Marge And The Secret Tunnel by Isla Fisher

‘Life with Marge is NEVER boring! Even shopping for new shoes turns out to be an amazing adventure, especially when the lights go out and the children are stuck in the shop! And when Jakey decides he’d like to visit Australia, Marge has the best idea ever. She and the children will dig a tunnel and visit a completely different country…’

This book was great.

I am a huge fan of the Marge In Charge books, and Marge And The Secret Tunnel didn’t disappoint.

I love the fact that there are three fantastic stories in this book. I means I can read from start to finish or pick a story and just read the one. Having multiple stories makes this the perfect book for bed time reading. You can read one amazing story each night.

Eglantine Ceulemans’ awesome illustrations perfectly compliment Isla Fisher’s story and add an extra layer to this amazing book. The illustrations really help to bring the characters and the wacky scenes to life.

One of the great things about Isla Fisher’s Marge In Charge books is that they can stand alone. You don’t have to have read the first one in order to have read Marge And The Secret Tunnel.

If you have a young reader in your life, this book would be the perfect addition to their bookshelf. With humor, love and adventure radiating off every page, I can see this book being a favourite of many young readers.

Marge And The Secret Tunnel by Isla Fisher is the perfect book for young readers and their families.

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The Ice Monster by David Walliams

‘This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth…

Read all about it! Read all about it!

ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC!

When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more…

A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!’

This book was amazing.

In my humble opinion, David Walliams can do no wrong. In his biggest Middle Grade novel yet, David Walliams takes the reader on an epic adventure.

David Walliams has an uncanny knack of not only creating amazing stories but absolutly wonderful, diverse characters. The characters in this story are truly a mixed bag. From sweet and kind, to weird and wacky, there is a character in this story for everyone to relate to.

Unlike his previous books, The Ice Monster takes place in 1899. I wasnt sure how I felt about this when I first started this book, but after a few chapters I absolutly loved it. I loved getting to learn new things about a time and place that was unfamiliar to me.

One of the greatest things about the characters in this book is that they prove that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Adult, Child, Male and Female, these wonderful characters not only entertain the reader but surprise them as well.

The Ice Monster is perfectly Illustrated by Tony Ross. His illustrations perfectly compliment David Walliams’ story and add an extra layer to this already fantastic book.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book and I cannot wait to see what David Walliams comes up with next.

The Ice Monster by David Walliams is a joy to behold and a must have for all Middle Grade readers.

Bookmas 2018 Day 12…

On the twelfth day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

My Top 12 For 2018:

Now some of these books were included on other lists this Bookmas, but given that this is the Best of 2018 I couldn’t resist repeating some of these amazing books.

So without further ado lets jump in…

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: I absolutely loved this book. I love the two previous books in this series and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Thankfully it didn’t disappoint. I loved getting to catch up with Audrey Rose and Thomas and I thought the idea of a floating carnival as the back drop was brilliant. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This book was mind-blowing. I honestly can’t describe just how amazing this book was. This whole series was an absolute joy. This book was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I laughed, I cried and I spent the entire book on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved this series and I am genuinely sad that this is the final book.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book was fantastic. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. This book is an absolute must read for everyone. It is brilliantly written, powerful and utterly gut-wrenching. If you havent yet read this book you need to do it now.

Wundersmith: The Calling Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: I honestly don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this book. It was absolutely Wunderful. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it didn’t disappoint. I am totally in love with this series. I want more.

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger: This book was amazing. I honestly couldn’t put it down and have already lent it to my sister. It was raw, emotional and at times confronting. The topic was perfectly handled and I truly believe this book should be read by everyone.

Sisters And Brothers by Fiona Palmer: I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book I have read by Fiona Palmer and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, with a fantastic plot and truly wonderful characters. I will be reading this book many times in the future.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King: I honestly don’t have the words to describe how amazing this book is. Masterpiece is the only word I can think of. I am a massive King fan and this book is the reason why. It was perfectly woven, with amazing characters and a really wacky plot line. If you havent read this book yet, do it now.

Differently Normal by Tammy Robinson: I absolutely loved this book. I was engaged with the story and the amazing characters from the start. This book is equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. I couldn’t put this wonderful book down and I am still sad that it ended. This book should be on the top of everyone’s TBR.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer: I absolutely loved this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was captivated from start to finish. I honestly can’t describe how this book made me feel. It was so emotional, real and heartbreaking. This is a book that I believe everyone should read.

