Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September reviews from Albert Park

Meet Marly by Alice Pung – reviewed by Miranda

This book is part of the "Our Australian Girl" series, the main girl in this book is Chinese and speaks Cantonese but her English name is Marly. The reason she is named Marly is because her parents named her after one of the Jackson 5 (who is a boy ... which is really strange).

Marly is a refugee but has lived in Australia for a while. Now her cousins are coming to live with her family and she doesn't want them to. She doesn't want to share her things with them. Her cousins also get given Jackson 5 names.

I think the books are good for kids 6-12 years old.

Rated:  4/5 - "I might have enjoyed it more if I understood it better."

Mr Stink by David Walliams – reviewed by George

Chloe invites a tramp, 'Mr Stink', into her house to live! The government praises her mum for taking him in. Mum and Mr Stink enter a game show and then he becomes famous ... I haven't finished yet.

Rated:  4 1/3/5 - "because I haven't finished ..."

The 65 storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths – reviewed by Julia

This is the latest book in the series with Andy and Terry. Ants start attacking Andy because he always wrecks the ant farm. Jill their friend saves them because she can talk to animals.

They find out that they have no building permit for their treehouse when a building inspector visits their house and he finds lots of things wrong. They try to go back in time to get a building permit but end up going to the Stoneage (and go to Stoneage art school). Then they end up in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome - then into the future and then back to the present and get their building permit.

Rated:  5/5 - "very funny."

All fall down by Ally Carter – reviewed by Tiana 

16 year old Grace Blakely has to move to Adriana to live with her Grandpa after her mum dies. Her Grandfather is an ambassador for America.

She has witnessed her mother's death but all she remembers is that a scarred man killed her. She wants to investigate her mums murder and finds out that the scarred man works in Adriana as the head of security. She wants to know more about him and why he killed her mother.

This is the first book in the series and the second one is out in December and I can't wait! My friend and I are obsessed with the book.

I like that it's in the first person, a mystery and just the way it is written.

Rated:  5/5 - "left you wanting more."

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