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'BOY IN THE TOWER' by Polly Ho-Yen

This book has such a suspense-filled title, in my opinion – it drags you in and fills you with wonder. An astonishing book filled with suspense and unexplainable questions that won’t be answered... The book was very gripping, right from the start. The characters seemed so life-like and the story so believable (like it could happen any moment).
This beguiling book is written in the first person from the perspective of a young boy, named Ade. He is an eleven year old boy who lives with his mother in a bedraggled apartment. His mother is always concealed in her room. In the introduction the author talks about how happy it was before his mother became agoraphobic.
It is a heart-warming story and there are frequent points when you question Ade’s decisions – in the hope his life will get better and not degenerate further. The indecipherable Bluchers (types of plants) release spores into the atmosphere which are fatal, if swallowed. The silvery-blue Bluchers are huge. They have crushed the ground and demolished many buildings. There are only two people left in the tower other than Ade and his mum. Everyone else has evacuated although there may be some characters in hiding. Ade takes all the food from the other vacant apartments so he and his friends can survive longer until they can figure out what to do in this outrageous situation.
It is a story that is thrilling from start to finish, even though there are moments of tedium two thirds of the way through. I would definitely recommend this read as the author can really connect with her younger readers…

'BILLIONAIRE BOY' by David Walliams  
This book is about a boy, called Joe Spud. He is a billionaire and he has… everything! But there’s just one more thing that he wants – a friend. He goes to a new school and makes a friend, called Bob. While they’re friends, Bob ends up being bullied so Joe pays the bullies to be nice to him. Unfortunately, Bob finds out and they both get into a huge argument which spoils their friendship. Things just deteriorate… Joe runs away from home… And guess where Joe ends up?
Well, you’ll have to read the book for that… And to find out what happens to their parents…
I liked this book so much that when I grow old I will keep the book with me and give it to my children and even grandchildren. I would recommend this book to boys and girls from ages 8+ because any gender can read it and most people can read this book from the age of 8 years.


Personally, this is my favourite book of all time. It’s so dramatic, slightly romantic but mysterious as well. Once you start reading it, you can’t stop; however, I would recommend it to girls because most boys aren’t interested in mermaids.

It starts with a girl called Emily Windsnap. Emily and her mum live on a boat. Apparently, her dad left them when she was a baby. Even though Emily’s mum had never let her do swimming lessons, the time came in school when they did free swimming lessons for the whole class. The big day soon came for Emily and luckily, she was a natural. Weirdly, her legs started coming together, like they'd been stuck together with glue. Bob (the instructor) says that it was just cramp. However, Emily soon finds out that she is a mermaid!

After making a new friend, called Shona Silkfin, they become great friends and go on many adventures, including: mermaid school, The Voyager (an old shipwreck) and half way to The Great Mermer Reef. But when the pair go back to the shipwreck for the second time, they find some very important files that happen to have Emily’s, her mum’s and her dad’s names on them. As things become more mysterious, Millie (Emily’s babysitter) falls asleep and Emily manages to get the boat away from the dock, but she is then caught by Mr Beeston; who ends up being Neptune’s assistant - and Emily’s mum...

I won’t spoil the rest of the book for you! But it is so detailed and imaginative, I would recommend reading it!


This book is about a pig that finds out he might get killed so he goes to the moon to get away from the evil chickens. The main characters are Pig, Duck, Farmer and the evil Chickens.

The book is written from Pig’s perspective. There are little things that make you laugh throughout the book and the front cover is funny because Pig has written all over the cover. He also has really bad grammar and can’t spell.

I read this book when I was about 10 years old so the book would be good for anyone around that age, or younger. It is a really good book as it has attitude. It is one of the best books I have ever read – read it!

'PAPER TOWNS' by John Green
Rating: 8/10
Age rating: 11+
Story line: It is about a geeky boy, Quenton Jacobson,  who has a huge crush on the coolest girl in school, Margo Roth Spiegelman. One night she knocks on his window asking for his help –  which was weird. After that night Margo went missing and so it became Quenton’s mission to find her…
Likes: The style of writing is unique in a great way. He uses lots of amazing vocabulary. He describes the people and places in a lot of vivid detail. I love the story line and all the characters. It is a really great read and I would recommend it to many people!
Dislikes: I don’t have many dislikes about the book but If I could change anything I would change the ending because I didn’t like the plot twist massively… but I didn’t hate it! Other than that? It was amazing.


What is the book about: This book is about a yellow cat who is trying to steal jewels.  However, a caring, hairy monster, named Mr. Munroe catches the cat and sends her to prison for many years. But the cat wouldn’t have been captured if it wasn’t for Ottoline and her amazing abilities to track her down and stop the cat in her tracks.

Who is/are the villain(s): the villain is a green-eyed, conniving, yellow cat. She has trusting dog companions who bellow at her every beck and call. They play poker for most of their days and gamble with dog bones. It is only when the cat is in need of assistance they listen carefully to her commands.

Who is/are the hero(s): In this amazing story the heroes are Ottoline and her guardian, Mr. Munroe. They both live together on the twenty-fourth floor in Pepper Pot building. Ottoline and Mr Munroe are very happy where they live, even with a 10ft bear living in their washing machine room. But Ottoline doesn’t care about that nor does Mr Munroe. All Ottoline cares about is her odd she collection and solving mysteries. However, all Mr. Munroe thinks about is combing Ottoline’s hair…

Would you recommend this book to others?: I would recommend this book to others because it is so very entertaining. It is for all age groups whether it’s small children or even adults who just love funny stories.


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