Q&A with author Marisa Noelle

1. What inspired you to first start writing? I’ve always been a book worm, but it didn’t occur to me to write until much later. When I struggled with an anxiety disorder during university, I turned to poetry to help me express my feelings and found that when I was writing, I was finally not... Continue Reading →

The Accidental Stowaway by Judith Eagle

Review: Liverpool, 1910. When Patch runs up the gangway of RMS Glorious she is just looking for a quick place to hide. Too late, she realises the ship is moving! Patch has become an accidental stowaway… Luckily Patch’s unconventional past helps her blend in both the upper and lower decks. But hiding isn’t easy: her... Continue Reading →

This Is My Truth by Yasmin Rahman

Review: Sometimes best friends hide the biggest secrets. Amani’s family is outwardly perfect, but no one must know about the Bad Nights, when her father’s temper rages. Her best friend Huda has grown up with loving foster parents, but what will happen to her now they’re expecting a baby of their own? The two best... Continue Reading →

Nightjar by Katya Balen

Review: When Noah’s dad visits from New York, he and Noah come across an injured nightjar during a walk in the countryside. Noah is determined to save the bird, but his dad believes they should leave it alone to let nature take its course. As father and son argue, it becomes clear that Noah is... Continue Reading →

Finding Her Feet by Eve Ainsworth

Review: Lily feels like an outsider at her new school. Shy and anxious, she finds making new friends difficult, especially when her best friend, Beth, seems to have abandoned her. But during a game of football in PE, Lily’s teacher invites Lily to join the local girls’ team, where she starts to make friends with... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Stephanie Sorrell

1. What inspired you to start writing? Quite simply, reading. Most of my early writing was very heavily inspired by my favourite books – I tended towards Jacqueline Wilson/Hogwarts mashups, though on one occasion I decided to rewrite one of the Famous Five books in the first person, from George’s point of view. I didn’t... Continue Reading →

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