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the Great Paper Caper
The Great Paper Caper is a book about some animals and a boy who are best friends, they discover that lots of trees are disappearing in the woods that they live in. To start with they all blame it on each other but soon realise that none of them would do that. All of them get a different job like a detective to find out who is stealing the wood. Read it to find out who did steal the wood. I really enjoyed this book especially how to make paper that is described inside the cover. I would recommend this book for 9-11 year olds. I would rate this book 4 stars our of 5.
Posted on: 18 Jul 2010

Millie’s Marvellous Hat
Millie’s Marvellous Hat is a strange book about a girl called Millie. She wants to buy a hat but has no money. Read the book to find out what happens. I would recommend this book for five to eight year olds. I would rate this book 3 stars out of 5.
Posted on: 18 Jul 2010

There are Cats in this Book
This is a picture book about three cats called Tiny, Moonpie and Andre. In the book, the cats enjoy the wool, cardboard boxes, pillows and fish. They get very wet when they see the fish but don’t realise they are in the sea and after that you help them get dry and the picture is quite funny. After all their adventures they go to sleep. Some of the flaps in this book are very clever and different to those I have seen in other flap books. I think this book would be suitable for children aged about 3-5. Three year olds would enjoy turning the flaps and also because there are only a few words on each page they would not get bored waiting for the next page. Five year olds would also enjoy turning the flaps but would be able to read some of the story themselves as there are not many long words. I would rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
Posted on: 26 Jun 2010

Tail-end Charlie
This is a picture book about Charlie who was a World War Two Tail End Gunner in the RAF. It is based on the author’s (Mick Manning) father and the stories he told about his time in the RAF during the War. The story tells you about Charlie first joining the RAF, his training, his bombing missions and how he got hurt and then met his future wife. (Mick’s mum). Although this is a picture book, the story is told in a mixture of cartoons with both captions and speech and thought bubbles. But also some of the story is written on paper that is similar to paper used during the Second World War. I recommend this book for children aged 9-13 years because it is about the war so younger children might be scared and older children are more likely to enjoy war stories. I think more boys than girls would be interested in this book. As well as telling the story it can help teach you about the history of WWII and at the back of the book there is a glossary telling you about some of the more complicated words. I rate this book as 4.5 stars.
Posted on: 26 Jun 2010

Gullstruck Island
The story is set on Gullstruck Island, which is hundreds of miles from any other land. There are lots of tribes, some of which are called the Lace, the Bitter Fruit and the Sours. The Lace, who are the oldest tribe, can talk to the mountains. Their names are all sounds like Hathin which is the sound of dust settling and Whish and Larsh which are the sounds of waves rolling up and down the sandy beach. One member of the lost tribe is very important and her kind are called the Lost because they can send any of their five senses out of their body to look for storms, volcanic eruptions or other tribes coming to attack. She is called Arilou, is about thirteen and can’t control her powers yet so it seems like she is not a Lost. But because she can’t speak Lace, only Sour (which the other lace don’t understand) most of the village think she is stupid. This builds the suspense and during the story you find out about Arilou’s full powers. When the Lace village is burnt down, because someone in the village betrayed them, Hathin and Arilou escape through some caves, across the King of Fans and Sorrow which are two of the volcanoes. They manage to reach a city called Mistleman’s Blunder which is next to another volcano in a very dangerous position. Hathin becomes a member of the Reckoning, a small community of Lace from all over Gullstruck Island that work together to get revenge on people who have killed their family or friends. Hathin and the Reckoning go on a quest to kill the murderers of Hathin’s village and the Lost. My favourite character is Therrot, one of the Reckoning, who is from Hathin’s village but left long before Hathin when his sister was killed before the book starts. He is always looking after Hathin and calling her “little sister” as if he was her big brother. When the rest of the Reckoning leave to find a new camp, Therrot stays behind with Hathin and continues to look after her. Although the story is very long with 499 pages it was very good throughout the whole book. It took only about 5 pages to set the scene and after that I never wanted to put it down. I recommend the book for children aged ten to twelve, the plot is quite complicated and can get confusing so I don’ t think it is suitable for younger readers. I had to look back a a few times to remember who is who. I would rate this book as 4.5/5 stars.
Posted on: 26 Jun 2010

The Eyeball Collector
The Eyeball Collector is the third book in a series by F E Higgins. The story is set in and near the city Urbs Umida and the village Pagus Parvus. A man called Gulliver Truepin (who deceives everyone, steals things and takes people money) tells the city’s newspaper to write an article about a rich man called Mr Fitzbaudly. The article is about how Mr Fitzbaudly made his fortune. He owed lots of pubs that sold cheap beer, this meant that the poorer people in the city drank themselves to death whilst he sat down and made money. The whole of the city found out and Mr Fitzbaudly dies from the shock when half of the city turns on him. Mr Fitzbaudly’s son, Hector, is determined to have revenge on Gulliver. Truepin pretends to be the Baron Bovrik de Vandolin and goes to Withypitts Hall in the mountains near Pagus Parvus. There is always a huge winter feast at Withypitts Hall every year. Hector, nobody knows who he really is, is asked to breed butterflies for the feast. This is because when he was rich; Hector loved breeding and collecting different butterflies. There are lots of strange happenings at the hall and Hector is seen investigating them. Read the book to find out more. I would recommend this book for children aged 11-13 years old because there are lots of riddles which are fun to solve but are tricky. The story is also gory in a few places. I would rate this book as 4/5 stars.
Posted on: 26 Jun 2010

Tail-end Charlie
Tail end Charlie is a really good book it tells you lots about how it was like in the war for the RAF. It is a story about a man called Charlie who was a gunner in the RAF and how he enjoyed his time in the planes. I would give this book 5/5 stars and would recommend it for ages 9+.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2010

Talk about books that you enjoyed whether nominated or not!
You read Percy Jackson and the Olypian Thief its just amazing. You should read the one before it. If you read all of them you will think their absoulate immense.
Posted on: 08 Jun 2009