By JRR Tolkien
This is book two in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It contains parts three and four. After the first book, you would be wondering what happened to Frodo and Sam so Tolkien makes you wait, only revealing what happens to them in part four.
In part three you see a lot about poor Merry and Pippin and their adventures and you also see how things are going with Strider (or Aragorn), Legolas and Gimli. Part three brings back old characters and gives us an insight in great detail of the battles that follow their arrival.
Then we finally get to the part we have been waiting for. The much shorter, part four. This part tells us of the exploits of Frodo and Sam, (and the mysterious lurking figure that follows them wherever they go…)
I love this book even more than the first as there is a lot more action in it. It shows how each and every character must be brave at some point. The book has loads of descriptive and interesting language but the writing is small and I would recommend it to ten to twelve years and up.
By Matt Haig
The Girl That Saved Christmas is the sequel to the magnificent book The Boy Called Christmas. Obviously, you would need to read the first book to understand some of the references in this one but Matt Haig did do a good job explaining for those who decide not to read it.
The story brings in many magical and mystical creatures such as elves, reindeer, trolls and pixies. Matt Haig has also included elves swear words which go from “impossible” to “dickens.” The story is based on hope and the disaster is that Amelia, the most hopeful person on earth is losing hers and a group of trolls have decided that Christmas must be cancelled!
The book is based in the 1800s in London and in the North Pole (of course!) There are some people and things that are recognisable from that time such as workhouses and Charles Dickens. My favourite character is Amelia because most people can relate to her in some way.
This book is great for all ages though there are some really sad parts in it. I would rate it 10/10. I think it is better even than the first book and that is a rare sight!