Wonder: the book I read is called wonder and it is about a boy called August. The boy has lots of problems with face and other problems. When he was young he was being home schooled but in 5th year he started to go to school. And obviously he had a few fights. Everyone was looking at him in a strange way and so on. But, in the end he settles into the school.
I really liked the book and I think you (Mr. Lomas) should read the book even though it is very emotional.
I saw the film and I really liked it. I think everyone of all ages should read it.
I woud love to read it.
Sounds like an interesting read, Albert. I can cope with a bit of emotion.
What's the name of the author?
The author of Wonder is R J Palacio (that's her pen name) her real name is Raquel Jaramillo.
the author is called R.J. Palagio
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger.
Sophie Foster has never fit in. After waking up in the hospital at age six and being able to read minds she feels like she's not normal. Then one day, she meets Fitz, a elf that tells her the truth. She's an elf. When she gets accepted into the prestigious academy, Foxfire, she finds it hard to keep up wth school life. But Sophie has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory. Shen wants to find out why she was hidden among humans. And that brings out an even bigger question, who is she? The truth could kill her- or save her.
This is my favourite book, it made me want to read faster,and find out the end. At the end,the author leaves such a huge cliffhanger that I almost screamed. This book is the first of a series (Lodestar, Nightfall, Neverseen, Flashback, Everblaze). The only thing I didn't like is that after the first book the author concentrates on finding out the truth,and dosen't mention a lot about school life.
My rating of Keeper of the Lost Cities is 10 out of 10.
Glad you enjoyed it, Maria. Sounds like a great plot.
The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I loved this book. It starts of with a boy called Christopher telling us he is investigating the murder of his neighbour’s dog ‘Wellington’.
Christopher is 15 years old. , He has Asperger’s Syndrome which means he is very clever with numbers but finds it hard to communicate with other people. He finds it difficult to go to new places and he does not like noise.
Even though he finds all these things difficult he is determined to find out who killed Wellington. On his road to discovery he finds out a lot more than who killed Wellington.
One of those books you can’t put down and makes you think about it long after you have finished it. Very insightful into how a person with Asperger's experiences the world.
A wonderful book!
Just finished teaching it to my S3 group.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This book tells you about the life of 4 girls during the American Civil War. Meg is the oldest and is the wisest, but in my opinion she needs to lighten up a little bit. Jo (Josephine) is the second oldest and always has been a bit of a tomboy, she loves writing. I really like Jo's attitude and thoughts. Amy has always been the one who wished that she was as rich as some of her friends. I think that Amy should stop worrying about what other people think of her. Beth has always been the sweetest of all of them, and as the youngest everyone tries to protect her. I like her but I think her character is a bit weak.
Overall, I really loved this book. There's a film, and it's good but not as good as the book. I recommend it to everyone.
A real classic. Keep up the good reading, Maria!
BOY Roald Dahl :
BOY is a bout Roald Dahl as a boy all the problems he had all the operations and the deaths of his relatives
There are very sad parts in the story like when Roald got his adenoids removed when he was only a small child.
There are nice parts too like when he visited all his family in Norway
I quite enjoyed the book and it is a well written story.
I've read the book too; but I prefer the other Roald Dahl stories.
I love Dahl and used to teach this one in S1. Glad you enjoyed it.
An Eagle in the Snow-Michael Morpurgo
This book is about a boy called Michael trying to escape the war with his Mum. His Dad is fighting in Africa and his house is destroyed by the the Nazis. They take a train to go to their aunties house at the seaside but the train stops in a tunnel.
I would give this book a 10/10 and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Morpurgo has written some excellent books. Sounds like an exciting read.
Sorry, the boys name is Barnley I got mixed up with another book.
It's because Skellig is so good: you can't get it out of your mind!
The Radleys - Matt Haig
This book is about a family which is different to other families.
There was something that the children didn’t know. The parents had kept it a secret for a long time until, one day, Clara goes to a party and kills someone. The parents decide to tell them the truth. Then everything starts to make sense…
Clara and Rowan seem to live a normal life like us but they have always wondered why animals run away from them when they approach, why they have to take medicine to sleep and why they wear sun cream all year round.
The unexpected arrival of the children’s uncle who drinks blood to quench his thirst, causes even more drama at home.
Clara, for a 12-year-old, has a strong personality. This is a good thing given the difficult situations in which she often finds herself.
I really liked this book because there is a lot of suspense and you want to keep reading it. I would give it 10/10.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it. It's a popular book and at one time there were about 5 copies in the class library!
"Murder Most Unladylike" by Robin Stevens
This is the first book in the mystery series A Murder Most Unladylike, which is all about two young girls called Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells who attend Deepdean School for girls in the 1930s.
The two friends set up a secret detective society. However, they struggle to find anything interesting to investigate. Then, one day, Hazel walks in to the gym and finds the science mistress, Miss Bell, lying on the floor. It takes some moments for Hazel to realise that Miss Bell is actually dead. Her immediate reaction is to report it to the police, but the more outgoing Daisy persuades her that they can solve the case themselves. Together they slowly uncover some dark secrets lurking in the school and make sense of this mystery.
I would highly recommend this book and the rest of the series. There are many unexpected plot twists. I could not put the book down!
Sounds a bit like Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys. I'm of a certain age!
Maurice and his educated rodents
The plot of this book is complex with unexpected twists. Maurice is an intelligent cat who has smart rat friends. The rats and Maurice embark on one last rampage before they split and go their own ways. However, the town they go to wants to get rid of rats and their adventure goes wrong. Will they escape or will they be caught?
The characters in the story are well developed and the dialogues are realistic.
My rating is 8/10
It's a play we'll read in class. Pretty amusing! Try to review other books not on our class reading list.
The play was great, so I hope the book was the same!
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a fantastic play in which four lovers: Hermia, Helena, Demetreus and Lysander are controled by the harsh Athenian rules. They flee to a land of magic in which the encounter fairies.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classical example of a typical Shakespearean play: The play includes "a play within a play" found in many Shakespearean plays. This play is also written in iampic pentameter ( the poetry that Shakespeare uses).
