Friday, 17 November 2017

Calling all readers...........


Why not use the suggestion cards
next to the book swap to recommend reads?
We need recommendations of your best books and riveting reads to get Strand reading.

Simply use the comment section below to add your ideas and share your recommendations - we would love to hear them.

57 comments:

  1. I'm currently reading 'The Clockwork Sparrow' by Katherine Woodfine, and I'm loving every moment of it. It's a fun mystery about the opening of a luxury department store, and the shocking theft of the store's priceless jewellery. If you like books about friends working together to solve crimes, and dastardly goings-on in old London, you'll have a great time with this book. And the great news for fans of this is that there are three more books in the series!

    Mr Thorne

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    1. I Love the Sinclair's mysteries- I recommend them all!

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  2. I've just started The Last Wild by Piers Torday. Has anyone else read it? It's brilliant so far, I'm loving it! I'll let you know what I think when I finish it. Let me know if you want to borrow it.

    Miss Kennedy-Alexander

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  3. By the way, it was Mr Thorne who recommended The Last Wild to me. He is a fount of knowledge when it comes to children's books, so ask him for his favourite latest reads and he will recommend loads.

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  4. I've just finished reading The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson; a book aimed at year 6 and above. The action revolves around a central character, Matthew who likes everything to be in order, preferring the safety of his home to the unpredictable outside world. As the story unfolds a gripping mystery is revealed and Matthew turns detective. It's a real page turner which kept all of us gripped until the last page. There are some copies in the year 6 book area - Let me know what you thought.

    Ms Woods

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  5. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker is a gripping mystery/adventure. Suitable for Year 6, the story is built around a young boy, Harvey Swick. Harvey complains of being bored one rainy afternoon when a strange and enigmatic character, Rictus, appears at the window and invites Harvey to spend some time in what he refers to as the Holiday House. It sounds like the perfect cure for Harvey's boredom, but not everything is as it seems!
    Mrs Bonner

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  6. While having lunch today the Posh Noshers were chatting about book and Mateo recommended the Diamond Bothers series by Anthony Horowitz. It just reminded me of what a great series of books that was - my favourite was The Falcon's Malteser. The Diamond brothers are detectives (!!!) and solve their cases more by good luck than sound detective skills...
    We have some of the series in the book swap - give one a try.

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  7. How to Write Really Badly is one of my favourite books by Anne Fine. It is a very funny story about a boy called Chester who doesn’t like his new school because the children there are disturbingly well-behaved. His new friend Joe has hidden talents but writing neatly is definitely not one of them!

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  8. I am currently reading 'Millions - the not-so-great train robbery' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It's a book suitable for Year 5 and 6. The story is about two brothers who find a stolen bag of money from a train robbery that didn't quite go to plan. They have to try and spend it without their father noticing and before the euro replaces the pound sterling, meaning they only have 17 days! The youngest brother believes the money is sent from God and should therefore be spent to help people whereas the older brother has other ideas. Meanwhile, the robbers are on the hunt to get the money back. I'm excited to find out if they will! Would you be able to spend millions in just 17 days?

    Miss Hayward

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    1. I can answer that with a definitive YES, Miss Hayward!
      Can I please borrow this book when you've finished?
      Miss K-A

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  9. ‘A Place Called Perfect’ by Helena Duggan caught my eye in Waterstones, where it was children’s book of the month back in September; it doesn’t disappoint. Full of mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventure, the story follows the protagonists, Violet and Boy, as they discover that the town of Perfect is a little too perfect to be true. Since the adults appear quite blind to the sinister forces at work, it is left to bespectacled Violet and her new found friend to unravel the town’s secrets and see things as they really are. Pacey, peculiar and almost perfect, I’d recommend this to Year 4 upwards, particularly fans of villainous intrigue and anyone who fancies being an optician when they grow up. Let me know what you think of the ending. Oh, and does anybody know any other books by this author?

    Miss Coulton

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    1. I believe this was her debut novel, Miss Coulton. However, I think she has a similar writing style to seasoned author Emma Carroll, so you may enjoy some of her books if you've not read any before. Letters from the Lighthouse sounds somewhat similar to A Place Called Perfect; it's full of mystery and intrigue that builds and builds until you can't turn the pages fast enough!

