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Tough stuff, reviewed by Matthew Cunningham Year 6
Nanjing Night Net

“Tough stuff” is a book by Kirsty Murray full of true stories about kids and courage. From rescuers to brainboxes, from brainboxes to feral children, from feral children to superstars, from superstars to battlers, from battlers to rebels, from rebels to rulers, and from rulers to survivors. There are so many interesting and inspirational stories of children all around the world and counting and here are just a few of them but they are in amazing context and the most amazing thing about it is that they are all kids just like you and me! You will be inspired by reading about these children who have all been through so much and you will learn about many other kids all around the world.


This book is not for the faint hearted…

Some people may find some of these stories disturbing due to the fact that all of these are true modern-day stories that include kids in poverty, P.O.W. camps, and working in poor work conditions.

Overall this is a moving book that will latch onto your heart for years to come. I rate this book an eight and a half out of ten and recommend this book for an audience of year six to year nine. I loved this book and I know you will too!

Skulduggery Pleasant, reviewed by Brooke Howell, year 6

Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the books that when I start reading I can’t stop. The author of this book is Derek Landy. Derek lives on the outskirts of Dublin and he loves to write lots of spooky stories. This book is about a girl named Stephanie Edgley and a man that’s a skeleton. The skeleton’s name is Skulduggery Pleasant. Stephanie and Skulduggery met at Stephanie’s dead uncles house. When Stephanie meets this spooky looking skeleton she finds out that he has magic powers and he lives in another world with very nice and very evil people. When Stephanie finds out about this magical world will she try and get involved, if she does she could get one step closer to getting to being murdered. If you like love stories with princesses in it this is NOT the book for you but if you like stories about skeletons and people trying to kill other people then this book is PERFECT for you. If I had to rate this really great book then I would rate it 100/100 because it’s a spooky but great story!

Pretty Little Liars, reviewed by Emily Wyeth

In the town of Rosewood four ex-best friends are brought back together from the founding of their best friend Alison’s dead body who went missing three years earlier and mysterious text messages from “A”, but Alison cant be “A” so who is “A”.

Things are coming back to Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna things that only Alison could know that could ruin their pretty little lives.

Spencer’s parents won’t look at her with what happened with her sister, Hanna’s life is turning un-so-perfect, Emily has new friend who’s a bad influence and Aria’s family is falling apart. Secrets are revealed and the only thing on their mind is “A” and what happened three years ago before Alison went missing, things they don’t want to tell.

Every book is a step closer to who “A” is.

I recommend this book for fourteen or older.

Then, reviewed by Tylah

“Then” is a story set in 1942 during world war two. The main characters are named Felix and Zelda. Written by Morris Gleitzman, this book is full of drama war and sadness. So if you like sad stories of how two people came to meet and what their lives were like this book is for you.

In the beginning Felix had a plan for him and Zelda:

To become new people,

Find new parents,

And be safe from Nazis forever.

Zelda’s original parents, unlike Felix, are now dead Nazis. Instead of loving and missing them though, she feels full of revulsion for them because during her and Felix’s journey she has seen some of the cruel and horrible things Nazis do to poor people just because of their beliefs or what they look like, but luckily Felix is there to help and has become Zelda’s new family.

Unlike Zelda though Felix is purely Jewish. He’s quite scared that he is a target for the Nazis and will get Zelda and any of his new friends killed. Towards the end of the book Felix devises a plan to run away from Zelda and his new life to give everyone he knows a chance of living. Felix finds his task a lot harder than what expected as many obstacles appear along the way including the promise he made to Zelda that they will stay together forever.

So read it yourself if it sounds good to you. It might sound so good you’ll read all three books.

The Hobbit, reviewed by Caleb Stuckey, 5/6DS

The Hobbit was written by J.R.R. Tolkien and is a wonderful book for ages 12 and up.

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the Wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo and his companions face many challenges on their journey, including trolls, ogres, goblins and the treacherous road through the Misty Mountains. Will he survive the journey and succeed in the quest for riches? Is it worth the potential reward? And what does Bilbo find, that has the power to forever change his life and destiny?

The Hobbit is a marvellous book set in the olden days and written in the genre of fantasy. It introduces a variety of new and exciting characters, with the main character being a hobbit, which is a human-like being, only much smaller (about half our size). It is so much fun that you could read it over and over again. The Times called it a “flawless masterpiece”. I feel it was a wonderful adventure, full of mystery and action, and I highly recommend it.

The Witch In The Lake, reviewed by Hannah Rose East, 5/6DS

The Witch In The Lake is a good book for ages 10 and over. It is the story about a witch who lives at the bottom of a lake near a little village. The witch comes out at full moon waiting, waiting for someone to come, then she grabs them and gobbles them up for supper. The main character is Leo, a boy trying to control his wizardry powers, at the same time as coping with the loss of both a close friend, and his father, Marco.

Through his memories, Leo recalls his father’s guidance that he must seek out “The Thing”, and look towards its heart. He was warned that “The Thing” may change its shape, but its heart will always remain the same. But how can “The Thing” help Leo in his desire to control his powers?

Leo, and his friend, Merilee, visit the lake and Leo is the one to swim at full moon. Merilee screams at him to get out, when she sees the witch, but Leo stays to challenge the witch in the hope he can finally find out the truth. But what secrets does she have to tell him?

I rate this book a 10 out of 10. I really enjoyed reading this book and I think anybody who reads it will enjoy it too.

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