Alex's Reviews

Avengers Infinity War
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this film and it made me want to see some more marvel films. i enjoyed the plot and the theme of the movie and really liked the special effects. the characters were really cool. the film is now one of my favourites and i can't wait to see Marvel Infinity War Part 2

Twice Magic
By Cressida Cowell | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Wish is in possession of a powerful, Magic Spelling Book; Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. Together they can save the Wildwoods from the curse of the Witches but they are separated by the highest wall imaginable, and time is running out ... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is a brilliant mix of magic and history. Xar and his friend Wish along with their companions have found a spell to banish WITCHES! With the wizard police and Warrior Hunters on their tail they have to travel to the witch mountains to collect THE LAST BREATH of a giant. When they travel into the cravens of witch mountains they find a horror lies within....

The Silver Hand
By Terry Deary | Publisher: Bloomsbury Education

This brand new, thrilling adventure from bestselling 'Horrible Histories' author Terry Deary brings the closing days of the First World War to life. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne. It's 1918 and the Great War is entering its final phase. In northern France, young Aimee has just found out that her mother is part of a spy network working with the British. After reluctantly befriending Marius, a German boy who has been left behind by his countrymen, she must try to help him get back behind German lines while evading a traitor she has helped to discover. This page-turning adventure sheds new light on the First World War and will have readers gripped from start to finish. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a french girl Aimee who has become involved in the british spy agency during world war I. She is getting chased by a man with a silver hand because she was carrying important plans that would win the war for the British side. The man with the silver hand wanted them for the enemy. The book became a page turner and I couldn't bring myself to stop reading! It was a disappointment when the end came.

The Endless King (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 3)
By Terry Deary | Publisher: Puffin

This brand new, thrilling adventure from bestselling 'Horrible Histories' author Terry Deary brings the closing days of the First World War to life. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne. It's 1918 and the Great War is entering its final phase. In northern France, young Aimee has just found out that her mother is part of a spy network working with the British. After reluctantly befriending Marius, a German boy who has been left behind by his countrymen, she must try to help him get back behind German lines while evading a traitor she has helped to discover. This page-turning adventure sheds new light on the First World War and will have readers gripped from start to finish. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a french girl Aimee who has become involved in the british spy agency during world war I. She is getting chased by a man with a silver hand because she was carrying important plans that would win the war for the British side. The man with the silver hand wanted them for the enemy. The book became a page turner and I couldn't bring myself to stop reading! It was a disappointment when the end came.

Defenders: Dark Arena
By Tom Palmer | Publisher: Barrington Stoke

It's meant to be a stress-free holiday in London, but suddenly Seth and Nadiya will need all their skills as Defenders. Ghostly activity is threatening a Premier League club as they build a new stadium on Roman ruins. One worker has already met a grisly death - and many other lives are in danger. The horror of modern injustice seems to have woken the spirits of the past ...What can the Defenders do to change things? Action-packed follow-up to Killing Ground in the Defenders series. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: A book a striking history and adventure, it is impossible not to get sucked into its seemingly unlimited pages and to see the story in your imagination. The book cover is misleading, as this story is not about football but about the Romans. Seth and his friend Nadiya take a normal trip to London but not all goes to plan. The ghosts of the ancient slaves that worked on the arena in London have come back to haunt the cities dwellers. Seth leads an adventure to make them disappear. I enjoyed this book.

The Wizards of Once
By Cressida Cowell | 
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: One of the best books i've read, the book immediatly hooked me into the plot of the ancient witches of old are rising. Xar the wizard and Wish from the warrior tribe lead an unlikely array of sprites and giants to free the lands of old from the coming terror of the fiendish witchs. I loved this book and is one of the best books i've ever read!

Revolt against the Romans
By Tony Bradman | 
Publisher: A&C Black Advantage

Roman and Celtic cultures collide in this thrilling adventure about the Roman conquest of Britain. Written by bestselling author Tony Bradman, this coming of age tale is perfect for fans of Rosemary Sutcliff and will have readers gripped from start to finish. This exciting and dramatic story is packed with great characters and insight into the world of Roman Britain. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Marcus didn't ever think he'd betray Rome as much as he did. It was almost straight after his father had given him a talk about staying loyal to Rome, that he was kidnapped by a bunch of Britons and from there he just quickly fell into the ways of the Briton Tribe.

I liked this book because I like history and Romans especially. This book was easy to read, and I liked how the story linked into real historical events.

tom palmerDefenders Killing Ground
By Tom Palmer
 Publisher: 
Barrington Stoke Ltd

Everyone is freaked out when circles of scorched earth start appearing in Halifax - on the moors, the parks and even the football pitches. Seth is most disturbed of all - he sees the shadows of the past. But when he looks into a Viking's murderous eyes and smells the stink of burning flesh, Seth knows he must stop this cycle of supernatural suffering. With his friend Nadiya, can he discover the dark history behind the forces attacking their town? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Seth has a hidden talent, the ability to see the past. As Seth gets older the past gets more and more gruesome and Seth and his friend Nadiya, are forced to put things right. This book pulls you in almost instantly and you can't take your eyes off the pages until you reach the end. I enjoyed this book and will always do so.

Bullet Catcher
By Chris Bradford
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

They say you can't outrun a bullet - what if you could stop one? When Troy is caught up in a terrorist attack that takes the lives of his parents, he discovers an amazing power - bullets can't harm him. Soon he is recruited into a secret organisation where he meets Kasia, a girl with her own remarkable talent, and the two put their powers to use. Exhilarating action meets heart-pounding suspense in the first title of this trilogy. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: At first I found it hard to follow the plot but I soon found the storyline and got back on track.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as Minecraft The Island but I still liked the description and adventure of the story. The story is about a boy called Troy who has a hidden talent to be immune from bullet shots. Troy, along with a gang of kids with other hidden abilities must stop an evil plot for everybody to have a trial in court.

MinecraftMinecraft: The Island
By Max Brooks
 | Publisher: Century

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and there’s a strange new world to explore!

The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island . . . like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.

In this world, the rules don’t always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this book as it binded the real world with the block world of Minecraft. As a fan of Minecraft I loved how the book seemed to draw you in and it made you feel part of the game. Minecraft is the second most-played game ever and it allows you to do whatever you want...

This book is one of the best I’ve ever read.

The story is about a player who spawns in the middle of the ocean and swims to the nearest land which is a desert island. The player has to find food, tools and light sources to help him find a way off disappointment island.

The Jamie Drake Equation
By Christopher Edge
 | Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

How amazing would it be to have a dad who's an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him...Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too? A cosmic adventure for anyone who's ever looked at the stars, from the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. BUY IT ON AMAZON 

Review: Finding an old space observatory is one thing, but accidentally downloading a extra-terrestrial conversation is another!Jamie Drake, a ordinary boy in a ordinary town, but he's the son of an Astronaut!When Jamie finds a Alien message things begin to go wrong, with his dad in a life-threatening situation Jamie talks to a Alien and saves his dad in the nick of time and proves that there is intelligent life among the stars....I loved this book and as soon as i picked it up it i wouldn't put it down, it would appeal to people 6+

Headmaster of Doom: Book 4
By Jamie Thomson | Publisher: Orchard Books

Dirk Lloyd, the Dark Lord trapped in the boy of a weedy schoolboy, returns in a darkly hilarious adventure set in the most ghoulish school you'll encounter this side of the Darklands ...

