Writes Of Passage

As part of our celebration of World Book Day, Year 9 have been discussing what books they would recommend to other students and teachers. Each group are going to vote for a list of five top reads and these recommendations will form part of DHSG’s official “Writes Of Passage” list.

Each Year group will complete this activity which could mean that the list will contain over 150 recommendations! Phew….

The English department, the library and you can then vote on which books deserve to be part of our final 50.Malorie Blackman (Children’s Laureate and writer of the famous Noughts and Crosses series) will announce the national list of recommended reads on Wednesday but I imagine our list will be even better!

So – in the spirit of all things World book Day – what book would you like to recommend for The DHSG Writes Of Passage list and why? We look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Miss C Taylor and the English Department

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57 Responses to Writes Of Passage

  1. JG says:

    ‘Ink’ by Amanda Sun- Book review

    In all honesty when I first saw the book, I really didn’t think this book was my type but they always say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’… Well I’m glad I didn’t.

    A beautifully written story based on the blossoming love between Katie Greene & Tomohiro ; turning hte Japanese culture into a modern story. If you’re not a fan of cringey romance romance stories, don’t worry I guarante you this isn’t one of them. Sure, it includes a little dopey romance but this is balanced with some epic violence.

    I’m always a fan of learning new languages and I love how ‘Ink’ includes the Japanese language in the story content. Especially for those who love Art, this book would interest them as the main character has artistic powers whre his drawings come alive when Greene is near him.

    Oh, did I mention how gorgeous these ink drawings are?! Once again this links in the Japanese culture from beginning to end with these traditional Japanese ink dwaings.

    Yes, the story is left unresolved but you’lll just have to read book to find the out rest of the story. Oh, don’t be so dissapointed you.. The story does end at a good point, so you won’t be too dissastified. Oh go on, you know you want to read ‘Ink’. We can both share our love for it together.

  2. Harriet says:

    Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

    Lovely vicious is my favourite book because of the depth in it. It is the first book in the series Lovely Vicious only 2 have come out so far. I found the book quite surprising as the blurb doesn’t really give away much. I stumbled across it by mistake. I read the blurb and thought that it sounded alright. I then looked at some reviews and found the lowest was a 2 star on amazon. I loved that they didn’t use too many American acronyms as I struggle to understand the majority. I found it amusing at some times and others sad. I think my favourite character was Isis Blake. Yes, she is the main character but I found her so down to earth and relatable. My favourite part was actually the beginning in this book which is rare. In that scene Isis first meets Jack but instead of Love at first sight it is complete and utter hatred. At some parts it might seem childish but it is how she behaves at first that I love. The book tells the story of Isis and how she has decided she shall never fall in love again because of a boy who she refers to as Nameless. She feels that love is an illness. It is told mainly from Isis’ point of view but there are some small parts from Jack’s. I also like that Instead of just having Chapter one or a silly name for it. Instead it has how long it has been since Isis fell in love. I also felt sorry for her mum who has only recently escaped an abusive boyfriend and is sometimes scared to sleep on the bed.

  3. Rosie Gillard says:

    Wolf Brother – By Michelle Paver

    Imagine yourself six thousand years ago from now. Well, I can assure you that this world would definitely not be the same. Wolf Brother, written by Michelle Paver, is a novel that takes you back six thousand years into the past, within an era of tribes, prophecy, legend, clans represented by animals, and supernatural creatures. Wolf Brother is the first book in a series of six books, together known as The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.

    The book immediately places you in the centre of what was a traumatic ambush from a great Demonic Bear, seemingly coming out of nowhere. The novel is first from a twelve year old boy’s point of view, named Torak, and he’s a former member of a clan known as Wolf Clan, though was exiled along with his father (Known in the book as ‘Fa’) for some unknown reason. However, Torak’s father is mortally wounded. Torak was a little luckier, (SPOILER) but sadly has to watch his father die before him of his wounds.

    Before Torak’s father dies, he tells Torak to swear an oath to head north and find the Mountain of the World Spirit, and ask the World Spirit to help destroy the bear before it kills all life in the forest. His guide will find him and help him on his quest. Torak reluctantly leaves his father as the bear comes back to kill him. Torak soon encounters an orphaned wolf cub. Torak first tries to kill the cub in order to eat it, but he doesn’t have the heart. He discovers that he can communicate with the cub. The Cub smells Torak and realizes he is from the Wolf Clan, and accepts Torak as his pack-brother. He realizes the cub is the guide, and Torak names the cub “Wolf”. Over time they become good friends.

    I love this kind of novel. The incorporation of nature, tribal power, and dark magic really blends well to create a phenomenal piece of fiction writing. There is lots of of character development of Torak, and his relationship with Wolf is noticeably deep and very spiritually significant. Their mutual respect for each other is shown through the gestures and communication Paver describes. The book is done in dual-perspective, from both Torak, and Wolf’s point of view. Hearing the story through the eyes of a wolf is very unique, and Paver uses some interesting, abstract language when writing from Wolf’s angle. An example of this is the term Wolf uses for fire, and he refers to it as ‘The bright beast that bites hot’. Paver’s description of details is also fantastic; her imagery is persistently vivid, and gripping.

    I would recommend this book to anyone twelve years and older. Despite the book being from a twelve year old’s point of view, it is still quite dark, so I wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers. However, if you are looking for a story that can certainly keep you gripped, this may be the book for you. I have read the entire series, and I can assure you, it is worth it!

  4. Charlotte says:

    would like to recommend War Horse written by Michael Morpurgo. It is a beautiful story about a horse in WW1 who embarks on an amazing adventure, where he travels through French countryside to no man’s land, in the hope of being returned to his master Albert. This story teaches you about love and friendship, because through Joey, the horse people where brought together such as the old man and his granddaughter and the English and German solider. But one moment that I love bout this book is when Joey and Albert are ploughing a field, it shows you that anything is possible if you do it with people who love and believe in you. Another reason this book is so fantastic is because the narrator is the horse this allows you to have an insight into how others may see humans, with all our wars and anger but still have enough compassion to love and look after a horse. This book is brilliant and you won’t want to put it down as it will have you on an emotional rollercoaster from the first page.

  5. Nancy Kehoe says:

    Recommending ‘Looking For Alaska’ John Green to Others.
    ‘Looking For Alaska’ is easily one of the most beautifully written, moving and heartwarming books there is. And there are a lot of books out there.
    You’ve probably heard a lot about this book (or at least the author)- everyone currently seems to be raving about John Green, his quotes are everywhere- but until you’ve read the book you cannot possibly understand just how incredible ‘Looking For Alaska’ is. It is both funny and sad at the same time, you will welling up one minute and in fits of laughter the next. It is definitely an emotional roller-coaster (be prepared!).Unfortunately I can’t tell you what makes this book so tragic without giving a massive spoiler but I can tell you that it is sudden, unexpected and a huge contrast to the lighthearted and funny passage beforehand.
    It is also very relatable. It is about a teenage boy (Miles) moving from his school in Florida to a boarding school in Alabama. Although we don’t go to a boarding school, we are all teenagers growing up and making friends whilst coping with the stress of school- just as is Miles. However, this is not just a story about a boy moving schools. This is a story about a group of teenagers learning to deal with the traumas that life can throw in your face. Learning to be comfortable in themselves and, most importantly, learning to live.

