KS4 Book Reviews 2017-8

We are keen to encourage Y9-11 to read widely and remember how much they love books. It is also fantastic to share ideas of books which will pose a bit of a challenge helping you all move on from KS3 titles and authors….

Please post your recommendations of books – look forward to reading them!


130 Responses to KS4 Book Reviews 2017-8

  1. Florence M 9F says:

    I read Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and I would definitely recommend it. The story follows Jonathan Harker and his wife and friends who display complex friendships that change over time as they have to stick together to survive. Dracula himself is portrayed not like the quiet misunderstood vampires of the 21st century but as a truly evil and malevolent monster who doesn’t care about the lives of human beings. He is very cunning and unpredictable which is what makes this book so good. I personally didn’t find it scary, but it did raise moral questions on subjects such as immortality which were interesting to contemplate when reading. I didn’t find it too easy to read as it switched between letters, diary entries and points of view of different characters and is written in an old fashioned style so if you are looking for a more challenging read then this is perfect. 🙂

  2. Yasmin says:

    The maze runner is the first book in a trilogy written by James Dashner. The book which was published in 2009 is very similar to the hunger games and divergent which are all dystopian type books. The book is set in a future world in a maze where teenage boys are trapped in the glade having to fight for their lifes trying to solve the maze until Thomas enters the maze and starts disobeying the rules.

    Thomas who is sixteen does not remember anything about his past except from his name. His memory has been wiped like all the over memories of the teenage boys who he is with.The only thing Thomas can remember is that he must solve the Maze to save himself and the other Gladers. The maze is miles long and the fifty boys who have been put into the maze live in it and farm on it to continue their life in the very centre of the maze which is called the glade. Every day a few members of the glade adventure the maze which are called the runners and Thomas wants to become one of them.

    The walls of the maze move every night to create new dead ends and new paths and each night the walls which surround the Glade close and protect the Gladers against the monsters called grievers which live inside the maze. The boys had been put in the maze for two years and since Thomas joined, he has revealed more about the maze than ever before.

    The book is actioned packed and is very similar to the movie, maze runner is suitable for teenage readers, it is written in the third person and is a very good book but in comparison to the hunger games maze runner does not seem very realistic as the hunger games is set in a forest like setting where as maze runner is set in a giant maze.

  3. Alice Barrow says:

    For my challenging read, I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Although I struggled with it at first due to the language barrier, I did enjoy the stories. It was quite heavy reading but it had a lot of suspense and the crimes were cleverly plotted. I hadn’t read a book like this before and actually really enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how the details of the book (based in the 19th century) were converted to the Sherlock series set today. I would recommend it to others as it was actually surprisingly good even though it’s an older book. As I said, once you get your head around the language barrier its a really mysterious detective novel.

  4. Charlotte Newell says:

    My book was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte,
    As you may already know Jane Eyre has over 550 pages and 38 chapters, and surprisingly I haven’t even got past the half way point yet! But I have read the first fifteen chapters (page 187), so;

    This is an incredibly detailed novel about the orphan come governess, Jane Eyre, who’s mother died at birth and doesn’t know who her father is. At the age of 10, after suffering in the hands of her dead uncles wife for far to long, she is sent to a Christian school for orphans or single parented children called Lowood, where for 6 of her total 8 years as a student she makes new friends, one of which dies in an epidemic that spreads through the school. And in the last two years she becomes a teacher, after which she puts an advertisement in the local newspaper for a position of a governess who can speak good French, is educated in England and is qualified to teach French, drawing, music and English. After a few weeks she receives a letter inquiring her advertisement and if she would like a job as a governess for a 12 year old French girl who speaks very little English. Jane then moves to a magnificent house called Thornfield where she is employed by the mysterious and eerie Mr Rochester who she later falls in love with. She has been at Thornfield for over three months when the Chapter finishes.

    This is my favourite 19th century novel because the description and language are so compelling, effective and, surprisingly, descriptive! I relate to Jane in many ways so feel like I have a kind of connection to her, so her feelings, emotions and the way her character comes across throughout the beginning of this book are things I feel, things I understand and things I feel I know about. The writer Bronte is a genius with her words and can really create images and emotions with her poetry which really gives this book more of a sense of being a diary rather than fiction, as it feels really personal and that she experienced Jane’s character first-hand.

    I will continue to love, cherish and read this book many times in the future, you may not feel the same way but please do give it a go!

    Charlotte Newell 9k

  5. Vicky says:

    When looking for a challenging read, I knew instantly that I wanted to read ‘The Book Thief’. It is written by Markus Zusak, an Australian author, however all of its 584 pages are narrated by death. The book is set in Nazi Germany, a place and time when the narrator notes he was extremely busy. It describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighbourhood, and a young Jewish man who hides in her basement during the escalation of World War II.

    Obviously it is a monster of a read and I would strongly recommend it. ‘The Book Thief’ has grown on me so much that it has become one of my all time favourite books. As well as reading the book, I would also suggest that watching the film, before or after, definitely helps you to understand the storyline and emphasises the passion, love and emotion shown throughout.

    The book is filled with facts and what Germans had to face with Hitler ruling their country. It shows the very strict circumstances and how people risked their lives for others. This book has genuinely touched my heart and is a book that you will really get involved in. It is that type of book where your eyes seemed glued to the page and where you find yourself always saying ‘just one more chapter’. ‘The Book Thief’ will always be a book that steals my attention, tells you things straight out and lets your imagination run wild! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I ensure you that you will too.

  6. Katy J says:

    I read ‘One Breath Away’ by Heather Gudenkauf. ‘One Breath Away’ has a very interesting story line, of a mysterious man with a gun in a school, holding a class of pupils hostage. Gudenkauf has a very unique way of telling the story, because each chapter of the story shows different perspectives to the present events using different characters who are playing either a police officer searching for the gunman, a student being a victim and family members outside who don’t know what is happening. I found this way of telling the story very good and intriguing because I liked the detail of emotion Gudenkauf presented through each character.
    I also liked the reflections and flashbacks many characters had during the story, and I really liked how you get to know the characters a lot throughout the story. This story also presents opportunities for the reader to be a ‘detective’ following the plot and figuring out who the man with the gun is. This original storyline is full of surprises and twists that keep you intrigued and constantly wanting to read on.
    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone as it is one of the best books I have read, and I think Gudenkauf is a great author, and I will continue to read more of her books in the future. The detailed thoughts of all the characters can make you connect and find similarities between them, I really enjoyed reading this book and I found it exciting and interesting.

  7. frankie carpenter says:

    Over the past few weeks I have read the book, ‘the perks of being a wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading the book but I quickly picked up on the main character and how he is different to his schoolmates. I followed the story as the main character starts his first year of school and finished his first year of school joining his friends in graduating celebrating and just being teenagers. I really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend the book others because it is written in a short letter format aimed directly at you – which is great if you’re a teenager when reading this book because you make the ultimate connection to characters and experiences. The main character is a weird and intelligent boy which can make him hard to understand complex words or phrases – so keep a dictionary close by when reading it. The main characters shyness teaches us that ‘we can’t stay on the side lines, there comes a time when you have to experience life from the dance floor…’

  8. Mia Flanagan says:

    I have recently read ‘The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time’ by Mark Haddon and although I found that it was not very challenging it is definitely worth reading. I found it perfect for me since I don’t have much time to read but the story line is easy to follow yet humorous and interesting. The main story line follows a young autistic boy – Christopher Boone- who starts of the book with the unforgettable event of him recounting when he found his next door neighbours dog – lying dead – with a pitch fork stuck through it! As he decided to investigate the ‘murder mystery’ he uncovers secrets about his family which lead him to stepping out of his comfort zone and travelling to London alone. On his adventures he shows life through a very literal perspective noticing things that we don’t which presents a humorous side and allows us to relate to real life situations. This is definetly a book to have read since it is so unique -including diagrams and pictures- so is interesting since I have never read a book quite like it.

    • Catherine says:

      I’ve watched the stage production of the curious incident. If you really loved the book you should go watch the stage production!!

  9. Nicole Garland says:

    The perks of being wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a fictional story about an American teenage boy discovering high school and all it has to offer. It is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that brings you back to the poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
    Charlie, the main character, is portrayed socially awkward and begins high school with little friends. Unaware of normal teenage habits, he is very intelligent and beyond his years. However the author explains of the previous events in Charlie’s life, his best friend’s death and the time he spends in hospital for depression. At school he meets Sam and Patrick who introduce him to parties, drugs and the rocky horror picture show. He faces many dilemmas such as his mental health disorders which affect him daily. The book is written in a series of letters Charlie sends to an anonymous friend. By the end of the novel, he realises he can’t stay on the side-lines forever- being a wallflower- and therefore begins to participate in his life.
    I think this book is suitable for ages 13+ due to the mature themes.I enjoyed reading this book because I could relate to how the main character is feeling and the problems he faces in school. I also liked how the book is written in letters, sectioning on off each event and days in which he writes as it makes it easier to understand.

  10. Kitty Fry says:

    For our task to read a challenging book, I decided to read the sophisticated yet short book, The Great Gastby. Here is my review:

    Set in the 1920s and narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man who comes from a fairly well to do family and after leaving from fighting in the war and now looking to sell bonds, The Great Gatsby is a gripping and great love story.Nick has recentley moved house into a small and ramshackle cottage next to the wonderful and grand of of James Gatsby (although his real name is Gatz). Nick finds him to be a peculiar fellow who holds wonderful large parties for people who travel miles to West Egg (where both Nick and Gatsby live) to attend these parties and ‘dance the night away’. After witnessing many mornings after, Nick gets a intriguing invitation to Gatsby’s party and goes there not quite knowing who the host is. Later that evening they finally be and instantly have a friendship between them. After having lunch with Jordan Baker, an old friend of both Gatsby and Daisy, Nicks cousin, nick finds out that Gastby was once very close with Daisy and that they had fallen madly in love with each other a whole 5 years before. To cut a long story short, at Nick and Gatsby’s planning and without Daisy knowing, Nick holds afternoon tea and gets Daisy and Gatsby together to rekindle the love they once had for each other. But Daisy is now newly married to Tom Buchanan, a rich polo player who Daisy didn’t truly love. Gastby had a secret past that was full of rumours and lies, but later in the novel, Nick finds out that he is actually in an illegal business, selling alcohol that, at the time, was not legal.

