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Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I would recommend this to anyone who would like to be scared around every corner of this book. When I read Flesh And Bone I felt like I was being dragged into an enchanting forest of wonder. Every second of the story brought tension and excitement to my mind. Throughout every page I was racking my brain to figure out what could possibly happen next. Each and every time I opened the book I was full of adrenaline to know exactly what would happen to Benny Imura and his friends during the Zom (zombie) apocalypse. All over the world a virus spreads and everyone infected becomes a zombie. Benny finds a strange plane and starts to explore and finds out where the place survivors call sanctuary is. This isn’t just any old story it’s an adventure full of wonders beyond your wildest expectations and far from anything you could imagine.

- Year 7 pupil


The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

Pupil rating: 4.5 stars

The cardturner is an interesting, funny and realistic book, about a 17 year old boy called Alton Richards. From when he was very young, he had always been told Uncle Lester is his favourite uncle. Uncle Lester is rich. Very rich. Alton’s parents eagerly (and secretly) anticipate the vast contents of his will. Uncle Lester is blind, and needs somebody to drive him to and help him at his bridge tournaments. Alton’s parents jump at the chance to create a relationship between him and Alton, for the best chance at scoring big in his inheritance. Following his parents eager instruction, Alton accompanies Uncle Lester to bridge, and although he is treated like an idiot, (for his lack of bridge knowledge) he slowly begins to learn about bridge, and his Uncle Lester. This book will take you on a journey through a teenager’s eyes, and I think this is a great book for 11 + that will intrigue you and make you laugh

- Year 7 pupil


Holes by Louis Sachar

Pupil rating: 4-5 stars

I think this book is a brilliant read for readers of ten plus years. This book takes you on an adventure through the best and worst year of Stanley Yelnats’ life during his time at Camp Green Lake. In my opinion this book is one of the best books I've read in my life. During the time I read this book, I just couldn’t stop myself and whilst reading it I felt as if I was engulfed in the story, and not reading it but it felt like I was the story and becoming each and every character as they spoke. I felt like every second of reading was worth the wait to get in the car and read all the way home. This book took me on a journey of absolute amazement, even the amazing front cover drew me in and from the first page I couldn’t wait to read more. Jump into a story full of tension, wonder and excitement.

- Year 7 pupil

I liked this book because it is really engaging and there are lots of plot twists and the quest Stanley Yelnats has to take is a big journey. My favourite part of the book is when Stanley discovers treasure in his own hole, but he has been asked to give anything he finds to another camp mate who has been at the camp longer much longer than Stanley. If the boys find anything interesting they are allowed to have the day off (the only occasion they were allowed to take the day off was when they either found something interesting or they were bitten by a yellow spotted lizard) . When Stanley gave the treasure to his X -Ray the warden made the whole of D group continue to dig the hole X Ray ‘found it in’. However the treasure wouldn’t be there.

-Year 7 pupil

I liked this book because it is very funny and enjoyable. It is a real page turner and you can’t put it down! I think it is suitable for anyone over the age of 10. The storyline is very tense and hooks you in. I enjoyed the swap between times and how the two stories intertwine with each other. I loved it and finished it within days. A great read.

- Year 7 pupil

I recently read Holes by Louis Sachar and went to the theatre to watch Holes and I am impressed by both but the book is just so detailed and simple and enjoyable to read. Holes is a realistic book but it is a fiction book. I read Holes quickly and whizzed through it because once you start you just can’t stop reading. Holes is about a boy who is peacefully walking home from school when a celebrity's shoes just fall from the sky into his arms and is accused of stealing them. He is then proven guilty, which he isn’t, and is given two options of where he would like to go spend his criminal years. He has the choice of going to a camp called Camp green lake or prison. Knowing a young boy he obviously chose the Camp Green lake, however, when he gets there he realises that is wasn’t what he was expecting. I recommend reading Holes because it is one of my favourite books to read and I have now read it twice. I would give Holes a 10/10 so you should go read it now. I am telling you, you won’t regret it and will read it as a breeze if you like it.

-Year 7 pupil


Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Pupil rating: 5 stars


When young Peter finds a young fox in the wild, he had no clue that they would be best friends. When war breaks out, Peter is forced to let Pax (the fox) go, leading to both of them trying to find each other. Pax is a sad, heart-wrenching story and is recommended by many others, for instance, ‘A heart-wrenching masterpiece’ – The Guardian, ‘Pennypacker’s elegant language and insight into human nature spin a fable extolling empathy above all’ – The Times. This story is based on a bond between a human and a fox and based during a world war. If you love meaningful books, I would definitely recommend it to you.