In total I will give this play a 97% for its' indulging language!
Shakespeare: what can I say that hasn't already been said or will be said?
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I am Malala is a very inspiring book about Malala, who is an activist for women and education. Her book tells the story of how she lived in Pakistan whilst the Taliban were in power. They are an extremist Islam terrorist organisation who believe that women should not have any education or role in society and should stay at home to work for their male relatives. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in human rights or just interesting books in general.
Great choice! What an inspiring individual.
I agree with Kathleen this book is a must read :)
I'm glad you've read it too, Louise. The blog is all about sharing good reads. Girlpower!
The Land of Stories 1: The Wishing Spell (by Chris Colfer)
Not too long ago Alex and Conner's Father died, this caused all sorts of problems at school for the twins. Alex was always lonely, but Conner's grades weren't pretty. The only thing that made life bearable for them were fairy tales, and when their Grandmother gives them the book their father read to them ever so often about an alternate world where fairies and fantasies exist, they start noticing a strange sound that comes out of the book. Then Alex jumps into the book and Conner jumps in after her. They find themselves in "The Land of Stories", where fairy tales are real they try to find a way back home with the help of their friend Froggy. The only way back seemed to be the Wishing Spell. The Wishing spell was a list of items that are incredibly hard to acquire and when combined you could wish for anything in the world (or in their case worlds). Little did they know the Evil Queen was after it too and the spell could only be used once more as their father had used it to escape this world too.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good read.
Don't know this one. Really like twists on fairy tales. Keep up the good reading.
I definitely agree with Bea. I have read the whole serie and it is amazing. It's a serie which continues the life of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Red Riding Hood. It also announces the past of the Fairy Godmother, which is very interesting.
Definitely a serie that I would recommended.
I've read the second book it was very good
Harry Potter an the Order of the Phoenix
The story begins when Harry (main character of the book who is a wizard) is at the park with his cousin Dudley. Dudley starts provoking Harry about his muttering in his dreams when Harry takes his wand out. Suddenly some Dementors come and attack Dudley. There is a whole debate wherever he should be expelled or not as some believe he did some magic while others confirm that he didn't. In the end he isnt expelled but dementors are still lurking and Harry has to rely on his least favourite teacher (Professor Snape) to teach him how to defend himself from the evil forces of Voldemort.
At first I was quite dissapointed about this book but after reading a few chapters I got used to the way of writing and it is now one of my favourite books in the Harry potter series! I reccomed reading the other book in the series first as it would be quite confusing. It was quite tricky to explain what happened so I hope the people who haven't read the other books understood.
Classic. Keep up the good reading.
Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens
This book is the second book of the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series. This book is about two girls, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells who attend Deepdean boarding school and have made a secret detective society. It's the Easter holidays and Hazel and Daisy are at Fallingford house for the week ( Daisy's house ). It's Daisy's birthday on Sunday and their friends Beanie and Kitty are coming over soon. they hear the door bell ring but it's not Beanie or Kitty, it was an surprise guest. His name is Mr Curtis and Daisy's mother had invited him over.
He has been acting very suspiciously and the girls are keen to investigate but need to stay undercover. On Daisy's birthday, during birthday tea, Mr Curtis doesn't feel very well so goes upstairs and passes away after a few minutes. The doctor thinks it's an illness but the girls know he was poisoned with arsenic ( rat poison ). Over the next few days the gather clues and find the culprit. They call the police and Steven, Bertie's friend ( Bertie is Daisy's older brother ) was found guilty. After the Easter holidays, When the girls go back to school they are happy that it's all over and Hazel doesn't want to investigate for a while either.
I really enjoyed this book and would recomend if you like murder mysteries.
Sounds like fun. Arsenic has a long history as a method of poison!
I really liked this series too, although I think this one isn't one of the best books.
James Bond "heads you die". This book is about James Bond as a child. This is the third book in the series. James is enjoying a holiday in Cuba with his friend Hugo Grande. This name is a bit ironic considering that Hugo has a mild case of dwarfism. James is walking down a street when he hears a cry for help. On instinct he rushes to the place where a girl is being held captive by two men. As James is a black belt in judo he snaps his foot round and takes both men out. Then he goes back to his apartment and on the way he hears somebody shout murderer at him. At his apartment he sees that the place has been trashed. He runs out and meets the girl he saved she says that she is running from her father "Scolopendra". they soon meet up with Hugo and another girl. James's uncle disappears the day after that and James thinks that he knoas who might've taken him. Scolopendra. So the foursome set off and try and find out where James's uncle is.
This is a great book for people who like action and adventure
I'm also halfway through. Assassin's Creed "Renaissance". So I'll also post a review about that
Alex Rider stormbreaker - Anthony Horizon
Alex a teenager is left with only an uncle. His parents died when he was small. His uncle says he was is banker but soon after his death he figures out that he is a spy. The police says that his uncle died in a car crash not wearing his seatbelt but Alex finds it hard to beleive and tries to find out the truth.
This book is packed full of action and is crammed with clif-hangers. I suggest it to anyone who loves action and suspension. If you are interested there is a whole series.
I've read the whole series it was a very enjoyable read i recommend this book to action lovers
A few weeks ago I read a book called; Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The book takes place in an imaginary world filled with warring nations and wizardry. The book is set in the island nation of Kerch, a nation ruled by the wealthy where the only sacred thing is money. The main character is Kaz Brekker, a con artist and gang member from "The Barrel" -the poor area of Ketterdam, Kerch's capital city- the book opens with Brekker about to meet with a rival gang with whom there have been territorial disputes. The meeting ends with Brekker shooting one of his own men after finding out he was a snitch. Brekker leaves the meeting before being kidnapped.
He wakes up only to see Jan Van Eck one of the most prosperous business men on Kerch and a member of the Merchant Council, Kerch's rulers. Van Eck offers Brekker a job. The most daring heist ever to have been proposed, he is to break into the "Ice Court". A military stronghold belonging to one of the most powerful nations in the entire world. Brekker accepts and is permitted to leave. He assembles a crew of his most trusted followers and devises a plan.
