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Anthony Horowitz is a fan of Jack Bowen!


Anthony Horowitz himself thinks that Jack’s persuasion would have done a great job of convincing Mrs Jones (from the Alex Rider books) of the dangers of sending out the 14-year-old spy. Brilliant work, Jack!


Besides being a fantastic piece of persuasion, it’s a stunning example of polishing and editing. Brilliant effort and hard word. Keep it up!




Frances Hardinge likes Isabel’s writing!


The author of The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge, replied to a tweet about Isabel’s persuasion writing. Izzy wrote a persuasive letter to Faith, the main charasser of the book, in an attempt to get her to stop visiting the tree. It turns out that Frances and Izzy both appreciate each other’s work!

Amazing stuff, Isabel.



Book recommendation by Grace Rockey


Phillip Pullman

The Firework Maker’s Daughter


I would recommend it to anyone who likes a journey story and links throughout it.


It has surprises in the story and there are some very peculiar things right from the beginning of the book: there’s an elephant plastered in graffiti; there is a fire fiend who lives in a volcano and some animals can even talk.

In addition, this book is the same style of writing as Clockwork.




The Scarecrow and his servant

The Golden compass

The amber spyglass

Northern lights

The subtle knife

His dark materials

Ruby in the smoke

The shadow in the north

The tin princess

The tiger in the well

Four tales


I am determined to read more Phillip Pullman books

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


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.



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

Clockwork Review by Mitusha




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.


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…


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.


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



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.


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



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