    I really enjoyed this book and found it as a great follow up to the recent film, The Great Gatsby, that I also really enjoyed. Written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, the book takes on a up and down dollar coater that absorbs you in the lavish lifestyle of the rich (both newly rich and old aristocracy) in the 1920s. Fitzgerald explores the difference between both the newly rich (Gatsby) and the old aristocracy (Tom and Daisy). This is represented by West Egg, where Gastby lives and East Egg, where the Buchanans live. Fitzgerald portrays the newly rich as being vulgar, showy and lacking in taste. Gatsby, for example, lives in a great big mansion, wears a pink suit, drives a Rolls-Royce, and does not pick up on subtle conversational signs, such as the artificialness of the Sloanes’ invitation to lunch. In contrast, the old aristocracy holds grace, taste, subtlety, and elegance, shown by the Buchanans’ tasteful and mature home and the flowing white dresses of Daisy and Jordan Baker.

    What I love about this is that these masks of the differing rich are beautifuly juxtaposed against the cruelness or kindness of their hearts. While Tom and Daisy are inconsiderate cowards who hide in their money and shy away from anything that may break their cover (like when they move away at the end of the novel), Gastby only moved to his new home to be near Daisy and he chooses to look after Nick and welcome him into his home despite his gaudy appearance.

    Basically, I would thorough recommend this book for anyone who believes they could read it and I really did enjoy it! Although I have a lot more to say, i think I will leave it there for this book review!

    5 stars out of 5!!

  11. Florence M 9F says:

    I have just read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and I did enjoy it. The story follows Dorian Gray, a young man with charm and good-looks but no solid morals, allowing him to change at any point. A picture is painted of Dorian that ages and cripples while he stays young, each evil deed that he commits makes the picture even more grotesque. Many many psychological theories are raised in this book however I found that as the story went on, it became increasingly more apparent that even the smartest of characters who enjoyed discussing the nature of human beings was lost and just guessing. This book was not easy to read for me due to the strange old-fashioned writing style but if you go through it slowly you shouldn’t miss anything. If you think you are up to it, give it a go! 🙂

  12. Jaz says:

    61 hours- Lee Childs

    I read 61 hours by lee Childs and I would definitely recommend it.What I found very interesting in “61 Hours” were the characters. Jack Reacher, the main character is a man of mystery. He believes in minimalism and has no home, no car and no suitcase, preferring to buy clothes when he needs them and throw the old ones out. While we learn a little bit about Reacher’s personal life in this book, what I found appealing about him is his burning desire for justice and his incredible intelligence. On the other hand, Plato, is one of the most disturbing villains I have encountered in this book. Standing only 4 ft. 11 inches tall, Plato is a man who is used to giving orders and delivering outrageous punishments to people who do not obey.

    I literally couldn’t put this book down when I was reading it even though the story ends in a cliff hanger, but it is certainly a book I would reccomend.

  13. Ellie-May Dunne says:

    The perks of being a wallflower, written by Stephan Chbosky is a book about a young boy growing up. The book starts off slow, with a lot of back story of the boys life. However when you get into the book it becomes an extremely entertaining read.

    The book could be a good read for all ages 13+, it includes some content that is not suitable for people under 13. However it is relatable for most people whether you are growing up or have already grown up. It is also suitable for male and female readers as both can relate and enjoy reading the book.

    I think that the book is a fantastic read and opens your mind about some of the issues that the story includes. This book has also been made into a film, and although I haven’t watched it myself, I am sure it won’t match up to the book!

    For me I think the perks of being a wallflower is just as good as the fault in our stars by John Green. I think you are missing out if you haven’t already read this book. I could not put the book down after the first few chapters, and I can insure that neither will you.

  14. Kiera Durston 9E says:

    My challenging read was ‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ by Robin Talley. I did not choose this book because I was looking for a ‘wordy’ challenge to test my knowledge of words but to ‘challenge my emotions’. I knew from reading the blurb that this book was going to be hard to read because of how strong the topics are.

    I would definitely recommend this book to everyone age around twelve and upwards; unless you don’t like the thought of having your heart ripped out of your chest tens of times in less than an hour.

    There are only a couple of words I can use to start to describe this book. Heart-wrenching, but absolutely amazing. I can’t write about every detail because I would be here all night, but I will write about a few.

    Lies We Tell Ourselves, a novel set in the 1950s, is about a teenage girl named Sarah, who is one of 15 black children taking part in the first interrogation movement in America. Along with her younger sister Ruth, she starts at Jefferson High School, which,obviously, before was an all-white school. The first thing that really got to me when reading this book was the use of the racial term beginning with ‘n’ and other racial terms I hadn’t heard of: which I guess is a good thing. These words were used a lot by Sarah, the narrator, describing how the white people talked to her and her friends. Not only this, they got spat on, a boy had a basketball thrown at his head, someone was knocked down in the corridor and potentially abused, and a boy named Chuck was almost killed. Knowing that stories like this, and worse, were actually true made this story even more powerful.

    There is a white girl named Linda in this book, who narrates the second part of the story. She is the daughter of a man who works for a newspaper writing editorials about how segregation is right. Linda is forced to work with Sarah on a school project, and soon she begins to get feelings for Sarah, and vice versa. This makes the book even more tense because even though the reader knows it, the girls have no idea that they both feel the same way, until the end of the book, when they show how they really feel and move together after graduation. Sarah’s sister, Ruth, narrates the final part of the story, which I think was a nice way to end the book.

    I am not going to write about every quote I found effective in this story, but I will do a few.
    Extremely effective in my opinion, the sentences that potentially brought me to tears- “dumping the filthy water out all over Chuck, making the boys laugh. Then he flips the bucket back over and slams it down into Chuck’s chest. I hear the crunch of ribs breaking.”,”Bo is slamming the mop handle down again and again.” and “Then I realize it isn’t a shadow. It’s blood. There’s an open wound running down the side of his head. Blood flows out in streams.” These few quotes not only made my heart ache but it made me realise the pain and torture black people had to, and still have to, go through; simply because their skin is a different colour than white people.

    Overall, I think that this book was an amazing read, and once I had picked it up, I sat there for hours reading- and I have come to realise how brave and strong people can be, making decisions for themselves and coming to realise who they truly are and what really is right, for themselves, and the world.

  15. Kate Stephens says:

    For my challenging read I read “Room” by Emma Donoghue. It is a brilliant book, exploring the terror and boredom of kidnapping from the perspective of a five year-old boy, Jack. The plot is compelling, meaning that I read the book quite quickly and I was very keen to reach the end to be certain of the fate of the two main characters. The characterisation is strong and I felt I grew to know the main characters extremely well and I wanted them to emerge from their predicament unscathed. The language is matter of fact and, although the situation is highly emotive, the language is not emotionally charged. The reason I am still talking to people about this book is the compelling storyline.

    Jack was born in his 11 paces by 11 paces room, where his mother had been kept prisoner for 2 years prior to his birth. The solitude has made her depressed and she has days where she is ‘gone’ and doesn’t speak. Jack’s mother decided not to to tell him about the beauty of life outside their hideous confines. Jack has never met anyone but his mother and sleeps in the wardrobe every night to hide from Old Nick, their kidnapper. When Jack turns five his mother’s fear becomes unbearable and, from years of waiting for the worst to happen, she decides that they must escape. At this point she decides to tell him about life outside their room as the only person who would have a chance of escaping is Jack. After days of lessons and planning they begin their cunning plan. Old Nick comes in every night to take out the rubbish and read the shopping list they have written, only tonight he finds a crying mother comforting her gravely ill son. She begs Old Nick to take him to the hospital but out of fear of being caught, old Nick refuses. This means it’s time for plan B: Jack has to pretend to be dead in order to escape. Ma rolls him up in a blanket and again they both wait patiently for old Nick to return. When he comes he picks up the frightened Jack and throws him in the back of his truck to bury him. When the car stops Jack jumps out and runs for help and, with the help of the police, they both escape.

    We imagine that life will be brilliant now. However days later in a mental health ward Jack walks into his room to find that Ma is ‘gone’, but this is different: Ma has swallowed all of her pills. Jack runs for help and saves her life. This is proof of how, after years of being kept prisoner, the one thing you want can all be too much.

    i loved this book and would definitely recommend it. However it is an emotional read: the story is sad but does have a happy ending, for some people anyway. It makes you think about how lucky you are and how things are often more complex than they seem, this is because you may think life would be brilliant after their escape, but they can’t even go outside without covering all of their skin and wearing dark sunglasses, as these haven’t been exposed to bright light in so long.

  16. Alex Macrostie says:

    The book I have read is Life Of Pi and I have chosen it because of my family’s close connection with the author. I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. It is extremely easy to read but yet with still some complex advanced vocabulary. There is a thought provoking storyline that uses unusual circumstances to allow the reader to connect with the character. Pi has strong characteristics like braveness and logic but you can see he changes as the story progresses as he sees more and more things he didn’t want to see. Having the repetitiveness of the days spent on the boat with the randomness of some of his encounters made a good contrast. Having the tiger as a main character made a good anchor because as the story developed so did the bond and trust between Mr Parker and Pi. The leaving of Richard Parker at the end of the book reminded everyone that he was still a wild animal. I especially like the ending where Pi told people two stories and asked them to choose which one they preferred.
    I would recommend this book because it was amazing to read and incorporated so many unique ideas.

  17. Amber Macleod 9K says:

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a novel written by John Green and David Levithan, Green writing the odd-numbered chapters and Levithan writing the even ones. It is told from the point of view of two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, who meet in a shop in Chicago. The first Will Grayson is best friends Tiny Cooper, a homosexual footballer. The other Will Grayson, a homosexual from Naperville that suffers from depression tells the second story. After both Will’s meet, Green and Levithan use their characters to explore themes of love, honesty and friendship.

    Not normally much of a reader myself, it surprised me that I actually enjoyed the book as much as I did. This is probably my favourite genre of books, real life with a hint of unintentional comedy. Wether it be a bad pun or a clever remark, many times throughout this book, I found myself laughing out loud. However, due to the two authors, both with different writing styles, i sometimes found myself a little confused. I would recomend this book to people over 14 due to the mature themes and strong language, but it is definitely worth a read.

  18. I read ‘the thirteenth tale’ by Diane Setterfield. This book is about a young biographer who gets asked to write the biographer of the mysterious Vida Winter, an author who has never before revealed her childhood. However, she is dying, so she calls Margaret Lea to tell her the story of her past. A lot of the book is Vida Winter telling her story, and occasionally it got a bit confusing as to whether she was speaking or not as the story wasn’t it speech marks.

