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‘There’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale’ Red Reading Hub is THRILLED by our new junior fiction titles.

Jill at Red Reading Hub, has written a thrilling review of our Maverick Junior Fiction reads, Saviour Pirotta’s, The Stolen Spear and Colin Mulhern’s, Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill:

The Stolen Spear 

The first in a new series set in the Late Neolithic period, on an island in the Orkneys, this is exciting historical fiction for primary age readers.

The focus is on the narrator, young Wolf, and his endeavours to discover who is really responsible for the disappearance of the sacred spear that is stolen from a burial mound during the midsummer celebrations.

With illustrations by Davide Ortu adding to the atmosphere, there’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale for which the author draws on real historic links and places about which he talks in a note at the end of the book.

Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill

Colin Mulhern tells a tale that blends together comic horror and the classic story of Frankenstein that sees the return of Buttercup Sunshine.

What follows is a bizarre encounter with the extremely weird and seemingly totally mad scientist calling himself Dr Frankenstein and what’s more he has a monster and a storeroom full of jars containing human brains. Buttercup is desperate to find a cure for the zombies but as she discovers, the doc. has other plans of the world destroying kind.

I’ll say no more other than the words ‘bunny rabbit’ and the hope that she succeeds.

Totally crazy but enormous fun and ‘a bit carroty’ in its final moments.

Read the full review here and buy copies of the Junior Fictions here:
The Stolen Spear
Buttercup Sunshine

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‘I can’t wait to read this book to my nephew and I’m sure he’ll ask for Book 2 and 3 soon after.’ Awfully Big Reviews gives The Stolen Spear, an awfully brilliant review.

Chitra Soundar from Awfully Big Reviews, has written an awfully brilliant review of Saviour Priotta’s new junior fiction, The Stolen Spear, illustrated by Davide Ortu:

This is my first historical read set in the Stone Age. The author has weaved in the details and places we know about this generation into the story, while also keeping the language fresh and contemporary. The story is engaging and exciting for young readers and the details of the world will make them curious to find out more.

Weaving this tale of adventure for young people, the author has managed to bring out important themes of being different, being an outsider, how some might exploit others and the value of friendships. The story shows the reader that some things are universal through time. We forge friendships, we get jealous, we are scared of the unknown and how we deal with these is how we define ourselves.

Young readers like Wolf will recognise these patterns of emotions in their real life and see the parallels. This is a great book not just to teach history in a fun way, but also to discuss contemporary issues with the readers.

I can’t wait to read this book to my nephew and I’m sure he’ll ask for Book 2 and 3 soon after.

Thank You!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here.
Available at Amazon.co.uk

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Mr B’s B-rilliant review of New Junior Fiction, The Stolen Spear

Mr B Guided Reading has reviewed Saviour Pirotta‘s Brand New Junior Fiction, The Stolen Spear with illustrations by Davide Ortu:

Saviour Pirotta and Maverick Publishing have produced this exceptional story, set in the Late Neolithic period where man has learnt how to grow crops, keep farm animals and live as communities.
Although this book is a work of fiction, Pirotta does an outstanding job of drawing realistic links to the Neolithic era and what it was like.
It’s a story intertwined with Neolithic themes of spirit, hope and bravery, all of which Early Man had to exhibit to survive.

Grab this book when you get the chance. It’s a Stone-Age adventure of thrills, spills and excitement.

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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‘A MONSTER of a book that will leave you not wanting to drink any carrot juice … or will it?’ What’s Good To Read reviews Buttercup Sunshine and The House on Hangman’s Hill

David at What’s Good to Read has had a THRILLING time reading Colin Mulhern’s second book in the Buttercup Sunshine series; The House on Hangman’s Hill

Overall, the second book in this comedy horror series for children has continued in the same fun and scary vein as the first. It sees the delightful Buttercup encounter a weird new adventure in a cleverly and thrilling way and a great use of language that will not overwhelm its young readers.

The pages are littered with black and white drawings, adding a bit more illustrated humour to the story with its short chapters, making it easier to read for those slightly reluctant readers.

With brains in jars, mad scientists, zombies and cute bunny rabbits roaming around places like the Misty Marshes of Misery, My Gawd We’re All Going To Die Swamp and Hangman’s Hill, what more of a fun filled thrilling adventure could a reader of junior fiction need?

Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill is fantastic fun, mixing children’s comedy horror with the classic Frankenstein story, creating a fun, witty and engaging story with just the right amount of frights for its target audience.