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    2. By complete coincidence I bought Letters from the Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon, one day before you left this message, weirdly! The book is set during World War II, which is a Year 6 topic next term, so I was curious to know if it is as good as the reviews suggest. When I settled down to read it 'The Dam Busters' was on t.v - the perfect backdrop! The opening was a little clunky, I thought, but for readers new to a wartime setting, Emma Carroll's straightforward presentation of the history is likely to be a welcome route in. Anyway, I'm now about three quarters of the way through and just as you predicted, I can't turn the pages fast enough. Were it not for having to come to work today, I would certainly have finished it by now. I will definitely be recommending it to my English group next term. Miss Coulton

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    3. I love Emma Carroll, especially strange star, Frost Hollow hall and Lettters from the lighthouse!

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  10. In our library recently, I came across a series of non-fiction books that really grabbed me. The series is called ‘The World in Infographics’. Basically information, on a variety of topics including sport, animals and countries, is presented using icons, pictograms and graphics. As you know I always like to get maths into different topics! I certainly gained lots of new knowledge by reading the series. For example, did you know that the Amazon is the world’s second longest river, but by far the largest by volume? It contains 20% of all the world’s river water! I also learnt that about 250 million people around the world play football. There are an estimated 3.5 billion football fans, making it the planet’s most popular sport. If only they all supported Brentford! The various graphs and icons really helped me to understand the information too. I’d love to know if you find them enjoyable so please let me know if you read any; perhaps we could have a go at presenting some information in a similar way.
    Mrs Ristic

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  11. In Mrs Bonner’s reading group we have been reading the book “Street Child” by Berlie Doherty. At the beginning Jim Jarvis has to unwillingly say goodbye to his sisters, Lizzie and Emily Jarvis. Of course, you only follow Jim’s story, leaving Emily and Lizzie’s story untold. Yet Berlie Doherty must have received so many letters from children asking what happened to them that she was forced to write another story! As you may have guessed, the story that I’m going to review is Emily and Lizzie’s story. Like Street Child (Jim’s story) Berlie Doherty has written another thriller, heartbreaker and mystery- all in one wonderful book!

    Emily and Lizzie now find themselves stuck with Rosie, until she loses her job and the two are separated. Luckily Emily finds Lizzie in time, and they are both whisked off to work in a mill with other abandoned children. The rest of the story; well, you’ll just have to read the book, won’t you?




    The characters are Lizzie, Emily (of course), Rosie (a friend of their mother’s) and the evil, nasty mill master, Mr Blackthorn, who comes into the story later on. Ok, I’ve rattled on enough about how good the book was, let’s talk about the bad points. There was more than enough deaths (one is more than enough for me!) and near deaths (same thing). Weirdly, Street Child is the complete opposite! All in all, there weren’t many bad points!

    I loved the way that the plot twisted and turned, exactly like a snake. It was unpredictable, yet once it happened you want to slap yourself for not guessing earlier. Berlie brought to life each character, bringing out how similar and how different they were. For example, Emily is headstrong and brave, but deep down she is sensitive and very loyal. But Lizzie is tentative and nervous, but when she has fun or is with friends, she gets very excited. One part I didn’t like was when Lizzie seemed to abandon Emily for her own friend, but “something” happened to that friend…

    I would recommend this book to people who are at least 10, as there is a bit of 😡in it! You don’t have to have read the book Street Child already. Anyway, I give this book…..

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    1. What a fantastically detailed review, Catherine. You have certainly piqued my interest and I would love to borrow this book. What is the name of it? Don't you just love it when you find a cracking read and then discover that there are more in the series, or, as in this case, there is a spin-off, so you can carry on your journey with characters you've come to know?
      What else are you reading at the moment? Have you read anything by Katherine Rundell? I think you'd really enjoy her books.

