Elin, aged 14, praises Remembrance,
by Theresa Breslin: "This poignant story of
the loss and sadness of the First World War is expertly told by
Carnegie Medal-winning author Theresa Breslin. It is the story
of five young people growing up during the war and the effects
war and fighting have on them.
"This is one of those books that will leave you shocked
and saddened; I defy anyone who has read this book not to be left
with a tear in their eye at the end. Truly one of the best modern
books and one that will stay with you for the rest of you life."
Coram Boy, by Jamila Gavin,
is highly recommended by Tesni, aged 13: "It is amazing.
It is full of emotion and adventure. It made me cry loads of times,
but the ending is superb. It is the story of a man who takes illegitimate
babies to a foundling hospital where they are supposed to be brought
up. But this man Otis is evil. He kills the babies which the parents
give to him along with a lot of money to keep them. They never
reach the Coram Home in London. Also it tells the story of the
Ashbrooks, a well-off family. Alexander loves music and has a
wonderful voice, but his father makes him give up music. This
causes Alex to run away. Then Melissa (a distant relation) has
Alex's baby but they give him to Otis. To find out what happens
after that you need to read the book!"
by Philip Pullman was recommended by Danielle Hall, 11:
You really feel like you've been pulled
into the story and feel everything Lyra feels. Emma
Littlehales, 10, also recommends it because it makes
me think of different worlds and what it would be like to live
in one. It helps me to escape into a different world for a while.
Will Flint recommends Face by Benjamin
Zephaniah: "It's about a boy who
lives in east London, and has everything he wants. But his whole
world gets turned upside-down in a car-crash in a stolen car."
Harriet Houlsby recommends The Tiger in the Well because
it has lots of little bits in the plot that make you stop and
think about it for a bit, so it would last me a long time - and
then I would probably read it again!. She also recommends
The Tin Princess because I
think the idea of the Cockney Queen (Adelaide) being
the perfect queen is really cool.
Anthony Kent, 12, thought that The Wave by Morton Rhue
was fascinating: I enjoyed The
Wave . . . I was given it in a book give-away. It was about
the Nazis and how such a number of people can be led astray by
the figurehead of one person and the thought of purity.
Tom Powell, 12, was fascinated by Holes by Louis Sachar:
It is a great adventure with a boy
called Stanley. He has to choose to go to prison or camp side
green lake, and there he has to dig a hole 5 feet wide and 5 feet
deep. He makes lots of friends and has lots of adventures.
Jemma Jenkins, 13, liked another Louis Sachar book,
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom: Bradley
is the most hated boy in the school and then a new boy comes to
school and makes friends with him . . . This story is a perfect
example that the most difficult people can still make friends.
Caitlin Scott thought that The Spirit House by William
Sheater . . . was adventure, mystery
and a thriller!
Zaynah Arshad, 11, thoroughly enjoyed The Stranger by Richard
Tankersley Cusick. She wrote that it is adventurous
and breathtaking . . . it's a horror story . . . once you've picked
it up you can't put it down.
Annam Ahmad, 11, and Megan Harries both recommended Chinese
Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. Megan writes, This
book is about a little Chinese girl whose mother died when she
was born. Her family count her as bad luck because of it. She
is top of her class and very clever. Adeline's Aunt Baba has to
bring her up. My favourite part was when Adeline received her
pet duckling which she loved very much, but it died. I think girls
would enjoy this book about ages 12 - 15.
Greg Flucker, 12, was impressed by Refugee Boy by Benjamin
Zephaniah: This book makes you
realise that even though you think you are unlucky that there
are a lot more people worse off than you. And
Tabitha Francis enjoyed Coram
Boy by Jamila Gavin: she thoroughly recommends it to
anyone aged 11-14.
One More River
by Lynne Reid Banks was recommended by Rachel Myerson,
11, who wrote: In this book it shows a strong family
bond and a strong community bond, both of which I think are very
important. It shows how a girl adapts to living in Israel and
you feel that by the end of the book she is a nicer person. But
the thing which caught my attention was in the part of the book
when there was a war going on and how everyone helped and worked
together. It gives out a very strong message.
Don't be put off the classics by people
saying they are difficult. Harriet Houlsby, 13, was keen to recommend
two which she had thoroughly enjoyed. The first was Wuthering
Heights by Emily Bronte: because it is
quite long and it always seems new, however many times you read
it. The other was The Mill on the
Floss by George Elliot because it always makes
Joseph Bassilious, 12, wrote about All
we know of heaven by Peter Crowther:
. . . it is a good story and a chilling story. I feel I could
read it over and over again.
Heather Golding, 17, asks, How
about Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl, one
volume, 50p in Oxfam?? Pretty good I thought - specially as I've
been looking for those for years."
Helen Coney, 17, rates Peter Dickinson's
work, her favourite being The Seventh Raven. Helen notes,
His books are written for a huge age range and this
one is definitely for the older reader.
Helen Coney, 18, writes: I
love Stephen Elboz. He has
written for all age ranges and my particular favourite is The
House of Rats closely followed by A
Handful of Magic. It's so full of adventure and unpredictability.
Another favourite of mine is Catherine
Fisher who wrote the Snow
Walker Trilogy. The characters are so wonderful and
you really grow to love them and are sad when you reach the end.
I should also mention Charles Ashton whose books are brilliant
- very fantasy orientated but well worth the read."
Lewis Mitchell, 13, rated Zulus girls and Videos by John
Farman: I liked this book because it has a good
description of teenage life and the characters in it were so realistic
and the plot had so many ups and downs.
Georgia Barnett, 11, and Caitlin Scott both
recommended Tulip Touch by Anne Fine. Caitlin said,
It chilled the blood. Harriet Houlsby, 13, said about
Tulip Touch, . . . although I have already read it about
a hundred times, I still really like the character of Tulip, and
you could think about it for hours." Harriet
also liked Goggle Eyes because I feel the
same way as Kitty Killin about things like nuclear warheads and
because it is just really funny.
Charlotte Sapier really enjoyed Anne Fine's
Bad Dreams and said of it This book was great.
I read it in two days because it was so good I could never put
it down. Charlotte also recommended
Charm School because she read it on holiday; she always
connects reading the book with that holiday now. Jemma Jenkins
also liked Charm School: A girl is sent to charm
school for a day but she does not want to go . . . .
by Antony Horowitz: . . . it is so action-packed
and I could never get bored of it. (Charlotte
Sapier, 11). Rosie Wainwright also thoroughly recommends his Stormbreaker
which is one of her favourite books ever.
Joe Beckwith, 11, was enthusiastic about
Cold Tom by Sally Prue: Tom, the member
of the Tribe (the Elf-type creatures that live on this planet
with us) is a danger to his species. The Tribe say he cannot live.
He is forced to flee to a Demon (Human) city where the Tribe cannot
find him. He flees to a Demon house and is taken in by a friendly
Demon called Anna. There she feeds him buns, even though his main
diet is meat, and then, by accident, he blows up the shed in which
he is being kept . . . This is a good book for 10-15 year olds.
It is a thrilling read all the way through and will always keep
you on the edge of your seat. Special
Note: this book won the coveted
Branford Boase Award on 26 June 2002: visit www.henriettabranford.co.uk
to find out more.