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Kids book reviews

Eddy Stone & the Epic Holiday Mash-Up by Simon Cherry 


The main character in this book is a boy called Eddy Stone, who’s about to spend the summer holidays at his nan’s house. But he’s not looking forward to it – her house is run-down, dull and dusty, and Eddy thinks he's going to have a boring holiday. Then one day at Nan’s, he hears a strange sound upstairs which leads to a holiday mash-up adventure! One of my favourite characters is the penguin. I would recommend this book to 8-13 year olds. It’s full of descriptive pirate adventures! 

Daisy Pearson, 11

 


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Girl, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie


Girl, Missing is a mysterious book, filled with suspense and excitement. It’s about a teenager called Lauren, who was adopted when she was three years old. When strange clues of her past begin to be uncovered, she goes on a daring adventure to find out who she really is. I thought Girl, Missing was a fantastic read with a gripping storyline. The book keeps you guessing throughout and the plot twists are so unexpected! Anyone looking for a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through should read this! 

Danielle Murphy, 13

 


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The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington 


The Secret Cooking Club is a wonderful book about a girl called Scarlett, whose mother writes a famous blog about her. Unfortunately, Scarlett finds the blog too personal and starts to avoid her mother and the kids at school who laugh at her. When their elderly neighbour is hospitalised, Scarlett sneaks into her house and uses her recipes and ingredients to bake. She soon discovers that these recipes make people friendlier and happier. They even reunite Scarlett with her mother, her old friends, and her elderly neighbour, too!

Anna Reznick, 10

 


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The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer 


I’d definitely recommend this book series! It’s a gripping action-packed story about twins called Alex and Conner, who have magic in their blood. They use portals to get into the Fairy World, where they meet fairies and other magical creatures. And when they’re there, you get to find out what the fairy characters are actually like… 

My favourite character is Little Red Riding Hood, and I would say the best part of the series comes near the end of the third book, called A Grimm Warning. There is such a sad twist! 

Amber Edwards, 11

 


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The Shapeshifter: Feather and Fang by Ali Sparkes 

Dax Jones lives in a boarding school for kids with extraordinary powers, such as shapeshifting and reading minds. Dax shifts into a fox, a falcon and an otter, which makes him really intriguing. The security perimeter outside the school seems to protect him and his friends – but Dax suspects otherwise. Can he lead his friends to safety? 

The book was well written and a page-turner. I loved the character of Dax’s friend Lisa because she is sharp, brave and loyal, which is crucial to the plot. The story was slightly confusing, though, as it’s the last in a series and I haven’t read the previous books.

Zahaara Jones, 9

 


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My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral by Ben Davis

My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral is an absolutely hilarious book. It’s about a crazy dad who is actually a YouTube sensation! His son, Nelson (named after Nelson Mandela), has a normal life. But when  mum leaves home, it all goes downhill. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read an awesome book. It’s exciting, funny and…more funny! I enjoyed reading the book and learned from it, too. It’s literally magic! 

Archie Wilson-Smythe, 11

 


Kids book reviews

Rebel Science by Dan Green & David Lyttleton

Dan Green & David Lyttleton Rebel Science guides readers along the ‘Path of Discovery’, teaching you all about the history of science. It’s a great book, which kept me wanting to read on! The path sometimes has a dead end which explains where scientists got the science wrong. I liked the pages that show where scientists fought each other, because you see how they argued and had different ideas about the same thing.

The cartoon illustrations are funny, but I would have liked more information about the science. I think this book is very good for people who are starting to learn about science. 

Sebastian Grey, 7

 


Kids book reviews

They Didn’t Teach This In Worm School! by Simone Lia

This funny, intriguing book is about a bird called Laurence and a worm called Marcus, who become the best of friends! It’s a story about following your dreams, never stopping believing and always making the best of a bad situation. Laurence is very funny and by far my favourite character. He is always cheerful, adventurous and never gives up. 

I thought the start of the story was a bit too long and descriptive, but the more I read the more the characters came to life. It's a really good story and I would recommend it to my friends.

