Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference. If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favourites yourself

  1. The London Eye Mystery

    The London Eye Mystery  

    LESLEY FINLAY discovers a modern classic...

  2. Help! How To Become Slightly Happier and Get A Bit More Done

    Help! How To Become Slightly Happier and Get A Bit More Done  

    Edna Hobbs starts the school year with good intentions...

  3. Noticeboard: September 2011

    Noticeboard: September 2011  

    Catch up with all the latest news on the arts with LESLEY FINLAY'S round-up...

  4. The tale of Charles Dickens

    The tale of Charles Dickens  

    There is so much going on in 2012 and for us literary types the highlight will be the chance to immerse ourselves in Charles Dickens, to read, to learn and to visit a host of events to mark the bicentenary of the great writer’s birth. LESLEY FINLAY takes a look at the author’s life and times, and introduces some of the events taking place…

  5. Levi is living the dream

    Levi is living the dream  

    The Polka Theatre commissioned a new work by up-and-coming playwright Levi David Addai. LESLEY FINLAY spoke to him to find out more….

  6. Tragedy is no laughing matter

    Tragedy is no laughing matter  

    As if the crunching and rustling of sweet papers is not enough to drive theatregoers wild, there are also the echoes of inappropriate laughter to deal with. It’s enough to drive you wild, says teacher PETER KING…

  7. Don’t worry, be happy


    Teacher and Ink Pellet reviewer JULIA PIRIE looks on the bright side, and offers you a rather large spoonful of sugar for the new school year…

  8. Budding film-makers look here!


    There is plenty of action for young film-makers to learn more about their craft. LESLEY FINLAY has a round-up...

  9. We all scream for uScreen

    We all scream for uScreen  

    A new website is being launched this month that could help young people to develop film-making skills. LESLEY FINLAY found out more – and discovered even she could do it!

  10. Did he, or didn’t he?

    Did he, or didn’t he?  

    A new film is set to spark debate about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. ALISS LANGRIDGE went to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to find out more….