So, when the day comes and they are about to leave something most unexpected happens, they are ambushed. Their ship is blown to bits and the most vital member of the crew is stabbed.
It is a great booked filled to the brim with intricate plans and and heart wrenching disasters as well as some moments that made me laugh in the real world. I really immersed myself into this book having read a previous series set in the same universe by the same author, Leigh Bardugo. all in all I thought it was a great book.
Ace! Sounds like a great read. A well written review.
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carrol
The story takes place in London in 1922 where a young girl called Lil Kaye lives. One day, she reads the morning paper and finds out that a famous Egyptologist was found dead. When Lil goes to her grandad’s house she finds a parcel, which was sent by that Egyptologist.
Lil opens the package and finds a jar with a scroll inside. The scroll contains a story about a king’s tomb which archeologists are desperately hunting for. After reading the scroll, Lil finds out about the curse that the jar holds, and must embark on an incredible journey with her friends to protect the ones they love and to break the deadly curse. But they are quickly running out of time. Will they manage to return the jar to its resting place?
I really like this story because it has many interesting facts about Ancient Egypt and its pharaohs. At the same time the storyline is very captive with a thrilling twist at the end. I could really picture myself in the story helping Lil. And I really felt sad and sorry when the things went wrong. It also helped me to realise how lucky I am to have a great family that loves me and cares for me. I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes adventures.
Sounds great. Love anything with Ancient Egypt!
Lil Kaye sounds like a rapper
A review of the book "Elon Musk" by Ashlee Vance
This book follows the life of the entrepreneur and businessman Elon Musk. It starts by telling us about Musk’s difficult childhood in South Africa; how he was constantly harassed by bullies at school and how he suffered at the hands of his almost abusive father. In spite of the troubles he faced at home and at school, from a young age Musk was a voracious reader and managed to code his first videogame at age twelve. The book goes on to tell us how Musk moved to Canada at age 17, attended Queens University, where he met his first wife, and went on to found Zip2 with his older brother, Kimbal. After running the business for a while he decided to sell it and found another company, X.com (which later became PayPal). Finally the book tells us about Musk’s struggles with getting Tesla, the electric car company, started, and getting SpaceX literally off the ground.
Overall, I found this book disappointingly boring. It is written in such a way that it feels like you’re reading a 374 page business article. This is especially true when Tesla are in the middle of a crisis that needs to be urgently solved by Mr. Musk, and he miraculously solves the problem, ending the crisis. This part was supposed to be gripping and show how hard Musk worked for Tesla, yet I found this part quite boring because of the repetitive style and the fact that it went on for too long, and it didn’t make me want to read more of the book.
However, the book does give a good insight into how hard Musk works for all of his companies and what effect this has on his health and family. Musk rarely got to spend any time with his kids; not only does he have multiple nannies for his 5 kids, but he also employs a nanny manager. He divorced his first wife and then married another woman, divorced her and then married her again and divorced her. The part I personally found the most interesting was the section about Musk’s childhood. It was fascinating to read about the adventures that led Musk’s family to South Africa from Canada and about the time a young Musk tried to set up an arcade with his cousins, or the passages where Mr. Vance, the author, goes into detail about the technical issues that caused some of the SpaceX rockets to fail or the technology that went into the Tesla battery packs that make Teslas run.
I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they were particularly interested in business and how companies are run or just happen to be a massive Elon Musk fan. I give it a 7/10 rating.
The perils of non-fiction! Mr Musk has been having a few 'difficulties' lately.
I read the book and found it fascinating! (I do not know if it was the same version).
Death On The Nile, Agatha Christie
Detective Hercule Poirot is enjoying a holiday in Egypt but is drawn into a drama where a newly wed couple is being followed by Jacqueline Bellefort. Jaqueline despises Linnet and Simon Doyle (the newly wed couple) as Jaqueline believes that Linnet stole Simon from her. When the couple arrive in Egypt Linett feels uneasy and, says that she is surrounded by enemies. A few days later she is found shot through the head in a cabin. Poirot takes this case immediately as she is scared that the murder might strike again..
I found this book extremely interesting and could not put it down. At first I was a bit confused at who the characters were as it was not specified but understood after a few chapters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Agatha Christie or murder novels in general.
Classic Christie. The recent BBC adaptation of 'The ABC Murders' was pretty dark and creepy!
The Letter to the King
This book is written by a Dutch writer - Tonke Drag. It's a story about a 16 year old squire, Tuiri, soon to be knighted who sets off on a quest during his vigil. It takes place in three kingdoms: the land of King Dagonaut, to the east of the Great Mountains, the land of King Unawen, to the west of the Great Mountains, and Eveillan.
The story starts during vigil in a church in the land of King Dagonaut. Tuiri and his friends must not leave the chapel until dawn. They are neither allowed to speak, eat, drink nor open the door to anybody. Suddenly Tuiri hears a voice asking him to open the door, claiming it to be the matter of life and death. He tries at first not to pay attention to the voice, although after many pleas, Tuiri does open it. His friends seem motionless and ignorant about the situation. The man gives him a mission to deliver a letter to the Black Night with the White Shield, promising Tuiri will be back before the ceremony at dawn.
When Tuiri finds the knight dead, he considers finishing the knight's quest himself. Travelling through forests, down rivers and over mountains, he is chased by various groups of knights, dogged by rumours and captured more than once.
He meets many people such as Slither; the man set on Tuiri's trail to kill him, Menaures; the hermit living in the mountains, Ardanwen; the horse of Edwinem of Forèstèrra, the Black Night with the White Shield, later becoming Tuiri's.
This book has lots of cliff-hangers making it impossible to predict anything. It is very well written, as well as it has a beautiful plot. I highly recommend reading this book if you like adventurous and long-lasting books.
Sounds gripping. Was it a translation or in Dutch?
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (by J.K. Rowling)
This fantasy book is the first book in the Harry Potter series, it is also the Authors debut book. I was always told this book was a "must read", I thought it was probably overrated so I was at first extremely reluctant to read it. The reason I ended up reading it, was I found I was missing out on an important part of general accomplishments and now I have read it, it is one of my favourite books.
