‘Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer’ by Rick Riordan

This book is a trailblazing up all night page turner. It is in my top 5 favourite books! I absolutely love it. Rick Riordan is my favourite author by far. If you like mythology, Rick Riordan is for you. This books brings Norse mythology to life. The tale told here is flipping great. All of his books bring awesome times in history to life. The books are all about Greek, Roman, Egyptian and other histories. This might make the books sound boring, but I can tell you they’re not and this one is actually insanely cool. The book is about a 16 year old boy called Magnus Chase who has lived on the streets since his Mum was killed in a mysterious explosion; the blast also destroyed his home. But then he manages to die from Surt ruler of the fire world because he found the sword of summer. A Valkyrie by the name of Samantha brings him to Valhalla the home of the Einherji, the warriors of Odin. But Magnus needs to get out of Valhalla to stop Dooms Day, but first he must find the sword of summer which has been lost again.

Review by Finn Buck aged 12.


‘I am David’ by Anne Holm

This book is a masterpiece. It’s all about a boy called David who was brought up in a concentration camp thinking his parents had died, but his mum had escaped and his Dad had been executed at the camp. After 12 years growing up in the camp,¬† he is told by a prison guard to escape. The guard gives him a letter and tells him to take it as far north as he can. Along his journey, he learns about the real world outside and meets loads of different people, some nice, some evil. Then he finally finds his mother and it changes his life forever. This book is sad, but amazing. I would highly recommend it to ages 10+. It was made into a film in 2003 (I’ve seen it), but I think the book is much better!

Review by √Čanna Buck aged 10.