Check Mates
Uncategorised / 7th October 2019

Title: Check Mates Author: Stewart Foster Felix has ADHD which means that at times, he finds it difficult to concentrate, so he spends a lot of time in the “Staring at the Wall Club”. When he starts to go to his granddad’s house after school, his granddad makes a list of 10 things that he wants to teach Felix. One of the things on his list, is to play chess. You can imagine how happy Felix is about that! What Felix doesn’t realise is that his granddad is slowly teaching him how to play chess through the 10 activities on his list! Felix doesn’t realise straight away and it isn’t until he meets his friend Jake after school one day, that the penny drops. Felix starts to become really good at chess as he sits and plays it all the time with his granddad. He even starts going to chess club, which is something he would never had dreamt of doing before! He soon stops going to isolation because he is concentrating so much on his chess moves. His granddad watches him in all his chess games with the school but when Felix plays his last game, he realises that…

The Dog who saved the World
Uncategorised / 21st August 2019

Title: The Dog who saved the World Author: Ross Welford This is the story of Georgie who one day gets a pet dog that is a mix-mash of dog breeds, so she calls him Mr Mash. Mr Nash is quickly returned to the place they get him from because Georgie’s dad gets a new girlfriend and guess what? She is allergic to dogs! Due to Mr Mash leaving, Georgie decides to help out at her local dog home, which just happens to be the place that causes the CBE (Canine Bourne Ebola) disease. One day when she is walking Mr Mash from the dog home, he steals a woman’s yellow swimming hat, so she makes a deal with Georgie: she either helps her or she will report Mr Mash to the authorities! The woman in question is called Dr Pretorius and she has created a machine that lets you experience the future in the present. There is one problem when they are testing it; there is a bug. It is a scorpion! It stings Georgie on the leg which causes her to go to hospital while CBE spreads and nearly kills all the dogs in the world! Georgie now has…

The Boy who Flew
Uncategorised / 12th August 2019

Title: The Boy who Flew Author: Fleur Hitchcock Athan is a young boy that works for an old engineer called Mr Chen. They are making a flying machine on one of the days that the story is set. Athan goes home after a lot of hard work and then something CATASPHROPHIC happens… Mr Chen is murdered! Athan then decides to team up with Tod, his best friend, to build the flying machine; they just need to get the equipment for it before it’s sold at an auction. They also have to do it without anyone knowing, otherwise the people who killed Mr Chen, will kill them! Their suspicions arise regarding who Mr Chen’s murderer is when Athan’s mum finds a rich boyfriend who is also a colonel. Athan is doing this for his family as they are poor and if Athan builds it before anyone else, he gets 10,000 guineas. Are Athan and Tod murdered? Do they finish the flying machine and does it actually fly? We recommend this book to 8+ detective fans! We give this book 5*****. If you like this book, check out some of the other Fleur Hitchcock books that we have reviewed!…

Primary School Bookclub with Catherine Doyle and MrEPrimary
Uncategorised / 22nd July 2019

Title: The Lost Tide Warriors Author: Catherine Doyle We were lucky to attend the Primary School Bookclub event with Catherine Doyle and MrEPrimary at Bloomsbury Publishing HQ! Catherine spoke about her books and told the audience some very funny stories, like the story of the Salmon of Knowledge, which we have been asking all our Irish friends about! She talked about what her books are based on and she spoke about family links to Ireland. It was really interesting! Catherine also signed our books, which are on our very large (and also very full) signed bookshelves. Thank you for this Catherine. We look forward to more Primary School Bookclub events if you don’t mind us tagging along! 🙂  If you want to know more about Catherine’s first book The Storm Keeper’s Island  – here is our review!

