Crater Lake
Uncategorised / 11th August 2020

Title: Crater Lake Author: Jennifer Killick Every Year 6 class has a residential trip and this book is about a class who are the first people to go to a new place called Crater Lake. The main characters in this book are Lance and his friends Chetan, Katja, Big Mak and Adrianne and throughout the book we see how close their friendship is. On their way to Crater Lake, they came to a sudden halt followed by a crunch. The coach had hit someone. Then a guy came up to the side of the bus and “SPLAT” his bright red bloody hand thumped against the side of the window. He shouted “DON’T GO TO CRATER LAKE!” The children couldn’t understand what was wrong with it. All of them then had to get off the bus and walk all the way to the gate. It seemed a bit odd that they were not greeted by any Crater Lake staff and that they had to wait half an hour to meet Digger, the manager of Crater Lake. There was something creepy about this place! When everyone was locked in their rooms, Lance had to find a way to free everyone and work…

Brightstorm and Darkwhispers (two book reviews in one!) :)
Uncategorised / 2nd August 2020

Title: Brightstorm and Darkwhispers Author: Vashti Hardy These books are about 2 children called Maudie and Arthur Brightstorm. Their father is an explorer who goes on lots of expeditions around The Wide. In the first book, their father goes missing on a mission to South Polaris and is accused of a very serious crime by the most praised explorer Eudora Vane. Maudie and Arthur are determined to go to South Polaris to find the truth. They join a crew called The Culpepper Crew, which is led by Harriet Culpepper. When they arrive, they find something horrible; 13 graves, 1 for each of the crew members. They realise their father was the 14th member of the crew so they raised their hopes that he might have survived. They then continue attempting to get to South Polaris when they eventually find out the truth. Their father had made it to South Polaris but had died in the process of returning home. Eudora had poisoned the rest of his crew and killed them for a very dark reason. What is the reason? Do Maudie and Arthur get home? Is Eudora punished for her crimes? In the second book The Culpepper Crew sets off…

Get into Reading video
Uncategorised / 12th June 2020

We contacted our favourite authors and asked them if they could send us a short video to promote reading. We hope you like the video and that it inspires you to pick up a book or two during Lockdown! We wanted to thank Tom Palmer, Jennifer Killick, Fleur Hitchcock, Lucy Strange & Anthony Horowitz for helping us put this video together! Keep reading everyone!

The Book Brothers are “Guest Librarians” on The BOSS Cryptanalyst Library
Uncategorised / 30th May 2020

Harry at BOSS HQ asked us to recommend some new books for their BOSS Cryptanalyst Library. Codes and books, now that’s an offer we couldn’t refuse! 🙂  Check out the BOSS Cryptanalyst Library here.  Thank you Harry for asking us to contribute!  If you are interested in ciphers, check out the annual Cipher Challenge, which normally runs in the autumn term. It can be really challenging but it’s great fun!  The Book Brothers

Super Stan
Uncategorised / 26th May 2020

Title: Super Stan Author: Elaine Wickson Stan loves space and with a once in a lifetime event coming up he cannot miss the solar eclipse but his irritating brother Fred has other ideas. Fred is determined to stop global warming and reduce plastic and he even vandalises supermarkets to do so. Fred has been banned from the local supermarket Spendalls because he keeps emptying all their food on the floor to show how much plastic they waste. Stan and his brother set up operation plastic where they are trying to raise enough money to magic the old Victorian fountain back to life to stop everyone from using disposable bottles. When Stan’s gran announces that she is going to get married Stan becomes even more dejected as he realises that his chances of watching the eclipse are diminishing by the minute. However, Stan is in luck because the local radio station has announced a competition to win a trip on a private plane to see the eclipse. Stan wants to see the eclipse so he enters the competition. Does Stan see the Eclipse? Does Fred ruin things for him? Read the book to find out. If you like maths, charts and…