- Year 7 pupil

 

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo

Pupil rating: 5 stars 

During every second of this book I was drawn to the detail of the description in the way the author described each animal as if they were a work of art. Every moment made me want to read more and more, I didn’t want to and couldn’t stop. Until I knew what was going to happen. Each time I opened the pages I felt as if I was being dragged into the story, being pulled further and further into an amazing adventure. Eventually it was almost like the story had become reality. It was an adventure which changed the way I think in life and it was all in a book. Every second during this book felt like a new change in my life and a change in time for not me but everyone around me. Throughout the time I read the pages of this book the wait before reading was worth every second.

-Year 7 pupil


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 Pupil rating: 5 stars


I liked this book because it was a great follow on from Catching Fire and the Hunger Games. I enjoyed the futuristic ideas of Panem and how all the hope has gone from the districts until one girl, protecting her little sister, decided to go against the Capitol. At first she followed their rules and killed to save her family. Then she came back to the arena and she wouldn’t leave until President Snow was dead. To get that one death many other deaths passed and Katniss’s life was one big nightmare. She brought back hope, rebellions and war. This weighed massively on her shoulders. Can she be the flame that will bring down the Capitol? Will she be the Mockingjay?

-Year 8 pupil


Once by Morris Gleitzman

Pupil rating: 4 stars


I have rated this book a four as it is full of suspense and you just can not put this book down. It is very intriguing and is a perfect book if you are looking for something linked to history (the Holocaust and Jews in this book) and very nerve-racking as it is not a child's book where everything goes right. There are bumps and turns everywhere and when you think things are going well, they take an unexpected turn.

- Year 7 pupil

Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz

Pupil rating: 4 stars 


I liked this book because I found that I was full of excitement and was really building up some suspense. I find that the adventure that continue from book 1 finished the cliff hanger that you were on at the end of the first book. It was a very exciting book with action, adventure and excitement. This book is very entertaining in all different ways. If you want to lose yourself in spy books or action books then this is the book for you. I highly recommend this to anybody who wants to read a series of action and adventure books. I also recommend this to year 7 pupils and year 8 pupils.

- Year 7 pupil

Clockwise to Titan by Elon Dann

Pupil rating: 5 stars


There is nothing better in reading that wondering what will happen next and the feeling of being left on the edge of your seat. This book makes you feel all of that, as the plot is about a group of friends that try and escape their life, but it is a daring adventure to accomplish their wish. An external mission had to be accomplished to complete their mission. That mission wasn’t as straight forward as it sounded. Getting past the guards and retrieving who they wanted was a task in itself before the task began of escaping. Will they do it?

-Year 7 pupil

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Pupil rating: 4 stars

This book is very good because it is full of content which is varied throughout the story. There are parts where the story begins happily which dips in the middle creating tension for you to read what is next and then ends in way which you’ll have to find out yourself! This is a classic book which is here for everyone of all ages to read. Alice has an extraordinary time in Wonderland; whether it was good or bad - Alice has had an experience she’ll never forget and so will you if you read this book! The content and the storyline are amazing - a very good read!

- Year 8 pupil

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

Pupil rating: 4.5 stars

Book review of Knife Edge:

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman is a teenage drama book based on two people : Jude and Sephy who have become enemies after Callum was hanged. Callum was Jude's brother and Sephy's lover and Jude had blamed Callum’s death on Sephy because she was a cross and Jude believed all crosses were to be blamed for everything. But Sephy had a secret to hide. She was pregnant with Callum’s baby... Callum was therefore hanged for supposedly raping Sephy. In the book Knife Edge, Sephy's child, Callie Rose, was born but there were many complications to follow....

This book, in my opinion, was a truly heart warming story which led you on an emotion roller coaster. This is because when Sephy had to make her multiple choices throughout the book, you truly had no idea what she would do and so many things happened that nobody would think would. My favourite part of the book is when Sephy tries to find the truth of whether Callum really loved her or not because of a note which the police guard had given to Sephy which supposedly Callum wrote before he was hanged. This is because it was so emotional and really enabled you to emphasise with the character. My favourite character from this book was Meggie. I really liked her character because I was able to put myself in her shoes and imagine what emotions she was experiencing throughout the book.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for teens who love crime and drama because that is the whole focus of the book. I would give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

-Year 7 pupil

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Pupil rating: 5 stars


Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong go to Deepdean School for Girls, but these 2 girls are not ordinary. At this school, they set up a secret detective agency after Hazel finds the dead body of Miss Bell. They then left the room, but when they came back, (they only left for 5 minutes) the body had gone! Daisy was upset though, although she tried to hide it because she is a heroine-like person, and so it should be her that these sort of things happen to. How well do you think they will solve this murder? Their first case was when a girl called Lavinia lost her tie and the girls tried to find it. How do you think the girls are going to solve the murder? Will they ever solve the crime? Who do you think killed Miss Bell?

