Review: The Revenge of Tirpitz by M.L. Sloan

The Revenge of Tirpitz, by M.L. Sloan, is a thrilling action-packed WWII adventure across the generations, featuring spies, ships, and Nazi gold. The book interweaves stories from two eras. In Norway, in 1944, young Norwegian Erik becomes friendly with the German radar operator Hans, and soon becomes embroiled in a plot to help the allies… Read More

Defender of the Realm

Review: Defender of the Realm by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler

Defender of the Realm, by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, is the story of a reluctant superhero – a very British reluctant superhero. Alfie is a normal fourteen-year-old boy. He hates school, particularly the bullies, feels like he’s a disappointment to his Dad, and feels in the shadow of his more athletic, better-looking, more confident… Read More

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl is a steampunk adventure featuring a clockwork fox; Lily, a less-than-demure Victorian schoolgirl whose absent father is hiding an awful secret; Robert, the clockmaker’s son, who is plunged into danger whether he likes it or not; nasty teachers, cruel housekeepers, mirror-eyed thugs; airship chases… OK, stop. You had me at “clockwork… Read More


Review: A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale

A Ghost Called Dog, by Gavin Neale, is a magical fantasy adventure. Seven-year-old Abby and eleven-year-old Chris move with their parents to a new home, and before long strange things start to happen. Abby starts talking to imaginary animals – first a rabbit, then a cat. Or are they imaginary? If they are, little Abby… Read More


Review: Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent

I’m a bit late to the party with Gabrielle Kent’s debut novel. Alfie Bloom’s second adventure, Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief, was released just recently, so I thought it was about time I got on board. There’s a pattern to books of this type – a young protagonist with an old-fashioned British first name… Read More