      Miss K-A

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    2. Yes, I love Katherine Rundell (not only because we share a name!) and have read nearly all of her stories

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  12. Year 3 have just read the beautiful picture book, The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth. Based on a traditional Native American legend, the story revolves around a courageous crow and his perilous mission to help his friends. However, unknown to our brightly coloured protagonist at the start of the book, the most important journey that the crow actually takes is an emotional one, as he gradually learns the true value of one's actions and realises what really matters in the world.
    I am sure anyone who reads this books will not only love the story line and the message behind it, but will also thoroughly enjoy the stunning pictures that brilliantly compliment the narrative. The language is also sublime, and although a rhyming book, the author has cleverly not let that detract from the quality of writing, using some incredibly powerful and wholly suitable adjectives and descriptive phrases, as Year 3 discovered last week.

    In other news, I am almost at the end of The Last Wild, and my review will follow soon. The reason I have taken so long with it is (even though I am enjoying it immensely) I can't stop myself from starting new books! I have started The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Whilst chatting to Miss Crone last week about our latest reads, I learned that 4C are currently reading the latter as their class novel. I can't wait to chat to 4C about what they thought of the book, and look forward to reading some of their reviews here soon.

    Miss Kennedy-Alexander

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    1. If I was a judge in a picture book contest it would win first place and would get 10 stars ⭐️ in a book review!!!!Also if you like the crow’s tale you should read the bear and the piano by David Litchfield.

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    2. Who came up with the idea of having a book blog anyway?

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    3. I think it was Mrs Woods, but anyway, I love it!

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    4. your right! 'the crows tale' is a great book! i learnt so many new, interesting words!
      Sophie D,3K

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  13. I recommend Horrid Henry Christmas play.It’s really funny (as are all the Horrid Henry books).And there’s a part when Horrid Henry gets really mixed up but I’m not telling you what happens!!!😎

    Eli 3k

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    3. i agree! it sounds AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Sophie D, 3K

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    4. i think i'll give this book a try! i haven't read horrid Henry in ages!
      Alice D

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  14. I recommend Dogman by Dav Pilkey. It’s a very funny book and in if you’re into superheroes and fun then this book is the book for you. This dog ninja is a policeman but only the best policeman in the world. He solves crimes, mysteries and robberies all in one go, sometimes not even knowing that he’s doing it. If you read Dogman and you like it, then get the two sequels: Dogman Unleashed and Dogman a Tale of Two Kitties.

    These epic books are by the same author as Captain Underpants so if you’re a captain underpants fan this book is the right book for you.

    Eli 3k

    PS: There is another Dogman comic coming out at Christmas!πŸ™‚

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    1. PPS: The funniest line in all the Dogman books so far is “Our top show me go boom boom in my panties” - true!

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  15. I recommend Pokemon peril. I’m reading it at the moment but so far it’s been really good and if you are into adventures then this book would fit right in your bookcase. You would also like it if you already like Pokemon or animals. Pokemon are just like animals except they look different, they still look similar to certain animals but they have different names, for example: Onix - he looks like a long snake made out of rock. Pokemon can also evolve.

    Eli 3k

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  17. When I was in Year 4, my teacher read a class novel called the House that Sailed Away (by Pat Hutchins). I remember enjoying listening to this story very much as it was quite original, both in its plot and characters. The story is about a family who are stuck inside their house as it has been raining heavily for days on end. As boredom really begins to set in, something incredible happens: the house begins to sail away down the street! This is just the beginning of an exciting adventure for the family that involves pirates, cannibals and much more. I would say this book is best suited for children from 7-9 years old.

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    2. Sounds like an exciting book.

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    3. Excuse me? the HOUSE that SAILED?? Sounds like my kind of book!

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  18. In 3k, we have just finished reading “The Deathwood Letters” by a Hazel Townson. If you like adventure stories and people getting kidnapped but making it back home and having a crazy brother named George then you are in luck, this is the right book for you.

    The main characters are Dexter and George (who are best friends), Frankie and Damian. Damian gets into a lot of trouble, it’s not that he’s naughty but something happens to him which is to do with his best friend’s family. I’m not going into too much detail but I’ll tell you that it’s suitable for year 3s to year 6s.

