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buffalo soldier by tanya landman continueed
sorry i forgot to put my name on the last buffalo soldier it is jamie
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



all the truth thats in me
this book SUCKS its hard to follow and doesnt make any sens its bad and the charicters are bad
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



buffalo soldier Tanya Landman
i didn't really like this book despite it being recommend for me on kindle and it being a Carnegie shortlist. The some characters were nice but some were in the wrong genre for me i like more sci fi stuff and fantasy books so this genre dint really appeal to me.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
When i was reading this book, i didn't seem interested in it because in my opinion it didn't grip me or want to keep on reading, from the first page. I feel as if it lacked the effect of having suspense or tension, and also felt a little lost when reading this book, because it was difficult to read. The language was a little tricky to understand and so in my opinion i would say this book would be aimed towards older teenagers and maybe not for younger kids.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



Buffalo Soldier by Louis
I have only read a small segment of the book, about 1/4 but so far the book is extremely boring and overall BAD! the characters (except for the one that crys) are boring and unlikable. the plantation burning isn't described well and the whole thing overwhelms you with badness. overall: -2/10
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



The Bunker Diary Coel
The bunker diary was very gripping and the reader made strong connections to the main characters. It also makes me feel like an easy target for the kidnapper. We are never properly told why this kidnapper kidnapped these people from all different kind of lives. The ending was very condensed and we don't know what happens to the kidnapper for what he did to theses people. When the dog attacks everyone this gets your heart pumping this shows that the writer is very good.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



The Black Light Express
The Black Light Express is the sequel to Railhead. Although it is not on the Carnegie shortlist, it is a great read. In the book we learn more about the very complex characters. 9/10 - This is my 2nd favourite book of all time. My favourite part of the book is when we learn that the Guardians killed the Railmaker, as this is very unexpected. By Matthew
Posted on: 23 Jun 2017



the lies we tell ourselves
i really enjoyed this book. it had some very creative plot devices and really good political commentary. the thing that really drew me in was the fact that the protagonist could and had to express herself in very imaginative way however it was quite limiting for the plot in some cases and i would have like to see a bit more character development.
Posted on: 21 Jun 2017



Tamar
In my opinion I thought that Tamar by Mal Peet was a well written book. The book took me a while to read and was quite complicated about the story line. I can describe this book as sad, heroic and violent. I would recommend this book to others if they enjoy war plots !
Posted on: 21 Jun 2017



the lies+

Posted on: 21 Jun 2017



the lies we

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the lies we tell ourshe

Posted on: 21 Jun 2017



Buffalo Soldier
"Buffalo Soldier" by Tanya Landman tells the story of Charley, an African -American female. Landman writes an emotive historically accurate that engages the reader.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



The Rest Of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness
review by Meg This book was truly moving and despite it's relatable content it also had sci-fi which made it more gripping and less depressing. The history of the friends in the book e.g Henna and Mike. The scene in the arena is very relatable with the recent Manchester attack and shows the horror in complete detail. The proof that there are other disorders in life other than depression is actually relieving to see and it is good to see that Ness also acknowledged homosexuality within teenagers. The book contains humour but also has deadly serious parts which evens the book out and makes it easier to get into. I would really recommend this book as it is a great read and makes the reader really contemplate their own life.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



wolf hollow-Lauren Wolk
Gordon Binks (What a Save!!!!!!!!) -wolf hollow is a thrilling and exciting book with a brilliant use of tension. the main character,Annabelle, is developed well through out the novel which shows us a big window into her personality. the introduction of the mysterious character Toby is a nice twist in tale and I love how she uses him later in the narrator. a dark tone and presence is Betty who symbolises the child of the devil and how the devil manipulates situations though it comes to an abrupt end. in all though i adored the book and see why this is a previous winner.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



One- Sarah Crossman
review by Maya One is an inspirational book to read. Parts are happy and parts are sad. It is a really gripping book about an emotional story. The bond between two people is inspiring and inseparable. I loved reading this book and I would encourage more people to read it.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



The Bone Sparrow by Essa Diallo
I really enjoyed this book. It shows us what life inside an immigration centre is like and the struggle for survival. Zana Fraillon uses a varied vocabulary and implements a good plot.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



One- by Sarah Crossan
By Hannah- I thought one was very good. I thought it was relatable being a twin myself and I found the ending very sad. I thought the book was well written and the themes were great. I thought the book was exceptionally moving and it showed issues that can happen.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



