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My Sister Lives On the Mantlepiece by Anabel Pitcher
A boy called Jamie has a sister called Rose and she gets blown up by a bomb in London at Trafalgar Square. His dad is very racist towards Muslims from then on. His mum and Dad also get a divorce. Jamie and his older sister then move with their Dad to the Lake District.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2012



Everyboby Jam By Ali Lewis
Danny's life is turned upside down when his sister gets pregnant and all the cows on the station get dehydrated due to a bad drought. The main characters are Danny, his dad, his mum, Sissy Eem, Liz, Bobby and Lloyd. I did not like it as it wouldn't be something I'd pick off a shelf and it was quite racist.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



A monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The main characters are Conor, Mum, Dad, and the Monster. At 12:07 every night Conor has a nightmare. The Monster is in every nightmare and comes to life. He tells Conor 3 stories about truth, and Conor has to tell him a fourth tale. I liked this book because it grabbed your attention. It was very sad as well though because his mum died of cancer.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



Trash by Andy Mulligan
The main characters are Raphael, Gardo, Rat, Gabriel, Olondrel and Pia. The boys live on a rubbish dump site in Behala. They find a small wallet in a bag and little did they know it would change their lives. I liked it because it was an adventure. The bit I didn't like was that the characters were always switching.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



A Monster call by Patrick Mess
It's about a monster who tells two stories to a boy called Conor then he has to tell the monster the final story. The main characters are Conor, his mum, his nan and the monster. I liked it as it was twisted and fun.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



My Name Is Mina by David Almond
She is quite a strange person. It's about a journal and the book is different from others. But I do enjoy it even though it's very different. The main character is Mina. I like the book as it's different from any other kinds of book but I wouldn't really recommend it.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



Between Shades Of Gray
15 year old Lina, her mum and her brother were taken away by the NKVD and are deported across unknown lands. She has been taken from her Father. The main characters are Mina, Jonas, Andrius and Lina's brother. It's a hard subject to deal with and really depressing.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



My Sister Live On The Matelpiece By Annabel Pitcher
Jamie's sister was blown up by a terrorist bomb. Now with his parents split up he and his sister Jazz and their dad live in the lake district. The main characters are Jamie, Jazz and their dad. I liked this book as it was very descriptive.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



My Name Is Mina by David Almond
The main characters are Mina, Mother and the people next door. Mina is an outsider and loner. She loves pictures and birds but she sometimes is sad about her father. I liked this book as it was smartly written.
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



A Small change For Stuart By Lissa Evans
Stuarts family moves into Beeton where Stuarts uncle lived but then he disappeared. The main characters are Stuart, the triplets, mum, dad and Uncle Tony. I liked it as it was "interesting"
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



My Name Is Mina by David Almond
The main character is Mina. A girl named Mina sees the world in a different perspective. She cares about her family and the world around her. I like this book so far. It's funny, strange and a wonderful. I would really reccomend it!
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012



My Name is Mina by David Almond
A girl called Mina whose dad dies. It's about her trying to live without her dad and how she gets along without him. I liked it because it's about her life.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The main characters are Lina, Jonas, Elana, Aundries, Skretsky. A girl called Lina gets taken away by the NKVD with her mum and brother. It's an adventure, will she ever see her dad again. I liked this book because it was exciting.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Everybody Jam by Ali Lweis
The main charactors are Danny, Dad, Mum, Emily, Sissy Alex, Buzz, Johnny and Liz. It's Danny's first muster where he get's to help, but when Sissy gets pregnant with a black-person everything goes pear shaped. I liked this book because it had a lot of tension and was exciting. There was one thing I didn't like and that was it was very racist.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