Fourth in the brilliant series that began with the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning DARK LORD: THE TEENAGE YEARS, also chosen as one of the Sunday Times's 100 Modern Children Classics. BUY IT OM AMAZON

Review: It is about a exiled dark lord who was banished from the dark lands into the body of a 13 year old boy called Dirk. When Dirk (the Dark Lord) finds out that an impostor has taken his rightful throne, Dirk travels to the dark lands where he and his friends fight the armies of the impostor (Zomboys, school ghouls). Reaching the Iron Tower of Despair, Dirk must bear with lies, arguments and sadness on the journey to renew his throne.  I did not truly understand this book. It is book 4 of a series, so if you are into the series you might enjoy it more than I did.

Warrior Heroes: The Pharaoh's Charioteer 
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross | Publisher: A & C Black

Join Arthur and Finn as they travel back to ancient Egypt to discover dangerous rivalries, and a prince and princess with strong opinions. Can they prevent a kidnapping and stop a war? Fascinating historical facts combine with action- packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast-paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader on the edge of their seat. Will the boys succeed in helping the Egyptian prince and princess and both make it back to the present? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this book as much as I loved the others out of this series, Arthur and Finn are on yet another adventure in the time of the Greeks. With the Greek police on their tail, the boys must successfully help a soldier in the Greek army to escape unnoticed and get to Olympia (an Ancient Greek city). A book of excitement and adventure, this book was not put down after I picked it up, and I read it cover to cover in one go.

Warrior Heroes: The Spartan's March 
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross | Publisher: A & C Black

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to change the life of one Spartan soldier and make sure he saves his family before his final battle.

Fascinating historical facts combine with action-packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast-paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader on the edge of their seat. Will the boys succeed in completing their mission, avoid the wrath of the Persian Army and make it back to the present in once piece? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this book as much as I loved the others out of this series, Arthur and Finn are on yet another adventure in the time of the Greeks. With the Greek police on their tail, the boys must successfully help a soldier in the Greek army to escape unnoticed and get to Olympia (an Ancient Greek city). A book of excitement and adventure, this book was not put down after I picked it up, and I read it cover to cover in one go.

Mark of the Plague (A Blackthorn Key adventure)
By Kevin Sands
 | Publisher: Puffin

BOILS, BLOOD AND A BURNING FEVER - THE BLACK DEATH HAS RETURNED TO LONDON . . .

As the dreaded sickness spreads through the city, striking down rich and poor alike, an unknown man arrives with a miracle cure. But when an assassin threatens the life of the city's new saviour, young apothecary Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom must risk their lives to untangle another dark conspiracy. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I have read and enjoyed another Black Thorn Key Adventure Book and so when I saw Mark of the Plague I jumped straight into reading it. The book was about orphaned Christopher and his friend Tom. The book is set in the time when the plague hits London, Christopher and Tom must do everything in their power to stop a plot against the city from the launch of another deadly disease through poison.   Christopher had been an apothecary's apprentice (until his master died). He had  helped create remedies for diseases, and now he must use the knowledge he has to create a remedy to prevent the spread of a poison attack. The poison attack plot is masterminded by two evil brothers who are out to themselves rich. In the end, Christopher solves the problem and the brothers are brought to justice. This book was a page turner, the story line gripped me, as I was took into another world.

On Your Bike: All you need to know about cycling for kids
By Chris Hoy
| Publisher: Piccadilly Press

On Your Bike by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is the perfect guide for children looking to make the most of their bikes. 

  • How to choose your bike? BMX, Racer, Mountain bike? Which tribe are you?
  • Get the right kit. Advice on cycling essentials for riding in all weathers and safety tips to make sure you are seen on the road. 
  • Maintenance. Step by step guides with illustrations to help you change a tyre, check your bike for wear and tear plus access to bonus video footage with Sir Chris

Packed full of handy hints, fun facts, quizzes, checklists and illustrations, Sir Chris shows you how to look after your bike and much, much more. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is amazing for any bike rider - young or old. It tells you everything you need to know about having and riding a bike including how to look after yourself. I really liked learning about bike maintenance and the quiz at the end. It is full of fun facts and tips. The Top Tips are great .... can you bunny hop and ride with no hands! Don't tell your parents!

Fame Thing
By Jonathan Meres
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

A MEGA famous footballer moves into the small village where 15 year old, football fantatic George lives. Can you believe everything that gets written in the papers? George gets to make her own mind up...Fantastic new edition of a popular title. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Dean Johnson, a world famous footballer,  moves into the village. Football fan George is delighted when Dean invites her as a special guest to the world cup final match. George has been in a wheelchair (after a recent operation) and it is at the match that she takes her first steps without her wheelchair. Before the match Dean had asked George to have her photo taken with him but when the photo director realises George isn't in her wheelchair anymore, he doesn't want to take the photos. He had thought the photo would look good if Dean was seen with a friend who is disabled. This book was enjoyable, I quite like football and it was a short easy to read book.

Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 11)
By Jeff Kinney 
| Publisher: Puffin

The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his 'creative side'. As if that's not scary enough, Halloween's just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg's troubles? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book immediately caught my interests because I really like the Wimpy Kid books and I find them amusing and easy to read. It is about a wimpy kid called Greg, who has  two annoying brothers as well as an annoying mum! Greg is always trying to be more popular in his school and normally his plans don't go the way he wants them too..... When Greg tries to film a horror movie, everything seems to be against him and when a flock of wild geese come after his film props (gummy worms), he has to admit defeat. This book was great, I really enjoyed it. You don't need to have read other Wimpy Kid books to enjoy this one!

Diary of  a Trainee Rock God
By Jonathan Meres
 | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Darren is going to be the best rock guitarist ever - just as soon as he learns how to play the guitar...His dad says he can have an electric guitar for his birthday, but he has to solve his dad's puzzles first! Fantastic new edition of a popular title. BUT IT ON AMAZON

Review: Darren Smith is a ordinary kid who wants to be cool. When he meets his best friend's brother Nigel, he wants to be a rock star (since Nigel can play the guitar extremely well).When Darren tells his dad he wants to be a rock star, and that he wants a guitar, his father said that he had to find a band that was related to some clues that he gave Darren. When Darren completes his challenge, to his surprise he finds that his father used to be a band of his own! Go Dad! I liked the book.

The Cities Book
By Lonely Planet Kids
 | Publisher: Lonely Planet

Do you know where in the world you can buy drinkable gold; why an 'elephant's foot' is one of the most dangerous objects in the world; or where you might have to swim to school? Discover the answers to these questions and loads more mindblowing facts in The Cities Book, where readers aged 8+ are taken on an incredible world tour through 86 of the world's greatest cities.

