Latest New Kids Fiction

Image courtesy of SyndeticsNest by Esther Ehrlich

On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother’s multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsA Wonderlandiful Life by Shannon Hale.

“When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen; Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio; and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Haberdashery & Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school–and their lives–a very unhappy ending”– Provided by publisher.



image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Girl who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll

Louie, was abandoned at Chipchase’s Travelling Circus as a baby and dreams of becoming a ‘Showstopper’. She secretly practises the tightrope and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air. Mr Chipchase reluctantly lets Louie perform. She is a sensation, and gets an offer from the sinister, opposition, Mr Wellbeloved to perform… over Niagara Falls. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie’s bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsAngels in training  by Karen Mccombie

Riley’s life has changed a lot since she discovered the Angelos sister’s secret. You see her new neighbours are a little bit …magical. They know things that no-one else does and that’s why she thinks they can help her find out about mum. But just as she’s about to get some answers, mysterious events start happening at school. As things get stranger and stranger, Riley begins to suspect that they’re the only ones who can work out what or who is behind them.




The Winter WolfImage courtesy of Syndetics by Holly Webb

Amelia is exploring the huge, old house, where her family are spending Christmas when she finds a diary hidden in the attic. It was written by a boy struggling to look after an abandoned wolf pup. Before she knows it, Amelia is transported into the wintry world of the diary…


Kids’ Reviews by Emily

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver

The second book of the wicked series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Spirit Walker unlocks a life changing secret. It has you on the edge of your seat, staring at the book, rushing to read but you are rushing so the words are a big jumble. The scene moves away from the beloved Forest, to the rough-and-tumble Sea Islands. Fantasy breaks its chain and things here are like nothing you could ever imagine. I give a pat-on-the-back to Michelle for this great book. 5 Stars.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #3: Soul Eater by Michelle Paver

Soul Eater brings you deep into the story – fantasy has gone wild! A forest of stone, demons, spirits, and cold fire. It’s like you are really there, forced to break the promise to the World-Spirit and climbing through tunnels smaller than you are, facing freezing temperatures. I love this book! Its chock-full of action: one baddie is not how it seems, a beloved character gets part of him cut off, and there is heart-break and joy. 5 stars.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #4: Outcast by Michelle Paver

Outcast is a brilliant book. It is interesting and sets your nerves on edge. If you like adventure, spine-tingling thrills and something awesome right around the corner, then this book is for you. But you might want to start with the first book in the series, Wolf Brother. 5 stars
Reviews by Emily of Newlands

Kids’ Review by Emily

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

It is the kind of book you want to read. It is set ages ago after the ice-age, but before, let’s say, our time. It is the first book in the series and it is really good, with drama and nail-biting tension. It’s the kind of book that you would sit in a chair and read. It’s the kind of book that’s awesome. 5 Stars.

Review by Emily of Dunstan

Kids’ Reviews by Semisi & Miriana

Wolf Children: The Real Feral Kids: An Extraordinary Story by Sue Isle

Wolf Children is a really good book because it is very descriptive about how the people look. It starts off with a normal evening – then POW! – the boy is mysteriously missing and he is nowhere to be found. It is a very intesting book to read. It was like a thriller to me. As soon as you read the first line, it hooks you in, like a fish caught by a fisherman who is reeling it in. 4 stars.
Review by Semisi of The North Shore

Wolf Children is an intruiging collection of exciting and sorrowful stories. This book is at times rather odd, but it is also interesting and exciting to read. It is not the usual once-upon-a-time and it is far more interesting than any other “normal” book you would pick up at a bookstore. So thanks Sue Isle for bringing my favourite book into the world. 4 stars.
Review by Miriana of The North Shore