Georgina Peters, 8

 


Kids book reviews

Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm by Jo Cotterill

A girl called Holly gets special powers after being electrocuted – and she becomes Electrigirl! But Electrigirl needs to save her powers from the evil Professor McAvity, who wants to use them for bad things. I like Holly’s character because she uses her powers for good – like when she saves her brother, which is my favourite part of the story. I enjoyed this book [which is part comic] and, if you like adventure, you will, too!

Jake Curtis, 9

 


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Our House by T.S. Easton

This funny, interesting book is about a girl called Chloe and her crazy family. She has to write a fact file about her house for a school project. My favourite character was Chloe because she is very warm-hearted and friendly. I also really liked the family’s pet cats. My favourite scenes were when Chloe's brother William D got stuck in the lift at the gardening place! I’d recommend this book to people who like Tom Gates or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Dot Lee, 8

 


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The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

Join Midge as he battles against an evil villain and her talking cat to find his missing sister Alice. As characters start coming out of the pages of Alice’s book, it’s up to Midge to break the curse before it's too late – with the help of a few friends, of course. This exciting book always kept me guessing. The characters were described so vividly that they felt real, and there were loads of twists and turns. The only bit I didn’t like was when a character escaped from a scene and the author didn’t really describe how it happened. People who like adventure and mystery will enjoy this story. I can’t wait to read Michelle's other books.

Lola Titcombe, 9

 


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Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham

I thought this exciting story was very good – it's set in America and the plot revolves around teachers changing test scores. Theo, the main character, wants to be a lawyer like his parents. He likes to question everything, and he has a dog called Judge. My favourite part of the book was when two characters ended up in court over an otter! The story ends with a cliffhanger which I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Theodore Boone series.

Niamh McEachran, 12

 


Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

Iron Fist by Andy Briggs


Living with his strict uncle in a top-secret hideaway which holds technology too dangerous to release to the public, Dev (short for Devon) is really unpopular at school. Living in the world’s strongest vault has its downsides, and everybody at school hates him – or so he thinks. Meanwhile, a man only known as ‘The Collector’ is on a mission to break into Dev's vault. And as these two main characters get closer and closer to meeting, a battle will take place that puts the whole world at risk…I didn't enjoy this book that much, but I recommend it to people who like action and adventure.
Dixie Lee, 10



Erica's Elephant by Sylvia Bishop

Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop


Erica is a little girl who gets sent an elephant from her Uncle Jeff for her birthday. In this book, you hear all about their adventures. My favourite character was the elephant because it's blue and that's my favourite colour. The best part was when the elephant gives rides around the garden even though his leg is poorly – he tries really hard. It is a very good book which I enjoyed.
Gracie Findlay, 6

 


A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill

A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill


This exciting book is about a lonely girl called Calypso who becomes best friends with Mae, the new girl in school. Until Mae came along, Calypso’s only friends were the characters inside books. Together, the girls discover Calypso's father's horrible secret. My favourite character was Calypso because she's looked after her dad since her mum passed away. When something bad happened I was expecting something good to come out of the blue but it was quite realistic because it took a while to find some good luck. This book is absolutely spot on. Jo Cotterill is a very talented author.
Clara Waters, 9


 


The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon


The protagonist of The Bone Sparrow is a young boy named Subhi who is a refugee born in an immigration detention centre. He has no idea what's beyond the fences until a girl named Jimmie turns up one day. Can Subhi and Jimmie both find a way to freedom? The book was very well written and it made me keep turning the pages, wanting to know more. The story is quite upsetting as it is based on reality and many people in refugee camps and detention centres are treated badly. Some have even lived in terrible conditions for all of their lives. The only thing I disliked was that the author didn't explain what happened to some of the characters at the end and I found that frustrating.
Sophie Lee, 12


Kids book reviews

The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost

Even though I’ve read lots of books about bodies, The Awesome Body Book is one of a kind. It's jam-packed with disgusting and fascinating facts. For example, how much poo do we create in a lifetime? And how do other creatures see things in comparison to us? This book explains information with amazing drawings and brilliant diagrams. I like it because you can just pick it up, open any page and straight away find out something new. Plus, it has information to trick your parents!