    My mum recommended this to me as my challenging read and she told me that the story was full of twists and turns the whole way through, and gradually because more gripping, but in the first 350 pages or so nothing much seems to happen, apart from most of the characters dying dramatically or leaving the house. However even this was not very interesting as it wasn’t written to allow you to get attatched in any way to any of the characters. It did have a good ending so if you don’t mind reading a lot I would recommend this book just for the ending.

  19. Laura Aldersley 9F says:

    Farnkenstein by Mary Shelley is a classic novel. It is mainly written in extracts of letters which makes it quite interesting however vey complicated to read and understand. Most people have heard of Frankenstein but a lot of people haven’t actually read the book. When I first started reading it, I could understand why. It is so old fashioned and complicated and I didn’t think I would be able to finish it. However, as I continued to read, it became more and more enjoyable.
    As the novel progresses, you can see the subtle changes to Victor Frankenstein and you can see him becoming more and more insane. It is very interesting to read.

    I do recommend this book to people around my age or older. You just need to get into it! I think there is quite a lot of unnecessary content that makes it perhaps slightly less exciting, however it really is worth reading, and that is the nature of the book.

    To conclude, I recommend this book to you all to read! it is really cool and fun once you get past the old language and slow beginning.

  20. Z. says:

    My challenging read was “Sleepless” by Lou Morgan- it is a thriller/horror young adult novel that had me jumping at my own shadow long after I finished reading it. Although it wasn’t a particularly ‘wordy’ challenging read and it wasn’t really about sensitive or controversial topics either, the brilliantly chilling descriptions might not be enjoyed by certain younger readers.
    The story follows a group of smart teenagers from wealthy families, preparing for their exams at Clerkenwell school, a school for the academically elite with a high reputation and no tolerance for failure. It is told from the perspective of Izzy, the last of her small group of friends to arrive at the school. As the exams creep closer and stress levels rise, Tigs suggests taking a study drug, FokusPro, to assist them in their revision– only later do they find that there are far worse things than failing an exam. As their lives take an 180 degree turn for the worst, they find themselves haunted by hallucinations and approaching insanity as they try to cure themselves of the drug, discovering plenty of unpleasant surprises along the way.
    This was a book with a horror plot unlike any other I have read, which is partly why I am so fond of this book. The plot is a maze of terrible events with many plot twists, most of which I would never have expected to happen, making the novel very gripping and un-put-down-able. It kept me up the night, not just because of the vivid details in the text that lingered in my mind but also because of the excitement I felt reading it- it almost felt like I was Izzy, experiencing everything she did and struggling with her.
    In addition to this, the range of different characters with unique personalities and backgrounds was something I loved seeing in this book. From Izzy, who doesn’t seem to have the best past but doesn’t often mentions it, to Mia and Dom, the competitive twins who strive to be the best.
    I would highly recommend this book, along with the other book in the “Red Eye” series, to anybody about 14 years or older who love a scare as these books are brilliantly written and will keep you entertained for hours.

  21. Mariam Bihnam says:

    The book I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    Although I have not finished it yet, I will tell you about the book so far:
    It’s a 3rd person viewpoint and has a very mysterious plot to it, it kind of jumps straight into things and you have to read between the lines to find out what is going on. There are magicians who perform just like any old magician. But the audience don’t know that what they are actually doing and the magicians really are magic. Their children are also growing up to be magicians and are all somewhat signing up to play this “game” which I have yet to find out about. It goes through their lives and every chapter tells you what is going on in each child’s life. Which is confusing because the story jumps from person to person. So you have to remember what is going on and not to get confused between each child.

    There is a lot of challenging vocabulary but is still understandable. I really love this book, since it was recommended to me by a Yr9 friend so I knew it was worth a try. I am really enjoying it and is definitely worth reading!

  22. Jenny Adkins says:

    The minute I turned the first page of this book I fell in love. It is unique. The kind of book which you have a sort of inability to put down because the storyline hooks you so much you are fixated on the next twist or compelled to read on to find the destiny of the characters. It is the first in a gorgeous series, one that could make you lose yourself so suddenly. The book would have been a perfect summer book, a light, thoroughly enjoyable read you could encase yourself in. However, even though I read this during the winter, I felt transported to the perfect summer. The sound of the waves echoing in the background and the long evenings filled with the joyous sound of music. It reminded me why I find winter so despicable!
    Having never read any Jenny Han before, I was intrigued as to what I had let myself in for when I first picked the book up, however I was pleasantly surprised. It is so conflicting to the cliché romance novels filled with stereotypes.
    What intrigued me most about the novel is the main character, Isabel or Belly, who was such a normal teenager. Han captured quite well the struggle of a teenage girl who didn’t quite know how to act anymore. All the new emotions overtaking her body that sometimes they just got too much for her and she’d throw a tantrum or sulk like any other teenager. It was the fact that sometimes it was impossible to hold it all together anymore and the cracks started to appear. I found this very relatable as it showed that she wasn’t perfect and she was still trying to find the person she wanted to be in the infinite world she would soon be entering and I find personally that this is the reality for many teenagers. Han really expressed the heartache, pain and frustrations that, as the reader, you could understand the emotions along with her.
    However, Belly had her flaws, and in certain parts of the book the decisions she made frustrated me, like in relation to her Mum. She was so unkind to her mother but so loving to her mum’s friend but I feel that most teenagers act like this towards their mothers. Yet all the things she did felt real. She was a human and that involves making mistakes along the way. This book was definitely a coming of age novel and the changes within the characters are really clear as they mature along the way. Furthermore, Han seamlessly wove in flashbacks, providing a background to the characters lives also adding to the book in the present day. They were a fantastic addition as it gave the reader the ability to learn about the characters lives. And as for Conrad and Jeremiah, well I loved them both. Even though Conrad appears a bit of an idiot at first, his personality develops throughout the book as well as Jeremiah’s, who was so sweet all along. They seem such unbelievable characters and you can really understand why Belly loves them both; in different ways.
    In conclusion, the book was a vortex. It sucked me in. The style of Jenny Han’s writing is so subtle but suddenly hits you like a strong gust of wind and it feels so good that it’s painful. The Summer I Turned Pretty is written as a sort of memory so strong you can almost taste it; so tangible. I think the reason I fell so in love, so addicted to this novel is how relatable it is to any teenage girl- As Belly deals with the noticeable distance from her mother and the harsh reality of divorce and illness. It depicts that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes and that everybody has flaws. Overall, I would recommend this to any teenager, but also to any adult in need of a nostalgic novel which will take them back to their youth and remind them what it’s like to be young again, and the novel has the ability for them to relive it all. Or even think of the future. This book really captures the spirit of growing up, and I love it up to the very last word.

  23. Lucy Hodgins says:

    I read bang bang you’re dead by Narinder Dhami. It is a book about a young who’s mum suffers from manic depression. Her twin brother desperately wants her to do something about it but she is too scared so he decides to take matters into his own hands and do something to make their mum notice them. The story is partially made up of the present where there is a gunman in their school with Mia trying to find her brother and partially flashbacks of her life. I was really gripped by this book as most of the chapters end on a cliffhanger and there is a massive twist at the end. I would really recommend this book as it is amazing

  24. E. says:

    Books I read over the summer…

    -The Silence Trilogy by Natasha Preston:
    `Broken Silence`
    `Players, bumps and cocktail sausages`
    The 3 books are about a young girl who hasn`t spoken for 11 years and her struggles with life and her best friend, overall they were shocking but very enjoyable to read.

    – `Lets get lost` by Adi Alsaid , the story of a teenager who is travelling across America and Canada to go and see the Northern Lights. She meets new people and you see what the girl looks likes in the eyes of the people she meets. I could not put it down.

    -`Twenty – eight and a half wishes` by Denise Grover Swank , a women has been living with her mother for her whole life and one day she just gets fed up of being bossed around and not allowed to do so much of what she wants to do, so she goes off and writes a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies, the book is about the struggles of her trying to complete these wishes she set for herself whilst living next to her dream guy.

  25. E. says:


    Solitaire is an honest realistic fiction written by a teenager (Alice Oseman who is only nineteen) for teenagers so it’s totally and utterly relatable.
    You know what I loved the most about Solitaire? Tori. Whilst she’s cynical, sarcastic and mentally troubled, she’s real and it’s great to read and see her develop and I loved every second of it. I also loved Michael Holden and his bumpy touching relationship with Tori and how, at the end, it was all about acceptance.
    The Solitaire aspect of the story invited mystery and suspense, and although I guessed early on who was behind it, the reveal is still rather spontaneous.
    As this was a debut novel, Solitaire was fantastic and I’m looking forward to reading more from Alice Oseman.
    I would highly recommend to fans of realistic fiction, and fans of authors such as John Green.

  26. jacemorgenstern says:

    Oh my gosh! If a book can give a hangover then ‘The Host’ by Stephanie Meyer can give the best and the worst kind. The best because I am completely intoxicated by it and the worst because I want more!
    The host is a gentle read with a steady pace. The setting and the characters are rich and detailed and make you fall helplessly in love with the whole story.
    Okay so ill give you a bit about the story, but don’t worry I won’t give away anything major. Wanderer, our narrator, main protagonist and an alien parasite, is reborn into the human identity of poor Melanie Strider. Wanderer expects her host’s soul to be gone, as they have been in her previous loves. However this time it’s different, this time her host’s mine is thoroughly active and won’t give up without a fight.
    Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the past – of the man that she loves, Jared, and her younger brother, Jamie. The two form an unlikely bond and go in search for Jamie and Jared, but what they find is not exactly what they were expecting, and as you can imagine, not all goes to plan…
    So the storyline might not be the most obscure or original in the world, alien invasion taking over (except this time we lost), but Meyer gives it a refreshing twist. The characters are the main driving force of this novel and as I said before, they are described vividly and you fall in love with each and every one of them.
    Wanderer is likeable in herself just for being kind in nature, but her host Melanie I likeable for the strength and her stubborn attitude. They are completely parallel yet they find a shared want to find the boys. Jared is the main guy character and, in my mind, is gorgeous! Jared is tough and is willing to do anything to get Melanie back. Jamie is young and naive and just wants his sister back but is the first to learn that Melanie is still there. And then there is Ian. Ian comes into the story later than others but it doesn’t mean that I love him any less. He is one of the reasons that I love this story so much.
    This novel is warm and compelling and is an 11/10 for me. I would recommend ‘The Host’ to anyone – sci-fi fan or not.