All the Truth That's In Me - Julie Berry
This piece of literature, whilst an enjoyable story, following the dilemmas of a 16 year old mute girl. Is incredibly difficult to follow due to the constant flitting between past and present events symbolic of the mind of the young narrator. Also used is consistent second person pronoun's which, whilst a cute gimmick, just adds to the difficulty to follow. The choices of the narrator do have weight and you feel the implications, although they are overshadowed by the gobbledegook of the writing. By Jacob
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



Buffalo Soldier- Tanya landman
Buffalo Soldier follows the story of a liberated African-American slave, named Charley. The book uses convincing language to create the voice of Charley, it is as if you can hear her speaking through the words. The book is historically accurate, forcing the reader into the turbulent time which is often glossed over here in Britain. It is not a book I would normally consider reading but this book exceeded my expectations and the genre.
Posted on: 19 Jun 2017



lies we tell ourself
Aaron I think this book is fantasist, I think that because it tells you the trouble black people had. the book is spilt into two charters one is Sarah and the other Linda, they all have there different problems to tell us.
Posted on: 28 Apr 2017



the fault in our stars
I liked this book a lot because it really grips you and keeps you reading and its very interesting to also learn about her disease and her relationship with Augustus waters. A lot happens in this book to keep you wanting to know more and I enjoyed it alot
Posted on: 28 Apr 2017



The Fault In Our Stars

Posted on: 28 Apr 2017



Buffalo Solder
Buffalo Solder is a story based on the struggles of a young woman during the civil war. I found the relationship between Cookie and Cary really captivating, they have a relationship base on trust and love. ciara
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017



LIES WE TELL OURSELVES, review by Katie Price
I really enjoyed this book. I found i could relate to a number of the characters because they were around my age. The thing that made me want to read more was the tension. I also really enjoyed how the perspective switched between two characters giving you different thoughts from each of their minds. I also found out about what life was like for black people in 1959 which i never knew about and found very interesting. I was defiantly recommend this novel.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017



the stars of oktobers bend
hello my name is Harvey and this book is by Glenda Millard and she is a multi award winning childrens picture books. she has wrote the stars of oktobers bend which is about a 15 year old girl who was in a car crash and now has the mind of a twelve year old her brother takes care of her and she cant read or write. she goes outside and writes poems. i like this book because its by two people perspective. manny is her friend, he has had a hard life too because he lost his family in the war
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017



The Bunkers Diary...
Hello my name is toby and over the half term I read a very good book, called The Bunkers diary. The book was written by Kevin brooks. the book won a award in 2014. I loved reading The bunkers diary it was a exciting because even before I had read the first page I was already asking what did he fall for? How did the blind man get him? I wanted to know the answers. I love the plot of how he's a teenager living on the streets with out a mum and he goes from being free to being trapped and its a good problem solver. I loved the book thanks
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017



the rest of us just live here review by Jazz Bell
i don't usually enjoy reading, but i found this one easy and gripping to read. i liked that you got a view of what had happened to the main characters before the novel started. I liked how Patrick Ness wrote the novel using modern language that was easy to undersand. The book was also a good length, it did not drag on. However, it didn't get straight to the point. i highly recommend this book.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017



One by Sarah Crossan , Charlotte
i had previously read this book but not all the way through, as i lost interest, but i started reading it again because i thought that i had matured enough to be able to find an interest but i was wrong, the style of writing was completely poetry and had no consistent structure to me which i didn't like.i liked the characters and the way they were developed but i really didn't like the story line i felt that the book went way to slowly for me to enjoy. overall i think this style of book is not for me.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017



One by Sarah Crossan
I enjoyed this book a lot, I was very engaged in it because it was a page turner, I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. On the other hand around the middle of the book I felt like what is going on, because they are short chapters its hard to keep up with what is happening. By : Liv
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



One by Sarah Crossman
Written by Amelie. As I was reading the book, I found myself wanting to carry on reading because it really gripped me as the way the story had been written felt as if it was happening in real life as I read it. On the other hand it was filled with lots of moments of suspense and there were times were I didn't expect the story to go the way that it did.
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



