OUR SHOP RECOMMENDS...

Search By Tags
Recent Posts
Please reload

Sophia's uncle is kidnapped soon after New Occident decides to close their borders and expunge foreigners from their cities. She gathers her courage and travels to the distant Ages to discover the truth behind the Sandmen's motives and their connection to the Great Disruption. Masterful and immersive world-building from a debut author that makes readers view time and history in a new light. A brilliant fantasy adventure perfect for fans of His Dark Materials and looking to set off on a new journey.

Suitable for 11+

Reviewed by Jo

We’re super excited for Joshua Khan’s Shadow Magic, published by Scholastic, which sounds fabulous! We’re thrilled to have Joshua doing our 5-4-3-2-1 feature today.

Books you’d save from a burning bookcase

The Hobbit

It was read to me when I was about seven and, I think, the reason I do what I do. I read it again every few years and am instantly transported back to that summer day when I sat on the lino floor in the classroom and the teacher uttered the immortal words, “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.”

I read it to my wife and newborn daughter during those 4am feeds, when you feel that it’s just the three of you alone in the world and everything is at peace. Daughter is now 15 and keen fantasy reader. I wonder if the Hobbit reached through those new ears and settled somewhere deep within?

Dune

Epic sci-fi and truly orginal. All sci-fi that followed has some Dune in its DNA. Game of Thrones owes it a huge one, given it’s all about noble houses at war. I even loved the David Lynch movi...

Denizen has grown up in Crosscaper Orphanage, a dark and boring place where nothing much happens. Certainly nothing magical…

Shortly after his 13th birthday a stranger called Grey comes to take him to his long lost aunt. On the way a shadow breaks apart and creates an incredible monster moulded from the debris and concrete. This encounter will change everything and Denizen will embark on a dangerous adventure to save his friends. 

For ages 9+

Reviewed by Tereze

The debut that we have all been waiting for…

This is the first book in The Uncommoners series, children’s bookseller Jennifer Bell’s thorough understanding of what children love to read strikes you from the opening page.

There is magic in the plot, magic in the words and magic in the minds of everyone who is lucky enough to follow the irrepressible Ivy Sparrow into the extraordinary world of Lundinor.

This is an unputdownable treasure of a book that sweeps you off on the adventures that you most long to be on, with characters that you will want as your closest friends, to places that you will never want to leave. If you really want an amazing summer holiday this year, pack this book.

Ages 8+

Reviewed by Tereze but loved by all the team :)