Reading books by Peter Bunzl this Summer

There are some authors that you know whatever they write will always be amazing. These authors will write different kinds of books but you know that it will be brilliant. 

Peter Bunzl is one such person. Whatever he decides to write, you know it’s going to be a must read. The Cogheart series was one of the first series I ever read as a librarian, and to this day I can recall everything about it, so when I heard about his latest books I knew I needed to read them.

The Clockwork Queen

  • Illustrations by Lia Visirin
  • Published by Barrington Stoke

This is based on the true story of a machine called The Mechanical Turk.

In this book Sophie has inherited the love of chess from her father. After he is imprisoned by Catherine the Great, a ruler from the seventh century Sophie joins forces with friends to rescue her dad.

Using the Clockwork Queen they hatch a plan to rescue her father using chess as their secret weapon. 

As a non chess player I found this idea a really interesting concept. I have tried to learn to play chess before but I couldn’t get the hang of it. To make matters worse I even brought a chess book for kids home from my library, but even that didn’t help!

There were only a few characters in this book, which I always enjoy more. You are able to invest more in these characters, and you are able to recall more information about them. The illustrations bring the book to life,  as always you can see the pictures in your mind, but to have the illustrations brings the characters to life.


  • Published by Usborne

When it was announced that there was a new MG book I knew I needed to read it.

The reviews were amazing. I decided to order a copy for the school library,  and as soon as it came I popped it in my bag and took it home. This is a perk of the job!

I took this on holiday and I spent some lovely time sitting in the garden in the world of Tempest and Thomas. Set in 1726 we meet a world fascinated by magic.

Tempest and Thomas are captured by a sorcerer who wants their magic, magic the two children didn’t even know they had.

Working together they must escape the Palace before it’s too late, but exactly who are the children, and do they know each other?

Again there is only a small cast of characters, but I like this, it’s easier to remember who is who.

There are a range of emotions you experience during this book, you feel the love between Tempest and her 2 dads.

You feel the hate and discrimination Kwesi feels. When the characters are in a tight spot you feel how scared the children are. You also feel the joy the characters feel. 

I’m so looking forward to seeing what Peter comes up with next.

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