Helen’s Middle Grade Must Reads -November (3)

The Philosophy Resistance Squad

  • Written by Robert Grant
  • Published by Little Island

Milo is delighted to have been chosen to join the fanciest, most prestigious school in the world, but it soon becomes clear that something strange is happening. 

The children seem to be acting like zombies and with only a few not affected its up to them to rescue their friends and put a stop to everything.

This was a great book, it reminded me a bit of The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross, but this is more modern. 

The character of Milo is a good one and you see him develop over the book.

Escape from Camp Boring

  • Written by Tom Mitchell
  • Published by Harper Collins

Imagine going without technology for a week, would you be able to do it? Well I’ll admit I’d struggle,  I don’t believe I could do it, so put yourself into Will’s shoes, after being caught with his phone in class again his mum has  had enough and packs him of to an technology free camp.

Of course he tries to smuggle his phone in, but that doesn’t work so what will happen when he realises he has his brothers important course work with him.

This is such a funny book, with likable characters and a plot that most parents can relate to. 

The Bad Luck Lighthouse

  • Written by Nicki Thornton
  • Published by Chicken House

In this follow up to The Last Chance hotel we are reunited with Seth a young lad full of magic, and of course Nightshade his talking black cat.

This time Seth is helping out in a lighthouse hotel when the owner appears to have been killed,  things aren’t what they seem as Seth and his friends try to discover what is happening and why.

I really enjoy this series, I love the character of Nightshade and really like her one liners.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

  • Written by Judith Kerr
  • Published by Harper Collins
  • 50th anniversary edition – Hardback

When I was given a chance to read this book, I jumped at the chance. I’d heard so many good things that I knew I needed to read this book, and was especially drawn to this book knowing that Judith Kerr had written it from her own experiences of leaving Nazi Germany with her family in 1933, and fleeing to Europe. That raw, genuineness makes this a first hand account of a dark period in history that we are all familiar with, and is what separates this title from other fictitious books based on these events.

I’ve always had an interest in WW2  and the Holocaust so I was hooked by the first couple of pages. I found myself in Anna’s shoes, she was a young Jewish girl living in Germany just before Hitler came into power. I felt her fear as her father left for Switzerland. I was on that long train journey with her when it was her time to leave.

I discovered Switzerland, France and England with her. It was like a journey like no other. I got to experience being Jewish during the war.

The story was beautifully written, you could tell that a lot of love and care had gone into the book.

I was really surprised when I came to the end of the book to find a personal piece from Judith Kerr, I couldn’t believe that this book was actually her life story. I think all children should read this book.

Dragon City

  • Written by Katie and Kevin Tsang
  • Published by Simon and Schuster

Regular Bookbound visitors will know how much I adore this series of books,  I love absolutely everything about these books, the characters, the magic and of course the dragons. This is the third book in the series, personally I believe that these books need to be read in order as they follow on from each other. I love the bond between the children and their dragons, its an unbreakable bond and they would do anything for each other.

My personal favourite dragon is Spark, and in this book she has turned to the bad side, there are new characters and there is a massive twist towards the end. We were given a sneak peak of the next book, and I can’t wait for this.

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