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Ham, Richmond upon Thames

Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea is an interesting book from the point of four different people during WW2. In this book you see the war through their lives and learn about their pasts. If you enjoy books based on personal views during historical events or just others opinions you will enjoy this book. Throughout Slat to the Sea there are many realistic events and the author shows how people deal with them by letting you see inside. The main characters are also realistic and each have their own story to tell; during the book, snippets of their past are given allowing the reader to become interested and hungry for more information. I think it is a good book and shows the importance of history and the mistakes the past has inflicted on us. LB
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



Bone Sparrow
I really liked this book because it shows there are different types of books e.g. romcom, fairytale, etc… It surprised me about the ending because of how a Eli is treated by the security. I recommend this book for people who can read and not take it to heart. KB
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



Wolf Hollow
In this book there are two main characters called Betty and Annabelle. Anna belle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place still scarred by two world wars but when a cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town. Annabelle’s calm world is shattered, along with everything she has ever known about right and wrong. When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on strange, gentle loner, Toby. As Wolf Hollow turns against him and tension rises, Annabelle must do everything in her power to protect Toby – and to find Betty, before it is too late. KB
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



Railhead
The ending was confusing because so many people died and so much was happening at the same time and there is a lot of chaos and killing trains so I’m not really sure how it ended but the main character ends up with the motoric girl and so I think it was a happy ending? SN
Posted on: 26 May 2017



Railhead 1/2way
The story moves very quickly – every other chapter ends on a cliff hanger and it’s confusing keeping up with everything that’s happening but I like the way it’s written and how in-depth the character portrayals are. My favourite thing so far is all the description of the graffiti on the trains and in the tunnels and also how the trains are apparently alive and have feelings and voices. I don’t think the science fiction/dystopian fantasy genre is that interesting but I am curious about how it’s going to end because the characters are relatable and so you start to care about what happens to them. Also the main character falling in love with the robot girl is a bit predictable.
Posted on: 26 May 2017



The Bone Sparrow
It is about a boy called Subhi who has lived his whole life in an immigration detention centre. He meets Jimmie, a girl, who lives in a neighbouring town outside the fences of the detention centre and wears a bird made from bone as a necklace. Subhi has never known life outside the confines of his cage, but he lives through his imagination. Jimmie never goes anywhere without a book of stories that her mother wrote. They sit on either side of the fence as Subhi reads her the stories over smuggled hot chocolate and scraps of food. And slowly, slowly the fence fades away. I like the symbolism of the sparrow. Subhi’s mother says that a sparrow in the house means death and Jimmie thinks wearing one around her neck gives her luck. I think it means freedom. Subhi is literally trapped in a cage and the only thing that keeps him from losing his mind is hope. Hope that maybe his life won’t always be like this, that things will get better. ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’ and the bird is his key to freedom. SN
Posted on: 26 May 2017



The Smell of Other People’s Houses 1/2 way through
I think that Hank and Jack will bump into Selma and then they will live in Birch House with her, maybe, so far I like this book and I will definitely keep reading. The most daring child is Ruth. She is so daring. WW
Posted on: 18 May 2017



The Bone Sparrow 1/2 way through
Subhi is a refugee born in an immigration detention centre. Life behind the fence is all he has ever known. Then he meets Jimmie a scruffy, impatient girl from the other side of the fence. KB
Posted on: 18 May 2017



Railhead
Only three chapters in. I like the detail; and everything and everyone has a background story. I do hope it speeds up and gets more exciting as I'm struggling to get into it. Perhaps, a slow burner. Will keep you posted. Johnson
Posted on: 12 May 2017



Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
Prez was a boy with a good life until his granddad begins to forget things and cannot look after Prez. So Prez had to move in with the Blythe Family. Later on in the book, Sputnik, the shape shifting alien, who is currently in the shape of a dog, befriends Prez and together they try to save the world. Halfway through it and so far I really like this book and I want to see if they do save the world. Kenzie Bloomer
Posted on: 27 Apr 2017



The Bone Sparrow
Upon finishing the novel, I thought to myself ‘how can I be so blissfully unaware of the tragedy people face every day in other parts of the world’ after a little research I discovered that there are detention centres across the globe (some in the UK) where refugees are detained in awful conditions and are mistreated. Having read the blurb, one might think that The Bone Sparrow is a depressing book that would leave one in a melancholy state for days. They would be almost correct although it is heart breaking to hear about the conditions Subhi has lived in for all nine years of his life but the novel is also uplifting communicating a message of survival, bravery and most importantly hope. If you are a human who cares about other humans, you must read this book. LH
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



Wolf Hollow
Wolf Hollow is a moving book from the point of view of a young girl named Annabell. She starts off with a sweet peaceful life that’s shattered when cruel Betty moves into town. During this book she forms a heart touching bond with stranger, Toby and does everything she can to protect him. As you follow Annabell through the story you learn more and the more you understand the emotions between the characters making the book extraordinary. LB
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



The Lie Tree
Imagine a tree which exchanges your lies as payment in for a deadly. Faith embarks on a journey to recover the truth of what happened to her father, murdered or suicide?? With the help of a young photographer, she manages to tell all the right lies and uncovers the spiteful tale in which her family left untold. This book is a great for lightening your mood and contains an eventful murder mystery.
Posted on: 09 May 2016



When Mr Dog Bites... really funny!!
I don't want to spoil anything so my advice to you is just read it... Just not in public, because you will start laughing out loud. It's about a boy and his best friend and they go to a mental institute. The only bad thing about it is that there is no actual plot, but that's just my opinion. I don't really like reading book that tell life stories. It simple really, the contents are what it says on the cover, a story about life, death, love, sex and swearing.
Posted on: 28 May 2015



Cuckoo Song
It is about a young girl trying to find her true self. For the first few days people look at her as a slightly quirky little girl but when they find out about her true nature they shun her and look at her in disgust. I found it slightly boring at the beginning however once you reach the middle of the novel the excitement begins. The story of this girl will amaze you and show you how lucky you are to have a family and a home. Overall I believe this to be a phenomenal novel. Ella
Posted on: 13 May 2015



Cuckoo Song
Great. I loved the way it began with a girl recovering from a mysterious incident that happened at a place called The Grimmer. It sets the tone as a mystery and as you read on the answers slowly emerge. I hated Pen. I found her character annoying at the beginning of that book which is a compliment to the author and one of my favourite things about the writing were the similes. Worth reading if you are a fan of the supernatural. Johnson
Posted on: 11 May 2015



Tinder. Non-starter for me.
I found it difficult to get into. The construction of sentences I found to be the trickiest thing in the whole world. However, some of the students in my group liked and gave positive feedback. Perhaps I'll try again after "The Fastest Boy in the World". Johnson
Posted on: 11 May 2015



Cuckoo Song 1/2 way through
So far everything I thought would happen hasn't happened. Instead everything that I hadn't thought of has happened. Curiouser and curiouser. Johnson
Posted on: 28 Apr 2015



Apple and Rain is a good read!
Just finished Apple and Rain, it was brilliant! After 11 years, Apple's mum comes back to England after fleeing to America leaving Apple with her Nana. Apple has always fantasised about seeing her mum again, but the question is, will those dreams be anything like reality? Sarah Crossan writes a story about love and the bonds that make through the process. I really enjoyed this book as it was unlike any storyline that I've read before. Although the story can become a bit cliche at times, Crossan never fails to put a twist in the tail. A good book recommended for anyone, small or big. Danni
Posted on: 20 Apr 2015



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