Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is an amazing book. There are more quests and danger. If you have watched the movie you will LOVE the book because most things are similar but there are extra bits in the book, like a conversation might have been left out, so I always read the book too as well as watch the film.
My favourite character is Hermione Granger because she is smart, loving and really nice.
I would recommend this book to people 8 and over.
I would give it 10/10.
Reviewed by Aida Imray 5SC
The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf
This book is really good! It’s about a boy called Hector and he isn’t the nicest person and always gets in trouble. One day he and his friends meet a homeless man at the park and take his hat but he throws stones at them so they want revenge. They get his trolley and push it into a lake, but there is a girl called Mei-Lei who threatens to tell the teacher as she is friends with the homeless man. Hector goes to work at the place for homeless people. At the same time, there are robberies which are to try to get the homeless people out of the city. So Thomas, Hector and Mei Lei have to try stop the thief before it’s too late.
I liked the fact that the author made the main character go from not really someone you would want to be friends with, to an ok person.My favourite character was Mei Lei. She was just a generally nice and generous person.I would recommend this book to anyone who just enjoys adventure stories and people who like characters who have a lot of development.Reviewed by Hollie Moon 5ML
Dotty Detective by Clara Vulliamy
This series of books is all about a girl who has a detective club but the only members are her dog McClusky and her best friend Beans. They all solve mysteries which are normally at their school. These books are mainly for 6-13 year olds.
I’m going to tell you about one of the Dotty Detective books that’s called Super Secret Agent: there is a school talent show and she has stage fright so she works on the lights. The day of the talent show was coming up so she brought her super special shoes. She was showing them to people but they went missing. The worst part was she promised another girl the shoes because she was slightly scared of the audience. If you want to find out what happens next, you can read the book yourself!
I would give it a 9/10!
Reviewed by Charley Jordan 5ML
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
I think that Billionaire Boy is an amazing book for everybody because the boy is spoiled. Then he realises that he doesn’t need any of it and the only thing that he really needs is his Dad. He manages to find that out when his Dad goes broke and is not used to living without any money. This is also a very funny book, and I think that this is a great book for anybody who likes David Walliams or Roald Dahl.
Reviewed by Emily Pringle 5SC
Marge in Charge by Isla Fisher
Marge in charge is about a babysitter that appears as a grim old woman, but while there are no other parents around, she is a world of fun. I really enjoyed this book because there was simply no telling what would happen on the next page when I read this book. Marge was a duchess before she left the palace, because she hated rules. If you do seem interested in this book, I would recommend it because it is great fun.
Review by Martha Middleton, 5BK
‘Land of Roar’ is about the adventures of the twins, Arthur and Rose Trout. The main character is called Arthur. He is a twin with his sister called Rose. He is a young boy who used to be scared of a lot of things but by the end of the book he is no longer scared. Nearer the start of the book he hates his sister as they are not getting on at all. Through the story they begin to get along and take on the adventure together.
This book is suitable for children in KS2 who like adventure and magic.
Harry potter and the philosopher’s stone
Name: Harry Potter
Personality: brave exited makes good decisions
Strengths: being with friends
Weakness: over emotional
Harry potter is a boy he thinks he has a normal life but then finds out he is a wizard and goes and does these really dangerous tasks and in each book he tries to get rid of Lord Voldemort.
Someone who likes adventures, talking to their friends and magic will enjoy this story.
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker.
The main character’s name is Clementine. She is 8 years old in most of the books. She is a tomboy and lives in a flat/apartment block. She has a cat called Moisturizer, She is quite clever and kind.
The story is about Clementine with her best friend called Margaret, who is a girly girl and a bit strange, she is also older than Clementine too. Her family are involved in it too.
Little kids under the age of about 11 or 12 will enjoy this story because it is quite like a little kids story and is not scary at all, it is sometimes even funny.
Looking at the Stars by Lewis Hine
This is a reality story about a boy who is disabled.