  27. Dulcie Atkinson says:

    Over Christmas, I read ‘Lucky’ by Alice Sebold. It’s not ‘an easy read’ though it’s not challenging, the story describes one of the worst events that could happen to a woman in a very personal light. The book is a memoir of how she was raped and beaten at 18 years old, whilst at college, and the events that came after it. The book is very moving and it’s an extremely brave topic to write about as Sebold shows the solitude, pity and fear she experienced, which has stayed with her forever. I read her other book ‘The Lovely Bones’ before this and I saw how influenced it was by her own life; it’s horrifying to realize such twisted events happen outside of the world of fiction. Most readers won’t be able to relate to her on any level but she describes how everyone tried to in an attempt to ‘normalize’ her again. I found it strangely refreshing to read a book where you feel distanced from the main character but still empathize with them. I would definitely recommend her books to anyone 14+ as the subjects are often harrowing but show the thoughts everyone thinks but daren’t say.
    Her other books include; The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon.

  28. Helen Seymour says:

    The Maze Runner > James Dashner

    How would you feel if you were dropped into the middle of a huge maze, will no recollection of any memories of your life; you could only remember your name.
    This is what happened to Thomas.
    The book is written by James Dashner and is the first of a saga. The book begins with Thomas suddenly waking up to find himself in a dark, metal lift. His journey in the rising room lasts about half an hour and then the lift stops. He hears voices. Suddenly, the lift door is opened and about 40 boys stood crowding the doorway. He gets helped up into a huge field (which he eventually comes to know as ‘The Glade’).
    Thomas begins to learn that for three years now, boys have been rising in that lift monthly. Only certain carefully selected ‘Runners’ are allowed to go out each day and explore the maze, trying to find an exit. This is because of the dangerous genetically altered creatures out there called ‘Grievers’.
    As soon as Thomas comes to the maze, everything starts to change. The maze’s walls won’t close at night, leaving the Gladers victim to the Grievers, supplies stop coming in the lift weekly, the sun seems to have switched off, and a girl comes up. A girl. Teresa. Never, in the whole three years of the Glade, with the monthly male arrivals, has there ever been a girl. Thomas makes friends and enemies in the Glade as he and Teresa try to figure out a way to get back to the outside world, with each day more dangerous than the last.
    This book was thrilling from the very first sentence because the writer begins the first chapter with a pronoun (he). It leaves you wondering who ’he’ is and what ‘he’ is going to do. It is perfect for readers that like futuristic books with a dystopian twist, lots of action and danger. I would highly recommend it as it had my attention arrested all the way through. I could never guess what was going to happen next.

  29. Connieeeee M says:

    The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne
    How would you feel if one afternoon you found all your belongings being packed up, even the things you’d hidden at the back of the wardrobe that belonged to you and were nobody else’s business?
    Bruno, an innocent 9 year old boy, was terribly confused. He had loved his house in berlin as it had 5 floors – if you included the basement and the little room at the top – and it was filled with nooks and crannies to explore with his 3 best friends for life.
    But then he had to leave.
    The new house was terrible. It only had 3 floors and it was teeming with rats. How could his dad’s new job be so important that they had to move to such an awful place?
    However there was one exiting thing that Bruno could maybe explore. Out the window there were thousands of people, they looked friendly enough but very skinny, their faces looked grey and lifeless and they were all wearing the same blue and white, striped pyjamas. Separating him from them was a daunting barbed wire fence that was taller than there house. All the people looked very upset but Bruno decided that since there were no other neighbours to talk to he may as well try to make friends; otherwise he could go insane with boredom.
    He put his black, shiny boots on and set off on his walk along the fence hoping to find something interesting to explore. What he found was incredible. A boy sitting cross legged, drawing patterns in the dusty ground with his stick thin fingers. He said “do you have any food” and that was how their friendship begun.
    The boy in the striped pyjamas is a very engaging book which I found easy to read and would definitely recommend.

  30. Jasmine says:

    I read all wrong questions “who could that be at this hour?” by Lemony Snicket over the summer and found the mystery very engaging for the reader and snicket’s witty sarcastic humour as entertaining as in his other books and the characters were great, would recommend to those that are a fan of Snicket’s books.
    Mrs sharp’s y9-10 summer homework

  31. Jasmine says:

    The second book I read over the summer was Harry Potter and the cursed child by J.K.Rowling and co. which was recommended by my sister. The play format of the book was interesting to read however I thought the story was bland and predictable despite the introduction of new characters, it didn’t have the impact that the other Harry Potter books have.
    Mrs Sharp’s 9-10 summer reading homework

  32. Sarah says:

    Book review on Flip by Martyn Bedford
    In the summer holidays I read the book ‘Flip’ by Martyn Bedford. In this book similar to the famous ‘Freaky Friday’ a boy named Alex Grey wakes up in a strange room and a body that he has never seen before. Before he goes crazy, he has to search and search for the reason that this happened and he eventually finds out that he has undergone a body swap with a boy named Flip, short for Phillip. After he finds this out, he begins on a painstakingly tough journey to get his psyche back to the body where it belongs.
    This book was an incredible book for someone around my age to read because the main character is only 14 years old, therefore, I was really able to relate to his feelings because he missed his parents and I know that I would feel exactly the same if such a dreadful event happened in my life. His mental struggle for normality was really touching and the author did an incredible job to illustrate his feelings and truly enable you to understand exactly how he felt.
    I would strongly recommend this book to anyone aged 12-16 who is looking for a captivating, moreish read. I would most definitely give this book 5 out of 5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and could not put it down. Thank you for reading my review. I hope I have inspired you to read this marvellous psychological thriller.
    By Sarah Good 9H

  33. Book review on the maze runner, scorch trials by James Dashner
    The Scorch Trials picks up right where The Maze Runner left off and it certainly starts with a bang. James Dashner incredibly makes this instalment even better than the first. There is non-stop action and unexpected twists and turns in every single chapter. Thomas is once again thrown into this crazy environment, fighting for his life, as well as the lives of his friends. WICKED was involved more in this book. Dashner has yet again made us wonder; is WICKED good or is WICKED bad? The suspense left me hanging onto every word. Dashner really made me question who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. Like Thomas, I wasn’t sure what to believe.
    I loved this book so much and it was very interesting. As soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! There were so many interesting situations that made putting the book down almost impossible. My favourite section was when they went out into the desert and met the creepy Cranks, it gave me the shivers! I would recommend reading this book before watching the film because it is very different to the film so you might get a bit confused. When it gets to a quarter of the way through the book/ film, the storylines split and become very different, but are still both very interesting. I would recommend this book to people over the age of twelve as it has very suspenseful, sometimes scary, chapters. It is an exceptional book that is perfect for whiling away the hours!
    By Shannon Northam 9H.

  34. Maddie & Ebba says:

    The Death Cure Book Review

    The Death Cure is the 3rd book in the 4 book series, Maze runner series by James Dashner. The trails are over WICKED is planning to restore the survivors memories and complete the final cure for the flare. However Thomas is cleverer and remembers more then they think. WICKED can’t be trusted. Secrets are revealed. Some of the survivors are in danger.
    This book is full of drama, romantics and suspense. It is action-packed and never stops. A real page turner. Will humanity survive?
    We recommend this book to fans of the Hunger Games and young adults. This book is currently being made into a film, however the recording was delayed because of an accident during filming including Dylan O’Brian and a car.
    We rate this book: 3 1/2

  35. Helen says:

    The Maze Runner – James Dashner

    What would you feel like if suddenly, you were trapped in a dark, noisy, black box that was slowly, but very surely rising upwards????? What would you feel like if you had to recollection of how you’d got there????? What would you feel like if you couldn’t remember anything except your first name????? Nothing. No memories, no faces, no buildings, no nothing. This is what Thomas felt like.

    This book grabbed my attention from the very first sentence. It starts with Thomas inside the lift, rising upwards until he reaches ground level, where about 60 boys are crowded around the top, looking in.

    These boys all live in the middle of a huge concrete maze with walls too high to climb and an almost impossible labyrinth in the middle. They do not know why they are there, or what has happened to the outside world, all they know is that they have to find a way out. They go about finding a way out by giving chosen boys the chance to go out every day to try and find a way out, and come back every night. The walls of the maze close, without fail, at dusk to save the boys from the horrors out there that come out in the darkness. When the walls open in the morning, more boys go out and this repeats, day after day after day. It has been the same for three years, since the first boy came up in the lift. It still stays the same, with each new boy that comes up every month. So why, when Thomas comes, does everything change?????

    Things start to become more dangerous – even in the middle of the maze, which was originally considered the safe haven. When a girl comes up in the lift with an important, sinister message, three days after Thomas’ arrival, and the whole world gets thrown off kilter, will there be any safety left????? And, more importantly, will they ever find a way out?????

  36. Erin says:

    The Hunger Games
    (Review by Emily and Erin)
    The Hunger games is part of a 3 book series by Susanne Collins. The plot is as follows: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives of each district are selected be lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16 year old Katniss’ young sister, prim, is selected as Districts 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta Mellark, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives.
    We would recommend this to both boys and girls at the age of 10+. This is because some of the areas of the book can be quite negative and intense, but it is an enjoyable story for most ages to read. We think that someone under the age of 10 may not fully understand the story and the background of the characters.
    Overall, this is a great book and we would rate it 8.5/10.

