The Lion Above The Door
Uncategorised / 8th August 2022

Title: The Lion Above The Door Author: Onjali Q. Raúf Leo and his best friend Sangeeta are the only ones that look different to everyone else in their school. On the day this book starts Leo and Sangeeta are on a school trip to Rochester Cathedral and the RAF Museum.  When they are on a tour inside the cathedral with an old man called Mr Young, Leo is shocked to see a World War II memorial above a door with his name on it – Leo Hai Lim. Leo now knows that his mission is to find out more about him and why he received the Distinguished Flying Cross; one of the rarest medals an RAF pilot can get. With his new found determination, Leo suggests Forgotten Heroes as the theme for his class project on WWII. The project takes on even more significance when the class learn it will be put forward for a national Remembrance Day competition with the winning prize being a TV appearance. For his mission to discover more about Leo Hai Lim, Leo is helped by some of his friends.  Sangeeta’s role is to track down information on the part played by Indian soldiers in…

S.T.E.A.L.T.H. Access Denied
Uncategorised / 8th August 2022

Title: S.T.E.A.L.T.H. Access Denied Author: Jason Rohan Publisher: Nosy Crow This book is about two friends called Arun and Sam. They are both at school when a girl called Donna tells them that she saw police outside Arun’s house. Donna is not seen as a good influence on students at school; her dad is in prison and she is always bunking off lessons but she manages to convince Arun and Sam to bunk off with her and break out of the school to see what is going on. On their way to Arun’s house, a man tries to kidnap Arun but Donna saves him by spraying the man with pepper spray. When they arrive home, there are police around the house so they have to sneak in. They manage to get in and they find out that Arun’s dad has been kidnapped. They realise that they can’t trust the police to get the job done so they take matters into their own hands. They steal Arun’s dad’s laptop and run away to Sam’s house where they discover the plans to build a secret robot called MANDROID. Is this linked to Arun’s dad being kidnapped? What is MANDROID capable of? Can…

Sisters of the Lost Marsh
Uncategorised / 6th June 2022

Title: Sisters of the Lost Marsh Author: Lucy Strange Willa is one of 6 children plagued by the curse of six daughters. She lives with her older sisters, Grace and Freya and her younger sisters who are triplets named Dolly, Darcy and Deedee. She also lives with her kind Grammy and controlling, curse-obsessed Dadder. Dadder has arranged for Grace to marry a horrible old man in the village called Silas Kirby in exchange for one of his fine horses but Grace doesn’t want to marry him. He needs Grace to be married otherwise the curse says that he will be buried dead by his youngest daughter. One night, leading up to the day of Grace’s marriage to Silas Kirby, a fayre arrives in town called The Full Moon Fayre. The three oldest sisters see this as an opportunity to escape for a while from the horrors of their world but it doesn’t go to plan. Whilst at the fayre, Grace sees a fortune teller. Grace hopes for some comfort in her future but instead the fortune teller gives her, her money back and tells her to run. The next morning Grace is gone. In the following months, Dadder becomes increasing…

The Soul Prophecy
Uncategorised / 11th April 2022

Title: The Soul Prophecy Author: Chris Bradford This book is about a girl called Genna and it is the second book in the series. If you haven’t read the first book, we recommend that you read it first as this review will contain spoilers and may not make sense. Since the first book Genna has been struggling to come to terms with her experience of past lives and glimmers. She has been meeting with her psychiatrist on a weekly basis. He does a variety of exercises with her to help her cope and to help her go from a victim to a survivor. On one particular day, the psychiatrist tries to convince Genna that her past lives are not real by making her have a forced glimmer. Genna had not had a glimmer since Phoenix had left after the death of Tanas. Her psychiatrist tells her that she builds up stories from all the different history books she has read and that her glimmers are all a figment of her imagination to help her cope with the stress of being kidnapped. Once Genna believes that this is the only possible solution to her problems, she finally accepts that her therapy…

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…