Harry Potter lives with his neglectful aunt and uncle, who for an unknown reason despise him. They tell him his parents died in a car accident, which he soon finds out is a lie. On his 11th birthday, discovers that he is a wizard, which explains some odd happenings (for example his gift to talk to snakes) that had been baffling him for quite some time.
Harry is then invited to Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. He is the only wizard to have survived a death spell by an evil wizard who called himself Lord Voldemort (he had also attended Hogwarts 50 years ago) so he is extremely famous. Meanwhile strange things had been happening at school, Harry and his friends find an enormous three headed dog on the third floor. The children believe the dog is guarding something and they want to know what because they think one of their teachers wants to steal it. Suddenly the school doesn’t seem half as safe…
I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone with a taste for entertaining books!
I remember reading this book with a first year class in my very first year of teaching!
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.
This is a story about four young children who were heading towards Manaus, a city in Brazil. Whilst flying, the pilot lost control of the plane and crashed. The pilot did not survive leaving the children on their own in the endless Amazon Jungle.
They had to survive on working together without knowing each other and without hope. Fred- the protagonist of the story and the oldest is stuck in the jungle with Con, Lila and her younger brother Max.
They try to get to civilization, and during their search for food they find a map with an "X" on it. Intrigued and wondering what the "X" stands for, they built a raft to travel on the river through the jungle.
When they arrive at the point marked "X", they find someone living there. Who could it be and could that person help them?
When I first started reading this book, I did not particularly like it but as I reached a certain point, I could not stop reading it. I highly recommend it to people who like exploring different places through books, in this case - the jungle.
I really liked this one too. A rewarding read.
The Wolf Wilder (Katherine Rundell)
The Wolf Wilder is set in early twentieth century Russia. Feodora and her mother live in the ever snowing woods of Russia. They are wolf wilders. Wolves were considered of great value at the time and it was a sign of wealth if you possessed one. However, when the wolves get to shabby or aggressive for their liking they send them of to wolf wilders. Their job is to train these wolves (or untrain, technically) to survive in the wild. In other words they 'untame' them.
One day, Russian general Rakov appear at their cottage and threatens to imprison them if they don't stop. He claims the wolves have been killing cows and other animals.
A few weeks later Rakov comes back and arrests Feodora's mother. Feodora, though manages to run away with a friend of hers. Their plan is to go to Moscow and get her mother back.
This plan eventually grows into a plan to start a revolution, and soon Feodora finds herself in the biggest adventure of her life.
This is a good book for anyone that likes adventure books that are not too far fetched, but are still fiction. if you like anything a bit history related this might also be a book for you.
I recommend this book as it is gripping and interesting at the same time.
You can't beat a good revolution. Rundell's writing is very vivid.
Anna and the Swallow Man,
by Gavriel Savit.
When Anna's father is sent to a concentration camp by the Gestapo, she is left alone until she meets the Swallow Man. The Swallow Man is a mysterious stranger whom intigues Anna. They travel together to other places trying not to leave a trace behind them, nor being recognized by anyone.
In a world gone crazy, could you trust anyone even the person who's been travelling with you for the past months?
Sounds like a great read. Glad to see a review, Manuela!
by Sophia Bennett
This book tells the story of a girl nicknamed Ted. Her family has recently been forced to move out of their house in to a small flat after her Dad lost his job. Soon after this, the family find out that Ted’s big sister, Ava, has cancer. At the same time, Ted is scouted by a model agency. This comes as a shock as Ava was always considered the pretty sister. Ted and Ava at first think that it is a scam but they soon realise soon that it is legitimate.
Ted spends her summer going to different castings and shoots and soon big opportunities come her way. Once she is back at school she struggles to maintain a modelling career and watching out for Ava, all while studying for her GCSEs.
This book does a good job of depicting what the modelling world is truly like, showing both the good and bad sides. It also talks of the sadness an illness can have on a family. I would recommend this book for its contrasting stories told in tandem.
Not one I know. A Christmas gift?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This is a book about ten people who are lured onto an island in different ways. They know very little about each other or, in most cases, nothing at all, something that will be to their detriment later on.
The ten strangers were all expecting to have a relaxing time on an idyllic, desert island, however they are soon eager to leave when a recording accusing them all of terrible crimes is left on by the hosts, who coincidentally never shows up.
Just as things seem like they can’t get worse, two murders occur, and just when they were getting excited about leaving, the daily boatman doesn’t show up. Horrified, they realise they were never meant to get off this island, as one by one, they begin to die....
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes murder mysteries, or just anyone who would like a gripping book to read.
Christie seems very popular in the class. Keep up the good reading!
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
This is a book about a boy, Alex Rider, who lived with his uncle (Ian Rider). Then one night his uncle dies in a "car crash". He finds out that Ian was a secret agent for MI6 and was shot on the road after having discovered some important information about Herod Sayle and his suspicious giveaway thousands of the best computers in the world. Alex Rider, a 14 year old boy, goes to finish the job that the best secret agent in MI6 had failed to do...
Remember, when you're a secret agent, you're never to young to die.
Always a popular choice with the lads, Horowitz!
Itch is a normal boy that loves science, every day his room is either burning or covered in soot. His sister gets quite annoyed when he performs his experiments at night. Itch also wants to have every element in the periodic table so one he goes to a friend. his friend gives him a rock but itch has no idea which element it is. he soon discovers that this rock is extremely radioactive. Itch soon realizes that he is in danger a man is after him and wants the rock for a bomb. So itch is forced to go on the run. But this rock isn't what it seems...
Lots of good reading this school year, Oliver.
Prince caspian has been a very good book. My family are fond of the Narnian books.
Prince capitan has been thrilling, full of battles, twists and turns. I am very glad I chose it through I reomend you start with the first book “The magicians nephe”. It will make more scence
A classic series of books. Try to write a bit more, Thomas.
The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius
This book is about a gorilla, (Sally Jones) writing a story of her life. Sally Jones is an amazing gorilla because she understands humans, can write, and can play chess. She was a sailor sailing along with her Chief, until he was falsely accused of murdering a man. He went to jail, so Sally Jones had to stay in Lisbon, and live in a house with Ana Molina (a singer) and Luigi Fidardo (an instrument repairer) She helped him repair instruments. All that time, she was trying to help Chief escape jail.