  6. Megan Jones 9E says:

    My book reccomendation: Blood Tracks – Paula Rawsthorne
    This book is based around a girl called Gina who’s life and soul is running, and her dad. When her dad seemingly for no reason jumps off a bridge while she is in the car down the road out of sight afetr being picked up by him from her running classes, her life is uprooted. Set adrift from the rest of the world, she hunts for answers because she knows that her dad wouldn’t do this… But no one else seems to see it. Plagued by unreasonable guilt, Gina goes mad searching for answers, leaving no stone unturned, but is the truth really worth it?
    I love this book because while for me, it was a bit slow at the start it without you even realising draws you in until you can’t put it down until you’ve read it all. This amazing, well-written book demands attention in the best way, it makes you question how well you know the people around you, and if a tragedy was to occur in your life, who can you trust to believe your side of the story? It changes the way you think, or at least it did for me and I would definately reccomend this book if you’re ever in need of a really good, thought provoking read.

  7. Holly Smyth says:

    Book Recommendation
    A book that transports me is Falling Fast – Sophie Mckenzie, and is also one of my favourite books. If anyone were to ask me whether or not I recommended this book, I would have no hesitation in saying yes. Falling Fast, first of the 4 River and Flynn books, will captivate you and involve you in the almost magical tale of love and hate.

    When River auditions for a part in the inter-school production of Romeo and Juliet, she finds her self falling for her own Romeo, who happens to be playing Romeo in the play. She has no idea of his dangerous back story and wonders why he never wears a coat, or lets her pay for anything. River becomes curious, and starts asking questions that Flynn refuses to answer, and when Flynn is told he must kiss Rivers best friend Emmi, who is playing Juliet, she has to force herself to go on stage, but as they say, the show must go on, because this is real life, NOT a rehearsal.

    Falling Fast is beautifully written and heartbreakingly truthful, you will laugh, cry and even wish you could tell the characters what you think they should do next. Definately one for the reading list.

  8. Nessa Kilroy says:

    I would recommend ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness to anyone who enjoys reading fantastic fiction. Hundreds of years into our future, the story is set after Planet Earth has been evacuated and the human race have landed on planet New Earth. However, do not be fooled by what some would call a ‘predictable’ storyline, for the countless plot twists make it nothing but that. Planet New Earth is not the utopia that people were expecting – in fact, so infected is the planet with a germ called Noise, that all the women are dead from it within a number of years. Fourteen years on, Todd Hewitt; the last boy and youngest man on the planet; must cope with the side effects of the germ – every man everywhere can hear each others thoughts in a constant suffocating ‘Noise’.
    One day, Todd’s life is turned upside down when he discovers the impossible hiding in the woods near Prentisstown where he grew up – a girl. Now together, they must run as fast as they can from the horrors that await them back in the village, discovering as they go that almost everything they have learned is a lie.
    Patrick Ness has excelled in not only creating an unforgettable storyline, but also the way the book has been written. Perspectives switch between Todd and Viola (the girl from the woods), with almost every chapter ending on an excruciating cliff hanger or plot twist. Ness cleverly navigates through a world of the darkest matters, tackling discrimination, poverty, war and the biggest enemy of all – yourself.

  9. Hannah says:

    A book that made me cry – ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green

    I don’t enjoy reading but i would definitely like to read this because so many people have recommended it. I’ve watched the trailer of the movie that’s coming out soon which manages to make me cry every time without fail! Therefore, i was assuming that the book might also have this effect with its emotional dialogue.

    At a brief i know that the award winning book is about an ambitious young girl named Hazel, diagnosed with terminal lung caner. The story develops as she meets and falls in love with a boy called Augustus, who is in remission, recovering from cancer. They meet at Cancer Kid Support Group where they talk in general about their illness & their own individual story.

    Even the book’s title triggers meaningful thoughts. ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ almost meaning that there’s something immoral in the beauty. It partly shows the heartbreaking, bitter reality of being alive and in love.

    The reason anyone might want to read this book is because as well as pulling on your heart strings, it makes you realise and become aware of how different stories similar to this, are not at all fake or made up and that it has without a doubt happened to many unfortunate victims suffering with illnesses such as cancer. It shows how much someone’s closest love ones can be effected by it.

  10. Rachel Turner says:

    Most people have heard about The Hobbit (or there and back again) by J.R.R. Tolkien, whether that’s because of the huge fan base that The Lord of the Rings has or because of the movie adaptation that has just been released, but either way I strongly suggest that you read the book because you get so much more out of it. Yes, it may be rather lengthy and yes, it may be hard to read at first due to the fact that you have to learn the names of new kingdoms and creatures, but after the first few chapters it becomes a lot more comprehendible.
    The book follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is mostly predictable and not at all spontaneous but does happen to be a rather good burglar, and it is because of these skills that thirteen dwarves named Thorin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Dwalin, Gloin, Fili, Kili, Nori, Oin and Ori, and one wizard named Gandalf, decided that they shall invite Bilbo on their quest to reclaim the lonely mountain and its gigantic supply of treasure, guarded by the great dragon Smaug. While on this quest, Bilbo gets separated from the others and crosses paths with Gollum, a creature who challenges him to a game of riddles, promising that if Bilbo it will show him the way out of the labyrinth of goblin tunnels. Despite losing the game, Bilbo finds a mystical ring – belonging to Gollum – with the power to turn a person invisible and using this manages to reunite himself with the others. They do eventually reach the lonely mountain with great difficulty, and then of course they have to defeat Smaug which is an entirely new challenge in itself.
    I truly believe that you should read this book as it is enjoyed by people of all ages and reading abilities, and is the sort of book that will change your life for the better.

  11. Emma Rogers says:

    Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
    “Alice’s adventures in Wonderland” was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name of Lewis Carroll and was first published in 1865. The basic storyline is a young girl called Alice who starts dreaming on a sunny afternoon. She dreams that there is a large rabbit hole in which she follows a white rabbit down. She then proceeds to meet the queen of hearts, mad hatter, Cheshire cat and March hare. You have probably watched the film adaptation – Alice in Wonderland but the book is far more engrossing. This book transports you to another world, a world in which you see everything through Alice’s eyes, you grow, shrink, eat and drink as she does. This book moves you with its dramatic and humorous language and leads you to believe that you’re a character in Wonderland; making it almost impossible to put down and bring yourself back to reality.

  12. Lucy Selley says:

    Books that make me laugh – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4

    Adrian Mole is by far the funniest book I have ever read. It is one of the best books that I think you could find. Everyone who I know that has read it, will agree that it is the best book. The plot is simple, yet has complex and funny twists that make it complex and more enjoyable to read. It is based on a teenage boy’s diary, and his experiences of teenage life. From his parent’s marriage break down, to his true love Pandora, to his desperation for his poetry to be published, right through to the old man he cares for, Bill Baxter, he finds something funny in everything. There isn’t one diary entry that doesn’t have something funny mentioned in it.

    It is guaranteed to have you crying with laughter, and needing to put the book down to stop yourself from laughing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good book because it is full of fun, laughter, and real life situations. With a book so relatable, I think that it should definitely be on our “books to read” list as I think it is the best book for the ‘books that make me laugh’ category by far!

  13. Alice Critchley says:

    Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt
    When Jenna agreed to go out with her best friend so that she could spend time with her boyfriend, she never imagined how her life was going to change. When the car overturns and catches fire it leaves Jenna’s best friend dead and her face horribly burnt. In the time that follows the accident she is constantly stared at and talked about behind her back by people who she once called her friends and even the driver of the car who was drunk while driving because of the way she looks. Because of this her self worth and confidence are shattered. Then she meets Ryan. A traveller that lives on a barge with his mum who is bipolar, he is used to his far share of taunting and name calling. Ryan teaches Jenna that it doesn’t matter how she looks and that she shouldn’t care what people think about her. The book is beautifully written in both main characters points of view making it easier to see the way they feel and help you connect to them better. Then throw a murder and dead body into the mix. Who is dead and who killed them? You’ll have to read to find out

    This book is emotive and inspirational. It teaches you how your words and actions can affect people and make them feel. It teaches you that things can change so quickly and that people can be really mean and shallow. It make you think about how things would change for you if you were in Jenna’s place or how you would treat somebody else in her place. With really likeable characters and issues that affect people everywhere- such as bullying-it is an enjoyable must read for everybody!!