Floodline by Kathryn Heyman: This book was absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the first page and I didn’t want it to end. The story being told was so emotional and utterly human, that it was easy to forget you weren’t actually living it. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook by Jody Revenson: I adored this book. It was over flowing with fantastic information and behind the scenes secrets, as well as leaflets, stickers and really awesome fold out posters. This is another must have for all Harry Potter fans. I am totally in love with this book.

Millionaire Mountain Climber by Laura Boon: I loved this book. It had a great plot, awesome characters and a breathtaking setting. It really is everything you want in a romance novel; sweet, sexy and fun. I didn’t just read this book I devoured it. I am so excited to read the next book in the Romancing The Alps series.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know your favourite books of 2018. I hope you enjoyed this years Bookmas posts, I definitely had fun creating them for you. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, filled with lots of books.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

MERRY CHRISTMAS…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 11…

On the eleventh day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

11 Australian Reads:

Sisters And Brothers by Fiona Palmer: I absolutely loved this book. This is the second book I have read by Fiona Palmer and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, with a fantastic plot and truly wonderful characters. I will be reading this book many times in the future.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer: I absolutely loved this book. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was captivated from start to finish. I honestly can’t describe how this book made me feel. It was so emotional, real and heartbreaking. This is a book that I believe everyone should read.

The Bulldog Track by Peter Phelps: This book was wonderful. I am really interested in Australian military History and I have read many book about the Kokoda Track so I was genuinely surprised that I had never hear of The Bulldog Track ‘the other Kokoda’. I am so glad I have read this book and I cant wait to share it with my friends and family.

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart: This is the second of Pamela Hart’s books I have read and it didn’t disappoint. Her writing is amazing, her characters are three-dimensional and relatable and her descriptions are breathtaking. I don’t have a bad word to say about this book and I cant wait to see what Pamela Hart comes out with next.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross: I absolutely adored this book. As a massive fan of Beauty and the Beast, I am very critical of people touching that particular tale, but this book was absolutely amazing. I honestly don’t have the words to describe how wonderful this book was. I think the best way to sum it up is… The best retelling I have ever read.

Hollywood Heartbreak by C.J. Duggan: The fifth standalone book in The Heart Of The City series, and it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely love this series and I absolutely loved this book. With wonderful characters, a great storyline and a fantastic setting, this amazing book will transport the reader to Hollywood and take them on a roller coaster ride through glitz and glamour. This book is not to be missed.

Get Remarkably Organised by Lorraine Murphy: This great book is filled will tips and exercises to help you get organised and live your best life. Some of the tips in this book didn’t really relate to me, but I have taken note of the ones that I think will benefit my life. If you are struggling with staying on top of all the tasks you have to get accomplished or you want to be more productive than this is the book for you.

Millionaire Mountain Climber by Laura Boon: I loved this book. It had a great plot, awesome characters and a breathtaking setting. It really is everything you want in a romance novel; sweet, sexy and fun. I didn’t just read this book I devoured it. I am so excited to read the next book in the Romancing The Alps series.

Floodline by Kathryn Heyman: This book was absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the first page and I didn’t want it to end. The story being told was so emotional and utterly human, that it was easy to forget you weren’t actually living it. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster. I loved this book. I am so glad that I decided to read it and I am so excited knowing that it is going to be a series. The characters were interesting and relatable so it made it really easy to fall into this story. I loved the magic and mystery in this book. The writing was beautiful and had a really lyrical quality about it. I cant wait to continue with this series.

Dear Santa by Samuel Johnson: This book was awesome. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. I loved the whole idea of this book and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Let me tell you it didn’t disappoint. These wonderful letters were perfectly written and made for a truly wonderful reading experience. This book is a must have for every Australian.

Well that’s it from me. Let me know if you read an Australian books in 2018 in the comment section.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

 

Bookmas 2018 Day 9…

On the ninth day of Bookmas gemsbooknook gave to you…

Top 9 Middle Grade books of 2018:

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams: I loved this book. I was so excited when I found out there was going to be a third book in this series and it didn’t disappoint. The brilliant partnership of David Walliams and Tony Ross has once again delivered an outstanding book. This book is a must have for all young readers.

Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi: This book was amazing. The concept of this book made for a really entertaining read. I loved the diverse yet relatable characters, and I though the science in this book was amazingly written. This book is perfect for young readers and their families.

