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 of 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 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.)
By Jeff Kinney
I would say that this book is for younger readers but really, it could be for any age group. Though it has large writing and pictures on every page Jeff Kinney still manages to make it ridiculously funny and entertaining from start to finish.
It was all over for Greg when they met a kid who had no television or video games –he didn’t even know what they were! – And Greg’s mum sees him as a role model for Greg. Like no video games- WHAT?!
Then Greg gets a super idea; he wants to make a movie. Could this sort out all his problems? Could Greg finally become famous or will this just double his troubles?
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Fish in a Tree is a brilliant book. It is written from the point of view of the main character Ally Nickerson, a troubled girl the teachers say has a bad sense of humour. She is also always in trouble, but is there more to her story?
Does she want attention or is she really having trouble but too embarrassed to ask for help? But when she gets a new teacher called Mr Daniels who seems to understand her, anything can happen. She hangs out with a girl called Keisha and a boy called Albert but she can’t bring herself to telling them the truth because who else in 6th class has trouble reading and writing?
Through the year she has to fight through bullying classmates, unkind thoughts, moving writing and much more. She thinks she is unique in a bad way but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life thinking it is stupid.
By Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is a heartbreaking tale about a girl who just can’t fit in. She arrived one day in school and nearly everyone loves her from her ukulele to her pet rat, Cinnamon. She captures Leo’s heart with one smile and makes everyone laugh as she does the thing she loves most, keeping people’s chins up.
But after a disaster of a basketball season she is hated by everyone, even her closest friend, but Leo won’t give in. He thinks the only way for her to fit in is to be “normal.”
Stargirl is a brilliant book. Definitely for lovers of heartbreak, drama and a little bit of adventure. This book is great for all ages but can be appreciated more by older children. I would give it 100%, five stars out of five as it is amazing all the way to the end!