Sister title to the bestselling The Travel Book, every page is packed with facts on city living, and gives kids a flavour of what it's like to grow up in each place featured. From food and festivals, to awesome architecture and amazing history - there's something for everyone. A mix of wow photography, beautiful illustrations and hand drawn maps bring each page to life. It's the perfect gift for curious kids everywhere. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: A book of wonderful location around the world. It suddenly made me interested in the different cities. I loved flicking through the pages and reading about fun facts about famous and weird parts of famous cities.I have not been to many cities but this book made me like to go and visit some.  In the Copenhagen page there is a fun fact saying that there are 915,103,765 ways to combine six - eight-studded lego bricks - wow!

Urban Outlaws
By Peter Jay Black
 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Meet the URBAN OUTLAWS: Jack, Charlie, Slink, Obi and Wren. Five quick-thinking, super-skilled kids who live to right society's wrongs. From their bunker deep beneath the city of London, the Outlaws plan their missions, stealing money from the rich to give to those in need. BUY IT ON AMAZON 

Review: This book is about a group of urban outlaw teenagers who live in London and their mission to stop the villains Hector and his father, from stealing all the treasures from London. When the outlaws get a disasterous virus, they only have days to live. It is a race against time  to find the antidote and stop the thiefs!  The outlaws must find out where Hector and his father are hiding and think of how they can stop them as well as looking out for themselves. All ends well in the end!  A book full of adventure and daring plots, this book would appeal to 10+ 

The Trials of Apollo
By Rick Riordan
 | Publisher: Puffin

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I jumped for joy when I saw this book, as I have been enjoying Percy Jackson and this book (by the same author) is set in Percy Jackson's world. When the God Apollo is cast down from Olympus, he must face trials against wrong doing. The story starts when Percy Jackson gives Apollo (who is in human form)  a car lift to Camp Half-Blood. When they arrive at Camp Half-Blood, they find that Demi-Gods are going missing. Apollo must find the lost Demi-Gods and defeat a uprising Villian called Emperor Nero who wants to defeat the gods and all of the Half-Bloods. Apollo and Percy Jackson successfully stop Emperor Nero but just before he is defeated he unleashes a weapon, an alive Colessus set to destroy Camp Half-Blood... With the help of all the Half-Bloods at the camp, Apollo and Percy stop the Colessus in it's tracks. A action packed adventure with the thrill of Percy Jackson that would appeal to 10+.

The Archers of Isca: Book 2
By Caroline Lawrence
 | Publisher: Orion Children's Books

Britannia AD 94. On the run from the Emperor Domitian, fifteen-year-old Fronto has joined the Roman army in order to find the security and structure he craves. But when his younger sister Ursula is captured by a terrifying Druid called Snakebeard, he must make an impossible decision. Can he leave the army, when desertion is punishable by death? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Fronto is on a mission to make peace between the Romans and Barbarians, but when a group of mixed tribes rebel, Fronto must stop them murdering the governor. He completes his mission successfully. This book is a fictional history story which really appealed to me. The author included details on the Roman Empire and how people lived in Briton in the past. The author includes sites in the book that can still be visited today and uses latin words and roman numerals to head the chapters. I liked this book, because I am interested in the Roman Empire and the story was action packed and adventurous.

Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet
By Guy Bass | Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

Aidan Abet knows the key to surviving at school - it's making himself indispensable to the teacher. Unfortunately there's something distinctly odd about new teacher Miss Vowel and her menagerie of animals. It almost seems that the animals are warn Aidan of danger...Should Aidan help the animals, or is his dedication to teacher-pleasing just too ingrained? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Aidan Abet is a boy who is very helpful and takes registers for teachers but when Mrs Vowel arrives, he must be brave and face danger as Mrs Vowel's  pets are actually former school children!  You don't want to be teacher's pet in Aidan's world! This book is easy to read and very amusing.

Soul Hunter: The Last Immortal
By Alex Marlowe | Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Luke always wanted to become a member of the Immortals. Now his dream his become a reality - brought back from the dead, his body rebuilt with superhuman abilities and high-tech modern attachments.

But achieving immortality doesn't make him indestructible. When corpses turn up in London's backstreets, the crime-fighting team descends into a dark adventure. The Immortals' strength will be tested to its limits as they track an ancient evil to the swamps of Louisiana. There they will battle their greatest foe yet: Draka, the Soul Hunter. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: With daring adventures and immortals everywhere this has to be one of the best books I have read! It is about a werewolf called Aurora, and her friends who formed a gang called "The Immortals". Together they must gather their wits about them and face betrayal, violence and pure evil. Keeping their friends close, they battle Draka, the Soul Hunter who is obsessed with stealing the soles of the people and creatures who destroyed him years ago. The immortals must stop Draka getting into the blood armour a magical body that creates immortality and indestruction. Draka manages to get into the blood armour so a battle of life and death takes place and the immortal seize the victory and banish the blood armour.  This book is CERTAINLY going on my favourite books bookshelf!

Wilf the Mighty Worrier and the Alien Invasion
By Georgia Pritchett 
| Publisher: Quercus Children's Books

Meet Wilf. He worries about everything. He is a Mighty Worrier. And now his next door neighbour Alan, the most evil man in the whole world, has decided he wants to be the most evil man in the whole UNIVERSE, with the help of his new rocket ship. When Wilf discovers some angry aliens from Mars in his back garden, he can tell that Alan's trip to outer space has not gone well. Can Wilf get over his fears long enough to help the aliens fight back? Join Wilf as he travels into space for his most out-of-this-world adventure yet! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Wilf (who worries alot) has an evil next door neighbour Alan, who plans to rule the universe and then destroy it with his latest invention "the big zappy thingy"! Wilf despite his worries,  must go to Mars and save the universe ,which is full of aliens, from Alan's evil plans. This book was fun to read and would appeal to anyone 6+

The Complete Book of Dragons
By Cressida Cowell 
| Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Long ago, the world was full of dragons. But what happened to them? Where are they now? These pages are taken from the notebooks of Viking Hero Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third when he was just a boy. A keen dragonwatcher, Hiccup paints a picture of the brilliance and fire and spirit of that lost dragon world.

Featuring dragon profiles, dragon anatomy, dragon riding tips and lots more must know info e.g. how to spot the difference between an arsenic adderwing and a glow worm (you don't want to mix those two up) and what to do when confronted with a Hellsteether. This is a must for all keen dragonwatchers out there...

