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Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt

By Rhiannon Williams

Reviewed by Leila, aged 14

When her brother mysteriously disappears, Ottilie discovers a mysterious organisation which is kidnapping young boys. To find her brother, Ottilie must disguise herself as a boy and travel to the Narroway, a place no one has ever heard of. She soon learns just how much danger she’s gotten herself into, as she discovers the true reason the boys have been taken. They are being trained to hunt monsters.

Now, keeping her true identity hidden isn’t her only problem. Ottilie needs to learn to hunt the monstrous dredretches and prepare for her trials. Meanwhile, will she ever be able to find a way home?

An adventurous tale of bravery and friendship, I really enjoyed this book!

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What I Like About Me

By Jenna Guillaume

Reviewed by Matisse, aged 12

This a fabulously detailed and empowering story of a plus-sized girl who struggles through living in the shadow of her sister and finding her true love over her summer holidays.

This story sends an empowering and inspirational message about body image and normalising plus size women. Around the world, thousands of women are objectified and judged for being plus size, and having a book which encourages young women to be confident with their body is stepping in the right direction towards an equal society.

The plots are intriguing and relatable for young girls who are struggling to find love over their summer holidays. When Maisie meets new friends and has difficulties keeping bonds with her old friends she is unsure of what to do. This is a perfect example of what many people, especially teenagers, face every day. This type of writing can create a relation between the reader and the book, which results in the reader becoming interested in the book and encouraged to read more.

The romantic spectrum of the book, whilst remaining prevalent, doesn’t overshadow the main events in a similar way that other books might. It is common for authors to be swept away making the book all romantic and all about love, but Jenna has maintained the perfect ratio of main plots to romance. In doing this, she has created a second theme for the book while also not veering too far away from the main events.

This book is a fascinating read which would be suitable for a myriad of avid young readers. I would recommend this book to children aged 13+, as there is the use of some coarse language.

My overall rating for this book is 4.5/5. I hope that you choose to read this book and share your thoughts as well.

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Children of Blood and Bone

By Tom Adeyemi

Reviewed by Izzy, aged 15

Astounding. Tomi Adeyemi has created a masterpiece!

Zélia is the daughter of one of the most powerful Maji Reapers. But Zélia’s mother died with the magic of the Maji 11 years ago. Now Zélia must fight to save magic before it’s too late. Alongside Zélia, fights her brother Tzain and the noble-blood Princess Amari, but many of the obstacles ahead are dangerous and  death-defying. Allies and strangers are called upon to help Zélia succeed in saving Orïsha and new lands are travelled, but will their efforts be in vain or with the end grant victory?

A heart-stopping novel filled with adventure, mystery, romance and magic. Tomi has lured the readers from the first page and by the end left them hungry for more. No detail spared nor opportunity to engross the readers put aside. All readers will marvel after having read this novel. Highly recommended for all readers.

Rating: 4.5/5

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52 Mondays

By Anna Ciddor

Reviewed by Leila, aged 14

From cigarette lollies to hand-delivered milk, this book focuses on 1960’s Australia from the perspective of Anna, a Jewish child. It shows her experiences at school, on outings and visiting relatives. Anna and her siblings celebrate the Jewish festivals and follow the customs, all the while living a normal childhood.

An interesting book about a child’s perspective of the 1960s, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet story and wants to know more about life 50 years ago.

My Rating: 4/5

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A Girl Called Owl

by Amy Wilson

Reviews by Izzy, aged 15 and Leila, aged 14

IZZY: After Owl turns thirteen and winter begins, she was not expecting to not only discover frost patterns on her skin, but to also find her long-lost father, but she does! As Owl makes new friends, relives memories from her Mum and is astounded to uncover that her drawings talk, Owl slowly collects more secrets and her world begins to spin.

Amy Wilson has embraced the legends and myths of magic in this book and has united the worlds of fae and human, creating new characters, settings and plots to enhance the reader’s imagination. This is a fascinating story of a young girl’s journey to find and save her father, as well as herself. An easy-read for all young readers who enjoy fantasy. Rating: 3/5

LEILA: Owl has no clue as to who her father is, not even a name. So when frost patterns start to unfurl across her skin, she can’t help but think that it may be linked to him. As she tries to unravel the mystery, Owl’s life is becoming a mess. Not only is there a new boy at school who seems to be constantly staring at her, but Owl’s best friend is needing her support now more than ever. Add in her Mum’s annoying vagueness at any mention of Owl’s father and Owl’s life is feeling like a complete mess. Could Owl’s problems get any worse?

This book shows the chaos in nature, in the seasons and in the life of a girl who finds herself caught in the middle of it. Frosty, but warm-hearted, Owl’s journey is one to be enjoyed by anyone who loves the magic of Winter. My Rating: 3.5/5

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The Secret Runners of New York

By Matthew Reilly

Reviewed by Izzy, aged 15

When Skye and her family move to New York, she doesn’t expect to find herself making friends with the queens of Monmouth, yet she does. And it’s not too soon after that she has also been invited to join the most exclusive gang in NY; The Secret Runners of New York. But until the pieces begin to fall into place and Skye learns that there are multiple missing persons linked to the school, does she start to question her friendships.

Yet another novel where Matthew Reilly’s readers are left utterly speechless. The descriptions in the novel are deep and well fitting, though it is his imagination and the novel’s plot that truly leave the readers in awe. With time travel, the relevant controversy of Rich vs Poor and some grand mystery and plot twists, The Secret Runners of New York is sure to be a best-seller. Matthew Reilly has reproduced and conjoined ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘The Maze Runner’ in this brilliant novel, The Secret Runners of New York. What a great success.

Rating: 4.5/5



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