  37. Monique says:

    Book review Girl Online
    Girl Online is an exciting novel which is very popular amongst teenage girls. It is a novel about a young girl named Penny. She goes to New York with her family for Christmas and meets a boy called Noah, a mysterious musician. But under the icy sun a secret is being kept, a secret that could ruin Penny’s cover as an anonymous blogger called Girl Online. It has been written by Zoe Sugg who is a popular youtuber with over 11 million subscribers. She released it on 25 November 2014 and is still popular today. I think you would find this book gripping because there are lots of twists and turns, and we personally couldn’t put the book down. I think you would enjoy this book if you like romance and drama novels or if you simply just enjoy watching her videos. The tone in her book is chatty and you can really relate to the character seen as it is in first person. I find that this is good because it helps you picture it better. The novel is a New York Times Best Seller in the Young Adult category. The book was the fastest selling book of 2014 and it also broke the record for highest first week sales for a debut author since records began. Therefore, I think you should go and pick up this book it won’t take too long to read.
    By Lucy Rees and Monique Russell

  38. Tallulah & Saahi says:

    Noughts & Crosses
    The Author: Malorie Blackman is a British writer who help the position of children’s laureate for 2 years. She mainly writes literature and TV drama for children and young adults. She was born on February 8th 1962 in Clapham, London. She also attended the University of Greenwich, Marlborough College, national film and television school.
    The book breakdown: The book tackles racist views and asked the reader where would they be if the world was reversed? In this way the book is extremely different. However, it does not do this by simply showing the reader racist situations it shows them a world where people of colour are on top and white people (‘blankers’) are on the bottom. As well as this, the book mirrors real events in history that you almost can’t believe really happened.
    The plot: In the near future in an almost dystopian universe, white people are discriminated against, while black people are treated as upper class. Sephy, the rich daughter of a wealthy MP has everything she wants, but the only thing she needs is Callum her childhood sweet heart, and best friend. Unfortunately, Callum just happens to be very white. A resistance group, dead sister and kidnapping later, and the stories only just begun.
    Favourite part: Our favourite part is when Sephy realises that she is in love with Callum.its short and sweet and full of intense emotion-and then the shocking realisation that Callum was white and she could never love him.
    The characters: Thought Sephy is easily likable her escape route to drinking makes her seem unrealistic and attention seeking however, Callum is an extremely loveable character whose struggle for everything really makes you feel for him.
    Our thoughts: We think that the plot of this book allows you to edge into the drama without being overwhelmed but you’re still intrigued to read on. The seamless path from normal world to full of drama keeps you wondering how could this have escalated so quickly? As well as this,the book was thrilling and a real page-turner. However, the book did get slightly tedious and a bit intimate, so we took of a half.
    Rating-overall, we would rate the book a 4 1/2,

  39. I'm becca says:

    Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
    Bad Girls is about a girl called Mandy. Mandy wants to be cool and grown up but her mum won’t let her (her mum is old-fashioned). Mandy gets bullied at school because of the way she dresses and what she looks like. She is bullied by three mean girls called Kim, Melanie and Sarah. Melanie used to be Mandy’s friend but she abandoned her and joined Kim’s gang. But the Mandy makes friends with a new neighbour called Tanya. Tanya is fun, cool and confident, which is everything Mandy wants to be. Mandy doesn’t feel scared of Kim anymore because Tanya sticks up for her. But Mandy’s mum thinks that Tanya is a bad influence. Mandy starts to think that too when Tanya starts stealing things for her. They end up getting arrested.
    Its a very good book.
    I would rate it 5 stars because it’s a funny and good book. I read it in year 4 so it’s an easy book to read. I would say it’s for key stage 2.

  40. Anjola says:

    The Death Cure – James Dashner

    The Death Cure is the third book in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. We had mixed feelings throughout the novel. There were thrilling moments that made our hearts stop beating and other sections that made us unable to put the book down. It was a gripping novel that had us hooked from page one. Our favorite part was when Newt died, because it was very emotional and heart-wrenching and an amazing piece of writing. Dashner used emotional language and heart-breaking speech from the characters to portray the raw emotion between Thomas and Newt. He uses short, two word sentences to build tension and drama. Throughout the dialogue the sentences get longer and include more punctuation (like exclamation marks) to show the anger and desperation in Newt’s voice. But to end the building of tension, Newt becomes more desperate and frustrated and cuts Thomas off multiple times until he ends with a heart-breaking, three word line: “Please, Tommy. Please.”

    Despite many people thinking this ending was cliche and overused we don’t agree because it portrays the characters’ emotions perfectly which many writers struggle with.

    Overall this book gets a 10/5 star rating; we love how Dashner makes us feel multiple emotions at once and leaves us always wanting more.

  41. Jaz says:

    Noughts and crosses by Malorie Blackman

    Noughts and Crosses is set in a time when the Noughts (white people) are ruled by the Crosses (black people).

    Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a Nought) have been friends since they were young; Callum’s mum Meggie worked for Sephy’s rich parents.

    Callum is one of the few Noughts to enrol at Sephy’s school, which results in chaos when she chooses to sit at a table with Callum. However, when all of the Noughts are treated badly at school, Callum joins the Liberation Militia with his brother Jude, who is angry with all Crosses for treating them unfairly.

    They fight against Crosses who believe all Noughts are inferior. Angrily, they kidnap Sephy, whose dad is Kamal Hadley, an important figure in politics. But when Callum is left alone with Sephy, he realises that he loves her, but many people do not agree with what happens next…

  42. Alice says:

    This is a dystopian future book, and the follow up to The 100. One hundred teenage criminals are sent down to earth, supposedly as the first people down there for centuries after a nuclear war, and have to survive on their own until it is clear it is safe.
    The main characters are Wells, Clarke, Bellamy and Glass, and really interesting to read about and I find that the split personality of being a criminal and also a hero makes the plot much more exciting.
    Day 21 starts 21 days after being on earth, and the hundred start to realise that they might not be the only ones there… This book is definitely a page turner, and I would recommend it to anyone who is after an easy, gripping storyline. The plot takes many unexpected risks, testing relationships and revealing the truth.
    It is written by Kass Morgan and I would say suitable for anyone over the age of 11. Anyone who enjoys reading The Hunger Games, Divergent, or The Maze Runner would love this, as it is a very similar genre.

  43. Grace says:

    ‘Everything Everthing’
    I have recently read an amazing book called ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon. The book is a about a forbidden romance, it has a funny dialogue and the illustration just top this book off. The book is about a 17 year old girl named Madeline who has an incredibly rare disease – she is allergic to the world. She doesn’t leave her house and hasn’t for 17 years. The only people she ever sees is her mother – who was keeping a life changing secret from her own daughter and her nurse Carla.
    However, one day a moving truck pulls up to the neighbouring house and that’s when she sees him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black including a black cap that covers his hair completely. His name is Olly. Ever since Madeline set eyes on him she knew they would be together, yet she also knew that that was impossible.
    This book is intriguing and captivating. It’s full of unexpected moments that will be sure to make you ponder. Depending how you see this book it could be quite an emotional book and could make you shed a few tears.
    In conclusion to this I believe that this book is worth buying or renting from a library. It is one of the best books I have ever read and I can’t wait until Nicola Yoon releases another book for everyone to enjoy just as much. I truly do think that if you like cute, unique contemporary books then this will be the book for you.

  44. Caitlin says:

    Book Review: Geek girl – model misfit
    Geek girl: model misfit is a funny girly book, although it is girly; it can still capture more boyish girl’s eyes and its enjoyable from most people aged 10 -16. Model misfit is the second book in the Geek Girl series. It’s about a model who is also a geek and the ambushed modelling job that she got in Tokyo. There are many disasters in Tokyo at the photo shoots and it’s all because one of her roommates in Tokyo who is jealous of her relationship with Nick which Harriet (the main character) thinks is over. Just before her last photo shoot she discovers who her saboteur is and manages to make sure she is nowhere near with the help of her friends. In the end her final photo shoot is a major success and then afterwards she realized then herself and Nick never actually broke up, he was just giving her some space for her exams. Finally she gets fired anyway for all the other failed photo shoots but they offer her job back when they realized that she was being sabotaged but she declined. Model Misfit is a very fun to read book with lots of little facts throughout the books and it’s a unique book.

  45. C says:

    Divergent – Veronica Roth
    Divergent is an action packed dystopian book one of three in the series written by Veronica Roth. The book is set in a city split into 5 factions; Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (The brave), Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest). The city is surrounded by a giant wall which the people inside are oblivious to why it is there. Every child at a certain age can choose what faction they want to be in at the ceremony but they have to take a test before to see what faction best matches their personality. When Tris takes her test the results show that she is Divergent which means she is the most powerful and can be in all factions. If the leaders of the factions find out she is divergent they will kill her because they think that if all divergents join together they can take over the city.
    Tris chooses dauntless and has to fight to stay in the faction, every week the four lowest people get kicked out to become the factionless (the homeless). Candor takes over the city and forces everyone to have devices injected into their necks which singles out the divergent. Tris and Four (one of the dauntless leaders who is also divergent) flee out of the building and have to dodge the security to escape. Finally Tris finds her parents and Brother Caleb who recently joined Candor.
    Whilst trying to escape the city, Tris’ mother gets shot whilst another dauntless leader tried to catch four and Tris. They find a house with a friend of Tris’ from divergent but is betrayed by him when he calls the Candor leader. They escape and settle down with Abnegation out of the city where they think they are safe from harm.
    Overall, I think this book is brilliant for teenagers as it is not as unrealistic as it seems and is full of action and drama. Divergent is quite similar to the hunger games and the maze runner so sometimes you get confused with the story line however, I really recommend this book as it is very exciting and at times emotional.

  46. Erin Smith 9F says:

    Name: Room

    Author: Emma Donoghue

    I’m halfway through reading ‘Room’ and it starts with a 5 year old boy talking about his surroundings and his life. It is written from his perspective, you can tell this by the simple vocabulary that Donoghue uses such as ‘room’ ‘bath’ ‘sat’ and also by the personal pronoun ‘I’.

    The storyline is that a woman (doesn’t go by name, just referred to as ma) is kidnapped by a man named nick when she was in her college campus. He tricked her to come to him by saying that his dog was having a fit, he then dragged her into his car and drove to his house, he had a shed constructed out of metal and 1 key so he could lock her in there and she couldn’t get out. He then raped her and she got pregnant with a baby girl, however when giving birth to this baby (in the room because she wasn’t allowed out) the cord got wrapped around the baby causing her to die. Nick did nothing about this apart from raping her again… so she later had a baby boy named jack. When jack grew up, his mother told him that the room was the world and what he saw in the television was fake, jack calls nick ‘old nick’. Nick comes in the room every night while jack is sleeping (in the cupboard) and sometimes has sex with her or sometimes just sleeping with the mum. Every week nick brings them the necessities such as food, sometimes clothes and sometimes paracetamol. Very rarely, he brings jack toys however the mum doesn’t let jack see nick as she is scared nick will hurt him, understandably. As this goes on, his mum gently says some things in the television are real, but jack doesn’t believe her and says “you’re kidding”.

    This is where I have read up to (halfway), I think this is an amazing book and I would recommend it 100%. I love it because it’s very intriguing and tense, it’s interesting that it is written from the boy’s perspective because it shows a different version of what is going on and can explain emotions well. This book is inspired by a true story (the Elizabeth Fritzl case), making it even more intriguing.

