8K book reviews October 2016

Dear 8K,
Welcome to the infamous DHS Book Babes website!
I am amazed that you have not yet had the pleasure of contributing to the site. Teen fiction is an area I am really keen to learn more about so I cannot wait to read your book reviews on here. Merits will be awarded to the most thoughtful and detailed reviews submitted,
Thank you in advance,
Mrs Macey.

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19 Responses to 8K book reviews October 2016

  1. Caiti Wardle says:

    Book Review
    Title: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
    Author: Rick Riordan
    The Titans curse is the third instalment in the Percy Jackson series which consists of five books. The main character is of course Perseus Jackson (Percy for short), and features a gripping beginning which makes you feel pity for the characters as if you knew them. A book that gives young teenagers everywhere a different perspective on the world as they see life through 13yr old demigod, Percy. After reviving Thalia Grace in the previous book, the opening features the three demigods, Percy, Thalia and Annabeth, and their Satyr Grover searching a military school where things take a turn for the worst and they meet other characters that become vital in books after. They then are given a prophecy, something that Percy knows all too well being the son of Poseidon, which states
    Five shall go west to the goddess in chains,
    One shall be lost in the land with no rain,
    The bane of Olympus shows the trail,
    Campers and Hunters combined prevail,
    The titans’ curse must one withstand,
    And one shall perish by a parent’s hand
    This leads him and his friends on a pun filled trip throughout America where they all deal with loss and ultimately find lost friends. But one must still die.

  2. Alice says:

    Book- Big little lies
    Author- Liane Moriarty

    This book is about a murder mystery. This book is one of the best books I have ever read! There was a murder but was it on purpose, a tragic accident or just parents behaving badly… what we do know is someone id dead, but who did what? This book goes through the life of these three women: Madeline, Celeste and Jane (the newcomer) Madeline has a daughter, Celeste has two twin sons and Jane has a little boy, each go to the same kindergarten class, however when Jane arrive Madeline and Celeste begin to have doubts about her son. Will they manage to take Jane under their wing, or will it all get too much. None of them know that the arrival of Jane could change their lives forever, the arrival of Jane could lead to a tragic event…
    It starts of telling you about the murder and then does a flash back and shows you the time leading up to the murder and how it happened. The more you read of this book the closer you get to finding out what happened and the more intrigued you get. The book tells you at the top of the page the date on which each event happens, so you will never get confused. In my opinion you will never get bored, there is always something going on which will keep you entertained.

  3. Sayema FAruk says:

    Book review on Girls out late.
    The book I have read is Girls out late. It is a book about a girl, Ellie, her two friends, Magda and Nadine and a boy. Ellie feels really insecure about herself, her look, hair and size however, she has a terrific talent for art. It is about her meeting a boy, feeling loved, insecure, hurt and then loved again. It was a book which really grasped and hooked me in with powerful adjectives, descriptive language and relatable situations. This book was really good. It was written by the worldwide famous Jacqueline Wilson. I really liked reading this book as it was a rollercoaster ride with things happening unexpectedly and with emotions running high and low. I would give this book 4 out of five stars.

    By Sayema Faruk 8K

  4. Toni Baylis says:

    Girls under Pressure by Jacqueline Wilson
    Girls under pressure is about a girl, Ellie, who thinks she is so much fatter that everyone else. At a model audition with lots of girls that are very skinny and beautiful, Ellie hears someone say that she shouldn’t be there because she was too fat. This really made her self- confidence go down and led to all different types of problems. She wants to be skinny so starts to not eat and food at all- she becomes anorexic. After stuffing herself with food in the middle of the night, Ellie is horrified with herself so she decides to make herself sick. At the swimming pool, Ellie sees a girl that she knows from school. She is horribly stick thin and is obviously anorexic. Over time, she starts talking to this girl. Just before she leaves to go on holiday, she collapses and gets sent to a health unit so that her health doesn’t decrease any more. At the end of the book, Ellie finally realizes that she should be happy with the way she looks and shouldn’t try and change it.
    I think this book will be good for girls age 11-16 as it has some mature themes like anorexia and bulimia but it would be suitable for girls of this age group.
    I like this book because it is very realistic and the problems are easy to relate to. Jacqueline Wilson is one of my favourite authors because she always writes about realistic life problems and situations.

