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Space Blasters Suzie Saves the Universe

One minute young amateur inventor Suzie Wen is at home watching her favourite TV series Space Blasters and wishing her summer holidays were going to be more exciting, the next she’s actually in the TV series, transported there somehow thanks to her very own Super 3-D TV Gizmo. It’s a surprise for the crew too, […]

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Some Sunny Day

Two years on and children’s novels about the pandemic are just starting to appear. As Frank Cottrell-Boyce points out in his guest editorial (BfK 255), no-one is yet addressing the impact it had on children but turning their experiences into stories is important. Adam Baron perfectly evokes children’s experience of lockdown in his new novel, […]


A Q&A Interview with Derrick Barnes

Derrick Barnes’ books King of the Classroom and Queen of the Classroom, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, are favourites with Books for Keeps. These empowering stories are perfect to share with any child starting nursery or school and will give them a reassuring confidence boost. Author Derrick Barnes answered our questions about the books. Can you […]


Super Daisy

Daisy would love to be a princess, with curly locks and beautiful dresses and a crown, and she feels she is one when she wears clothes from her dressing-up box. Playing princess helps her forget some serious unhappiness in her life.  She has cancer and must often stay in hospital far from home to have […]

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Looking for Emily

This debut novel by Fiona Longmuir has a very enticing set up premise in the idea of a secret museum with a mysterious collection of items belonging to a child who has vanished.  The story centres on Lily, who is not impressed by her new home, the seemingly dull, quiet seaside town of Edge.  But […]


Neon’s Secret Universe

It seems to be a popular idea to reinvent unicorns. A.F Steadman in Skandar and the Unicorn Thief has them as fierce carnivores, but in this book Sibeal Pounder has them looking just like you and me, and the cute horses with horns are a distraction invented by a man called Greg. Neon Gallup, who […]


The Shop of Impossible Ice Creams

This charming comedy is the story of Liam (known to everyone as ‘Limpet’), who is – to put it mildly – a bit of a worrier! When his mum announces that she is to open a brand-new ice cream parlour, Limpet’s head is immediately filled with worry: will a chocolate flake get stuck up my […]


Action Dude

First name… ACTION. Second name… DUDE!  When I saw the author/illustrator of this book was Andy Riley, of King Flashypants fame, I knew I was in for a treat and I was not disappointed. This laugh-out loud graphic novel is packed full of adventure, explosions and an array of hilarious characters. Action Dude (formerly known […]


The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger

J.T. Williams has taken two real young people who lived in Georgian London and woven an exciting tale of mystery and danger around them. Elizabeth Sancho’s and Dido Belle’s eyes meet across the crowds at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where Lizzie’s father was about to be the first black man to play Shakespeare’s Othello […]