A year later, Sally Jones understood that the person Chief was accused to have killed might not have been dead. Sally Jones bravely left for India to find proof that Chief hadn't murdered anyone. She got betrayed by many different people on the way and ended up in a city miles away from Cochin, where she was supposed to end up. Sally Jones ended up in a maharaja/king's palace. Off her track, she tried hard to escape and help poor Chief in jail.
This is an interesting story full of surprises. Sally Jones, the hero, may have saved Lisbon from a group of criminels.
This has been a popular choice. I enjoyed it too but then again I do love Lisbon!
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass is the third book of the, His Dark Materials, series. In this book, Will Parry needs to bring the Subtle Knife to his friend Lyra's father, called Lord Asriel. He is preparing for a war made up of many worlds. The Subtle Knife is a knife that can cut through anything. It can even cut through different worlds, so it is a very dangerous weapon.
Even though Will got orders from his dead dad to give the knife to Lord Asriel, he only wants to do it after saving Lyra from her, apparently evil mother. Together, they will try to join the war with their dangerous knife. Lyra and Will will travel through many different worlds, including the world of the dead. They will help lots of kinds of people and Lyra will betray her best friend.
I like this book because there is lots of adventure. I also like the fantasy in the book. The story is both happy and sad.
A great writer. Keep up the good reading, Ani. Nice to see some reviews!
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider is needed again after two adults, whose children go to the same school, get killed. The school is in France and specialises in children who get expelled all the time.
MI6 have their doubts about this business and send Alex Rider, just a child, to go on a life threatening adventure to Point Blanc.
This one is definitely doing the rounds!
Man from the South - Roald Dahl
Three strangers are sitting by the pool, the man from the south, the American boy and the storyteller. They all engage in small talk, they have a cigar and the American boy lights all three cigars. (That's where the story gets really interesting). The man from the south and the American boy make a deal:
If the American boy can strike lighter successfully ten times running, he gets the southern man's Cadillac. If the boy isn't successful, his little finger on his left hand will be cut off by the man from the south. They make the deal and go to the southern man's hotel room. They tie the boy's hand to the table... The southern man holds up the kitchen knife in the air and the boy starts lighting the lighter....
Suddenly something unexpected happens...
Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s coat-Roald Dahl
Mr and Mrs Bixby lived in a smallish apartment somewhere in New York City. Mr Bixby was a dentist who made an average income, Mrs Bixby was a vigorous woman. Once a month, on Friday afternoons, Mrs Bixby would board a train at Pennsylvania station and travel to Baltimore. She would spend the night with her aunt and return the following day to New York City.
She visited her old aunt (or so she told her husband). She was actually visiting the Colonel (a lover of hers). He was extremely wealthy, he lived in a charming house, no wife or family, only loyal servants. Year after year this pleasant alliance continued without a problem .It was before Christmas and Mrs Bixby was standing on the station in Baltimore waiting for the train departing to New York City when suddenly Wilkins, the Colonel’s groom, approached her handing her a big cardboard box.
Once she got on the train she open the box and found a beautiful deep which blue wild labrador mink coat. She estimated that it would’ve cost $6000, possibly even more but she couldn’t take your eyes off it so she tried the coat on and thought she looked amazing. She read the letter lying in the box. Her eyes stretched very wide , she couldn’t believe it, out of the blue the Coronel wrote a letter saying they can’t see each other any more. She then realised that wasn’t the big picture any more. How was she going to tell her husband that her aunt Maude got her a coat? Aunt Maude could never afford a coat like this one! She needed a good excuse if she wanted to keep the coat.
Once she got off the train, Mrs Bixby stopped at the first pawnbroker she saw and left her coat there. The man gave her a ticket it was a $50 loan. When she arrived home, she told her husband that she had found the ticket in the taxi. Mr Bixby picked it up the following Monday and Mrs Bixby rushed down to the clinic to see what her husband had found.
Her worst nightmare had become true...
A super summary but what did you think of it?
i read the series of unfortunate events its about 3 orphan siblings trying to stay alive and escape count Olaf a man who tries to take their family fortune (:
A good choice but try to write a lengthier review next time.
Street child by Berlie Doherty
This book is about a boy called Jim Jarvis who is a runaway. The story is set in London in the 1860s. Jim lived with his mother and sisters in a tenament room.
His mother was very sick and his father had already passed away so they had no money. They couldn't afford their rent so they had to go to the workhouse. Shortly after Jim's mother dies. This book tells the story of homelessness and how difficult it was to survive in Victorian times.
Jim eventually escapes the workhouse and lives on the streets he is actually happy there as he met many kind and decent people.
Unfortunately his happiness ends when he is sold to a cruel alcoholic named Grimy Nick. Once again he was treated very cruely and eventually escapes again.
Luckily he came across Dr Barnardo's ragged school classes and asked him for help. Jim showed him where all the homeless children were living and it is thought that Jim inspired Dr Barnado to open up homes and to help children on the streets just like Jim. The charity is now called Barnardo's and is still thriving today helping young people in many ways.
I found this book very interesting and a great read. It really shows you the hardship of children on the streets in Victorian times.
Great choice, Aobhe and a well written review!!
I have been reading Unbearable by Paul Jennings.I like this book because it has many adventures and stories.
One from the class library? Try to make your review less brief and more detailed.
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Star, a 16 year old African American girl lives in two completely different worlds. One is here home town garden Heights, where drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy are a big problem. The other, Williamson prep. is were she goes to school, a very rich neighbourhood, were nearly all the people are white.
Here behaviour in each of these worlds differ greatly. At school she tries to stay low-profile and not seem like an 'angry black girl'. Also, as she is black she is automatically considered cool.
At home in Garden Heights she uses slang and is considered a bit of a loser as she goes to school with white kids.