Joshua Pembry, 7 

 


Kids book reviews

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

A girl called Suzy sets out on an adventure to prove that Franny, her best friend, didn’t just randomly drown – but was stung by a deadly jellyfish that caused her to drown. The story is told very well as it made me feel a part of Suzy’s life. There are plenty of tense moments that keep you guessing what the final outcome will be. I love Suzy’s determination and it is a wonderful story that I’d recommend.

Rachael Beckett, 12

 


Kids book reviews

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

This magical mystery story changes settings a lot, from Edinburgh to Venice. The main character is Daniel Holmes, a magician’s apprentice who is kind, excitable and grateful. As you read the story it feels like it’s pulling you in bit by bit and it keeps you excited. The more chapters you read the more intense it becomes! I enjoyed every moment and didn’t expect what happens in the end.  

Joseph Seward, 8

 


Kids book reviews

The Imagination Box: Beyond Infinity by Martyn Ford

Tim can create anything he likes with his new Imagination Box. Until it gets into the wrong hands! Can Tim, his friend Dee, and Tim’s talking finger monkey Phil stop the evil Mind Surfer from controlling people with the new hi-tech ‘IcoRama’ mobile phones? I found this book a lot of fun to read and didn't want to put it down. I’d recommend it to readers who enjoy a little adventure and futuristic, technological, cool stuff.

Matthew Cook, 8

 


Kids book reviews

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat who Taught her to Fly by Luis Sepúlveda

This story is about a cat called Zorba who makes a promise to a dying seagull that he will look after her egg and raise the hatched chick. Zorba and his cat friends – clever Colonel, silly Segretario and serious Einstein – all work together to teach the little seagull chick how to fly! My favourite thing about the book is the bond between the cats, and the way they all help the baby seagull. 

Daniel Pilling, 9

 


Kids book reviews

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

I thoroughly enjoyed Pax – it's a story full of drama and suspense. The main character is a boy called Peter who sets off to find his beloved pet fox, Pax. They were separated in the woods before the war began. The story is about them trying to find each other again. Their journey is a real emotional rollercoaster – tissues are a must! The descriptions are very vivid and sometimes upsetting. It is a heart-warming story and I couldn’t stop reading it until I had found what happened to them. A book you must read.

Rosie House, 10

 


Kids book reviews

The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett & Jory John

Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks live – and prank – in the tranquil village of Yawnee Valley. They spend their days turning their world upside-down by pranking! Usually, their pranks are aimed at Principal Barkin, with hilarious consequences, until one day it all backfires – and he gets fired! Niles Sparks is my favourite character, because he’s the mastermind of all the pranks. The book gripped me because it was exciting and funny at the same time. I’d recommend this to readers who enjoy fast-paced, ridiculous plots.

Otis Howarth, 9

 


Kids book reviews

Superhero Street by Phil Earle

I felt sorry for the main character, Mouse. He has a big busy family, but his mum and dad are always tired and don’t often have time for him. Mouse desperately wants to be a superhero, and after lots of trying he finally does it – but not
in the way you would think! 
I love that Mouse got to wear his superhero cape everyday under his clothes  – that’s really cool! I think other people my age would enjoy this book and find it funny. It made me laugh and I found it easy to read once I got into it.

Jason Treneman, 7

 


Kids book reviews

Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P. Jones

The front cover of this book suggests it's full of dark humour and I wasn’t disappointed! The main character is a girl called Park, who’s dragged to a village called Larkin Mills by her archaeologist father – he’s obsessed with the ‘egg of life’ that’s been found there. Through a twisting set of tales featuring the village waxwork museum, the ice-cream parlour and an ice dungeon, all the plots come together in a dramatic way. The story made me cry and laugh and kept me full of anticipation. It’s perfect for older readers who love drama, horror and dark humour.

