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Buffalo Soldier- Tanya Landman
A very thought provoking, emotional read, about the war between the confederates and the yankees, in a fight for "equality". I really enjoyed this book and learnt a lot from it. It is a story about a young woman, who has been surrounded by the, already unpleasent slave lifestyle her whole life, suddenly being thrown into a world of chaos and horror. She struggles to find her way after loosing everything she cares about, and finds herself signing up for the american army, and witnessing some horrible things along the way. I enjoyed how 'real' this book was, it was written how it probably happened, and although it was very unpleasent at times i was very appreciative of it. Overall i would give this book an 8/10
Posted on: 17 May 2015

The blurb and cover of this book made me really want to read it, however I found the content of the book rather disappointing. The book is written from the perspective of a boy suffering from tourette's syndrome. When reading the book, I didn't even know what Tourette's syndrome was, so that is definitely one of the positive sides of the book, that it teaches you about a serious and distressing disease and it's affects on close friends and family. It is very interesting to read a book from this perspective. If you have read the book 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' I would give this book a go. I personally don't think 'When Mr Dog Bites' is even comparable to this book, but it would be interesting to see how you think these two books with very similar subjects differ. The storyline is good, and I think there are good ideas to it, however I think the emphasis is on the wrong parts of the book. The storyline is about how Dylan (the boy) makes a bucket list of 100 things to do bef0re he dies, and also about him slowly realising that his Father who he thinks is in the army is not who he thinks he is... Overall, I think read this if you want a slightly different or interesting read.
Posted on: 07 May 2015

More than this-Patrick Ness
In my opinion the "storyline" of this book was fantastic, genius and incredibly interesting. The "story" is written about a boy who drowns and wakes up in a strange new world. It is hugely mysterious, and forces you to ask yourself an innumerable amount questions, never really knowing what is real, making you seriously consider weather there is any possible way this "story" is in fact not a story at all. The book starts by revealing so little about this boy, then gradually revealing small parts of his life, through his thoughts and dreams leaving just enough questions unanswered to keep you interested. I can't quite express how much i enjoyed this book, i would rate it 10/10. Definitly a must read!
Posted on: 25 Apr 2015

The Fastest Boy in the World-Elizabeth Laird
A good storyline, but I felt as if there was nothing very interesting or captivating in this book. 11 year old Solomon loves to run, and one day sets off on a journey with his grandpa to Addis Ababa. Solomon is extremely excited. His grandpa soon collapses when they are in the city, and Solomon must run all the way home to get help. It is a story laced with heroism, courage and love, and it was a nice read. It conveyed the passion the young boy had for running and the idea that when you put your mind to something, you can always achieve it was an idea portrayed quite often throughout the book. However, some points of the book were tedious and repetitive. I would give this book a 6/10.
Posted on: 20 Apr 2015

Apple and Rain - Sarah Crossan
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan, tells a story about a girl who's mother left her many years ago, when she finally shows her face again Apple her daughter has a crucial question that has been lingering in her mind ever since she left. With the shock appearance of her mother, Apple is faced with another problem that will be with her for the rest of her life. This book is a very good book for many reasons. One of the main points on why I found this book so good, is that you can picture everything in your mind down to the last word. Also, every section of this book lies with another problem which encourages you to read on. Overall, I liked this book a lot it was a definite page-turner. Grips you from start to finish.
Posted on: 14 Apr 2015

Buffalo Soldier- Tanya Landman
Buffalo Soldier was a very deep, emotional story to read, and I loved reading it from the cover to the end. Being about an African-American slave girl who runs off to join the United States Army dressed as a boy, it was a story that really conveyed the difficulties endured by the slaves and even the African-American soldiers during and even at the end of the Civil War. The girl, 'Charley', tells her story of her time in the army, the hardship of not being able to tell any of the other men who she really was, the emotional distress she faced when she witnessed her adopted mother being raped and then hung, along with her husband. A story full of love, difficulty and racism, 'The Buffalo Soldier' is one I recommend to all readers looking for an interesting novel. An unforgettable read, I would give this book a 10/10.
Posted on: 11 Apr 2015

More Than This - Patrick Ness
For me, this was a very interesting and addictive book to read- I couldn't actually put it down! At first, I thought it was going to be quite boring, but I have been proved wrong- the plot was well- thought out and very clever, it being about a boy who drowns and dies, but wakes up again in a world that seems to be over, but he is not the only one in that world. It was a page-turner, and though it was a fantastic thriller, it was also a very philosophical book to read too. It made you think, well, is there more to this life? Is this life even real? Not many books have made me question life, really. I really enjoyed this book, and I would give it a 9/10.
Posted on: 11 Apr 2015

Review: Tinder by Sally Gardner
'Tinder' by Sally Gardner tells the tale of a lost soldier named Otto Hundebiss. Having constantly been plagued around death, he sets out through a forest, yet death seems to follow him. After encountering a dangerous woman named 'The Lady with The Nail' and reaching a dukedom in which strangers are unwelcome, he reaches his fate. This tale shows the effect that greed can have on many: your peaks bring others downfalls, and the fact that some people are never quite satisfied. Mixing this moral with undying love and I'll fate make this tale. With intriguing twists and a surreal world not far from the truths of ours, this read is an interesting one. Tinder is a real page-turner and its beautiful illustrations, by David Roberts, take the book from a satisfying one to an interesting one. One downfall would be that the illustrations play a major role in how the book is read. Without them, I think the story would have been far more difficult to grasp and enjoy. In fact, I would probably say that the illustrations were my favourite part of the book, though Gardner's story was still amusing. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others of any age, but it was mainly down to the enhancement of the illustrations, otherwise I think the concept is a bit too far fetched to enjoy.
Posted on: 01 Apr 2015

First impressions of 'all the truth that's in me'

Posted on: 06 May 2014

All the truth that's in me
This book is a variation of many books with the storyline of a girl who can't speak, but in this case her tongue has been cut off. It is a storyline of the girl's feeling and thoughts. It is interesting but can sometimes be quite sorrowful as she pours out her feeling for a boy she loves who eventually marries someone else. Since she has no longer got a tongue due to an unfortunate event her mother has lost some love for her as she cannot come to terms with this incident. I like the language and detailed description however dislike the sadness of her thoughts and feelings
Posted on: 29 Apr 2014

Blood family
The blood family was a tragedy story about a boy called Eddie who's mother suffered so much that it drove her to the point of unstability, and is then out into care. The book is good because it gives different perspectives of the same scene that exposes us to the characters true feelings. The story line was very interesting, but unfortunately it was not as gripping as the other books. The book left me uncertain about the relationship between some of the characters. Overall I would recommend this book very much because it's plot is quite intriguing and is an easy read .
Posted on: 29 Apr 2014