The Funny Life of Teachers
Uncategorised / 21st July 2019

Title: The Funny Life of Teachers Author: James Campbell What do teachers do when we all leave to go home? Do they even leave school? This book tells you everything that you need to know about teachers in a face-achingly funny way! Just don’t let your  teachers catch you reading it! This amazing book can be read in approximately 65,537 different ways so you need your emergency banana to keep you going! 😊 I give this book 5 *****. If you enjoy this book, don’t forget to read The Funny Life of Pets! It’s a fantastic book! What are you waiting for? 😊

Jake Atlas and The Quest for the Crystal Mountain
Uncategorised / 15th July 2019

Title: Jake Atlas and the Quest for the Crystal Mountain Author: Rob Lloyd Jones  Do not read this book if you haven’t read book 1 and 2! 🙂  This book is about a boy called Jake and his family who are in Beijing looking for the Emerald Tablet in the tomb of The Terracotta Army. But a lot goes wrong! Let me explain what happens in a few words MASS DESTRUCTION! However, Jake and his family know where to find the next Tablet; on Mount Kailash in Tibet but they must overcome a few problems: You can’t climb Mount Kailash as it is a sacred mountain to the monks They need the Drak Terma to find it but it is guarded by the monks They make their journey to the Crystal Mountain but when they get to Tibet, the monks refuse to show them the Drak Terma because they don’t believe in the Buddhist Gods. So, they need another plan! One that shouldn’t be destructive but it is! 🙂  Do they get the Drak Terma?What happens next?Do they get the Tablet? You’ll have to read this exciting book to find out! I recommend it to 9+ adventure fans and give…

D-Day Dog
Uncategorised / 4th July 2019

Title: D-Day Dog Author: Tom Palmer This book is about a boy called Jack and his trusty dog called Finn. Jack’s dad is an army reserve soldier and Jack is interested in everything about war but he has a problem; his dad might be going to fight in Afghanistan! At the beginning of the story, he can’t wait to go on his school trip to Normandy with his new Syrian friend, Kasandra. At school, they have to prepare for the trip by researching a war veteran from the cemetery in Normandy. When Jack researches the story of Emile Corteil, a D-Day paratrooper, and his dog, Glen, he suddenly hates war and doesn’t want to go on the school trip to Normandy. He starts to have nightmares about leaving Finn behind and he knows that Finn doesn’t want him to go either! Can his new Syrian friend help him? Does he go to Normandy? Do his views on war change? We loved this book along with all the other Tom Palmer books we have read and reviewed! 🙂 We can’t wait for more! We recommend this book to 8+ readers who are interested in history and who like stories about animals….

Action Stan
Uncategorised / 24th June 2019

Title: Action Stan Author: Elaine Wickson Stan loves charts and astronomy and when he is told that he can go on a school trip to a forest during school time where he can do both, Stan decides he wants to go but there are a few problems… The main one being that he has to go with his brother, Fred. Fred is obsessed with creatures, especially snails. He even finds one on the trip and calls it … Angus. Fred loves Angus… until he loses him! Luckily, Stan goes with his best friends Liam, Jess and Idris. When they arrive, they find their school’s arch enemy is there: the award-winning, amazingly brilliant, Larkfield. All the cool kids from Larkfield are excited and determined to win the end of trip competition. One boy really stands out, he is the coolest and most spoilt boy and his name is Zak. Stan’s best friend, Liam, instantly loves Zak. But this means he can’t hang out with Stan. It gets worse when Zak turns Liam against them and Stan finds out about Zak’s super-dare to get his new follower into a whole heap of trouble! Can Stan stop Zak? Can Stan get his friend…

Roy of the Rovers – play-offs
Uncategorised / 6th May 2019

Title: Roy of the Rovers – play-offs Series: Roy of the Rovers Author: Tom Palmer This book is the 5th book in the series. Melchester Rovers are in the play-offs and the club is worried that if they lose in the play-offs, Melchester Rovers are going to be shut down FOREVER! Roy is very worried as his football career might end very humiliatingly to Kingsbay (they had already lost to them three times previously!). Could this be the end? The worst thing is that none of the fans know that if they lose, Melchester Rovers will be finished forever. This has caused an argument between Roy and his friend Ffion which may make them fall out with each other! Does Ffion forgive him? Does Roy win the play-offs?Do the Rovers get shut down FOREVER? Read the book to find out! We really enjoyed this book as it always kept us on the edge of our seats. We aren’t football fans but we are hooked on this series and can’t wait for the final graphic novel to come out in June. However, we are really upset with Tom Palmer for the evil cliff-hanger at the end of this book… as we…