Archive for January, 2009

The Railway Children by E.Nesbit

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

An very descriptive way of writing from this author.

An exciting read. All the way through the book wondering how Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are going to solve the mystery of why their father was taken away. And who is this old man they always wave to as he passes by on the train.

Here’s a snippet  from the back of the book:

Roberta, Peter and Phyllis live a comfortable, happy life in London until two men visit their father one evening and take him away. With far less money to live on, the children and their mother move to a simple country cottage, where she spends her days writing stories to sell and the children discover the excitement of the nearby railway line. They make friends with Perks, the porter at the local station, and wave to an Old Gentleman every day on the train, little thinking how he will one day help them and they will help the railway company. But all the time the mystery remains: where is Father and will he ever return?

The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Genius. So funny. Mildred Hubble = TROUBLE! I loved this book by Jill Murphy.

Here’s the Dust-Jacket from head to toe:

Something is up at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches; Mildred Hubble’s new form teacher is really weird. Or is she? Investagating isn’t easy, especially when Mildred’s potions go wrong, the class no it all is trying to be ‘ helpful’ and her beloved cat is having a nervous breakdown …

The Amazing story of adolphus tips by michael morpurgo

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

The incredible tale of a deserted village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat. I adored this book by Michael Morpurgo.

This is a snippet from the back of the book:

It’s 1943, Lily Tregenza lives on a farm in the seaside village of Slapton, and her life is scarcely touched by war. Until one day when the villagers are all told to move out of their homes – lock, stock and barrel.

Soon the whole area is out of bounds as the allied forces prepare to invade France. But Tips, Lily’s adored cat, has other ideas – and returns to the forbidden area. Frantic to find her Lily decides to enter the danger zone to look for Tips herself …

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

These books are brilliant for all ages and are great for adventurous minds.

I thought all these books were really good because they are adventurous and they have lots of fantasising characters.

Here we have all the Dust-Jackets of all these books:

BOOK ONE The Magician’s Nephew

It is one of the wettest and coldest summers for years when Digory and Polly decide to explore the attic of the old, tall house. And that is how they stumble upon the secret workroom of Digory’s eccentric Uncle Andrew who, in a wild experiment, tricks them into vanishing right out of this world and into the enchanted land of Narnia.

BOOK TWO The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The story begins with a wardrobe, for without it Lucy would never have found her way into Narnia, or even heard of the White Witch, whose reign has been longer than anyone knows. But work is afoot to dislodge the Witch. It is whispered that Aslan -the great Lion- is once again on the move. Only with his help is there hope of the White Witch being defeated- and she has captured Edmund. To save Edmund, Aslan must sacrifice every- thing. But without him the ancient prophecy cannot be fulfilled, or Narnia made free.

BOOK THREE The Horse and His Boy

When Shasta learns that he is not son of Arsheesh the fisherman and is to be sold into slavery, he decides to escape from the cruel land of Calormen. With the talking horse, Bree, he goes north on a fearful journy- past the eerie tombs in the desert and in disguise through the city of Tashbaan -to find Narnia, where the air is sweet and there is freedom, safety and happiness.

BOOK FOUR Prince Caspian

Trouble times have come again to the Narnia the Telmarines have conquered the country and are persecuting the true-born Narnians. Price Caspian, seeing the evil done by his usurping uncle, king Miraz, and with his army heavily outnumbered, in desperation blows The Great Horn of  Narnia. Peter , Susan, Edmund and Lucy, heroes from the distant past, find themselves once more in the kingdom, but with an almost impossible task ahead of them – to save Narnia.

BOOK FIVE The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Lucy and Edmund with their odious cousin Eustace, journey on board the gallant ship Dawn Treader to the Easten Seas in search of the seven lost friends of King Caspian the Ninth. On this extraordinary voyage of discovery they encounter a dragon, a sea serpent, a band of invisible people, a magician and also the great Aslan himself, who makes them a very special promise.

BOOK SIX The Silver Chair

Eustace and Jill, wishing themselves in Narnia to escape the horrors of their school, are commanded by the great Lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, who mysteriously disappeared ten years before. Guided by marsh-wiggle Puddlegum, all at first goes well, but then they end up deep underground – and in thrall to the powerful Lady of the Green Kirtle.

BOOK SEVEN The Last Battle

Good King Tirian faces the fiercest challenge ever to any Narnian King’s rule. There is a false Aslan roaming the land, commanding all Narnians to work for the cruel Calormenes. Narnia’s only hope is that Eustace and Jill, old friends to Narnia, will be able to find the true Aslan and restore peace to the land.

The Last battle is the greatest of all battles, and the final ending the most magnificent of all endings the most magnificent of all endings in this, the last book of C.S Lewis’ timeless series, The Chronicles of Narnia.