How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book has all the dragons from the  'how to train your dragon' series in it, and it shows you how to dragon watch,  all the types of dragons and what they can do, such as speed, size and disobedience!  In the books of how to train your dragon, this was Hiccip's note book in which he puts his dragon observations in. This book was amazing, full of pictures and facts. It also came with a poster and exclusive dragon collector cards - brilliant! It would appeal to people from 5+ 

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo Book 1)
By Rick Riordan
 | Publisher: Puffin

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I have never read any of Rick Riordans books before so I was pleased to receive this book and give him a go... I liked all the historic details in this book and how the author made sure to include lots of different gods- including greek and roman. The book was about a god called Apollo but a misunderstanding led to him  becoming a mortal.  He must journey to camp half blood with Percy Jackson and a girl called Meg who is a demi-god. The story is exciting and  I did not want to put the book down.  I really enjoyed it.

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection
By Stephan Pastis
 | Publisher: Walker Books

Timmy Failure is back in award-winning author Stephan Pastis's fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates. Shenanigans abound as Timmy Failure finds himself on a road trip with none other than notorious criminal Molly Moskins. Travelling halfway across the country to help your mother's boyfriend settle into his new job would be inconvenient for any detective, let alone the founder, president and CEO of Total Failure Inc, the world's greatest detective agency. Timmy has a case to solve, and nothing can stand in his way. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I couldn't get into this book - the cover promised a funny story, but not for me! I read several chapters but it didn't appeal! 

Zenith: Book 2 
By Helen Dennis 
| Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Jed must confront the revelation of his true identity: he is the alchemist Fulcanelli who discovered the elixir of life and used it to become young again. He must take the elixir one more time in order to live for ever. If he doesn't take it he will die. But Jed only has nine months left to take the elixir. And he has absolutely no idea how to make it.

The challenge is clear. Jed, Kassia and co. must hunt down the secret recipe.Their quest takes them to Prague and then on to Paris - but hot on their heels are NOAH, the secret organisation that will do anything to get their hands on the secret to eternal life. Jed has everything to live for. But who can he trust? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I'm afraid to say that I would only rate this book 2 out of 5 stars....as I didn't realise understand the plot and I think the author went straight into the story too quickly.  The book was I think about a boy called Jed who was almost immortal. Jed was being followed by an organisation called Noah who were trying to find out his secrets of immortality. The book has some photos in it and they were old maps and photos of death certificates and books. The front cover was striking and I hoped it would be a page turner - not this time!

My Gym Teacher is An Alien Overlord
By David Solomons
 | Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

Zack and Lara have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the world. He just needs to find his trainers. 'My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord' is the action-packed sequel to the bestselling 'My Brother Is a Superhero', winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the British Book Industry Awards Children's Book of the Year. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Luke is a teenage boy who has a desire to save the world like his brother Zac (nickname: Star Lad). Zac and Lara (nickname: Dark Flutter), won't believe that aliens disguised as Luke's gym teacher are planning to attack earth to steal all their electronic devices.When Zac gets a cold and can't help stop the invasion, Luke and his friend Serge as well as Lara, must act by stowing away on the alien mothership to prevent the invasion. When a former enemy, Christopher Talbot offers to help, an ingenious plan forms in Luke's head .If he can stop the radio signals of the mothership to the other invasion battleships then the invasion would be foiled, but first they must rescue Lara's sister Cara. Once they have rescued Cara, Christopher Talbot is able to send out the signal to stop all the computers in the aliens fleet from working. Phew!

I liked the sound of this book as I've never read a book about aliens disguised as teachers planning to invade the world.....and it appeals to me a lot! It did not disapoint, this book was amusing and made me laugh out loud!

The Serpent King: Book 3
By Helen Moss | 
Publisher: Orion Children's Books

Perfect for fans of INDIANA JONES and PERCY JACKSON, this third exciting installment in Helen Moss' SECRETS OF THE TOMBS series follows Ryan and Cleo on another death-defying mission. Can Ryan and Cleo uncover the secrets of the tombs and solve the mystery before it's too late? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Cleo and Ryan, along with the team of professional archeologists are half way through exploring the mysterious tombs and riddles of Jaguar Paw, the Serpent King. Cleo is keen to find the serpent king's final resting place while Ryan has a mission more close to this heart - to search for his lost father. When a new archeologist comes, called Sophie, things start to mysteriously vanish from the tent where all the finds are kept.....Cleo and Ryan must find out who Sophie is working for and what she wants with Jaguar Paws treasure (the White Finder Tree). The White Finder Tree is a miniature tree made out of gems, crystals and obsidian. When Sophie realises that Ryan and Cleo are close to solving the mystery of the Serpent King, Sophie puts a recording device in Ryan's backpack so she hears every word when they crack the mystery. It is then only a matter of time before Sophie gets her hands on the White Finder Tree..... 

This book was an amazing piece of fiction. It was full of adventure and drama. This book is on my favourite list!

Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest
By National Geographic Kids | Publisher: National Geographic Kids

Follow along with your favorite Angry Birds characters as they go on an incredible adventure through the rain forest. Kids will be hooked on a wacky mission to learn all about the rain forest so they can protect it from those bad piggies. Readers analyze and explore the most diverse ecosystem in the world as they build basic skills. Packed with learning exercises and fun activities, Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest will transform kids into adventurers and leave them wanting more. It's a fun-tastic way to learn about a habitat in danger and the tens of thousands of creatures that call it home!  BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is full of rainforest facts, for example about the creatures and plants that live there, in addition, there are Angry Birds in the background providing more facts (through speech bubbles). The book tells you that lots of trees can be up to 1000 years old and some animals in the rainforest can not be found anywhere else in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at it, as I love wildlife and nature and I learnt lots of new facts. This book would appeal to everyone, even if you don't know much about Angry Birds.

France (Journey Through) 
By Liz Gogerly and Rob Hunt 
| Publisher: Franklin Watts

Journey Through offers young readers the chance to take a trip through exciting world countries using different modes of transport, from train and car to bicycle and private jet. Along the way the traveller visits highlighted places both well known and less known, and learns lots of exciting facts about history, language, culture and much more. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Tourist's attractions and heritage are all included in this book, it is full of useful and interesting facts - especially good if you were visiting France. The book is divided in to parts of the country - with a useful map at the front.  It has all sorts of details - including ski-ing in the Alps, history of the northern coast (WW2), sporting opportunities (e.g motor racing in Le Mans). I have been to France before but I didn't know all about its history and surroundings. It was an interesting book and there were lots of pictures and short paragraphs to dip in and out of. 

The Mighty Dynamo
By Kieran Crowley
 | Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Noah longs to be a professional footballer - and playing in the Schools' World Cup qualifiers might be just what he needs to get scouted. But when he's banned from his school team for something he didn't do, all his dreams are in doubt.
Determined to live up to his Mighty Dynamo nickname, Noah must find his own way to enter the contest - no matter what it takes! With best friend Stevie on tactics, and the skills of some unlikely new teammates, he's soon ready to take on the world - just as long as no one plays foul. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was about a boy called Noah who was an amazing footballer.  Noah (AKA The Mighty Dynamo) really wanted to play in a winning team in the tournament, so that he could be part of the World Cup. However he had been banned from his school football team because of a fight (that he didn't even start), so he decided to bring together a mismatch of boys and girls for his winning football team. He is the captain, and his team is successful - winning the tournament, despite the cheating of his old team and lots of hard work and team playing.

