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Katy galliers pen portrait: the childs elephant
Bat is a young boy who looks after the cattle. one day he stumbles across a elephant being brutely killed for its tusks, at the sight of this bat (who is willing to help anyone) rushes to rescue and takes home the orphaned baby elephant. he is the kind of person who would always help you if you were in trouble and loves to have a good laugh but can be serious at times. He shows this in the book because he saves the baby elephant which means that he is really caring and has a good heart.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2014



The bunker diary review - Liv Bissell
The Bunker Diary is about six people who have all been tricked by a man who stands in the streets asking for help with his bag claiming to be blind, they have been kidnapped with no information, no idea what’s going to happen to them and placed and almost "held hostage" in a big concrete building, but what they dint know is, hes watching them..hes listening to what thye are saying..but why? Nobody knows. Linus ran away from his home not too long ago and has been living on the streets looking for money and cigarettes etc to make some cash off. When he thinks he’s helping a poor, helpless blind man he is pushed into the back of his van and has a cloth with chemicals held to his face, making him lose all conciousnous, when he finally comes around hes in a wheelchair in some unfamiliar surroundings. Just when he thinks the lift is coming up with nothing inside - as usual he is surprised to find a small, fragile looking CHILD inside. He finds out she is a nine year old girl called Jenny. They start to write lists etc and ask for food to the man, or whiever it is thats up there. Eventually they are joined by four other people, Anja, Fred, Russell and Bird. But why are they there? Why them? My overall opinion on this book is very boring and quite predictable, not too much goes on really.
Posted on: 05 Jun 2014



All the truth that`s in me review - Charlie Foley
One summer four years ago, eighteen year old Judith Finch and her friend Lottie disappeared. After two years, only Judith returned to their hometown with her tongue cut out soon to find that Lottie's naked body was found in the river and Judith can’t tell anyone what happened to her. She also found out that her father died and her mother went against her and banned her from going out in to the village ever again. Was quite a good book once I got into it! 7/10
Posted on: 05 Jun 2014



Katie Banks- final review
The child's elephant is a very interesting and gripping book from the start. It begins with Bat, a young, seven year old boy who lives at home with his grandma. To begin with, his life seems like a very ordinary life for a typical young boy living on the Savannah. However, this all changes when he witness poachers killing an elephant first hand, and happens to find it's young alone and confused. As bat's relationship with his elephant grows, he encounters many difficulties whilst trying to rear it. The elephant becomes too big and strong to keep as a pet, meaning Bat then has to coax Meya (his elephant) into a herd of wild elephants. Once he accomplishes this, he returns to life how it was before he found Meya alone. Little did he know, later on in the story, he is then captured and forced to work in a child's army, alongside his best friend (muka.) During his time in the army, he makes a friend, called Gulu. They encounter emotional, terrifying times that no human, especially children, should face. However, his bond with Meya proved unbreakable as she came to his rescue. When somewhat safer, Bat told Meya to go back to her herd and carry on in the wild. The two children, Bat and Muka then returned home safely where they found Bat's grandma at home.
Posted on: 05 Jun 2014



jack deakins childs elephant review
Bat is a young boy who lives out in the savannah who's life is about to change rapidly it all started when poachers killed an elephant in front of his eyes. a couple of days later he finds this baby elephant starving. him and his best friend muka love and look after this elephant and they call it Meya but then the day comes to let the elephant go it learns to leave a life by its self in the wild with its own herd. as bat is out with the cattle and muka is with him they get kidnapped and taken to this place far from home but little did they both know this is what hell felt like. as they lived there bat got to know this one boy called gulu he had been in the child's army for ages then one day when the army has to leave bat and muka and gulu manage to escape the hell but this meant having to live a life running because if they were captured again they would be beaten and possibly killed. and one day the worst happens they get found as they are thrown in to the back of a jeep they are going to be taken back when suddenly they stop and they manage to get out only to find Meya had come back to save them and Meya throws the car off a cliff with one of the commanders in side it. now it was just one long journey back home and with it being hot and with very little food it is a matter of life or death for the 4 of them. and just as they are about to give up they finally find it the place where they called home Meya took them to a special place that she knew there was a fresh spring where they could drink from and food that they could eat but things weren't looking to good for gulu as he is very week and can barely walk. and a few days pass and sadly gulu dies. and then the next day they leave to go home only for the next day do they find Maya's herd they are so happy an then bat tells Meya to go with them and they could find there own way back and then did the same day they found home and found there grandma. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Posted on: 04 Jun 2014





Posted on: 04 Jun 2014



The Wall : A Review : Xiola johnson
Joshua is a young boy who enjoys foot bootball with his friends. He lives in his new town which is clean and very built up . He wishes he could get back to his old town where the seaside was and his dad was but now life has moved on for him and that he doesnt like his moms new husband Liev and he has trouble forming relationships. In his town there is a large wall in front of it separating two towns. His side is the new side and he wants to discover the other side is it as bad as it seems? . One day he kicks his football across a building site and he discovers a tunnel which he goes through to discover the other side. He is confuesed as it looks nothign like the other town. He enjoys exploring the new town, meeting strangers and as he goes back home the more he wants to go back to the other side . It is like something is pulling him he can't stop it. The new people he meets are helpful and he decides to make a new project and he works on that but soon it gets dangerous and Josh is getting himself in situations he didnt know before. I thought it was hard to get into at first but it was very engaging . The auther had added historical context beneath the fictional . I enjoyed reading this book and i think i would reccommend it to others i would rate it 8/10
Posted on: 04 Jun 2014



The Child's Elephant- A Review: Ash Down
Bat lives out on the savannah of Africa in a village called Jambula aged only 7 at the time he sees a group of poachers within the area where a gunshot he had heard led him to a dead butchered corpse of a horrendous state of a elephant. Little did he know this would change his life completely after meeting a baby elephant which he named Meya they become strange yet wonderful friends. As well as his companion Muka who is a stranger to the village from coming from a city, she soon finds peace after being looked after by Bats Grandmother who becomes older and more frail every day. This boy, girl and elephant all create strange events within their choices and happenings. A sickening twist will reveal this is not all a happy story but a remembering one that will tell all of which is to come. A must read book.
Posted on: 04 Jun 2014



Blood Family Review- Leah Harrison
Eddie is kept away from the rest of the world from 4 years old until 7, until one day a neighbour saw him peeking through the newspapered window, after alarming the police several times before, they finally took eddie and his mother to safety. While in the disgusting flat his step father took away the personality of eddies mother and also, abandoned them. Once in safety the mother had been taken away to been checked upon from all of the beatings she had to witness by the horrid harris. Eddie, hadnt been that badly injured and was taken to a family, where they gave him the life he should of had, he experienced new things and got himself into school. Eddie had become a new person and was enjoying life for the first time in 3 years, he was a bright child in which he could for fill his future however, things changed after moving to live with his new adoptive parents. Once he became older, he realised why hadnt his mother done anything to stop harris becoming a monster! He just couldnt get his head round why she let it all happen. However, after going on a school trip, he saw how he would look like in the future, just to be faced with harris's face. Eddie couldnt handle it, how could he be related to that monster? Things turned to the worst, eddie started taking drugs after trying one with his adoptive sister alice. Then once the drugs werent doing anything for him, he turned to alcohol, things got to much for him as the school had caught him drinking at school. This became a problem, once his parents found out, they kept a close eye on eddie. He decided to run away, where he met a boy that let him stay at his house. After a few weeks, they had enough of him being lazy and drinking all the time, so they kicked him out. Then sleeping on the streets he found friends that showed him the ways of living homeless. All he kept doing was thinking about his mother, so he sent a postcard to her, this is when he got tracked down and taken into a rehabilitation centre. This changed his life, he started seeing his mother more and became more dedicated to his school work, he even applied for college. Although things would never be the same between him and his adoptive family, he was determined to be a better son and brother and person. I think Blood family is an amazing book and has a lot of twists and turns in it, you can never predict what would happen next.
Posted on: 03 Jun 2014



roof toppers review-Emma Parsons
Baby Sophie is rescued from a sinking ship and brought up by scholarly Charles in London – an unconventional upbringing based on what he feels is important, involving lots of books and music and very irregular meals. Sophie and Charles are used to staying one step ahead of the authorities, as Charles’ eccentric upbringing threatens to end in Sophie being taken to an orphanage. So the pair, following a slight clue, head to Paris to try to find out if Sophie’s real mother really did drown when the ship sank or if they can be reunited. It would be a hopeless quest, but Sophie gets help from a bunch of children she meets who scrape a living on the Paris rooftops and starts a totally different adventure, leaping between buildings, catching birds to eat and only coming out after dark. She has to learn to tightrope and scale ancient buildings to keep up with them as together they search, before the police catch up with them.
Posted on: 02 Jun 2014



