Young Readers

We invite young readers aged 8-13 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 loved The Creakers... hard words, though. I loved it so much that I bet a 30 year old would love it too!"


"I gave this book a 5 star because it was sad but funny and exciting at the same time. I also liked the picture and the key things in the book were in bold. I think this is the perfect book for anyone who is feeling a bit sad, lonely or upset."


"The Murderer's Ape is an action packed novel with plenty of suspense, action and purely amazing literature. The author has kept the amazingness all the way through the novel. This is amazing and I always found myself reading this wonder. I don't easily say that a book is amazing, but this really is the situation to say so. The only thing I would say is bad is the title, but well done Mr Wegelius. I would definitely recommend this book!"


"As soon as I started this book I couldn't put it down. It's a really warm story about love, friendship and hope. Set in Africa and Scotland, it tells the story of a teenage girl - Makena - who loses her parents to Ebola. A really inspiring book and an eye-opener into the lives of orphans in the Nairobi slums."


"I really enjoyed Eloise Undercover and I thought it was an excellent book. I don't normally like World War 2 books, however I loved this one. It is about an eleven year old girl called Eloise who sets off to rescue her father from a train that goes to a prison that no-one comes back from! But will Eloise make it home with her father? I highly recommend this book!"


"I really enjoyed reading this book. It is very well written, although on a few occasions it got a bit slow. My favourite character is Valor. She goes through all extremes to save her twin sister, who she is determined to prove  innocent. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is a beautiful book with a heart-touching story."


"I really liked this book for its compelling, serious aspects. I enjoyed it when Innis finds the wolves and when he encounters them on a mountain. This book is perfect for 9-11 year olds, boys and girls. It is a brilliant adventure book to read!"


"The Land of Neverendings is an excellent book. I really enjoyed reading it. It's about a girl called Emily whose sister Holly has just died. Emily's life is turned upside down in her bedroom. Emily dreams of seeing Holly's teddy Bluey again, but will she? I highly recommend this book."


"Morgan is a cursed child in her world but on the day of her death she is whisked away to Nevermore to enter the trials for the wonder society. But what is her talent...? I loved this book because it is full of adventure and mystery."