The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali. Q. Rauf: This book was beautiful. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. it was equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking. I honestly believe that this book could change lives and should be read by everyone. Children and adults alike.

Wundersmith: The Calling Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: I honestly don’t have the words to describe how much I loved this book. It was absolutely Wunderful. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it didn’t disappoint. I am totally in love with this series. I want more.

Treasury Of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton: This book was magical. I have been makin my way through Enid Blyton’s classic books this year, so I was over the moon to get my hands on this book. This amazing book is filled with wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations. I don’t have a bad word to say about this book.

Laugh Your Head Off 4 Ever by Various Authors: This was a really fun book. With 9 different stories written by 9 different authors, there is something in this book for everyone. I had a smile on my face from start to finish and some genuine laugh out loud moments. I can see this being a favourite for middle grade readers and a great book to read aloud at bedtime for those younger readers.

Favourite Enid Blyton Stories by Enid Blyton: This book was absolutely amazing. It was filled with some of Enid Blyton’s most awesome stories, with introductions by various famous people and breathtaking illustrations. I am so happy to have this amazing book to add to my Enid Blyton Collection. This book will be adored by everyone who reads it and is a must have for all good bookshelves.

Marge And The Secret Tunnel by Isla Fisher: This book was great. I really love the Marge In Charge books. They are fun, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining. These books are perfect to read aloud with kids at bed time. I can easily see Marge And The Secret Tunnel being a favourite for young readers and their families.

The Ice Monster by David Walliams: This book was fantastic. I am a huge fan of David Walliams’ books and this didn’t disappoint. With awesome characters and a beautiful story, this book is a must have for all young readers. With amazing illustrations by Tony Ross, this book is overflowing with awesomeness.

Well that’s it for Bookmas day 9. Let me know if you have read any of these books or what middle grade books you read this year.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

‘When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.’

I loved this book.

I will admit it took me a few chapters to get into this book but once I was in I was hooked.

I loved the world that Elizabeth Foster created in this book. The magic and mystery that oozed from every page was truly captivating.

The characters in this book were really relatable and grounded, which surprised me given the magical elements of this book. I loved the relationship and dialog between them and the way in which they developed both individually and as a group throughout the story.

The story itself was wonderful. The pacing was perfect and you learned what you need to know as the story progressed, there weren’t any major information dumps on the reader. The plot flowed easily and took the reader on its journey.

Elizabeth Foster’s writing was absolutly beautiful. It had a real lyrical quality to it that was perfectly displayed in this book.

I honestly loved this book and I am so excited that it is a part of a series. I cant wait to get my hands on the next book.

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster is a truly wonderful story that will fill you with magic and wonder.

Laugh Your Head Off 4 Ever by Various Authors

‘Andy Griffiths: author of the bestselling and award-winning Treehouse series.

Felice Arena: author of the bestselling and award-winning Specky Magee series.

Yvette Poshoglian: author of the fabulous Frankie Fox Spy Girl series.

Marcus Emerson: author of the immensely popular Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series.

Matt Stanton: bestselling author and illustrator of the Funny Kid series.

Katrina Nannestad: award-winning author of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome.

James Roy: acclaimed author of the Edsel Grizzler series.

Lisa Shanahan: author of the hilarious My Big Birkett.

Penny Tangey: comedian and author of Clara in Washington.

‘9 authors, 9 stories to make you laugh your head off 4EVER.

A runaway pram + an artsy alien + a cereal monster +a word-stealing curse + one dancing dad + three feral fairies + an evil genius + a hairy birthday + a super-duper pig = one hilarious book.’

 

This book was really fun.

I love a book that leaves me feeling happy and that is what this book did. I was smiling from start to finish and I had some genuine laugh out loud moments whilst reading this book.

I loved that their were illustrations to accompany each story, it really added to the feel of this book.

It shouldnt be surprising in a book that is a collection of different stories by different authors that some were better than others. That being said none of the stories in this book were bad.

I can easily see this being a favourite book for middle grade readers and there families. Have multiple stories makes this book the perfect bedtime book as you can put it down after each story has finished.

I really enjoyed this book and as it is aimed at readers a lot younger than me, I finished it very quickly.

The writing was easy to read, the stories were interesting and the illustrations perfectly complimented each individual story.

If you have a young reader in your life, this book will be the perfect addition to their bookshelves.

Laugh Your Head Off 4 Ever is a must have for all Middle Grade readers.

