Title: Flamingo Boy Author: Michael Morpurgo This book was set in the landscape of the Camargue during WW2. A young, autistic boy called Lorenzo lived on a farm with his parents. He didn’t know much but he knew how to heal animals! He loved to go into town to ride his favourite animal on the carousel, Horse. It is there that he met Kezia, a Roma girl, who helped to run the carousel with her parents. One day, the Germans came with their big guns. Amongst them was a kind, German Corporal who helped Lorenzo whenever he needed it. With the arrival of the Germans, everything was falling apart, even the carousel. So, the Caporal decided to help but how? This is a story about friendship, war and dealing with difficult situations. This book has a rollercoaster of emotions, so be prepared to cry (just a little bit!). Ok, maybe a little bit more than a little bit! Only two books have ever made the Book Brothers cry and they were both written by this award winning author! If you like books with a real story, I recommend this book to you. I give it 6/5 stars!
Apollo was once a Greek God. You might have heard of him! But now, he has been cast down by Zeus, his father and has become a mortal human. In this book, he has to free the third oracle and defeat the most bloodthirsty Roman Emperor with no powers! Can Apollo survive? Does Apollo make new friends? Can Apollo defeat the Roman Emperor? You will have to read the book to find out as I’m not giving any spoilers! I recommend this book to 10+ readers as it is quite long. Make sure you read the first two books first. I give it 11/10 and will definitely read the rest of this series. I couldn’t put this book down as it was so good! I can’t believe I have to wait so long for the next one to be released!
Title: The Magical Mix-up Author: Zach King Zach has gone from Zero to Hero. He has loads of friends but there is one thing he’s missing; his magic. Hogan, the new kid, is plotting against Rachel. Zach needs to find his powers to STOP Hogan before it is too late. Hogan wants to ruin Rachel’s reputation (after book 1 she became popular at school), so he be-friends her enemy Tricia so that together they can be the most popular kids at school. Does Zach stop Hogan? Does Zach get a super power? Read the book to find out! We give it 5*****. We recommend it to 8+ magic fans! We would love another book in this series.
Title: Kat Wolfe Investigates Author: Lauren St John If you like stories about animals, mystery and crime then this book is good for you. Kat and her mum, the local vet, live in London but after a break-in in their home, they decide it is time to move. They move to idyllic Bluebell Bay on the Jurassic Coast. When Kat starts a pet-sitting agency to get pocket money, something bad happens! Her first client goes missing! This leads to many more problems! Even worse, no-one believes her apart from Harper Lamb, her new best friend and second client! Can the mystery-solving duo crack the case? Read the book to find out! I recommend this book to 8+ and give it 5****. I couldn’t put it down!
Title: A Chase in Time Author: Sally Nicholls This book is about a boy called Alex and his sister Ruby. They lived with their Aunt Joanna. She was thinking of selling the house and moving. The children wished the old house wouldn’t be sold! One day, they fell into a mirror. Alex went through to the past. Ruby saw what happened so she followed him. They were now STUCK! They found themselves in 1912! They met 2 children; their ancestors, who guided them. When the Newberry cup went missing, Alex and Ruby decided that they may as well help find it, in the hope of returning to the present. Do they get back? Do they find the Newberry Cup? Do they get used to life in 1912? You’ll have to read the book to find out! We recommend this book to 9+ readers who love an adventure. We couldn’t put the book down! We give it 5*****.
Title: The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree Author: Paola Peretti “All children are scared of the dark…” This book is about a girl called Mafalda and her friends Estella and Filippo. Mafalda is no ordinary girl; she is turning blind. She suffers from Stargadt Disease, which is a disease that slowly makes you lose your vision. Filippo is Mafalda’s boyfriend – even if she doesn’t want to admit it. He has his own problems but he tries to help his friend as much as possible. Estella, Mafalda’s trusted friend, always tells Mafalda to find her “essential things” before she turns blind. Mafalda’s life isn’t going well and she is becoming blind very quickly. She can see how quickly this is happening by measuring the distance between when she can see the cherry tree and actually reaching it. So, one day she decides she is actually going to live in the cherry tree with her grandma and Cosimo (a fictional character from one of her favourite books). In order to do this, she must find “the essentials” for moving even if she has to steal them from her friends and classmates. Does Mafalda go blind? Does she find her…
Title: Beyond The Odyssey Author: Maz Evans This is the third book in the series. This book is based on Greek gods. Elliot Hooper was looking for the third Chaos Stone and for Panacea’s potion (to heal his sick mum). Thanatos was also looking for the Chaos Stones to destroy the whole of Earth. Elliot searched everywhere for the stone! He found out where Hypnos (hider of the stones) was and Hypnos said he would help him if he protected him from his evil brother Thanatos. First he had to get the potion and in order to do this; he had to go to the afterlife to find who had the potion. Elliot got it as quickly as he could (in my opinion, he could have been faster) but when he got home, his mum was DEAD. Elliot was too late, his mum was gone forever!!!! Who gets the Chaos Stones? Who is Dave Hooper and what does he have to do with the story? …
Title: The Day that aliens nearly ate our brains Author: Tom McLaughlin This book is about an ordinary boy called Freddy and his best friend Sal. It is set in an ordinary house, on an ordinary street, in an ordinary town of Wolverhampton. But they aren’t going to be ordinary for long! Freddy and Sal are trying to watch wrestling on TV by using next door’s transmitter but they accidentally disturb an alien called Alan, who wants to eat their brains. Soon the police, NASA and even the world leaders get involved and Freddy is in a lot of trouble! Do the aliens kill everyone? Does anyone kill Freddy? Who can save everyone? Read the book to find out! I recommend this book to 9+ readers. If you like this book, read the books in the “Accidental” series – you’ll enjoy them! Have a look through our book reviews and you’ll find some of them. I give it 5*****
Title: Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God Author: Rob Lloyd Jones Review by Daniel Bisland age 10 This book is about a boy called Jake, his sister Pan and their parents Jane and John Atlas and their friend Sami. The family are treasure hunters who were on the run from the police. They were searching for the snake lady who they met in the previous book. One day Sami, the gadget maker was adultnapped and the Atlas family were told that if they found the Tomb of Quetzalcoatl he would be freed. During the adventure in Honduras, they get shot down. Who shot them down? Do they save Sami? Do they survive? My brother and I give this book 5**** and recommend it to wannabe adventurers aged 9+. We loved this book so much that we sent our mum out to buy the first book in the series. Please write another book in this series!
Title: You are Awesome Author: Matthew Syed This book is AWESOME! This book has boosted my confidence! Before I read “You are Awesome”, I had a Fixed Mindset but now I have a Growth Mindset! Some famous people have also made mistakes or have been rejected, like J K Rowling, who was rejected by 32 publishers with her first Harry Potter book. This book teaches you that some things don’t always go to plan but you must never give up! Imagine if J K Rowling had given up? There would be no books, no films, no Harry Potter World … nothing! The book also ties in with the National Curriculum. My school talks about having a Growth Mindset a lot! I give this book 5/5 and recommend it to 8+ children. I also think that adults and teachers should read it too! This book will boost your confidence at home and at school.