I was gripped by this book. I couldn't put it down! It was funny and the author had an amazing style of writing. It was very easy to read. I liked the players profiles and the happy ending.

The Game (Outcasts) 
By David Grimstone
 | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Self-named The Outcasts; Jake (Dealmo) and his friends Kellogg, Lemon and Fatyak like to spend their spare time playing role playing games. But things are about to get a little more interesting ... as the group sit down to play Destiny, a brand new RPG, they realise that this is no ordinary game. What they really have their hands on is the ancient Pandora's Box, containing superpowers for each of them. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Jake is the main character with a thoughtful personality and a clever brain. Jake just loves board games and when he buys another game called “Destiny”, his friends all moan, but he persuades them to play it with him.

When they opened the game, they found out that they were all given magical powers. Jake was a sorcerer and his friends powers included stealth, medical knowledge and ultimate strength. However all was not as it seemed, there was a dark side to the game, it was cursed. There was another player who had the power of invincibility and ultimate strength and he wanted them all to die.  One night an attack happens on one of  Jake’s friends and they all rush to help. It is then when they realise that the powers of the game are cursed and they smashed its pieces and all the curses were destroyed. This book was easy and read, and I like the style of writing. 

The Wilderness War 
By Julia Green | Publisher: OUP Oxford

This is our place and we'll fight to save it! 
A summer spent in the place Noah and his friends call the Wilderness, is a summer spent making dens, sleeping under the stars, and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. It's freedom. Until one day their Wilderness is sold and set for development and their dens torn down to make way for houses. For Noah and his friends this means war and they'll do anything to stop the Wilderness being destroyed. 
From the author of Seal Island, this exciting new adventure celebrates the outdoors and the freedom to explore it - and with the exclusive, fun tips and ideas in the back of the book, you can make the best of wild spaces too!  BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a boy called Noah, he and his friends go out every night to a tangled, untamed part of the town they lived in and played. Noah and his friends named this place 'The Wilderness' as it was home to millions of bugs and birds. So when a 'for sale' sign appears in the grounds of the Wilderness, Noah must act to save the place they played in and where all the wild animals and insects lived. With all the animals of the Wilderness relying on Noah, he sets up a compaign to show  that the Wilderness is a wild place that should be treasured and loved. The finale of his campaign is when he runs to the town hall to where building plans where being held, and the decision is made to save the Wilderness. I liked this book as it was jam-packed with wildlife and action. I also loved the information at the back of the book, e.g how to make a wild fire and how to create a wildlife pond.

Bodyguard: Target
By Chris Bradford | Publisher: Puffin

Ash Wild is the most successful teen rockstar in history. Millions of fans adore him. But one fanatic wants him dead. Surf champion and top bodyguard recruit Charley Hunter is assigned to protect the superstar on his sell-out US tour. But Ash isn't pleased to discover his new bodyguard is a girl.

Faced with a growing number of death threats, several suspicious accidents and an unruly rockstar, Charley has her work cut out keeping Ash alive on the tour. How will she spot a killer in a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about an organisation called 'buddyguard' and their job is to go on assignments to protect people from danger. When Charlie (one of the trained bodyguards) has to protect a worldwide famous rock star called Ash Wild, she comes across new dangers, for example, a laser gun target, fires and bombs.  Charlie must locate a murderer (who is trying to kill Ash) in a crowd of millions of Ash's fans. This story is action packed and very easy to read. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for Bodyguard Assassin when it comes out in May 2017!

How to Fight a Dragon's Fury: Book 12 
By Cressida Cowell | Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

Dragons vs Humans: can Hiccup save the dragons? Find out in the EPIC finale to the How to Train Your Dragon series.

It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere.

The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of one young boy as he stands on the nearby isle of Hero's End with nothing to show, but everything to fight for. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third's Quest is clear. First he must defeat the Dragon Guardians of Tomorrow and prove that he is in fact the rightful king, even though Hiccup has none of the King's Things and Alvin the Treacherous has all ten of them. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I enjoyed this book because I am really into the 'How to Train a Dragon' series, and I already have a few of the them. I didn't  have this one so I dived straight into it and finished it in two days!

Furious is the dragon that wants revenge on humans, for making dragons become slaves many centuries before. He has an army that includes all of the species of dragons, except the ones that are loyal to the viking Hiccup and his  band of friends. 

The main character is Hiccup who needs to fight the war against  Furious and his dragons. Hiccup does not want to not kill the dragons, instead he wants to make peace between them and end the war not in battle but in a peaceful talk with Furious. After much adventure and some hiccups(!), Hiccup makes the final speech and at last the war is over. 

I loved the shiny cover and the texture of it. It was bumpy like dragon scales. I couldn't put the book down because it was so incredibly exciting.

The Tempest (Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories) 
By Anna Claybourne
 | Publisher: Wayland

A powerful storm, a dramatic shipwreck, an enchanted island, a sorcerer's daughter and a handsome prince... Read on, through magic and mystery, to discover the spell-binding story at the heart of The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: Like Macbeth, this book was written as a story rather than a play. It has magic, mystery and lots of bickering characters. There were lots of fact and tips (like in Macbeth) and I found these helpful. I found the names of the characters hard to pronounce but I liked the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban. They were fun! I did not find this story easy to understand, it seemed quite complicated. 

Macbeth (Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories)
By Anna Claybourne
 | Publisher: Wayland

Is this a dagger I see before me...? A power-hungry general, his crazed wife, three interfering witches and some terrifying ghosts... Discover the gripping story of Macbeth; one of the world's most famous tragedies.

The age-appropriate text in Short, Sharp Shakespeare Stories: Macbeth introduces readers to the play by re-telling the story in modern English. It's an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for children of 9 and above, and perfect for fans of the Tony Ross and Andrew Matthews series Shakespeare Stories. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was a adaptation of a famous Shakespeare Play. The book was written as a story with chapters, rather than a play with acts. There were lots of facts and tips in the book to help you understand the Macbeth story. This storyline was basically everyone stabbing each other in the back! It did not have a happy ending and lots of people were killed. I could see the moral of the story was not to be greedy and jealous, and to be true to yourself. The book was easy to read, I just think the story of Macbeth is strange and complicated.

The Double Axe
By Philip Womack
 | Publisher: Alma Books Ltd

Dark forces are at work in the House of the Double Axe. Stephan, the thirteen-year-old son of King Minos of Crete, stumbles across a terrifying conspiracy. Is the Minotaur, a half man half bull who eats human flesh, real? Or is something even more dangerous threatening to engulf both the palace and the world? Stephan must race to save his family from a terrible fate and find out what really lurks inside the labyrinth...You think you know the story? Think again. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was based on Theseus and the Minotaur. It  was about a prince called Stephan who was the heir of Crete and the son of King Minos and an evil priestess who wanted to rule the world. When Stephan and his sister Ari find the double axe (a legendary weapon used by their ancestors) Stephan goes into the labyrinth to  rescue his younger brother Aster from the evil Priestess Myrrah. 

