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Dragon Rider
Dragon Rider
by Cornelia Funke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - edge of your seat book, 26 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Dragon Rider (Paperback)
Fantastic! This extremely exciting book will keep you on the very edge of your seat with the adventures of three creatures tied together by fate.

Firedrake, Ben and a cheeky young Brownie called Sorrel go through a breathtaking adventure to reach the rim of heaven - where dragons can live in peace and harmony.

I personally think this is the best book I have ever read.

Unlike other books I've read, Dragon Rider is the first book to have a recognizable creature named as something else, for example, a Brownie is a cat. But like some other books such as "How to train your dragon" and "Dragon keeper", Dragon rider is another great book centred on the amazing adventures of dragons.

Ben, Sorrel and Firedrake face lots of horrible creatures on their journey, such as poachers, dwarfs, pixies and a heartless monster from the past who's been waiting for a very long time to destroy the last dragon on Earth.

Travelling through towns, mountains and even over seas, this book is a cracker of a journey. It has great characters like...

Burr-Burr-Chan A mountain brownie

Maia A she-dragon

Gravelbeard A dwarf

Plus lots more like Ben a normal boy from London.

All books have weaknesses but dragon rider has very few. Over all Dragon Rider is an extremely good story, which I'd recommend to anyone who is searching for fantasy and excitement in the pages of a book.

Go on read it!


Gatty's Tale
Gatty's Tale
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful, tear-jerking book, 23 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Gatty's Tale (Hardcover)
Incredible! Once more Kevin Crossly-Holland makes a superb creation! This book does not give you time to slump back in your seat, for once it's done with one tantalising moment it's on to another. Short, snappy sentences are perfect for this type of book. Again Holland is pure genius!

In the year 1203 we meet Gatty (servant to Sir John) who has a voice of an untrained angel. One day Sir John hears her singing in the field and contacts his good friend Lady Gwyneth who states that she is in need of a second chamber maid and Gatty's voice may be just the thing she needs; because Lady Gwyneth and some associates are going on a dangerous and daring pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the holy land, but who knows whether they will make it...

This is a story of plain field girl who faces thieves, murderous Saracens and ghastly men. But once she gets through all the tasks that await her there is a glorious prize to be had - that no one would ever have dreamt of!

It amazes me how much Kevin Crossly's writing can touch someone so much compared to his other creations.

Beautifully written, Gatty's Tale devours a medal for the tenderness but simplicity of story.

While reading you totally get to know Gatty and the rest of the characters and begin to feel their worries and woes.

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone!

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I, Coriander
I, Coriander
by Sally Gardner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and entrancing!, 23 Mar. 2007
This review is from: I, Coriander (Paperback)
"I have lit the first of seven candles to write my story by. On the table next to me is the silk purse that holds my mother's pearls and beside it is the ebony casket whose treasure I am only now beginning to understand. Next to that standing nearly as brightly as the moon, stands a pair of silver shoes."

This is just one of the many mesmerizing quotes filling Sally Gardner's book, "I, Coriander". Apart from being mesmeric the book has many other key elements, such as it being: tense, exciting, scary, and emotional.

The story is about a young girl called Coriander Hobie who lives with her Mother, Father, Danes (the house keeper) and Joan (the cook) in their rich London house next to the River Thames in the mid 1600's. While she was young, Coriander remembers only happiness - that was before she knew that the world was an evil place; and that she was soon to be hit regularly; have her Mother and Father stolen from her; and to be locked up in a chest and left to die.

As well as being a good book, it also has some background information about the civil war, as that was the time the story was set. There are also some drawings of what London used to look like back in the 1600's.

If this sounds like a cruel book to you don't get put off, there are many happy parts along the way. However there is quite a lot of brutality so I suggest no one under the age of 10 should read it.

If you love a good read then this is the book for you. There isn't a single page I wanted to skip because it's such a moving and entrancing book. Who would want to miss anything so good?


Point Blanc (Alex Rider)
Point Blanc (Alex Rider)
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spy Sequel Suspense Story, 15 Mar. 2007
Excellent! After reading Point Blanc, the sequel to Stormbreaker, I was pleased that Anthony Horowitz decided to write another book. I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I highly recommend them to any one who likes a good read and is a fan of James Bond and other spy books.

Point Blanc is about new MI6 agent Alex Rider, who is sent on a mission to investigate a French academy (Point Blanc), where the British Agency believes something is happening which shouldn't! Two millionaires who have died both have a son at the academy. Is this a coincidence, or something more sinister...?

In contrast to other spy stories however, Alex Rider is a fourteen-year-old school boy. The idea of sending a kid to do all of these dangerous missions is excitingly different and he goes armed with stereotyped teenage agent gadgets which include metal-eating spot cream!

I think Point Blanc is aimed at older children (around 10-14 years). However I believe people with a good sense of humour and a wild imagination will enjoy the suspense and the adventures of this teenage spy.


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