Fangs Vampire Spy Book 1 by Tommy Donbavand

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This title was kindly reviewed for us by lovely guest reviewer Mia Madden aged 9

Special Agent Fangs Enigma is a vampire spy and with his friend Puppy Brown they are out to catch the bad guys.
These two guys watch people’s behaviour to spot the baddies, they sneak a tracking device on to them, and then watch them on their computer.  
In Operation: Golden Bum , they have to battle in a farting competition to stay alive and defeat the bad guys.
I would recommend this for age 8 and up as some hard words in it. It has nice big writing and some pictures which means this book is perfect for the younger reader.
This is a very funny book which I really enjoyed and can’t wait for the rest of the series.
Available from September 2013 published by Walker Books



New Reviews coming soon

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I am really looking forward to spending August catching up on some of the great kids books which I haven’t had time to read yet this year. My summer reading list looks like this 



Titles included here 

Missing Ellen by Natasha Mac a’ Bhaird

The Hidden Gift by Ian Somers

Friday Brown by  Vikki Wakefield

New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

The Double Life of Cory Parry by Angela McAllister

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

Secrets and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

If you find Me by Emily Murdoch

Jack Hunter Secret of the King by Martin King

Cold Water and Stone by Pat Nolan

I may have a fight on my hands with Mara and Lisa C for some of these I think. let us know what you’re reading this summer.





Figure of Eight by Jack Brennan

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Figure of Eight is the first book in a projected series by teen author Jack Brennan.

It features famous Dublin woman Molly Malone who turns detective when she is accused of murder. A chase for the truth ensues down Dublin’s narrow Victorian cobbled streets and even to the grand home of fictional Sir Charles Reilly. All of 19th Century Dublin life is here, from the fisherman to the prostitutes, the street-sellers to the beggars, the police, and the drunks as well as the upper class who remain distant and aloof. 

Molly proves to be an astute and resourceful investigator, although she cuts a rather lonely figure in this recreation, eventually evading capture by discerning the true killer.

This is a delightful and characterful adventure by a young author with a great future ahead of him. It will interest readers aged 11 and over and is available as an e-book and a paperback from from the author. You can contact the author on facebook and twitter and on his own website

Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent by Alan Early

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Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent is the first in a new fantasy series by Irish author Alan Early.

Arthur moves to Dublin because his Dad has started a new job as an engineer excavating tunnels under Dublin city for the new metro line. This of course means that Arthur has to leave behind his home in Kerry, and start a new school and a new life. Having lost his mother not long before, he isn’t too happy about the move.

On top of that, he is having weird and frightening dreams about the Viking god, Loki. As Arthur makes friends at school and strange things start to happen at the building site where his Dad works, there might be more to those dreams then just stress. Thus a rip-roaring adventure begins.

Based on Norse mythology, this is an unusual and action packed adventure for fans of historical, fantasy or mystery novels. Suitable for readers aged 10 upwards approx. I would recommend this to fans of Derek Landy, J.K.Rowling, Eoin Colfer and Darren Shan.

The follow-up title is Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf and both books are available now in paperback from Mercier Press.

The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

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Unfortunately, the cover lets this book down an awful lot, so that age-old rule of judgement applies here! I have known parents to buy this book for their seven and eight year olds, who are subsequently bored silly by the vivid descriptions of Russian fashion architecture and culture and the well-researched allusions to the history of the Czars. This book has much much more to offer to a pre-teen audience.

Young Sophie dreams of someday visiting Russia, but as an orphan with a guardian who barely manages to pay her school fees, her chances of going on the school trip to St. Petersburg are slim indeed – so she takes drastic measures. She and her two best friends soon find themselves kidnapped (not necessarily against their wills) and spirited away to the majestic but dilapidated palace of the long-dead Volkonsky family. What begins as a fairy tale slowly descends into a sinister plot of deceit and danger. The story contains plenty of twists, and more than one grizzly death scene, so keep an open mind and don’t pass off this excellent book!

P.S. And wolves … I didn’t mention there’d be wolves. 😉