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…

The Taylor Turbochaser
Uncategorised / 2nd February 2020

Title: The Taylor Turbochaser Author: David Baddiel Amy wants to become a racing car driver. There is just one small problem. Amy is in a wheelchair due to a car crash when she was younger. Amy’s wheelchair is broken so she gets a new electric wheelchair which was given to her from her divorced Dad who lives in Scotland. One of her friends at school called Rahul, who is an inventor, helps her devise a plan. He will modify her wheelchair to become a car. Amy gives him her new wheelchair and uses her old one. Her mum becomes suspicious about her using her old wheelchair so she asks Amy why she is using it. Amy says she is getting used to her new one but really Rahul us turning the Mobilicon Xr-207 into a supercar. Amy’s wheelchair is finally finished. Amy brings her mum and brother to Rahul’s garage for her mum’s reaction to be “What is that!” It doesn’t even look like a wheelchair. While this was going on, Amy’s brother put the image of it on Snapchat. Then Amy’s dad finds out. He wants it taken apart in 3 days or he will get it taken away….

Bodyguard: Hostage
Uncategorised / 3rd January 2020

Title: Bodyguard: Hostage Author: Chris Bradford This book is about a boy called Connor Reeves. Connor’s dad was a secret bodyguard from the SAS. One tragic day when he was protecting the US Ambassador in Iraq they were ambushed and Connor’s Father died whilst also saving the Ambassador. A few years later Connor found out he was the UK boxing champion. He thought it was a shame that his Dad (who he thought was dead whilst being in the Army) wasn’t able to see him when he won. When he left, he saw a fight in an alleyway so he intervened and everyone ran away. The police then arrived and took him away as it looked like he had beaten up all the people. They then took him to BuddyGuard HQ and he started his Bodyguard training. He was quickly sent to America to Protect the President’s daughter whilst he is there, he discovers a big secret… his dad died saving the President when the President was the American Ambassador. This was a big shock for Connor. Does he protect the President’s daughter successfully? Who is a better Bodyguard Connor or his Dad? Read the book to find out. I…

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case
Uncategorised / 17th December 2019

Title: Kat Wolfe Takes the Case Author: Lauren St John Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb were best friends and they lived on the Jurassic Coast. One day in their quiet town of Bluebell Bay there was a landslide. Harper’s Dad was a palaeologist and after the landslide, he discovered something big… something unimaginable… A “dragon” dinosaur and a dead human’s skull. But what did this all mean? A few days later, Kat and Harper were invited to Kat’s “Granddad’s” (AKA The Dark Lord and the Minister of Defence). That night at his house Kat went outside and saw 2 men fighting on the rooftop and then one of them used “Killer Move 10”, The Leaping Tiger and then the fight ended abruptly. When they got back, they found that someone had tried to steal one of the dragon’s teeth that had been discovered but luckily Kat was clever enough to have left a fake tooth in its place as she knew this might happen. This tooth could be used to make a Chinese medicine which could cure lots of illnesses. Their mission was to find out who stole the tooth and why. Their investigation started here but what did it…