Blood Family Kieran Hawkins
Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core, a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future. I have finished this book, and whilst shocked about what Edward turned into in thew end, i am glad he had a happy ending.
Posted on: 02 Jun 2014



blood family - lucy cobley
Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core, a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future. I am really enjoying this book, a definite read.
Posted on: 02 Jun 2014



Blood Family- A Review- Bethany Butcher
Blood Family is a touching, mysterious book about a young boy and his past life. Up until the age of seven, he lived with his step-dad( or he thought it was his step-dad) and mother, and the flat they shared was a complete pig sty of accommodation that a seven year old child shouldn't of been living in. His step-dad(Bryce Harris) had been keeping his dead dog in a black bag for well over six months according to the boy. What I never could understand is why the mother never stopped this evil man from the start. Thankfully, a very nosy neighbour had had her suspicions that there was a small child being hidden and kept a secret in that dingy flat, and of course alerted social services. The mother and boy (Eddie) were found and the mother was taken away to the hospital, a different hospital to the one Eddie's social worker took him too. And from then, Eddie stayed with two lovely elderly folk, Linda and Alan, and soon came out of his shell. We learned what Eddie was capable of, and all of a sudden he was a different boy, who could read, write and trust again. Later on in the book, Eddie finds a family willing to adopt him. Natasha and Nicholas, were their names, along with their adoptive daughter, Alice. They were nice, friendly people who tried their very best to get to know Eddie, however it took him a little longer to trust this new family. I think he thought they were trying a bit too hard. Soon, things took a turn for the worst. Eddie began to feel paranoid after he learned Bryce Harris was actually his 'blood family', and took to drugs and alcohol. But he suddenly dropped the drugs... and became an alcoholic. He went even further off the rails, even leaving home and staying on the streets. The alcohol completely took over his life, and he found himself turning into a clone of Bryce Harris, the man who had beat his mother to insanity and kept him locked in a building for three years without seeing daylight. Of course, he was eventually tracked down and admitted to a rehabilitation centre, where he began to recover and make amends with his family. His mother was never the same, but he felt like he didn't need her. All he needed was hope. And it seems Natasha, Nicholas and Alice could finally give him that.
Posted on: 01 Jun 2014



Lily Docherty - the child's elephant review
Bat was put into work at a young age looking after his cattle everyday whilst out with his cattle he spots a young girl muka the two become close friends a friendship that will last through a lot. One day whilst bat was out he comes across a group of poachers standing near a giant elephant carcass the poacher were in for the elephants ivory tusks as bat cowards from the poachers looking closely. Later he finds the same elephants weak calf and brings her to his grandma both nursing it back to health as the rumours of the child army spread across his town nervous bat still attended his cows with meta at his side . Meya getting too large to be in town was ruining villagers possessions accidentally this is when his grandma knew that it was time to let her go into the wild and follow her soul , Bat took her to the other elephants being accepted almost straight away meya loved her new friends. But as the commanders capture muka and bat they are taken in the back of a jeep to somewhere far away a horrible place where children are the army where they are trained to fight rough bat allways being worried about his longtime best friend not wanting to let her down .
Posted on: 01 Jun 2014



The liar and the spy - Charlotte Read
Georges and his parents move into an apartment in Georgia. Georges and his father take a visit to the basement and their drawn towards a poster saying 'spy meeting held here' Georges father asks about the time of the meeting, this leads to both of them returning to their apartment. Later in the day Georges goes back down to the basement to find that a time had been noted down. The next day Georges attends to the spy club where he meets a younger girl called Candy although Georges isn't taking it seriously until Safer a rather confident 12 year old walks in and spills the whispers about the other people living in the building. Safer explains that Mr. X is a criminal and needs keeping an eye on! A few days pass on and the boys bond grows stronger and they are now good friends. Continuing t0 spy on Mr.X Safer thinks its a perfect idea to break into Mr .X's apartment yet Georges isn't sure about it?! Georges décides he doesn't want to be involved in that part of the plan and lets Safer go alone. Georges felt bad as he wasn't going to be look out for safer,but couldn't risk getting in trouble! Safer calls down to Georges saying Mr.X had returned! Hurrying himself upstairs Georges finds that Safer had been lying and it was just a game! Furious Georges slams the door and isolates himself from Safer! Eventually the boys speak again and Safer explains he didn't want Georges to think he wasn't cool! Candy and safer both join school and life goes on even without Mr.X! This book was easy to read and was exciting at times! It shows you that you should never try and be someone that your not or make u lies to impress another!
Posted on: 01 Jun 2014



The Childs Elephant Review- Ella Tristram
This book starts off with a young, yet mature herdsboy called Bat who finds a new bestfriend called Muka. While Bat is out in the forest he witnesses poachers killing an elephant for her tusks. Later on he hears a rustling in the bush, this turns out to be an orphan elephnat. The child of the elephant which was killed! Bat and Muka take this elephant in and care for it, so does Bat's grandma. Now that Muka is living with Bat and his grandma they all look after the skinny elephant and build Meya (the elephant) into a happy strong elephant. Until one day where when Meya gets introduced into a herd of elephants and they finally let her in. Muka and Bat were walking down a lane when a car drove up and flung them carelessly into the boot. The child army had captured them. This is what Muka and Bat had been hearing about from the market when Muka went to town. It was all coming true! Lobo, who Meya had once wrestled and won against was one of the leaders and had obnviously told the other soldiers about him and his strong trust with the elephant. Then Bat had to go with other soldiers to poach the elephants. Luckily Muka flipped the car and killed them, Loba ran off and was never seen again. Muka and Bat returned to their grandma and Meya returned to her family, she was now a mother of her own.
Posted on: 01 Jun 2014



Blood Family- Review - Jaz Canty
Eddie, the main character in Blood Family, had a tough start in life until he is seven years old.Until then Eddie is hidden away from the world in a flat which he, his mum and Harris. his monsterous step dad live in. Eventually, a kind neighbour gets help, social services rescue Eddie and his mom, and from what he though Eddie's life is put back on track. During the start of Eddie's new begining he seems perfectly fine, and to his new carers unusual. But as Eddie grows older, his past comes back to haunt him. I thought this book was gripping, and a bit of an eye-opener. Anne Finne used very emotional language which made me think about what it must feel like to be a victim of domestic violence. I also found that it also shows your past fears will never leave you, Eddie has a very hidden and secretive character.
Posted on: 31 May 2014



