Friday, 11 January 2013

Book Reviews

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The following reviews are by some of the Year 7 students. Why not read these books and see if you agree and maybe write a review too? You can find them and other great books in our libraries.

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Reviewed by Shannon 7BE

The book is about a close family who lives in the middle of a big town and want some peace and quiet. Luckily their father is offered a new job which allows them to move to the country side. Once they arrive, there is a lot of work to be done, before they can go and explore the woods opposite the house.

I loved everything about the book but the special moment for me was when three small children enter the enchanted forest for the first time. This was a magical but spooky part because they get a bad warning not to go in by a gnome … but they choose to still go in …

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Reviewed by Athena 7GE

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‘The Help’ is a book about racism in Mississippi. It tells us about a typical family and how they live their lives with racism being a ‘big thing’.

They go through many dilemmas especially when a different race of people tries to help someone else. Also it tells us that life in those days was harsh and rather petrifying.

The story is extremely fascinating and interesting as it tells you the different points of view of each character at every chapter. I would recommend this book to an age range of twelve and above despite the fact it is interesting it can be gruesome!

Black Beauty by Anne Sewell
Reviewed by Louise 7KE

The story is about a horse named Beauty who was born in a meadow with his mother, then got sold to a man named Squire Gordon. Beauty grew up, then had a riding accident and it caused his knees to be ruined! Sadly he got sold again and again. New homes, different families, good and bad. Will he ever find the right home?

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I found this book exciting. The best part was reading the chapters, leaving it on cliff hangers, wondering “would Beauty ever find the right home?” I recommend this book for 9-10 year olds as some parts may be quite sad for younger children.

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