One by Sarah Crossan
One by Sarah Crossan has a very emotional story line, and the different forms of poetry throughout the book play a part in this. Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and this book displays their life and experiences. Every chapter is a new and different type of poem, which is very intriguing to me. It's written in first person and in the present tense. The physical appearance of the book is interests me. The front cover shows a drawing of the twins with their hair in a plait, and it's mainly turquoise and pink. It's overall a beautiful book. Katie, Mrs Wells' Class.
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness
Review by Jamie@sidcotschool The Rest of Us Just Live Here is narrated by Mike (main character), an eighteen year old living in the remote suburbs of a far-flung backwater somewhere in the US, and centres on his group of four friends: Jared, Mike's best friend; Mel, his older sister; and Henna, Mel's best friend and someone whom Mike has a massive and positively unrequited crush on. The story opens with graduation prom just three weeks away, the four friends revising for their finals, and Mike wrestling with his complex and ambiguous feelings for Henna (and Jared). Mike has a lot more on his plate than most people, as we swiftly learn: his mum is planning to run for state governor, against Jared's likeable dad. Mike's dad is an alcoholic; Mel is anorexic and almost died when the illness was at its worst. Mike himself suffers from crippling anxiety and OCD. It is a bad start for him when he is in a car with Henna and a sea of dear run over them and he gets several broken bones from that but Henna is in a worst state. I wont spoil the book for you but once you have read this you want to read more. I would give this book a 10 out of 10.
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



All the truth that's inside me - Julie berry
I found that the book that I read dragged on a bit but was an exiting story of a girl who could not exactly express herself and her feelings of what happened all those years in the woods. The book its self is a very detailed book which gives a very broad imagery of the story it tells, I liked how Julie Berry made the book mysterious but also suspense and keeps you wanting to read more. Toby
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
Review was written by Michael. Personally I didn't like this book because I prefer books that have a lot of action, but other than that this was a very good romantic book. I liked how Charlotte had almost her best friend as a horse. The saddest part of the book for me was when the horse died. This touched me personally because recently I lost one of my best friends to suicide.The main part of the book that I really did not like was when Charlotte fell in love.
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017



All The Truth That's In Me
I enjoyed reading Julie Berry's All The Truth That's In Me. It had good pace throughout the book, featuring a likeable character.
Posted on: 19 Apr 2017



A Monster Calls
A very engaging story line, readers connect and really empathise with the main characters. The introduction is mysterious, drawing readers in from the first few pages. Beautiful use of language, very lyrical and descriptive building imagery on surrounding atmosphere. The story genre is very bleak, dystopian, almost horror although it is emotional and very engaging. Characters we well developed as the author directed sympathy for them. Suspense is well built with a fast, powerful moving pace. Overall I would recommend this book to a friend if they are prepared for a bleak, emotional storyline as this novel is enjoyable and drawing. Review by Lucy
Posted on: 17 Jun 2016



Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo soldier is an excellent book by my standards through (almost) all of its chapters. I felt that the characters of “Charley T O’Hara” was well fleshed out and “her” journey and development throughout the novel allowed me to understand the character and at times even predict how she would reply. I also enjoyed the narrative voice of Charley very much, feeling the writing style reflected the characters hard past (and at times futures). The only part I didn't enjoy as much unfortunately was, as is often the case, the ending. I personally felt that the ending was a bit abrupt, skipping in a jolly manner through scenes of “show biz”, making it feel to me as if it didn't fully fit in with the novel. Overall, while it may not be a normal book, it is a good one. With an excellent history and especially good narrative voice, I felt it did capture the journeys and hardships of the American slaves, almost up until the very end.
Posted on: 17 Jun 2016



The Bunker Diary
The Bunker Diary is an extremely gripping book. Quickly, the reader develops a strong relationship and sense of protection with the main character. The novel includes scenes of harrowing action and makes you think about what you would do in that certain situation. I enjoyed the style that the book was written in. The author wrote short paragraphs, which creates suspense and moves the story on swiftly, giving the read a steady pace. Although, I was disappointed with the ending of the novel. I felt that with such a build u suspense through out the novel, the ending should have been more thoughtful and epic. To conclude, Kevin Brooks did an excellent job writing The Bunker Diary, I enjoyed it immensely and thought it was extremely gripping and thought provoking.
Posted on: 17 Jun 2016



The Bunker Diary
I found that when reading 'The Bunker Diary' the opening was very gipping and within the first paragraphs I found that I wanted to read more. I did also feel that Brooks ended the book in a very blunt way. I thought that he could have added more detail to the deaths and not crammed them onto 3 pages. The death scene of Jenny could have had more detail to let the reader feel more emotion. Overall I thought that the book was fantastically written but I felt that the ending was poor and could have been more detailed.
Posted on: 17 Jun 2016



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