  14. Ceri Evans 9H says:

    I wanted a book that would capture my heart and take it to a place that has never been reached before. I wanted a romance, I wanted a specific genre. I had never read one of Sophie McKenzie’s books until Falling Fast, well, I’m glad I have now. I mean, I would see her books in every book shop window staring at me as if to say ‘read me, read me.’ One day I was fed up with seeing the books everywhere of missing me, missing sister, and girl missing so there fore I was looking for a romance and Falling Fast was recommended to me by many people so I decided to give it a shot.

    I wasn’t overwhelmed by the front cover as it is quite boring, but you know what they say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ well, I didn’t, so I started to read the blurb. Now, that was what caught my attention. It was mysterious with the last line of ‘the path of true love never did run smooth.’

    The characters of Flynn and River are very apart with their characteristics but somehow they decide to put them apart to come together in a loved play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and maybe Flynn might become River’s Romeo. River’s two best friends who are also in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are amazing characters, they both bring something unique and bright to those dark drastic scenes.

    Flynn is a character who has been brought up in a rough family with a father who comes across as an abusive alcoholic. River sees through this problem as she still is intrigued in him and therefore falls in love with him even more.

    I love this book as it takes you on a heart-warming journey of a British teenager who doesn’t see or know how to find the boy for her and doesn’t seem to know Flynn well enough to be dating him. It brings together all the modern day problems for British teenagers in the stage of life where they can be immature but at other times they act really mature and sophisticated.

    A quote from the book: ‘This is life, not a rehearsal.’

  15. Sarah Lewis says:

    19 minutes by Jodi Picoult
    The main plot of this book is based around a student who walks into school one day and shoots dead several of his classmates. The book then switches perspectives between the shooter, his mother and his friend. This allows the reader to empathize with the different characters as well as explaining why the shooting took place. By showing different points of view of the series of events, the reader can make up their own mind about whether or not to forgive the killer. This book goes on to change the way you think about and view a murder as it encourages you to question a story that you,ve only heard one side of. By dragging the characters through the american legal system the storyline follows the three main speakers as their lives are transformed by a totally unexpected event.
    This book teaches you to not instantly judge a killer and to keep in mind that a story may not have been told in full, and from all perspectives. Full of emotion and heartbreak, this book is memorable and is packed with drama and suspense.

  16. Darcy Toms says:

    I would definitely recommend the Hunger Games series by Joanne Collins. There are three books in this series, all of which are outstanding. A film series has been released of these books and all of them are really enjoyable. However most I think the books are better. Although most people disagree and would rather watch the film, I recommend that you read the books because they provide you with much more detail than the films do. The books are extremely detailed and transport you to the setting of the books enabling you to become more engaged in the books. The books are full of vivid descriptions and the story line is really captivating and makes you want to read all the way to the end of the third book. Not only does Katniss Everdeen step up as tribute for her younger, but she proves to the rest of the country that she can beat people who are wealthier than her and that also you can do anything if you put your mind to it, even if the journey ahead is tough. that’s why this book is so inspirational. Not only is the book inspiring it also has elements of tension and moments when you have no idea what is going to happen next which encourages you to read on. This I why I strongly recommend this book series.

  17. Isabelle Browne says:

    Unwind is a dystopian thriller by Neal Shusterman, where teenagers between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can be ‘unwound’. Unwinding ensures that the child is terminated yet kept alive at the same time- in a ‘divided state’. ‘Unwounds’ are put through an operation where every part of their body- from their hands to their hearts- will be cut up and donated to anybody who needs them. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound. This story focuses on three runaway teens, Connor, Risa, and Lev, who attempt to fight the system and escape their fate. If they can just survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed, but when every piece of them is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

    This was a very gripping book, and somewhat disturbing, but even though the whole concept seemed impossible to imagine, it felt so real. It made me consider the insane possibilities which could become our future, and certainly put a spin on organ donation. It was a unique plot, brilliantly original and very well written. I would recommend this book to people for different reasons. First, I think that Shusterman did an excellent job in keeping the story line going; there were no parts that I become bored or wanted to skip. Second, he makes the characters very realistic, and not without flaws. These are kids going through a horrific event and I fell that they acted true to real human nature. Third, the idea and premise behind the book is so intriguing and horrifying that you can’t help but want to read the whole thing all at once. All the way through it was an excellent book.

  18. Holly Sale says:

    The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling are a set of books which I highly recommend. They are tales of adventure and mystery, which take you along with them. They are some of my favourite books as the action captivates you and makes you want to read on.
    The first book, the Philosophers Stone tells the story of a small boy, whos parents died, living with his awful Aunt and Uncle, and pig-like cousin. The young boy is no ordinary boy, he is from a wizarding family, and the series show he adventures of Harry Potter trying to kill the Dark Lord. The Dark Lord that killed his family. The dark Lord, that is Voldemort.
    It is a rollercoaster of emotions and escapade, taking you over the smooth bumps of the well-written, flowing series.

  19. Maddelaine Pike says:

    The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton is my favourite book. I think this because I find the characters so likeable, but as you find out that they are from a gang called the “Greasers”, and are known for being the poorer kids, the ones who go around stealing things, and having parents that don’t care you learnt to love them. This is because as you read the book you will soon find out that they are just young people trying to look after themselves, and their friends, from the rival gang. This rival gang is known to them as the “Soc’s”, the rich kids of their town. In this book the “Soc’s” are portrayed as their enemies, the mean gang with fast cars, cool clothes, and the gang that go around threatening the “Greasers” at any moment, for any kind of fight.

    This book focuses on a small group of “Greasers”, who are all close friends and all help each other out whenever they can. Either being the big brother willing to sacrifice everything and anything for his younger brothers, or the lonely boy, with no caring family, but only a small group of friends he knows he can get help from.

    Overall this book is sure to make you cry as you find out about the hardships of being the poorer kids, and as you feel despair, as you become attached to the characters that you are sure to love and remember.

  20. Kui Kui says:

    Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

    Not only does this book make you cry but it also transports you into a different universe, teaches you about love and even changes the way you think. This book is ‘Noughts and Crosses’ – who is written by the critically acclaimed author Malorie Blackman. This book is the first of a trilogy and challenges the idea of a parallel world set in a fictional, racial dystopia. It is cleverly written, it has a strong and entertaining plot whilst still under going strong ethical issues – i.e racism. This makes it more enjoyable for the reader. The plot focuses on two main characters, Sephy and Callum, who are destined not to be together– ‘’star-crossed lovers’’. Sephy is a Cross – who is a member of the dark skinned ruling class and Callum is a nought – deemed a ‘colourless’ member of society who were once slaves to the Crosses. The main problem between their ever going relationship together is the society behind them – which has a major impact between them which starts to pull them apart. You could alike this book to Romeo and Juliet – as there are parallels between them. If you are a fan of love stories which will make you cry and transport you into a different world then this book is defiantly for you. It is stunningly written; this critically-acclaimed novel will make sure you won’t want to put the book down. The characters are beautifully portrayed that it seems that they actually exist; so seemingly it feels like you are going through the journey with them. The book is defiantly a must-read, it is thought provoking and powerful – definitely not just your average book.

