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Fire colour one
The plot line for this book so far hasn't changed much and isn't very lively, because of this the book hasn't made me want to read on and I'm not engaged with the book so far. I cant really see how this book is going to end... So far the main character Iris has been made to go see her father, which she has never met before because he is going to die soon. She has been made to go see him because Iris's mum would like to be include on the will for his expensive art collection. But Iris wants nothing to do with him because he hasn't been there for her as she has grown up. However she does go and talk to him and finds out what it was like for him to grow up and about other family members. Eleanor Little
Posted on: 13 May 2016



The Ghosts Of Heaven
The plot line on this story so far has changed as you got further into the book. The first quarter is set out like poetry and smaller sentences and doesn't really have a clear set out storyline or plot, also none of the characters are named they are just referred to as 'he' or 'she' or 'the old man'. As you get into the further quarters the story changes completely and brand new different characters are introduced and they are named they have more of a set out story. The plot changes throughout the book as you get further into it and the set out changes too it goes from poetry to a third person story and also there is some diary entries as you read more. It becomes easier to understand and connect with the characters as you read more of the book. Yasmin Beer and Amy Miller.
Posted on: 13 May 2016



The Lie Tree Character Review
The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge, is a fictional period thriller/murder mystery set in Victorian times. The main character of the story is a girl called Faith Sunderly, whose family move from their luxurious home in Kent to a place called Vane Island; a damp, dingy place that is seeped in secrets. Faith is a young woman who dreams of following in her father’s footsteps to become a pioneering natural scientist, however due to the time (set around the Victorian period) she knows that as a woman she’ll never be accepted equally and hides her intelligence from everyone. The story begins with Faith being told that the move to Vane Island is because her priest/ natural scientist father, who is renowned throughout the world for finding unique fossils, is due to take part in a dig – but she soon finds out that this isn’t entirely true. After arriving on Vane Island, Faith begins to find out that her father isn’t all she believed him to be but before she can connect all the dots, he’s found dead. Everyone believes that he must have committed suicide but Faith has evidence to believe otherwise and she thinks her father was murdered. Determined to find out the truth, she begins her own investigation and whilst looking through her father’s belongings for clues she discovers a mysterious tree. It is a strange tree that feeds from lies and bears fruit that reveals dark secrets and using her father’s greatest and darkest discovery she soon realises that not everyone can be trusted and how far back some lies go... The story is nicely paced and suspenseful enough so that it’ll keep you turning the pages to the very last one. The main character of the story, Faith, is a great female character that you instantly root for throughout the book. The death of her father, Reverend Erasmus Sunderly and the secrets he kept hidden from his family, create the main theme for the novel and the story centres around these main characters for the most part. However, there are a few good minor characters that I would’ve liked some more expansion on, for example, you learn very little about Faith’s mother and also Miss Hunter, who is hardly mentioned apart from the fact that she reveals a secret about the scandal that drove Faith’s father to Vane Island in the first place. I believe that strong characters are a key component for any great story because they are the platform on which the tale is built – if you can’t root for or feel emotionally connected to a character the whole story often tends to fall a bit flat. Overall I enjoyed the book and it highlighted some of the difficulties that women must have faced during that time period. It also had a moral message too – just because you can do something, should you? I would recommend this book to readers interested in historical thrillers and it is probably more suited to a slightly older age range.
Posted on: 02 May 2016



Fire colour one
I'm about a quarter of the way through is book and so far I don't know much about the characters , You know more about the a man called Ernest and a boy called Thurston then you do the main character, because of this i feel like i can't connect to the character as much as I would like to and when somethings happens that effects the main character i can't understand how she feels.
Posted on: 29 Apr 2016



There Will Be Lies
I am not very far into There Will Be Lies at the moment, but so far I don't feel like it is very fast paced but since I am only on chapter 5, hopefully it will start to speed up. I don't like how when a character is speaking in the book Nick Lake does not use speech marks, he uses italic writing instead. The book hasn't really given me much information on anyone at the moment because it describes each little action in great detail to help you picture the scene. I am going to carry on reading this book so hopefully it will become more interesting.
Posted on: 29 Apr 2016



The Ghosts of Heaven
I am about a quarter of the way through in this book, so far it has been very short sentences and no names of any characters have been mentioned. However there is one main character called "the girl" or "the carrier" and two other characters appeared("the old man" and "the boy")for a while but then died. Also they have not been described in how they look either. I feel like this means I cant connect with the characters and there stories if I do not know all of the information.
Posted on: 29 Apr 2016



Five children on the Western Front- Character analysis
The character I disliked the most in this book was the sand fairy (Psammead). At the start of the book the Psammead was a very caring and graceful sand fairy, that always took responsibility for everyone and was willing to do anything for anybody, as the book progressed his personality changed and he came across as a very aggressive and spiteful character to the people he helped the most in the book. Towards the end of the book the sand fairy changed his ways for the better and went on to being a kind and diligent character. The Character I liked the most in this book was Anthea. I liked Anthea because she was a kind-hearted character. Anthea was the eldest sibling, she always looked out for her younger brothers and sisters and especially the sand fairy. She adored the sand fairy! Throughout the whole book, Anthea was a loving character and she came across that way towards everyone.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2016



Getting ready to read...
Miss Borritt and Miss Clark are very excited to begin assembling the shadowing group at Redborne. The first meeting will be on the 22nd March 2016 in the library at lunchtime. We will assign novels and reading tasks for over the Easter holiday. The books have arrived in the library, and we all have that lovely 'new book' feeling, looking at the shiny covers! The posters which have arrived from Browns with their shortlist pack have already brightened up several classrooms and some will be going up in the library as well. We look forward to meeting our readers next week!
Posted on: 18 Mar 2016



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