Finn Howarth, 9

 


Kids book reviews

Julius Zebra – Bundle with the Britons! by Gary Northfield

This exciting book is inspired by real life at the time of the Romans. But there’s an awesome twist – the animals are the gladiators! Julius Zebra was just an ordinary zebra until he became a Roman gladiator. This book follows his journey from Rome to Britain. If you read it you'll find out facts without it being boring! The pics are really skilfully drawn – if you like Tom Gates you'll love this book. It made me laugh out loud!  

Isaac Burrage, 9

 


Kids book reviews

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

When Rory Rooney one day suddenly turns green, everybody thinks he’s contagious and so he is locked in an isolation room. Unfortunately, his arch enemy Grim Komissky has also turned green and is locked in there with him. The story follows their adventures when they escape. Will they ever return to their original colour? The story was gripping and it wasn’t really like anything I've read before, which made it even more exciting.

Bradley Phillips, 8

 


Kids book reviews

The Person Controller by David Baddiel

This is a story about twins Fred and Ellie who, after losing Ellie's game controller, acquire a new one with unusual powers. They discover that dreams and ambitions are possible, if only you believe in yourself. I would recommend this extremely funny, inspiring book to any confident reader that enjoys light-hearted stories. The lettering and line spacing in this book was wider than normal which could help kids with visual stress or who are new to reading a bigger book. 

Ben Cook, 9

 


Kids book reviews

Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue by Sarah Rubin

Alice Jones is a girl who solves mysteries. In this story, she is searching for Dr. Learner, a scientist who disappeared from his office. The story kept you guessing and my favourite part was when Alice falls off a balcony. The mystery scenes were written well but the story was not good at keeping me turning the pages. I would recommend it for readers aged 9-12. 

Ben O'Carroll, 11

 


Kids book reviews

Zoo Boy by Sophie Thompson

This is a funny illustrated story about a boy called Vince who lives with his dad and gran. Vince does not like animals but his dad works in a zoo. Vince soon discovers that he can talk to animals!

My favourite character was the llama because of the way he spoke. The best part of the story was when a penguin named Asquith was rude about Vince's new jumper. 

This book made me laugh and I really liked the characters. Some of the words were quite difficult for me, but it's a fun book to read with a grown-up.

Heath Fairhall, 5

 


Kids book reviews

Wilfred the (Un)wise by Cas Lester

When a young wizard’s apprentice named Wilfred fiddles with magic above his level he gets transported 1,000 years into the future with no hope of getting back. The author uses a balance of suspense and humour to tell an adventurous tale of friendship, hope and perseverance. 

This astonishing, hilarious and original story will make you laugh, wonder and wish you could turn back time to start reading it all over again.

Jasmine Ardeleanu, 10

 


Kids book reviews

The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

Eleven-year-old Joe has no immune system, which means he is vulnerable to the slightest cough or cold. He’s not allowed outside and lives in a hospital room. All he has is his sister Beth, and his jolly American friend Henry (who he can only talk to on Skype). But one day a new nurse arrives and changes his life forever…

This is a wonderful book, full of surprises and adventure – you never know what is going to happen next! It is sad at points but ends happily with some humour in it as well. 

James Pilling, 11

 


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Mr. Baboomski and the Wonder Goat by Richard Joyce

This story is about a boy called Tom who meets an entertaining circus master called Mr. Baboomski after he almost kills the circus master’s goat.

It’s a great, witty read but did not have enough excitement for me – I knew what would happen next. If you like Roald Dahl you might like this book because it has made-up words.

Faye O’ Carroll, 8

 


Kids book reviews

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

This emotional rollercoaster follows the story of 12-year-old Al Chaudhury, who travels back in time to save his dad’s life. I like Al because he’s funny and up for adventure, though he is slightly reluctant at first. 

I enjoyed how he has to work out the rules and consequences of time travel but I wasn’t so keen on some of those consequences – they sometimes made the story a little sad. The book gripped me and kept me guessing – the ending is very unexpected.

Barney Woodrow, 12

 


Kids book reviews

Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody by Roland Chambers

I loved everything about this story – it was an adventure! It’s about a girl called Nelly who sets off to find her dad, Captain Peabody, on a ship with knitted sails. Columbus, her turtle, comes along for company. Along the way she meets a pirate postman and a hungry polar bear on an iceberg. Eventually she finds Captain Peabody – in a very different home to normal! The characters are fun. My favourite was Columbus.

