Book Reviews

Out of the Ashes

Written by Monday, 21 July 2014 Published in Year 5 & 6 Book Reviews
Out of the Ashes

"Out of the Ashes"

 By Michael Morpurgo

Written as the diary of a 13 year old girl during the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. This book tells us what it was like to be a farmer or a farmer’s family who lose everything – every animal on their farm, even their beloved pets.  It is very powerful and poignant and, amazingly, has an upbeat ending.

This book has been recommended for KS2 children.

The Queen’s Beasts

Written by Monday, 01 December 2014 Published in Year 1 & 2 Book Reviews
The Queen’s Beasts

Recommended for year 1 and above

By Sophie Bristow

Lizzie lives at Kew Gardens in London and every night she runs past the sculptures of the Queen’s Beasts – a Griffin, a unicorn, a dragon, a greyhound  etc.

Using the used drinks cans from the bins, they come alive and all end up going to the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant. The beasts forget they aren’t supposed to be real and dance on the top of the boat as they pass the Queen, making her smile!

Check out www.tomhiscocks.co.uk  Tom is a sculptor who lives and works in Cambridgeshire and has made the life sized Queen’s Beasts out of drinks cans. Amazing!

The Diamond of Drury Lane

Written by Monday, 08 December 2014 Published in Year 5 & 6 Book Reviews
The Diamond of Drury Lane

By Julia Golding

Recommended for year 5

Fun to read! Set in 1790 in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. Written in the first person by Catherine (Cat) Royal who is 13, does odd jobs around the theatre and is worried about what will happen to her as she gets older. She can read and write as various actors in the theatre have taught her through the years. She is friendly with a new person at the theatre, an African ex-slave violinist called Pedro (though this friendship is a little rocky at times), and makes friends with the new prompter –Johnny – who turns out to be a young lord on the run from his father and is also known as Captain Sparkler (a cartoonist wanted for treason). There are gamgs around Covent Garden, a couple of young rich children who they make friends with …

A well-written page-turner!

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