My Name is Mina by David Almond
The main charactors are Mina and her Mother. This is the journal of Mina a girl taken out of school because she's different. It was too topsy turvey and no plot to it.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This book is about a monster who tells two stories to a boy called Conor. The main characters are Conor, The Monster, Mum and Nan. I liked it because it was twisted and fun.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The main characters are Connor and the monster. A boy named Connor has terrible nightmares, a monster comes and tells him 3 stories and has to tell Connor that his mum is dying of cancer. I liked this book as its interesting and sad but I would recommend it to people who like mysteries.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Small Change For Stuart by Lissa Evans
The main Character is Stuart. The story is about Stuart as he tries to find his Gran-dad's work shop. I didn't like the book, it was boring.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The main Characters are Lina, Jonas, Andrius and their Mother. 15 year old Lina is taken with her younger brother and mother on a cattle trailer separated from her dad. I liked this book as it was interesting.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The main characters are Andrej and his brother Tom. The story is about two gypsy boys who are on the run from soldiers in the war, when they come across a zoo, in the dead of night. I liked the book because the wording is good. I especially liked the way the author referred to the night and day as people.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



My Name Is Mina by David Almond
The main characters are Mina and her mum. This book is about Mina's life it tells you what goes on in her mind..She makes up her own words and wonders off into her own world. I liked this book as it was crazy.
Posted on: 23 May 2012



Everybody Jam
Everybody Jam is set in the Tanami desert. on a cattle station. the family who run it, the Dawsons, aren't doing too well. They are grieving over the loss of their eldest son,Johnny, who died in a bizarre accident. They are two years into a drought and the bore holes are drying up. To top it all the eldest daughter, Sissy, who is 14, is pregnant. But who is the father ? Will the family manage with the annual muster. I enjoyed the way Danny tells it from his point of view. and also the Australian slang.
Posted on: 10 May 2012



A Monster Calls
When his mum starts her treatment Conor is haunted by a nightmare. The nightmare. But when a Monster calls it isn't the monster he's expecting. It was a creature from a yew tree. it wants the most dangerous thing Conor can give. It wants the truth. I really enjoyed this book and was surprised how a monster could help with day to day problems people face. i would recommend this book for older readers because it contains language younger readers wouldn't understand.Ii really liked the illustrations. they were original. I would rate it 5/5
Posted on: 10 May 2012



Between Shades of Grey
A girl called Lina gets taken away by the NKVD with her mum, Elena, and brother Jonas from Siberia. It's an adventure about if will she survive or ever see her father again?
Posted on: 10 May 2012



My name is Mina
Mina has a journal which she writes all her thoughts and dreams. The main characters are Mina and her Mom. I liked the book because it was interesting.
Posted on: 10 May 2012



My Sister Lives on the Mantle Piece
Jamie's Sister Rose was killed in a terrorist attack. Jamie, Jas and their Dad move house trying to start a new life in the countryside. The main characters are Jamie and Jas. I sort of liked it but it wasn't as capturing as I thought it would be.
Posted on: 10 May 2012



My Name is Mina
My name is Mina is a journal of a young girls life. The main characters are Mina and her mum. I liked the book because it was strange but interesting.
Posted on: 10 May 2012



White crow.
At the start I liked the book but at the end it got boring and hard to read. I didn't understand the story line because there are 3 characters.
Posted on: 24 Jun 2011



The Death defying Pepper Roux.
I really enjoyed the story line of Pepper's adventures. It reminded me of another story I had read before. It could have had more detail.
Posted on: 24 Jun 2011



Out of Shadows.
This is a brilliant book which teaches you how difficult and pressuring some other people's lives can be.
Posted on: 24 Jun 2011



Monsters of men.
It's an exciting book about war. I found it quite interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. I think that the other books would be good to read too.
Posted on: 24 Jun 2011



Out of the shadows
I actually really liked this book. At first I thought I would hate it because it was about war.Even though there is a lot of bad language I think without it the book wouldn't be the same.I do think this book shows the war from different peoples point of view and how individuals coped.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



Out of the shadows
I really enjoyed this book but I don't think everyone would enjoy it as much because I think you will have to be very mature to fully appreciate the story and era in which it is set. Some characters were very racist and at times I found some parts dragged on a bit, but otherwise very good.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