I found this book quite difficult to get into but once I had started reading it I could not stop thinking about the plot and the characters. I would recommend the book to 9 years - 11 years old who like legends, history and adventure.

House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!
By James Patterson | Publisher: Arrow

Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez and his 'bro-bot' E are making new friends every day as E works as his bedridden sister Maddie's school proxy. But disaster strikes when E malfunctions just in time to be upstaged by the super-cool new robot on the block – and loses his ability to help Maddie. Now it's up to Sammy to figure out what's wrong with E and save his family! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a boy called Sam and a robot called E. In this story, a new boy Eddie Ingalls, comes to school with another robot called SS-1OK. Eddie Ingalls and his dad are trying to make Eddie the most popular boy in school. The most popular boy was currently Sam as everyone loved E. When Eddie came to school with SS-1OK, he programmed SS-1OK to scramble E, so making everybody think he was dangerous.  When Sam and his other gang of robots find out the terrible truth of Eddie Ingalls and SS-1OK, they call for a match of  robot rugby and who ever wins gets to keep their robots and whoever loses has to put their robots in the car crusher. 

I couldn't put this book down, I finished it in one evening! It is awesome, easy to read, with good humour and I really like the illustrations. This book would appeal to everyone of school age.

Marius and the Band of Blood
By Christopher William Hill
 | Publisher:  Orchard Books 

Meet Marius Myerdorf, the newest recruit of Schwartzgarten's most secret of societies. His is a tale of adventure and abduction, friendship and fearlessness, as The Band of Blood race against time to unmask two of the foulest fiends in the history of the Great City. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book didn't appeal to me at first because of the front cover but as soon as I opened the book I knew I would love it. This was because I loved the map at the front and the writing style was easy to get into. It is about a boy orphan who meets a band of orphans who lived in an abandoned hotel and named themselves the Band of Blood. They save the city from some kidnappers and a old army of people calling themselves Vigils. These people wore gauntlets , capes and raven masks. I would recommend this book to boys and girls who liked adventure and some mystery. 

School Ship Tobermory
By Alexander McCall Smith | Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Follow the exploits of the children who go to a most unusual school - the sail-powered training ship Tobermory. When a film crew arrives in Tobermory Bay, Ben and Fee are invited to be extras. But their suspicions are soon aroused - is the film crew genuine, or are they up to something sinister? Ben and Fee soon discover the truth when they uncover a dastardly plan masterminded by a South American businessman... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a boy Ben and his sister Fee. They have lived most of their lives on their Mum and Dad's submarine, which they use for marine science (their parents are famous marine scientists). Their parents were looking for a school that would suit Ben and Fee. They found the 'School Ship Tobermory' and thought that was just the one where their children could learn to be sailors. Ben and Fee both made friends on the floating school and learn useful skills incl. climbing rigging & opening sails and were also extras on a film. I liked this book because of the descriptions which made me smile and also the drawings which made me use my imagination even more. I also liked the adventures that the children had, their way of life and the marine animals they encountered. 

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
By Horatio Clare
 | Publisher: Firefly Press Ltd

Aubrey is a rambunctious boy who tries to run before he can walk and has crashed two cars before he's old enough to drive one. But when his father, Jim, falls under an horrendous spell Aubrey is determined to break it. Everyone says his task is impossible, but with the help of the animals of Rushing Wood, Aubrey will never give up and never surrender - even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: On this occasion we are reviewing Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare. This book is about a little boy called Aubrey who tries to rid his dad of a small but very effective thing - this effective thing called itself the Terrible Yoot! The Terrible Yoot  kept coming to make Aubrey's dad not feel well, it made him feel weak and miserable. Aubrey and his new animal friends from The Rushing Wood set out in a hopeful quest to stop such a terrible creature.

In his adventure Aubrey find that the Terrible Yoot was actually a living thing like you and me who did not enjoy the world as much as we do. I like this story and I especially liked the illustrations of the animals. They were very well drawn.

Mel Foster and the Demon Butler  
By Julia Golding | Publisher: Egmont

When Mel Foster accidentally revives a giantess from inside a block of ice, he thinks his goose is cooked. But Eve is no MONSTER. She doesn't want to eat Mel―she wants to protect him. And he's going to need all the help he can get. Queen Victoria's butler is hatching a plan that could DESTROY the British Empire . . . and only Mel has the power to stop him! BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked this book because of the different monsters that were found but weren't at all scary. There are the main characters Mel and Eve who are friends with Viorica (she is a vampire) and they save Queen Victoria by stopping a demon butler killing her. This butler was trying to become king. He was trying to make everybody in the palace have 3D robots. The robots would be controlled by him so he could take over and kill Queen Victoria. This book was full of good description and images of the characters poking their heads in and out of the pages, this made the book come to life.

50 things about the Second World War
By 
Simon Adams | Publisher: QED Publishing

Each year of the war is introduced with a timeline featuring the key events and a map showing where the fighting took place and which countries were involved.

All the major events and battles are covered as well as entries on the home front, weapons and the cost of war giving a comprehensive and international introduction. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I jumped for joy when I saw this book, history is my favourite subject and we are just starting this topic at school! I liked the layout of this book. There were at least three pictures on each double-page making this book easy to look at. The description and information on the pages are very interesting and also easy to dip in and out of. I learnt lots of facts, for example, the sea battles had always had at least 4 ships involved. There would be about 500 or more sailors that would help during a bombardment. The British convoys were in grave danger from the German submarines commonly known as U boats. 

World of Warriors
By Curtis Jobling
 | Publisher: Puffin

Richard 'Trick' Hope is used to getting into trouble, but not like this. . .

On the run from bullies, Trick finds himself transported to the mystical Wildlands, a place where the greatest warriors throughout history have been summoned to fight in a battle for survival - from Romans and Vikings to Knights and Samurai!

A cryptic old man tells Trick that he's there for a reason - to deliver the Wildlands from the evil Boneshaker, who rules with an army of terrifying minions. Trick has been chosen to form a band of the seven greatest warriors to defeat this terrible enemy. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a boy called Trick Hope. He finds himself on a battle of survival. An evil man named Bone Shaker and his dreaded skull army is trying to take over the wild lands and heroes from all over history have come to help (e.g. Samurai, Ninjas, Celts, Viking and then Trick Hope from the modern times!). It was full of action and adventure and I really liked it. It contained all the things that appeal to me in a book!