The Bunker Diary review- Elise Middleton
The Bunker Diary is about six people who have all been tricked by a nasty man and have been kidnapped with no information and no idea what’s going to happen next. Linus ran away from his home and has been living on the streets for the past few months. When he thinks he’s helping an innocent blind man he is pushed into the back of his van and wakes up in a mysterious place. Just when he thinks the lift is coming up with nothing inside he is surprised to find an ill looking girl inside. He finds out she is a nine year old girl called Jenny. They start to write lists and ask for food to the man upstairs. As the book goes on four other people join him Anja, Fred, Russell and Bird. The book is written as a diary by Linus. There are lots of twists in this book and that’s what makes it really interesting.
Posted on: 26 May 2014



Katie Banks- pen portrait
Bat is a seven year old boy who lives with his Grandma, and now his bestfriend Muka. He is very wise and mature for his age, and has responsibilities at a very young age (such as his cattle.) He spends his time looking after his cattle, playing with Muka, and rearing his new elephant called Meya. He feels a lot of anger towards poachers, and is very much like his dad. Bat also has an 'enemy' called Lobo, and he hates spending time with him. I think Bat will become a very 'head strong' character, and will fight for what he believes in.
Posted on: 24 May 2014



Mr Holland- Feedback
Sorry it has taken me longer to do this one, though the first seems to have disappeared! Seona- very nice and clear review of The Child's Elephant Jack- A nice review but you need to make sure to proof-read and use CAPITAL LETTERS Beth- A very clear description of Sophie Brad- Brad- a little short, but I guess you have not read much of The Wall yet? Lily- Have you not read much yet? Chloe- A very clear pen portait Katy- A brilliant review, I think that's my next book! Emma- An excellent review, very clear and thoughtful. Kieran- Nice but short. Jaz- Good writing, but a little short! Ella- an excellent A* start! Charlotte- Definitely Safer! Abi- very interesting- though try not to use 1st person Beth- Very enigmatic, if a little short Leah- Brilliant! Definitely made me want to read the book! Callum- very thorough, how do you think he felt though? Charlotte- A really upsetting sounding book... I need to read it. Ash- a review? A little short but a good start.
Posted on: 23 May 2014



the childs elephant - charecter - seona davies
Bat is a very young african boy , expected to grow up quickly . At the age of 7 he has his own herd of cattle and has to make a living for himself and his grandma . Bat is skillful , worries a lot and see's many things as his own responsibility ; an orphan elephant ; his new friend Muka ; Gulu his only helper in his new harsh world. As Bat grows up he becomes stronger happier and closer to his elephant but as he turns 14 he realises the elephant needs to go . This tougthens him , makes him stand tall , proud of himself , even in the worst times as he battles between right and wrong .
Posted on: 23 May 2014



Child's elephant pen portrait bat- jack DEAKINS
bat is a 7 year old boy he is worked very hard and has to make a income come for the family. He is out one day with his cattle when right in front of his eyes an elephant was burtily killed for the tusks a few days pass and he still remembers the brutal killing then the next day he comes across a baby elephant he then realises that this baby's mom was the one killed the other night he takes it home and looks after it but things take a turn for the worst when trying to protect bats grandmother from a snake in the hut the elephant gets bit on the back foot will the elephant survive or will it be a sad ending for bat?
Posted on: 22 May 2014



character description - beth holyoak
Sophie is a 13 year old girl who lives with her guardian Charles, she was found by him in a cello case. She is tall for her age and has lightening coloured hair, her clothes are almost always stained with food or dirt. She has a big interest in books and loves adventure. Charles is a man who also loves books, he is a very simple man. He has messy brown hair and dresses in worn out clothes that he inherited from his farther , along with his house. He has a saying that helps them with their journey , never ignore a possible, this helps Sophie believe that her mom is still out there.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



The wall-pen portrait: Brad hambly
Joshua is a 13 year old boy who comes from a middle class family in Amarias, he looks like your average 13 year old. He only has one friend called David and he stays away from everyone else at school. He likes to play football and is also a skilled climber and puts his skills into practise when his friend kicks his football over a wall into an old building site.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



Lily Docherty - the child's elephant pen portrait - Bat
With his dirty scratched knees and blistered hands his orange rag and glistening sweaty face you could tell bat had been working hard as usuall. His feet were dry and worn , the palms of his hands blistered for such a young boy to be working so hard in his village was not unusual. His big lips and flat nose stood out to me.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



Chloe Bishop - Liar and Spy - Pen Portrait
Georges is a quiet middle school student who likes to keep himself to himself. He is being bullied at school by a boy called Dallas, a big bossy ‘full of himself’ kid who just wants to cause trouble. With the stress of bullies at school and his dad losing his job, Georges just doesn’t know what to do with himself. After meeting Safer a self-appointed spy Georges now spends a lot of time with him. This makes him feel more confident knowing he has finally met someone he can call his ‘friend’. He is a loyal, kind boy who is always there to lend a hand.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



Roof topper-a review: Katy Galliers
Roof toppers is a book about a young girl who was orphaned in a shipwreck and is convinced that her mother is still alive, a man called Charles takes her in and looks after her and helps her look for her mother. She fleas to Paris on the run from the authorities and searches for her mother. She meets a boy called matteo who ran away from his orphanage and ever since have been living on the roof tops fighting for survival and food and helps teach Sophie who to survive on the roof tops and helps to lead her closer on finding her mother and with the help of his friends Anastasia and Safi, two girls who live in the top of Paris’s tallest trees, Sophie is determined to find her mother before it is too late. This book and has a good ending and is a good read. I rate it 8/10.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



Emma Parsons-roof toppers-pen portrait
Sophie was Found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel after a shipwreck on her first birthday, by young scholar Charles, Sophie seems to be marked out for an unconventional existence. Growing up in Charles's shabby home in England, she learns to love music and to read Shakespeare, but very little about how to be ladylike. On her twelfth birthday, the disapproving miss Elliott , but before they can take her away to an orphanage, the discovery of a chance clue in her cello case makes Charles and Sophie decide to ignore their decrees, and instead run away to Paris in search of Sophie’s long lost-mother, whatever the consequences may be. Paris presents them with its own difficulties to overcome, but Sophie soon discovers new allies on the rooftops who can help her with her quest. First, there’s Matteo, a boy who walks tightropes and sleeps under a blanket made of pigeon feathers at night, and then there are his friends Anastasia and Safi, two wild girls who live in the top of Paris’s tallest trees. Racing across the rooftops of the city with only an elusive cello melody to follow, and her new friends to help her, Sophie is determined to find her mother before it is too late.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



Kieran Hawkins - Blood Family - Pen Portrait
Eddie is young child who is finally rescued from a life of deprivation when social services are alerted about the happenings in the Harris home. Eddie has been a ghost cowering everytime a unfamilar sound comes into ear shot. He is a pale, sickly, weak and nervous child and is very good at being forgotten and becoming invisible, his new family are perfect, but his past will always haunt him.
Posted on: 22 May 2014



Blood Family- Pen Portrait- Jaz Canty
When Eddie and his mom are finally resued from there abusive, acoholic boyfriend/stepdad, social services started to throw question in all directions. You start to see how timid and pettrified 4 year old Eddie was, thunderstruck everytime the key turns inside the keyhole. Eddie is taken from his timorous mom and you see how scared stiff and startled he is when he finds it hard to move on from the traumatic events he had to experience.
Posted on: 21 May 2014



Ella Tristram- Pen Portrait- The Child's Elephant
Muka the tall, slim girl paraded her clay pot lay elegantly on her head around the peaceful, small village of Jambula. Her confident, ferocious yet endearing personality made the locals and in particular Bat, the young herds-boy more curious about her. One day Amuka was striding down the dusty, dried out road with her dark, dainty braids dancing in the cool breeze and her beautifully coloured body wrap swinging at the bottom while her thin, tanned legs walked contently down the frequently used path. As she came to fill her clay pot up pouring the water gently with her caring, sun-kissed hands glowing in the intense heat of the African sun, Bat was stood gazing at her natural beauty. He was entranced by the way she strolled so elegantly as if the clay pot was a feather, balancing obeyingly on her young, happy head.
Posted on: 21 May 2014



