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!
By Lisa Williamson
“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.
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!
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.
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.
By Anne Fine
Frozen Billy was an interesting and scary read. Written from the point of view of Clarrie when her mother is sent to gaol and she is left at home with her uncle Len, her brother and Frozen Billy, her uncle’s dummy. When Len spends all his money on drinks and ends up destroying her brother’s life she decides that she must do something, but what?
Will she ever smile like the girl on the cocoa tin? Will her mother get out of gaol? Will she ever get to see her father again? This book is full of questions that keep on coming right until the end. Though it can give you nightmares if you are scared of creepy wooden dolls it is an OK book. I’d give it seven out of ten, definitely taking points off for it being creepy and for not having vampires in it. 🙂
By JK Rowling
This book is a definite yes for all Harry Potter fans. Though it is a screenplay of a movie –yes there is a movie to it! – it still gives us a brilliant insight to the world of Harry Potter –well around umm maybe I’ll just say many years before hand.
The book is an easy read with large writing and brilliant pictures. I really enjoyed it and hope you will too -that is if follow my advice and read it. I would really think it is better than the Star Wars movies (and that’s saying a lot because I am a Star Wars fan too. I would recommend it to everyone that is fond of adventure (and a little bit of heartbreak.)