    This book is a gripping book and in all my dreams I have been dreaming about what might happen next and all the time that question was on my mind and it wouldn’t go until I had read the whole entire book, every single word of it. If you get it, it will take you quite a long time to finish (unless you’re a quick reader especially if you are Miss K-A).

    Unfortunately, the author hasn’t written any more Deathwood Letter books, so once you read this book there are no more of these adventure stories. Or will she make more?We will find out soon.....?

    Keep on reading Eli 3k

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  19. I recommend “The Football Boy Wonder” by Martin Smith. This book would probably be your favourite book if you are into football and you don’t have any football books already. It’s about a boy who loves football and he gets struck by a lightning bolt just before the Hall Park trials (Hall Park are his local club). He recovers from his injuries just in time for the trials! He has also been given a gift - which will change his life forever.....!


    Keep commenting!😬

    Eli 3k

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  20. If you are travelling during the holidays, an audio book can make the time fly by. There is nothing better than listening to Harry Potter's adventures narrated by Stephen Fry or chuckling at the antics of Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon read brilliantly by David Tennant.

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  21. I am currently reading a book called ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio to my class. It is actually great timing, as the film version of Wonder has just been released in cinemas!
    This is one book I would definitely recommend reading BEFORE you go and watch the film!
    It is a story about a boy named August, who was born with some medical issues which means he looks very different to other children. The novel tells the story of August and his first year of school. He has never been to a real school before, and he joins Beecher Prep at the beginning of Year 5. He is very nervous, and worried that the other children will stare and say nasty things about him because of the way he looks. On his journey through school, he meets lots of great people, and also some not-so-great people.
    What makes this book even more enthralling, is that it is split into a few different sections, which each tell the story from a different person’s perspective! It’s always interesting seeing the story through someone elses eyes!
    It is often funny, sometimes sad, and it is ALWAYS good for a discussion after every chapter!
    I would recommend Wonder as an independent read for Year 6 students, and also a great book to read with your parents!
    Enjoy!
    Miss Neil.

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  22. I have just finished reading The Flea by Michael part and don’t ask,it’s not about fleas.It’s about a footballer which footballer you may ask,Lionel Messi.It’s about Messi’s tragic life and how he got into Barcelona football club!But I won’t tell you anymore about the book!😎

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  23. I have Just finished reading 'Murderous Maths: The Phantom X'. It taught me about Algebra, and it was VERY funny. (I think I will get a head start later in the year! P.S There are some books about it in the library...
    From Thomas. R, Y6

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    1. i LOVE all the murderous Maths books, so yes, do read it and all the others. They make maths fun, using comics and even aliens to help!

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  24. I would recommend this book for Year 5 and above

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  25. Sophie D I would like to recommend Horrid Henry's sports day by Francesca Simon because it's funny it's all about Horrid Henry at a sports day and he wants to win.

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    1. Can't wait to find out what happens;does he win, or not..........
      Alice D

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  26. Alice D 6R
    i would like to recommend 'Goodnight Mr Tom' by Michelle Magorian
    because the characters are so easy to understand and the events so dramatically exagerated and grabs emotions so well.

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  27. I would recommend The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett because of the BIG mystery!

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    1. The mystery isn’t BIG, it’s HUGE.........!

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  28. I have just finished reading “Dogman And Cat Kid”. It’s a great book, it’s like the previous one “Dogman a Tale Of Two Kitties” except the kitten doesn’t know if he should join the first person he saw, Petey to reach (what Petey says) is his destiny or to join Dogman. The story is about how the kitten decides to be called Cat Kid and what side he will join! But still there is another Dogman Comic coming out soon.



    Nice comeback,Eli 3k

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  29. I recommend Frankie’s Magic Football, Dragon Curse to people that love football because it has two boys that are passionate about the game called Charlie and Frankie, there is also a girl and a dog who adore football called Louise (the girl) and Max (the dog). They love playing football and that takes them to places such as the museum that need some help. In this story an ancient pottery ball goes missing at the museum, will Frankie, Charlie, Max and Louise solve the problem?

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