the books I like reading

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John April 17, 2010

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This book is is one of a series of four books written by Lauren St. John with illustration by David Dean. The main character is called Martine who lived in London with her mum and dad until her house burned down and her parents died so she had to move to Africa to live with her grandmother on a game reserve.

There were rumours about a white giraffe but there were no giraffes on the game reserve. Martine didn’t know whether or not to believe the rumour until one lonely night, when there was a storm, she saw it out of the window.


New Term at Malory Towers December 30, 2009

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I am currently reading “New Term at Malory Towers” by Pamela Cox. The first Malory Towers books were written by Enid Blyton, and they were about Darrel Rivers and her friend Sally Hope.  But Enid Blyton died and Pamela Cox has written three more Malory Towers books about Darrel’s little sister Felicity.  I have only just started reading it but I am already enjoying it because Felicity (the main character) is always playing tricks on Veronica Sharp (another girl in the third form), Amy (a new girl) and the teachers with her best friend June. The book is about Felicity going to a boarding school in Cornwall but Darrel and Sally (Darrel’s best friend) are going to  St. Andrews University in Scotland.


Twelfth Night November 1, 2009

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I have read the book written by Shakespeare, adapted for kids by Andrew Matthews and illustrated by Tony Ross.  I have read some of the other books in this series, and I preferred this one because I liked the confusion about the twins.

I also went to see this at the RSC Courtyard Theatre in Stratford.  I wasn’t sure how they were going to set it out, and I thought it would be really long, but it didn’t feel that long because it was funny.  I really liked the scene with the box tree.  People were sitting round three sides of the stage, and the costumes were cool.

I knew some of the actors who were in it, Feste the Fool was played by an actor who played Snowy in Tintin in Tibet (I saw that at The Lowry) and Malvolio was Richard Wilson who plays Merlin‘s uncle on television.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream October 12, 2009

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A Shakespeare story, retold by Andrew Matthews and illustrated by Tony Ross. I enjoyed reading this book because Puck (an elf) is always doing mischief of some kind. Love in this book is quite confusing because Hermia is in love with Lysander and her Dad has agreed for her to marry Demetrius; Lysander is in love with Hermia; Helena is Hermia’s friend and is in love with Demetrius; Demetrius loves Hermia.

At the same time, there’s the story about the fairies, King Oberon and Queen Titania: they’re not getting on well, and Oberon tricks Titania into falling in love with Bottom who has been magicked to have a donkey’s head.

There’s a happy ending, because it all gets sorted out in the end, and everyone has someone to love.


Breathing Underwater July 8, 2009

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Breathing Underwater is a very good book written by Julia Green.  Every year Freya goes to the island on holiday, but one year her brother dies there.  The book is all about how Freya goes back to the island the year after that, and how she finds out what happened.

 The nice people at Happy Cow Books, lent it to me to review.


The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson June 30, 2009

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The Star of Kazan is a thrilling book by Eva Ibbotson. It’s about a young girl called Annika who was found in a chapel when she was a baby by Ellie and Sigrid when they went on their monthly climb up a near by hill.  She grows up in Vienna, in the professors’ house where Ellie and Sigrid are servants.  She is really happy there, with good friends, but several years later her mother turns up to collect her and take her back home. I really enjoyed this book so I recommended it to my book club and most of them enjoyed it.  If you liked Journey to the River Sea, you should like this too.