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Dead Man’s Cove – St John, Lauren

9/10

Dead Man's Cove

 

Synopsis

Orphaned Laura is sent to live with her Uncle in Cornwall, convinced that a life of adventure is hers at last. But everywhere she turns she’s confronted with mysteries. Is Tariq, the shopkeeper’s silent son, a friend or an enemy? Why does her Uncle seem intent on erasing his own past? And why is everyone so afraid of Dead Man’s Cove?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This is a definite must read for readers who enjoy Enid Blyton’s adventure-packed Famous Five and Secret Seven books! It was packed with action and mystery which kept me hooked for more. I love the main character, Laura. She is a brave and strong-headed girl who isn’t afraid to ask questions or express her feelings. She is a role model for a lot of female readers, and males can also admire her feistiness and bravery.

I really enjoyed Lauren St John’s White Giraffe series, so I was excited to start reading this one and it didn’t disappoint! I found I actually preferred this book because of the adventure and mystery that surrounded Dead Man’s Cove. I would definitely recommend this book to Junior Fiction readers but enjoyment can also be found by Young Adult readers who are looking for a lighter read.

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Lone Wolf (Muchamore, Robert)

7/10

Lone-Wolf

 

Synopsis

Fay has spent eighteen months locked up in a Secure Training Centre. Drug deals and rip-offs are the only things this teenager knows. Now she’s back on the street, looking to settle old scores. Cherub agents Ryan and Ning need Fay’s knowledge to unearth a major drug importer. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them. But Fay’s made a lot of enemies and she’s running out of time.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I have read all of the other books in both series 1 and series 2 of Cherub plus the Henderson Boys series which is a prequel to the Cherub series, so I knew what sort of action this book was going to hold before I had even begun to read it. This last book in series 2 was the most action packed and thrilling book of any of Muchamore’s books. It was packed with adventure, drugs, scandals and explosions and Ryan and Ning, two Cherub agents, try and harvest knowledge about a leading drug dealer. With the help of Fay, a thirteen year-old with a fiery temper and extensive drug-knowledge who wants to get back at the drug dealer for ultimately killing her mum and aunt, Ryan and Ning find the information that they need.

I would definitely recommend this book to teens as it has a lot of violence but is a worth-while read.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Haddon, Mark

7/10

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 

Synopsis

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book follows the story of Christopher; he is not your average teenager. He has Asperger’s Syndrome which means that his take on the world is different to everyone else’s. Loud noises upset him, lying causes his brain to overload and he appears to be a mini maths genius, using counting to calm himself down in certain situations.

The chapter numbers of this book are prime numbers, increasing like 2, 3, 5, 7 etc. This automatically caught my attention and Christopher soon went on to explain that he likes prime numbers.

This book gives a real insight into the mind of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome which could help many readers understand the condition a lot more and be more supportive to those with the illness.

I really like this book. I thought it was very original and quirky. Christopher, as the narrator, makes the story much more enjoyable than if someone else was just commenting on Christopher’s, somewhat absurd, behaviour. As the narrator is Christopher, his actions, feelings and thoughts are better explained.

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