Young Readers

Young Readers Festival

Sevenoaks Young Readers Festival - Introducing a day of brilliant bookish events for families and children.

We are so excited to be bringing a host of much-loved children's authors to Sevenoaks for story telling, illustration, craft, music and more!

A Young Reader's Visit to South Africa House

"On Wednesday 15th August 2018 Mummy, Grace and I took the train to London so we could get to South Africa House.

We went to South Africa House so we could attend the book launch of "Grandad Mandela". We went into a room that had lots of South African flags in it.

First, we listened to the story of why they were here from the Mandela family.  Zindzi Mandela (Nelson Mandela’s daughter) read a passage from the book helped by Ziwelene and Zazi Mandela (Nelson Mandela’s great grandchildren).

After this, the children were asked to sit around in a semi circle facing the adults so the children could read the story to the adults with some help from Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter-in-law.  I read 3 bits of the story!!

When this was finished we went to have the book signed.

I was very, very, happy because I saw the Mandela family and I could learn about Nelson Mandela.

I learnt that he was fighting for equality in his country but he sadly got put in prison for a very long time.  I learnt that we should know our human rights."

By Raphael, age 6.

Grandad Mandela

Young Reader Review Scheme

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.

'I think it was a very funny and surprising book, great for reading any time. King Coo was very, very funny. Ben was clever and Monty was a bully. I liked how Ben and Coo detected Monty. I think it was a great book.' Florence, age 7

'This book, set in New York, weaves together the sad stories of Kid, Will, Kenneth and lots of other characters, including the goat, to make it a funny, fantastic, happy story of a goat trying to find a home. I especially like the bit where the goat is set free. I REALLY recommend this book for ages 8 to 12.' Sophie, age 9

'I liked this book because it's a page turner. It's about three sisters who got killed for being witches. They come back every summer just to get revenge by killing boys. Until one falls in love and then the trouble starts. It would be good for 11+.' Zofia, age 10

'This book is amazing. I am not a particular fan of adventure books but this book has changed my mind. I love the idea of a 12 year old, meaning to help people by looking after their pets but instead saving her grandfather. She really stuck to what she thought and she would not let other people lead her off her path. It's really intriguing and I hope Lauren St John will write more amazing books.' Charlotte, age 10

'I couldn't put this book down. It is a gripping tale about the ghost of a boy called Jerome who, after a dreadful shooting, comes back to help his family fight for justice. My favourite character is Sarah for she is able to see him when others can't. I would recommend this book for readers 10+ years.' Rose, age 10

'I really liked 'Twelve Nights because it was very descriptive and I therefore felt as if I was inside the book. It is about a young girl called Kay. Her father goes missing so Kay, along with her sister Ell, set off to find him. Will and Flip, two imps that appear in the middle of the night demanding her father's tooth, join her in their adventure.' Rose, age 10

"This exciting novel tells the story of Max and his best friend, the [school] caretaker. This story makes me laugh a lot with the silly things that happen. The best bit was when Max found out a secret that the caretaker had kept from him. I love this book."

"I thought this book amazing! I couldn't put it down! It was pulling you in with every word and had you on the edge the whole way through. I really liked the twist at the end about Alice's dad! This would be [the] perfect book for 9 year olds and upwards."

"Night Speakers is about three children who can speak to animals! They all wake up at 1:34AM, and one night they find this mysterious beam of light and follow it. It leads them to a demonic squid and they have an epic battle. I love it. It is a battle of good and evil."