Welcome to our 'Book Blog'! Here you will find out what we the adults in school are reading!
It's a chance to get a sneaky peek at books that may be coming up in the library or in class, alternatively just get some recommendations.
Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape
By Dermot O'Leary
ZPD - 5.0 Points - 2.0
Review - The PAWfect read for feline fans! A fast paced crime mystery set in London with cat capers throughout. I really enjoyed this novel, especially as you all know that I LOVE cats! I also enjoy crime stories so that appealed to me. The characters in this were very well created and written and I felt like I knew them by the end of the story. A great first novel by Dermot.
By R.J. Palacio
ZPD - 4.8 Points 11.0
Review - Wow! This is a phenomenal book! The story is about a boy called Auggie who has been home-schooled because he has a facial deformity . In the story he starts school and the book deals with how his life changes adjusting to school life and making new friends. I really enjoyed it because it made me think about how it feels to have a condition like Auggie. It was also interesting to understand the the feelings of the other children he met along the way.
Letters From The Lighthouse
By Emma Carroll
ZPD - 4.9 Points - 8.0
Review - My favourite book of 2019 so far!
This is a historical novel set in World War II. The story is about a girl called Olive, her brother Cliff and sister Sukie. The historical details in the story are really interesting and not just your ordinary World War II references about bombs and evacuees. Emma Carroll gives thoughtful information about Kindetransport that is carefully woven into the plot. As you already know I love a mystery and this has got it in spades! I don't want to give anything away so you'll have to read it to find out!
Shackleton - The Boss
By Michael Smith
An excellent book which describes the epic journey of Shackleton and his crew to Antarctica. Some great imagery and you really got a sense of the isolation and danger the men faced. A great tale of endurance and how Shackleton helped his crew survive against the odds on the the famous Endurance expedition.
Children of Winter
by Berlie Doherty
ZPD - 5.0 Points - 4.0
A gripping and haunting adventure which is inspired by the true story of the village of Eyam which in 1665 cut itself off from the rest of Derbyshire so that no other village would catch the Plague. Another story that inspires you to keep on going no matter how bad the situation is.
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
ZPD - 4.5 Points - 13.0
Percy Jackson has always been different. He struggles to fit in, is easily distracted from school work, can't control his temper, and things just keep getting worse when his teacher turns into a monster and tries to kill him. When his mother discovers what happened, she realises she can longer protect Percy from the secrets she has kept from him his entire life. She has no choice but to take him to camp Half-blood, a summer camp for demigods. Yes that's right, Percy's estranged father just so happens to be a god. But not just any god, he's one of the big three (Zeus, Poseidon and Hades) but his existence sets in motion a series of events that threaten to start a war between them. I loved the way Riordan makes Greek mythology relevant to the present day.