A Wizard of Earthsea

When  young Sparrowhawk the wizard- although he doesn’t know it yet- is recognised for what he is by first his village witch aunt, then a powerful mage, he goes to Gont, centre of the world, to learn magic. Showing off ridiculously, he raises the dead. Striving to destroy the terrible shadow- beast he has let loose, he often seems more likely to destroy himself- and may…

I loved this exiting, imaginative, scary book because it’s world really structures itself well- much like the The Belgariad– it gives itself an atmosphere that it is a real world without visiting everywhere. I also quite like how, when you first start reading, Sparrowhawk is not called Sparrowhawk, then after he is called Sparrowhawk, he is Ged, so it confuses you, and if you read the blurb, it makes you think ‘wait- the blurb says he’s called Sparrowhawk. Has someone stapled this book into a different cover?’ Later, though, you realise what’s going on. ‘Phew, it is the right book!’ This book is recommended for fans of The Belgariad, also lovers of fiction and fantasy.

S.E.T, 11,

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Miss Peregrines’ Home For Peculiar Children

When Jacob’s beloved grandfather dies, the police say that he was killed by wild dogs. But Jacob knows better. He saw a monster- A monster from his Grandad’s stories of peculiar children.  And he knows he’s right- But how to prove it? His quest for the truth may reveal too much…

I loved this book- And still do- mostly because of the beautiful storyline, but also because of the startling darkness that promises to shock you at every turn. I ridiculously highly recommend this thriller for lovers of fiction, thrill seekers, as well as mystery lovers (especially mystery lovers!).

S.E.T, 11

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Tarzan and The Greystroke Legacy

Camping in the jungle of the Congo with illegal loggers, young Jane Porter is saved from a fire by Negoogunogumbar- Tarzan, the Jungle King. Healed by Tarzan’s rural medicines, Jane goes on to discover the story of a man more beast than human.
But when the men destroying the forest are endangered like the animals’ habitat they are destroying, will Tarzan, protector of the forest, rescue them?

I loved how this book kept the characters’ history a secret until the end, only throwing you snippets right until the end of their story. I also loved how this book mixed action, mystery, and a healthy awareness towards the environment, and really made you empathise with the characters. This book is recommended for fans of action, adventure, or just if you want a really good read.

S.E.T, 11

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The Secret of Platform 13

Every nine years a magical gump opens for nine days in Platform 13, King’s Cross Station. But what is a… “gump”, I hear you ask? well, a gump is a portal into another world, a world with ghosts, witches, hags, harpies, wizards, and so much more it would take up a mile of paper to list. But the reason this is so important is not that hundreds of people and supernatural creatures come through every time, but that the baby prince of the island was kidnapped nine years ago.

I enjoyed this book so much because, totally apart from the stunning storyline, the dazzling description, and the charming characters, I loved the sheer idea, the originality, of the story that some say inspired Harry Potter. Recommended for fantasy lovers everywhere, no matter the age.

S.E.T. 11

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The House On Hummingbird Island

When young Idie Grace is sent to her fathers house in South America, Bathelseba, whispers follow her wherever she goes. At first undaunted, Idie fills the mansion with monkeys, horses, parakeets, mongooses, and basically whatever she comes across. But what do the whispers say? And when war comes, what will the consequences be?

I loved this book so much because it had a really original plot, and, something most books don’t do, it gave an account of what it was like to be at home in the war, not on the fighting lines. Also, on the description front, the author used a flowing language style that set my inner bookworm hungry for more.

S.E.T. age 11

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Cogheart

Set in Victorian Times, Cogheart is a steampunk adventure full of sadness, surprise, and shocks so shocking they will make you gasp aloud. When Lily’s father dies in a zeppelin crash, strange silver-eyed men start stalking her. Along with Malkin, Lily’s clockwork fox, and Robert the clock-maker’s son, she sets off on a quest to find her father- and  the mysterious Cogheart…

I liked this book so much because it was stunningly well- written, and the whole way through there is a mystery so hard to crack you’d need a sledgehammer. I loved this book’s huge steampunkness, although it is recommended for lovers of sci-fi and steampunk, fantasy and fiction, as well as hilarity and history. In short, everyone.

S.E.T. age 11

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The Boy With the Tiger’s Heart

The Boy With the Tiger’s Heart is a wonderful book, full of emotion and adventure-the best things in a fiction book. Imagine a time when the wild is feared and animals persecuted. It is here when Thomas Baily takes his own life, and here when Nona and Abel Dancer- her bear- run from the sinister Bolverk, with his strange mechanic eye, and his huge glassy-eyed birds. On the road she meets Caius, a sad, cautious boy who seems to have been everywhere, and Jay, a strange, mysterious boy who has a secret…

To coin a phrase from Simon Cowell: I didn’t like it. I loved it. This book was beautiful. The imagination, the phrasing, and, what I liked most, the plot. I recommend this book to science fiction lovers everywhere, as well as fantasy fanatics, and wildlife lovers.

S.E.T., 11

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The Marvels

In … a sensational story starts. A young boy is shipwrecked on a desert island, rescued, and brought to London, where he finds refuge in a London theatre.

Over one hundred years later, a boy runs away from his boarding school to London, where. he finds refuge in his uncle’s house; but what secrets lurk in this house stuck in the past

Five Children On The Western Front

The  third sequel to Five Children And It, Five Children On The Western Front was absolutely beautiful. This book, more than touching my heart, pressed hard against it. Set during the First World War,  Five Children On The Western Front maps how Cyril, Anthea, Robert, and Jane grow up, and how they all helped with the war effort. I loved this book, although I missed IT’s wishing, and it felt like the author had just walked out of a primary-school History lesson- it felt like she had done barely any research. However, It was still a great book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Five Children And It, war stories, fantasy, and, towards the end, romance and tragedy- although read  Five Children And It, The Story of The Amulet, and, if possible, The Phoenix And The Carpet first; otherwise it won’t make sense.

S.E.T. age 11

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