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Violet Ink – Rebecca Westcott

Title: Violet Ink
Author: Rebecca Westcott
Published by: Puffin

Publication date: 2014
Pages: 365
Genres: Romance; Pregnancy; Junior Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

5/10

 

Violet Ink

 

Izzy is hoping for a mellow yellow year of happiness. But for her impulsive big sister, Alex, life is much more colourful. She always writes to Izzy in a violet pen, which suits her dramatic personality. When one of Alex’s letters delivers a bolt from the blue, Izzy fears the future will be less than rosy. Will Alex’s new boyfriend spoil their sisterly bond, or does every cloud really have a silver lining?

 

I don’t have a lot to say about this book to be honest; the main character, Izzy, is eleven/twelve years old so I think I was a bit old for the age group that it is aimed at which is why I’ve given it a 5/10. The story was O.K and there was nothing in particular wrong with the overall book, so I haven’t given it below a 5/10 because I didn’t feel it was fair on the author to give it a generally negative review just because I’m not within the age group it is aimed at.

By all means read this book, the story was good but it just wasn’t my type of book.

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A Waste of Good Paper – Sean Taylor

Title: A Waste of Good Paper
Author: Sean Taylor
Published by: Janetta Otter-Barry Books

Publication date: 2012
Pages: 293
Genres: Junior Fiction; Realistic; Diary; School
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

8/10

A waste of good paper

 

Friday

Pete says this is a writing book he’s only giving me and it’s PRIVATE and I can write what I want. But SORRY PETE there’s nothing I want to write…

Wednesday

Pete’s an ALL RIGHT teacher. But it’s a DUMB idea he’s got about this book because the problem last year was what FATHEAD BARRY and the others were saying about my mum. And what happens if they start dissing her again?

Saturday

I’m writing this because of what’s happened. And that is my mum’s ex-boyfriend JON SHOWED UP. And BOTH his arms were BROKEN…

This type of book centred on children with emotional/behavioural problems is not my type of book, however once I began reading it and became engrossed in the story I found myself enjoying the witty and honest commentary of Jason. Although this book does hold a few swear words, I think it’s a book that needs to be read by younger children, in the junior fiction age category. It’s just one of those books which gives you an insight into the lives and mind set of other children. I would definitely recommend this book.

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The Name of This Book is Secret – Psuedonymous Bosch

Title: The Name of This Book is Secret
Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
Published by: Usborne

Publication date: 2008
Pages: 380
Genres: Mystery; Suspense; Adventure; Magic
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

the name of this book is secret

7/10

This review first appeared on the 5th January on The Guardian Childrens’ Book Website: here

 

Warning: Do not read this book! …For amongst its strange and alarming contents you will find:

Two extraordinary adventurers…

A missing magician’s diary…

A symphony of smells…

And a deadly secret

But wait, you already know too much! It is too late. I’m afraid nothing will stop you now. Open the book if you must. But, please, tell no one.

 

Cass is 11 years old and is the female protagonist of the story; she is prepared for every disaster going from floods, to tornadoes and drives everyone crazy with her constant fretting about the next catastrophic calamity that could occur.

Max-Ernest is also 11 years old and his parents are divorced due to not being able to decide whether he should be called Max or Ernest (hence the double-barrelled first name). They live in the same house so Max is able to live a normal-ish childhood with two parents however both parents act as though the other isn’t there and the house is split down the middle with neither parent talking to the other. Max-Ernest has a speech impediment causing him to talk and talk and talk and talk and talk until he is told to shut up and as a result Cass is his only friend.

Cass and Max-Ernest are a match made in heaven as they both have their unique and, er quirky, personalities making them different to the average 11 year-old. Cass with her predicting of the next catastrophe and Max-Ernest with his lack of knowing when to shut up means that they get on like a house on fire even when no one else wants to know them.

An estate agent investigating a dead magician’s house finds a box labelled “a symphony of smells” and gives it to Cass’ grandfathers who investigate strange and mystifying objects, much to Cass’ mother’s dismay. Cass lets her new friend, Max-Ernest, in on the mystery and they begin to work out the mystery of the smells and look around the dead magician’s house. It is whilst they are in the house that they find a secret belonging to the dead magician but have to escape from a young couple who are looking around the house.

The couple then trace Cass and Max-Ernest to their school, but instead of finding them, they find a young artist named Benjamin Blake and Cass decides to be a hero and try to save him. The young couple aren’t what they seem from the outside as they have a goal and won’t stop until they achieve it. Will Cass and Max-Ernest save Benjamin and find out the secret of the dead magician?

Can we just look at the front and back pages of this book to begin with? The book is called “The Name of this Book is Secret”, now if that doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. The author’s name is a pseudonym as well, I mean obviously “Pseudonymous Bosch” isn’t the author’s real name; but right from the word go, the author has cleverly built the mystery and suspense that this book incorporates into every single page. On the back page it reads “warning: do not read this book!” and I don’t know about you but that immediately makes me want to read it anyway, because it’s just a book, right? What harm can it do?

Right from page one, Cass and Max-Ernest are such quirky characters that they introduce an element of humour into the book. Cass is paranoid about the next disaster that always seems to be imminent, and Max-Ernest never shuts up. No, seriously. Taking these factors into account, it seems strange that they make such a good team to work out a mystery. Cass seems like the last person who would want to put herself in any danger considering she’s always working herself up over absolutely nothing. And Max-Ernest, surely you’d hear him from a mile off, I mean he just talks. And talks. And talks. But somehow, they work together as a dream team to solve the mystery of the dead magician.

I loved this book, from beginning to end; it has constant suspense and leaves you on cliff hangers at the end of chapters causing quite a few late nights/early mornings because it is very hard to put down once you begin. This book isn’t quite aimed at my age group (young adult) but I still enjoyed the story and plotline.

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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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Withering Tights – Louise, Rennison

7/10

Withering Tights

 

Synopsis

You know what it’s like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat is barging around in your mouth? Of course you do. So you will love Tallulah Casey as she careers about in her tights. She’s your kind of mate.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Tallulah Casey is 14 and she is about to attend Dother Hall of Performing Arts for the Summer. There’s just one problem, though. She can’t sing or dance. Throughout this book, the reader follows the adventures or ‘misadventures’ of Tallulah as she shows off her Irish Dancing skills and gets her first kisses from boys.

This is a hilarious book, normally not my type of reading as it is quite simple language, however, I absolutely loved it! In some places, it had me laughing, whilst in others, I felt sympathetic for Tallulah’s predicaments.

I would highly recommend this book to young teens or pre-teens because you are guaranteed to enjoy it in some way, even if this is not your style of reading.

The second book in the series can be found here.

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Midnight for Charlie Bone, the Children of the Red King #1 (Nimmo, Jenny)

6/10

Midnight for Charlie Bone

 

If you have read this book, feel free to comment down below your thoughts on this book!!

 

Synopsis

Charlie Bone’s horrible aunts have plans for him…He’ll be lucky to live till Christmas.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book is very fast paced which makes you want to read on right until the end in one go! It has constant suspense and action and is great for those who don’t want to read a long and complicated book. There are quite a lot of characters within the story though, which may prove troublesome for some readers who get confused. However, their names are all very different and they contribute to the plot line in very unique ways, unique to their characters so it isn’t too difficult to follow who is who.

The book ends on a cliff hanger which makes you want to read the second book in the ‘Children of the Red King’ series. I would definitely recommend this book to younger readers (8-12 ish) as the language is quite simple and the plot doesn’t go into that much detail.

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