The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

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By Patrick Ness

What if your mother and father were dead? What if you were raised by your mother`s friends until the mayor`s wrath made you flee the town?

This is what faces Todd Hewitt, the youngest person in Prentisstown when he finds something he shouldn`t have. Prentisstown is one of the many settlements in the New World. People moved there when Earth became overcrowded and started to destroy itself. The strange thing about this world is the noise. It`s not the hustle and bustle of an ordinary world like ours. You can hear everyone else`s thoughts. Well that is, until Todd finds someone with no noise. Which is impossible.

This story tells us of Todd`s adventures with this mysterious person when the whole of Prentisstown is pursuing them across the New World. I`d give this book 12 out of 10 if that was possible. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of adventure, mixed with some scary and more than a touch of laughter. I think one of the best things about this book is that it`s part of a trilogy so there`s three times the laughter.