Pupil Book Reviews (January 2017)

Here are a selection of the book reviews written by pupils during January 2017.  Each review wins a ticket for a prize draw…the winner will receive an Easter Egg! Good luck to all involved. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

My review is of the third Harry Potter book. I love the magic and the strange ideas, especially the game of Quidditch. This book is in a world where magic is taught at school. This is a story about a boy who has many adventures with his two best friends. My favourite character is Harry’s best friend Ron because of his funny personality. This is an adventure story plus fantasy and I would even recommend it for adults. There are many more books in the series that I love but this one is my favourite.

First Form, Isabella

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

The Midnight Gang was a really fun and intriguing book to read. It takes place in a giant children’s hospital called ‘The Lord Funt’. The main characer is Tom who’s there because he was hit on the head by a cricket ball. Tom is a good friend and organises the best night of the other patients lives. The story keeps you guessing about what will happen next. I think anyone would love this book and have given it 5 out of 5.

First Form, Isabella

Ratburger by David Walliams

My review is about Ratburger, it’s a story of a little girl called Zoe who noticed something strange about some burgers being sold at her school. She also meets a very strange rat killer.

I love this book and all the weird characters so I’m going to give it 4.5 out of 5 because it’s such a good adventure story.

I would say that anyone aged 9 or above would enjoy this book.

First Form, Isabella

I am David by Anne Holm

The main idea of the story is that David who has escaped from a WWII concentration camp, is fleeing to Denmark. The action takes place in Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and across Europe.

I found the main character David very interesting, especially because he suffered so much yet remained calm and never lost his temper. Also, because he is clever and yet doesn’t know much about ordinary life because he has spent so long in the camp.

I liked how the author kept my interest in the story and made you understand how hard it was being in a concentration camp.

I think anyone would enjoy this book because it’s so interesting and easy to read.

Second Form, Isabella

Passion Flower by Jean Ure

Two sisters go and stay with their recently separated dad in Brighton – a city beside the sea – but he has a secret that they would like to get to the bottom of.

I liked the characters of the sisters – the eldest is eccentric but sensible and the youngest is sweet and funny. They’re not very streetwise which makes it a fun read. I would recommend this book to girls aged from 11 to 13 and have given it 4.5 out of 5.

First Form, Isabella

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is the classic gothic horror novel which has thrilled and engrossed readers for two centuries. Written by Mary Shelley, it is a story which she intended would ‘curdle the blood and quicken the beating of the heart.’

The tale is a superb blend of science fiction, mystery and thriller. Victor Frankenstein is driven by the mad dream of creating his own creature, experiments with alchemy and science build a monster stitched together from human remains. Once the creature becomes a living, breathing articulate entity, it turns on its maker and the novel darkens into tragedy. The reader is very quickly swept along by the force of the elegant prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery and the multi-layered themes in the novel.

Although first published in 1818, Shelley’s masterpiece still maintains a strong grip on the imagination and has been the inspiration for numerous horror movies, television and stage adaptations.

Fifth Form, Roberts

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Reading The Knife of Never Letting Go was an experience I certainly will not forget. Throughout most of the journey which the books took me on, I was swept away, my hand trembling as I turned the next page. Yes, the book was like that. A rollercoaster full of up and downs, swerves and unexpected turns, getting faster and faster before slowing the pace and then suddenly accelerating it back right up again with no hint of mercy, giving you no time to reflect on the past events.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book which does not stop. Although at some points throughout the story it looks like the rollercoaster has ended, the track rebuilds itself and off it goes again. Unlike a lot of big meaty books, thanks to its page-turning effect and to its engaging characters and storyline, The Knife of Never Letting Go does not become a chore to read, in fact the complete opposite.

It tells the story of a young boy called Todd, living in an alien world in a town called Prentisstown. However there is a twist. After a war with the native species, a germ was released by the defeated side so the humans could hear each other’s thoughts in the form of “noise”, killing all the woman as it did so, Todd is left  in a dystopian world where he has  known “noise” all his life and cannot remember the face of the female race. But one day something happens. Todd finds an unexpected visitor in the woods.

All in all, the Knife of Never Letting Go is an amazingly well-thought-out book with an engrossing action-packed story and filled to the brim with excitement.

Third Form, Powell