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REVIEW: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY

Author: Gary Schmidt

Ages: 12-15andpossiblyover

Honestly, I’m not sure exactly when this story is set, but I think it is in the early last century. It is based on historical events, and the Tripp family really existed.
Turner has just moved to Phippsburg, where his father will be minister. He has already managed to become the worst baseballer (or whatever you call it) in town, even though he was great in Boston, an absolute chicken and scaredy-cat, and a vandal. But then he meets Lizzie, the first black person that he has ever seen, and joins the fight against racism in the town.

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REVIEW: The Wednesday Wars

THE WEDNESDAY WARS

Author: Gary Schmidt

Ages: 11/12-15 (also a good family book)

It’s 1967, there’s a war on, and Holling Hoodhood is the only Presbyterian in his class. This means he has to spend Wednesday afternoons alone in class with Mrs Baker – who totally hates his guts. And his dad won’t listen because he wants his architectural business a to get a contract with her family. His sister believes him, but she hates his guts to. So every Wednesday, he has to beat the dust out of blackboard erasers from every class in the school or read Shakespeare, and all he time he’s waiting for the ceiling to collapse and release the class’s two escaped monsters/mutated rats. Who even Mrs Baker is scared of

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REVIEW: The Winterhouse Mysteries

THE WINTERHOUSE MYSTERIES

Author: Ben Guterson

Ages: 11-14

It’s Elizabeth’s third month at Winterhouse, the world’s greatest hotel, and she can’t wait to see her best friend, Freddy, again. But there’s a strange rumbling over the nearby abandoned mine and she keeps seeing a strange red mist. Her sort-of-friend Elana, a twelve-year-old trapped in the body of a ninety-year-old, is probably dying. And now she’s hearing worryingly tempting whispers in her dreams in the voice of her worst nightmare – her dead great aunt

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REVIEW: The Secrets of Winterhouse

THE  SECRETS OF WINTERHOUSE

Author: Ben Guterson

Ages: 11-15

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth, newfound granddaughter of the manager of the world’s awesomest hotel ever, has just arrived at Winterhouse (AKA awesomest hotel ever) to find that her best and only real friend, Freddy, has been adventuring with another (pretty!) kind of creepy girl. Who has the world’s most venomous gran. And is friends with the meanest boy/book thief ever, who, by the way, is busy ripping the library to pieces and mugging chefs. At least she’s got a new puzzle – the mysterious, confusing Winterhouse seal

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REVIEW: The Murder at the Vicarage

THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE

Author: Agatha Christie

Ages: 12+ (including all adults, I’d say)

This isn’t my usual sort of book, but it’s the only new one I could find this week.
I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I must also say that the victim was obvious, but I suppose that’s not supposed to be much of a surprise

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REVIEW: Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers

PAGES & CO.: THE BOOKWANDERERS

Author: Anna James

Ages: 10-14

I did not start this book with high hopes, but I was quickly absorbed. The basic atmosphere is of the smell of bookshops, mystery and the magic of stories. It is based on the idea that all books have some sort of simple power or magic. (Trying not to break the No-Spoilers rule!)

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REVIEW: Winterhouse

WINTERHOUSE

Author: Ben Guterson

Ages:10-14

Eleven-year old Elizabeth, orphaned at four, lives an extremely boring and lonely life with her aunt and uncle – until a mysterious opportunity  for her to spend the Christmas holidays at the famous Winterhouse hotel appears. There she meets the creative, fascinating old manager, a couple dressed entirely in black who apparently carry half a library around in a coffin, and her first real friend

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REVIEW: Soul Music

SOUL MUSIC

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 11+ (Adults included)

It’s hard to give a intro for this book without breaking my ‘zero spoilers’ rule (which I admit I’ve kinda bent recently), but here goes:

Death is missing. Again.
Susan Sto Helit is seeing things… like the tooth fairy. She can fade into the background when she doesn’t want to work in class and she doesn’t know why. And now a sarcastic raven and a hooded rat skeleton are trying to talk to her about her grandfather’s hearing difficulties.
Imp Y Celyn swore to be the world’s best musician, and you must be careful what you swear because you never know what’s listening…

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REVIEW: Interesting Times

INTERESTING TIMES

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 11+ (adults included)

Rincewind the failed wizard was living in perfect bliss on a forgotten island, and about to be gifted with that rare delicacy that is the potato (possibly), when he finds himself back in Ankh-Morpork with his mouth full of the world’s absolute worst sausages. The Agateans are looking for the famed ‘Great Wizzard’ and suddenly

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REVIEW: Monstrous Regiment

MONSTROUS REGIMENT

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 13+ (adults included)

War-crazed Borogravia, lead by a probably-dead old woman and a god who banned the colour blue and babies, is onto its last batch of recruits – which consists of a vampire, an Igor, a troll and at least one girl