Genre: Children's Fiction

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Review: The Copper Gauntlet, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Review: The Copper Gauntlet, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Callum Hunt and his Chaos-ridden wolf Havoc are about to head back to the Magisterium school for his second year. This time, Call is harbouring a terrible secret about himself, and throughout this book Call struggles to come to terms with his feelings about, well, pretty much everything. With proper fourteen-year-old… Read more »

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Review: The Red Sun by Alane Adams

Review: The Red Sun by Alane Adams

I’ve been struggling a little bit with middle grade reads of late and this one was no exception.  While it took me quite awhile to get into the story after getting through a hefty chunk of the book I was quite intrigued to see how this one went and finished… Read more »

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Review: Jinx’s Fire, Sage Blackwood

Review: Jinx’s Fire, Sage Blackwood

The battle for the Urwald is drawing in, with enemies on all sides. Jinx, now a powerful fourteen-year-old wizard, is currently trying to convince the various inhabitants of the enormous forest to group together and form an independent nation, while at the same time work out what the evil Bonemaster… Read more »

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Review: Nightbird, Alice Hoffman

Review: Nightbird, Alice Hoffman

– A beautifully written middle-grade book, but the story was fairly simple. Twig and her mother live in the small town of Sidwell, where there are rumours of a monster lurking. Twig keeps the monster a secret – it’s her brother, James. Twig is forbidden to visit the new family next… Read more »

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Review: Pennyroyal Academy, MA Larson

Review: Pennyroyal Academy, MA Larson

A young girl is lost in an enchanted forest, her only idea of where to go a flyer depicting a princess of the Pennyroyal Academy. The academy is taking in all sorts of boys and girls and training them to be princesses and knights, just like the famous Princess Cinderella and… Read more »

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Review: Monstrous, MarcyKate Connolly

Review: Monstrous, MarcyKate Connolly

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for MarcyKate Connolly’s new stand-alone middle-grade fantasy book, Monstrous. The review is an extract from episode 21 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on February 18, 2015. This is a spoiler-free review, although we do hint at how things turn out. You’ve been… Read more »

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Review: The Low Road, Daniel Kirk

Review: The Low Road, Daniel Kirk

“You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road…” I happened to be in the Junior section of my local library when I spied this enormous book with an elfin face peeking out along the spine. The Low Road is the first in a middle-grade series about Matt… Read more »

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Review: The House of Puzzles, Richard Newsome

Review: The House of Puzzles, Richard Newsome

Gerald Wilkins is thirteen, and a billionaire. He inherited the money from his Great Aunt and moved from his home in Sydney to a life of luxury in England. I’m afraid I can’t tell you any more about the earlier events of this series because this, the fifth book, is… Read more »

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