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The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The novel is a really interesting combination of complicated romances and science fiction. Full of surprises, and revelations, it is based on the life of a struggling family; a home full of conflict. Conflict within relationship, both romantic and platonic. The highlight of this novel for me was that it brought in mental issues and disorders see the positive and negative sides of the lives of different people. It further shows how people in that situation face challenges that is ahead of them. Finally, the thing that stood out was when the point of view came through the people who weren't the chosen ones and had to deal with the fall out with the apocalypses as well as the dangers of vampires and supernatural wars.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2016



Five Children On The Western Front
This is a story about a group of siblings who have a friend that happens to be desert god or Psammead as he likes to be known. He is a magical being who can grant wishes to the children and did so until he had to leave. Now years later he has turned up at the start of World War One and without his magic. The children learn that Psammead has to stay in their wold until he has repented for past crimes and with the help of the children tries to do so. Over the next four years the group help Psammead earn his repentance; see their brothers go to war; their sisters gain independence and have their lives, family and world changed completely forever.
Posted on: 26 May 2016



'Fire color one' By Jenny Valentine
This book is very depressing! It is very sad, I recommend it for people who don't get too emotional. This is because it's an emotional story. Her mother lies to her only to get her hands on her 'husbands' prize winning art. What the girl doesn't know is that her mum is lying to be rich, her father knows what's going on. Her mother says that her father - Ernest- didn't want to take care of children. Also, he didn't want contact with the family. No one knows that Ernest is nearly at the end of his life. It's a great book! ~By Selsabil
Posted on: 26 May 2016



'One' by Sarah Crossan
This book was about twins who are conjoined. when grace starts falling for a boy called jon her sister/twin tells her we can never love someone. when they decide to get an operation to be separated, a tragic incident happens ~By selsabil
Posted on: 26 May 2016



'Fire Colour One' by Jenny Valentine
'Fire Colour One' will leave you mesmerised with thought. It is one of those books that will leave you thinking about it hours after you have finished it. Iris is one of those adventurous characters that you will like straight away. -By Hayat
Posted on: 26 May 2016



'One' by Sarah Crossan
This book is one of my favourite books; even if it is very sad. I would have never thought that I would be attached to the characters. I could read this book all day. -By Hayat
Posted on: 26 May 2016



'The Ghosts Of Heaven' by Marcus Sedgwick
I can see already why this book won't be for everyone. Complex, mind-bending and thought-provoking. I don't even know how to classify this book. It is essentially four very different short stories wound together with the strangest of links. A link that is never-ending, that has been with us since the dawn of time and will continue long after we are gone. Are you intrigued? Oh, you should be. Imagine... A story of the Paleolithic era; a free verse weird little story about a girl, her tribe, other tribes, death, and the mysterious caves where humankind will leave their first artwork for the future to find. A historical tale of a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft. As the evidence piles up against her, more and more of the people she once called friends turn their back and the hangman's noose draws ever closer. A "lunatic asylum" in 1920s America where a new doctor discovers the dark truths lurking within the halls of the mental hospital he has just arrived at. A story set in the future; a spaceship hurtles through the universe to find a new Earth-like planet after ours has become too overcrowded. But when the ship's sleeping occupants start to die mysteriously, it seems like someone somewhere must be awake on the ship. Or perhaps the truth is far far worse. Will they ever make it to the planet alive? These mesmerizing stories can be read in any order; the links between them remain unchangeable. The characters are three-dimensional, vivid, alive and demand our sympathy. For somebody like me who isn't a big fan of short stories, it was quite wonderful to have them all speak to me, drag me in and make me need to see what the next would offer. I will issue one warning: the first story (if read in order) was a little confusing to me, possibly made more so by the use of free verse. As it moved on, I became more intrigued by where Mr Sedgwick was taking it, but I didn't fall in love with this book until the second story. My love was then cemented by the third and fourth. But if the first doesn't grab you, I would say read on. This book contains a running symbolism throughout, revealed gradually in both the smallest, most mundane of details, and the central themes. What I like most is that the stories really do stand on their own as individual masterpieces. Sedgwick is painting a bigger picture but the four stories he uses to do it are wonderful, heartbreaking and clever in their own right. This book made me sad, angry, curious and excited. Putting it down was like walking out into the sun after being in a movie theatre... a little lost and dazed. -By Alimattan
Posted on: 16 May 2016



'One' by Sarah Crossan
This book is about conjoined twins who have an operation to separate them. In the end one twin dies and the other one is left lonely and broken-hearted. I love this book because I am a twin myself (but not conjoined) and it was very emotional to read about other twins that are facing hardships. -By Asmaa
Posted on: 12 May 2016



"Lies we tell our selves" By Robin Talley
This book is about a girl called Sarah who just left a black school and is moving into a white school. Her life totally switches and she gets bullied every day just because her skin colour is different. Also she's not the only one. Her family and friends also move in to this county that is surrounded by white people. Her worries also are on her sister. She gets scared every school day for her sister. After a terrible accident in school the rules get changed. But Sarah is not sure if the white student will stick to it. She thinks every school day would be the same: name calling, violence and getting chased after school. But then her school life changes after she meets this girl in school. I really like this book because it is very emotional. I would recommend this book to readers who like to know things about the past. By Shaimaa
Posted on: 12 May 2016



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