The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
This fourth and final book is the place where we get at last to find out the identity of the mystery narrator. It's better than ever with everything you could ever want from our wonderful Children's Laureate.
Elsetime by Eve McDonnell
A magical crow and lots of time-traveling craziness. This book is written in such an unusual way that you grow to feel huge affection for each and every character that is breathed to life on the page. We were willing them through the trails and tribulations that they suffer, and it is all worth it in the end. A fabulous and totally left-field adventure.
The Time Traveller and the Tiger by Tania Unsworth
Yet more time-traveling but each time there seems to be another way that it works. Perhaps we all need to look into this option a little further. This story was a hit with both a 9, 12 and 13 year old. Anyone who likes India, travel and tigers need to read this book. There is also a strong underlying message of conservation reminding us that we can all do our bit to help.
A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth: by Francesca Gibbons and illustrated by Chris Riddell
We LOVED this book and felt that we'd come across something very very special. The first in a new trilogy this brings all the elements of a fairy tale into a modern world. Doors in trees, magic moths, timid princes, evil stepmothers and a new take on scary goblins. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next instalment.
The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange
This book set in a wonderfully atmospheric spooky Hall complete with ghostly lake and a lot of skeletons in a lot of cupboards. Lady Agatha Asquith finds out on the death of her father that she is not who she thought she was, and her evil Uncle is out to wreak havoc for his own dastardly ends. Old-fashioned story-telling at its best with exceptional poetic description of place.
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant
This gripped our 9-year-old reviewer from the start and kept him turning the pages until the end. It's an epic voyage set after WW1 where we meet Ben and Lotti on the run. It fills your heart, the writing is effortless and the storytelling sublime. An utter joy.