Bodyguard Ambush
By Chris Bradford
 | Publisher: Puffin

Teenage martial arts expert Connor Reeves is tasked with protecting a foreign ambassador's family on safari. Considered the perfect assignment, the holiday turns to hell when their convoy is ambushed by gunmen. Fleeing through the bush, Connor and his assigned family become the prey in a shoot-to-kill hunt across the African plains. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I had never read a book about bodyguards before, this one is now it is on my 'best books' book shelf. I really really enjoyed it. This book has all the things I like - nature, adventure,action and 'awesomeness'!  This book was about a guy called Connor Reeves who is set with a challenge of protecting a foreign ambassador's family while they are on safari. Connor Reeves is a bodyguard. What should have been a perfect holiday turns into a massive race through the jungle from rebels. Connor and the ambassador's children live in the jungle for days before they find safety. It is a story of survival! 

The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn series)
By Kevin Sands
 | Publisher: Puffin

Potions, puzzles and the occasional explosion are all in a day's work for young apothecary Christopher Rowe. Murder is another matter.

It's a dangerous time to be the apprentice of Benedict Blackthorn. A wave of mysterious murders has sent shockwaves through London, and soon Christopher finds himself on the run. His only allies are his best friend, Tom, courageous Molly, and a loyal feathered friend, Bridget. His only clues are a coded message about his master's most dangerous project, and a cryptic warning - 'Tell no one!' BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I loved this story, it is my first detective book and I didn't want to stop reading until I got to the end! The story is about a girl called Lottie and her Uncle Bert. They both live in the British Museum and they see a man who they think is a robber in the museum (he turns out to be called Bloomsbury Bill) and they chase him, trying to work out clues to find the missing silver trident before Bloomsbury Bill. In the end they find it and capture the thief. I liked the characters and I liked the pictures as they made it seem more real to me. I enjoyed reading it.

Utterly amazing Human Body
By Robert Winston | Publisher: DK Children

Professor Robert Winston unravels the mysteries of the human body through pop-ups, pull-outs, flaps, sliders and incredible facts to make learning about the human body fun and interactive.

Pop-open the mouth to reveal the teeth, tongue and senses of smell or lift-the-flap on the human body to reveal all the major organs and systems. From bulging muscles to the inside of the brain, this beautiful pop-up book brings the human body for kids to life with Professor Robert Winston to help along the way. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book had lots of interesting facts about how your body works. I never knew that things called platelets  plug holes where your vein has been punctured when you fall over. There lots of examples like this. I loved how some of the pages were pop-up, and there were flaps to pull which made things move on the page. Mum and Dad learnt things too! This is a fantastic book for anyone who likes facts presented in an interesting  and fun way.

The Lost Sword (Spacejackers)
By Huw Powell 
| Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Star Wars meets Pirates of the Caribbean in this second swashbuckling quest for Jake Cutler and friends!

Jake Cutler - 13-year-old ruler of the secret planet Altus - is on the run from the Interstellar Navy. He and the crew of the pirate spaceship, the Dark Horse, are wanted over the disappearance of the ISS Colossus, the most powerful ship in the Navy's fleet. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: THIS BOOK IS EVEN BETTER THAN THE LAST BOOK IN THIS SERIES!!!!!!
Remembering Jake, Nanoo and Kella I was amazed at how they had settled into the Dark Horse (which is the space pirates ship captained by granny leather head) and how Jake became unwanted at papa dons illegal space-port.  There are many subplots in this book which makes it full of excitement and I was unable to put the book down! 

Sun Thief
By Jamie Buxton
 | Publisher: Egmont

Boy was plucked out of the River Nile as a baby. He now works at the local inn, making the plates and beakers from mud, as well as beautiful model animals that everyone loves. They live in the shadow of the Great Pyramid, working hard and trying not to run foul of the new king, who has banned all the old gods and closed the temples. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I was particularly intrigued by this book as we are learning about Egypt at school, plus it had a picture of Nefertiti on the back cover which I knew about. The story was set in wilderness and deserts with quite of lot of sand!  The sun thief was a young boy around the age of 10 years, he was told to make a model of Nefertiti's head but he thought there was something suspicious going on , a plot to rob a tomb! He was correct.  This book was one of my favourites!

National Geographic Kids INFOPEDIA 2016
By National Geographic Kids | Publisher: National Geographic Kids

This New York Times best seller is packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating articles about animals, science, nature, technology, and more. New features include a special section on animal friends; an updated 'Fun and Games' chapter filled with all-new games, jokes, and comics; a new 'Dino Myths Busted' feature; all new weird-but-true facts, crafts, and activities; a new special '15 Facts' feature in every chapter; updated reference material, and much more! Contains some material featured in previous editions. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is crammed full of facts on nature, science, technology and history, all subjects which interest me, from towering buildings to minuscule animals you can open any page and find yourself absorbed in the information. 

Operation Code Cracker
By John Townsend | Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational

Code-loving Max is unexpectedly recruited to spy on his friend's uncle, a suspected terrorist. But nothing is quite as it seems in this new world of espionage, double-crosses, kidnaps and car chases - and in the end, it may be Max's skill with word puzzles that saves the day. A thrilling, non-stop adventure packed with puzzles for the reader to solve. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I liked this book because it was full of adventure. The story was about a boy called Max, his friend Jay, his sister Miya and their uncle. There were a few more characters called Potato Head, Nero and Telson! Max went on a mission to find out if Miya and Jay's uncle was a terrorist, but he found out this was not true. Telson, who they thought Jay's uncle was working for was a double agent and terrorist from the Silver Scorpion Group. The uncle was innocent.

I liked the pictures as it helped me really imagine the characters. The story also was very amusing. I couldn't put the book down once I had started it. I finished it in one day!

Dragon Shield 2, The London Pride
By Charlie Fletcher | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

A dark force has woken in the British Museum and stopped time, freezing London and its inhabitants. Will and Jo are the only humans unaffected by the spell, and have been fighting alongside London's statues to locate the source of the disruption. But now their statue allies have been frozen too, leaving brother and sister alone and pursued by murderous dragons. What is more, they have noticed that the unmoving people of London are getting colder by the hour ... BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book didn't really manage to hook me in, although there were some funny parts. it was about an egyptian god who cursed the city of London, so that every person there would get frozen. I liked the book abit because there was a egyptian god and this subject interests me. 

The World of Norm: 1: May Contain Nuts
By Jonathan Meres
 | Publisher: Orchard Books

Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book got my imagination running. I thought it was going to too silly and not entertaining but I was wrong! It was a silly book and it made me laugh out loud. Norm said lots of funny things (usually every two to or three sentences) . He does silly things as well but they were normal things that me and my friends might do (not all of the things though, for example going on a long bike ride when your bike brakes don't work). I liked the pictures because the illustrator had drawn them in a style I liked, and it helped me imagine what Norm might look like. Thanks.

Warrior Heroes: The Samurai's Assassin
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross | Publisher: A & C Black (Childrens books)

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to prevent Tatsushi, a brave Samurai warrior, from making a fatal mistake. Fascinating historical facts combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys convince Tatshushi to chose a different path in life and escape the clutches of the deadly tyrant Kuroda in time to make it back to the present? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This was a Warrior Heroes book so I knew I would enjoy it. This time Arthur and Finn went back in time to Medieval Japan. They meet Akira, a samurai warrior who is forced into hiding. Together they defeat a War Lord who has taken over the land and had murdered the previous Lord. I liked the details of the pictures in the book and would recommend this book to boys who are interested in history and facts.