Floella Simpson, 8

 


Moon Princess book review

Moon Princess by Barbara Laban

Wow this book is so fun! It’s about a little girl called Sienna and her invisible dog, who no one believes in. After her mother disappears, Sienna explores the city of Shanghai in China to try to find her. I absolutely loved this story – I read it all in one night! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries and Jacqueline Wilson – the story reminded me a bit of Hetty Feather.

Vita Kan-Moloney, 7

 


Create Your Own: Alien Adventure! book review

Create Your Own: Alien Adventure! by Andrew & Chris Judge

Alien Adventure is the best thing ever. An alien spaceship crashes right outside a school and you get to draw in the book to complete the story! It’s about Daisy and B’ob and, my favourite character, Undrawn John. I had fun drawing their adventure and choosing where they went next. I’ve asked my mum for the next book in the series, Create your own: Spy Mission!

Peter Wright, 6

 


A Slice of the Moon book review

A Slice of the Moon by Sandi Toksvig

This thrilling book is about an Irish girl called Slim and her family who are very poor. The potato famine in Ireland forces them to travel to America, where they think the streets are paved with gold. The book is sad as the family are always hungry. Slim’s sister Beatrice is my favourite character as she does lots of drawing. I would recommend it to readers interested in history, travel and the sea.

Arabella Smithson, 9

 


The League of Unexceptional Children review

The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshvari

Two ordinary children, Shelly and Jonathan, are sent on a mission to save the vice-president from a villain called the Seal. The reason they’ve been chosen for this daring rescue is because they are unexceptional (they don’t stand out). The plot is fast, exciting and full of unexpected twists. I couldn’t put this book down, and would recommend it to all people who love mysteries!    

Celeste Woodall, 10

 


Frank Einstein and the Brain Turbo

Frank Einstein and the Brain Turbo by Jon Scieszka 

In this funny, exciting and fact-packed book, Frank Einstein tries to invent something that will help his friend get picked for the baseball squad. My favourite character was Mr Chimp. He uses sign language and has some mad ideas. The drawings and diagrams are very good, but some are tricky to understand.

Rachel Wilson, 9

 


The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

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India Stringer, 9.


 

The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban

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Anisha Lucas, 9.

 


Kids book reviews

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas

Jacques thought he knew everything about his twin sister Fleur and that Fleur knew everything about him until one day he hears his mum say to his dad, “Do you think there’s such thing as too much imagination?” It turns out Jaques doesn’t really exist! I found some of this book hard to follow and I sometimes got a bit confused about who was talking, but apart from that I loved it.  I would recommend this book to someone who likes mysteries. 

Emma Day, 9

 


Kids book reviews

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard 

Darkus’s dad suddenly disappears from the locked vaults of the museum where he works. Then Darkus meets a hamster-sized beetle called Baxter when it falls out of his neighbour’s trousers! What has this beetle got to do with his dad’s disappearance? And can it help him find his father?… My favourite character is Baxter because he’s very intelligent and listens to everything that Darkus says. I really enjoyed the book – it was a page-turner!
Eloise Mack, 9

 


Kids book reviews

Beetle Boy is an informative book about the intriguing science of beetles and also the friendship between Darkus and his pet beetle. When Darkus’s father Dr. Bartholomew goes missing, he suspects that the culprit is an extremely evil woman who owns a major jewellery brand based on beetles.

The characters in the story felt immensely real to me because the descriptions were so detailed –  my favourite was Darkus because he is willing to take on a challenge and won’t give up. He’s also caring towards the beetles. I recommend this book for fans of adventure and anyone who enjoyed Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I think M.G.Leonard has an amazing imagination. 

Holly White, 10

 


Kids book reviews

Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly) by Liz Pichon

This funny book is about a boy called Tom who often daydreams in class. Things get complicated when a rude picture of a teacher goes missing! The characters feel real to me because it is written like a diary. My fave character is Buster because Tom is afraid of him – until Buster helps him get out of trouble. One of the surprises in this story is that most of Tom’s silly ideas work in the end. The illustrations were well drawn and were on every page. I want to read more of the Tom Gates series to see how he gets into trouble. I recommend this to anyone who likes to laugh. 

