Thursday, March 10, 2016

Albert Park reviews for March

Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park - reviewed by Miranda

Abigail goes back in time after playing a scary game called Beatie Bow. She doesn’t realise that she has gone back in time until the end of the book (I know because I read the back first!), everything seems the same but also slightly different. There are a few people that she meets in this other world like her new friend Judah and makes an enemy with a girl named Beatie.

Rated:  10/5"because it’s really interesting and the writer has explained really well who the characters are."

Ivy & Bean : Bound to be bad by Annie Burrows - reviewed by Charlie

Ivy and Bean want to be really good so that animals follow them around. Bean is the naughty one and she usually ends up doing something naughty. They spray water on a boy and then his older 10 year old brother (who is a bully) ties them up and puts his pet rat on Ivy’s head. Ivy actually likes it and the rat falls asleep on her head.

Rated:  4/5"good but not excellent."

The secret seven by Enid Blyton - reviewed by Georgia

The book is about seven friends who decide to make a secret society. Jack sees something strange and reports it to the others – they have a meeting to discuss what to do. Four boys are going to dress up as snow men and watch what happens. In these books it’s only the boys that seem to do all the interesting stuff mostly.

Rated:  7777/5

Mao's last dancer by Li Cunxin - reviewed by Tiana

This book is about a ballet dancer who was born during the time of Chairman Mao. Li is born in a small and poor village in China and he has 7 brothers. Officials from Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy come to his village to recruit children into the school. They think Li has potential and he has to do some test to see if he has what it takes to get in. It’s basically about his life and his success. He has to live in a boarding school while he trains. He then goes to America thinking it will be horrible because he has always been told that the West is full of ‘filthy capitalists’. He realises that this is not true and likes it there and feels free. He meets an American dancer and they secretly get married but when he goes to the Chinese consulate to tell them the diplomat keeps him hostage. His marriage to his American wife ends because they married too young and quickly. He meets and marries an Australian dancer and they eventually move to Australia with their 3 children.

Rated:  4½/5 - "I really enjoyed it but it’s not a book I would usually read … I had to read it for school."

The famous five by Enid Blyton - reviewed by Hannah

This is the very first book in the Famous Five series and I haven’t read the whole book yet. The Famous Five are a sister and two brothers Julian, Dick and Anne and their cousin George (Georgina) and Timmy the dog. George is a tomboy and hates doing girly things, she also has to hide her dog from her father because he doesn’t like it. Julian, Dick and Anne go to spend the holidays with their cousin, they think she is a bit strange because she is an only child and doesn’t go to school (she’s home schooled). George has a secret island that she takes her cousins to where there is also a shipwreck and broken down castle. There is a storm which throws the wreck up, they find a treasure chest and inside is a map and note … I am still reading the book finding out what will happen.

Rated:  5/5 -  "I’m really enjoying it."

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie - reviewed by Leticia

Peter Pan is a young boy who never grows up. Peter Pan loses his shadow in the nursery of Wendy, John and Michael Darling. Wendy finds his shadow in the cupboard. Peter Pan takes the children to Neverland where they also meet Captain Hook and his nasty crew and have lots of adventures. They eventually fly home after almost forgetting about their mum and dad.

Rated:  5/5 - "this book is a really good, thrilling adventure. I like myths and magic and this has lots of it. It’s a fairytale but with something more and with a bit of a twist in it."

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