The Lost Tide Warriors
Uncategorised / 16th May 2020

Title: The Lost Tide Warriors Author: Catherine Doyle Fionn is the only Storm Keeper who can’t use his magic. The evil witch Morrigan has called her followers to go to Arranmore and large amounts of Soulstalkers are arriving daily. The islanders believe they are going to raise Morrigan on the Winter Solstice. Fionn believes the only way he can stop Morrigan is by finding the Tide Summoner a special shell which can call an Army of Merrows (vicious mermaids). No one believes that he can find it, so instead of helping him find it they make their own plans! They prepare for an invasion where they will use the Storm Keeper’s magic to kill the Soulstalkers (which is done by burning Fionn’s magical candles). Fionn goes into the past to get the Tide Summoner and finds where it is but cannot save it from falling into the ocean. He nearly dies when the boat he and his friends are in starts to sink. When he returns to his house, he has 1 day until the invasion but the Soulstalkers have surrounded his house and he has no way to escape. He uses the candle to enter another layer to get to…

Alex Rider-Nightshade
Uncategorised / 7th April 2020

Title: Alex Rider-Nightshade Author: Anthony Horowitz Crawley is In Brazil to find his agent Pablo who has secret information that he has gathered on a major terrorist organisation called Nightshade but before he is able to tell Crawley about them, two children flying a RC plane with knives attached to the wings, murder him. As the two children try to escape on a moped, the Brazilian police catch one of the children. The captured boy is taken to prison but he will not talk. Even after interrogation. During the time that he is detained in Brazil, he kills five officers and seriously wounds two others. Due to this, he is moved to a maximum-security prison in Gibraltar. MI6 are worried about the threat of this terrorist organisation and as they cannot extract information from the boy, they have to take a different approach. They decide to get Alex Rider to go to prison with him and pretend to be Julius Grief, his dead clone from Point Blanc, who was previously detained there. This is a very risky mission and Alex will be in grave danger, as the most deadly terrorists and assassins in the world will be around him. Does…

Rumblestar
Uncategorised / 7th April 2020

Title: Rumblestar Author: Abi Elphinstone Casper is 11 and he hates risks and adventures. He is constantly bullied and feels out of place at his private school as his parents are not rich. One day Candida (the school bully) chases Casper into the library so she can tell him continuously that no one likes him and that he is poor. He runs to his tower and Candida follows him. He runs to find a hiding place and hides in his father’s grandfather clock that he was renovating, as the pendulum was not swinging. He can hear Candida calling out to him but all of a sudden, her shouting stops! He opens his eyes to see he is in a tree! This isn’t any normal tree; it’s a Neverlate Tree which gives people excuses on a piece of paper for being late. He sees a girl in the tree called Utterly. Her note says“BUSY CAPTURING CRIMINALS” and she presumes that the criminal is Casper, so she takes him to the castle. Casper finds out that he is in a magical world called Rumblestar. Casper wants to go home as he doesn’t want to be in Rumblestar. He is worried that his…

Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure
Uncategorised / 25th March 2020

Title: Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure Author: Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith and Chris Walking This book is about a boy called Jack and his friends Amelia and Xander and they go with his parents to the Democratic Republic of the Congo because Jack’s parents are nature conservationists. They are going because Jack’s parents want to stop illegal mining. While Jack’s parents are at their conferences, they decide Jack and his friends should go on a safari trip to the rainforest. Jack and his friends think that this is going to be fun until they find out that Jack’s self-centred, ignorant cousin is coming with them. Jack doesn’t like his cousin Caleb because he is annoying and always trying to show off. The safari they go on is with a guide called Innocent. On the first day of the safari, they go out to look for chimpanzees and after a long day they finally see them. On their way back to camp they encounter some very dangerous armed poachers. When the poachers finally let them go, they return to camp but Caleb isn’t happy, so he insists that they go to find the poachers’ camp so…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Uncategorised / 2nd February 2020

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Author: Mark Haddon When Christopher Boone, discovers the body of his neighbour’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbour’s front lawn one evening he knows he has to find the murderer. Christopher has autism and after Christopher hits a police officer in a misunderstanding at the scene of the crime, the police arrest Christopher. They release Christopher as long as he promises to them and to his father not to look into the murder any further. As part of a school assignment, Christopher writes this book. Ignoring repeated warnings from his father, Christopher still investigates the crime scene and interviews the residents of his block. As Christopher finds out more information, he writes it in his book. However, when Christopher accidentally leaves his book on the kitchen table his father reads it, becomes angry, and confiscates it. Later, while searching for his book Christopher finds a series of letters, hidden in a shirt box in his father’s closet, addressed to him from his supposedly dead mother. Christopher is confused and when his father comes home and realizes what has happened, he breaks down in tears. His father apologizes for his lies, explaining…