The Golden Goose

Author:  Dick King-Smith

Review by: Miriam

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

Farmer Skint is a very unlucky farmer. His  cows often got foul-in-the-foot, his pigs often got swine fever and his chickens were always being eaten by foxes. One day, Farmer Skint went to his old goose shed and discovered a golden egg! This egg hatched out into a golden goose, named Joy by the farmer’s wife. Whenever they touched her, their mood changed from worried and anxious to happy and excited. Life on the farm became very fortunate and everything goes well, until their postman hears about Joy…

This book was really delightful and made me believe that anything was possible!

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

The Wolf Wilder

Author:  Katherine Rundell

Review by: Miriam

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

Feo and her mother live in the northern forests of Russia, miles from anywhere. Their job is to re-wild wolves who have been taken as pups and kept as pets by rich Russians. When evil Rakov orders them to stop their work with the wolves and sets their house on fire, Feo’s mum is captured and taken to St Petersburg prison to await trial.  

Ilya, a soldier with a secret passion for ballet dancing, luckily becomes friends with Feo and together with wolves Tenderfoot, Grey, Black and White, they set out to cross Russia and rescue her mother.

This book was amazing! It made me feel as if I was there, watching it happen. I recommend it to children (and adults) who love adventure stories.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

I Swapped My Brother on The Internet

Author:  Jo Simmons

Review by: Finn

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

In the book, Johnny has had enough of his older brother Ted so he decides to swap him on the internet for a new one. Mervyn is the first new brother who was a merboy.  Johnny was so excited to meet his new brother. His new brother was from Bonkersville. Mervyn had never ridden a bike before and he had never tried a Jaffa cake before either. Johnny allowed Mervyn to ride his bike whilst he rode Ted’s bike and Johnny believed he was now the big brother.

A few weeks later Johnny found a note saying that Mervyn had decided to rip his trousers off, jump in to the waves and go away to sea. Johnny was feeling sad but he understood the call of the sea was to strong for Mervyn because it wasn’t fair for a merboy to live on land.

Johnny then emailed the sibling swap offices and told them Mervyn had gone away to sea and asked for a new brother. The office told Johnny they have the perfect match for him.

 A boy called Hari turns up at the door, he had a tag around his neck and squeaked whilst running happily around the room on all fours. Hari squeaked every time Johnny spoke to him.  Johnny couldn’t help thinking that this wasn’t really what he’d signed up for. He emailed the sibling swap offices again asking for another brother and eventually he wished for his brother Ted back.

I enjoyed this book because it reminds me of my brother and how I would like to swap him. I also like it because Johnny meets a lot of new people and gets up to exciting things.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has an annoying older brother.

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Author:  Chris Riddell

Review by: Rhiannon

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is the first of four books written and illustrated by the fantastic Chris Riddle.

Ottoline lives on the 24th floor of the Pepper Pot Building and she lived in Apartment 243 with Mr. Munro, who was small and hairy creature from a bog in Norway.

Ottoline’s mum and dad, “Ma and Pa”, found Mr. Munro and took him home to look after Ottoline when they went exploring, which started when Ottoline was a baby.

Ottoline’s life is full of mystery and exciting adventures, so she grows up to be a child detective and is very good at solving problems.

In this book she helps find missing dogs, who have been stolen in very odd circumstances.

I like this book because I really like cartoons and adventures and this book gives you not just that, but it makes you laugh.

I liked the villain because she is a proper baddie.

I loved the illustrations, which were interesting to look at and helped me to understand the story and imagine what the characters might actually look like.

It’s funny, full of curiosity and is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

It teaches you – never let your dog out of your sight!

I mark it out of 5 a 5.

I recommend it for all ages.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Dork Diaries

Author:  Rachel Renee Russell

Review by: Ginny

Year Group: Year 5

Review:
The book is about a girl called Nikki, living in the shadows. She is quiet, not popular and only has two friends. She enters an art competition and Mackenzie the school bully ruins her picture as she wants to win. Her friends secretly build her another art competition entry and she wins. I thought this book was very funny and had a happy ending and it shows that being a bully is not good.

Mark out of 5…
5 – Excellent

The Highland Falcon Thief

Author:  M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Review by: George

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

Step into a world of trains with this amazing book.

Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat are invited on the final journey of a very famous train called The Highland Falcon. When a very precious jewel gets stolen Hal and his friend Lenny try to find out who stole the jewel. Can they figure it out who the thief is before the end of the line? I chose this book because I love trains. I thought this book was amazing. I would recommend this book to people who like trains and people who like adventure.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

The Boy at The Back of The Class

Author:  Onjali Q. Rauf

Review by: Daisy

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

This book is about Ahmet, a refugee boy from Syria who’s family has been separated on the journey to escape the war in his home country of Syria. He has come to England to start a new life but cannot speak the language and doesn’t know anyone here. He starts school with an interpreter to help him.  Four best friends come together to endeavour to help Ahmet find his parents, and they make friends with him and help him stand up to the school bully and overcome prejudice.  What a plan they conjure up together. First they become his friend, then they decide on a plan of action, then they get to work.

Their plan is dangerous, they skip school and travel on the London Underground by themselves in their hopes to get a message to the Queen before a crucial deadline expires. Who knows what happens next?

I liked this book because it was full of adventure and every chapter left you wanting to read more.