  21. Isobel says:

    A book that changes the way I think is “Shift” by Em Bailey. I definitely recommend this because it is a dark gripping thriller with an amazing plot and a very thought-provoking storyline. The book is based on a new mysterious girl called Miranda who joins the school, stirring trouble and drama. Olive,( the main character), can only watch as Miranda latches onto her old best friend Katie, as she starts to talk like Kate, dress like Katie, and even go out with Katie’s boyfriend. Only Olive knows the real truth about what Miranda really is, and she knows that Katie and herself are in a lot of danger. So the book will captivate you as you follow Olive and Katie try to escape a trap they can’t get out of.
    I would say “Shift” fits into the paranormal genre, but it also has a gorgeous romance which is done well as to not take over the main plot. It also involves many shock twists which makes it a very exciting read. Also “Shift” has great characters who have strong personalities, and they are very likeable and believable. This will make you not be able to put the book down, as you follow your favourite characters into danger.
    “Shift” is an absolute must read as it has an incredible fast paced plot with a heart racing climax, which I think is perfect for the teen audience.

  22. Isabel Haycock - 7K says:

    The Savages- By Matt Whyman

    The Savages is a rather unusual book based on a faily who are strangely devoted to food. There are many surprises to be discovered as you find out that this seemingly normal family hides an extremely gruesome secret.

    Titus Savage and his family have Russian blood. At the start of the book, the Savages appear completely normal, however, you soon notice that they have a weird obsession with food. Each member of the family has their own story to tell but, in the end, it all comes back to family meals and food! Titus Savage only ever has one interest: his family, and nobody else matters. Angelica Savage is sociable, however she has no trouble keeping a secret. Sasha Savage is blinded by her love life. Ivan Savage has many tricks up his sleeve but they dont always turn out as planned! Katya Savage is just a toddler, a toddler with a very unnatural family. The blurb reads: They would love to have you for dinner…

    At first, I found the book hard to get into, but I soon found myself turning pages and really connecting with the characters’ personalities. Would you like it? Well, if you have a stomach for gruesome things but room for a bit of secrecy and shock, the i reccomend this book to you. Anny body from the age of 12 would enjoy The Savages… they would love to have you for dinner!

  23. Anna says:

    My Family and Other Animals

    My chosen book is my family and other animals, it was originally written for children and so it is not terribly intellectual, however in is very light hearted and will undoubtedly make you laugh, it is an account of the author’s childhood Gerald Durrel which is spent in Greece. The book has very few characters, only Gerry, as he is known in the book, his mother, two older brothers, older sister and Spiro who is a very typically charming Greek man.

    Published over 50 years ago, it has not dated at all and is still a delight to read. It follows the life of the Durrel family who move to the island of corfu in Greece having got fed up of the constant English rain. I like it so much as it a very desirable life style and anyone with an older sibling will be able to empathise with Gerry. I have now read it about 15 times and I can practically recite it word for word.

    Despite it being written for younger children, it has a concise plot and an engaging story line. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  24. Izzy Miller says:

    The hunger games – Suzanne Collins
    Is a page turning adventure set in a land beyond your imagination. But it isn’t the peculiar place that the story is set in that makes you grit your teeth. It’s the crazy customs. It begins on the day of the reaping, when children are picked at random to face each other in an arena and fight to the death; delightful! Katniss and her sister Prim are preparing themselves while their fates are being swished about in a giant ball. Katniss is praying it is not her or her best friend Gale as they are having their name entered over 20 times! But what if the unexpected happened; what if it was Prim? Katniss did what any other sister would do, she volunteered. The twists and turns in this exciting book are endless. You never no what could be lurking around the corner. My eyes were glued to the pages, unable to put the book down. This book is definitely worth reading and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a book that can really change your opinion on reading from ok to AMAZING!

  25. Shannon Usher says:

    City of bones – book review

    This book made me laugh, cry, stay up all night so that I could read on, but most of all it captured me and kept me thinking about what was going to happen next. I admit that if my friend hadn’t recommended it to me I would have never of read it, so don’t let the title put you off so read it and you will then find out what it means. Clary fray thinks she is just an ordinary teenager until her birthday. Her and her best friend simon decide to go to a club called pandemonium, then someone (or something) catches her eye the next thing she knew a boy had drove a knife into his chest. Clary doesn’t know what to think why is she the only one to see it, she tells simon but he just thinks she going mad. She starts seeing the boy again, what does he want from her? Her mums calls clary says she will be home soon but no, her mum tells her not to come home in a panic she says that she loved her. Of course clary rushes home, but her mother is nowhere to be found, she hears a noise something attacks her she is trying to fight it off and all of a sudden he….. is there again, the boy from the club. He just saved her from whatever was attacking her, all this following her around must mean something! Read city of bones you really will not regret it!

  26. amber foster says:

    Imagine lying on a sun bed with a hot ball of fire hitting on your golden skin. With a drink in your hand and a peaceful melody in your ears from my iPod, your eyes fixed on a certain book (Miranda Hart: Is it me). The water lapping at your feet while you drift into another world of fame and comedy.
    It isn’t a typical autobiography, it is it is set out from childhood through to adulthood, and a collection of topics ranging from technology to beauty, displayed by ‘conversations’ with her younger self who is 18. Her distinctive voice and sense of humour shines away and I have even read it twice.
    My initial thoughts of this book were that it would be a dull story of someone else’s life, however after reading it, I feel it is a “awesome” read for anybody. When reading it, you create a great bond with Miranda and laugh with her throughout her journey.
    The older Miranda teaches you the way of life by digressing to the 18 year old Miranda’s past life experiences. As you dive through the book, Miranda teaches you many facts of life. She does this by swapping between her past and present showing how things have changed throughout the years.
    This book is a great read for any age; it is a funny and interesting book that will make you want to read more and more. Even if you don’t enjoy reading! I was so glad I picked this book to read, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, and even those who are just need of a light-hearted read.

  27. Grace Cottenham 7K says:

    Diamond Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
    Dixie ,Rochelle, Jude and Martine are sisters and are called diamond girls.
    When they have to move to a house in a run down estate, everything goes wrong. After five minutes there, Rochelles flirting, Judes fighting and Martines storming off. Even though Dixie is the youngest she is desperate to get the house ready before mum comes home with the new baby. Will they pull it together before the first diamond boy comes.
    This book is heart wrenching and gripping. I could not put it down, it is one of the best books I have ever read.

  28. Becky Lindsay says:

    ‘Divergent’ – Veronica Roth
    Last year I read this book because my mum bought it for me shortly after I read ‘The Hunger Games’ series. A lot of people had told me that Divergent was similar to that series, so I was eager to read it. At first, I was quite worried that it would be practically the same storyline, but I’m glad I kept reading. The book is set in the future, in a world where everyone is separated into groups called ‘factions’ which are based on personality traits. For example, the faction Dauntless is for people who are daring and fearless. There are four other factions: Amity, Candor, Erudite and Abnegation. You can already see the similarities compared to the Hunger Games because the factions sound somewhat like the districts in the hunger games. However, Divergent takes a large step away from these comparisons as it introduces the main character Tris, who is in Abnegation, the faction of the selfless. I really liked this character as I found she was very well-written, and there was a lot of character development. I find in a lot of the books I read that the characters come across as quite two-dimensional and dull, but Divergent is different. I also found that it was far more fast-paced and interesting, which is good for me because I get bored easily. However, I found that the other two books in the series (Insurgent and Allegiant) were a lot slower, so I didn’t like them as much.
    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the hunger games series, or anyone else, it’s quite an easy read and the plot is really interesting. Also, if it managed to hold my attention, it’ll definitely hold yours.

