‘Horrid Henry’s Holiday’ by Francesca Simon

I don’t like the Horrid Henry books. They are so boring. They are meant for young kids to help them learn to read, but they are just too easy to read and too short. I read this one quickly on the way home from school. They stories are too simple. But the biggest problem is they are not funny. No jokes. Henry always gets in trouble and his brother Peter never does. It’s always the same. I think the books would be better if Peter got in trouble sometimes. Henry’s Mum and Dad are always nice to Peter and are mean to Henry. Why can’t something else happen? If Henry was nice one time, it would be funny to read what happens. This Horrid Henry book is about his family going on a holiday. Horrid Henry doesn’t like the campsite they go to and plays loud music and takes out their tent’s pegs making it fall down when they are in it when it is raining. This is just boring to read. Henry just constantly gets in trouble. I think maybe boys like these books better than I do. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

Review by Lara Buck aged 8.

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‘Take Back the Skies’ by Lucy Saxon

This is a great book. It’s choc full of  rebellion and adventure. I highly recommend it to science fiction nuts. It is a fantasy book about a world amusingly called Tellus (Tell us!). It brings Steampunk, modern and weird technology together – I find this really awesome because it makes you use your imagination to picture how everything would look. It’s about a 14 year old girl who hates her life of wealth and her arranged marriage. She decides to run away. She stows away on a ship called the Stormdancer, but the crew find her and think she is a boy because of her short cut hair. She goes along with this. But they find out she’s a girl and then they have to regain their trust in her. She proves herself to them and becomes their friend. They find out the Government is making cyborgs out of children (half child / half machine) and they look hideous. So the group have to stop the Government from doing this or the whole of Tellus will be thrown into war.  Read the book to find out if they can find and stop a flying ship full of children who are being experimented on. This book has somne gruesome bits so it might not suit younder kids. I’m 12 and I was ok with it.

Review by 12 year old Finn Buck.

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‘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.

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‘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 Éanna Buck aged 10.

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‘The Alchemyst’ by Michael Scott

The big title for this book is ‘The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel’.

This is probably one of my favourite books of all time. I read it fast! I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is extremely well written and explained. I think anyone can love this explosive read, because I really did and I hope you can. The book is about Sophie and Josh Newman, two fifteen year old twins who are found by, the 600 year old immortal, Nicolas Flamel (yes, he is in talked about in Harry Potter!). The twins also have mythical powers, which means they are the supposed twins of destiny in the story. The are tasked with stopping the rising evil before it can destroy the world. This is, as I said, an explosive read.

Review by Finn Buck, aged 12

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‘Daisy and the trouble with chocolate’ by Kes Gray

I like this book because it’s short and easy to read. It’s funny because there’s always something wrong. It’s a cool book. The book’s all about Daisy growing up. One of the best bits is when Daisy goes to Chocolate Land! This is the place where all the chocolate gets made. Daisy east lots of chocolate there. Another cool thing is how Daisy minds her Class’s hamsters for the summer – they are called Pickle and Pops. Daisy has a best friend called Gabby – she is my favourite character. I recommend this book. It only took me three days to read.

Review by Lara Buck aged 8.

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‘Laugh out Loud’ by James Patterson

I think this is definitely a good book. I recommend it to all kids. As the title suggests, it is laugh out loud. I think this comedic story  is sort of  about James Patterson’s life because in it the boy Jimmy wants to make a book company for kids run by kids with the books written by kids. The office is going to be like a theme park! All the books James Patterson has written for kids are in it and so are the characters who are Jimmy’s friends. Characters such as Chris Grabenstein as Chris Grabbens, and Sammy and Maddie from House of Robots and Rafe from Middle school as well, so is Jamie Grimn from I Funny and even the Kidds from Treasure Hunters are there, well, except for Storm. Another reason I think its James Patterson’s life is because his English teacher calls him James: coincidence? I think not.

Written by 12 year old Finn Buck.

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‘Dork Diaries’ by Rachel Renée Russell

Dork diaries  is all about Nikki who is a teenager.  Nikki’s sister is really annoying because she has a hand puppet called Miss Penelope. Nikki’s life is stressful. Her Dad has a van called the ‘Roach Mobile’. There is a girl who is really mean to Nikki, her name is MacKenzie. Nikki has two friends called Chloe and Zoey. The book is a diary of Nikki’s day to day life and lots of crazy things happen to her. I’ve read lots of the Dork Diary books – this is the first one and its easy to see why other kids like it. I read this book and I am 8.  I think it is ok for 8 and older kids.

Review by Lara Buck aged 8.

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‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ by Liz Pichon

This book is full off laughs and has loads of amazing pictures and doodles. I love each and every character. The book is not too long and not too short and I enjoyed each and every second of it. I would highly recommend it to ages 7-12 years. The book is all about Tom Gates, his best friend Derek, his grumpy sister Delia, his really embarrassing Mum and Dad, his Granny and Grandpa Mavis – who bake slightly strange stuff, his beady-eyed teacher, Mr. Fullerman, Marcus Meldrew – who he thinks is an idiot, Uncle Kevin, Aunty Alice and his two cousins. It’s a funny comedy where all these people do mad things. I’ve read most of the Tom Gates books and I think this is the best one!

Review by Eanna Buck aged 10.

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‘The Enemy’ by Charlie Higson

I think this book is incredibly good. I would recommend it to ages 10 to 14 (or younger or older). The book is set on a post-apocalyptic earth, where everyone over 14 has been hit by a disease, which made them go mad. It ravaged their bodies or they would die a very ugly death. The story is shown from many different perspectives and opinions. It’s set in a London of the future . The kids in the story are all spread out in different locations/landmarks like Buckingham Palace. For people like me, who like action and adventure stories, this is the book for you. Keep this in mind: It’s a bit depressing because of the amount of people who die. Beware squeamish people.

Review by Finn Buck aged 12

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