Lewis Hine is the main character. The story is about him. He is 17 years old ( though probably older now), he loves to help other people and be inspiring and he made the website Friend Finder which is all about young people who are disabled to make friends. He is such a strong person mentally but physically, he has to go to the hospital loads and uses a wheelchair.
Diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour and water on the brain at 17 months old, Lewis Hine wasn’t expected to survive. But he defined the odds. Lewis’s continued battle with serious illness was seen by 30 million people on his 16th birthday when he shared his experience online.
This would appeal to people who like to learn about disabled people and the human body.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The main character’s name is Matilda. She was 10 during the book she is kind and loving and takes a lot of risks. She has special powers to make things with her eyes and with her fingers that she uses to help solve some of her problems. She is amazing.
I am sure you know this already but it is about a little girl called Matilda who was brought up in a mean family who didn’t treat her properly. She was also very clever she was better at math than any other child her teacher Mrs Honey had ever seen. When Mrs Honey was a girl her aunt looked after her and her aunt treated her terribly too and her name was Miss Trunchbull she is the disgusting headmistress of Matilda’s school.
Max Einstein and the Genius Experiment by James Patterson
This is a science-fiction novel.
Max Einstein, a 12 year old orphan, lives happily in New York City. She loves playing speed chess in the park. She had built a computer for herself with free wi-fi. Max also loves thinking up new inventions that could help her improve homeless people’s lives and she also goes to college not school.
One day Max Einstein is hired by a mysterious organization whose mission is to solve some of the world’s hardest problems using science. He’s helped by a group of children from around the world as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet environmentally-friendly and escape from THE CORP.
This would appeal to anyone because it is about the environment, girl power and that children can do everything as well as adults not even better though i would only recommended this book for ages 8 and upwards because of the amount of text and they might not understand what is happening.
The Everything Machine by Kennen Ally
Genre: comedy + drama
Two brothers and a sister as well as another baby sister and the mum. Another main character is a robot called Russell and dad-bot which comes in later in the story. Russell and dad bot have no weaknesses and they all really like this game called MAZA.
This would appeal to most people because they are comedy books and have quite a lot of problem solving that they need to do and are about technology.
Luna Ra Is Not Alone by Hayley Webster
The main character is a 10 year old girl and her name is Luna Rae Loveridge. She is extremely kind and considerate to others because that she takes on the role of her mum, when she disappears and look after her little sister and takes care of her Dad and looks after her friend. Her strength are that she is a good friend and good at looking after people and her weakness is that she worries a lot.
Luna moves house with her family, she meets a new friend call Rudo and he shows her a secret clubhouse, where there visit lots. At school, Luna enters a school baking competition with her mum, but there is a problem because Luna’s mum has disappeared, She has left the house so Luna has to begin to look after her Dad and sister.
One night, Rudo has an accident and falls from a bridge. Luna visits him every night after school in the hospital. Once he comes home, Meg, a girl from their class finds out about the secret clubhouse and is nasty to them. In the end they all become friends and build a new clubhouse that they can all play in together.
I think this book appeal to both boys and girls age 9-12 years old.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Genre: comedy, adventure and mystery
People who like mysteries and action movies, both old and young, will enjoy this book. People who like fiction and books about magic would like this.
It is about a boy who finds out that he is a wizard and goes to a hidden wizard school. It is an exciting story and it leaves you on a cliff hanger.
When I read it, I didn’t want to put it down!
Emily Hodgson 6CR
The 130 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
This story is fictional and magical. The main characters are the authors. It is about Andy and Terry and their friend Jill taking the treehouse into space. They have lots of fun and dangerous adventures along the way.
The text is easy to read and the story is easy to follow. I personally think this book is aimed at people aged 6-11, both boys and girls. It makes you laugh and has funny pictures. There is a whole series of them and it’s good to follow the books each time, I’ve enjoyed reading them all.