Charlie Dunn, 8

 


Kids book reviews

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

Poor old Grandpa Bunting’s memory is going. He believes that it ‘s 1940 and that he is once again a WW2 flying ace. His son and son’s wife are convinced that an old folk’s home is the right idea. But his grandson, Jack, knows that that is the wrong way for his grandpa to spend the last years of his action-packed life. Besides, there is something sinister about Twilight Towers…  I loved this book. It was so funny, but a bit scary, too. I laughed out loud as I read it, though the ending gave me more to think about.      

Isla Munnik, 9

 


World Book Day authors 2016

Operation Rhino by Lauren St John 

This brilliant, gripping book is set in the gorgeously described landscape of a South African game reserve. After poachers carry out a horrific attack on a family of rhinos, 11-year-old Martine and her best friend Ben become ‘detectives’ and end up on a scary, mysterious and funny journey. This book taught me a lot about the disgusting trade in rhino horn. Even though some parts were hard to believe, I loved it.

Bryher Gemmill, 10


Kids book reviews

Operation Rhino is moving and has some cliff-hanging parts. When the rhino calf had to be taken into a sanctuary it was very upsetting! The character Martine was passionate about keeping the rhinos safe. The fact that she wanted to track down who killed the adult rhinos touched me, and I agree with her –  rhinos should not be killed for their horn, because it is as valuable as our finger nails! 

Lucy Marshall, 10 


Dara Palmer's Major Drama book review

Dara Palmer’s Major Drama

Emma Shevah

 

This hilarious book is about a girl who moves from a Cambodian orphanage to a new home in England. A series of obstacles jeopardise Dara’s dreams of fame and fortune – she feels her life is over when she doesn’t succeed in the school play auditions, especially when she’s asked to join Miss Snarling’s dreaded drama group (my favourite part)! The author balances suspense and humour with great descriptions to keep the reader keen to know more! 

Megan Woodgate, 10


The Secrets of Sam & Sam book review

The Secrets of Sam & Sam

Susie Day

 

This book is about twins, confusingly called Sam and Sam. The girl (known as Sammie) is the brave one, a bit of a tomboy. However her brother is afraid of everything except for his dog. The twins love being twins and they love both their mums. Mum Gen, is kind and gentle, while Mum Ken can be very strict! In the beginning, they have a merry little life, but a secret between the mums causes the family to fall apart. Meanwhile, at school, can Sam overcome his fear of heights in time for the school trip? You’ll have to read it to find out!

Naomi Dee, 10


Pugs on the Frozen North book review

Pugs of the Frozen North

Sarah McIntyre & Philip Reeve

 

When a shipwrecked boy named Shen meets Sika, a girl from the North Pole, they decide to take part in the Great Northern Race together. If they win, they’ll get their wish granted by the Snowfather. With a sled pulled by 66 pugs, and yetis trying to eat them, an they survive the journey? This adventure story is about friendship and helping each other. I love it – it’s funny, full of unusual characters and has brilliant illustrations.

Elleanore Phillips, 7

 


Hook's Daughter

Hook's Daughter
Heidi Schulz

Jocelyn longs to meet her father, Captain Hook, but he’s always away sailing. She wants to be a pirate like him, but her grandfather sends her away to a finishing school instead, to transform her into a lady. She tries to squeeze into the rules there, but when she hears news of her dad’s death, she runs away to sea to take on the crocodile that killed him. This book has great descriptions and you experience Jocelyn’s emotions clearly. I’d recommend it to anyone who seeks adventure, but personally the pirate theme was not for me.
Nayra Apaza, 10



The Wild Beyond by Piers Torday

The Wild Beyond
Piers Torday

Thirteen-year-old Kester can communicate with animals. When the last whale in the ocean informs him that the key to rebuilding their destroyed planet lies on a faraway island, he embarks on a dangerous journey along with an unlikely assortment of animals. But their mission leads them to something far beyond expectations. This gripping book had me laughing out loud. Despite being the third in a series, the storyline is easy to pick up and I look forward to reading the other  Last Wild books.
Iona Henderson, 13




