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