great!

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A massive thanks for stopping by!

Have you read any of these books?
What have you been reading recently?

And that’s it for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books!

S x

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