Young Readers Reviews


We invite young readers to review publisher's advance copies of novels, to post on our website and display in the shop.
If you would like to get involved first speak to your adults, then email us with your age and what you like to read about (animals, magic, detectives, history, whatever!)

All reviewed books are available to buy in the bookshop.

Young Reader Reviews
Young Reader Reviews

Latest Young Reader Reviews

Here is a selection of some of our most recent Young Reader Reviews.

We display all of the reviews on our lovely oak tree table and around our children's department.

Title: Me and Mister P: Maya’s Storm

Author: Maria Farrer

Review: 4 stars

Maya and Granny Anne find a polar bear called Mister P on the beach. They look after him and try to keep him a secret. They have adventures together. I especially liked when Granny Anne went surfing but got caught in the current. Later in the story, Granny Anne starts to forget things. The story shows even if you love someone you have to do what’s right for them. I liked the detailed illustrations too.

Reviewed by Emily age 8

Title: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

Author: By Tom Fletcher

Review: 5 stars

I thought this book was great. Despite it being 400 pages, it was an easy read. It is a Christmassy book about a boy called William. I would recommend this book for 7+ who enjoys reading.

Reviewed by Raphael age 7

Title: Isadora Moon Puts on a Show

Author: Harriet Muncaster

Review: 4.5 stars

This book is a lovely friendship and brave book. It is also splashed with charming balck and pink pictures. My highlight of the book is when Isadora meets her new friend. But will Isadora Moon put on her show? You’ll better find out.

Reviewed by Madeleine, 8

Title: Uki and the Outcasts

Author: Kieran Larwood

Review: 5 stars

It is a very exciting but sad story. I would say that this book is good for a 10 year old. It is exciting when Uki has to keep a secret but does he keep it? After reading this I expect the next one will be good too.

Reviewed by Priam, 11

Title: Shadows of Winterspell

Author: Amy Wilson

Review 5 stars

I loved this book! A sprite and a ghost nan are living together at the edge of Winterspell forest after the plague had struck and killed Stella’s mum. Winterspell is a dangerous place to be: the Shadows and fae are fighting all the time. When Stella goes to school, she senses some magic. But what does that mean?

Reviewed by Ellie, age 9

Title: The Fowl Twins

Author: Eoin Colfer

Review: 5 stars

THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC. HILARIOUS YET ENGAGING! IT FOLLOWS TWO TWINS WHO WERE BORN INTO A FAMILY OF CRIMINAL GENIUSES. THEY HAVE TO STOP AN EVIL LORD SEEKING ETERNAL LIFE AND PROTECT THEIR MAGICAL FRIENDS. PERFECT BOOK FOR AN 8 – 12 YEAR OLD.

Reviewed by Oscar, 12

Title: The Girl Who Speaks Bear

Author: Sophie Anderson

Review: 5 stars

I loved this book because it was so imaginative and very creative. I couldn’t put t down! There were so many twists and different plots, and at the end it all just clicked together. My favourite character was definitely Mousetrap the Weasel. He is so sweet and funny! By far, this is definitely one of the best books I have ever read! This is the perfect book for age 9 – 14.

Reviewed by Sophie, age 10

Title: White Fox

Author: Chen Jiatong

Review: 4 stars

This story is exciting in some parts, sad and also a mystery. The main character Dilah the orphaned white fox and goes on a quest to find the treasure left by Ulla (his patron saint) to hopefully turn him and his friends into humans. My favourite character is Ankel the Weasel.

Reviewed by Anna-Lotta, 9

Title: Evernight

Author: Ross Mackenzie

Review: 5 stars

A magical story filled with wonder and amazement. The character Lara is like Harry Potter. This book is suitable for 10+

Reveiewed by Thomas, 10

Title: Invisible in a Bright Light

Author: Sally Gardner

Review: 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed Invisible in a Bright Light because of its rich history. This book both broke my heart and mended it. This book is about orphan twins, Musia and Celeste, finding their way back to the City of E by playing a dangerous game called Reckoning. When a chandelier falls over Celeste as she is dancing, the diva-singer Madame Sabina Petrova takes her in. I would recommend this book to people aged 11-15 who like historical fiction.

Reviewed by Phoebe, 12

Title: Beverly, Right Here

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Review: 4 stars

If you want a traditional children’s book then this is not for you. In fact, this is one of the hardest books I’ve reviewed. Faced with a troublesome family life, Beverly runs away for face the world on her own. If you expect a fairy tale happily ever after then don’t! That said this book is powerful and won’t disappoint you.

Reviewed by Charlotte, age 11

Title: Pet

Author: Akwaeke Emezi

Review: 4 stars

I really liked the concept of the story – how the ‘angels’ and ‘monsters’ in the book mirrored society in reality. ‘Pet’ was well-written and imaginative – a combination of fantasy with real life. It was very meaningful and a great read for 13 years olds and older.

Reviewed by Niara, 13

Title: Chinglish

Author: Sue Cheung

Review: 5 stars

Chinglish is a heartfelt and incredibly funny book, which is able to deal with the more mature topics in the book. The author uses doodles and little drawings that make the experience even more enjoyable.

Reviewed by Marta, 15