The liar and the Spy - Charlotte Read
Safer was 12 yet had the mind of a middle aged man, demanding, lonely, bossy, resentful and drank far too much coffee. Fascinated by spies he appoints himself as a double agent and leads a cahotic life. Nosy and inquisitive Safer takes on the role as a shadow in disguise and lurches around corners of the residents in the apartment building he and george's live in. Will his dream life go as planned?
Posted on: 20 May 2014



Abi Leavesley-pen portrait
There he was, slouched down in the corner, not making a sound or even a flinch. He was blind i thought to myself, he lacked self confidence and didnt even make eye contact towards me. I felt concerned for this innocent,ancient man, i showed him my sympathy,but he didnt take it, he blanked me out of the bubble he was in, i tryed,but there was no hope. The exspression's upon his face were motion-less and dull. Suddenly, he made a dash at me, that old,crinkly man who i thought had never done wrong,grasps me.
Posted on: 20 May 2014



All The Truth Thats In Me- Bethany Butcher-Pen description
Judith is a very quiet, but opinionated girl. Her face is plain, yet her attitude is the opposite. Wild, risky, her mind is surrounded with what if's and could be's. Lucas is her one and only, and will never be replaced. She is a dream..... wild and imaginative with the cherry on top... but also the occasional nightmare as well.....
Posted on: 19 May 2014



Blood Family- Description of Eddie- leah harrison
Eddie is a 7 year old boy that hasn't had a good life or education as he has been living in a disgusting apartment with his abusive step father and useless mother. Once captured to safety, Eddie begins his new life with an open mind; still he is very quiet and interested in everything and anything. Yet with his bad background everything is new, with 3 years wasted he needs to catch up with his education and think of the future. I feel Eddie will be an accomplished man in the future as he will be determined to make his fragile, venerable and traumatised mother proud to show she did something good in her life. But everything may be too good to be true and his demons may crawl back?
Posted on: 19 May 2014



The Wall - Pen Portrait of Joshua - By Callum Logan
Joshua is a 13 year old boy that thinks everybody should be equal and wants to make a difference. He is a very troubled child because he lost his Father and he now has a step – father that he dislikes and feels he has taken his Mother away from him. He feels very isolated and alone because he feels he doesn't belong in Amarias and he doesn't fit in well with people in his school, resulting in him not having many friends. He is an adventurous and brave boy though because he perseveres with challenges and risks a lot to help other people. Also, he is a very committed person that never admits to defeat and takes pride in what he does.
Posted on: 19 May 2014



All The truth thats in me - Review - Charlotte Voysey
This book is about a girl Judith Finch who has spent her life loving Lucas. A boy who she had grew up with. After watching her best friend Lottie get killed, right in front of her own eyes, she was kidnapped by the killer and was missing for 2 years. She returned to find out that her beloved father had died and revealed that she could no longer speak as her tongue had been cut out. her mother turned agaist her and forbid her to ever go outdoors to the villiage again because she was a discrace to the family. Judith couldnt understand why everyone hated her. Her terrible past brings her closer and closer to Lucas after they won the war with the homelanders and she helps him dig up the past about his own Mother and Father. I really enjoyed this book, and its unnexpected twists really entrigued me. I rate it 9/10
Posted on: 19 May 2014



The Child's Elephant- A Review: Ash Down
When a young 7 year old called Bat, sees an elephant killed by poachers this hard working boy is horrified by what he sees. An elephant and a boy learn their own feelings for the wildlife and Bat can understand elephant feelings. A friend Muka bumps into two strange men who are interested. Can this young boy Bat and his elephant's friendship last?
Posted on: 19 May 2014



Pen Portrait - All the Truth thats In me - Charlotte Voysey
Goody Pruett is a plump middle aged woman, who is rather fond of Judith. She is a local woman who knows all of the juicy villige gossip. Her ears are as sharp as knifes s0 be careful what you say because you never know where she might be lurking! Goody has a heart of gold and is liked by all. She always reffers to herself in 3rd person. She's sweet, kindhearted, fair to all, and stands up for what is right.
Posted on: 18 May 2014



The Wall - Book Review - By Callum Logan
Joshua lives in a city called Amarias. He doesn't get on well with anybody at school or Liev (his mum's new husband). One day, Joshua's life changes when he discovers a secret underground tunnel in an abandoned building site. Joshua ventures through this tunnel and discovers himself on the other side of The Wall, forbidden land for a boy like him. On the other side of The Wall, Joshua meets new people and helps them but takes this to far and it affects him for the rest of his life. A great book which delivers an interesting read, definitely recommend it. 8 / 10
Posted on: 18 May 2014



The Bunker diary : a review :Xi johnson
This book is about a Boy called Linus .He has run away from home for about 5 months ago because of some issues. He roams around the streets at night Lonely , cold , heart aching . One day he meets a man he thought as blind who is struggling with a suitcase because of Linus's kind heart he decides to help . Next thing Linus knew was he was in a white ,vast concrete room . He has been here for days now he's hungry and heartless , until one day the lift comes down but its is usually empty but this time there is a girl in a wheel chair . She was taken by the same man ! Jenny and Linus try to bear the tough times ahead with no family and frightened . The man who took them also took 4 other Russell , Anja , Bird and Fred . As the 6 of them try to survive this night mare they don't know what's going to happen to them . Things start to get weird and scary down in the old bunker they all struggle . I really enjoyed this book as the twist in it is very good! it was really enjoyable and I recommend it to others as well. The book is written in a diary form so its like the whole book is a diary which is very good way of doing the story . The ending of the book is very unexpected . I would rate it 10 out of 10
Posted on: 17 May 2014



Pen portrait : Liar and spy : Xi Johnson
Georges is the kind of boy who is quite and likes to stay out of trouble. He experiences trouble at school with some boys and he doesn't stand up for him self . He likes to keep things to himself and not tell anyone how he even feels about his issues about moving . He meets safer who is a spy and now Georges wants to be a spy . This now makes Georges feel a lot happier because he has a friend . Georges would probably be the person who would always help you if you were in doubt or in trouble you could come to him . He is very sensitive and he is very strong . He is young and enjoys to be with Safer being a spy to forget about home .
Posted on: 17 May 2014



Pen Portrait - The bunker diary- Elise Middleton
Linus has run away from his home in London and is now been on the streets. When he thinks he's helping an innocent blind man he is tricked and pushed into the back of a van. Now he is in a mysterious place with two adults and a nine year old girl with cameras everywhere. They have no idea what's going to happen. He is a kind-hearted boy and very caring. He wants to get out of this place and go home. Linus is the sort of person who will always have your back and would help you if you were in trouble.
Posted on: 16 May 2014



Paragraph by Kieran (Is this better?)
Eddie cowered behind the musty cupboard door. He whimpered quietly in fear of Harris coming back. His dirty unclean face brimmed with tears. Eddie could hear his mother moaning painfully, she had taken another beating. His mom was now a broken wreck, scarred for life by the abuse she tortured every day. And is Eddie didn’t hide away become invisible he knew that would happen to him. He postioned himself of the cold rotten floor and opened the creaky door and quietly, Eddie scampered across the dirty path and passed the cold body of Gem, the dog. He reached the living room, and faced his mother. Looking like a horror movie, Lucy, Eddies mother looked like a living corpse her whole body was a dark purple from bruises and she moaned deliriously, Lucy couldn’t even feed herself anymore. Harris had destroyed her physically and mentally. She was broken. Bang. Bang. The door broke down, social services had been alerted to the happenings in the house, and Rob Reed, a social worker walked through where the door had once been. The smell of decay hit him immediately and nearly made him sick. He walked through into the next room and came face to face with Eddie, the child looked dreadful and sick. He was wearing dirt-riddled clothes and Rob couldn’t believe his eyes. Lucy was trying to sink into the chair eyes wide with fear. Rob Reed was shocked and he spoke to Eddie asking him to come with him. They walked outside slowly and eventually came outside where the bright sunshine shone, and Eddie squinted furiously as a sea of photographers clicked again and again. He was safe
Posted on: 16 May 2014