The moral of this book I think is to always be kind and not to judge a person by their appearance. The friends showed courage and determination to help Ahmet and I’m not sure I would have been so brave!  I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure aged 7+

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Survivors

Author:  David Long and Kerry Hyndman

Review by: Fergus

Year Group: Year 5

Review:
I am enjoying this book because it is all about how people survived dangers around the world!

This book is made up of several true stories for example Juliane Koepcke, the girl who fell from the sky and Poon Lim, the man who sucked blood from a shark.

All the people in this book are brave because they didn’t give up even though they probably felt like it.  This shows perseverance, which is one of our School values.

The story of Sue Ruff and Bruce Nelson, the couple who were blasted by a volcano, is my favourite so far.  This tale is about the deadliest eruption in American history and talks about “an avalanche of rock and soil careering down the mountainside”.   I enjoyed reading about the helicopter rescue at the end.

Whilst reading this book, I have learnt that an ornithologist is somebody who studies birds and their behaviour.

A word I was not sure about was the word “disintegrate”.  According to the dictionary, it means to separate into parts or fragments.

I have not read a book like this before but I will read another one like it.  I recommend this book to people 5-12 years of age even though my Mummy enjoyed it too!

Mark out of 5…
4 – Very Good

My Name Is River

Author:  Emma Rea

Review by: Miriam

Year Group: Year 5

Review:
When Bluebird, a global company which aims to stop global warming, steals Dylan’s family farm, he is determined to get it back. He sets off on an amazing adventure to Brazil and meets a street-girl named Lucia, who saves his life. They have to venture through the dangerous Amazon rainforest, in order to stop Miss Crassy and her gang and their evil plans. Can Dylan get his farm back before it’s too late?
This book was amazing! It captured my imagination and I wanted to carry on reading it forever.

Mark out of 5…
5 – Excellent

The Good Thieves

Author:  Kathrine Rundell

Review by: Miriam

Year Group: Year 5

Review:
When Vita’s Grandfather’s house is stolen by the evil Sorrotore, she gets together a team of talented children to help her win it back. Together they plan to break in, steal back the emerald jewel and escape. But what Vita’s friends don’t know is that Vita has half betrayed them…
I enjoyed this book because it was exciting and adventurous and made me feel like I was there. I couldn’t put it down!

Mark out of 5…
5 – Excellent

The Secret Seven

Author:  Enid Blyton

Review by: Thomas

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

I choose this book because when I was young I read the Famous Five and now I have the Secret Seven collection. I really liked the book because there are lots of adventures and stuff. I didn’t know about the Secret Seven before I started the Book. I think an adventurous person would like this book. Collin forgot the code to go in the meeting place that was being held in a shed because he is a forgetful person, I think he is happy at the start of the book, anxious in the middle when Jack was lost and Colin was worried about him, then I think Colin was happy at the end.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Shadow

Author:  Michael Morpurgo

Review by: Maya

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

This is a story about a boy that lived in Afghanistan in a cave. One day a dog came to the cave with a cut on her leg. The boy named Aman helped her with her cut on her leg but his mother and grandmother didn’t know about it. Aman named the dog Shadow and they became friends.

There was a war in Afghanistan and Aman went on a big dangerous journey to England to try to get away from the Taliban. There are some sad parts in the book but good things too.

I really like the book because in the end it was a happy ending and I like happy endings.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

The Lost Magician

Author:  Piers Torday

Review by: Miriam

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

Siblings Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry are evacuated during the Blitz in 1945. They end up in a massive house owned by a female professor. When Larry stumbles upon an old library door, nobody believes him until the professor tells them about an old man who people called a magician, who went through the door about a hundred years ago and never came back.

When British soldiers suddenly arrive at the house and start shooting, the children hide in the top room. Just as a soldier comes thumping up the stairs, the magic library door appears. Escaping through, Larry leads the others to the “Read” aisle where he went before and they end up in a field where the adventure really begins…

The story was exciting and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventures.

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good

Jungle Drop

Author:  Abi Elphinstone

Review by: Miriam

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

Fox and Fibber, the Petty-Squabble twins, have snooty, rich and selfish parents who teach them to stamp all over other people’s feelings and compete against each other. It all changes when they find themselves on the Here And There express train, going to an unmapped kingdom called Jungledrop. Fox has a magical Phoenix tear given to her by an old man, Casper Tock, but she thinks magic is make-believe.

The twins have to journey through dark avenues, creepy forests and murky swamps to find the evil Morg, who is trying to destroy all of the goodness of Jungledrop and turn it into her own horrid kingdom. Will Fox and Fibber survive…?

I thought this book was amazing, it made me feel as if I was there, and I recommend it to people who love adventure.

Mark out of 5…

5 – Excellent

Tales of an 8 bit kitten: A Call To Arms

Author:  Cube Kid

Review by: Sasha

Year Group: Year 5

Review:

This diary is about a kitten called Eebs who lives in a game of blocks and cubes. Minecraft! This is the second book. Eebs has gone from the Nether leaving his friends behind to go find Runt (the main character of another book). Being part of the prophecy and looking like a demon most villagers are frightened of him. Runt’s friend Breeze helps him and explains the situation. He stays in Villagetown and makes lots more friends. During an attack, Eebs finds him self in an unknown room where he heard a scream. He decides to follow and finds… Read the book to find out.

I personally think that this book is entertaining for Minecraft lovers and is an exciting adventure with a few funny twists.

Mark out of 5…

4 – Very Good