Favourite Middle Grade Books

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday. Today’s topic is Middle Grade Books. These are the Middle Grade books that blew my mind. I love to read Middle Grade books every now and then, to see what is out there. As someone who found my love of reading when I was this age, I love reading the books that are captivating the minds of young readers and hopefully turning them into bookworm’s. I hope you guys enjoy this list, and maybe find some recommendations from it.

So without further ado, lets jump into my Middle Grade Reads:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: I love Harry Potter, so it shouldnt be surprising to see it on this list. A truly magical series, that has captivated millions of readers world-wide. The Harry Potter series it what sparked my love of reading. Long Live Harry Potter.

The Land Of Stories series by Chris Colfer: I adore the Land Of Stories series. With amazing characters, great storylines and funny, witty dialogue, this series is absolutely perfect for young readers, and those who are young at heart. If you havent yet read it, get your hands on it now.

The Turners series by Mick Elliott: The three books in The Turners series are fast paced, action pack and genuinely funny. I started and finished each of these books with a smile on my face. If you have a young reader in your life, get them this series, it was perfect. If you have yet to read the turners series by Mick Elliott, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.

Marge In Charge series by Isla Fisher: There are three books in The Marge In Charge collection, and they are all amazing. Each book contains three fantastic stories with great illustrations. These stories are perfect for young readers but will also entertain adult readers.

Nevermore by Jessica Townsend: If you’re looking for a wacky, magical story then this is the book for you. With amazing characters, and fantastic story and wonderful descriptions, Nevermoor will take you on a journey that you wont want to end. Thankfully this is the first book in a new series, so there will be plenty more awesomeness to come.

Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi: This book was amazing. The concept of this book made for a really entertaining read. I loved the diverse yet relatable characters, and I though the science in this book was amazingly written. This book is perfect for young readers and their families.

The Girl With The Lost Smile by Miranda Hart: Miranda Hart has done an amazing job with this book. It was sweet, funny and full of things to learn. I found myself smiling from start to finish. This is the perfect book for young readers and their families.

Enid Blyton: I can’t pick one Enid Blyton book over the others so I have included Enid Blyton and all of her amazing books on this list. Tha Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Adventures Of The Wishing Chair. With so many amazing titles to choose from, Enid Blyton has a book for every young reader.

David Walliams: I really tried to pick just one David Walliams book, but I couldn’t. This amazing books are heartwarming, funny and truly entertaining. I can definitely see David Walliams’ book standing the test of time and entertain young readers for years to come.

Roald Dahl: I could write a list about Middle Grade book and not include Mr Dahl. One of my all time favourite Authors, his books are timeless and throughly entertaining regardless of the age of the reader. If you have a young reader in your life, them Roald Dahl id definitely an Author they should be reading.

Well that’s it from me. Let me no if you have read any of these book or if there are any awesome Middle Grade books that you think I should take a look at.

Until next time…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

‘There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.

He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbet’s, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn’t very strange at all. He’s a refugee who’s run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That’s where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we’ve come up with a plan. . .’

This book was absolutely beautiful.

I honestly don’t know if I have the words to describe how beautiful this book was. As it is a middle grade book I wasnt expecting to feel as moved as I did whilst reading this book.

This book is perfect for the time we live in. With the Refugee crisis such a prevalent issue, reading a book about it told from a child’s point of view is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The innocence of children and their sense of right and wrong is something that adults should really take note of and learn from.

Onjali Q. Rauf has done a wonderful job in explaining such a divisive issue in a way that is both humourous and heartfelt. This book is the perfect book for young children to read to help them understand an issue that they are hearing about yet most likely not understanding.

The young characters in this book are both inquisitive and insightful. Having characters that you can really get behind and understand make for a truly honest reaction as a reader. Having a mix of adult characters with opposing views and beliefs really helps to shine a wider light on the issues being told and show varying points of view. Having multiple ideals being shown makes for a better discussion and a better understanding of the issues.

To have all of these points raised in a children’s book is a wonderful idea that makes for a truly wonderful reading experience.

Onjali Q. Rauf did a fantastic job in blending these big issue with humour, comedy and normal childhood issues. This book was perfectly woven to create a truly wonderful book that will not only entertain but also enlighten curious young readers.

I am truly overwhelmed with how amazing this book was and I can’t speak highly enough about it. I honestly believe I am a better person because of this book.

The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Q. Rauf is a true masterpiece in all sense of the world and should be read by both young and old. Maybe we can all learn something from Ahmet and his friends.