Thank you!
Read the full review here and buy a copy here!

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Library Girl and Book Boy celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a review of Teachers on Pluto!

Library Girl and Book Boy has recently reviewed some new space-themed books including Teachers on Pluto by Lou Treleaven which was published in March 2019:

With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing being celebrated this July, I’m seizing the opportunity to share all of the fantastic Space-themed books I’ve been enjoying recently.’

This is the third book in the ‘Pen-pals on Pluto’ series and would be perfect for people just starting to read chapter books.  It is cleverly told through robot reports and combination of letters and postcards sent from and to Jon and his parents.’

Thanks!   Read the full reviews here and order a copy for the special price of £5.49  here

 

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More laughs and adventures for Arlo and class 4X coming in March!

Come, come the children of 5P,
Bring your little minds to me,
The door is open; step right in,
A new adventure will begin.

Arlo, Daisy-May, Nathan and the rest of class 4X (now 5P) are back with a completely new teacher: Miss Pythia, with her strange prophetic visions and mysterious box. They are selected to perform A Play in a Day … and of course they choose Pandora’s Box! But when things start to go wrong can they get back on track? And what IS in Miss Pythia’s box?

The hilarious sequel to Summer Reading Challenge 2018 junior fiction title Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming is coming in March!

Pre-order for a special price here

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‘I really enjoyed the book, it was funny and it made me feel happy’ Review of Homework on Pluto on Story Island Reviews!

A pupil, aged 9 years, from Ethelbert Road Primary School wrote this fabulous review of  junior fiction title  Homework on Pluto  by Lou Treleaven on Story Island Reviews:

‘This is a very funny book set in space and the story is told in letters sent between earth and Pluto. I really enjoyed the book, it was funny and it made me feel happy.’

Read the full review here.

You can order your copy here. You may also be interested in the first book in the series Letter to Pluto included in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which you can order here and the forthcoming third book Teachers on Pluto coming out in March which you can pre-order here.

 

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New space adventures from Jon and Straxi coming in March: Teachers on Pluto!

First came Letter to Pluto, then the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 title Homework on Pluto and now we are excited to announce the publication of the third book in the Penpals on Pluto series by Lou Treleaven, Teachers on Pluto!

I can’t wait to start at Flumpenslurp Blurble School as they do weird subjects like Packed Lunch Studies and Grow Your Own Friend. Straxi says they even have a class robot…’

Jon’s teacher Mrs Hall has taken over as Temporary President of Pluto and is busy making some new laws (which suspiciously resemble school rules….). Meanwhile the Snargler Spotters’ Society is scouring the Pulsating Swamp for the escaped rare Snargler 192. Join Jon and Straxi for more interplanetary adventures!

Publishing 28 March. Pre-order for £6.45 here

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‘This thrilling story has enough comic gory details and humour to appeal to young readers’ Armadillo Magazine enjoys the dark humour of Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Dooooom!

Armadillo Magazine has published a cracking review of junior fiction title Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Doooom by Colin Mulhern in its latest Winter 2018 issue:

A story equally dark and funny, this book introduces a character who is feisty, practical and fearless.  Confronted by imminent danger Sunshine reacts with a totally rational approach, which offsets brilliantly the wacky scenario producing laugh-out-loud moments.

This thrilling story has enough comic gory details and humour to appeal to young readers who will also enjoy the funny cartoons that punctuate every chapter.

This book is presented in a friendly and accessible layout to attract reluctant readers as well.’

Thanks! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Story Island Reviews super review of Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo!

A year 4 pupil from ETHELBERT ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL wrote this fantastic review of the junior fiction 2018 Summer Reading Challenge story Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming, and illustrated by Kathryn Durst on the Story Island Reviews site:

One of the most heart-pounding moments in the book was at the rock pool as big as a swimming-pool. Ronnie was streaking on the rocks wearing pants that said Friday on them, even though it was Monday. Everyone was worried that he was going to jump in because this is where the Ichthyosaur lives and Ronnie can’t swim. He jumped in and Arlo counted in his head to 3 but he didn’t come out… read the book to find out what happened next!! 

If you like exciting, fun stories you should read it too.

My favourite part of the book was when the class saw all of the Dinosaurs. There were lots of different dinosaurs and one of them ate Paige’s hairband!

My favourite character was Arlo because he wrote things in his note book that were funny and he was brave.’

Thank you!

Read the whole review here and buy a copy here

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