This issue’s Good Reads were chosen by young people at St Richard Reynolds Catholic Primary School, Twickenham. Thanks to Hannah Parker, College Librarian, for her help and to Rebecca Butler.
M Evan Wolkenstein, Usborne Publishing, 978-1474981385, £7.99 pbk
Turtle Boy is a brilliant book about bravery and friendship. It tells the story of a boy called Wilf who is made to volunteer at a hospital as part of his Bar Mitzvah preparations, where he meets RJ, a boy who is very sick and spends his whole life in a hospital room. The friendship they make helps both of them overcome the problems they have and shows that we shouldn’t spend our lives hiding away in our shells. The book is very sad in places, and because of some of the more grown-up themes I would recommend it to Year 6 and above.
Review by Nicole, Year 6
On The Marsh
Simon Barnes, Simon and Schuster, 978-1471168512, £8.99 pbk
This book brought me so much joy! I loved this book because it was so educational and full of humour. I enjoy reading books based on a real-life story or about other people’s lives, and On The Marsh taught me so much about all the animals and plants that are found on the beautiful Norfolk marshes and what we should be doing to protect nature. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in wildlife.
Review by Luke, Year 5
Padraig Kenny, Chicken House, 9781911077657, £6.99 pbk
This is a story about friendship and adventure with a darker science fiction soul. It takes place in a strange world where Christopher and his five mechanical friends live relatively happily (apart from the sinister presence of Mr Absalom), until one day, a man takes Christopher away and he realises that he is not a human child either. It is action packed and a bit scary in places, but I would really recommend it to older readers who like gripping stories!
Review by Catherine, Year 5
The Lost Whale
Hannah Gold, HarperCollins Children’s Books, 978-0008412968, £7.99 pbk
This is a lovely book about a boy called Rio and a whale named White Beak. When White Beak disappears, Rio embarks on an adventure to save both her and his sick mum. This story mixes action and emotion with an important message about how we should look after our oceans, and it proves that humans are not the most powerful creatures on the planet.
Review by Anastasia, Year 4
Katie and Kevin Tsang, Simon and Schuster, 978-1398505933, £7.99 pbk
Dragon Destiny is the final book in the amazing Dragon Realm series. When the Dragon Realm collides with the Human one, four children have to save both worlds, but they have help…from dragons! It’s a thrilling book full of action, suspense and drama and it gripped me as strongly as a snake tied around my chest! My favourite character is Spark because she is so kind and has some awesome powers too. I would rate this book 5 stars.
Review by George, Year 3