The battle of good against evil is fought in the seven titles of The Chronicles of Narnia, the most enchanting fantasy novels ever written.

Heartland by Lauren Brook

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

If you like horses this is the set of books for you. These touching novels are ingenious, I couldn’t put them down!

This is what the author says about her books:

COMING HOME

Heartland is a horse sanctuary nestled in the hills of Virginia, but it’s much more than that. Heartland is like no other place – it’s a place where the scars of the past can be healed, a place where frightened and abused horses learn to trust again. Amy calls Heartland home, and ever since she can remember she’s watched her mum instil trust and hope in horses that were once fierce and afraid. And Amy’s inherited her mother’s gift, the ability to listen to horses and understand what they need. But when a tragic accident changes everything, Amy must cling to what her mother taught her – she must truly believe miracles can happen at Heartland.

AFTER THE STORM

Amy hasn’t seen Spartan since the accident – on that stormy night that changed their lives for ever. Now Spartan is coming to Heartland. He’s not the same horse and he’s filled with an anger that seems direct at Amy. At the sight of her, he lashes out – teeth bared, hooves flailing. Amy has so much healing to do on her own, it seems she’s the last person who could help Spartan. But she might also be the only one.

BREAKING FREE

Pegasus is all Amy has left of her past, but he’s steadily growing weaker. Amy’s trying to care for him and hold Heartland together. She’s striving to do just what her mother would have done, but everything is beginning to unravel. It will take all of Amy’s courage to let go of her mother’s legacy, but it is the only way that she will break free and find her own.

TAKING CHANCES

Amy knows that Ty is important to Heartland – and to her. Ty is the only other person who truly understands the meaning of Heartland, who is dedicated to rescuing and curing horses as she is. But their friendship is thrown off balance when Ben, the new stable hand, arrives. And by the time Amy realizes she’s pushed Ty away, he may have decided to leave Heartland for ever.

COME WHAT MAY

When Amy finds out her sister, Lou, is trying to get in touch with their estranged father, she doesn’t know how to feel. She isn’t willing to let her father into her life again. Forcing herself to forget about it, Amy focuses her attention on the new horse, Melody. But when complications develop with Melody’s unborn foal, it takes nothing short of a miracle to help Amy realize that life is not about the pain you’ve felt in the past, but the hope you hold for the future.


Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Monday, January 19th, 2009

A fabulous book. I couldn’t put it down. Really amusing but overall just a bit bonkers!

Here’s a snippet from the back of the book:

“Mr. Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!”

Charlie Bucket’s wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka’s precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

I think this book is good for bold spirits.

It is an nail biting adventure story which shows YOU SHOULD NEVER STEAL FROM A WIZARD!

These are the main characters Benet, Conn, Nevery Flingas, Pettivox, Rowan ForEstal and The Duchess.

Connwaer should have dropped dead the day he stole a banished wizard’s locus stone, but miraculously he survived. Intrigued, the wizard Nevery takes Conn on as his apprentice and the boy becomes embroiled in his master’s plan to save the city from the death of magic. But Conn is hiding his own dark secret …..

The first book in a captivating trilogy.

The Lady Grace Mysteries – Assasin by Grace Cavendish

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Find out how Lady Grace Cavendish with the help of her trusty friends Ellie and Masou work together to solve a terrible mystery in another great read from Grace Cavendish.

One suitor dead with a knife in his back, and another under suspicion … Can Lady Grace, Queen Elizabeth’s favourite Maid of Honour, solve the mystery and bring order back to the Queen’s court?

Open up the daybook of Lady Grace for a tale of daggers, death and a very daring girl …

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This book is great for ages 7+.

This is what I thought of the book Stig of the dump.

Overall, I thought Stig of the dump was a really good book because it was adventurous, mysterious and very interesting.

The main characters are Barney and Stig. What is Stig ? Read the book to find out.

” If you go too near to the edge of the chalk pit the ground will give way…”

…This is exactly what happened to Barney, who landed in a cave in the middle of the rubbish dump – and that was when he met Stig.

The Bag of Bones by Vivian French

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The Bag of Bones is a captivating book great for all ages.

It is adventurous, imaginative and slightly spooky.

There’s deep magic at work in the five Kingdoms …

The good witches of Wadington are worried- there’s a new witch in town with a bag of magic bones, and she’s so evil she makes their toes ache. Queen Bluebell is about to announce her heir at the Declaration Ball, but the truly wicked Truda Hagnail has set her heart on the crown. Once again it’s up to Gracie Gillypot, Prince Marcus, Gubble the troll and Marvin the bat to save the day in this hilarious sequel to The Robe of Skulls.