The bunker diary - Olivia Bissell(picture woth words)
The man is homeless, he has not much money at all he wears shoes with gaping holes in and is determined to find some money,cigarettes..something..anything. . he wonders about the subways and streets like a lost soul looking for somewhere to go, he sleeps rough every night, with his tatty hair and clothes to match he strolls alone
Posted on: 16 May 2014





Posted on: 16 May 2014



Emma parsons homework rooftoppers
roof toppers is fantastic story about agirl named sophie,who was rescued from a shipwreck in the English Channel,everyone tells sophie that her mother died in the accident but sophie dont believe them,when it looks like sophie is going to leave charles, she finds something on the inside of her cello case the only thing left from her mum,which leads her to paris.On the run from English authorities,charles is close to abandoning hope in the search but an un likely friendship between a 14 year old boy called matteo and sophie might be exactly what would help them finds sophies mum and become best friends.
Posted on: 16 May 2014



The wall- A review-Brad hambly
The wall is set in a near future city called Amarias, the city is divided by a huge wall guarded by soldiers and no one goes to the other side without going through a checkpoint. when 13 year old Joshua has his ball kicked into an abandoned building site by his friend David, Joshua's understanding of the purpose of the wall will increase ten fold. When Joshua goes to retrieve his ball he discovers a knocked down house, as he goes to investigate he discovers a tunnel that he believes goes under the wall and to the other side. His decision to go through the tunnel will change his life forever. This book will really get you thinking and is very interesting, I really enjoyed this book and finished it in two days bcause I just wanted to keep reading it. this book is a 10/10 and I highly recommend it.
Posted on: 16 May 2014



All the truth thats in me 3rd Person Homework-Charlie Foley
Judith hurried through the strange woods with her heart pounding frantically. It was getting very dark and Judith started to run even faster. It was pitch black and she couldn't see a thing but all she knew is that she had to get away. Judith didn't know what to do. As she ventured further in, tears apon tears poured down her face like it was raining. It was too risky to turn back as Lucas could be edging closer by the second. Judith started to wonder why Lucas would want to kill her? but that didn't matter, all that mattered was that she got away safely.
Posted on: 15 May 2014



The Wall - 3rd Person Fictional Writing - By Callum Logan
Joshua arrived at Amarias and at his first day at school, he was curious to learn more about The Wall. Joshua had heard about The Wall before but he had never seen it in person. One day after school Joshua lied to his Mum and told her he was playing football with his friend David, although he was with David, he was certainly not in a game of football. Joshua and David set off to the West Side, which was the nearest section of The Wall to them, in search of the truth and wouldn’t return home without it. Over the rocky hills of Amarias, when the sun was at its peak and the clouds danced in the sky, as if from nowhere a lurking evil spirit in the form of a shadow engulfed the place around them. As they looked into the distance they saw, approximately eight metres high, The Wall. A few hundred metres away they could make out a checkpoint where cars were passing to and fro and certain patterns and procedures really startled them. Joshua exchanged a glance with David and with open eyes and over flooded minds; they stared at The Wall wondering what adventures, but also what dangers, could lay here because of it. Once Joshua saw this, he knew that his life had changed and that he would stop at nothing, no matter what the cost or debt to be repayable to discover not only the truth… but the whole truth.
Posted on: 15 May 2014



The Roof toppers: Fictional story 3rd person: Katy Galliers
The sky is as beautiful as it is deadly,bright as your wildest dreams but dark as a nightmare, people think of it as a home, somewhere to feel safe and block out bad things in the world, but people like Matteo prefer the rooftops high above the streets in France The picturesque views as he runs dodging each chimney top. The tiles beneath his feet shaking as he ran past he felt a surge of adrenaline go through his body . Sweat beaded across his fore head , the delicious rush of wind hit his face hard. An eerie figure carefully climbed out of the window onto the rooftops, after a while the figure went back through the window. Matteo went closer, slowly and carefully he climbed through the white peeling window. He didnt realise how high up the window was and came tumbling down bringing a mug from the windowsill, the white glass smashed and cascaded down awaking the figure. Matteo quickly rushed towards her to stop her from screaming. They talked for a while before Matteo ran out and the girl called Sophie ran after him. He knew she would never catch him but still he ran faster just in case , the blood pounding in his ear , clogging his brain. He let his hands rest upon his knees as he took two deep breaths. After wiping the beads of sweat off his forehead he ran until he could no longer see her .
Posted on: 15 May 2014



childs elephant jack deakins 3rd person homewwork
Bat was walking in to the hut to go and see the baby elephant it was so cute standing under the sheet the baby thought it was it's mom it was the best sight ever bat was so caring with it he scratched its back and comforted it when it was scared The room was so stuffy so bat took the elephant and his cows out on to the pastures to graze we stood there in the golden glistening sun. he is animals he cares for them like they are a part of his body and the animals trust him like he is part of the herd. Now he is taking them back for the day he is controlling them really well tomorrow is the village gathering and meya the elephant is in the man vs beast so it will be a big day for little meya!!!!
Posted on: 14 May 2014



The Child's elephant (THIRD PERSON) - Katie Banks
Bat is a young, 7 year old boy who lives with his grandma in her hut. He has cattle that he is in charge of, which are out in the Savannah. He recently made a new best friend called Muka, and she is now moving in with both him and his Grandma, until her mum comes to get her. Recently, he found a baby elephant alone and struggling to survive. He decided to take care of the elephant, and is now teaching her (Meya) how to forage and hunt for herself. He is a very mature, young boy and has a lot of responsibilities to take care of.
Posted on: 14 May 2014



The bunker diary - Olivia Bissell
For him it was just one big, boring day just like every other day, he scrawled around the subway just looking for some lose change - thats all he wanted, maybe if he found enough he wouldnt be homless, righ t? He travels up to the road, a mans there, hes blind - well so he thinks, he walks cautiously up to the blind man to offer his assistance, the man just tells him to move his bag, he does as he is told, puts a firm grip on the bag and hurls it into the van before stepping inside, slowly, he drags it up towards the front seats, but suddenly he sees something, in the corner of his eyes he sees the blind man, about 2 feet away from him ; how can this be? Hes blind..isnt he? Without a moments notice the blind man pounces on him, he throws a cloth on his face, it has chemicals on it, hes going light headed now, he passes out. What seems like an eternity went by, he jumps up with a start, but where is he? Why is he here? A big white, concrete room surrounded him, he glanced down, hes in a wheelchair and hes convinced he is totally alone, he steadies himself carefully on the edge of the wheelchair and hobbles along the colossal corridoor, it leads off into 8 rooms in total he counted, a kitchen, a bathroom and 6 small bedroom type rooms, to his surprise he has no company, hes totally alone and more worried than ever, he hears a noise, he slowly turns his head slightly to the left to reveal the elevator moving, its coming down, its empty, why?.. It felt like months had gone by when he heard the elevator motor start going, the huge, metal doors slide swiftly open,its usually empty, not this time, no not this time..
Posted on: 14 May 2014



