Friday, September 17, 2010

Book reviews from the Albert Park club - September

The Albert Park club met on Monday, September 14 and here are their reviews.

Reviewed by Emma:

Emily starts swimming lessons at school & discovers she is a mermaid.  She is curious to test out her newly discovered ability so goes to sea where she can test it out further.  She really loves being a mermaid and goes on to a beauty and deportment school for mermaids.  She also makes a new mermaid friend.

Recommended for 9-11 yr olds.

5 stars plus bonus points for being a series

Reviewed by Ava:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Set in the future it is about children from different areas named “Districts” (District 1 to 12) who have their names (unwillingly) put into a lottery type system.  Those picked have go into training in survival and to kill or be killed.  It is a bit scary and gruesome but very exciting as well. 

It is definitely for the 'older' readers - 10 and over

5 stars

Reviewed by Riley:

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

Lady Lamorna wants a new robe and will do whatever it takes including magic to get it.  But Gracie Gillypot will try to stop her with the help of some interesting characters & creatures including some crazy bats a prince and a wicked step-sister. 

Recommended for 8-10 year olds.

4 ½ stars

Reviewed by Stephanie:

Dork Diaries by Rachel Russell

It is a female version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Nikki starts at a new school where she is bullied.  She does make 2 new friends & she is really good at drawing.  Soon she becomes really popular because she is so good at drawing.  The library has a drawing competition and she draws a tattoo design which is very popular.  Too popular!  There is also another popular girl who does not like Nikki being so liked by other kids.

Recommended for those 8+

3 ½ stars

Reviewed by Alex:

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

Frannie, Jo and Beth explore around the magic faraway tree.  They meet Moonface and Silky the Fairy and together they go and explore the different worlds up on top of the tree.

Recommended for those 7+

5 stars

Reviewed by Kerstin:

Halo by Zizou Corder

Set in Ancient Greece about a girl who is washed up on shore on a remote Greek Island. She is raised by a family of centaurs.  Her idyllic existence is abruptly ended when at aged 10 she is kidnapped by fishermen and sold into slavery. She escapes but realises to survive she must disguise herself as a boy.  Only a young Spartan warrior knows she is really a girl.  She has to fight for her survival; battling enemies and plague at every turn.  She is also on a quest to discover her true identity and her real parents.  The only clues she has is a tree-like tattoo on her forehead and an owl amulet around her neck.  It was a really gripping read and I couldn’t put it down, it was good to read a book with a strong female character.

Recommended for those 10+

5 stars

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Book reviews from the St Kilda club - September

The St Kilda Lightning Readers club met on Wednesday, 1st September and here are their reviews.

It was only a small group this month, and those present were: Lily, Joe, Noah, Oliver, Georgia.

Reviewed by Georgia:

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

There are 3 books in the series and this is book 1.

It’s about a girl, Maggie, and her father, who both love books. He is a bookbinder. He has a book called Inkeheart. It is a 'flabby' book. He wants it. It is the only copy of the book left.

Georgia is taking the series to read on a 3 week holiday in Bali (lucky Georgia!)

Reviewed by Oliver:

The fall by Robert Muchamore

Oliver is reading the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore. He read the fourth one first and now he’s reading the seventh because "that’s how they came."

A group of kids from 10 to 17 are sort of spies who try and stop major criminal gangs in Jamaica. They try and stop things like drug traffickers.

"I don’t usually read spy books because I usually find them boring but this series is really good."

4 ½ reallys

Reviewed by Joe:

Joe is reading the Hardy Boys series – there are about 350 in the series, and he’s read about 30. The one he wants to talk about is called Feeding frenzy.

Two brothers, Frank and Joe, go on a mission and work for a spy agency – ATAC – American Teens Against Crime.

In Feeding frenzy there is a hotdog eating contest where a guy gets poisoned. Frank and Joe have to find out who is doing it, why they’re doing it, how they’re doing it and stop them. You find out at the end who did the poisoning and why. I REALLY recommend the books.

5 reallys

Reviewed by Noah:

Just Macbeth by Andy Griffith.

It’s about Andy and his best friend Danny. He has a crush on a girl called Lisa. He loves Lisa. He goes to a party and eats marshmellows called 'chubby bubbies.' He is doing a class play called Macbeth and he gets one of the parts of the 3 witches. They mix something in a blender and that makes them go back to past times.

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