The company of of ghosts by Berlie Doherty

13 Jan

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The flask by Nicky Singer

13 May

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The Flask is a really engaging, magical book about a girl called Jess and her amazing magic flask. Jess finds the flask in the aunts old desk, and, when her mum gave birth to two conjoined twins whose lives are at risk, the flask sends warning signs to her. Jess believes the flask could help save their lives. Read the book to find out if the twins survive or not.
I would give this book a 5 star rating, it is that good!

L.J., Year 7 (2015)
Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, U.K.

Malala: the girl who stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai

12 May

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A 15 year old Pashtun teen, witnesses and fights for education because of Taliban, an extreme Islamic politcal group who think education is not importnat. Talibans make the Swat Valley in Pakistan nearly a hell to live in. Becuase of her bravery, Malala gets shot on the side of her head whilst travelling back home with friends on a bus. While fighting for her life in the hospital, the doctors said ‘It is critical’. Will she survive or die? How will she survive? How will she live her life, if she survives?

S.S., Year 7.6 (2015)
Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, U.K.

Clarity by Kim Harrington

30 Apr

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This term I read Clarity by Kim Harrington.

Clarity is the story of a girl who’s whole family- including herself- obtain different psychic abilities. She can ‘see things’. When Clarity gets hold of an object, she is able to see the moments that it was involved in. But no matter how cool this is, she is still picked on by her town’s people. However when an unexpected murder occurs in this small town, Clarity is asked to use her physic ability to help the police force solve the case.The case soon becomes a little too personal though, when Clarity’s brother is accused as the prime suspect. One of my favourite aspects of this book was the character of Clarity. Despite being picked on and rejected by her town, Clarity is still a very confident person who is very capable of standing up for herself (with the use of some sarcastic comments, and elbowing a few nuisance boys in the gut). Furthermore, another thing that I also liked about Clarity was it’s theme of trust and morals. Through having the main character’s brother as the prime suspect, Harrington was really able to explore the idea of what a person would do for someone that they love. Also through this, and other sub plots of Clarity, I felt that Harrington really allowed the reader to decide and ponder about what was the right and wrong way to react, and the right and wrong thing to do.

An enjoyable crime novel with a not so typical love triangle, I recommend Clarity to be the next book that you choose to read.

E. B., Year 9

Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, UK

The moment collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson

11 Mar

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This Spring term, for Book Doctors I read The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
The Moment Collector follows the story of rational Maggie, who leaves behind a busy Chicago lifestyle, and settles into the isolated Water Street of Down County. There, she meets and befriends her two only neighbours: the perfect Pauline and the timid Liam, whilst she is watched over by the lost, unknown soul of Water Street. But trouble soon stirs when the dead bodies of young girls begin to surface Gill Creek Lake…
With ease, I found my self falling in love with the characters of The Moment Collector and sunken into full depth of all parts of this beautiful story: the murder cases, the friendships, the relationships and the past of Gill Creek. The Moment Collector is a book for those who look to relate to the characters of the stories that they read, and those who love a mystery, as the cause of the dead girls is but only one of the questions that you’ll crave an answer for.

E.B., 9.7 (2015)
Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, LE2 6FU, U.K.

The passenger by Dan Tunstall

2 Mar

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What is it about? The Passenger’s central character is 14-year-old Matt. He’s on his way home from a Saturday afternoon shopping in Renton, when he gets a text from his mum, checking that he’s okay. There’s been a fatal stabbing in the town. When a strange lad takes the seat next to him on the bus, Matt finds himself wondering if he might have something to do with it. The two boys talk for a while, and Matt begins to relax. The kid is called Mikey and he seems alright. But then Matt sees a spot of fresh, bright red blood on one of Mikey’s clean white trainers? Can he find out what it is?
An extract from the book (page 21) -“For some reason, I look down too. Mikey’s trainers are box fresh Nikes. They’re as white as new snow. White leather, white laces, white soles. But something on the right shoe catchers my eye. It’s a tiny circle. The size of a five-pence piece. Its bright, bright red.Blood

Should you read it? – It is a excellent book to read. Not only does it explore the big mistakes little gangs make but it also explains it from a teenager’s point of view.

B.S.,7.7
Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, U.K.

Close your pretty eyes by Sally Nicholls

2 Mar

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Close your pretty eyes is about a girl, 11 years old, named Olivia who is now going to settle into her sixteenth home. But someone doesn’t want her there! Olivia keeps hearing a haunting lullaby and the sound of crying – Olivia thinks, that she might be going mad?’
Here is an extract, (page 105)–‘Go to sleep, my baby, close your pretty eyes.’ It was a lady’s voice, an old, raspy, tobacco-ruined voice. It was old Amelia, I knew it was. ‘Angels up above you are peeking through the skies’. It terrified me, that voice. I could feel the hatred practically burning off that lady, just like I used to feel it from my mother when I was little. She hated that baby, I always know when people are dangerous, and Amelia was dangerous alright. She was big and old and mean and full of anger. She was looking to hurt, and that little baby was it. ‘Great big moon is shining, stars begin to peep. It’s time for little babies to go to sleep’.
I left my body. I don’t know where I went. Somewhere far away, somewhere safe. When I found myself back again, the room was empty and Amelia Dyer was gone.
This a definite book to read. Not only does it describe hardships of a neglected child but it also describes fear. After you have read the book, don’t forget to read the historical note, it will shock you!

By K.L.,7.7 (2015)
Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester, UK.