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Guide to Preparatory Schools 2016
Guide to Preparatory Schools 2016
by Samantha Wilkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars By No Means Exhaustive, 19 April 2016
Begins with sound advice about choosing schools and is followed by a detailed and colourful section highlighting a variety of schools which is clearly written by the schools themselves. The wider reference section at the back is by no means exhaustive - some schools in my own area are conspicuous by their absence and a couple which closed down some time ago are still included. It doesn't help having 'Greater London' covering schools which ought to be included in separate counties. Less cumbersome than The Good Schools Guide, but not sure it's worth the price.


Infidel: The Story of My Enlightenment
Infidel: The Story of My Enlightenment
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this....., 17 Dec. 2015
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.... but they won't.


Private Peaceful
Private Peaceful
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but.........., 17 Dec. 2015
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Well meaning, but a little sentimental and not quite believable. But then it's hugely popular and has been adapted for the stage etc. etc. etc. so who am I to argue?


Holes
Holes
by Louis Sachar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars and makes you realise why most of us are simply not clever enough to be able to write a book like this. It's lovely, 17 Dec. 2015
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Deals with an entirely plausible situation in real terms as a narrative which has you hooked from the start unfolds. Few books are really 'un put down able' but this is one. Well drawn and developed characters, a fascinating double narrative which you think you've sussed as you go along but then you realise (well I did) you've forgotten one major point which comes back at the end and makes you think shhhhhh..... and makes you realise why most of us are simply not clever enough to be able to write a book like this. It's lovely, and you will love it.


What's the Time Mr Wolf?
What's the Time Mr Wolf?
by Gemma Raynor
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice reworking of the old tale with illustrations which take ..., 17 Dec. 2015
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Nice reworking of the old tale with illustrations which take it to another level. Unfortunately Gemma Raynor seems to have abandoned this style of illustration in favour of a prettier and more obvious one. Shame - a promising career seems to have been sidetracked by greetings cards.


Oliver and the Seawigs
Oliver and the Seawigs
by Philip Reeve
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Between two stools, 17 Dec. 2015
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A rather strange book, this one: the storyline is really more suited to the 6 - 8 age range but the language is more suited to the 8 - 12 age range and as such it rather falls between two stools. It's a nice enough story which is charming (from an adult's perspective) rather than gripping, and at the point where one of the main characters says "This is lame" I realised this is exactly what I'd been thinking so far.


The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles
The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles
by Carolyne Larrington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contains some interesting points but a little precious in parts ..., 17 Dec. 2015
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Contains some interesting points but a little precious in parts and much of what is said has already been said. Overall doesn't add much to the body of knowledge of British myth and legend.


The Bunker Diary
The Bunker Diary
by Kevin Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably well written but utterly sick. Books for children ..., 17 Dec. 2015
This review is from: The Bunker Diary (Paperback)
Reasonably well written but utterly sick. Books for children and Young Adults should be inspirational and realistic even if dealing with difficult subject matter. This is neither. It was written from a purely cynical and exploitative perspective regardless of the negative and even damaging effects it may have on the readership it was intended for. Kevin Brooks is sick, and so are those who published this tripe and those who praise it so highly.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, 21 Mar. 2015
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Does NOT reach the windows of the first floor of my 1930s semi.


Lost and Found
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little story, 16 Nov. 2014
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If you (or your children) have read Oliver Jeffer's other books you'll sort of know what to expect. If you haven't you really ought to! A lovely story which will introduce young children to ideas such as friendship and loneliness and adventure without leaving them scarred for life - no easy feat!


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