The brides farewell
I enjoyed this book a lot. Its a little hard to get into but very enjoyable.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



Monsters of men
This book is absolutely amazing! A great sequel to the other two in the series. I can't wait for the next one!
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



Monsters of men
I didnt like this book. I couldnt follow the story line at all and it was too long.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



The death defying pepper roux
I think that this book combines a creative story line with an appropriate setting to keep the reader sucked in. It is defintely a good book but i feel it cant compete with the other nominations.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



The prisoner of the inqusition
I really liked the way the book was written.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2011



Prisoner of the Inquisition
I liked this book because it was mysterious and sad. It was also very exiting. I liked the way it switched between the two people with such different backgrounds and lives. But also they meet. I found this book strange and exiting.
Posted on: 07 Jun 2011



Mosters of men.
I thought the book was a little hard to get into because it's the conclusion of a trilogy, however, once I understood the names it became a fascinating read. The story was strong, if a little strange, but I still enjoyed it. Overall a good book, I would like to read the series in the future.
Posted on: 07 Jun 2011



The Death Defying Pepper Roux
This book is all about a boy called Paul Roux but everyone calls him Pepper. His Aunt Mireille had a dream where Saint Constance said he would die on his 14th birthday, but he wants to escape his fate for just a while. He ends up sailing, as his father, across the channel to France and sinking l'ombrage, the ship. From here on, he runs all over France, being a shop assistant, a newspaper writer, a stable hand and much more. He takes on new identities, new clothes and helps a lot of people on the way. Will he be able to escape his fate?
Posted on: 07 Jun 2011



Out of the shadows.
I thought the book was interesting and shows the tensity and dillema's of 1980 Zimbabwe. It follows the life of Robert Jackson and ties the reader to his story. There are many twists and turns, and the reader must brace themselves for many shocks! Overall, a good book, dull start but definately gets better as the story progressess
Posted on: 07 Jun 2011



Out of the shadows.
Wow! This book is a really powerful and tear jerking read! Although the book is really great, there's a lot of strong language that would need a mature person to ingnore it. I thought this book was one of the best I have ever read. It was truely amazing and a real winner! I can't wait for Jason Wallace's next book!
Posted on: 07 Jun 2011



Prisoner of the Inquisition.
This book I found was quite historical. It's not one of my favourites but it's a good every-day read. I think that you might need to be a little older before reading the book as sometimes there is some older or more difficult language in there. I thought the book was good but in my eyes it wasn't really that special.
Posted on: 07 Jun 2011



prisoner of the Inquisition
I really enjoyed this book because it never had a dull moment-I was gripped from start to finish. One of my favourite things about it is how it switches between two extremely different characters who are connected by one horrific day. You can see how each others actions effect both their lives, and how neither of them go down the road they expected. I didn't really dislike any of the book although, being set in the 1400's, some of the language I didn't understand. For example how some sentences were phrased meant that I would have to reread the passage to understand the meaning. Other than that, 'Prisoner of the inquisition' is a great book that I would recommend to any keen reader.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011



White Crow
I didn't understand this book. I found it very challenging as it flips between two characters unexpectedly. I found it difficult to understand what it was about so barely got half way through. I think this book is aimed for a much older audience as neither my mother or I could understand it.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011



Bride's Farewell
I found this book quite slow at the start and boring. After a while I found the book quite exciting and hard to put it down. Overall I really enjoyed it.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011



The Death Defying Pepper Roux
This book has been an amazing read so far. I am absolutely loving reading it. Currently I'm half way through it, it is about a young boy who was foretold to die on his fourteenth birthday but managed to escape 'claws' of death for a while. It tells of how death follows him as he progresses through the weeks.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011



The Death Defying Pepper Roux
I didn't enjoy this book because I didn't like the story line and didn't understand it. This book was in two places at once and you didn't know where they started or ended.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011



The Death Defying Pepper Roux
I think that this is a fabulous book because it is full of adventure and excitment. I like Pepper Roux because he was determined to live more to experience something else in his life.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011



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