  47. Maizie H 9F says:

    Book review:
    Name: Bridget jones’s diary
    Author: Helen Fielding
    Review: I would say that it is a comedy/romance and is written in the first person. Bridget starts of every day’s diary entry with her calorie count, amount of cigarettes and alcohol intake, it’s based on her love life and how she feels about herself and is genuinely very funny.
    So far Bridget has been to her mother’s house for Christmas dinner, yet again an annual excuse for her mother to set her up with a middle aged divorced man. She meets Mr Darcy who comes across as smarmy and uninterested in the ridiculous conversation Bridget starts with him. Bridget thinks nothing of it and goes back to London to her apartment and job, her boss Mr Cleaver notices the short length of Bridget’s skirt and emails her about it through the work day, she responds with sarcasm and flirts. They go on like this for a while before they have their first date, he rushes off in the morning saying he has a work meeting. Later in that day Bridget goes to his apartment to find that he is with another women, she quits her job and becomes a funny news presenter. On one of her days at work she bumps into Mr Darcy and they actually get along, it leads to him falling in love with her and confessing his feelings to her. Mr Cleaver (Daniel) realises how awful he has been to Bridget and on the night of her meal that she prepares for her friends comes to visit, however earlier in the day Mr Darcy (Mark) comes over to surprise her and helps out with her awful cooking and they get along really well, Mark and Daniel end up having a very physical fight outside and even break restaurant windows doing so, Bridget leaves both of them and says that she doesn’t want to see them again. Mark Darcy comes back about a day later to apologise, Bridget goes into her bedroom to put on nicer underwear while Mark sees her open diary on the table and reads a few pages, Bridget wrote horrible things about him in it. The next thing you know Bridget hears a door slam and looks out of the window to see him walking away, she notices her open diary and rushes out into the street to find him just in her underwear, top and slippers. She finally catches up to him and apologises deeply, he then says that he just went out to buy her a new diary as the other one was getting very full. He tries to shield her bare legs with his jacket while laughing at the people judging them and also laughing at themselves.
    I found this book very enjoyable and I would highly recommend it.

  48. D says:

    Off By Heart
    Off By Heart is a Poetry book. It contains a wide range of poems: from short and easy poems to start off with, to longer, more challenging poems. The poems are split up into sections: there are 3 sections which split the poems up into the level of difficulty. This makes it easier to find a poem that won’t be too hard or too easy for you. These poems are great to learn off by heart and for performing and there is something for all ages and all types of people. I already knew many of the poems included in the book and there was a wide range of poets and genres of poems. Below some of the poems, there is a bit of text explaining a bit about the poem for example: what the poem’s about, what people may have thought about whilst reading it, what the poem is based on etc. This helps us understand more about the poem which I really like! A good poem for young children is ‘How Doth the Little Crocodile’ by Lewis Carroll. This is a nice classic to start with for younger children and for an easy poem with a deeper meaning for older readers- ‘a slash of Blue’ by Emily Dickinson, this could be a poem about the American Civil War as it suggests in the book. ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan is a really fun and enjoyable poem which is really fun to read out loud. I perform poems and I found that this book was really useful and helped me with performing because at the beginning of the book, there are tips and techniques to help you remember a poem.

  49. L says:

    Genocide- by Hot Topics
    This book is a nonfiction book about genocide -the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group. This book was very informative and I learnt a lot about horrendous acts done either a long time ago or something that happened in the late 20th century. A few examples of what this book explained are the crusades an early form of genocide, the Armenian genocide and more ‘famously’ the Holocaust which even though not just Jews were killed it targeted Jews greatly and is mostly known for the killing of around 6 million Jews. I thought the book was great to inform myself on things I probably wouldn’t have known before, I think history is great to learn as we can learn from past such as genocide so that it won’t happen, but I believe that that is unlikely since there have been many genocides and people still have prejudiced ideas on certain ethnic groups or particular nations which can lead to a genocide. If you are someone who likes reading nonfiction and take an interest in for example human rights this book would be good for you, however since there were gory pictures and explanations this wouldn’t be good for you if you are younger or more sensitive.

  50. Poppy Miller says:

    I have read JK Rowling’s harry potter and the cursed child. And I would definitely recommend it. The story follows harry potters son; Albus potter and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy as they embark on a thrilling quest to bring Cedric Diggory back to life after his unfortunate demise many books prior. This book also delves into the complex relationship between harry potter and his son. Furthermore it develops the breath-taking storyline of the previous books to a whole further, more deeply analysed level. In this novel Albus is portrayed as a sinister, reckless outcast which is very captivating and intriguing considering the popularity of his father and his companions. This book has an unforeseeable, scandalous twist which adds again another layer of complexity which makes this book more thought provoking and emotion inducing. This book is written in a very unique, compelling style which is a script; this adds an additional level of uncommonness which is not present in most books. In conclusion I would recommend this book to people of all ages.

  51. Millie Perkins says:

    Book review for: The earth is singing by Vanessa Curtis
    This book is about a 15 year old girl named Hannah who is a Latvian Jew during the Nazis invasion. In this book you see, from Hannah’s point of view, how her world is altering. I would recommend this book as it is very well written and portrays how somebody in her position would feel. However I wouldn’t say this book is appropriate for anybody below the age of 12 as it could be quite alarming and disturbing for younger readers.
    You may think that this book would be drudging or predictable because you know the history of Nazis and Jews, however this book shows what happened in a different light and in a lot more detail than what you have been told in history lessons. It shows how it felt to somebody who was going through those abhorrent events.
    This book was quite emotive, as it is raw and truthful in the kind of events that went on. It doesn’t sugar coat the plot to make it a story with a positive ending, it tells it how it really was. In conclusion, I would most definitely recommend this book.

  52. S says:

    Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs
    Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children is a fantasy novel about a boy who follows his grandfather’s stories and is led to a Welsh island on which he finds an abandoned orphanage which was bombed in 1942 during world war two. This orphanage was no ordinary orphanage, in fact, this orphanage is home to a small group of children with special abilities which don’t fit in in the real world. These children are known as the peculiars. Miss Peregrine creates a time loop to keep the children safe from the people who want to kill them for their abilities, hollows. In this loop, only people with peculiar abilities can enter, peculiars or hollows, if a normal human being attempts to enter it will not pass through the loop and will remain in their present day. This loop is not perfect, if miss peregrine is not inside of the loop at the same time everyday to rest it then the whole loop will fall apart and eventually close, if this happens only a few minutes in the present time will kill them, the years will catch up. If Miss Peregrine does reset the loop they have the past 24 hours to live until reset.
    I thoroughly recommend this book for everyone. It sends you on an emotional roller coaster and will leave you in tears by the end, after reading this I didn’t want the book to end.

  53. L says:

    Book Review – maximum ride, the angel experiment

    Maximum Ride is an eight book series. The Angel Experiment is the first book in the series. The books are about 6 genetically modified children who live in hiding to escape the Erasers who were created to hunt them down and return them to the lab where they were created. The Erasers are modified to be able to shape shift into wolf people. The youngest child is called Angel and she can read minds and breathe under water; the second is the gas man, he can change his voice to sound like anyone. There are other characters called Nudge, Iggy and Fang who think that they are orphans too. The protagonist is Max and the text is written from her narrative view. Angel is kidnapped by the Erasers from their home and the other modified children have to save her. On their quest, the avengers meet many challenges. They are locked up, discover how they lost their parents and many others…
    The text is very imaginative and makes the fantasy world seem believable. The chapters are short which makes your feel like you have read more than you have- a great motivator! The plot-line includes lots of unexpected twists which creates a sense of anticipation. In my opinion, Max is the best character because she is decisive, strong-willed and pragmatic.

    Target audience:
    10 – 16 year olds who are interested in fantasy.

  54. Issy S says:

    Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone> J.K Rowling

    How would you feel if your whole world was turned into something magical, where dragons and goblins exist and there was magic…? Well that’s what happened to Harry, this is his story. This exciting, award winning book is written by J.K Rowling and this is the first book of the series. The book begins with Harry Potter living with his awful uncle and aunt with their son Dudley. After finding out Harry had been accepted to an magic’s school (letter), the Dursleys (Harry potters cousins) However they hated magic more than Harry and forbid him to go, soon Hagrid (a teacher/friend at Hogwarts) visited harry on his birthday and gave him the letter directly, soon later Harry arrived at Hogwarts in amazed shock. Harry learns the ways of being a wizard with his best friends Ron and Hermione (not at first). Malfoy son of a powerful man was told to be friends with harry but had failed, and grew Ron and Harrys relationship further. Harry learned many secrets at Hogwarts and with his friends Hermione and Ron, they solved them together!!!! The former Dark lord, Voldimort had found a way into Hogwarts by a professor called Quirinus Quirrell, Voldimort wanted the Philosophers stone which was a powerful object that contained the ability to create immortality to the one who drank it. What will happen next in this intriguing book??So far this book is in my highly recommended along with noughts and crosses and apple and rain.

  55. D anonymous says:

    Heroes of Olympus- House of Hades by Rick Riordan

    This is a fantasy/ action book and the fourth book in this series however I would definitely recommend that you start by reading the previous books as it will help you understand the characters much more and you may be able to understand the story better as well. The exposition of the story is very hooking and interesting however as you go through the book a bit more, it gets slightly boring however, I haven’t read the whole book yet so this could change later on. It was interesting to start off however, I soon lost interest after a few pages however this may be because I don’t understand the story/ concept of it because I haven’t read the previous books in the series nevertheless, I am pretty sure that It will probably get more interesting later on. I feel that there is also a lot of description and build up to event but there isn’t enough action to start off with so I’m hoping that there will be more action later on in the book. When I started reading this book, I was told that this would be a typical read for younger boys however, I know that this isn’t true because many of my friends who are the same age as me and girls have already read it and really enjoyed reading the book.