  29. Amelia says:

    The name of this book is secret

    I first read this book in year 3, and it was truly amazing. It’s a mysterious, adventurous and in some places satisfyingly funny.
    Enjoy my review on it, and I hope you read the novel and find it as fantastic as I have. Enjoy:
    Meet Cassandra. She is a survivalist, and always carries her backpack of supplies around with her. These supplies consist of a space blanket, a flashlight and a bag of trail mix (chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, banana chips and potato chips.) to mention but a few.
    Introducing you to Max-Ernest ( yes, that is his name). His parents couldn’t agree on a name, one wanting Max and the other wanting Ernest, so they named him both. They divorced each other about it, but still live in the same house. Even stranger? The house is xxxxx xx xxxx.
    Now we come to the serious part.
    A boy from their school is kidnapped by two people who are about xxxx xxxxxxx years old between them. Suspicion is aroused in the calibrators, and they go to a house which was previously owned by a xxxxxxxx who died recently. That is where the story really gets going.
    The two friends discover a xxxxx belonging to the dead xxxxxxxx, who wrote about a xxxxxxx who was xxxxxxxxx when the two were ten years old. The twist is that the xxxxxxxxxx were the same people who kidnapped the boy from Cassandra’s and Max-Ernest’s school.
    I feel that you know to much already, even with the censored out words.
    I fear that nothing will stop you from reading the book now. Go on, read it if you must.
    But please.

    Tell no-one.

  30. Amelia Clements 9K says:

    The book that I have chosen to talk about Is The Hunger Games. In the series there is 3 books, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Moking-Jay. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire have both been made into a film, which I have watched and very much enjoyed. But Mocking-Jay hasn’t been made into a film just yet, and will be coming out in the end of 2014.

    The Hunger Games is set in the future and is about a place called ‘Panem’ where everyone is split up into ‘districts’. There are 12 districts and each one is set up to provide for the capitol.

    The main character is Katniss Everdeen, and comes across as very rude but has to put up with a lot since was selected to go into the hunger games, along with Peeta Mellark. Since the book is written in first person it really connects the reader to the character, which gives it a personal touch.

    The Hunger Games made me think differently because of the way Katniss had to think, but at the same time it made me cry with the last book due to the huge plot twist.

    I came across this book because I was instructed to read more. After asking my friends which book is an easy read but at the same time very interesting, they recommended The Hunger Games and Divergent. I decided to read The Hunger Games since everyone goes on about it, and I really enjoyed them.

    I would highly recommend The Hunger Games series since they are thrilling and I don’t find books that interest me, but these are a exception. Even if you have a short attention span with reading, these books will be able to keep you on a constantly on the edge of your seat.

  31. The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
    I really enjoyed this book and I am so glad I gave it a try, as I am now on the last one in the trilogy!
    This book is set in the gloominess of District 12- Panem. The main characters are: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne.
    The book has a slow start, but once you get to about page 40, you won’t be able to put it down!
    When Katniss and Peeta are thrown into the arena, they never thought for one minute that they’d come out alive. But when they are told that there can be two winners, Katniss has hope. Can she do it?
    Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, so you can’t wait to see what happens next to the so-called star-crossed lovers.
    I would definitely recommend this book, even if you’re not into action-packed adventures, go ahead and give it a try!

  32. AR says:

    Alice`s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

    Alice`s Adventures In Wonderland was written in 1865 by author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly known as Lewis Carroll. It centres on a young girl named Alice, who one day, after becoming distracted by a white hare with a pocket watch, tumbles down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, where everybody seems to be mad, and everything struggles to make sense.

    I personally am not a huge fan of reading, and can`t sit still for longer than five minutes to read a decent book. However, this timeless classic is a moderate length and can be read in an afternoon, and never fails to amuse, as Alice meets a Cheshire Cat (who can disappear and reappear at will), joins a perpetual tea party (hosted by a Mad Hatter) and plays croquet with The Queen.

    Alice can also defy science and change her size depending on the food she eats and the drink she consumes. After all – it is Wonderland.

    Which ever way you interpret the story, it certainly is a magnificent read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a few hours to spare, or is in need of a decent book.

  33. She-Kei says:

    Hell’s Heroes – Darren Shan
    When I was 11, I was given the book The Demonata – Hell’s Heroes by Darren Shan. I wasn’t much of a reader when I was younger but when I started Hell’s Heroes it got me into reading more. The author’s series are definitely different from anything else you’ll ever read for this kind of genre, and I love that. I love the diverse characters as well — it’s hard not to enjoy certain characters that go from one extreme to the other.

    Before I go further into the plot Hell’s Heroes is actually the final book of the series so I won’t really go into much detail of the plot without causing too much spoilers and confusion. The series revolves around three protagonists: Grubbs Grady, a former mental patient who suffers from a family curse, Kernel Fleck a student to a half demon magician and Bec Macconn, a 1614 years old priestess with the face of young girl.

    The story starts off with Grubbs bidding his uncle an emotional goodbye before returning to the world beyond only to take the fight to the demon armies in the grim final war. Unfortunately not everything is as simple as that. Bec forms an unholy alliance with a demon. Kernel is blind and held captive against his will. Grubbs is mad with grief and is spinning out of control.

    I admire Grubbs, even after all the terrible things he has done and the people that he lost, he didn’t give up on his world. He’s not your average hero whose heart is pure and full of justice, he’s still a human, just like you and me, and he makes mistakes and suffers from it. His determination to bring Bec back was admirable, even though Bec was considered a traitor.

    Hell’s Heroes taught me that not everything is black and white and that the books that are most rewarding are the ones that challenge your views. That is why I am attracted to dark and twisted stories, it is also often why my favourite heroes are really the anti-heroes with hidden motives and shattered hearts. I read both the good and evil because I want to know what it’s like to be human, to me I think we’re all both the princess with the golden ball and the ugly troll under the bridge.

    The book isn’t just a horror story, it also deals with emotional matters such as love, grief, betrayal and much more. Since I’ve read this book I’ve been a big fan of books written by Darren Shan and an even bigger fan of horror stories.

  34. Yarrow Beckman says:

    ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making’ By Catherynne M. Valente

    I know – it doesn’t have the catchiest title, but this is one of the most fantastic, imaginative books I have ever read. The author is incredibly charismatic and tells the story like a traditional fairy tale except it is set around World War 2, not in medieval times!
    September lives in a constant state of boredom or terror, as she listens to the dreaded radio for any news about her father who went to fight in the war. Every day, she washes the same pink and yellow teacups and looks after the same small, annoying dog. But this all changes when the Green Wind offers her a chance to go to fairyland.
    This book contains flying libraries, mysterious blue boys, an evil Marquess with fabulous hair and a completely new perspective on life.
    Join September as she decides who she is and sets out to Fix Things with a book-loving dragon at her side. This book is as magical as it is bizarre – a definite must-read.

  35. Izzy Hicks 7k says:

    my book review is on a book by agatha Christie (a very famous detective writer) and it is called And Then There Were None.
    It is a mysterious and intriguing novel that is spooky in its own way. The actual title of the book gives it all away: and then there were none. Basically it starts off with 10 people who get invited onto this island by a unknown U.N. Owen. they have no idea who this is and neither does the reader. They all end up on this luxurious island which is thought to be owned by a millionaire, which they all think is U.N.Owen. But luxury isn’t all at this island, there is murder and confusion. But when it gets tangled up there is …… a spooky poem. Which turns to human form. All the guest die off one by one and they have no clue who it is. Will anybody ever solve this fantastical mystery murder? Is there a reason behind the murders? You need a lot of brains and guts to live on that island and not just the organisms.

  36. Annabel Pearce says:

    The Runaways by Ruth Thomas
    This is an amazing book that I would recommend to book lovers all over the world. It is full of unexpected twist and turns and takes you on a roller coaster of fun and surprise.

    Julia and Nathan are the outcasts of Mrs Henry’s class – never picked for the sports team or as a partner. They are barely acquaintances themselves but when the stumble across a stash of money hidden under the floor boards of and old abandoned and rundown house, they attempt to buy their popularity by flashing around their new found wealth.
    Of course, their lives take a turn for the worst when inevitably their parents and teachers start demanding answers. Buried in a deep hole, they can only see one way out – to run away.