-Year 7 pupil

I absolutely loved this book. I have gone on to read 4 more of the books in the series because of how engaging they are. It is a nice twist on the classic murder mystery book - it is not too graphic or scary so if you are worried about that it’s no problem. The two main characters (Daisy and Hazel) are very likeable and within the first few chapters I felt as though I knew them personally! It is not obvious as to what happens like some other children’s murder mysteries, there are lots of twists and shocking turns. Definitely recommend!

-Year 7 pupil

First Class Murder by Robin Stevens

Pupil rating: 4 stars

It is about two girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, who solve a murder that happens on the Orient Express. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are the main characters in the book as they set up a secret detective society and solve murders and mysteries. I would recommend this book for year 8-10. The book is written as a story in first person and is written by Hazel Wong and has pages of notes from the case dotted in it. If you read this book I would recommend reading the series in order as it gives you a better background on Daisy and Hazel.


Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I loved this book because it really makes you think about serious things in the world like racism. It is very engaging but also quite sad in parts. Some parts will make you laugh, some might make you cry. I am now reading the other books in the series because I am eager to find out what happens next. Sephy and Callum are a really good example of strong characters who fight for what they want. Overall, it is a great book and I would definitely recommend it to other avid readers.

-Year 7 pupil

Robot Girl by Malorie Blackman and Matthew Griffin

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I really liked this book because it is full of suspense and even though it is short, it still gets the whole story across and it is exciting and you want to know what happens next. It is also good because it is short so if you were looking for something quick to read over lunchtime then this would be a good choice. It is also by Malorie Blackman who is an author that I would recommend a lot. Her noughts and crosses series are also really good and I would recommend them for longer reads as they are heart wrenching and very exciting.

-Year 7 pupil

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

Pupil rating: 5 stars

This book is very good it is based around true events from the past. The book is based in 1938. Young orphan, Liesel, arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa. When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel's new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans' life. It is full of great content for ages 12 and up. Based on true events, this book will make you feel a myriad of emotions. A good read - read it now!

-Year 8 pupil

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Pupil rating: 5 stars

This book is an entertaining, mysterious and thrilling book. Shivers down your spine as to what happens next will happen to you many, many times. It is an amazing book, you will get attached to it soon enough, so good for you! Tom's Midnight Garden explores time and how it can be turned back. It is a very exciting book that has a hidden mystical presence and all the time you are reading it you find lots of clues that all add up to one big surprise at the end; but when it comes to it, you realise you've known all along. It all starts when Tom's brother Peter gets the measles at the start of the summer holidays. Tom is taken away to his aunt and uncle's against his will; not allowed to be in his house in fear of catching measles but not allowed to mix with the public in case he already has them. So he has to spend all day every day cooped up inside with nothing in the slightest to interest him. He is trying to get to sleep when he hears the old grandfather clock strike. This is an extremely good book - it is applicable to all ages. Read NOW!

-Year 8 pupil

Skulduggery Pleasant the Dead Famous Bestseller by Derek Landy

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I liked this book because..
this book has an amazing and entertaining sense of humour as well as an engaging story and well developed characters. It is great for lovers of fantasy, comedy and horror as well as crime-book lovers. The book is well written and impossible to put down! I definitely recommend this book as well as every other in the series.

The story follows a young teenager, Stephanie, as she learns more and more about the nature of her bloodline after her uncle's tragic murder, and her introduction to Skulduggery Pleasant - a masked skeleton with a mysterious past and amazing abilities!

-Year 8 pupil

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling

Pupil rating: 5 stars


I liked this book because it was full of adventure and suspense. You never knew what was going to happen next. A great book from the Harry Potter series from J.K Rowling. A roller coaster of emotions as once things start going well, something dreadful happens. Big surprises, making your feelings a jumpy ride. If you are interested in a book that has no pattern, that can change the mood incredibly quickly, this book (and the rest of the series) is your thing!

-Year 7 pupil

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I liked this book because as the first book of the Harry Potter series, it really did make you want to read the rest from the series. The description is immaculate and really does set a picture in your mind. It is described very well by J.K Rowling. Very good at setting the stones for the rest of the series. This would definitely be recommended for people who like books that are quite long and nerve racking. This series will probably keep you up at night, I could just not put it down at all. Very good at drawing you in.

