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Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men
Written by Patrick Ness
Price: £7.99
Recommended age: 11-14
Reviewed by: Fred, age 12

Monsters of Men is the third novel in Chaos Walking/The Knife of Never Letting Go trilogy and does not disappoint, even with the high benchmarks set by both the previous books. I recommend that you read them first as the storyline is quite complex as new people appear every chapter. Patrick Ness has yet again created another amazing novel. You won’t be able to put this book down until you reach the finale and the massive fight to the death between President Prentiss and Todd. In this new addition to the trilogy, Todd begins to master his noise and at the same time gets closer and closer to the president but will a final twist at the end change the both of them forever? Find out – read Monsters of Men today.

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The Ask and the Answer

The Ask and the Answer
Written by Patrick Ness
Price: £7.99
Recommended age: 10-14
Reviewed by Fred, age 13

As an exciting novel, The Ask and The Answer does not disappoint. It’s yet another exciting novel written by Patrick Ness and is the sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go. In this epic instalment, you begin to learn that Mayor Prentiss (or President Prentiss) is not all that he seemed in the prequel. In this book you learn the real history of Prentisstown. In New Prentisstown, chaos rules under The Answer, a “terrorist organisation” run by the healers of New Prentisstown. As time goes on in the book, President Prentiss has more and more on his hands. I really enjoyed reading this book because everything that you thought was true and was right is not.

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The Worst Thing about My Sister

The Worst Thing about My Sister
Written by Jacqueline Wilson
Price: £6.99
Age range: 8-10
Reviewed by Charlotte age 8

The Worst Thing about My Sister is about a nine-year old girl called Marty (real name Martina) who is a big Tom Boy. She has an elder sister called Melissa who is eleven years old and who is completely girly-whirly and spends all her money on pink things and make-up! Marty hates Melissa and Melissa hates Marty. Marty even steals Melissa’s hair brush and sticks it onto her teddy to make it into a porcupine! But then one day they are made to share a bedroom as their mum needs a spare room.
I’d give this book 10/10. It is very easy to read and has a good story. I couldn’t stop reading it once I had started! You can really identify with the characters. My favourite bit was when Melissa and Marty got the shock of having to share a room as I wondered whether they would ever be able to get on.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go
Written by Patrick Ness
Price: £7.99
Recommended age: 10-14
Reviewed by Fred, age 13

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a fast-paced, thrilling novel centred on a thirteen year old boy living in Prentisstown. In Prentisstown, there are only men and one boy, a boy called Todd Hewitt. Todd Hewitt knows he is the last boy in Prentisstown. Todd thinks he is the last boy on New World but could he be wrong? Todd has noticed something stirring deep in Prentisstown, it’s about to start. With nobody else to talk to he starts to investigate. He works out that it’s Prentisstown that’s been lying to him… He runs! The best part of the book is the final twist at the end, that puts all other cliffhangers to shame.

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The Secret Lake

The Secret Lake
Written by Karen Inglis
Price: £4.99
Recommended age: 8-11

Reviewed by Charlotte, age 9

This book is about an eleven-year-old girl called Stella and her little brother Tom. They used to live in Hong Kong but have moved to a flat in London with beautiful gardens. They are found digging one day by the beastly gardener Charlie Green. They have to hide but slip down an unexpected Time-Tunnel. Stella and Tom soon find out that they have stepped back to their home – only a hundred years back. They meet a boy called Jack who has been convicted wrongly of stealing silver. They also meet a girl called Emma who becomes a good friend and helps them show the police that Jack is innocent.
I really enjoyed this book because it was written in an amazing style with some really good words. It was very mysterious with lots of suspense, and some of the descriptions were amazing. It is very hard to choose my favourite scene but I think it was when the children discovered Mrs. Moon’s secret – it all fitted in which was really clever.

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Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison

Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison
Written by Emma Kennedy and Sylvain Marc
Price: £5.99
Recommended age: 8-11
Review by Carina, age 10

This book is about a ten year old orphan called Wilma Tenderfoot. She has recently been taken on as Theodore. P .Goodman’s (Cooper islands most serious and famous detective) Apprentice. At the same time Wilma ha been enrolled at cooper academy of detection and espionage! But when Theodore, Inspector Lemone, Wilma and Wilma’s trusty dog Pickle visit the valiant vaudeville theatre one of the acts dies on stage many others follow her lead. Join clever Wilma, Pickle, Theodore and Inspector Lemone as together they solve this mysterious mystery!!! I would rate it 5 stars because it was very funny in just the right places, has a great mystery and it my favourite book ever!!! I would recommend it to people who like a bit of humour and like Antony Horowitz.

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The White Giraffe

The White Giraffe
Written by Lauren St John
Price: £6.99
Age range: 7-10

Reviewed by Sofie, age 9

The White Giraffe is a story that I loved about Martine (a girl) who is a very courageous and special character. The story is set in a game reserve in Africa, where Martine goes to live with her Grandmother. When she first heard about the white giraffe she didn’t believe it was real, but after some interesting encounters her thoughts changed. Martine had been told that whoever can ride the white giraffe would also have the magical power to control all the animals. Each chapter added to the excitement and always made me want to read on. There are very surprising twists to some of the characters, and in the end the mystery is solved. I really liked this book because of the interesting characters and the gripping plot. I would recommend this book for any girl or boy aged 7-10, who likes mysteries and is interested in wildlife.

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Floors – BYKIDSFORKIDS


Floors
Written by Patrick Carman
Price: £6.99
Recommended age: 7-12
Reviewer: Dan, age 10

It’s not often that I can’t stop reading a book. However, I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. This is a fast-paced, exciting book about a young boy called Leo whose Dad is the caretaker of a very strange hotel. What Leo doesn’t know is that he is going to go on the journey of his lifetime to save this truly bizarre hotel from being sold. But things don’t turn out quite as he might expect. This hotel has dozens of floors with surprises on each level. This is the best book I have read by miles and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have fun.

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Striker Boy – BYKIDSFORKIDS

Striker Boy
Written by Jonny Zucker
Price: £6.99
Recommended age: 8-12
Reviewer: Dan, age 10

This book is a stunning adventure about a boy called Nat, who has just been scouted to play for Hatton Rangers first team. However, only Ian Fox (the manager), his assistant and Nat’s dad know that Nat is only 13 years old. Rangers are in danger of being relegated and it is up to Nat to keep them in the English premier league. But his problems really begin when he finds out that the Rangers’ goalie is not what he really seems. Nat gets locked up – will he make it to the match on time? I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have some fast-paced action and fun.

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Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian – BYKIDSFORKIDS

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Written by Rick Riordan
Price: £6.99
Recommended age: 7-11

Reviewed by: Ben, age 8

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian is a jam packed awesome book and if you like fighting there’s loads of it. If you’re learning about the Greek gods, this book will help because it has loads of stuff about the Greek gods. My favourite part is when Percy and his friends fight Kronos. Kronos is the Greek gods’ father and he is very evil. Kronos and his army are trying to destroy Mount Olympus and Percy and his friends, Annabeth and Grover have to stop him. I would recommend this book and also the Percy Jackson series.

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