William Massey 6BU
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen is a girl who lives in District 12 with her mum and sister, Primrose. Her father died when she was young and after that just likes hunting in the woods with her friend Gale. She is quite non friendly and quiet except when she is with people she knows. She doesn’t like having friends and loves being alone.
Katniss’s sister has been chosen for the hunger games where 24 children need to fight to death. Katniss asks if she can replace her for in and then Katniss needs to try and survive but her teammate is Peeta and Katniss has had a bad past with him. With the help from her prep team, she becomes a star however when Peeta confesses his love to her, she gets angry and loved even more.
This would appeal to teens because it is about fighting and little children could have nightmares from it but teenage girls would like Katniss as their role model.
Ava Smith 6HS
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
This is a story about a girl called Maia, whose parents died when she was young. She is 12 years old and she loves to explore and have fun. She hates the thought of moving to a new country to go and live with strangers but she soon changed her mind and went. Maia lived in a boarding school because her parents died when she was little, she went to live with some distant cousins in the Amazon, who hated going outside. When she was there, she met another orphan called Finn and had great adventures with him trying find his mother’s lost tribe called the Xanti.
I think this would appeal to older children because you have to really concentrate when you are reading it and because it uses older language. It is also really exciting and adventurous.
Lily McColl 6MY
Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
This is a fictional story about a boy with lots of money. This book is for children aged between 8 and 11 years old.
This book is funny and would appeal to everyone 8 and over who want to read a light-hearted book because it is about a young boy called Joe and his dad is a multi-millionaire but hasn’t always been. He has a company called Bum-fresh which is what made them rich. But there is one thing that Joe does not have. Friends. The story is about this boy switching schools and looking for friends. Does he find a friend in the end? It covers topics that people are going through but he makes it sound funny, for example being divorced, having no friends and changing schools.
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
This book is about 3 young Polish children, Ruth 12, Edek 11 and 3 year old Bronia Balicki and the search for their parents Joseph and Margrait Balicki who had been taken from the family home by the Nazi’s during WW2.
The story begins when Joseph (the father) escapes from a prisoner of war camp in Zakyna and returns to Warsaw to look for his family.
Ruth, Edek and Bronia’s home had been destroyed and they end up living in a bombed out celler, they had to steal food and scrounge for anything that could make their lives a little easier, this was when Edek was caught stealing for food for him and his sisters and he got arrested leaving the 2 girls on their own. One day the sisters meet up with a boy called Jan, they discover Jan had been given a Silver Sword by a man that was looking for his family. The children soon realise that this man was their father – he has told Jan he was going to Switzerland (where his wife came from) because he couldn’t find his own family.
The children together with Jan begin their journey to find their parents. The journey is long and the children face many upsets along the way, such as having to walk for hours in the freezing cold, sleep where ever they could and avoid capture from the German Soldiers. During the journey the children discover where Edek is (another camp) but it wasn’t as easy as just going to rescue him.
After many weary months they eventually find themselves at a Red Cross camp at Lake Constance (this borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland) the authorities finally manage to contact the children’s parents.
When at the camp the children go down to the lake, there is a storm and they nearly lose their lives but Jan helped them and they survive – Finally the journey is over.
This book was really good, I enjoyed reading it and it kept me interested, I would recommend it to others to read it.
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.
The genre for this story is Greek and Roman mythology – mixed together. It is a fantasy book and it is a bit dramatic and confusing at parts. In this book, there are is no main characters. This is because the author has cleverly but the book in every single different character’s perspective, even though it is in third person. I’d say the overall main character, though, is Jason. He has come from somewhere he forgot, and he has no memory of anything before arriving at the camp. He is the son of Zeus, although he likes to call the gods their roman names, even though he is at a Greek camp. He is 16. He has coin, where when he flips it will either turn into à sword if it lands on heads or an electric spear if it lands on tails.