    ‘A first rate novel’, Quoted by the Guardian, it won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award in 1988 which it certainly deserved! This book kept me hooked till the end and undoubtedly would have the same effect on you if you were to read this truly memorising Novel!

  37. Amber says:

    I’m not into reading like other girls in the year, even when I was I was little, my head was never in a book. However, I have read a few to be able to write a recommendation. The book I have chosen makes you cry but not in a bad and upsetting way, in a happy way, this is because you will laugh so much that you will shed a tear. The book is Miranda Hart: Is It Me. It isn’t your typical autobiography, it is set out from childhood through to adulthood, and a collection of topics ranging from technology to beauty, displayed by conversations with her younger self who is 18.

    The older Miranda teaches you the way of life digressing to the 18 year old Miranda’s past life experiences. As you dive through the book, Miranda teaches you many facts of life. She does this by swapping between past and present showing how things have changed through out the years. My initial thoughts of this book were that it would be a dull story about someone else’s life. Despite this , I went on a read it and now I feel it is a awesome read for anybody. When reading it you create as great bond with Miranda and laugh with her throughout her journey.

    This book is a great read for any age; it is funny and an interesting book that will make you want to read more and more. Even if you don’t like books, like me! I was so glad I picked this book to read, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, and even those who are just in need of a light-hearted read.

  38. Maya says:

    Plague by Michael grant

    It is one of those books that leave you wanting more. The series is revolves around Perdido Beach and surrounding area, in which every human 15 and older vanishes. The town and surrounding areas become encased within an energy barrier, with many of its kids developing supernatural powers. The books follow Sam Temple, as he battles the antagonists: Caine Soren and Drake Merwin as well as a mysterious, malevolent creature, known as the Darkness or the Gaiaphage.

    But ’Plague’, is the most gruesome, gory and detailed book in the series. This book has everything a dystopian fun wants; it has giant killer bugs, flying killer snakes and a infection that makes you cough up your insides violently. Grant keeps you on your toes as teenagers fight the impossible and leaves you at a awesome cliffhanger.

    I recommend ‘Plague’ to anyone who can stomach gore and the truth that maybe us teens can’t handle it when faced with responsibility.

  39. vgermon11 says:

    My Mad Fat Diary – Rae Earl
    This book is the diary of Rae Earl as a teenager in the 90’s. it is one of the most honest, down to earth books i have ever read. As i teenager Rae faced many issues such as having no body confidence due to her being slightly overweight and self harming .This makes the book so relatable especially for teenage girls.i bet you every single girl will go through times when she hates her body. The dairy starts when she is released from the psychiatric ward after it being suggested she start one by her therapist Kester. Stepping into the outside world is like struggling to swim in shark infested waters, and her only ‘friend’ is the evil Bethany. Luckily Rae is introduced to Bethanys new friends Issy, Archie,Chuck and Finn – who soon turn Rae boy-mad. This book really helps you too see other peoples views and just because they might seem light hearted and smiley on the outside doesn’t mean they aren’t going through something really difficult . it also teaches you that mental illness cannot be helped and doesn’t make that person bad just slightly different. i first read this book after watching the tv programme last year , the second serious has just been released and it so funny it is one of my favourite programmes. Everyone should definitely read this book (and watch the tv series) as it touches on some very serious subjects but is also absolutely hilarious and relatable.

  40. Harriott says:

    GONE – Michael Grant

    I should begin by saying that this book, though aimed at younger readers, does include a fair amount of cruelty, strong violence, and children dying – all of which is essential to the story, but might not be for everyone. So after writing all of that, does it sound bad to say that I actually really enjoyed this book?

    I have to admit that normally I’m not the biggest fan of books. I’m quite a cynical reader and in all honesty, paging through endless monotonous books is my description of torture. So never did I imagine myself sitting and reading a 576 page long, dystopian science-fiction novel, start to finish.

    In a nutshell, ‘Gone’ is about a world where everyone 15 and over mysteriously disappears. The idea of an adult-free life sounds quite cool right? Well it really isn’t. The children left are forced to take on adult responsibility’s and with starvation threatening, animals mutating and children developing deadly powers, it’s not what I’d call fun anyway.

    If I had to summarize this book in one word it would be ‘Exciting’. ‘Exciting’ isn’t the most descriptive or extravagant of adjectives but I think it’s the nearest I’m going to get to summing up how jam-packed and thrilling this book is. I have to warn you that it sometimes a bit heavy going and you have to actually remember to breathe but that’s something else I like about this book; how utterly captivating it is.

    I highly recommend Gone. It’s an easy read, an interesting one, and although slightly disturbing, it does provoke thoughts of the crazy possibilities of our future.

  41. Anna Perkins says:

    The Butterfly Lion

    When my dad first read the butterfly lion to me as a bedtime story, I was eight years old, and I knew it was a book that I would someday, be reading to my children. It had a huge effect on me, and is truly one of the most, if not the most, magical, charming and beautiful books I have ever read.
    It’s a story within a story and it begins with a boy of ten, who’s sick of his torturous boarding school, strict teachers and a brutal classroom bully. So one afternoon, he decides to run away. After wandering around for a while, unsure really of where he was going, he meets and old woman, Millie, who feels sorry for him and invites him to her house for a while to warm up. Millie goes on to tell the boy the story of the butterfly lion, a tale of life, love and letting go which makes the book totally unputdownable for anyone, even my dad who read it to me in one go! It can make you laugh, cry and is even complete with a little twist at the end, which just makes the story all the more enthralling.
    I still sometimes come back to this book and read it again, which I never really do with any other book, and in fact barely ever get time to read at all anymore. But the butterfly lion’s so special that I know it will always stay with me.

  42. Caitlin perriam7k
    looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
    this book is out of space. Since the moment I set eyes on the first page, I knew I was in love with it and I would not have any breaks until I finish it! I kept my word and was really gutted when I had finished it. it has won loads of awards, and the comments for the book I strongly agreed with.
    basically the story line is about a girl, jj, short for Jennifer jones, 10 years old girl who takes her best friend Michelle Livingstone down to the reservoir to play. however they get into an argument and Michelle storms off. jj is so cross that she picks up the baseball bat and whacks it hard across Michelle’s head; without even thinking). jj is certain Michelle is dead as she isn’t moving and isn’t breathing, although Michelle is actually unconscious, but jj doesn’t know that. so jj buries her and runs away. Michelle wakes up and goes to run but it was too late and her whole body had shut down. the police get suspicious and jj owns up. she is put in prison and escapes. she is wanted by the police. she wants to start a new, fresh life, she has a boyfriend and a new family; but after a long time of happiness, it all comes back. the newspapers spread it everywhere, and it has just ripped her new life apart; what will she do?…
    I couldn’t put it down and I was forever reading it, I have read it 4 times and it hasn’t made me bored yet and I will continue to read it over and over again. its a page turner that no one could resist…

  43. Molly Gilbert says:

    ‘After Tomorrow’ – Gillian Cross

    This book is a fast moving, incredibly exciting read that captures the reader and pulls them into another world. What is you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed? Money is worthless. Your friends are gone. Armed robbers roam the streets. No one is safe… This book is recomended for ages 11+. It is set in the UK in a ongoing war which is tearing apart the country. For Matt and his yonger brother Taco, a nightmare becomes a reality. Their only hope of survival is to escape through the channel tunnel. But danger waits on the other side… Stay with mum, or go with dad. what would YOU do?

