Chosen by Year 6 (10-11 year-old) pupils from Widcombe C of E Junior School, Bath.
Thanks to Hannah Sackett, School Librarian.
The Raspberry Rules
Karen McCombie, Scholastic, 1407115537, £6.99 pbk
The Raspberry Rules follows on from a series called ‘Ally’s World’ (which is really good). It is a diary by Ally’s sister, Rowan, who is very whacky and wild!! The reason the book is called The Raspberry Rules is because Rowan writes new rules on her new raspberry pink bedroom wall. She finds it incredibly difficult to follow one rule in particular: ‘be a normal friend’. I personally like Rowan the way she is, for she’s just so fun and crazy. My highlight from the book is when Rowan keeps making fun of the normal kids’ floppy fringes.
Overall the book is extremely funny and every sentence pulls you further and further in. Robyn Ashworth Davies
Cathy Cassidy, Puffin, 0141338865, £6.99 pbk
Dizzy is one of my favourite books because it tells you so much about Dizzy’s life. Dizzy’s life is very original and she loves exploring. The story has lots of emotion in it.
Dizzy has to live with just her dad because her mum left when she was younger. She misses spending time as a family with her mum and dad. I like this book because it has a true meaning of how a child’s life could turn out. I recommend this book to children of 11 and up. Have fun reading! Kasia Paginton
The Snow Merchant
Sam Gayton, Andersen Press, 1849393710, £12.99 hbk
A tale of love, magic, secrets, lies and mystery. This novel by Sam Gayton is about a girl (Lettie Peppercorn) who is longing to solve the mystery of where her mother has gone. In her world there is sleet, ice and frost but they have not heard of snow. One day a mysterious alchemist shows up at the inn where she lives, telling everyone about his invention called snow and willing to sell it. This changes everything, making Lettie and her friend Noah embark on a journey across the ocean, twisting the very fabric of nature and being chased by liars and cheats to find out where her mother is.
The book has an intriguing storyline and a plot that really engulfs the reader with a sense of magic and adventure. It is an inspiration to all budding writers. I would recommend it to young readers, potential writers and fantasy lovers because of his style of writing and his unique way of creating magic. Jeremy Becker
Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days
Derek Landy, HarperCollins, 0007325975, £6.99 pbk
There are six books in the ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series. I am now reading book four, called Dark Days.
I like the ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ books because they are really mysterious and I like action and adventure books that have fighting in. I also like made-up words and fantasy stories. In these books, dead people come back to life but they still look gruesome. Skulduggery Pleasant looks scary but he is one of the good people. Other types of people in the stories are the Faceless Ones, the Cleavers and the Remnants.
Try this series if you like books that are scary, spooky and mysterious. Siobhan Thomas
Five go off to Camp
Enid Blyton, Hodder, 0340681128, £4.99 pbk
I really enjoyed Five go off to Camp because it was very adventurous. In some places it was quite frightening because Enid Blyton put a lot of suspense into her chapters. One of my favourite characters is Julian because he looks after everybody and acts older than his age. I also really liked Timmy the dog because he was described really well.
These books are good at inspiring you to go outside and go on an adventure. If you enjoy exciting stories why not try reading the Famous Five books and see if you enjoy them! Millie Nash