  56. y says:

    Alex Rider – Stormbreaker
    This is an action adventure series by Anthony Horowitz. It is about a fourteen year old boy who gets recruited by MI6 just like his uncle was before he was killed in a car chase on one of his most recent missions. Alex is told that his uncle died in a car crash, however Alex, knowing how precautious his uncle is, doubts that this is true, therefore he decides to go and investigate his uncles car which at the impound lot. He locates the vehicle but as he investigates the workers decide that it’s time for the car to meet its demise, with Alex in it, he almost gets crushed but manages to free himself. After that he decides to keep investigating because of the bullet holes that he saw in the sides of his uncles’ car, definitely not part of the aftermath of a car crash. His investigation eventually leads him to being forced to join the government agency, MI6, in order to continue working on his uncles’ case, Stormbreaker.
    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a good book and I really loved reading it. The book has a perfect amount of action and adrenaline, it’s really fun to read and it’s a really interesting story. The story is written in such a way that it is believable and I think that is a great quality to have in a book. If it is believable then it is more interesting and therefore you get hooked easier. This is a very addictive series and this is my favourite book out of all of them.
    The sort of reader I think would be interested in this series is 10-16 year olds who enjoy action and adventure novels.

  57. Issy S says:

    Title: The Dolls
    Author: Kiki Sullivan
    In my opinion I find this particular book confusing but slightly interesting, though the characters, so far are vague. The plot and story line makes you want to read more.
    So far the story is based on a young girl moving to a familiar home, from when she just a little girl. Though her memories are blurry and mostly sad she still remembers the caretaker who was a sweet old man who took care of her when just a child and a young boy whom she was really good friends with. However the day she arrived everything was…..off. Beyond a door lied mysteries ones we don’t know about yet, but her intriguing conscience wants to learn and find more, but it that the right choice…?
    Eveny reunites with her good friend but he turns up with a handsome face and a suit. Stunned to actually see her again he questions why she had returned, unfortunately she didn’t really know herself except for the fact her aunt got a cute shop in the town centre and that was the reason they moved back, though the boy was interested, she was more interested/confused at why the fact he was wearing a suit he explained that there had been a passing of a friend, that Eveny wouldn’t know however, because of her intriguing conscience she asked if she could attend to it, as being in an empty house was very boring. When attending to the funeral she caught glances of saddened girls who must have been friend with the deceased girl in the carriage.
    So far this story is based on a horror type genre and would be intriguing for those of you who are horror fans or adrenalin people who like to tackle challenges.

  58. c says:

    Sweet – Emmy Laybourne
    ‘Sweet’ is a Drama based book about a cruise ship where you supposedly lose 5-10% of your body weight with help from the new created drug, solu. ‘Sweet’ is written by Emmy Laybourne and is most aimed at teenage girls. The main character Laurel is a curvy girl best friends with Vivika who is obsessed with being thin. Laurel and the main host, Tom, become friends and decide to not take the solu drug which saves them from the cruise as they later find out that the celebrities aboard the ship are being paid to be there.

    Personally, I don’t like the book because the story is hard to follow and the story line is very strange. A teenage reader may like it because it is thriller, mystery and romance which is suitable for many readers. In my opinion it is not suitable for readers under twelve because the content is inappropriate and readers under twelve may not be mature enough to read the book.

  59. Erin Smith 9F says:

    Title: Divergent
    Author: Veronica Roth
    Personally, I think this book is really worth reading, it is perfect if you’re into reading thriller/action books.
    The storyline is as follows; the city’s government decided a long time ago to divide the city up, into factions, these are dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless) and Candor (the honest). Every person in the city must take the aptitude test, where the person goes into a room and sits in a chair, then they are plugged into all sorts of different wires, the simulations will then begin. Depending on which choice they make in the simulation (i.e. The main characters was, she saw a vicious dog and she could either kill it or run) depends on which factor they are put in. they are then put in these factors for the rest of their life and separated from their families, they do this to support the city. However, there is a thing called divergent, which means you either fit into no factor, or you fit into multiple factors, and then you are allowed to choose which factor you would like to be in or which factor you think you would be best at.
    The main character Beatrice, is divergent. She chose to be dauntless, dauntless are basically the ‘army’ and run around doing dangerous things to protect the city. She is then separated from her family, which is really hard for her as her and her mum went through a lot together and were practically each other’s best friend. This is why she keeps having flashbacks to the times she spent with her mum.
    Once she is in the divergent ‘base camp’ where she will stay, they tell her to choose her name, she becomes ‘Tris’ and cuts her hair short for a fresh start and a new her. She then goes on to do many challenges, on one of them, her and the rest of the dauntless people run round the city on a mission, whilst doing this she finds her mum, as she hasn’t seen her mum in along time, she grabs her mum and they run together, until……

    By Erin.

  60. poppy miller says:

    Book review on a bad beginning; series of unfortunate events
    I read “bad beginning” the first book in a “series of unfortunate events” and I would definitely recommend it. The story follows 3 children whose house was devastated by a fire and also their parents died tragically at the fires expense. They go to take refuge with their distant relative count Olaph, who turns out to be a malicious, gluttonous selfish person who’s only interested in the colossal, extortionate amount of money that their parents left them, which he goes to extreme measures to get hold of which becomes evident later in the story. The novel comments on controversial subjects such as neglect and child abuse which makes for an intriguing captivating read. It also delves into the complex relationships between the siblings and the count and unveils many mysteries and plot twists weaved meticulously throughout the book, which leaves you on edge and forces you to read further. I would recommend this book to people aged 8 upwards because it touches on some very dark, heavy, ominous subjects.

  61. Caitlin says:

    Glass house is written by Rachel Caine and it’s about a 16 year old girl who goes to university (she was moved up some years because she’s so smart) in Morganville. She discovers a dark secret about Morganville when she leaves her dorm from extreme amounts of endless bullying from another girl called Monica. She manages to find a house to stay in but only for a month because she is so young. The house that she now lives in has three other people just older than her, either renting it except from the houses owner, Michael Glass who also has a secret. The two other renters are Shane and Eve, who accidently tell her Morganville’s secret. They become good friends and (not intentionally) go on many deadly adventures, finding out more of Morganville’s secrets, getting chased and having creatures trying to break into their house for a mysterious and precious item. They have many more death- defying adventures throughout the book and the rest of the series.
    I really enjoyed this book because it is so mysterious, also because I didn’t know what could possibly happen next. Glass house is a mysterious and exciting book, and is perfect for readers who love fantasy and adventure. Readers who would dislike this would be people who hate unreal stories. I think that the target audience would be 12-16 year olds because people who are older will probably think it is unrealistic and stupid and younger people will probably not understand or like it.

  62. Grace says:

    Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman Review

    Noughts and crosses is the first book to a teenage novel series by Malorie Blackman. There are four more books in this series: An eye for an eye, Knife Edge, Checkmate, Double Cross. The main characters in Noughts and Crosses are: Sephy, Callum, Jasmine Dharma Ninah Adyebe-Hadley, Kamal Hadley, Minerva “Minnie” Hadley, Lynette McGregor, Ryan McGregor and Meggie McGregor.
    Sephy is a young teenage cross – a member of the dark skinned powerful, dominating class. Callum is a young teenage nought – a colourless member of the non-dominating class; slaves to the crosses. The two have been friends since young childhood but that is as far as it was to go. In their world noughts and crosses simply don’t mix. Coming from background of prejudice and distrust, highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum. However this romance wasn’t going to be a normal teenage romance, it could lead into terrible danger and destruction. Both Sephy and Callum have to take a stand to the alternate society that they live in, and make decisions that could change their lives forever. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

  63. Leïla Chrachri 9E says:

    My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

    This is a Young Adult fiction book, about a family who suffers from the loss of their daughter/sister who died in a terrorist attack 5 years before. The novel is written from the perspective of a 10 year old boy, Jamie, who can’t really remember his sister. The book covers problems such as racism, Islamophobia and intolerance, because of the prejudice the family of the narrator show the boy experiences troubles with his friend at school. Anyone who has experienced family problems due to divorce, loss of a family member or an alcoholic parent who is quite absent and shows a lack of responsibility can relate to this novel.
    I found that the story didn’t have a main story-line, but focused on the mental troubles of the boy and also the ones experienced at school and in his home. It is definitely a tearjerker, but even so I enjoyed the book and would read it again. As someone who has problems choosing books to read; I am really happy I picked this one up. As someone who feels strongly against prejudiced views and opinions I enjoyed seeing how the boy and the victim of racist bullying dealt with it and how the family changed their extreme and stereotypical views. I believe that the target audience for this book is from 13 years old to adult ages as it is a sensitive topic and it can relate to someone any age and is not a childish book. This novel is very gripping as you always want to know what’s going to happen next.
    To sum my review up, I liked it and would recommend.

  64. Millie Perkins says:

    Eve – Anna Carey
    Eve is a book set in 2032, 16 years after a pestilent virus wiped out 98% of the world’s entire population. The main character is an 18 year old girl who is about to graduate from her all-girls school. She has been raised by the school since she was 2, as she is an orphan. She has never seen a man in the entirety of her life as the girls are surrounded in women and taught that men are manipulative, disloyal and liars. However, the night prior to her graduation, she discovers her future is not as optimistic as she once thought, forcing her to go against her virtuous morals and evade the walls of her school for the first time in her life. Here she is faced with many threats and one of her most highly formidable, men. Her highest chance of survival is at a safe camp known as Califia. However, it is many miles away. This book shows her journey and struggle to survive. It also shows her complex relationships with people she meets on the way. I would highly recommend this book as it is very captivating and intriguing. This novel is suitable for people who are 12 or above as it contains a scene which may be upsetting for younger viewers.

  65. s says:

    Frozen Charlotte.
    I have read frozen charlotte by Alex Bell. Frozen Charlotte is a book where the main character, Sophie, best friend dies under strange circumstances after playing with a Ouija board in a cafe. After that incident Sophie is sent away to the Isle of Skye to live with her cousins for a while until thing at home have calmed down. It’s been years since Sophie had last seen them so initially she was excited to see them but after a while she begins to question whether she really should be there.
    While Sophie is at the house she finds Lilia’s dolls. Although this may seem like there is nothing abnormal about these dolls Lilia believes that the dolls can talk to you and manipulate you to an extent where they have complete control over you. At first Sophie doubted this and treated it as just a story that she had made up in her mind, as did the rest of the house, but when things begin to go horribly wrong, they seem to be the only explanation for it all.
    The target audience I would recommend this book for would be 14 year olds who would like to start to read horror books as I felt that this book wasn’t as scary as your typical horror book.

