Archive for the ‘Older readers’ Category

Annexed by Sharon Dogar – The incredible story of the boy who loved Anne Frank

Friday, March 4th, 2011

This is what the dust jacket reads:  

I’m scared.

Scared I’m a coward.

Scared we’re trapped.

Scared that it’s my own

ghost standing at the bottom

of the stairs, waiting for me . . .

That this is it –

all that’s left of my life.

In this incredible re-creation of life in the annexe, Sharon Dogar re-awakens Peter van Pels: his thoughts, his hopes, his fears, his feelings, his words and his dreams.

As I read this book I was drawn into the annexe. When Peter wished to be outside, I did too. When he wanted to scream at the world and yell as loud as he could , no matter who heard him, I wanted to scream too. Slowly Peter begins to fall in love with Anne. He has so much longing for her that he hardly notices all the signs indicating that they may have been found out.

Then the moment comes; the eight in the annexe are betrayed. From here on the book tells of the camps, of the torture, the hangings, the gasing, the screaming, all the death.

 I would recommend this book to older children and adults. It is a wonderful story, although there are obviously terrible subjects such as the Holocaust and impossibly terrifying places like Auschwitz.

This book is definitely worth a five star rating – ***** Thank you Sharon Dogar for writing a wonderful book and helping to keep this important subject fresh in our minds.

Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The fourth and final book (so far) of the Gallagher Academy Series. Another amazing read, a fast-paced, exhilarating book.

After having a very close encounter with the Circle of Cavan, Cammie, Bex, Liz and Macey are trying to discover as much about the Circle as possible but with one of their teachers accused of aiding the Circle the girls no longer know who to trust. Can they defeat the Circle and prove their teacher isn’t a double agent at the same time?

Here’s what the dust jacket reads: Despite having known him for almost a year, there were a lot of things I still didn’t know about Zachary Goode. Like how soap and shampoo could smell so much better on him than anyone else. Like where he went when he wasn’t mysteriously showing up at random (and frequently dangerous) points in my life. And, most of all, I didn’t know how, when he mentioned the jacket, he made me think about the sweet, romantic part of the night last November when he’d given it to me, and not the terrible, bloody, international-terrorists-are-trying-to-kidnap-me-part that came right after.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The third book in the Gallagher academy series and another exhilarating read!
Ally Carter is a truly amazing author and she has had all of my friends at school frantically trying to get their hands on these books.

Here’s a little bit about the book: Here’s the thing about covert operations: bad things happen when you least expect them. The enemies __________ don’t give you a heads-up. And they never let you stop to put on comfortable shoes.

A spy-in-training, Cammie Morgan has a cover for every occasion. But what happens when she is forced to break it to save her best friend, Macey? Cammie and her friends are determined to hunt down the group that threatens to tear their secret sisterhood apart. This time it’s personal.

Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy by Ally Carter

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Book Two of the Gallagher Academy series and another incredible read.
With adventure, missions, fake Id’s and …….. BOYS!!!!

This book is fast paced, exciting with a fabulously gripping story-line. You can’t help but turn over the page. This book will keep you reading all day and all night. I finished it in a day : it was THAT good!!!!

Here is what the dust jacket reads: There I was: the Gallagher Girl who had risked the most sacred sisterhood in the history of espionage. For a _____________ boy. But I was through with lying. And sneaking around. I was going to be . . . myself.

Despite Cammie’s best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her . . . and this time the stakes for Cammie’s heart – and her beloved school – are even higher.

‘If ever there was a new series to make Harry, Ron, Hermione et al look like wimps, then this is it.’ THE BOOKBAG

I’d Tell You I LOVE YOU, But Then I’d Have To KILL YOU by Ally Carter

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Book One in the Gallagher Academy series. Cameron Morgan is a young sophomore at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women except the Gallagher Academy may hold many exceptional young women but no one thought they were spies.

Here’s a snippet from the back of the book : ” Do you ever feel like you’re invisible? I know I do – just call me Cammie the Chameleon. But at my ________ school, that’s seen as cool. Why? Because the Gallagher Academy might say it’s for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.”
Cammie Morgan might be capable of killing a man in seven different ways, but she’s about to begin her most dangerous mission yet: falling in love.


I read this book and so did some of my friends and we all agreed; “This is a brilliant book you just can’t put down! Everyone should read it!”

“AMAZING” Maria
“FANTASTIC” Natasha
“THE BEST SERIES EVER!” Eleanor

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I could not put this book down as I felt if I stopped reading I would miss something. This was an amazing book and I would reccomend it to anyone child, teen and adult alike

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is A classic love story with a deadly twist.

Isabella Swan ( Bella ) is a 17 year old girl who has just moved from the sunny town of Pheonix to the small town of Forks. She moved to see her father, Charlie after here Mum and Dad’s devorse.
She does not expect much of Forks, until she meets the dark and mysterious Edward Cullen at high school. Little does she know Edward is Hiding a dark secret : he’s a VAMPIRE! As they fall in love, Edward must battle the thirst for Bella’s blood, not just in him, but also in the gang of ravenous vampires trying to make Bella their prey.
A fast paced adventure, full of emotion, mystery and terror. Now also a best selling film.

The first book of the Twilight saga featuring Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Also written by Stephenie Meyer ‘The Host’

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The books in the Noughts and Crosses series are books you just cannot put down.

In this the first book of four, Malorie creates an amazing and unfair setting for her characters to live in.

An incredibly immense and emotive tale of two children – a nought (white) and a cross (black) – trying to be together in a world where noughts and crosses just don’t mix.

Here is what the dust – jacket says: Callum is a nought – a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses….
Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country…..
In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try.
And then the bomb explodes …..

This is a gripping and totally absorbing novel set in a world where black and white are right and wrong
‘Will linger in the mind long after it has been read’ OBSERVER
‘Dramatic, moving and brave’ GUARDIAN
‘Flawlessly placed’ THE TIMES
‘Intelligent, emotional and imaginatively wicked’ BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH