Book Reviews

The Book of Dust

I apologise for not having posted in a while. Much has happened in the last few months, and we will post something at a later date giving a run down of our summer holidays. In the mean time, here is a book review of Philip Pullman’s ‘Book of Dust’.

Book of Dust

This is an incredible book, written roughly 20 years after the original ‘His Dark Materials’ series. It is a prequel to this, set when Lyra, (the main character in ‘His Dark Materials’) is a baby. It is a heart wrenching story of her, a boy of eleven called Malcolm, and his frenemy Alice. Together they endure the long journey from Oxford to London by boat. In their trustworthy canoe, ‘La Belle Sauvage’ (the beautiful wild), they navigate the turbulent flood waters, and discover many secrets.  I would definitely recommend this book: I found it enthralling and couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Congratulations Philip Pullman! This book really is a winner.

Helen

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Book Reviews, News, Notices

New Books Coming Out

Have I done a book review on Ruby Redfort? Well if I haven’t : it’s a great series of spy novels for children, written by Lauren Child. There is a new book coming out “Pick your Poison” which would make a great Christmas present for 8-13 year olds. Another book that has come out recently is “Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan. any other suggestions for Christmas presents?

Helen

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Book Reviews, Kids Cooking, News, Notices, Things to Do

Special Delivery!

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My favourite pavalova-type cake

For a while now, Mummy has been writing a cooking book called “Special Delivery”. It is going to be sold in England and in Australia. It will be launched some time in  December in England and was launched on the fifth of November in Australia. I have personally tasted most of the recipes and can truthfully say that they are all scrumdidilyumptious! They are recipes from all over the world : France England and especially Australia.

Helen

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Book Reviews

Secrets & Spies

This is a series of books that I got from the library. The moment I opened the first one, I knew it would be good. They are history-adventure stories written by Joe Macauley. Based on the life of a young actress, Beth Johnson, who also lives a double life as a spy for King Charles II, this is a wonderful addition to children’s literature.I recommend these books for anyone between the age of 8 and 13. I would rate this series 5/5 Helen

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Book Reviews

Famous Five Book Review

I think the Famous Five books are fantastic! They are fun, interesting and the plots themselves are super absorbing!

My favourite character is the brave and responsible Julien. I enjoy these books so much the quickest time I have ever ever read a Famous Five book is one day!

The books are about three sibilings: Julian, the oldest; Dick, the middle one; and Anne, the youngest. In the holidays, the team meet with their cousin Georgina, who insists on being called George, since she has always wanted to be a boy. Finally, George’s dog Timmy completes the clever gang.

The only thing I don’t like about like about Famous Five is that there are only 21 books,(In English at least).

I would give these books 5/5 !!!

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