Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman by Susan M Yr6

This is a terrific tale of a boy called Bod who is educated by...GHOSTS! He lives a perfect life with ghosts as his only family. Bod's only home is the graveyard, but soon he starts to wonder what's beyond the mystical secrets of the graveyard? Little does he know that dangers await him in the unknown realm of the real world. His stalker is closer to him than he realises.

Will Bod defeat his enemy once he realises who it is? More importantly, will he even make it out alive?

I think its a great book. I hope you enjoy it too!

Book Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl by Susan M Yr6

This 'cog-tastic' book is action-packed and overflowing with secrets, lies, betrayal and mysteries. 

Cogheart ensures that you are gripped throughout, yet at moments, it leaves you perched on the edge of your seat; your fingernails bitten down to their stubs. Lily (the main protagonist) is a brave girl who stays strong throughout the story, fighting for what she believes in...fighting for what's right! But will that be enough when faced with notorious villains who pose a threat to her life?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Book Review: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell by Alex S Yr6

'Rooftoppers' is a masterpiece as it shows a key message about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a 'possible'. It was the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the UKLA Children's Book Award. 

It follows the story of a curious, young girl named Sophie. She is an orphan who luckily survived a shipwreck at the age of one! Floating in a case, Sophie was wrapped in the music of Beethoven. As she is adopted by Charles, they immigrate to Paris, France to try and find her mother, Viveniena. She befriends a 'rooftopper' (a person who lives on the roofs) named Matteo and searches the land for her mother. 

I would rate it ***** (out of 5) because it is really enjoyable. It is my 4th favourite book. 

Book Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl by Alex S Yr6

This brilliantly written book is one of my personal favourites and was shortlisted for numerous awards, such as: Waterstones Book Prize 2017, Haringey Children's Book Award 2017 and much, much more. It was also the winner of Dudley Teen Book award and Sefton Super Reads Award 2017.

It follows the journey of young, red-haired Lily on the epic quest to find and save her father (John Hartman). She is joined by another young boy named Robert, who is the son of the town's horologist. Malkin (a fox 'mechanimal' and her best friend) helps Lily on her journey as a sidekick. they are hiding from Mr Roach and Mr Mould (who have mirrored centered eyes instead of pupils). She seeks help from Anna (a news reporter) and Professor Silverfish. As Roach and Mould search the land for her, another villain lurks in the shadows without being noticed. Yet they are after the Cogheart, but where is it?

This gripping adventure shows how confident children can be, and that the ones you hold dearly can ruin your life. Set in Victorian times, it is great for readers who most enjoy action and seek a nice crime story. Suitable for children, I would rate it ***** (out of 5) because it has become one of my favourite books. 

Book Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl by Lily J Yr6

Peter Bunzl Cogheart Book Review by Lily James.

'Cogheart' is the type of book that no matter how hard you try to not think about it the nail-biting adventures of Lily and Robert slip straight back into your mind! Lily's life was never the best, but she does not know the half of the suffering her life has to offer. Her mom tragically died in a secretly-planned crash in a act of revenge by the main protagonists' (Lily and Robert) arch enemies. A lot of the characters' backstories link together in unpredictable ways, like Lily's dad, John, and Professor Silverfish. Some hints to the further parts of the story go back as early as the prologue! I enjoyed that at the beginning: two stories are happening at the same time and it switches the character it follows between chapters. I enjoyed that the ending was still full of action and not rushed.
I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action and adventure stories.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
by Alex S Yr6

Book review

I am writing a book review on 'The Graveyard Book'. I would rate it 4.5/5 because it has descriptive language, with a gripping build up to the unfortunate finale. At the start, Baby Bod escapes a malicious, daring man named 'the man Jack'. Before this though, Baby Bod's parents and siblings are brutally murdered in cold blood. A few chapters on, and when he is seven, he meets an intriguing, young girls called Scarlett. They instantly become the best of friends, however, Scarlett's dad is a boarding school teacher, and has to move away. Yet, there is a boring part where Bod has escaped the graveyard with a collective of famous ministers. On their way to a city, Bod gets swung around and has to camp. I felt this section went on too long, when it could have been a shorter chapter. Yet, it makes up for it by revealing one of its many secrets about Miss Lupescu. 

My favourite characters are Miss Lupescu and Silas. THis is becuase they act mysteriously, yet they just want to do their job. You find out Miss Lupescu's secret in Chapter Three, whilst Silas doesn't give you an answer until nearer the end when all is revealed. The question that sticks with you is: 'Why can Silas explore, when he is dead, yet other ghosts can't?'

This book was the CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner 2010.
Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
by Alyssiah B Yr6

'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman - packed with intrigue and nail-biting adventures!

When Nobody Owens (Bod) was a baby, the man Jack slaughtered his family, yet somehow Bod escaped and ended up in a graveyard being educated by ghosts! Scarlett was his one true human friend until she had to move away. As Bod grows older, he desperately longs to see the outside world, but cannot, as the man Jack is still out prowling for him. When Bod if fifteen, Scarlett returns, but little does she know, she's closer to the killer than anybody could imagine...

Rating out of 5: ***** 5/5

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Welcome to the first Reaside Academy Bookclub blog. The purpose of this page is to form a record of what happens in the Year 5 and 6 Bookclubs that happen in school every other Friday. 
Last term, we read 'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman, which was generally enjoyed by everyone. There were some brilliant reviews created - watch out for them on this blog. 
After a slight re-shuffle of members, we're now reading 'Cogheart' by Peter Bunzl. We'll meet this Friday to see what we think so far.

I'd love to get a selection of Bookclub members contributing to this blog too to share their own reading recommendations and thoughts. 

That's all for now. 
Miss Gabb