Monday, 28 February 2011

The Dead by Charlie Higson

A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of 14. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren't the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit.

It's absolutely brilliant. M.G. (S1) *****

Monday, 24 January 2011

Stars! (Soccer Squad) by Bali Rai

Rushton Reds are going to be famous. A TV documentary is being made about the team and Chris, Dal, Abs and Jason can't wait to show off their skills in front of the cameras. But is it more important looking to look like a star, or to play well as part of the team? Will fame go to their heads?

It was very funny, nice and people would love to read it. M.M. (S1)

Monday, 13 December 2010

Wolf Man by Susan Gates

A fast-paced mystery adventure story with a spooky supernatural twist.

This book is very very good! S.H. (S1) *****

Friday, 10 December 2010

Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles by Barry Hutchison

Kyle hasn't seen Mr Mumbles in years. And there's a good reason for that: Mr Mumbles doesn't exist. But now he is back, Kyle doesn't have time to worry about why. Only one thing matters - staying alive.

Fantastic. I couldn't put it down. One of the best books I have ever read. I.R. (S1) *****

Scary, it gave me goosebumps. Dare you to read it at night! :) K.M. (S1) ****

Friday, 3 December 2010

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?

Thrilling. Informative. Clever and outstandingly witty. Literally impossible to put down. A great read and a fantastic start to the new series. Riordan continues to inspire and amaze me with his stunning set of stories. I simply cannot wait till fall 2011 for book 2! R.G. (S3) *****

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Tommy Sullivan is a Freak by Meg Cabot

Katie Ellison can't believe it. Just when she's having the best summer of her life, Tommy Sullivan arrives back in town. Just about everyone hates Tommy for what he did four years ago, and even being seen with him would make Katie a social pariah. So falling in love with him would be the kiss of death. And that's just what happens.

The book was OK but I didn't enjoy it that much because I didn't get what was going on. D.P. (S2) ***

Monday, 15 November 2010

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician, every adult, fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under 14 remain, and they're fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London.

It is really good. I recommend everybody to read it all. N.C. (S1) *****

Greatest book I've read yet. Well done Mr Higson. M.G. (S1) *****

Ice Lolly by Jean Ure

Laurel is only 12 when her mum dies and she is shipped off to stay with relatives she hardly knows. Her new family don't seem to care about anything Laurel loves, including books and Mr Pooter, her old marmalade-coloured cat. So Laurel decides that she won't feel anything: she'll become Ice Lolly, the girl with the frozen heart.

I really liked this book as it has a sad start and a happy ending. I liked the part where she went to Stevie's and picked up Mr Pooter and got another two cats at the same time, one called Carrie and the other called Lupin. I highly recommend it to people who love cats.  K.A. (S1) *****

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Maximum Ride 1: The angel experiment by James Patterson

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the 'Flock' - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel - are just like ordinary kids - only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time - like when Angel, the youngest member of the 'Flock', is kidnapped and taken back to the 'School' where she and the others were genetically engineered by sinister scientists.Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, California, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare - this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf 'Erasers' in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb - now her betrayed and greatest enemy - that her purpose is save the world - but can she?

I love this book because there is a lot of mystery and love. You have not lived until you have read Maximum Ride! ;-) T.L. (S2) *****

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Grass by Cathy MacPhail

It would have been hard to have missed what was written on the wall. Painted in giant whitewashed letters: 'SHARKEY IS A GRASS'. I hadn't a clue who Sharkey was, but I knew one thing. 'Sharkey's a dead man,' I said. Leo knows the value of never grassing and that you never grass on your friends. Everybody, too, knows the gang leaders in town. And you don't grass on them. Not unless you don't value your life - like Sharkey. And then Leo is unlucky enough to witness the murder of one gang leader by another, a man called Armour. Leo is petrified as he realises what he is witnessing and even more petrified when he realises that Armour has seen him. Sure that he is drawing his own last breath, Leo silently says goodbye to his family and everybody he knows. But all Armour does is wink at Leo, very slowly, and leave the scene of the crime. Leo draws a long breath of relief. He has got away with it. But he hasn't - not really. Leo will live to regret that wink and realise that Armour has an insidious hold on him and his family,which will test his family relationships, and his very sense of what is right and wrong. It will take bravery, luck and sheer daring to extricate himself from Armour's deadly web.

A good book and a good author. 'Do not grass on your friend'. G.Y. (S1) *****