Our Good Reads are chosen by pupils at Cannon Park Primary School, Coventry. Thank you to them and to Nicki Cleveland, HLTA & School Librarian. Nicki is one of the librarians on the UK SLA School Librarian of the Year Honour List 2018.
Just Jack, Kate Scott, Piccadilly Press, 9781848126244, £5.99
Just Jack is the story of a boy who has moved house a lot. He’s kind of given up on making friends and has developed a system to make it easy to start in new schools. This time there’s a problem, his system doesn’t seem to work with one of the children and Jack starts to think a friend might be a good thing.
I was in love with this book within the first few pages. Kate Scott is really funny. You get to know all of her characters really well. I loved going to Tyler’s house with Jack and seeing his zany inventions, and understanding him better. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny stories that make you think too.
Mia, Year 5
The Legend Of Podkin One-Ear, Kieran Larwood, illus David Wyatt, Faber & Faber, 9780571340200, £6.99
This is a great book. A storyteller arrives on Bramblemas Eve and begins telling the young rabbits The Legend Of Podkin One-Ear. He promises that the version he will tell will be the truth!
Podkin, his older sister Paz, and younger brother, Pook have to escape the safety of their burrow when the Gorm attack their home, and that’s the beginning of their adventure to defeat the enemy that is threatening rabbits across the Five Realms.
Although at times, it is a sad tale, I liked it because of all the action and adventure. My favourite part was when the Gorm attacked Podkin’s warren. The illustrations help bring the characters and the world they live in to life, and the map at the start is great for seeing where they go on their journey.
Tomas, Year 3
Boy X, Dan Smith, Chicken House, 9781909489042, £6.99
When Ash wakes up, he needs answers. He’s in a strange place that seems to be a hospital, but he can’t find any doctors or nurses. When he does find the front door he realises he’s a long way from home as the heat hits him and he stares out at the jungle ahead of him.
When Isabel arrives, she takes him to where her dad should be to discover their parents have been injected with a deadly virus and they’re running out of time to get the cure.
I loved this book so much! I don’t have a favourite part – it was all better than amazing! Ash is very brave and resourceful, and Isabel is courageous and smart. They make a great team!
Jasmine, Year 5
Knights And Bikes, Gabrielle Kent, illus Rex Crowle, Knights Of, 9781999642503, £6.99
Demelza lives in her caravan on the peaceful island of Penfurzy. When a monster breaks in, she grabs her foam sword and prepares to defend her home and pet goat.
It turns out the monster isn’t a monster, but a really cool girl called Nessa. The two become best friends and set off on their bikes to find the legendary fortune of the Penfurzy Knights hidden somewhere on the island.
Knights And Bikes is great fun and full of adventure. My favourite character is Nessa; she always sticks by her friend Demelza however crazy her ideas are, and my favourite part is when Nessa gets bitten by a head! The illustrations are really funny too.
There is also a clue hidden within the story for the reader to find which adds to the mystery.
Zoe, Year 5