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Book Club review World Book Day Novels

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Volunteers from the John Carpenter Bookshop and membersof the CLS Book Club have reviewed this year’s World Book Day offerings.

Everdark by Abi Elphinstone reviewed by Thomas, First Form
Ever Dark has a great story line crammed into a small book. It is an easy read and very engrossing. The mix of twists and turns the main character ‘Smudge’ took, draw you in. The characters are well thought up and the places magical, blending with the magical theme of the book. The only downsides to having a great book set into a small cover is that I felt a few parts were rushed and unexplained. 

Everdark by Abi Elphinstone reviewed by Virochan, First Form
Some people think that everything was created in the Big Bang, but the people of the Everdark know that the world came from one phoenix which saddened by its loneliness wept seven tears becoming the seven continents of the earth. All this is exciting but Smudge the unmapper living in the kingdom of Crackle- dorn wishes she didn’t have to spend so much time in class studying. When the new phoenix doesn’t rise as prophesized, it seems Smudge has got the excitement she’s hoped for. Can Smudge save Crackledorn and quite possibly the world?

Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan reviewed by Tim, First Form
This is the usual Rick Riordan type story with simpler wording for a younger audience. The story is set on Percy Jackson’s best friend, Grover’s birthday. Apollo appears and sets a task to fight one of his chryseae celedones, his “backup singers”. After the end of the short fight, the story ends and is followed by a series of Greek Mythology based games such as a crossword and a guide about the Greek Gods. It is all then followed by an extract to a silly book called Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties (cheesy name I know).

Snap by Patrice Lawrence reviewed by Edward, First Form
is a fascinating book that follows a very similar theme to Indigo Donut (one of her previous novels). It explores new angles however, but it left me wondering whether this was just some bonus content that wasn’t included in one of her previous books, although it does go into more details about characters that have a lesser role in Indigo Donut. I particularly enjoyed the letters from Farhad to Soraya which broke the book up at intervals. These messages revealed things about the characters that are not directly mentioned. Once the main storyline finally got underway, it was quite dramatic in places and good techniques were used. Be- cause of the story taking some time to kick in, I felt like there could have been more devlopment leading to the cliffhanger ending.

Nought Forever by Malorie Blackman reviewed by Yipeng, First Form
Nought Forever is a spin-off from the very popular Noughts and Crosses series and comes between the last novel, Double Cross, and the new book to come out in the summer, Crossfire. The story is hard to follow and understand, however, if you have not read the Noughts and Crosses sequence and do not have it fresh in your mind, as it references previous events in the sequence a lot. However, past this, the storyline is exciting and is just as interesting and unexpected as any Malorie Blackman book. However, the story itself is rather slow-paced and the switches of narration are not always coherent. If you are looking for a fast-paced, hard-hitting book then this is unfortunately, unlike the other books in the sequence, not it. Nevertheless, the language used is effective and conveys the storylines well. 

Claude: Best in Show by Alex T Smith reviewed by Timo, First Form
I would recommend Claude: Best in show for children aged 3-6 years. The book follows the story of a dog named Claude who likes to wear berets and a red top and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock. Whilst their owners are away, the two always go on adventures. When they see an advertisement for a dog show, the dog duo know that they must compete, but there is one problem, neither of them has a dog! I would recommend this book as it uses vocabulary that is easy to follow, and it has an original plot line. The illustrations to go along with the story are also effective but simple and is a good buy for developing readers. 


The characters are well thought up and the places magical.
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