The Child's Elephant- Fictional writing-Ella Tristram
(from where my last blog finished.) Bat stared in ashtonishment looking down at the tiny elephant among the bushes lay at his feet. Where was it's mother? Bat thought. He knew it would die without it's mother. Suddenly it hit him, Bat remembered the dead elephant. This was how the poachers got to killing it's mother, she was lagging behind to look after the baby elephant! Bat knew seconds after this that this baby was an orphan which he would have to help. Later on that day Bat slowly got the orphaned elephant to drink milk, it wasn't very succesful but Bat was determined to keep this elephnat alive. Bat shouted Muka, his new found friend to come and see, this wasn't something that happened everything in Bat's little village. Bat's grandmother made tea for the children and herself. Surprisingly she wasn't too surprised. She simply said "you are just like your father, more and more everyday... and now the elephants have come for you too."
Posted on: 14 May 2014



Chloe Bishop - 3rd person fiction ( liar and spy )
Georges is just a normal middle school student who moves house and meets two strange kids... Safer and Candy. They tell him about the mysterious Mr X who lives in the apartment upstairs. However, he starts to wonder what is true and what's a lie. Days later he is sure everything is true and so agrees to help out. After weeks of searching, he still has not found any information and so Safer decides they need to break into Mr X’s apartment. This is something he does NOT agree with! Georges agrees to help out by looking for Mr X while Safer is ‘in Mr X’s apartment’ but soon he finds out the truth isn’t all what it seems...
Posted on: 14 May 2014



Abi Leavesley-Bunker diary
It was just a normal day,for him,he thought. It came as a shock and theres nothing he can do. He was trapped in a long,straight shape box,and there was no way out. He was petrified,confused. what should he do? He begins to stroll around, scanning the room from top to bottom,but, theres nothing there, no signs, pictures, or not even clues. Suddenly, he makes a leap with joy,thinking its over, he ran towards the lift,but there was something strange this time. Slouching in the same wheelchair as he had been placed in, was a little girl,about 9 years old, she looked stunned,distraught,even more puzzeled than himself. He tryed to get her attention,but there was no hope.
Posted on: 14 May 2014



All the truth that's in me fiction writing: Elise Middleton
Judith travelled through the ghostly terrifying woods. It was a cold frosty night and so dark she could barely see a thing. She knew she shouldn’t be out this late but she needed to get away from Lucas. All the secrets she’d told him she would never be able to go back now. Maybe she should go back but no it would be too risky. She knows she’s ruined everything. She came to a beautiful tree that she could rest on until morning. All of a sudden she heard heavy footsteps coming nearer and nearer. She had to run but it was too late. As she looked up she saw Lucas standing there with a wooden axe. Judith was terrified. What was he going to do? Was he going to kill her? Would people care? As he slowly sat down beside her and put the axe to one side she knew she was safe. Why would she even imagine that Lucas could hurt her? He loved her didn’t he? Judith was no longer sure anymore. Why would anybody love her?
Posted on: 13 May 2014



All The Truth Thats In Me - Fiction writing - Charlotte Voysey
Judtih sprinted through the spooky, mysterious, terrifying woods, her heart pounding and tears brimming in her eyes. The mist swirled around her like an enchantment, She couldn't see a thing and didnt have a clue where she was going, but she had to get away. Regret strikes her like lightening as she stops and listens to your helpless cries get weaker and weaker and disappearing into the midnight sky. What had she done? Paralysed with fear, she didn't know what to do. If it was up to her she would race back in a heartbeat. Tears poured down her devastated face as she carried on through the woods. If she turned back she would risk being seen. She wished it had never had to come to this. She was stupid enough to think that you were going to hurt her. You had once owned her heart, but that was before she saw the real you.
Posted on: 13 May 2014



The bunker diary : Fictional piece of writing : Xiola Johnson
Run. Man chasing me. Grabs me firmly by the hand. I can smell a chemical gas through the bag on my head. My lungs make it hard to breathe and my eyelids begin to flutter shut. No they can’t close shut now. The man he looked so innocent and now he is kidnapping me.I thought he waqs blind ! Who is he? What does he want from me? .Total blackness. All forgotten within second. Tired eyes closing feels like weights are on them. I float back to consciousness and I stare .Where am I ? Where were you? What did he look like? I feel too exhausted, drained, confused. It’s all just too blurry. “I call him the man upstairs”. The place is plain, white and blank. It’s just nothingness. My body is getting thinner and I’m losing the will and I give up on being preserve now how can I get out of here? It’s just blank like my mind and there is this lift that comes down every morning and every night. At night the man cools the room to freezing yet other nights he turn it up to boiling. I have a diary to write in at night because theres nothing to do . A diary in our rooms to write in . I found out that there are cameras and speakers in each of the rooms the man is watching me every time it must be like a game to him and im his dummy. I’ve been here almost a day and I feel nauseous already there is nothing to do. My head is starting to bang like a brass drum. I feel really awful and there’s nothing to do but think. What am I doing here? Will I ever be with my family again? What if I die down here? I cant do anything . The police wont come for me ive been missing for 5 months . I wish i couold be with my dad again . People have never really like me but i dont know wheter i can survive this at all.
Posted on: 13 May 2014



The Child's Elephant- A Piece of Fictional Writing: Ash Down
Bat heard the ear-splitting gunshot across the Savannah. He collapsed in a cowardly retreat to the bushes, from where he seemed to not see a soul, or hear a soul. The Savannah became a desolate wasteland. The intense sun turned ice-cold. Curiousness overwhelmed him and step-by-daring-step he approached the Savannah's open sparseness of wildlife. Mortified, he hid his horror. For what he saw made the bones in his body turn liquid. Poachers. Everywhere. He desperately dived from eyesight into the deep, density of dead, destroyed bush. The noise was crackled by a mass vibration of a gunshot he looked up they had spotted him. He stood up in a paralysing fear. He wanted to run. He couldn't. He wouldn't. To his greatest surprise the hunters just stood there watching like spectators. Confused, at why they were looking down him, he hesitantly looked at his clothes. Ruby-red blood trickled down his legs, seeping from out of his tunic. The sun turned a dark blue. The colour left his eyes. The life left his body. Slowly, but slagging he sloped to the brown dusty floor. In a last ounce of strength he twisted and twined his neck to the side in a last effort. He saw the elephant, the elephant, the elephant he had once let go.Dead.
Posted on: 11 May 2014



The Child's Elephant- A Review: Ash Down
When a 7 year old African boy called Bat witnesses an encounter with poachers, little does he know the event that will follow. Friendships broaden and so far I believe there may be a twist to this story as this hard-working boy who spends his life herding on the Savannah with his Grandmother may unfold to a brutal change within his lifestyle. So far I've only just finished Chapter 5, however I'm definitely continuing on with the book as this storyline seems to get more interesting as it progresses.
Posted on: 11 May 2014



All The Truth Thats In Me- Bethany Butcher
This book started off with suspense, and it was really confusing. But now I love it! Judith tells her story about how she has fallen in love with lovely Lucas, and reveals that she has no tongue and that she watched her best friend die before her eyes. We slowly learn what its like to have something out of the ordinary happen in the village, and Judith certainly wasn't ordinary. She wasn't in the first place! She is a stubborn, lively character, but pitys herself. I am now to the stage where the Homelanders come for war, and poor Lucas must go and fight. We are shown she was kept, enclosed, for well over a year, with Lucas's father, who had earlier burnt his house down and faked his own death in a bid to escape the village. I cant wait to read further into the book, and wonder what happens next. #PEACEOUT
Posted on: 09 May 2014



Liar & Spy Review- Mr Holland
When 12-year old Georges is forced to move form his comfortable house to an apartment he has a lot to handle. Luckily he meets a new friend, Safer, and is inducted into his Spy Club to follow the mysterious actions of Mr X and his large suitcases. Georges has his problems at school too, a friend who has left him and a group of bullies who can't help but pick on him. Now he has to struggle through Science dreading the upcoming "Taste Test". What will Georges do? And will he manage to stop Mr X? A quick read with some interesting twists. 5/10
Posted on: 09 May 2014



bunkers diary - Abigail Coolbbe Leavesley
In the bunkers diary a homeless man tries to help out a blind man by putting his big suitcase in the back of his van for him, the blind man throws a piece of material over the mans face with chemicals on that makes him pass out, when he wakes up he is in a lift in a wheelchair, hes alone in a white building with six of everything, the lights go on and off at certain times of the day,but one day the lift comes down again with a little girl who's unconscious sat in a wheelchair, she only looks young, that's all ive read and its my favourite book EVER I LOVE READING IT
Posted on: 09 May 2014