If You Find This, Matthew Baker

If You Find This
Matthew Baker


Nicholas shares an unbreakable bond with the tree in his garden and will do anything to stay with it – even going on a crazy treasure hunt with fellow misfits Zeke and Jordan! The three unlikely friends follow confusing clues to find four missing heirlooms, with help from Nicholas’ grandfather. It was entertaining to see Nicholas and his friends eventually accept each other for who they were. However, I found it hard to connect with the characters, so when something bad happened I didn’t feel upset. Fans of mysteries will like it.

Tulsi Parmar, 13



Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy, Cas Lester

Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy
Cas Lester


Naughty Nixie uses her wand to cause problems for the other fairies, especially Adorabella. But the Fairy Queen is coming to open the Blossom Ball and everything needs to be perfect by then. Can Tabitha and Buzzby get Nixie out of trouble? I loved it when Adorabella’s dress got turned into candyfloss! And when things went really crazy in Chapter 5. This book is full of fun.
Alaya Apaza, 7



Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasly

Circus Mirandus
Cassie Beasly


Micah Tuttle lives with his dying grandfather who tells him stories about the magic circus he discovered as a boy. Back then, the Lightbender promised his grandad a miracle. Can Micah use it 
now to save him? My fave character is 
Ms. Chintzy, a parrot –  she’s so full of herself. It was a bit annoying the way the book gets interrupted by grandfather’s stories – I was tempted to skip them. I hope they make a second book as it ends on a cliffhanger. Grr!
Zaynab Price, 12



Sun Thief

Sun Thief  (9+) 
Jamie Buxton


Set in Ancient Egypt, this gripping mystery is full of twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down! It’s all about a young boy (called Boy) who is taken out of the River Nile as a baby and now works at the local inn making crockery from mud – as well as amazing model animals. It focuses on the exciting events that happen after Boy meets a mysterious stranger. I enjoyed the book, although I did find it hard at times to grasp the story.
Annie Bullough, 12



The Big Wish

The Big Wish
Brandon Robshaw


This story is about a boy who sees a shooting star and makes a wish of a million wishes. Do they come true? You’ll have to read the book to find out…The best part of the book was that it was quite random and kept me interested. I really enjoyed the comments (in brackets) which made the story more real! It's certainly NOT a boring book!
Noah Battelley, 11



Not As We Know It

Not As We Know It  (9+)
Tom Avery 


Although this isn’t a book I would normally have chosen, I found myself constantly wanting to know what happened next. It’s about twins (Ned and Jamie) who do everything together.  But then Ned becomes very ill. One day whilst exploring the beach, they find a Merman, who’s known in stories to help the sick, like Ned…
The story was light hearted and emotional. Especially the end. It’s descriptive and a good read, just hard to get into.
Charlotte Carswell, 12



Hamish and the Worldstoppers

Hamish and the WorldStoppers
Danny Wallace


Hamish discovers he has an amazing ability – the power to move within the world when it pauses – which it's been doing lately. Anything is possible in this temporarily frozen world, but Pause Walkers like Hamish do not walk alone – something terrible is out there, too. He sets out to save the world by joining the Pause Defence Force – and has an adventure before its time, within time! This book is fantastic. It made me both laugh out loud and read with excitement to an ending that left me wanting more. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel!
Jayson Childs, 10


Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

Violet and the Pearl of the Orient
Harriet Whitehorn


A girl called Violet investigates when her neighbour Dee Dee’s precious pearl goes missing. Could it be something to do with the Count family who have moved in next door? My favourite characters were Violet and her friend Rose – they were very brave to break into the Counts’ house! The only thing I didn’t like were the illustrations – there were too many and they were all purpley. People who like mystery and adventures will enjoy this book.
Aoife Sweeney, 9


Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue

Sedric and the Great Pig Rescue
Angie Morgan


When a suspicious Baron inherits a mansion in Sedric’s village, it isn’t long before he captures Sedric’s pig Denzel for slaughter, and takes all the village turnips. It’s up to Sedric and his friends to get Denzel and the turnips back! The story is hilarious, I really liked it. It takes place in the Dark Ages and is written in a rustic sort of way, but seems very realistic. There really is nothing wrong with this book.
Hannah Riordan, 9


Elizabeth reviews Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

Hercufleas
Sam Gayton


The Giant Yuk is terrorising the town of Tumber – and Greta wants the monster to stop. She believes that Hercufleas will save them. Unfortunately, he's just a flea! Can the pair find out why the giant is doing this – and discover the real reason for Tumber’s suffering? I really enjoyed this story. The best part is when you’re introduced to Hercufleas for the first time. I could really picture it in my head!
Elizabeth Dutton, 10


Ralph reviews The Grindle Witch by By Benjamin J. Myers

The Grindle Witch
Benjamin J. Myers


When people start being torn to shreds by something evil in the woods near Grindle Village, three friends set out to try and stop it... but what could it be? Paddy was my favourite character, because he’s afraid of nothing and always keeps a cool head. The author is very good at writing suspense – you won’t want to put this book down. You might find it annoying how many cliffhangers there are – but there’s nothing wrong with being on the edge of your seat!
Ralph Davies, 11


Emily reviews The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford

The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford


When ten-year old Tim sneaks a peek at the mysterious box that Professor Eisenstone always carries around, his life is transformed. With the help of a special hat, the Imagination Box turns his thoughts into actual objects! Tim imagines a teeny talking finger- monkey (aka a pygmy marmoset) and thus Phil is created! I loved Phil – he’s posh and funny and his use of very long words is amazing! When the friendly professor disappears, it’s up to Phil, Tim and Tim’s imagination to save him…
Emily Lonsdale, 9 


Your Comments

LILYLOL69
very cool books!!!
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cool
kiera999
i want to read them all apart from sedric and the pig rescue
xinyue
Christiane16
So great! I can't wait to read them!
jessi
cool books!
ME-3
:) :):):):):):):):):):):)
parotcowboy
So good evryone
GooseyRedFox
I think I might read "Pugs of the frozen North", it looks really funny and exciting! I also want to read the book about the person who saves the pig, Pigs are one of my favourite animals, they are really cute and they are nice and chubby!!!
GooseyRedFox
I might write a book review of friend or foe by Michael Morpurgo!
Ant23
my favourite review was the Grindle Witch
THE-BOOK-ADDICTED-GIRL
These are all books I need to read! Not As We Know Sounds like a really good book.
kiera999
i love applejack and the diary switcheroo
rubyu
Them book reviews were great! All of them were awesome.
BOY69
FAB
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wow
Squid-lover
I like Barry Loser, World of Norm, Timmy Failure and loads of others
Squid-lover
How are you meant to do a report as I would like to?!
uainin11
i like the sound of the books but i adore diamond by jacqueline wilson i have read it 10 times
uainin11
i love jacqueline wilson books and harry potter
EllieD
well I like Harry Potter books.
Nicholas41922
I love it
Kitkatcake-Patsy
this is pretty cool!
felinelover
I'm gonna check out these books in the school library!
Olivia123456
I love Jacqueline Wilson books and diary of a wimpy kid books because they are really good and I have all of Jacqueline Wilson books and all of Diary of a wimpy kid books
Break-free
I love David Walliam's books.
FlappyEared_Elephant
I recently read The Daring Escape of Beatrice and Peabody. It came out two years ago so it’s not that new but it was still good to read. The only thing is that I wish Kimberly Newton-Fusco(who wrote the book) explained two of the main characters more. I also think it would have been better if the character Beatrice apologised to the bully after taking revenge.
Madsymonkey
I need to read all these books
Katie_xx8
They look like cool books but my favourite book is Watership Down by Richard Adams . I think it is the best book ever ! I have read it 3 times!!!!
Harrysimmonds
I love the book reviews
Shiir360
Very nice book reviews! Wait! I need to read these books RIGHT NOW!

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