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Running on the Roof of the World

Published March 22, 2018 by Narisse

“Running on the Roof of the World” by Jess Butterworth

“Running on the Roof of the World” is a thrilling read.  Follow Tash and Sam as they hurry to find Tash’s parents who have been taken by the soldiers.  They journey across the Himalayan mountains to rescue them but will they reach them in time? And will the Dalai Lama help them?

I would thoroughly recommend this book to fans of adventure and mystery.

Oh and did I mention, they have a pet yak!  




Edge of Extinction by Laura Martin

Published May 23, 2017 by Ilovebooks123

Edge of Extinction is a book that is full of adventure and excitement. It demonstrates Resilience, Empathy, Creativity, Initiative, Positivity and Excellence- all of the RECIPE values.

In this story, Dinosaurs have been brought back from extinction, but have managed to take over the world and driven the only humans underground, or have they? Sky Mundy is determined to find out about her father,who escaped, even after several failed attempts. She and her friend Shawn escape the Noah’s reign and set off topside to find him. They meet helpful friends on the journey and learn how to live topside, but will Sky find her father, or will the Noah get there first?…

I personally really enjoyed this book because it was detailed and adventurous. If you want to find out what happened at the end, be sure to read the sequel-out on Amazon now!

“A Pocket Full of Murder” by R J Anderson

Published January 30, 2017 by MMBooklover


The book, ‘A Pocket Full of Murder’, is an adventure story involving a world of magic.  There has been a murder in the spell powered city of Tarreton.  Isaveth, the Moshite daughter of Urias Breck,  along with the adventure-loving street boy, Quiz, are working together, to prove her father’s innocence.  Urias Breck is who everyone (except Isaveth, her sisters and Quiz) think is the murderer of one of the nobles of Tarreton.

What do you think will happen next, will Urias be proven guilty or innocent?



Would the REAL Stanley Carrot please stand up?

Published January 4, 2017 by pinknabster

This funny, sad and adventurous book by Rob Stevens takes you through Stanely Carrot’s life: will he ever find his real mother?…

At the start, I found it quite boring, but don’t worry, keep on reading, as it will be really exciting deeper into the book. This book is about an adopted boy called Stanley Harris, who has turned thirteen and has started to wonder about his birth mother and where he came from. One day he gets a birthday card from her, asking to meet up with him.  Stanley really didn’t know what to do, so he  hired another boy, who was totally the opposite of Stanley, to do it for him.  He hoped it would just be a one off thing, meeting up and having some lunch, right?…

I rate this book 4/5 because Rob Stevens could have been a little more exciting at the start and added a  bit more at the end. It was a great book and I recommend you to read it, too! Keep reading!…


Our First Group Choice This Year!

Published October 4, 2016 by Cupcake Cure

“The Jaguar Trials” is written by Ruth Eastham.  I thought this was a fascinating book. When I first started reading it, I thought it was boring, as all the characters weren’t doing much because they were just on a boat, but when I read to the middle of the book and further on, I was totally engrossed.  I had a great desire for the book and I kept reading it every day eagerly.  I was stunned by how the author wrote the story, as Ruth Eastham described all the locations in the book and I was able to picture every event in my head.

I personally love suspense books and “The Jaguar Trials” is a suspense book, as it has got a lot of mysterious events.  The story line is about Ben, the main character, searching for his father, with the help of Raphael and Yara, in their journey through the jungle.  The three friends join up with Professor Erskine to search together for the lost City of Gold, as well as Ben’s father, but they discover that finding the truth can be dangerous!

I would rate this awesome book 5/5 because as you can all see, I couldn’t  stop reading.  I learnt that you should never give up in life, even if there are dangers lying around.  I also learnt that friends should be trustworthy and stick together through good and bad times.  I would recommend this book to anyone  and I am hoping to read more of Ruth Eastham’s books.

Thank you all for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed it.

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TV Time Travellers

Published January 18, 2016 by Irongirl98

“TV Time Travellers” is an amazing book; it always keeps you on the edge all the time, especially in the middle.

Although Wally was a rude, horrible man, I liked him in the book because he made it really exciting and dramatic, which is something I like about the book. I was also very shocked about Harriet and thought she must have been a really good actor to pass for 5 years younger then she is – she sounded very annoying at first!

Personally, I think  Pete Johnson has written a fascinating 5* book which I would definitely recommend.


This book is not good for you

Published December 9, 2015 by Skulduggery
  • “This Book is Not Good for You” by Pseudonymous Bosch is a fantastic book to read!  I found it funny how the author changed from the storyline to what is happening to him, and how the book ends on a cliff hanger!  I think that this book is an adventure story with many mysteries.  Whilst reading it, I really wanted to know why the girl was adopted and where her mother had gone.  I also liked how at the end, Cass ate the chocolate and went into the past to find out who her true mother was, and why her parents abandoned her, as well as what the Secret was.  I enjoyed how the author started with Chapter 15, as at the end of this chapter, you want to know what has happened!  I would rate this book 4 or 5 stars out of 5 because it was funny and enjoyable!


“The Star of Kazan” by Eva Ibbotson

Published November 9, 2015 by Bookclub

“The Star of Kazan” tells the story of Annika, who is abandoned as a baby, but brought up in a loving home in Vienna, by two servants.  Annika’s deepest wish is to discover her real mother, so when a beautiful aristocrat arrives to claim her as her long lost daughter, it appears that her life is about to change for the better.  But all is not what it seems and there are many secrets to be uncovered.  Annika may be in danger, but who can she trust?


When we discussed Eva Ibbotson’s novel, we discovered that some people loved it and some loathed it, with strong feelings on both sides.  As there was one Book Club member whose response was in the middle, the rest formed into two teams, in an attempt to persuade her to join their side by the quality of their arguments.

Fans of the book liked that there were several mysteries throughout the book, each of them enthralling, with most chapters ending on a cliffhanger that made them desperate to find out what happened next.  It was interesting to hear from the several different viewpoints of Annika, Ellie, Stefan, Pauline, Zed and the professors and these added depth to the story and fuller explanations of how the mysteries were resolved.  There were many surprises and well developed characters.

Those that didn’t enjoy the book felt that it was confusing where it switched viewpoints, that there wasn’t enough background information and that it was too slow moving in places, causing them to feel a bit bored.  It was pointed out that the Star of Kazan itself was not really the major focus of the story and that the title was therefore a poor choice and not representative of the main themes.

The result of our debate was that our undecided team member stayed with her “3 out of 5 rating” but felt more positively about the book.  She was persuaded to believe in the back story of the great aunt’s past life and how the wonderful descriptions transport the reader into the world of the story.

The debate continued long after the meeting ended!

“After Tomorrow” – a scary view of the future!

Published September 14, 2015 by Bookclub

A new Autumn term and a completely new Book Club team!

For our first read, we chose “After Tomorrow”, a chilling vision of what might happen in the UK, if the banks all crashed, there was no food in the supermarkets and the police were powerless to prevent armed gangs raiding people’s homes in their desperate search for food.

Matt and his family are forced to flee the country, in the hope of a better life, but their troubles are only just beginning…

So, what did we think of this novel by Gillian Cross?

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