Blood Family - Lucy Cobley
Edward is 4 years old when life for both Edward and his Mother begins to change for the worse. Edwards step father is an unpleasant person, he holds his family hostage with no communication to the outside world. He covers the windows with newspaper and physically abuses his partner sending her into a deep depression. She spends her days sat in an armchair tearing it apart and sinking into the chair further each day. Edward has no bedroom or belongings to his name, spending his time when Harris is in the house sat against the wall with his head down. Only when Harris is out can Edward peep between the slight gap of paper in the corner of the window. After three years of living in these conditions, a neighbour catches sight of Edward peeping out of the window. She is shocked to see how pale he his and writes several letters to the police telling them of her concerns. Whilst Harris is out one day, there were voices at the door, calling Edward and telling him to let them in. Edward is to frightened to open the door as he thinks it may be people that Harris owes money to. Within minutes the door is being broken down revealing police officers and social workers.
Posted on: 09 May 2014



The Child's elephant- Katie Banks
I haven't read much of the book so far, but the storyline started to develop, when Bat found a baby elephant alone in the Savannah. The author makes Bat seem like he is much older than his actual age, because he is so mature and clever for seven years old. Also, I hope that his and Muka's friendship will continue to grow throughout the book. Personally, I think the book will grow on me when the storyline gets more interesting.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



The wall-an introduction: Brad Hambly
The wall is set in a near future city called Amarias, the city is divided by a huge wall guarded by soldiers and no one goes to the other side without going through a checkpoint. when 13 year old Joshua has his ball kicked into an abandoned building site by his friend David, Joshua's understanding of the purpose of the wall will increase ten fold. When Joshua goes to retrieve his ball he discovers a knocked down house, as he goes to investigate he discovers a tunnel that he believes goes under the wall and to the other side. His decision to go through the tunnel will change his life forever. I am really enjoying the book so far and I am looking forward to reaching the conclusion of this thought provoking book.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



The bunker diary - Olivia Bissell
The bunker diary is a book about a homeless man who was looking for money, cigarettes etc when he spots a blind man outside a van with a big suitcase, he goes over to see if the supposedly blind man is ok, the blind man asks him to put his suitcase in thr van near the front seats, the man does so but sees that the blind man has followed him into the van, in a split second the blind man has put a piece of material over his face with chemicals on it so he cant breathe, he gets dizzy and light headed and eventually passes out, when he wakes up he is in an elevator sat in a wheelchair, he explores the plain whitr concrete building he is in, it has 6 rooms, a kitchen - with 6 plates, 6 pieces of plastic cutlery, 6 chairs etc, a bathroom, a long corridoor and of course, a lift. He is all alone in the concrete building but he cant figure out why hes there or why there is six of everything if theres only him in there, the lift comes down at a certain time each day, its always empty, except for one day, a little girl is sat in the same wheelchair as the man had sat in previously, the little girl finally gains conciousness and explains she was on her way to school for a school trip when a "police man" confronted her and she doesnt remember the rest, the man and girl explore more around the white "building" and discover there are cameras and microphones all over the place, but why? - all ive read, its really boring
Posted on: 08 May 2014



The Child's Elephant - Lily Docherty
The child's elephant is about a young boy called Bat and his new friend Mukka who start to raise a little baby elephant called Meya. Bat finds the tiny orphaned elephant alone in the savannah his mother has been killed for her ivory tusks. Bat closely escapes the hands of poachers by hiding behind a rock. I haven't got far in the book so far but I am enjoying it.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



Blood Family - Kieran Hawkins
Edward is 4 years old when he is locked away by his mothers violent boyfriend. By the time a neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded up window, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Years on its clear to Edwards new adoptive family that something in the past still haunts him still. Then Edward catches sight of a photograph that shocks him to the core. Could there be another monster in his live who has been waiting to break out all along? Normally this wouldn't have been the type of book i would have read, but after a while I am getting quite into it. I like how each chapter is a different characters from the stories point of view. To be honest I didn't really look forward to start reading a carnegie book but after reading part of this I might have changed my mind.......
Posted on: 08 May 2014



All the truth thats in me-Charlie Foley
All the truth that's in me by Julie Berry is about a girl called Judith. As she tells her story you find out that Judith is in love with Lucas.Also her tongue has been cut out and sooner finds out her best friend is dead. I’m not very far into the book but from what I have read it has been a good book so far.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



Roof Toppers -Blog- Katy Galliers
I am currently reading roof toppers, and it is about an orphan called Sophie who was found by a man called Charles, she was told that her mother died in a shipwreck but she thinks she is being lied to and heads out to France to find her mother.I really like this book so far and i think that eventually she will find her mother and will become friends with a young boy called matteo and in the end there will be a twist that you would not expect.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



Rooftoppers- Leah Harrison
Rooftoppers is about a girl called Sophie and a man called Charles. Sophie had been found by Charles after he found her floating in a old cello case in the sea. Charles took Sophie on as his own and while she was growing up they became quite fond of each other. However, Sophie wasn't like other girls as she wore trousers and never dressed like a girl should; this concerned Miss Elliot and it was decided that she should be enrolled in St Catherine's orphanage. Obviously, Charles had no say in this as he wasn't actually her parent, however it angered him. Meanwhile, Sophie was pretty sure she remembered a woman on the ship, the ship that had sunk when Sophie was a baby. She was determined to find her mother as she had found an address on her cello case. Charles and Sophie then took all of their essentials and headed to paris. Once there, they went to frenchman that remembered a woman buying the cello case from him, he gave Sophie a name and she was sure that the name the gave her was her mothers name. They then went to the police department, however, they were keeping their cards very close to their chest. Charles thought they were hiding information about what happened to the people on the ship but they reassured Charles and Sophie that the people on board were unlikely to survive. While in paris, Sophie went up to the roof top as she couldn't sleep, after a few minutes of watching paris sleep she went back down to bed. Once awake she was confronted by a boy that looked about 13/14, he told her to stay off the rooftops as he owned them. Was he Sophie's key to finding her mother? This book is beautifully written and i couldn't put it down, it took me about a week and a half to read it as i was engaged on every page i turned. It is very moving and i think the message it is giving is never give up because you don't know what the future holds. If there is a possibility its not impossible.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