One night she goes to a party in Garden Heights with friends. Soon though, gunshots can be heard and there is panic. She drives off with a good friend of hers, Kahlil. A moment later they are stopped by the police and Kahlil is taken out of the car to be searched. He makes a sudden movement. Suddenly, the police man shoots and Kahlil dies. Star is the only witness.
Star, naturally is very shaken and spends many weeks crying. There doesn't seem to be any action against the police officer who killed her best friend. There are protests along the streets, people demanding justice for Kahlil. But Star, scared she or her family will have the same fate as Kahlil, does not raise her voice.
A couple weeks later, all her friends are pushing her to do something. Your voice is you most powerful weapon, use it.
So she starts to take interviews. Still, nothing happens. Every day every week she feels a stronger urge to raise her voice and do something. One day she does............................................................
This is a very powerful and inspiring book about finding oneself and using your voice. It shows that even though, today we say that racism has been abolished, the problem is far from being solved.
The Hate U give
I just wanted to add that it has been made into a movie in case anyone wants to watch it. Read the book first though (;
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider was playing football with his school. During the match Alex saw someone he recognized staring at him. He left the pitch and went up to him, It was someone from M16. Alex hated being a spy after his last experience. He could already feel him tempting him. In the end he wins by giving him a trip to Wimbledon to be a ball boy. After his first few days Alex realized he was tricked. He ended up killing someone suspicious not knowing he was part of a the red circle gang. The next day he found himself sitting in the office of M16.
He was forced to escape from the red circle gang to Hawaii. In Hawaii Alex was pretending to be part of a family not being allowed to interfere with the mission. Alex ends up saving their lives by exploding a can of oil but trouble comes back.
I found this book incredible. It was full of gun attacks and explosions. I would rate this book a 10/10.
i am reading a book called Artemis
it is about a women who sells illegal products to a wealthy criminal on the moon. the city on the moon gives the name to the book Artimus
The women is not payed enough so when a new and dangerous mission comes up she accepts. I just started this book so i don't know a lot about it but that's already the beginning.
so far i rate it 10/10
Death in the Clouds
By Agatha Christie
A death occurs in midair when Hercule Poirot is on a short flight from Paris to London. While the attendants are checking the bills one of them tries to wake up one woman onboard, but she does not respond. A doctor onboard examines the woman. He then informs the attendant that the woman died half an hour ago, with what looks like a wasp sting. But when M. Poirot takes a look of the woman’s surroundings, he finds a wasp on the ground. After picking it up he releases that it is not a wasp it is a small dart lined with black and
When they arrive in London, the police are already there. After interviewing the passengers, they have their suspicion list…with M. Poirot on it! Poirot needs to quickly clear his name. Will he be able to find the killer before anything happens to anyone else?
While investigating, Poirot becomes friends with a young woman, but soon finds out that she is in grave danger. But why doesn’t Poirot tell the girl? Will he manage to save the girl before it’s too late?
Personally I find this book the best one of The Hercule Poirot serie. I couldn't put it down. The murder is as always an exciting one (as all of the murders from Agatha Christie).
The reason why I like this book the most is because Poirot is a suspect however in the other books he is either called to the investigation or just investigates during his holiday.
The queen of murder mystery!
Alex Rider egal strike is the fourth book in the series of Alex rider. it is a about a boy who lost both of his parents and works for MI6. but he gets very mad at MI6 so he trys to leave, because he tried to show a friend the truth why he is always absent at school but MI6 stays hiden. then the friends dad almost got killed by a bomb. and then his friend gets kidnapped by the same guy who tried to kill her father . and then she finally believes him when she had to kill the villain Damin cray pushing a trolley at him making fly out of the air force 1 and get cut in half with the planes engine. so i really liked the book full of adventure. hope you enjoy.
Good to see you getting through plenty of books!
Skeleton Key - Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz
After getting into quite a problem with a type of Chinese mafia, Alex leaves Britain to get away from the reach of the mafia, and to help two american agents from the CIA to get into the island of Cuba called "Cayo Esqueleto". There he finds out that an old Soviet general by the name of "General Sarov" means to make a revolution in Russia using uranium, the highly explosive substance in an atomic bomb. He tries to sneak into their base but fails and becomes captive. Alex runs out of ways to escape and it looks really bad for him.
I rate this book a ten.
Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
During the summer holidays Alex goes to the french seaside with his girlfriend Sabina's family. One day Alex spots a bizarre boat on the beach. The next day the house blows up and Sabina's dad gets very badly injured. Alex blames himself for the explosion and investigates the the boat. He finds the assassin and follows him everywhere. After a few days finds enough proof but is captured by the assassin. During the investigation Alex finds out he is going to Amsterdam so he goes after him. Alex has only 90 minutes to save the world.
I found this book very good and it deserves a 10
I really enjoyed this one.
Fear: Trump in the Whitehouse.
By Bob Woodward
pages 1 to 100
I bought this book against my usual taste for books. It is about Donald Trump and the advisers surrounding him. I decided to try it as it had such success in the US.
At first I thought it would be a book on the "crazy" different things Trump was doing that no one knew, like his habit of eating paper (stated in Omarosa Manigault's, "unhinged").
I ended up being pleasantly surprised. The book offered an in depth view into Trump's presidency and his personality.
I thought that my small understanding of politics would be a problem when reading the book, but Bob Woodward did very well to target both adults (assuming they know a normal amount about politics) and teenagers (such as myself).
The book follows two of Trump's advisers who try and help him become president of the United States of America, at first, deemed an impossible job to which many were laughing.
The book offers a great understanding of Donald Trumps true self. It does this by including real quotes quotes from him and his advisers. It shows how his decisions were made, many of them heavily influenced by the advisers whom the reader gets to know very well. It illustrates his stupidity, stubbornness and selfishness perfectly, making the book very funny to read, as well as serious.
I recommend this book to all ages from twelve upwards.
Great choice, Charlie. Bob Woodward is one of the best investigative journalists of his generation.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
In the the village of Gavaldon, best friends but total opposites, are preparing for the night that could change their lives. Every four years the School Master takes 2 children from Gavaldon. At first, there was no apparent pattern but after a few years, the villagers realized that one of the children was always evil and the other one good.
