The Hundred Year Old Man who climbed out the Window and Disappeared

By Jonas Jonasson

Most people look forward to their birthday parties more than any other day of the year. They are the centre of attention, they get to eat cake and friends and relatives give them presents. Allan Karlsson, sitting quietly in his room in the old people’s home, is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His hundredth birthday party to be precise.  He knows that soon everyone would be sitting downstairs in just a few hours waiting for the birthday boy but they would get quite a shock when they realise that he doesn’t turn up.

The centenarian jumps out the window, landing in the flower bed and escaping into the night. The chase that follows is confusing yet quite hilarious. It definitely shows you that you’re never too old for an adventure. And so Allan begins his unlikely journey involving criminals, murders and a case full of money. As his escapades continue, we are shown some of his history and find that he was involved in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century.

This book makes you laugh yet sometimes you would have to reread parts of it as you would not believe what you are reading. I found that at times it could be quite confusing and would recommend it for older readers who want a good laugh.

 

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

By Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Magnus Chase series. In the first book, the first interesting thing that happened was that Magnus died fighting a fire giant and woke up in Valhalla as one of Odin’s warriors. Now Magnus must face his biggest challenge yet: find Thor’s hammer and get it back before the giants destroy all of Midgard. Piece of cake. But then Loki gets involved and everything gets a whole lot more complicated.

This book is easy to read and I would recommend it for eight plus. I like how it is for a wider audience than most books as more people can relate to the characters as people in the story are deaf and transgender

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By JK Rowling

Jack Thorne

John Tiffany

This book is set around nineteen years after Harry defeated Voldemort. Harry is an Auror, Ron owns Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and Hermione is… well, I won’t tell you that but I can tell you it is pretty impressive. As most people know after reading the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Hermione is married to Ron and they have two children: Hugo and Rose. Harry is married to Ginny and they have three children: Lily, James and Albus Severus.

The script (it is the script for a play) is based around the life Albus has in Hogwarts. On arriving on the Hogwarts Express, Albus immediately makes friends with a boy called Scorpius who is Draco Malfoy’s son. During the story, Albus finds that he hates Hogwarts and ends up having many arguments with his father. Meanwhile, Scorpius is having his own problems: there is a rumour going around that he is Voldemort’s son! But Voldemort’s real child is on the prowl and the boys better watch out because they will end up going on an adventure they never signed up for…

Goodnight Mister Tom

This story is based during World War Two and is about a small eight-year-old boy named Willie. After being evacuated from a war-torn area in London he goes to live with Mister Tom, a hard-faced, lonely man.  After a while is spent living in Little Weirwold, (that’s what the town is called) Willie not only heals his self-esteem but heals Mister Tom’s broken heart as well.

This story continues as William makes friends and Little Weirwold becomes his home more than London ever was. Back in London he was beaten and thought to always be still and quiet by his cruel mother. But, just as he is beginning to properly enjoy his life with Mister Tom, William is called back to London by his wicked mother, not knowing if he will ever see Mister Tom again.

This book is heart-wrenching and makes you cry as you near the end. It is quite easy to read but at times you would want to put the book back on the bookshelf and start another one because of how sad it is. I would recommend it for ten years and up as it is hard to read some of it because the author wrote the accents in it.