The Star Outside My Window
Uncategorised / 3rd January 2022

Title: The Star Outside My Window Author: Onjali Q. Raúf This book is about a girl called Aniyah and her little brother Noah. Aniyah and Noah have just been moved to a foster home because their mum is gone but she wants to find her. The last encounter that Aniyah remembers with her mum is her mum telling her that they were playing a big game of hide and seek and they needed to hide for as long as possible from Aniyah’s dad. Aniyah and Noah aren’t the only ones in the foster home, there are also three other children called Travis, Ben and Sophie. Travis and Ben are really nice to Aniyah and Noah when they arrive and they get on well but Sophie is really mean to them as well as to everyone in the foster home. The foster home is run by a lady called Mrs Iwuchukwu. She is a really nice lady and unlike Aniyah’s dad she never seems to get mad, even when Noah wets the bed every night. Aniyah wants to be a “Star Hunter” which is what she calls astronomers. When she was younger her mum taught her about stars and she knows…

The Boy at the Back of the Class
Uncategorised / 30th October 2021

Title: The Boy at the Back of the Class Author: Onjali Q. Raúf This book is about a girl called Alexa and her friends Tom, Josie, and Michael. They live in England and they are only nine years old. There used to be an empty seat at the back of their class but one day a new boy arrives and sits there. They are told that his name is Ahmet. Ahmet is a strange boy; he is shy and never speaks to anyone even when they try to speak to him. He also doesn’t join in with them at break-time because he stays inside the whole time. This confuses Alexa and her friends and they begin to feel sorry for the boy and want to become his friends. They start by giving him treats after school but he doesn’t want to take them. However, they don’t give up. One day Alexa, Josie, Tom, and Michael overhear teachers talking about Ahmet and they learn that he is a refugee child from Syria and that no one speaks his language. They also hear some of the parents outside the school gate spreading lies and being rude about Ahmet and saying that he…

Jimmy Coates – Killer
Uncategorised / 9th August 2021

Title: Jimmy Coates – Killer (book 1) Author: Joe Craig This is a book about a boy called Jimmy Coates. Jimmy thinks he is a normal boy, however he really is a genetically designed assassin who will be ready to report to the government (NJ7) by the age of 18. The start of this series occurs when some men in suits come to Jimmy’s house to take him away for an early mission. Jimmy doesn’t know why they are there or who they are so Jimmy follows his instincts, and runs. Jimmy goes up to his room, jumps out of the window, and hides under his car. The agents cannot find Jimmy as they have seriously underestimated his skill, so they take Jimmy’s family hostage. Jimmy has now become a fugitive. Jimmy is later found by NJ7 and is made to work for them. His first target is a man who opposes the government called Christopher Viggo. He is trying to turn Britain back into a democracy as it is a Neo – Democracy which means people do not have the right to vote and everything sold in Britain is British. When Jimmy goes to assassinate Viggo, he tells him…

The Night Bus Hero
Uncategorised / 9th August 2021

Title: The Night Bus Hero Author: Onjali Q. Raúf This book is about a boy called Hector who is a bully. He makes fun of all the kids in his class and with the help of his two best friends, Will and Katie, he also steals from them. Hector hates everyone who is stupider than him but the people that he hates the most are the teachers’ pets. They infuriate him so much that he specifically goes out of his way to make their life hell. Hector is always getting into trouble but he doesn’t mind as his best ideas come from when he is in detention. But recently he has been caught more often and his friends think that he is slacking. Hector needs to do something despicable and fast so he can gain their trust back. On their way home from school, Hector sees a homeless man and an idea hits him. He needs to steal the homeless man’s hat. But things don’t go as planned and he gets caught again. So the next day he tries something even more despicable, he steals the old man’s trolley. As he pushes it down the hill though, it rolls into…

When the Sky Falls
Uncategorised / 29th July 2021

Title: When the Sky Falls Author: Phil Earle This book is set during World War 2 and it is about a boy called Joseph. Joseph used to live with his grandma up in Northern England while his dad was away fighting in France. However, his grandmother couldn’t handle his angry behaviour so she sent him away to a woman in London called Mrs F. When he arrives in London, he doesn’t get off to a good start with Mrs F, like most people he meets. She also took an instant disliking to his behaviour and this causes him to feel isolated. Mrs F forces him to work with her at the local zoo that she owns but he hates it there. There are barely any animals as they were all sent away or killed because of the war. One day, when he is standing next to one of the cages, he starts hitting the bars with a sudden burst of anger and a gorilla appears and charges at him through the bars. The gorilla is called Adonis and Joseph instantly hates him as he gave him the fright of his life. Later that night Joseph finally experiences an air raid…

Crater Lake Evolution
Uncategorised / 3rd July 2021

Title: Crater Lake Evolution Author: Jennifer Killick This is the second book in the Crater Lake series. Lance and his friends have just gone off to Secondary School and don’t really talk with each other anymore as they all have new friends. One day while Lance is playing videogames with his new friend Karim, there is a giant explosion at the Local University. Karim’s mum has been working on a project there called XGEN. This project is developing technology to make Straybridge (and then the rest of the world) a smart town. Later that night on the news, they announce that they had been keeping a dangerous creature at the University and that the creature had broken free during the explosion. This was then followed by Straybridge going into a full lockdown with an evening curfew. This causes Lance’s mum to go into a panic and she covers up all the cracks in the house and under the doorframes so that the creature could not attack them. Lance then wakes up early in the morning as he cannot sleep and finds his mum in the kitchen. She is pouring him some hot chocolate when she suddenly freezes. She is like…

Arctic Star
Uncategorised / 30th May 2021

Title: Arctic Star Author: Tom Palmer This book is about 3 lifelong friends called Stephen, Joseph and Frank, who are from Plymouth and who all love boats. When the Second World War starts in 1940 they all enrol in the navy (as their fathers had been doing for centuries) and are tasked with guarding an Arctic Convoy traveling with supplies to help Russia who is their ally. The ship’s crew live in constant fear of German U-boats, torpedoes, and the German battleship, the Scharnhorst. They know that every second could be their last. They must travel north of the German bases in Norway and avoid combat with the German air force and Navy, and survive the freezing arctic waters. They have all heard stories about Russia and Joseph is excited to visit and understand the differences between the two nations but luck doesn’t appear to be on their side leading to disaster after disaster. And Joseph’s love of Russia is ruined after he realises that it isn’t as amazing as he originally thought! What disasters happen? Do they make it back home? Read the book to find out! We really enjoyed reading this book (along with all the other fantastic…

The Little Local Book Hub
Uncategorised / 13th April 2021

We recently discovered The Little Local Book Hub in our area. It’s a place where the whole family can go and swap or borrow books. Our local Book Hub has a phone box (and book shelves) full of exciting books for all ages and the lady who runs it, is really helpful and has book recommendations for everyone. We discovered a new author while we were there called Joe Craig and and we are really enjoying his Jimmy Coates series at the moment. We will definitely be posting a 5* review soon!  Take a look at the Little Local Book Hub webpage to see if there is one near you.  The Book Brothers