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Tom’s Sausage Lion

Michael Morpurgo

tom's sausuageNo one believes Tom when he says he has seen a lion strolling through the orchard with a string of sausages dangling from its mouth. No one, that is, except Clare, the cleverest girl in Tom’s class. Why does Clare believe him? Because she knows something about Tom’s story that no one else does.

What would you do if you saw a lion and no one believed you?

Tom’s Sausage Lion is a really great story with a really great story line .One day Tom sees a lion carrying a string of sausages. Various things happen and all the loose ends are being tied up in Toms mind but no one believes him except the school geek Claire. She has seen the lion as well and together Tom and Claire will do everything they can to take a picture of the mountain lion.

This book had me so gripped I have started a bit of an obsession for Michael Morpurgo. I would recommend this book to anybody who is aged between 8 and 11. But I do have to say this is a very good book.

Verdict: I really like this book . And everybody should have a copy.
Reviewed by Izzy (10)

Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: August 1999
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Genre: Animals
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (10)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book
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The Power Of Sloth

Lucy Cooke
the power of slothThe Power of Sloth is Lucy Cooke’s celebration of the sloth: the cutest, cuddliest, slowest creature on this planet. In the book she brings together some truly adorable pictures of baby sloths, literally by the bucketful. These delightful, funny pictures are accompanied by a simple text which tells you all about sloths and why we should protect them. We also discover all about the work of the Avarios sloth sanctuary, which, along with the ZSL EDGE programme to protect the pygmy sloth, receives some of the proceeds from this book.

I love sloths! This amazing book is jam-packed with cute pictures and amazing facts. This is the first book I’ve dreaded coming to the end of. Which was even more sad because it is only a short book.

Beautifully written with amazing photography, this has quickly become a firm favourite of mine, Just to pick up and dip into.
Follow all the latest gossip in Slothville , like when twins Sebastian and Viola get some very snazzy sloth onesies and find out which cuddly toy Mateo finally decides will be his bestie.

I met Lucy Cooke when I went to the Hay Festival . She even signed my book!

Lucy Cooke is a photographer, zoologist and presenter for the BBC.(And she loves sloths!)

Reviewed by Izzy (10)

Publisher: Franklin Watts
Publication Date: November 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages:64
GenrAnimals
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (10)
Source: Own copy
Challenge: British book
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A Medal for Leroy.

Michael Morpurgo

leroyWhen Michael’s aunt passes away, she leaves behind a letter that will change everything.
It starts with Michael’s grandfather Leroy, a black officer in WWI who charged into a battle zone not once but three times to save wounded men. His fellow soldiers insisted he deserved special commendations for his bravery but because of the racial barriers, he would go unacknowledged. Now it’s up to Michael to change that.
Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, award-winning author Michael Morpurgo delivers a richly layered and memorable story of identity, history, and family

I really like this book! A medal for Leroy is about a boy who visits his auntie’s house regularly but does not enjoy his time there. But he does like seeing their Jack Russell Terrier; Jasper. One day his Auntie snowdrop becomes very ill and gives Michael (the boy) some useful information to unlock all the secrets of his past.

It is a very lovely book. One of the best I’ve read in a while (and I’ve read some good books). It always keeps you wanting to read on and has a very good ending

I would recommend it to all my classmates. After reading Tom’s Sausage Lion (see my review here) I have developed a slight addiction for Morpurgo now and have read my third Michael Morpurgo book in a row! I did try reading Books by Michael Morpurgo when I was younger but couldn’t really get into them. Now I’m a bit older I can’t get enough of them!

Verdict: this is a brilliant book I really love it! and I think it’s aimed for kids 9 and up!

Reviewed by Izzy (10)

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: September 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Genre: Historical fiction
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (10)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book
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Waiting for Anya

Michael Morpurgo

anyaIt is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.

Waiting for Anya is set in France in world war 2. When Jo’s Dad is sent to war, he is left in charge of the farm. One day when Jo is left in charge of the sheep, a bear pays an unexpected visit. The whole village is distracted enough for Jo to sneek off into the forest where he meets a man who will change the way he thinks forever. Benjamin is a Jew. France is a dangerous place for Jews and Jo must do all he can to defend his new friends and get them safely across the border into Spain. One mistake could cost their lives.

This is the best book I have ever read. This is also the first book I have cried whilst reading, and would have sobbed on end if I could get the tears out. The ending is a very sad one but was good as well. I definitely felt mixed emotions. The very best book I have EVER read.

Verdict: I loooove this book. Best.Book.Ever!

