Holes, by Louis Sachar

My favourite book is holes because it has lots of good actors in it also I read it with my fantastic teacher Mrs Thomas and when I read a chapter it got better and better. :-)
I loved that book I also liked the film aswell it was very great all thanks to Mrs Thomas.
Thanks. Every one for posting on this wall xxxxx
From Amy-may harrison YR 7 7×3 b /me
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Win Melvin Burgess’ Latest Book ‘The Hit’!

Win a copy of Melvin Burgess’ latest novel, ‘The Hit’. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this book is post a comment below (your name and form is fine!) and you will be entered into a draw to win this amazing prize!

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The Hit

The Hit. Available in all good bookshops and online.
(Following Review taken from The Booktrust)
“How would you spend your final days if you only one week to live – the best week of your life? That’s what Death can do for you. If you have the courage to take it.

The streets are buzzing with talk of Death – a hijacked euthanasia drug, which offers those that take it the best week of their lives before they die seven  days later. Adam’s brother is gone, his parents are worn out and he has even lost girlfriend Lizzie, the one good thing in his life. With few opportunities available to him, and the growing sense that his life is worthless, Adam decides to take Death and end it all with the ultimate high. But all too quickly, he realises that he still has plenty to live for.

Brutal, uncompromising and unflinching in its honesty, The Hit tackles some of the most important issues facing young people today head on. Set in an urban Manchester torn apart by riots, looting and unrest, this is an intense, dynamic and action-packed thriller that moves forward at a breathless pace, right up to its dramatic conclusion. Hard-hitting and enormously thought-provoking, Burgess has served up another must-read novel for young adults.”

For more information about Melvin, including an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Bookclub and a recent article in The Guardian, click on the following links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00fcxvk http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/apr/11/melvin-burgess-life-in-writing

War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo

I recommend the book War Horse which is a war-novel written by Michael Mopurgo. The book is based on a young horse named Joey who lives in England on a farm in 1914, Joey develops a close bond to his owner Albert, however World War One breaks out and Alberts farther sends Joey off to France to participate in the war, this leaves poor Albert distraught, Joey has to face really cruel times whilst in the war, this can make the reader upset but it’s not all bad in the end.
I think people should read this book and especially if people are interested in war, this film is happy and sad at times but is quite a ‘feel-good’ film when you realise the story.

By Lucie Rose, year 8

‘The Great Gatsby’, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and ‘The Hunger Games’, by Suzanne Collins

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What is my favourite book?

My favourite book has to be The Great Gatsby, this book is at a higher level but it is a good book to enjoy nevertheless! It is my favourite book because it is set in the 1920’s and in the jazz era and I find that era particularly interesting. It is about a millionaire Jay Gatsby and the story is set through his neighbour Nick Carraway’s perspective. Unlike Gatsby Nick rents a not so luxurious house next to Gatsby’s. Also, it is set in the fictional village of West Egg in America which is supposedly a rich village.

The main characters are Jay, Nick, Daisy, Jordan and Tom. Daisy is Nick’s cousin and Jordan is Daisy’s friend who later becomes Nick’s love interest. Tom is Daisy’s husband however unknown to him Daisy and Gatsby know each other from the past. The story reveals Gatsby’s real identity and dark secrets of his past. Also, it reveals the real truth to his wealth and his adventures with Nick. Likewise to the 1920’s era Gatsby has a pretty high flying life with his fame and fortune however when his love affair with Daisy is revealed, something sinister occurs.

What is a good book for younger readers?

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Personally, one of my favourite books I’ve read is The Hunger Games and as a teenage fiction book it is suitable for younger readers. It is set in the future in a nation called Panem in North America after an apocalyptic event when the people rebelled against the government and the rich. The government and the rich are known as the Capitol and after the rebellion they decided to divide the poor into twelve districts. As a punishment for the rebellion The Capitol forces a boy and a girl from each of the districts to fight to the death for The Capitol’s entertainment. The entertainment is called – The Hunger Games.

The book is from the character Katniss Everdeen’s perspective and her sister Prim is selected for The Hunger Games. However Katniss takes her place. The male tribute chosen is Peeta Mellark and the book highlights their battle for survival. The Hunger Games is the first book in the trilogy with Catching Fire being the second and Mockingjay.

By Lucy Chatterton-Deacon, year 11 student

AND!
From Elizabeth Darcy Year 8:
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“The hunger games is amazing and heart warming tragic love story that I adore. I love the books so much I have read it more than 80 times.”

The Twits, by Roald Dahl

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“my favourite book is the twits because it is funny and exsiteing and has some very wierd characters  and they do weird stuff.”
 By Oliver Harper, year 7
“I’m doing my review on the twits by Roald Dahl.
The twits is about an old couple who play pranks on each other…its a really funny, entertaining book. It gives you some great ideas on how to get revenge on your siblings. It’s suitable for all ages and keeps you hooked right from the first page. This book is really weird but very captivating and hilarious. Like all Roald Dahl books, it is illustrated by Quentin Blake who has an inspiration of drawing scribbly but amazing drawings.
Thank you.”
By Jordan Sherriff, year 7

A Date for your Diaries!

Melvin-Burgess-001Very exciting news! With luck, international best selling children’s author MELVIN BURGESS could be visiting our school on 27th November 2013!

Melvin’s most famous works include ‘Junk’, a prize winning novel (Melvin won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award in 1996) about the dangers of drug abuse. It follows a group of heroin-addicted teenagers living on the streets in Bristol, and after taking heroin a few times rapidly find their lives spiralling out of control beyond anything they had ever imagined. He has also penned ‘Doing It’, a novel dealing with the dangerous consequences of underage sex, and ‘Billy Eliott’, a novelisation of the film. Several of Melvin’s books have been adapted for TV and film, and he has written smash hits both in the UK and America. In particular, Melvin has been praised for his honest and hard-hitting approach to dealing with teenage issues, enabling teenagers to make careful choices and fully understand the consequences of the life changing decisions they make.

Fingers crossed, Melvin will be coming to our school to give a talk and run some workshops, and will give you all a chance to meet a real life celebrity!

And that’s not all! There’s even a chance to win a copy of his latest novel, ‘The Hit’. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this book is post a comment below and you will be entered into a draw to win this amazing prize!
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Skulduggery Pleasant & The Book Thief

untitled‘Skulduggery Pleasant’, by Derek Landy:

This book is fast-paced, funny and incredibly daring. It follows the story of Stephanie Edgely after she discovers a new world lurking beneath the ordinary. It includes fun-loving characters such as a skeleton detective who can shoot fire! Even though the main character is a girl, this book is so full of action, you won’t even notice. Overall, even though this book is aimed at a younger audience, I think that anyone of any age can enjoy it.

the_book_thief_feature-film‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak:
‘When Death tells a story, you really have to listen.’ This one line makes me want to read this book all over again. Imagine a little girl being adopted in Nazi Germany, she steals books. The story of Leisel is a sad one indeed- narrated by Death and the colours of the sky. This book may seem a little difficlut to get into at first, but is full of lovable characters which you find yourself attached to immensely. You will cry at the end, I assure you but that makes it all the more endearing.

Autumn Sykes

The Hobbit

The-Hobbit-Book-CoverThe book I really enjoyed reading was ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R Tolkien.

I first read this book when I was younger and I have loved it ever since. I think it is really inspirational story that shows you that anyone is capable of doing extraordinary things.

It is set in Middle Earth and follows Bilbo Baggins and his friends on an adventure that really stimulates your imagination and draws you right in to the action. This is a great book for anyone who likes to use their imagination and enjoys action, adventure and suspense.

Miss Mallin, Teaching Assistant.