Sophie, with her blonde hair and her good deeds is expecting to be put into the School for Good while Agatha (her best friend) and her black dresses are put into the School for Evil. But when the School Master leaves Sophie in the School for Evil and Agatha in the School for Good. Agatha and Sophie try to correct the mistake, but what if there was no mistake..........
This book is the first of the series (the series including: a World without Prices, The Last Ever After, Quests for Glory and a Crystal of Time). I personally love the book and the series and would give it a 10/10.
Sorry, I meant a world without Princes, not Prices!!!
Thanks for the review.
I think a world without prices. Imagine free Maltesers!
Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’ is a gripping novel about 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America.
The Capitol, the high tech metropolis that controls the rest of the nation, exploits the twelve surrounding districts of their natural resources and labour. Katniss lives in the twelfth district, in the coal-rich region that was once Appalachia, USA. Her father died in a mining accident, thus her already poor family had no income whatsoever. In the districts of Panem people can sign up for 'tesserae' (a year's supply of grain and oil) but that increases the chance of one becoming a tribute (what the contestants of the Hunger Games are called) in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts of Panem are selected randomly to compete in a televised battle to the death where there is only one rule: “Kill or be killed”. Katniss signs up for tesserae for her, her mother, and her younger sister Prim. But when Prim turns 12 she will not allow her to take any tesserae in order to decrease Prim's chances of becoming a tribute. But even so Prim gets picked. Katniss decides to volunteer and take Prim’s place in the Games to save her sister from being killed. She competes against a 23 other contestants to win the Games, or in other words live.
This book is a must read! But it is violent and the idea of children being forced to kill each other on live TV is especially disturbing, but most of it is suspense and the deaths aren’t too detailed. Therefore I think it is ok for someone from the age of 11 or 12 to read but many people disagree and think this is a 16+ book. Just to give you an idea, a friend of mine read it at the age of 11 and started dreading her 12th birthday so it really depends on the person. I received the trilogy on Easter Sunday and read the first book by the next day because I couldn’t put it down. I would not recommend reading it before bed because you will probably stay up all night reading it!
The New Recruit
by Andy McNab
This book is the first in McNab’s military trilogy. It follows the journey of junior soldier, Liam. His reasons for joining the British Army were twofold. He blames himself for the death of his friend, Dan, who died after falling off a building while they were free-running. Plus, his parents don’t give him an easy ride, with his dad wanting him gone. In joining the army, Liam is attempting to escape from his life at home.
While discovering how tough army life is in reality, Liam becomes close friends with another soldier, Cameron. After graduating, and no longer a junior soldier, he goes into training to prepare to go on a tour of Afghanistan. Liam is excited for this new adventure despite finding out that Dan’s brother, Mike, is in the same regiment as him. Mike sets out to make Liam’s life a misery, but Liam knows that nothing awaits him at home and that he must forge ahead with his army career.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an insight into life in the British Army. I found the glossary at the beginning of the book very useful for understanding the different military terms and acronyms.
Glad you enjoyed it!!
I read the Hand of god it is about Maradona it is a great a great book because it talks about the bad things he did and many other things. I think you should read it. I give it 8 out of 10.
Sounds interesting but try to be more expansive.
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Tris Prior lives in a futuristic society where the city is divided into five factions: Abnegation, the selfless; Dauntless, the brave; Erudite, the intelligent; Amity, the peaceful; and Candor, the honest. She has grown up in Abnegation, the selfless faction. She knows she doesn't fit in, but she doesn't want to leave her family in Abnegation while she transfers. Every citizen have to pass a special test at the age of 16 to give them an idea of which faction they should go to. When Tris takes the test, she understands that she is different: she is Divergent. This means she doesn't fit in any faction. She is in grave danger because the government kills Divergent.
On the day where she has to choose which faction she will go to, she decides Dauntless. Tris and her brother, who transferred to Erudite, have betrayed their factions. People from Abnegation rarely ever transfer. Since Abnegation is the faction everyone laughs at, she gets an enemy who has transferred from Candor: Peter. He's a bully who makes fun of her.
Tris and the other initiates have to compete harshly for a place in Dauntless. If they aren't good enough, they'll have to become factionless; something people would rather die than be. Four, is the trainer. He is mysterious but very talented. The training is so competitive that some initiates hurt each other. Tris is betrayed by one of her best friends who tries to kill her with Peter because he is scared to become factionless.
Tris and Four soon discover an upcoming conflict. Jeanine Matthews, the leader of Erudite, wants to erase all of Abnegation. They understand that she wants to use all the Dauntless so they can fight Abnegation. Her plan is to inject a serum into all the Dauntless so that they aren't aware of what they are doing. They have to kill people from Abnegation. Only the Divergent are still conscient of what they are doing. This is the reason Jeanine wanted to kill all the Divergent.
Her plan goes exactly as she wants it to go, except for the fact that Tris and Four know what they are doing. They'll have to save Abnegation from its horrible fate.
This is the first book of the Divergent trilogy. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant, make the series. There is also an extra book called, Four.
Great to see so much good reading, Ani.
The Last Chance Hotel is written by Nicki Thornton.
The main character, Seth, is a kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. His mother died when he was very young and his father left soon after. His father was an excellent cook and Seth has his talent. The boy works for the nasty Bunn family that runs the hotel.
One night, a group of magicians comes to stay at the hotel. The VIP guest is Dr. Thallomius, one of the most important magicians in the world. Seth prepares his special dessert for dinner at which the VIP guest is poisoned. Suspicions turn to Seth and an investigation begins. Although he is innocent, it is very hard to prove. The story takes unexpected turns while Seth, with the help of Nightshade, tries to solve the mystery.
The plot contains magic, murder and mystery. I highly recommend this book and I would rate it 9/10.
Sounds like a good thriller. You might enjoy Agatha Christie.
by Celia Rees
This book is the sequel to Witch Child. It starts from when an English girl, Mary Newbury, escaped from the new-found English settlement, Beulah in America, after strong suspicions of her commitment to sorcery.
