The Art of Being Normal

By Lisa Williamson

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“The Art of Being Normal “is my favourite book because it is a beautiful story about friendship and belonging. This story starts with a big secret – David wants to be a girl. He has wanted it from when he was young but he was too afraid to tell anyone except his two best friends. This is the first book I have read where the main character is transgender and it has a positive message for anyone experiencing the same situation.

It shows us that you can always count on your friends even when things get tough. While being bullied in the school canteen Leo, the new kid in school, stands up for him and an unlikely friendship is formed. Leo wants to be invisible and rejects friendship but he finds that everyone needs a friend to stand up for them in the end.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings

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By JRR Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Rings is an amazing tale of danger and adventure. Though at the start it is quite boring and takes a while to get into the action when it does you can’t put the book down. JRR Tolkien spent a lot of time on the detail and the description of things in the book so you are able to imagine every second of it.

The story starts when Frodo, the main character in this series is entrusted with a very dangerous ring. He must travel to the end of middle earth to destroy it in the Crack of Doom. He must travel with a company of skilled men, hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves. Trust is essential. But can he trust them all?

I think this book is for 12 and over as it has small writing and some difficult words but all in all it is brilliant!

A Monster Calls

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By Patrick Ness

After The Knife of Never Letting Go I knew this would be good. A Monster Calls is an amazing book with a very sorrowful tale. Started by Siobhan Down and taken up by Patrick Ness after Siobhan’s untimely death, this book tells the story of a young boy called Conor whose mother has cancer. Ever since his mother started her treatments Conor has been having a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare, the nightmare. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. Then just after midnight it came. As they do.

Conor has been expecting the one from his nightmare but this one is different. It is something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

IT WANTS THE TRUTH.

This book is brilliant and filled with action though it does make you cry at times. I love it and it was the best book ever.

The Testing

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By Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing is definitely for the fans of the Hunger Games. People are divided into clans and instead of the Hunger Games there is The Testing. The Testing is a series of tests or trials with the brainiest kids, just becoming adults. The good side: if you win you will have a card straight into university. The bad side: you probably won’t see your family again. And it is not optional.

This book is for ages 14 and up as there are many scenes of violence and cruelty that will give you nightmares. I think it is an interesting read if you have ever wondered what could happen if the world was bombed so bad that you can’t live in some cities due to the radioactive gas in the air. You would also like it if you like adventure and you are OK with violence.