  66. msfmurphy says:

    By Year 9 student A.
    Children of Eden-Joey Graceffa
    I have read the first 7 chapters of Children of Eden by Joey Gracceffa and so far it is a really good book so far. What I like about the book is the way the characters have respect for nature and how the twin who isn’t allowed to go anywhere is amazed by the wonders of Eden and that alone isn’t very big. Children of Eden is set in the future. In Eden, they are only allowed to have one child for every two citizens so Rowan must hide, until one night when she decides to climb over the other side of the wall that she climbs every night and has only peered over yet has been the only time she could take a look at what is outside her home though she does have the only house that is made out of stone, the bones of the planet, which is one of the most genuine links to the how the planet was before. It is very strict in Eden but everyone’s soul intention is to get each generation to survive so that in hundreds of years’ time, the earth will finally recover enough from their ancestor’s dominion beliefs to let humans and other life exist on the planet naturally and not in the bubble that they call Eden. The thought at the beginning of the book is that the resources are going to slowly run out over time and that the planet is dead but part way through the book her friend Lark, that she has known since her twin brother started telling her about their friendship, tells her that the resources are actually doing the opposite of running out, that they are actually increasing which leads them to believe that maybe there is still life outside of Eden and it might not be as long as they thought until they can leave into the natural world and not stay imprisoned in the one that was created for them by computers were almost everything is either made of plastic or metal for the robots that roam the streets except from the moss that grows in Rowan’s back garden and the algae that also lives there and is used to make everyone’s food out of for they are the only living things that can survive in the outside world.

  67. Coit says:

    Alex rider – Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
    Stormbreaker is an adventure filled, adrenaline pumping book about a 14 year-old boy who gets recruited by MI6 after his uncle’s death and that his uncle was an MI6 agent. Alan Blunt (the head of MI6) asks him to investigate Herod Sayles new super computer which he is giving out to every school in the country for free. Alex discovers a dark and deadly secret about them and nearly gets killed trying to escape and inform Alan Blunt before it’s too late! The book is very exciting to read and I would recommend it for 11-20 year olds who love action and adventure stories, it is a series of 10 but a new book is coming out soon. It’s a really good book and its very enjoyable. i just love this series.

  68. Maizie.h says:

    For my read over December I read The Maze Runner, it’s full of excitement, danger and mystery. The main character Thomas arrives in what they call ‘The glade’ by an moving room that only goes up, he gets confused and panicked over a number of different things, one being that there were other children there with him that were speaking slang that he didn’t understand. Thomas had multiple questions about why they were all there and what the massive grey walls were surrounding them. After a few days Thomas got used to his surroundings and stopped asking so many questions, although he was determined to become a runner (people who run around the maze that surrounds them trying to find a way out but are never successful as the maze walls move, also there are weird robotic creatures in the maze that come out at night). A few days after Thomas, another person arrives up in the room, this time it’s a girl, not once has a girl come up so the people of the glade were very confused and blamed Thomas for everything that went wrong from then on. Finally Thomas became a runner, lot’s of weird things happened before he and the other runners found a way out into the real world. However when they get out they get a big surprise.

  69. Grace says:

    Worlds Worst Children

    David Walliams presents The World’s Worst Children, a collection of ten short stories about five beastly boys and five gruesome girls.
    Meet TV super-fan, Sofia Sofa, so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one; Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble; and Blubbering Bertha, a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales. Plus expect an appearance from everyone’s favourite character: Raj!
    Walliams hilarious insight and suggestion of childrens rebellious and lazy lives encourages reluctant readers to pick up the book. The stories are a great length and are a joy to read aloud to younger children.
    Walliams concept appears to follow the footsteps of Roald Dahls fictional characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the original worlds worst children. Whilst many readers may think that Walliams did not quite hit his usual high target with this book unlike Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Mr. Stink. I believe that it was just as good if not better than his previous books.

  70. Millie Perkins says:

    Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith
    This book is about 3 teenagers who all seem to have something very peculiar in common… They experience odd things at the edge of sleep and whilst conscious. The three main characters are called Morgan Di’Amici , Ondine Mason and Nix Saint-Michael. Morgan is disturbed and haunted by awaking with blood and dirt under her finger nails and hearing noises in the forest, Ondine sees paintings and pictures come alive, such as when she saw a butterfly, fly out of a painting and Nix, a troubled, misfit, runaway sees a ring of light outlining people who are close to their death. Later in the story they all find out they are ‘fae’ which means they are somewhat fairies. Nix and Morgan, who are changlings (which means they are full fae but physically appear to be human) accept their new discovery and find it makes sense, however Ondine refuses to believe that she is part fae and part human. I would recommend this book to people who do not mind so starting books and also like peculiar books. I think this book is suitable for 12+ because it is quite deep and may be hard to understand.

  71. Leila Chrachri says:

    The Fire Within
    By Chris d’Lacey

    This is a fantasy novel and the first book in the The Last Dragon Chronicles.. The Fire Within takes place at Wayward Crescent, and it is about a 20 year old man named David Rain, who tries to find out the mystery behind Liz and Lucy Pennykettle relationship with dragons. He eventually becomes friends with them and learns the secrets of the dragons. Being Liz’s tenant, he soon meets Lucy who he discovers loves squirrels and dragons. However, he finds Liz and Lucy’s fascination with and attention to dragons a bit strange. David’s observations of the Pennykettles and the strange occurrences and happenings that surround them, soon make him believe the clay dragons are real.She makes clay dragons and, with Lucy’s help, she sells them for a living. But some clay dragons she keeps and they can be found scattered about the Pennykettle home.
    This book is perfect for you; if you enjoy fantasy, dragons. This book was way out of my comfort zone and one of the first fantasy novels I’ve read, but I am pleased that i read it, this shows that you can enjoy this book even if it is not like anything you usually read and enjoy.
    Personally I would say that the target audience is for children but overall the book is suitable for all ages, yet it is more written for younger readers as the language is fairly simple even though this is the case I believe it is for everyone as the storyline is quite complex as you have to wait till the end to be able to puzzle together the whole novel.

  72. Erin Smith says:

    Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
    Genre : Fantasy, Romance, Action

    I am half way through this book but i have watched all the films. The book is amazing, as it is beautifully written with descriptions of everything in detail.
    It is about Bella and Edwards romance, there are a lot of complications along the way seen as Bella’s jealous best Friend, Jacob (turns into a wolf and likes Bella) and Edward (her boyfriend) is a vampire. However this book isn’t all about vampires and wolfs, that part of the story is quite subtle, so even if you don’t like vampires (like me) you will still find a way to fall in love with the story/book. I cant really tell the whole story line as that gives a lot away and there are exciting events that occur, so i recommend you read this book to find out.

    The book is written in first person from the perspective of Bella, this makes it more interesting because then you can see her true feelings towards the complicated love triangle. Bella is a well-written and realistic character, shy and lacking in confidence, her sarcastic inner voice narrates the story. The books target market is young adults however i believe that anyone aged from
    10 – 25 would enjoy this exciting romance journey.

  73. Izzy says:

    Alice in Zombieland
    By Gena Showalter
    This book is portrayed as a novel most wont pick up but “Don’t judge a book by its cover” as this book is full of sharp turns and exiting drama it starts with……
    Alice, a child, she was normal, happy……..but she decides she wants to go into the dark night where one must not go, she pleaded and begged until tears formed and finally her father agreed to allow her to leave. However, don’t underestimate the shadows that lurks as alice lost everything in one heart beat…
    Monsters are real.. As alice did not listen to her father she blamed herself for losing them, losing everyone.
    This dramatic book hooks in the reader and has an ever-lasting mystery around every corner though some you can guess, most turns around the book and you cant stop reading.
    So far this book is very interesting and i cannot tell whether i like it or not, i recommend it to those who like zombies and gore.

  74. C says:

    The Maze Runner is the first book in a series of 3 written by James Dashner. The book was published in 2009.

    Thomas, the sixteen years old hero who remembers nothing about himself except his name. Thomas’s memory has been wiped, as have all the memories of the Gladers, the teenagers who live in the maze. The only thing Thomas can recall is that he must solve the Maze to save himself and the other Gladers. The maze is gigantic and the boys who are caught in it live on a farm in the middle of the maze called Glade. Every day a small number of the boys, the Runners, leave the Glade and head out into the maze to find a way out and Thomas wants to become one of them.
    The walls of the maze move every night to create new dead ends and new paths. And each night the walls around the glade. There are monsters who live in the maze so the gladiators who live in the maze has to fight them. It has been two years since the first boys have found themselves in the maze with no memories and now Thomas has joined them. He soon notices that he knows more about the maze and the reason why they have all been placed in it. With his help the gladiators can solve the Maze.
    Overall I think that the maze runner is an action packed book for teenagers aged 13 and above.

  75. Libby says:

    Soldier Spy by Tom Marcus is a fascinating, suspenseful, and remarkably intimate first person narrative about the life and career of former MI5 counter-terrorism field operative, Tom Marcus. It includes all of the harrowing details you might expect a counter-terrorism operative to encounter in their line of work. A narrow escape from a beheading at the hands of the so-called IS. Amazingly preventing an attack on two school buses returning from a field trip. As well as tricking the Provincial IRA. Yet despite these horrific stories of sheer barbarism, it is the human cost exacted on Marcus himself that freezes a soul. Namely the haunting account of his developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over the course of his career, and the pain you cannot help but share when reading his story. I would recommend this book as it makes you aware of the reality that is faced with normal people on a daily.

  76. Nour says:

    ‘The Sun is Also a Star’, by Nicola Yoon, is a YA book for teenagers aged 13-18.
    ‘The Sun is Also a Star’ focuses on Natasha Kingsley, a Jamaican teenager who is being deported in less than 24 hours, and Daniel Bae, a Korean-American who happens to stumble upon her by what he believes to be fate. Natasha is doing everything she can to stop her family from having to leave America.
    Daniel is on his way to a college admissions interview. Instead he stumbles upon Natasha and ends up following her around New York. As the day progresses, Daniel attempts to persuade Natasha of their instant connection. They share countless romantic moments,while counting down the hours until Natasha is deported.
    I loved the style of writing Nicola Yoon presented in ‘The Sun is Also a Star’. The novel is told from both Natasha and Daniel’s perspectives with some short informational chapters in between. These chapters include anything from the characterizations of Daniel’s brother, to the history of black hairstyles. Daniel’s chapters are those of a hopeless romantic. Natasha, however, believes in science, not fate and destiny and certainly not love. The contrast between these 2 viewpoints is what makes this book lovely to read
    This book may seem like a horrible cliche, but it shows how you should take life as it comes, and always take opportunities, because you may never be presented with them again.

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