Jason has appeared at camp half-blood. He has no idea how he got there, where he came from, what his last name is or why he is there. Him and his new friends, Leo and Piper, have to go on à mission to save queen Hera from dying and causing the giants to wake. Also, everyone is working for an earth person, who is somehow asleep. Can Jason save the day?
I think that this book would appeal to anyone from 10-14 because it is quite confusing, but other than that it is brilliant. It is dramatic though, and has a brilliant sense of humour.
A Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Genre: Mystery and adventure
Who would this appeal to and why?
Children that enjoy murder stories without being frightened; who like reading adventure and mystery genres. There are some quite scary parts in the book, as for example when they discover a dead body, but this doesn’t mean you cannot have fun trying to work out who the murderer is!
Time travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford
Genre : Adventure, Fantasy and comedy.
The main character is Al Chaudhury he is quite little, outgoing, brave and not afraid to break the rules. He is smart as he knows what to do when something bad happens and does not freak out. He has a hamster and likes animals. He is quite confident and doesn’t really care about what other people think of him.
Al lost his father when he was little and has grown up with his step-dad and mum. On his birthday he receives a letter from his dad saying about time travel! His dad is asking him to save his life so he goes back in time and the story is about him trying and learning about life.
This would appeal to 8-11 year olds as it might have some words in that are hard to work out but it has quite a fun base line so is fun to read.
White Boots by Noel Streatfeild
I think there are 2 main characters.
Harriet Johnson is a girl who gets older throughout the book but starts off at the age of 9. She is very nice, best friends with Lalla and lives with her 3 brothers: Toby, Alec and Edward, her mum, Olivia and her dad, George. She got ill when she was 8-9 so her legs became quite weak so her doctor advises her to start skating leading on to be a fun hobby and skill.
Lalla Moore is a girl who gets older throughout the book and also starts off at 9. She is very good at skating and lives with her Aunt, Step-Uncle, Nanny and staff. She is also tutored at home because she skates most of the day. Her strength is being good at ice skating because her father was a champion skater so when he and Lalla’s mum died her Lalla’s Aunt made Lalla start skating.
This book is about Harriet Johnson who has just recovered from being ill. Her doctor suggests taking up ice skating to help her legs get stronger and when she gets to the ice rink he meets the daughter of Cyril Moore, the champion skater who drowned. Will their friendship stay strong or crack on the ice?
This would appeal to anyone who likes ice skating or would like to know about it, other books by Noel Streatfeild or likes stories that have twists in.
My book review for Evie’s Ghost written by Helen Peters. Review by Imogen Hearn
I have just finished reading this book and I loved it so much I read it in 2 days!
It is a story about a 12-year-old girl called Evie who discovers in the middle of night she can go back in time. She must help a young woman called Sophia Fane who is due to be locked in her room, because she will not marry a man, for the rest of her life. Evie must work hard as a housemaid, but makes friends with Polly, another housemaid. She realises that she has come back in time to help Sophia. Evie eventually helps Sophia run away with her true love called Robert. When she goes back into the future, she discovers some loose nails in the floor bords under a mat. She pulled the floorboards open and found a book about Sophia and Roberts life and then a letter from Sophia saying how thankful she is that she had helped her.
My favourite character was Polly the girl that had helped Evie with the housework.
My least favourite character was Mrs Hardwick the housekeeper who slapped all the scullery maids.
My favourite part of the story was the bit at the end when Evie found the letter and book from Sophia Fane.
My least favourite part of the story was the bit when Sophia got locked up in her room.
I would definitely recommend this book. This author has written two other books that I would like to read – The Farm Beneath the Water and The Secret Hen House Theatre.
A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison review by Ms Kerr
This is the third book in the series which see the Widdershins sisters move from their home in Crowstone to Blackbird Cottage in Pendlewick. Little do they suspect that they are about to be caught up in a dangerous spell which is cast over the village and a race against time to save themselves and the villagers.
I loved reading this book, probably more than the other two and would recommend it for Year 5 to 7…or older.