2022 Middle Grade Must Reads – April

Diary of an Accidental Witch: Flying High

  • Written by Perdita and Honor Cargill
  • Illustrations by Katie Saunders
  • Published by Stripes

I’d loved the first Diary of an Accidental Witch book. I thought it was an amazing idea and I was delighted when I received a gifted copy of the second book in the series, Flying High.

We catch up with Bea after her first term at witch school, feeling lucky she has survived.

She’s trying to improve her magic and keep from her dad that she goes to witch school. 

This book gets funnier and funnier, as we watch as Bea gets herself into a pickle time after time. I’m so excited for the release of book three, hopefully this will become a long series as there is so much that can be done with the characters. 

I’m introducing my primary school to Bea and I know she will be loved.

The illustrations are perfect for the book, they are fun to look at and help make the book what I have enjoyed, and contribute massively to ensuring that readers will be queueing to get their hands on a copy.

The Stolen Slippers

  • Written by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Published by Macmillan

This is the second book in the Never After series. 

Filomena is an ordinary girl, she loves her family and adores reading her favourite series of books Never After. And she also adores the main character Jack Stalker, who is the hero of the books.

One day Filomena is minding her own business when her hero Jack Stalker suddenly appears in front of her. He needs her help to sort his world out.

Which leads us nicely to The Stolen Slippers adventure now.

We discover Cinderella is actually evil, and her step sisters are nice and kind. Cinderella will do anything to stop her step sister marrying Prince Charming, even stealing her special magic shoes.

Running alongside this we discover a different version of Beauty and the beast. 

With much loved characters Gretel, the Queen of hearts, and others this is Fairy Tales as you’ve never heard before. 

This is a really good series and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

Dragon Storm – Tomas and Ironskin

  • Written by Alastair Chisholm
  • Illustrations by Eric Deschamps
  • Published by Nosy Crow

Anyone who knows me well, will know I adore dragons, so when I heard a new series had been released I knew I needed that in my life.

And I was right, it was perfect. 

When a young lad is approached to join a secret society, he jumps at the chance, but it’s not what he is expecting; it turns out he has the power to summon his own dragon. 

Dragon and boy must work together to learn to trust each other, they will need to work together to save his family from a deadly threat. 

This book is easy to read with short chapters and a big writing font.

This will be ideal for reluctant readers. 

This is the start of a thrilling action packed series full of magic.

Escape to the River Sea

  • Written by Emma Carroll
  • Inspired by Eva Ibbotson
  • Published by Macmillan

I loved Eva Ibbotson’s book, Journey to the River Sea. It is a timeless classic.

I thought it was nothing I’d read before, so I was delighted when I heard Emma Carroll was writing a follow-up, but both books can be read as stand alone books.

It’s 1946 in the North of England, the war has ended and people are trying to get their lives back to normal.

Inside a country home a young girl is living there, Rosa Sweetman comes to England on the famous Kindertransport. Everyday she looks out of the window, checks the post waiting for her mum and sister to make contact with her. 

When a family friend visits Rosa decides to go with her to her home in the Amazon. Yara and Rosa travel deep into the Amazon in search of Jaguars.

Sosa enjoys spending time in the Amazon, and she loves being with Yara’s lively family. But are Rosa and Yara in danger?

This is an unputdownable book.

It feels like you are there, you feel seasick on the long boat journey,  you can imagine the heat of the Amazon.

As someone who is fascinated by what life was like for Jewish children during and after the war, I found Rosa’s life in the country really interesting, and her experience was heart breaking.

A Trick of Time

  • Written by Jenni Jennings
  • Illustrations by Hannah Peck
  • Published by Scholastic 

Are you ready for mischief? If you are then this is the book for.

The second book in The Malice in Underland series. 

We are reintroduced to the Malign family, a family a little bit different from yours and mine. For this family they like nothing more than to cause mischief, and it’s a serious family business. Apart from Malice, she’s different, she’s full of kindness and cleverness. So she doesn’t really fit in.

In this story Malice’s sister gets hold of a old stopwatch, but none of the family are happy that she has this watch in her possession in fact they seem very nervous. 

Turns out that inside this watch is uncle Maniacal, he is the worst of all the family and causes nothing but trouble and nobody likes him. So when he is accidentally released the family must call on uncle Vex to help them before Maniacal causes to much trouble for the family. Malice is aided by her best friend Seth.

This book is ideal for people who like magical, spooky funny stories, this is extremely modern with Seth having two dad’s. Seth has some of the best scenes in the book, and he has hilarious reactions to what is happening. 

This is a story with imaginative plots and amazing story telling, this is ideal for those who like a scary story.

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