  44. Alyssa Norcliffe says:

    Book Recommendation – Rose and the Magician’s Mask by Holly Webb

    Rose and the Magician’s Mask is the third in the captivating magical adventure series featuring the heroine Rose. Webb creates a wonderful fantasy world where magic is the norm – and evil can be around any corner.
    This third instalment of Rose’s story sees the heroine fighting evil thieves in the mysterious city of Venice. At a magician’s ball she is terrified by a wicked sorcerer and flees fearing for her safety, only to discover masked attackers follow her every move. Rose navigates her way through the streets and waterways of Venice as she tries to discover how to defeat her masked enemy. The city makes a beautiful backdrop for a fantasy story which is echoed in the descriptions of the locations. The dramatic climax of the novel sees her fighting for survival in a page turning final chapter.
    The novel is very well written, full of intricate plot twists. Sometimes, however, the complex storyline can border on confusing. The quick action of the story makes the reader want to discover how her journey progresses, into the heart of Webb’s wonderful kingdom. The novel would be suitable for pre-teen readers, although the characters would be more accessible for girls rather than boys.

  45. Theana Wakefield says:

    ‘Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
    Percy Jackson and the lightning thief is gripping novel that you won’t want to put down! It is written by Rick Riordan the author of many brilliant books including the Heroes of Olympus trilogies. Suffering with Dyslexia and ADHD, and having to put up with his evil step-father Gabe Ugliano, Percy discovers that he is a demi-god and the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. On a school trip he discovers that his Latin teacher, Mr Brumner is a Centaur and his best friend Grover is his protector following an attack by his maths teacher who turns out to be Hades, Poseidon’s enemy brother. Percy is then taken to Camp Half Blood, after having his mother vaporized in an attack. This leads to a quest to find his mother and Zeus’s lightning bolt after being accused of stealing it for Poseidon. Percy, Grover and his friend Annabeth (the daughter of Athena) set off on a journey around America looking for pearls to get the Underworld. Along the way they come face to face with many mythical creatures and aggressive adventures. They eventually get to the Underworld but does Zeus get his lightning bolt back? Who stole the lightning bolt? Does he get his mother back? Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the gods erupts? Find out and read Percy Jackson and the lightning thief.

  46. flora woolman says:

    book recommendation – Billy and me

    ‘billy and me’ by Giovanna Fletcher is a book that i feel should be on every ‘glamour rom-com’ readers’ bookshelves. The story features a young girl called Sophie-May who works in a teashop in her village, and Billy a starting out actor who is incredibly handsome. When the news spreads in the village that a film is to be shot there, Sophie and Billy’s paths meet, but as they fall head over heels in love with each other, it becomes a bumpy road, what with the whirlwind glamour and scrutiny that comes with being with Billy, can their relationship last? To find out, you’re going to have to read the book, as it takes you on a journey though romance, and other life events that are inevitable but still heartbreaking. It also gives valuable life lessons about how you should not just fall into a fantasy fairytale when falling in love; to be sure to look out for the other people in your life, rather than just your love, which i feel not enough rom-com books promote.Also it invites you to question, is fame really all that? As ‘ordinary’ people we crave fame hoping for a better, more exciting and glamorous life, but do we really take into account the crazy paparazzi, catty co-actresses who try to steal your man, and the complete lack of privacy that leaves Sophie-may shocked and confused? i would not have before reading this book, and i think everyone would take away a different message from reading this book, so read it and find out yours.

  47. Ellana Dawe says:

    I wasn’t the first person to discover and recommend John greens magical way of writing, but The Fault In Our Stars got recommended to me and had heard a lot about it. But it is mind blowing how he can write such a truthful book.

    It is my first John Green book I read but in no doubt my last. I fell in love with this book “the way you fall a sleep, slowly then all at once.” It took me on an emotional roller coaster, and I don’t think I could cry at another book as much as I did for this one, because the others just couldn’t be as significant. But “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” And that being a direct quote from the film, fulfils precisely how I feel.

    Hazel-Grace is a girl dying of cancer, and in her support group she shares a bond with Augustus Walters, and cancer patient in remission. They embark upon an emotional roller coast together which just seems to be going up before a sickening change of faite. John Green just has this emotion and authorial power about his writing that he doesn’t have to be delicate around the subject of cancer, he can write about the sordid detail just like the author within his book. I followed their few years and experiences together in such an emotional way that I felt as if I was watching it on the television because the details were so vivid.

    I have many favourite quotes as every page is a lesson for life, and I love the metaphorical meanings of everything in it, such as Augustus’ cigarette, because, he puts the killing thing between his teeth, but he never gives it power to do its killing.

    This would be a book I would highly recommend regardless of the usual genre, I guarantee this will bring you to tears, and I think everyone should embark upon this emotional roller coaster because “that’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt”

  48. Ella says:

    Blood tracks by Paula Rawsthorne

    Gina is a runner, who has always been inspired by her dad. However when her dad dies under mysterious circumstances, Gina finds it hard to accept that everything is alright. A world of lies, crime and betrayal, a world Gina can’t run away from…

    Always left in suspense, you never know what’s around the corner when reading this book. Just when you think you have solved an answer it comes to a dead end. Although, this is what I love about this book, millions of mysteries and unanswered questions. Suddenly, they all fit together, I like this because out of the blue everything starts to unravel. I would definitely recommend this, even if you’re not into this genre, this is undoubtedly one of the best murder mysteries you will ever read.

  49. Summer Cowan 9F says:

    The book that I have chosen is Heart Of Danger by Eliot Schrefer. It made me cry and is truly heart wrenching but it also changes the way that you think. It is not a true story but it is based loosely around true events.
    The main character in this book is debatable. You could argue that it is Sophie; the African girl who grew up in America with her Dad but every holiday goes to stay in Congo where her mother’s beloved animal sanctuary is. Or you could say that it is the adorable, innocent baby bonobo(A type of monkey/ape): Otto that was saved by Sophie from a life of torture and a cruel man having ownership over him. However, for me, its the relationship between these two characters, their bravery and courage through the hardships that they have to endure and most of all the length that they’ll go to to keep the other alive – that makes this book truly emotional and inspirational.
    The main plot of this story is that whilst Sophie is in the back of a car, on her way to her mother’s animal sanctuary, when she sees a helpless, frail bonobo being sold on the side of the road (Otto). The driver (A member of staff at the animal sanctuary) insists on driving on but Sophie persuades him to pull over and buys Otto with the little money that she has in her pocket. At this point she is unaware of just how close she will become to this little guy, she looks after him and raises him and when he is well into recovering and all seems well; the president of Congo is shot by rebel soldiers. There is no-one to replace him and that’s when all hell brakes loose… I read this amazing book in the Summer last year. To be honest when I first read the blurb, I wasn’t too excited about reading it but I decided to give it a go anyway and I’m glad that I did. I read this book literally anywhere I could: On the bus, at school, in my bed – anywhere. This book is important to me because I felt like, although I couldn’t relate to the events, I could really feel sympathy for Sophie and I was inspired by her bravery later on in the book. The reading zone said – ‘I cannot recommend this book highly enough’ , which just goes to show how fantastic this book really is. It will stay with you forever and you should definitely give it a try.

  50. Erin says:

    The book that I would like to recommend is ‘The Selfish Giant’ by the much loved genius, Oscar Wilde.
    Although not particularly intellectually challenging, or difficult to understand this book does have a profound meaning that is generally grasped after the second or third read. At first read, it does seen like a basic children’s book, written purely to entertain the young. But with a closer look to symbolism and context, the beauty of this book seems to come through.
    My favourite part in this truly enjoyable book is when the miserable, greedy and god-damn selfish giant slowly discovers compassion, and begins to understand basic feelings. It is such a gentle and poignant moment, you must be mistaken or lying if you say this part doesn’t bring a tear to your eye.
    I think the whole point and moral of this story is discovered at the end. Up until then, the reader is slightly confused and puzzled. What is this all about? Has Oscar lost his mind? Or gone off on a tangent? No. Wilde knows where he’ s going, and he’s trying to give you the moral which seems to be that you should always be generous and kind, as reward will come your way. The whole story seems to be an analogy for this, and a reason be tell people about this.
    I really hope that you do read this book, as it is extremely entertaining and one of my favourites even after hearing it ten years ago.