Warrior Heroes: The Gladiator's Victory
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross
 | Publisher: A & C Black (Childrens books)

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn as they try to convince a powerful gladiator to escape the confinement of the amphitheatre. Fascinating historical facts combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys manage to persuade the gladiator to break free, escape the clutches of powerful and evil Roman Lords and avoid being caught by the unforgiving Roman soldiers? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book really got my interest as I had read some Warrior Heroes books before and I had really enjoyed them. I knew as soon as I started it, it would instantly draw me in. The book was about Arthur and Finn who get sent back to time to Rome and become Gladiators. Their goal is to change history by changing events that happened in the past. They meet Marcus, another gladiator and together they escape from being gladiators. 

The Whisper
By Emma Clayton 
| Publisher: Chicken House

Mika and Ellie have the ability to hear thoughts. Their mission: listening in on the mind of evil Mal Gorman, who's determined to use an age-resisting serum to stay forever young. Forced to play along with his plans, the telepathic twins may be the only people able to release his brainwashed army of children. That's when they begin to hear The Whisper, which tells them they should be fighting fire with fire. This could mean revolution ... or war. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The front cover happened to be a few of my favourite colours so I was keen to read it.  It is about some orphaned children, who woke up and begin trying to escape from their dormitories. They were trying to escape because they had  a brainwave of anger. Two of the children have special powers, and were trying to make peace. I didn't enjoy reading the book as much as I hoped.

Kenny Wright: Superhero
By James Patterson
 | Publisher: Arrow (Young)

Kenny Wright is a sixth grade 'Grandma's Boy' in a tough inner city school, struggling with bullies, schoolwork and keeping his detentions secret from his 'G-ma'. Though in his active imagination he's a world-famous superhero, Stainlezz Steel, who fights crime, saves lives and rescues helpless animals.

But now Kenny’s neighbourhood need him – can he step up in his real life and help his ‘G-ma’ save the best School Principal he’s ever had? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I couldn't get into this book, although I tried more than once. I didn't like the drawings. Superheroes aren't really my thing, but I think that people who do like superheroes should try it.

Treasure Hunters: (Treasure Hunters 1)
By James Patterson | Publisher: Arrow (Young)

From the top ten bestselling author of Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life and I Funnycomes a brilliantly original new adventure series, jam-packed with action, humour, and heart!

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and travelling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: The title of this book wasn't very appealing but when I read the first few pages I was suddenly absorbed by the book. It is about two brothers and two sisters. They are trying to find treasure and their parents! Their parents had mysteriously disappeared whilst looking for the treasure.  Whilst on their search for treasure, the children meet a few obstacles including an army, some pirates, sharks and jungle animals. I really enjoyed this book, it would appeal to both boys and girls.

Warrior Heroes: The Viking's Revenge
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross | Publisher: A & C Black (Childrens books)

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to retrieve the stolen sword, Blood Hunter and rewrite the past. Fascinating historical facts combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys escape the grips of the powerful Vikings and succeed in changing the course of history?  BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was about sword that had been stolen by some vikings. The heroes Arthur and Finn  (modern day boys who have been put in an ancient enchantment and transported back in time where they are given a task to right a wrong), went on a quest to find and recover the sword, and capture the culprit. The sword was called the 'blood hunter' and viking warriors believed that the gods had made it to help them in battle. The sword was decorated in jewels and was very valuable. I really liked this book because it has lots of action in it. 

Warrior Heroes: The Knight's Enemies
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross | Publisher: A & C Black (Childrens books)

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to stop the castle of
Sir William Malory falling and prevent the death of his daughter Eleanor. Fascinating historical fact combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is another action book. I can't wait to read more of this series. Its about Arthur and Finn (modern day boys who have been put in an ancient enchantment and transported back in time where they are given a task to right a wrong). This time Arthur and Finn have been transported to Haxeley Castle in the Middle Ages. They needed to save a beautiful girl who would one day be queen. The girl had been kidnapped John the Withers.

Gladiator Boy: Collection 1
By David Grimstone
 | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Captured and sold into slavery, Decimus Rex is trained to fight as a gladiator in the infamous Arena. Our young hero must take on the
might of Rome in order to survive. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I did not like the look of this book. I read the first page but it didn't interest me.

 

 

Secret Breakers: 5: The Pirate's Sword
By  H L Dennis | 
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Team Veritas have been searching for the truth. But sometimes the truth is hard to handle. No longer safe in England, the team from Station X must escape to the United States of America where they embark on an epic treasure hunt. It starts in New York City where they track down a precious ring once owned by a Knight of Neustria. From there, on to Washington DC to look for clues in the largest library in the world - and then a trek across the Blue Ridge Mountains in search for treasure hidden in a long forgotten cavern. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is part of a series, this is book 5. There are lots of different characters and subplots and the book is well written.   I think it would better if you had read some of the eariler books as sometimes it was difficult to understand the plot. I got a bit confused at times. This book would suit anyone 9+, who likes books about adventure and secret code breaking.

Space Jackers
By Huw Powell | Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Abandoned as a baby on the planet Remota, deep in the seventh solar system, Jake Cutler lives a sheltered life. But all that changes when his home is invaded by ruthless space pirates with just one target: him.

Soon Jake is on the run with a bounty hunter and the suspicious-looking crew of a spaceship called the Dark Horse. Forced to contend with zero-gravity, shipwrecks and black holes, Jake must discover the truth about his past before he is hunted down and caught. And as for the crew of the Dark Horse, could there be more to his new-found friends than meets the eye?

The action-packed first book in the Spacejackers trilogy is full of aliens, space monsters, gadgets, battleships - and one boy's search for his destiny. Perfect for fans of Star Wars orPirates of the CaribbeanBUY IT ON AMZON

Review: I give this book 10 out of 10. I liked the way the author chose the names of all the space ports, ships, and all of the characters. Nanoo, ISS Colossus are examples. The author had a good sense of humour for example, naming an illegal space port papa-dons, it was funny because the main character said it as papadoms (poppadoms)!! I did not find the title of the book very appealing, but once I started the book, I couldn't wait to finish it. I can't wait for the next book to come out!

Bugsy Malone - Graphic Novel
By Alan Parker | Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
ISBN: 0007514840

The story behind the beloved film, Bugsy Malone, leaps off the page in this full colour original comic-strip graphic novel.

In Prohibition-era New York City, Fat Sam runs one of the most popular speakeasies in town – but his rival Dandy Dan is trying to shut him down. It’s up to the baby-faced Bugsy Malone to save the day…

Packed with thrills and spills (and more than a few custard pies and splurge), this is a mobster story with a twist – the stars are kids! Original graphic novel format with full colour illustrations now available. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This didn't appeal to me, I am sorry to say. I will take them to school and give to my friends.

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