  5. This book is called Opal Plumstead. It is written by Jacqueline Wilson and is about a girl of 15 called Opal. Her life is turned upside-down when her dad is accused of forging bank cheques. He is sentenced to a year’s hard labour so Opal must leave school and start work at Fairy Glen sweet factory. Soon enough, after a rocky start, she is coming up with amazing ideas and earning the factory lots of money. Then, one day, she falls in love… With her bosses son! Wil love change her world? Or will the upcoming war destroy it all?

    The book is based at the time of the start of world war two. I enjoyed this book as it gives the message to never give up, even in the most difficult times and that there’s always some good in every situation. I would highly recommend the book to everyone as it is very inspirational and it gives out an important message.

  6. Ottilie says:

    . Book Review. By Ottilie T-H 8K
    Book- Girls In Tears
    Author- Jaqueline Wilson
    I find this book very intriguing and dramatic. It is filled with lots of plot twists, friendship troubles and broken hearts. Ellie, the protagonist, has two best friends, Magda and Nadine. Ellie gets upset with Magda and thinks that she has betrayed her, when really it was someone else all along. She has a boyfriend Russel, they also get into a big fight which makes them break up, leaving Ellie in tears. Nadine is fed up with the other two lecturing her about the dangers of meeting someone on the Internet – she thinks her online boyfriend sounds wonderful! This is a great book and has a 4 ½ star rating which is very impressive, Jaqueline’s books are very popular especially around the UK, her books are filled with sad, sometimes emotional and also grown up points, showing how good of a writer she is.

  7. Sayema FAruk says:

    Book review on Girls out late.
    The book I have read is Girls out late. It is a book about a girl, Ellie, her two friends, Magda and Nadine, and a boy. Ellie feels really insecure about herself, her look and size however, she has a terrific talent for art. It is about her meeting a boy, feeling loved, insecure, hurt and then loved again. It was a book which really grasped and hooked me in with powerful adjectives, descriptive language and relatable situations. This book was really good. It was written by the worldwide famous Jacqueline Wilson. I really liked reading this book as it was a rollercoaster ride with things happening unexpectedly and with emotions running high and low. I would give this book 4 out of five stars.

    By Sayema Faruk 8K

  8. This book is called Opal Plumstead. It is written by Jacqueline Wilson and is about a girl of 15 called Opal. Her life is turned upside-down when her dad is accused of forging bank cheques. He is sentenced to a year’s hard labour so Opal must leave school and start work at Fairy Glen sweet factory. Soon enough, after a rocky start, she is coming up with amazing ideas and earning the factory lots of money. Then, one day, she falls in love… With her bosses son! Wil love change her world? Or will the upcoming war destroy it all?
    The book is based at the time of the start of world war two. I enjoyed this book as it gives the message to never give up, even in the most difficult times and that there’s always some good in every situation. I would highly recommend the book to everyone as it is very inspirational and it gives out an important message.

  9. Ellie Clark says:

    Girls out late is part of the “teenage reader” series from Jacqueline Wilson and is, in my opinion, a really good book; I could not put it down! The book starts with three girl teenagers who are best friends, Nadine, Magda and Ellie, about to meet in their local shopping centre. All of their curfews are 9:30pm. As all girls do, they go into music, clothes and drugstores to get everything they need or to just have fun and mess around! They meet a handsome boy (Russell) from a very posh school. As they are about to leave he approaches the main character (Ellie) and tells her how beautiful she is! They all leave town with Russell but as Ellie leaves Nadine to go home, Russell will not leave Ellie. It reaches 10pm and Ellie is panicking but Russell forces her to stay with a kiss!! Ellie heads back to her house when he grabs her and goes in for another kiss! She runs off leaving Russell in the dark and when she gets home her dad and step-mum (Anna) is furious. They can tell she has been with a boy and they then ground her! She cannot stop thinking about Russell and how much she loves him. Would she rebel or would she listen to her dad?

    Jacqueline Wilson is a skilled writer with 64 written books! Nick Sharratt is her illustrator and is also highly skilled. Wilson has been writing for years and years and always knows how to make you laugh, cry or feel passionate about a fictional character with her amazing language and intriguing storylines. It is a great read and quite amusing. I would recommend for year 8 and up.