Liar and spy- Leah Harrison
When Georges and his family move into an apartment in Georgia he goes down to the basement and him and his dad sees a sign saying 'spy meeting held here' so Georges dad ask what time then they both go up to the apartment. Later that day, Georges goes back down to find they had replied with a time. The next day Georges attends the meeting to find a little girl there called candy, however, Georges thinks its all a joke but then safer comes and then he fills Georges in on all the gossip in the flats that he lives in. Georges finds out there is a Mr.X and Safer tells Georges that he thinks that Mr.X is a criminal and he is one to watch. After a few days Safer and Georges become pretty good friends and they spy on him. In the end Safer thinks it would be a good idea to break into Mr.X's apartment to see if he could find anything suspicious, however, Georges doesn't want to unless he gets caught. Meanwhile, Georges doesn't want to be involved the second time as he wouldn't want to get in trouble as it was a close call the last time, so Georges lets Safer go on alone without him being look out. While Safer is in the apartment he calls up Georges saying that Mr.X had come back, so Georges hurries to the apartment to find that Safer had lied. After a few days of not speaking to each other, Safer gets back in touch and tells Georges that he has never had any real friends and that he and his sister had never been to school, and he thought it would be a good idea to try and make Georges think that Safer was cool so they would be friends. Furthermore, in the end, Safer's sister joins school and with the help from Georges, Safer decides to join when the new term starts. I feel this book was an easy read and i think the author is trying to point that you need to face your problems and fears to succeed in life and that you don't need to me somebody you're not to make friends.
Posted on: 08 May 2014



the rooftoppers: cathryn gibbs
This story is about a girl called Sophie who was orphaned in a shipwreck, she was found by a scruffy man named Charles. Charles had found her in an old cello case. Sophie has no memory of what her mother looks like except what see was wearing. As the story goes on Sophie grows up to be just like Charles except she has an adventurous personality. This raise concerns for the local authority that go on to deem Charles as unable to look after Sophie on his own. An inspection takes place at their home where Miss Elliot says that Sophie is going to be enrolled in ST Catherine’s orphanage. Angered that no one believes her that her mother is still alive, Sophie sets out to prove them wrong. Sophie and Charles travel to Paris after finding an address on the cello case of the place where the cello was brought and made when they get there, they find a Frenchmen who remembers who brought the cello and when. Sophie excited to get answers, she asks numerous of question about her mother. After 10 minutes of talking the man tells Sophie a name; Vivienne vert. so curious to get to her mother Sophie asks Charles to go to the police department to ask to look through records. When Charles gets there, Sophie and he have a dilemma… will they risk giving their real name?
Posted on: 08 May 2014



The Child's Elephant- Ella Tristram
So far in this book i have got to page 16. Bat the young herdsboy has been caught in the middle of poachers who killed an elepchant for the ivory, luckily Bat hides and doesnt get caught. Also, Amuka has been getting Bat's eye as she is ferocious yet so graceful. Not much else has happened only really that Kila is Bat's favourite cow. At the moment I can't really say if i like this book or not as i haven't read much of it.
Posted on: 07 May 2014



Roof Toppers- Beth Holyoak
It is a story about a girl called Sophie who has a memory of her mother from when she was a baby, that was the only memory she has of her mom as she was rescued from a shipwreck. She was found by a man called Charles in a cello case, he took her in to his care and raised her as his own. Charles is a bit of a scruffy man who loves to read Sophie grows up to be just like him except she has more of an adventurous personality. Charles is not approved by the authorities though, as they believe he is not capable to look after Sophie. An inspection takes place of the house and both Sophie and Charles, soon after they find out that Sophie will be taken to an orphanage. Sophie find a plaque on her cello case and finds it is from France , they set out on an adventure to try and see if the cello case can lead to her mother.
Posted on: 07 May 2014



All the truth that's in me blog By Elise Middleton
All the truth that’s in me, written by Julie Berry, is about a girl called Judith. The book explains her life as she tells her story to the one she loves, Lucas. Judith has had her tongue cut out and her best friend has been found dead. As she’s telling her story, she’s recording what has happened, I’m up to the bit where Lucas is heading off to battle. So far I think this is a really good book and interesting to see her feelings towards what has happened in her life.
Posted on: 07 May 2014



All the truth thats in me - Review -Xiola Johnson
This book is about a girl called Judith and her best friend called Lottie and she has been murdered. Judith witnessed who this was and was missing for 2 years because she was kidnapped by this man.Now she returns home, with no tongue. Judith now doesn't speak as it was horrific and she has no tongue. Then she decides she wants to talk and a friend will help her called Marie. Judith is a kind person and sees things more deeply than others might do. Judith has no choice but to pour out her feelings into the boy who has owned her heart. Lucas. As Judith starts to trust him things start to change in the story line and as she realises who is against her. The book is set in poorer times as Judith is at home and is 18 and works around doing house jobs for her mother. She is UN educated and wants to learn and her brother Darrell will help her .The chapters are about a paragraph long which makes it hard to get into at first but once you do you can’t put it down! The short chapters make me feel Judith's mind is slowly changing and it’s her thoughts as the book gets further on it shows trust. I think this book is a love story and it shows sadness because you feel sympathy for Judith in the book because of what she goes through and how it affects her which is called pathos. Julie Berry describes the book well using a lot of Imagery to make you think you were there in that era. I think it would be very interesting for readers and they would enjoy it as well as I did. I would rate it 9 out of 10 and recommend it to others.
Posted on: 07 May 2014





Posted on: 07 May 2014



a childs elephant - review jack deakins
The childs elephant is a good book i have only read the first chapter but i like it alot it is about a boy that lives in the savannah and his name is bat. he looks after his 11 cows this is his job and in the first chapter he is looking after the cows at dusk and poachers come by his land and kill an elephant in front of him as they are doing this he is hiding behind a rock trying not to make a noise he is not fround but if he was the poachers would have killed him. i am now half way through the second chapter and he has just explained about his cows and now he is up a tree because he thinks it is the poachers again. anyway i am enjoying the book and would reccomend it to people and cant wait to finish the book.
Posted on: 07 May 2014



Roof Toppers-Blog-Emma Parsons
Rooftoppers starts as a different kind of story, a memory of a girl named Sophie. It all begins with a strange cello case drifting in the sea after a ship wreck. As fate would have it, a scholar by the name of Charles was also stranded at sea as a result of the shipwreck. While drifting by the cello case, he saw something. Imagine the astonishment he must have felt when, after inspecting the case, he finds a small girl safely tucked away inside the case
Posted on: 06 May 2014



All the Truths Thats In Me - Blog - Charlotte Voysey
This books about a girl Judith who runs away from home and went missing for 2 years. When she returns home, she couldnt speak because her tounge had been cut out as a punishment. After findidng out that her father had died from worry, her best friend too. Everybody thought her as cursed, so ignored her and she didn't know why. Judith says a farewell goodbye to her younger brother Darrel, and Lucas (her crush who she silently shares her feelings with) as they are going to war. She hopes that they will be ok as she stays in the empty villiage to attened to the wounded and help her Mother with the chores and animals.
Posted on: 05 May 2014



The Wall- A Review: Mr Holland
Joshua lives in a pristine city, everything is new and buildings spring up all of the time. He doesn't really get on that well with the people in his school, nor his mum's new husband, Liev. One day, Joshua's life changes, he finds a tunnel that leads somewhere, somwhere far away and close at the same time. His city is bordered by a great wall and guarded by soldiers. What happens on the other side is a mystery to him. When he reaches the end of the tunnel everything he knew changes. Suddenly Joshua is on a journey to something new. Will he survive? An exciting read. I couldn't put this book down, trying to find out the answers to all of the mysteries as well as what would happen to Joshua. This book gives a real insight into the way things are in the disputed areas of Israel-Palestine. An important read that will change your outlook on life. 10/10
Posted on: 29 Apr 2014



The Child's Elephant- A Review: Mr Holland
When young Bat discovers an elephant killed by poachers, little does he know this will mean a complete change in his life. Discovering an orphaned elephant calf he and his best friend Muka, take on the job of raising the youngster and allowing her to survive the harshness of life alone. All is not well however in their country- roving bands of soldiers attack villages, steal their food and supplies and even, it is rumoured, their children! Bat and Muka have a lot to contend with and things only get worse when a drought begins. Will they manage to prevail or will the realities of life take their toll? This novel has a lot to say and a very clear message. It is an insight into how African village life is for many young people and shows the horrors of civil war and the conflicts that rage even today in some parts of the continent. A well-written, beautiful book that is sure to help you understand just what things are like away from the safety of England. Though I worry that this novel is very much a 'middle-class white English' narrative about something the author is perhaps a little distanced from, it is still a very compelling read, one that you won't be able to put down until you reach the very powerful conclusion. 7/10
Posted on: 29 Apr 2014



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