-Year 7 pupil

A great new way to start the Harry Potter series, and really engaging. Hilarious and adventurous it’s hard not to enjoy the series. It is based on a trio, one very bright for her age, one who’s funny and the famous boy who lived, ( Harry Potter ). They go on an adventure to find what’s currently hiding in the school grounds, and who is interested in stealing it. I would recommend this to 8 - 100 years of age.

-Year 7 pupil


Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Pupil rating: 4 stars

I liked this book because it was very entertaining and enjoyable. I liked how it swapped perspective three times. It talked about how women are allowed to vote. Through all of this, all of the perspectives are connected. Each view is as picturable as the others. The content never gets old and boring. It is a book that is recommended by me for people who would like to know about when women were not able to vote. One perspective might be sad but the other perspective it happy. It jumped around and plays with your emotion. Quite a few old quotes. Always in my top 10 favourite books.

-Year 7 pupil

Then by Morris Gleitzman

Pupil rating: 5 stars

This book is in my top 5 books! It has lots of emotion and can make you feel how the characters are feeling. The description helps picture what it would be like in that time. It has feelings and is a very good book to carry on from the Once series. Morris Gleitzman encountered their feelings and journey and made it like me (as the reader) was there with Felix and Zelda. It really does take the reader on a journey with them, making you feel sorry for them at some things and happy for them at others. All of my questions from Once are answered, but now I have a whole set of new questions. I am very excited to read the next book in this series.

-Year 7 pupil

Little Women by Louisa Alcott

Pupil rating: 4 stars

I liked this book because it was a good change from really adventurous and exciting books. It improved my vocabulary and helped me to understand how the lives of women and girls has changed from then to now in the year 2020. I loved the different characters of the girls and how different they were but they still shared a few similar qualities which meant they all wanted to help their mother and father. I am yet to read the rest of the series but I am sure they will show the futures of these four loving and helpful girls as they turn into little women.

-Year 8 pupil

Dreaming The Bear by Mimi Thebo

Pupil rating: 4 stars

I liked this book because I enjoyed and like the same thing as the main character, which really helped me engage with this excellent book. A rough summary of the book is there’s a girl who’s usual life is shopping, watching movies and hanging out with her friends. Suddenly, her dad makes her go on a trip that she really doesn’t want to go on. What really annoys her I that she has no WiFi to contact her friends. Her other family members on the trip (her mum, her dad and her sister) are absolutely loving it as they are amazing at skiing. On the other hand the poor girl gets weaker and more sick as the days go on. Whilst on the trip she finds a bear which she suddenly feels a connection with. It makes her feel alive. All of a sudden she finds this place amazing and she is connected to this wonderful place. However she feels as though the bear needs her but she also needs the bear. Basically that is the book summed up. A cool feature about this book is that it has facts about bears at the end.

-Year 7 pupil

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Pupil rating: 5 stars

My book review is Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I really liked this book, the author made each chapter a cliff-hanger and I could not put it down! Coraline is about a young girl who lives in a gloomy flat, there is a door leading to the other half of the flat with a locked door. After she finds the key and gets into the other half she sees her mother, but instead of her normal mother the other mother is extremely pale and has enormous black button eyes. This mother wants to keep Coraline forever but if Coraline finds the souls of the other children then she can make it back into her own home once again. I rate this book a 5/5 as I really enjoyed it and it is now my favourite book.

-Year 7 pupil

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Pupil rating: 5 stars

Love that dog is a nice simple story. Very sad in some places but definitely worth a read.It is one of those rhyming stories with a couple of words on a page, but that does not make a difference on how the book is. It was funny in some places. And the main character is a young boy who likes to write poems and gradually keeps improving them, but he is quite nervous about his work, for it means a lot to him. I would recommend it to people who need a short read, and to those who like funny/sad books.

-Year 7 pupil

Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norris

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I liked this book because it was funny but also I could not stop reading it which made it a really good book to read. I decided to read it again because it is my favourite book. I would give this book 5 stars because it’s my favourite book and I love reading it. Another reason why I would recommend this book is because of the friendship that is included in it. There is a boy who meets a ghost and they make friends even though the boy is not meant to see her. They then make even more friends and help people with their problems. 

-Year 7 pupil

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Hargrave

Pupil rating: 5 stars

I absolutely adore this book! I’ve read it many times and love it. It’s very touching (being about leprosy) and is very accessible. After reading this novel I have gone on to read lots of Kiran Milwood Hargrave's books and I think she is an amazing author. Her books are easy to access and understand but challenging enough that you’re progressing in your reading. It is written in a way that makes you connect to the main character. It is an excellent read for people who like books about friendship. I would recommend it to years 7, 8 and maybe 9. Definitely worth trying.

-Year 7 pupil