In Witch Child, the reader had already been introduced to a young native-American boy called Jaybird, who turns out to be a very important character in this book. Previously, at the risk of someone from the settlement discovering their contact, Mary was forced to lose touch with him. In Sorceress, after escaping Beulah, a big storm arrives and Mary nearly dies from the cold. However, a wolf finds Mary and cares for her by creating a den to keep her warm, and by lying by her side to give her even more strength. Once Mary wakes up, the wolf is gone. Jaybird is reintroduced to the story at this point, as he and his father, White Eagle, have come to her aid. Upon arriving at their cave, Mary sees the wolf again. Jaybird and White Eagle tell her that it was the wolf that led them to come and save her. Mary then understands that the wolf is actually her mother.
Once Mary recovers, she marries Jaybird, and even becomes a daughter to White Eagle. Eventually, they move to a native-American village and Mary slowly becomes one of them. Her story does not end here though. Throughout the book, she establishes other great relationships and also suffers from great loss as a result of war. More interestingly, despite her having thought to have escaped anyone’s suspicion of her being a witch (and the consequences), she sometimes encounters Europeans that still hold such suspicion. The very first line of the book is indeed Mary herself saying “I am a witch”. However, contrary to what the Europeans think, she does not see this as a bad thing.
This book is different to Witch Child in that, for the most part, it is written from Mary’s perspective, but not like a diary as in the prequel. The main difference though is that there are also accounts from characters living in modern times, including Alison, a researcher, who supposedly wrote Witch Child. She is still extremely dedicated to finding out what happened to Mary after her diary abruptly ended. This is where Agnes comes into the story. After she meets with Alison, she starts to be taken into the spirit world and becomes Mary, living as her for the rest of Mary’s life. The book is essentially Agnes’ visions.
Especially at the beginning of the book, there is quite a lot of text on Alison and Agnes’ lives. I personally didn’t mind this too much, but I can also understand why some readers may have preferred a story based only around Mary. Despite Sorceress being a piece of fiction, I think that Alison’s character shows what extent historians have had to go through to discover everything that we know today.
The book also featured Alison’s end notes, explaining what she discovered from various records about what happened to everyone in Beulah. I think this was a nice way to end Mary’s story, as people such as Reverend Johnson and Hannah died soon after Mary’s escape. Deborah Vane, another one of the sisters did not lead a very successful life either. These people had only made Mary’s life a misery. Others though that were friends to Mary, such as the Rivers and Morse families, did not necessarily lead easy lives, but were successful.
Also included in the end notes, was what happened to the young boy, Jack Gill, who was on-board the ship with Mary. It turns out that Jack had kept the half of the shilling that he had split with Mary as his lucky piece. Mary’s vision of how he would die was actually a vision of Jack’s son, and not himself. I think it was a nice touch to let the reader know what became of Jack.
To conclude, I think this book was just as well written and entertaining as the first. It is more fast-paced than Witch Child, but I actually preferred it this way. As Mary lives with native-Americans, known at the time as “Indians”, there is a lot of information about them, and so I would also recommend the book to anyone wishing an insight into their culture and the wars they fought with the Europeans.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Truman Capote)
The story is about a woman called Holly Golightly and her life. The narrator is fascinated by Holly and so are many other men but she isn't fascinated by any of them. The narrator and Holly start to spend time together and he learns Holly's way of liffe. He soon falls in love with her but he's devastated to find out that Holly has a sectret love affair with Jose. Jose eventually proposes to Holly and they make plans to move to Brazil together.
Who will she choose?
The Landlady (Roald Dahl)
It was a cold night and Billy Weaver was walking down a street, he was hungry and tired. That's when he found a boarding house so he decided to ring the doorbell. A nice old lady came outside to greet him and when he entered he looked at the guest book. He could've sworn that he had seen those names before.
The lady offered Billy food but he kindly declined telling her that he was too tired. Later that night, he accepted her invitation so they drank tea together.
Billy couldn't stop staring at the parrot and the dachshund because they didn't move. Nonetheless, they both talked about the guests but the woman kept saying strange things like: 'his skin was so soft'. Billy finnaly tells the lady that the parrot fooled him for he thought it was alive, the lady responds by telling him that neither the parrot or the dachshund are alive.
That's when Billy realised that the names from the guest book were the same names that he read on the newspapper who mysteriously disapeared.
He asks the woman if there had been other guests in the past 3 years she replies calmly saying, 'no, only you.'
Strike of the shark
This exciting story is written by Bear Grylls and I recommend it to anyone who likes survival-action movies/books.
Beck Granger is a going on holidays with one of his dads friends. On his way he goes on a boat with a sea captain who has already lost a boat, the story is already suggesting tragedy.
In the middle of the night a strange boat crash happens and Beck goes onto a life boat with the others. But it turns out that the people on his are the ones that caused the crash. Beck and the sea captain (something happened to his dads friend) are captured, will they escape...
I really enjoyed this book and I hope that everyone who has read it enjoyed it too.
If anyone was wondering, this is a series and it is not the first book. But this one is my personal favourite!
There is also a series called Bear Grylls on youtube.
Little women by Louisa M. Alcott
This book is the first of the sequel about the March girls.
It talks about four young girls whose father is in the American Civil War, fighting for their country, and their mother with whom they live. They are poor, although they have enough money to sustain themselves and their parents teach them to give away things that others may need more than them. They spend their first Christmas without their father but later in the book he gets injured, then recovers and returns home – to the great relief of the whole family.
Each girl has different personality traits but they also have flaws. For example Meg, the oldest, likes expensive things but when she remembers that she is poor she is saddened by the thought. Their mother helps them and is the one that encourages them all the time.
At the start of the book you might think it is a sad book but in reality, on the contrary, it is one that gives you many lessons of life and teaches you moral. It has sad and happy parts, very much like reality but it ends on a positive note where they are all reunited at home. This book is a summary of one year with the March family and only the beginning of a sequel of four books. Unlike the others books, where events take places over the course of many years, sometimes jumping from one period to another, this book describes a whole year with barely no gaps.
I would recommend this book to people who like fiction books with a deep meaning. In my opinion, everyone should at least read classics like this one as it is wonderfully written.
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