Reviewed by Izzy (10)

Publisher: Egmont
Publication Date: November 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Genre: Historical fiction, WWII
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (10)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book
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Cinderella: The Real story

Jan Butchett, Sara Volger and Omar Aranda (illustrator)

cinderella the real storyThis title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme to combine books with an online reading world to teach today’s children to read. In this Year 6 Red A (NC level 5c) fiction short story collection … Forget all the stories you’ve read about good, kind Cinderella – they are just fairy tales! Onceuponatime Town has been buzzing with gossip since Cinderella’s imprisonment for unspeakable crimes. What has she done? Here, D.I. Whiskers and P.C. Scratch present you with their extraordinary case files

This book is really good it’s really quite the opposite of the normal fairy tale you hear. In this version Cinderella is the baddie and the ugly sisters are the goodies! I don’t want to give away that much, but when her master plan fails she gets other fairy tale baddies to help her!

This book is filed into two detective cases. These files contain newspaper articles, letters and a lot more.
Two mice give their insight every now and again and usually they end up scampering away with their tails between their legs.

Verdict: This book is aimed at anybody who enjoys fairy tales with a twist and enjoys books with bright colours. It’s probably aged for kids between 6 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Izzy (9)

Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Publication Date: May 2011
Format: eBook
Pages:
Genre:Crime
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge:None
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The Elephants Tale

Lauren St John
the elephants taleWhen Martine and her grandmother discover that they might lose their game reserve, Sawubona, because of a clause in her grandfather’s will, Martine and her best friend, Ben, decide to take matters into their own hands. After Martine hears a prophecy that tells her: “The elephants will lead you to the truth,” Martine and Ben stow away in an airplane, get stuck in the desert, and help a group of elephants escape from a horrible prison. Along the way, Martine learns the truth about Sawubona, as well as the dramatic truth about her gift with animals and where it will take her in her life …

I loved this book, it has given me so much inspiration for my English work. It has inspired me in literacy to one day be as good as Lauren St John. She has really put her outstanding skills to great use to create such an imaginative series.

Martine and Ben hear their home ‘Sawubona’, the game reserve, was going to be taken over by the local baddie Reuben James after Martine’s grandfather Henry Thomas was tricked into signing away their home. They get tangled up in an adventure which leads to them breaking the law, making a new friend and enjoying a luxury hotel in the moon valley whilst figuring out how such a beautiful place could cause so much harm.

Can Martine and Ben save Sawubona before Christmas Eve?

Lauren St John has an amazing way with words and at times I nearly fell off my school chair with anxiety it was SO tense.

Verdict: This book is for kids aged 9+ and I love it.
By the way, I have already started another book in the series of 4. It’s called Dolphin Song and I’m really enjoying that as well even though I’m only up to page 4!

Reviewed by Izzy (9)

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 235
Genre: Animals, Adventure
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge:None
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The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson

suitcase kidAndrea West’s parents are divorced, and her tiny stuffed rabbit, Radish, seems her only comfort in the world. She must leave the home she loves with the mulberry tree in the front yard and deal with parents who still fight, stepparents, step-siblings, two different bedrooms (neither of which is really hers), loneliness, and an acute longing for the past. Her grades sink, her friends drift away, and she’s not quite sure how to fix any of it. Eventually, though, a new equilibrium begins to settle on her life. Honest and true-to-life, Andy’s story shows that dealing with divorce is never easy.

This is a really good book.

When Andy’s parents split up she doesn’t know who to live with, her mum or her dad!

She decides that she and her Sylvanian family rabbit, Radish will spend a week at each house. But when Carrie (Dad’s partner) announces she’s pregnant, Andy (Andrea) gets to choose the name and boy is that a bad name.

Every day on her way to and from school Andy climbs into a Garden in Lakespur lane, but when she drops Radish down a tree what will she do?

I don’t want to give away too much because you’ll have to read this amazing book.

Verdict: I think this book is for Girls 9 to 13.

Reviewed by Izzy(9)

Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: October 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Genre: Contemporary fiction, family
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British book

Publisher: Corgi yearling
Source: Daisy’s library
Format: PB
Reviewer: Izzy

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Deadly 60 Fact Book: Reptiles and Amphibians!

Steve Backshall, (Compiled by) Jinny Johnson, (Designed by) Sue Michniewick

deadly 60Join DEADLY 60 presenter Steve Backshall in the world’s deadliest book about animals, packed with fascinating facts, killer statistics and stunning photographs. Combined with his own incredible experiences with creatures, large and small, Steve reveals tricks of camouflage, feats of strength, endurance, teamwork and speed, as well as giving us a glimpse into the lives of extremeophiles and looking at some of our planet’s endangered species.

