Thursday, February 13, 2014

not to be outdone by Albert Park, here are St Kilda's February reviews

To start the meeting off:
  • Jack was anointed chip elf and has agreed to distribute chips - fairly, and in an orderly manner
  • Lola was anointed orange juice fairy and has agreed to pour the juice with no spilling and not filling to the brim
  • Olivia was appointed to give out the Freddo frogs fairly and in an orderly manner
The Fellowship of the ring : The lord of the rings, part 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien - reviewed by Jack

In this first book all the people on the Fellowship come together. From the smallest to the largest there are the Hobbits, Frodo the main character, Sam, Mary and Pippin. Then there is Aragon the human, Gimly the dwarf and Legolas the elf. They all travel together to the mountain to where the bad guys are in the castle of Sauron. Frodo runs away with Sam because he doesn't want to put the rest of the group in danger. I thought it was really, really good because it was exciting, in-depth and unfinished.

Rated: 3/5 reallys - "as I thought it could have done with a bit more humour!" Recommended for readers 7 years and above.

City of bones : The mortal instruments, bk. 1 by Cassandra Clare - reviewed by Zoe

The main characters are Clary, Jace, Simon, Isobel, Alex, Luke (the uncle of Clary) and Valentine, the super bad guy. Clary is all happy, she doesn't know anything about the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. The Shadowhunters hunt down rogue Downworlders. Rogue, as in evil, gone bad! Clary sees Jace with weapons and starts to freak out and tells her best friend Simon. She tells him to go and get the manager of the club. The club is called Pandemonium. He follows them into the broom cupboard and attacks a boy with blue hair and green eyes. They tell Clary that he is a vampire. Clary ends up finding out that she is a Shadowhunter herself.

Rated: 5/5 reallys - "really awesome." Recommended for readers 11-100!!

Pip and the wood witch curse : Spindlewood tale, bk. 1 by Chris Mould - reviewed by Sylvie

Pip is the main character and has a friend called Toad, and a little girl called Frankie. Jarvis, who is evil, likes capturing children at Hangman's Hollow, a big city. In the big forest branches all crumble and try to capture children. Children are hiding in drains, they are really clever, they creep and swim and mainly have lost their families, but in the last one there is a war between the forest and the city.

Rated: 4/5 reallys - "Quite exciting - it tempted me so much to just have non-stop reading!" Recommended for readers 6-8 years.

Nanny Piggins' guide to conquering Christmas by R.A. Spratt - jointly reviewed by Olivia & Lola

This is the last in the series and Olivia and Lola were devastated, so they wrote a letter which was both 'angry and pleadingful' to the author... and she replied! This was all with email. R. A. Spratt has a great website too ( She's writing a new series called 'Friday Barnes : girl detective'.

In the book there are lots of funny fashion tips and recipes, there are 5 chapters. There are letters from Boris, the honey addicted bear, handy hints, games and inspiring stories.

Rated: 5/5 reallys - "Really funny!"

The book of lies by James Moloney - reviewed by Jackson

Starts off about a guy called Marcel. He wakes up and thinks he has a different name, Robert. He wakes up in an orphanage and he meets all the people there, including a little girl called Bea. Bea tells him that his name is Marcel but he can't remember everything because there is this random book she saw on this table, supposedly putting magic in his brain. He later finds out that apparently his dad is dead and his mom is named Eleanor and is captured by the false King Pelham... truth or lie?...

Rated: 4.5 reallys - "There is a lot to it and it is very exciting."

The house of Hades : Heroes of Olympus, bk. 4 by Rick Riordan - reviewed by Izzie

The main characters are Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase. These two have fallen into Tartarus. The other characters are Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Leo and they are flying on a horse ship, the Argo 2. They are travelling to the doors of death. They need to get there before the evil earth goddess, who they are trying to defeat.

Rated: 4/5 reallys - recommended for readers 8 plus.

Holiday highlights - to end the meeting everyone shared where they went during the holidays:
  1. Olivia - went to Perth for a week
  2. Izzie - went to Apollo Bay for 2 weeks
  3. Sylvie - went to Peterborough for 3 weeks
  4. Zoe - went to Wilson's Prom camping for 3 days "which was totally awesome-caboose!"
  5. Lola - went to Paris for 3 weeks
  6. Jackson - went to Kyneton
  7. Jack - went to Bendigo for a sleepover "to my friend Will's for his birthday."

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