  51. Milly Munro says:

    Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is written in the prospective of a nine year old girl called Scout. It is set in 1936 in the southern states of America, when black and white people were segregated and the issues that this creates in society. Covering the discrimination of blacks generally, but mostly in law; which is where Scout’s father works as a lawyer. Her and Jem, her older brother, are oblivious to what is going on around them, until their father is defending a black man charged with rape of a white girl. This enhances the theme of prejudice against blacks.

    This book was written and published in 1960 when Harper Lee would have had lots of hate and discrimination for writing something like To Kill a Mockingbird, but Lee doesn’t get this and the book was excepted. This is because Lee cleverly wrote it in the prospective of Scout who is only a child and although it is bringing across the same views and points on the risky subject of race equality, it wasn’t frowned upon because it is as if the views are being written by someone ignorant and naive so would not understand the full meaning of what they are writing and therefore doesn’t matter as much as if it was written through an adult.

    I really loved this book because as well as looking back at society through the eyes of a child when America was segregated, it gives you an insight of how unfair and cruel the law and justice system was towards black people. I highly recommend this book because one, its a classic and everyone must read it sometime; two, if you are even vaguely interested in american history or what life was like in 1936 then this is the perfect book for you! I would not recommend this to anyone too young because even though it was written as a nine year old the language is very adult as well as the subject.

    With many lessons learned and just as many taught to both reader and characters throughout the duration of this novel, remember: “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”

  52. Abbie says:

    Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar…
    The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before.
    Except she can’t shake the feeling that she has … and with him – a boy she doesn’t remember ever setting eyes on…

    It was difficult choosing a book to recommend about, I mean there are books that make me think differently (like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick), books that make me laugh out loud (You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane) and books that transport me to another world (Angel by L.A.Weatherly). But Fallen is the book that got me into reading. It was the book that I got hooked on.
    It all started when a friend had bought it, she decided to bring it into school. Both Fallen and its sequel ‘Torment’ were already out, and my friend didn’t have Torment. – So, I wanted to be better than her, and I bought both books. – And I have to say, I’m glad I did; once I read the first page of ‘Fallen’, I was hooked…

    After a tragic fire, Lucinda Pierce moves to Sword & Cross School, a place for the troubled teenager to go, to make friends, and for Luce’s case, to meet the mysterious and dashingly handsome Daniel Grigori.
    But Daniel is peculiar, seeming to be interested one minute, and then repulsed the next. He’s hiding something, about him and Luce, and Luce will find out…
    But will her attempts to find out enlighten her – or destroy her?

    Many people I know have read the whole series (which is all out now) and agree, they are really good. I would recommend this book to any Paranormal Romance lovers, or if you can’t decide what to read next.

    Lauren Kate is the Author of ‘The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove’ which was No.3 on the New York Times Best seller List.
    Fallen also came 3rd, (in a different year) and spent a year and four months on the list.

    I would really recommend Fallen, and the other books in the series, as they take you on a historical, mythical, and romantic trip around the world. Follow Luce and Daniel’s fight for love, history and freedom in the Fallen Series.

  53. Natasha Ashen says:

    Recommending ‘Wither’ by Lauren De Stefano to Others
    This book was written to suit all teenage girls’ taste. It has action, mystery, romance and drama. This book is physically impossible to release from your tense grasp. Once you have laid your eyes on even a single word you instantly enter a world of dystopia.

    As soon as I read the blurb I found myself at the library desk not aware that I would later be engrossed in the book. “In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw. Women die at the age of 20, men at 25.” Humans are desperately trying to keep the human race ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it. I adored the plot as at the end of each chapter a cliff hanger emerges. Some moments are eye-opening, jaw-dropping and I must admit some parts I found cringing. I love every moment of this book it made me pause after each chapter and made me reflect on how the characters were feeling and what I thought they were going to do in the future, I was constantly imagining what it would be like to be a character in the book.

    All the characters were utterly unpredictable, different and yet so easy to imagine what they look like. Although, I did try to ignore the front cover as it does ruin my mental image of the main character, Rhine Ellery. Some characters seemed intelligent but deep down were naïve and vulnerable. Some seemed evil, twisted and sick but were frustratingly gullible and harmless. But each character was convincing and so intriguing.

    Lauren DeStefano clearly captures the reader’s attention by describing moments vaguely allowing your mind to imagine different scenarios and making you attempt to discover all the mysteries within every individual page. I really like the fact that DeStefano writes in the character’s view, because it lets you understand what the main character is like through her thoughts and feelings, this made me feel like I was actually part of the story that I was right beside Rhine as she experienced the best and worst moments of her life.

    This book is written exceptionally well and I would highly recommend this book to all teenage girls as it made me read a lot more books about dystopia and is generally a well-rounded book which you will never be able to put down until you have read the very last page.

  54. liv holliday says:

    The book I chose was “The boy in the striped pyjamas” by John Boyne. It is based in Germany during the second world war, when all Jews had been sent to concentration camps. The book follows Bruno, the son of a high ranking German officer who gets promoted to work at a camp and, due to this, the family must move away. Upon arriving, Bruno is bored and out of curiosity, explores the back garden and area surrounding it. This is when he finds Shmuel, a young Jewish boy inside of the camp. Although separated by a thin metal fence, the boys bond and become best friends.

    I don’t really like reading, but I like this book because its emotional but shows how important friendship is, and shows how children don’t care about factors such as race. It is a very heart-warming story of friendship, but as it reaches the final pages it takes a dramatically sad turn. It teaches you that friendship is stronger than anything else.

  55. Aastha says:

    Seeping with compassion The Book Thief revolves around the hardships of being the villain, bound as if by shackles to a world where humans are persistent on hurting one another. a baby being thrown into a furnace, a child pummeled to death, an adult stripped of dignity and shot in the snow. Would you like a part in these deeds?
    Well Death has no choice.
    He is always the inevitable conclusion.
    This story takes our stereotypical image of doom and turns our final visitor into a helpless, tired and regretful soul. A soul so horrified by the current times of World War 2 that he finds solace in Liesel Meminger an innocent little girl struck by tremendous tragedies.

    Liesel is in search for words, however through the pages of this book the reader finds something that words can’t really actually describe – ironically.

    So give it a go… its definitely one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read.

  56. Freya Searl says:

    Wonder- R.J Palacio and The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

    These Two books really changed the way I look at the world and also made me an emotional wreck! I’m pretty sure everyone knows what TFIOS is about but not so many know about Wonder…
    August, a 10 year old boy is going to school for the first time. He has a very rare genetic disorder, which meant he has had to go through years of operations to fix his face. The best the surgeons could do was fix his lip, make a chin using a piece of bone from his leg and form something along the lines of ears, duly described by August as ‘cauliflowers’ .The book is about the troubles he had to face at school and how his family were affected. Told through six different characters the book made me sob endlessly but also taught me how diverse love for one another can be. It has changed the way I look at the world and think about disabled peoples looking for their point of view shows just how harsh some people can be, just because you may not look and act what you may describe as ‘normal’. The Fault In Our Stars also did the same because, even through all through the physical and emotional pain they have been through, Hazel and Augustus still have managed to have a relationship the majority of us could only dream of. I won’t ruin the end for anyone but it just shattered me. I have no idea how I functioned after finishing it! I think you should read both books, if you haven’t already because they defiantly changed the way I think about the world and how it works.

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