  10. Matilda Hutchings says:

    Book Review
    The Wolf Wilder By Katherine Rundell
    When I saw this book I was instantly lured in. The exciting cover and excellent blurb really made me want to take the book out so I did. The wolf wilder is about a girl named Feodora and her mum who live in Russia. Her mum is something called a wolf rider, a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves and how to fight and run, and Feo is one in training. But then Feo life is at risk by the Russian army so Feo has no choice but to run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
    The newest novel by Katherine Rundell is simply stunning. It follows the life of a young girl who is in danger. You’re sat on the edge of seat but at the same time you love the story as it is beautiful. The book is full of wonderful and memorable characters, but none so much as Feo herself, and the wolves that she loves so deeply. With Feo, and her wolves, Rundell captures the wildness of childhood, and the bravery required to get through it

  11. Holly smithson says:

    Book review

    Book: Binge
    Author: Tyler Oakley
    Published: 2015
    Star rating:
    Review

    Binge is a book by Tyler Oakley who is a popular You Tuber, it explains his life: how he changed his name to be unique to how he found out he was gay. I really enjoyed this book it tells his life story from when he wasn’t even born, to now, from 0 to 21 million social media followers! I would recommend it for people aged 13 to 18. Some parts are a bit inappropriate and shouldn’t be read by younger readers. On the other hand this book is very entertaining and factual about his life, if you’re a big fan this book is perfect.

  12. Eleanor Twigg says:

    The book that I’m going to do a review about is Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson. I would recommend this book for girls around the age of 12-15. I think that the book is for older readers because it contains a few scenes that would be disturbing for younger readers. I would rate this book five out of five it is very unpredictable and I couldn’t put the book down.

    Blurb: April knows she was abandoned in a rubbish bin as a new-born baby, fourteen years ago. Now she’s happily settled with her foster mother, Marion – but there’s a part of April that’s desperate to know where she really came from, and who she really is. If only she could remember her real mother – or even find her . . .

    My favourite part of this book was when April went to find where she come from and everyone who looked after her during her early life. April’s favourite people who she stayed with was her foster parents. Sadly her foster dad left her and her foster mum. This caused her foster mum to become depressed and she sadly couldn’t look after April anymore.

    My favourite character in this book is April because even though she is only fourteen she is determined to find her background. I think this is a very brave thing to do as no one who April stayed with could no longer be here and even worse may not remember her.

  13. Emily Smelt says:

    Book Review
    This book review is on, Ratburger by David Walliams.
    The book, Ratburger, is about a little girl called Zoe who becomes very saddened by the fact her beloved hamster, Gingernut, died. Poor Zoe lives in a flat with her dad and disgraceful stepmum, Sheila. Shelia is so lazy, she even makes Zoe pick her nose for her! That’s repellent.
    When Zoe finds a new-born rat in the corner of her tiny room, she can’t help but keeping it as her new pet. She calls him Armitage and he happily becomes a replacement pet for her precious Gingernut. She sadly is getting bullied at her school, so he becomes her only friend. But she comes across a problem. How will she hide the rat from her revolting stepmother, Shelia and the pest hunter, Burt?
    Consequently, as well as being her pest hunter, he runs the local burger van. His burgers have always been appalling but the children who purchase them never, ever know what actually goes in them.
    Zoe then discovers that Burt is after her new pet, Armitage because he’s been set up by her sly stepmother to dispose of it.
    See what happens later on in the book. Does Shelia and Burt capture Armitage or does Zoe keep him for good?
    I would recommend this book to anyone because it’s amazing! It has brilliant detail and good use of language. I rate it a 9/10.

    By Emily Smelt 8K

  14. Ellen Spencer says:

    Book review – Never Count apples

    Never count apples is a heart-warming fictional book, cleverly written by Joyce Stranger, which is sure to win the hearts of all animal lovers. Her descriptive language and emotional storyline captures readers and sends them on a whirling rollercoaster of joy and sorrow. Anna and Dan Leigh’s dreams are crushed when they receive the news that they will have to leave their beautiful, rustic, country home in the centre of Shropshire’s vast fields to make way for a new motorway. They are forced to leave home and make a new life for themselves in a lonely, unwelcoming town. With no hope and the struggle of income, the Leigh’s feel that there is no way that their lives will ever be as good as they once were. But then Anna sees an urgent advert to take on an in-whelp Alsatian, named Zellie, and their lives are changed forever.

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 who loves animals and heart-warming tales. It has character, reality and a hint of pain, perfect as a winter read. I would give this book 4 stars out of five as I think that the story should be longer but it is still a great book. This book was published in 1974 and is still great story today.

