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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Mitusha

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This is an amazing book by Neil Gaiman. The illustrations by Chris Riddell are phenomenal. I am recommending this book because it is a lovely combination of all the classical fairy tales: Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. I would recommend this book to both boys and girls, especially younger children who like fairy tales. My sister and I loved reading this book together. My sister said she liked how it was a sequel to the fairy tales. I HIGHLY suggest that you read another book by Neil Gaiman: Odd and the Frost Giant; it has Thor, Loki and Odin.

Mr R’s half-term reading

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What a great week of reading!

Thanks to Alex for the Anthony Horowitz recommendation! I love the author’s sense of humour: this is a funny book! Even the names of the places are little puns and jokes (for example, Wiernotta Mews is where David’s grumpy, slightly insane parents live. We are not amused! Great.) Also, Anthony Horowitz himself responded to my tweet about Alex’s book recommendation! Cool stuff.

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Charlotte’s Web and The Iron Man are old favourites I haven’t read in ages. It was nice to remind myself how great they are – especially Charlotte’s Web. I loved this book!

Brian Selznick is a class favourite – his book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret has been really popular. This is a much shorter book, but still worth a read. It’s all about a boy who loves horror films. Great illustrations, as per usual!

I hadn’t read any books by Neil Gaiman before this week. I really enjoyed these two. The Sleeper and the Spindle is an interesting sequel to a well-known fairytale (no names…) and Odd and the Frost Giants is an adaptation of an old Norse story about Thor, Odin and Loki. The Sleeper and the Spindle took me a while to get into, but when I realised the links to another well-known story I really enjoyed it. Odd and the Frost Giants was written in a really amusing way – it was great! Both books are illustrated by Chris Riddell, whose work is absolutely beautiful.

Find them on the bookshelf!

Mr R

Mr Ramsbottom’s book of the week

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I am so excited about this book! I started reading it on camp and I haven’t been able to put it down!

 

Title: The Lie Tree

Author: Frances Hardinge

Main character: Faith is the daughter of a famous and well-respected man who is both a Reverend (man who works for the church) and a natural scientist (he specialises in fossils). A curious girl, she is hungry for knowedge. However, the people around her (including her manipulative, overbearing mother) expect her to be quiet, subdued and lady-like, starving her of opportunities to grow and learn – after all, she is ‘just a girl’ (how awful – this makes me cringe). I love Faith’s character; even though everyone is trying to crush her willpower, she has such a strong personality. I think that her curious nature is going to get her into (and out of) lots of dangerous adventures! Great name, too.

Plot so far: The family move to a remote island. According to Faith’s parents, they are moving so her father can work on a new archeological dig (where he will find new and interesting fossils). However, when Faith gets a chance to snatch a look at her father’s secret papers, she uncovers the truth – someone is trying to ruin her father’s reputation, so he is trying to escape all the people he knows. When they reach their new house, Faith’s distant, secretive father is very quick to hide something in the old, uninhabitable tower nearby. He claims that it is just a box of cuttings from rare plants, but why would he put it in such a dark, desolate building with no natural light? I wonder whether the reference to plants is a link to the title of the book…

What’s happening right now: Faith and the family have just been taken to a cave where the local people have been finding fossils. Not many people have entered the cave, as there is no easy way to get in (people have to be lowered in through a hole in the top of the cave). Faith and her brother were being lowered into the cavern when, unexpectedly, the chain snapped! I wonder if it was an accident or whether it was planned – is someone trying to kill Faith’s father?

Clockwork Review by Mitusha

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INTRODUCTION

Clockwork is a great book written by Phillip Pullman. It is full of mystery that will make you on the edge of your seat. It is an exciting story that you will LOVE to read.

PLOT

It all starts on a cold winters evening in a pub. Fritz starts by telling a story until every thing starts to go wrong and it comes into real life…

MAIN CHARACTERS

Gretel – is a barmaid girl who works in a pub.

Florian – is a robot boy who needs a heart to keep him alive.

Dr Kalmenius – is the genius who made clockwork and Florian.

Karl – is an apprentice and his apprenticeship is going to end.

CONCLUSION

This is an AMAZING book. I recommend you read it. If you happen to enjoy this book you can read the other Phillip Pullman books.

the maze runner review by harry

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I am loving the first book of maze runner its one of the best books I have had in a long time. But I feel that Gally could be a little nicer to thomas and he does not need attitude every time he gets spoken to. Chuck is the nicest kid in the maze he try’s to make jokes but no one laughs at them. Thomas is a greenie and he does not like it one bit everyone treats him like a newbie giving him a hard Time to fit in with everyone else. Frypan is the chef and he cooks for about 45 kids and he keeps his cool and he is one of the funniest person in the glade. Newt is second in command and he is nice and mean to Thomas at the same time he is the coolest character in the maze runner and Alby and him are really good friends Newt really cares about everyone but when he looses his cool he ain’t a nice guy as he was. Zart is really nice but cool aswell but he works on the farm but I think he should be a runner.

SPOILER ALERT WARNING WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loved the part when Thomas saved Alby and Minho ran away like a scared little girl Thomas was like a monkey  when he was swinging on the vines and trying to escape from the greiver and then the stupid things went and fell off the cliff

 

MORE SPOILDERS WARNING WARNING!!!!!!!!

I hate the part when Chuck plays the trick on Gally by accident that was just strange.