This is the first information book I have reviewed and I really enjoyed it! I’ve been a fan of Deadly 60 on TV . So when I got given this book I was SO pleased. When I moved house I lost it but now I’ve found it AND I LOVE IT!

It’s only 78 pages long and doesn’t take long to read so it’s not too hard to read! This would be a handy book to take on holiday because it is pocket sized and easy to slip into a suitcase or bag, perfect for reading on a plane or train.

Follow the footsteps of the Deadly team and discover the secrets of the animal kingdom as they reveal fascinating facts and killer stats in their guide to reptiles and amphibians!

It’s fun and cool, boys and girls everywhere will love it.

Did you know… That the Basilisk lizard can walk on water?! And the Komodo dragon is the world’s biggest Lizard? These are all facts from the book!

Verdict: This was probably the hardest book to review because I couldn’t explain the story though I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s for boys and girls everywhere aged 8 to 12.

Reviewed by Izzy (9)

Deadly 60 fact book reptiles and amphibians!

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Genre: Non Fiction
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: British book
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Otter Chaos!

Michael Broad

otter chaosThe otterly bonkers Brown family are HUGELY excited, as today’s the day they move to their new home. But when they get there they find the beastly Black family have got there first!
This riverbank ain’t big enough for the both of them, so there’s only one thing for it: war. Well, not REAL war. Otters are more into playing than fighting, so instead they decide to hold a giant sports day – and may the best otters win! Whether that’s the Browns or the Blacks, only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure, it’s bound to be OTTER CHAOS!

I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I love animals anyway so reading a story about them is great!

This book is amazing. When the Brown family, a family of Otter’s decide their house is getting too small for them, Papa Brown, Mama Brown, Grandma Maple, Grandpa Brown, Cocoa, Beanie, Woody, Chestnut and Nutmeg (The twins), decide to move to a bigger, better house only to find another otter family (their arch enemies) were already living there. The only way to settle the dispute over who lives there was an ‘Otterly’ chaotic sports day!

I don’t want to give it away but an act of surprising kindness by Woody cost the Brown’s the victory.
This is a surprising book with a twist at the end. I really like Jim Field’s illustrations too. I’m looking forward to the next book Otter Chaos – Dam Busters.

Verdict: I love this book and think this book is for boys and girls aged 7 to 12 .

Reviewed by Izzy (9)

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Genre: Children’s, Humour, animals
Age: Early Reader
Reviewer: Izzy
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: British Book
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Getting To Know…Izzy

Izzy is 9. No one will ever see her in a dress and she is exactly the opposite to a girly girl. She hardly EVER wears what her mum tells her to wear. Izzy would mostly be found outside (without any shoes on) or playing with her guinea pig Teddy Fluffins. She likes a good kick about or generally just being outside. Even though she is the outdoors type she still has time for reading good books and playing the piano and violin. She likes the authors: Tom palmer and Emily Bearn. But her all time favourite book is “return to the one hundred acre wood” by David Benedictus.

What have you enjoyed the most about blogging over the past year?

Meeting Lauren Child, and reading some books I wouldn’t normally have chosen but have really enjoyed.

What was your favorite read of the last 12 months?

Cordelia Codd, Not just the Blues by Clare O’ Brien, it was really funny and a bit sad, it made me think alot

What makes the perfect beach/holiday read?

In our family we like to read books about the place where we are on holiday, so when we were in Florida we read ‘Because of Winn Dixie’ by Kate Di Camillo which was set in Florida.

What book are you most anticipating reading over the summer?

I’ve got the next Cordelia Codd, Frankly Ruby I don’t give a Damn, ready to go on my kindle – Can’t wait..

Describe your bookshelf/TBR pile.

I’ve had to build a little book shelf on my floor! Because for some reason my amount has multiplied since we have moved house!

How do you make time to read?

I read before bedtime, at school, while I’m waiting for Daisy (my sister) to have her piano lesson, on holiday

Where is your Favourite place to read?

Laying on the trampoline

What book have you enjoyed sharing/recommended with your friends

Cordelia Codd…

A favourite blog/forum/website you would like to recommend to our readers? Why?

mini clip– good games!(click here to visit the mini clip site.

And because we ask our visiting authors- Just For Fun

Tea or Coffee? Neither, Hot Chocolate

Slippers or barefoot? Barefoot

Shower or Bath? Both

Marmite: Love it? Hate it? It’s alright

Email or postcard? Email, although my Nanna sends me millions of postcards- about 6 per holiday she goes on

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