    Joyce Stranger – background

    Joyce Stranger, who sadly passed away in 2007, was a great author who used to live in Anglesey, Wales. She was a passionate writer who wrote many books in her time, all relating to the strong bond between animals and humans. She trained as a biologist, specialising in the investigation of animal behaviour and she also tried her hand at pedigree dog breeding.

    Book Review by Ellen Spencer 8k

  15. Sian Watson says:

    Book Review
    Book: The Hunger Games
    Author: Suzanne Collins

    The Hunger Games is a fictional book set around 100 years from now in a future ruled by the Capitol after the brutal fights for remaining food and horrendous droughts, storms and fires of a land once known as North America gave us Panem: ‘A shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens.’ As the book describes it. The Hunger Games were a warning to the districts after an uprising against the Capitol. This book follows 16 year old Katniss Everdeen after she volunteers to take her 12 year old sisters (Primrose Everdeen) place in the Hunger Games. It shows her arriving at the Capitol and going through the preparations for the Hunger Games. As the book progresses, it follows her throughout the Game itself and shows how she survives in the Games. In my opinion, it is a very good book, it has a compelling story line and is very well written. If you haven’t read this I highly recommend it.
    By Sian Watson 8K

  16. Lily Thorp says:

    Book Review
    Book: Throne of Glass
    Author: Sarah. J. Maas
    Throne of Glass is a fantastic book set in a Mystical world in the past. It is a fiction book about a young (17 years old) assassin called Celeana Sardothien who was caught killing a man, and was sent to a torture camp where not many people survive even a day. A year later, she is still alive, and was summoned by Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard to compete in a competition for the King. The competition was to try and be the last criminal alive, and to kill all of the others. If you were the champion, you would work for the King for 4 years, and would then be granted freedom. The Crown Prince had betted money on the fact that she will win, but Celeana is not so sure, as every 2 days, one of the criminals taking part is killed horrifically, with no indication to who did it. It wasn’t a part of the plan. She is living in a lottery of who survives and who doesn’t. However, she has an advantage over all the other contestants in the competition. She is Ardalan’s Assassin, the best of the best. As the book progresses, Celeana goes through many ups and downs, and has relationships that were most certainly not meant to be. It is a ‘compelling’ book and ‘a must read’. I would definitely give it at 10/10 and I would definitely recommend this book.
    By Lily Thorp 8K

  17. Book Review

    Book: I am Malala
    Author: Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
    Publish date: 2014
    Star Rating: 5/5 stars
    Review:
    This book really puts into perspective of Malala’s experience as a girl fighting for education in Mingora, Pakistan. The moving and emotional pages can bring tears to your eyes thinking that someone had to go through this horrible experience of not going to school. Malala and Patrick produces pages of influencing young children on how important it is to fight for your education. This book is a must read and has to be read by young people at different stages in their lives. This book, not only does it explain about the biggest event in her life, it also, explains her life in great detail, before and after. I rate this book 5 stars and ,as I have said before, a must read.

  18. Chloe says:

    Book Review.

    Book: School for good and evil
    Author: Soman Chainani

    Review:
    Recently, I have read a book series called ‘The School for Good and Evil’. There are three books in this series and they are all amazing! They are called ‘The School for Good and Evil’, ‘The School For Good And Evil – A World Without Princes’ and ‘The School For Good And Evil – The Last Ever After’. The first book is about these two girls (Sophie and Agatha) who both live in a small village called Gavaldon. Sophie wishes to be a princess and get snatched by the ‘School master’ however Agatha is believed to be a witch. Sophie thinks that if she helps Agatha then she will be seen as a good person however as the girls get to know each other they become best friends. I love these books because they bring you so much joy and hope when something good happens which is not all the time as there are lots of twists and turns in the storyline. My favourite book is the 3rd book because it has an amazing ending and you really believe that this whole series is true and not fiction. I am so excited because I have read that there will be a 4th book and a movie! The author (Soman Chainani) also has a YouTube channel which gives us spoilers/extra details on the upcoming book.
    I would definitely rate this book 5 out of 5 because the story is a mixture of adventure and fantasy which are both of my favourite genres. This book is good for 11+ year olds as there might be things that younger children do not understand and some parts are a bit gruesome. This is a very good book and I really hope there is a 4th.
    By Chloe Bloodworth.

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