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Astrosaurs 1: Riddle Of The Raptors
Astrosaurs 1: Riddle Of The Raptors
by Steve Cole
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Astrosaurs, 15 Oct. 2012
Review of Astrosaurs

The book Astrosaurs was first published in 2005. It was written by Steve Cole and it was illustrated by Charlie Fowkes. It is a sort of adventure type book.

The characters are all dinosaurs. The main character is Captain Teggs. He is the brave character of the story. He is the captain of `Astrosaurs' and of `DDS Sauropod' (Dinosaur Space Service). Gipsy is a `stripy hadrosaur' and is Tegg's communications officer. Sog is a professor of the crew. Arx Orano is Tegg's intelligent triceratops first officer. He checks over the Sauropod's systems and data. Iggy Tooth is the tough `iguanodon engineer'. He would make stronger the ship's engines.

The story is set in a planet called `Odo Minor'. Teggs wants plateosaurus life to live on or otherwise, they could become extinct. There are a few eggs and two plateosaurus's left of their species. Teggs and his crew want to take the plateosaurus to a planet called `Platus Two'. But they find out that the planet is something else and is a very big surprise for them.

I think the book was alright because it was interesting but it is aimed at 7-12 years in my opinion. I think kids would tend to like it.

Overall I would recommend young people and kids to buy it because it's about dinosaurs and kids like creative animals.

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Hunger Games, 15 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Hunger Games (Paperback)
My book Review
The series novel `The Hunger Games' is written by Suzanne Collins. It is an adventure, action and science-fiction novel. The novel was released in September on 14th 2008, but was a big hit in 2012 (when the movie was released - which was also a big hit). The book has various scenes which convey a number of emotions making it you want to read it and once you start reading it you can't stop.

This book is about a 16-year old girl called Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the Post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The Hunger Games is a game where the players will fight to the death and only one can survive. A girl from District 12 volunteers for the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. The male tribute chosen from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a former schoolmate of Katniss who once gave her bread from his family's bakery when her family was starving.

Katniss and Peeta are taken to the Capitol, where they meet their drunken mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, victor of the 50th Hunger Games. "Stylists" are employed to make each tribute look his or her best; Katniss's stylist, Cinna, is the only person at the Capitol who she believes understands her. The tributes are publicly displayed to the Capitol audience in an interview with television host Caesar Flickerman, and have to attempt to appeal to the television audience in order to obtain "sponsors". During this time, Peeta reveals on-air his long time unrequited love for Katniss. This angers Katniss as she thinks it is part of the plan to win sponsors.

The reason I have chosen to review this book is due to the fact that it is a very well-known novel that caught the attention of the media. In my opinion, it is very interesting because there is a lot of tension and so the book puts you on the edge of your seat. I like Katniss because she is very brave and stubborn. She took her sister's place and risks her life just to save her sisters life. I also love Peeta because he is caring and he gives up his life to save the one he loves. This was the best story book i have ever read I like everything about this book.

The Demon Headmaster
The Demon Headmaster
by Gillian Cross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Th Demon Headmaster, 15 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Demon Headmaster (Paperback)
`The Demon Headmaster' was first published in 1982. This story is about a girl who's just arrived from a foster home to live with the Hunter family. A school that seems to be acting strange and awkward as all the children are not having fun but being hypnotized of following the order of the headmaster.

As the story begins with a girl named Dinah Glass who lived in a foster home for almost 10 years, is on her way on arriving to the family name `The Hunter family'. As she is told that she has two foster brothers named Lloyd and Harvey. As she is excited to start at her new school, wondering how the children will react, but realises that the school is not the place that she thought as this is just like an example of a human statue awaiting for instruction.

The first time she visits the headmaster who is tall and thin, dressed in his black gown, with white hair and black glasses, and doesn't seem like a comfortable character to spend any time with. At one point, when she accidentally stares into the eyes of the headmaster it makes her fall asleep in his office during her first interview with him.

Once she finds out from her foster brothers that the headmaster is hypnotizing everyone, Dinah figures out not to become a slave of the headmaster but to spy on him to find out his master plan in order to stop him in his tracks.

In the book `The Demon Headmaster' is a fabulous book that starts off with a girl named Dinah who is an orphan finds herself cast into unfamiliar area when she is placed with a foster family. Used to playing the system and concealing how clever she really is from her peers and elders, Dinah now feels the system is playing her and that somehow it is all connected to the headmaster of her strange new school. Relying on her suspicious new foster brothers, Lloyd and Harvey can Dinah and the rest of the splat club get to the bottom of everyone's odd behaviour at school and frustrate the evil headmaster's plot before it is too late.

Overall, the book `The Demon Headmaster' has enough pace, mystery and adventure to keep any child of ten and above gripped and hungry for more. It would be at home on any year four and five classroom bookshelf. It is an ideal book for guided and independent reading.

Mud City
Mud City
by Deborah Ellis
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Mud City book, 15 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Mud City (Paperback)
Review of the book `'Mud City''
Mud City is based on Shauza - a friend of Parvana.
The book opens with Shauza living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, but she is not happy, she has spent a long time pretending to be a boy and making her own living - she finds it difficult to adapt to being a female again and being expected to toe the line. The book follows her journey once she leaves the camp, just her and her dog Jasper. There are some heartbreaking scenes.
Shauza is a real character, brave and strong-minded. Going with her on her journey. When she left the camp she has no money and no food for eat.
The book Mud City book was published in 2003. It was written by Deborah Ellis. It is the sequel to the bestselling the Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey.
The reason Shauza wants to go away from the refugee camp because the Taliban were looking for her everywhere and wants her to be killed.
The book of `'Mud City'' the reason I like it because it is a very sad story of a girl who lost and wandering far from her home and family because of the Taliban were looking for her.
Overall: The book was very nice and very good story Witten by Deborah Ellis the credit I will give 10 out of 10

Celeste (Gemini)
Celeste (Gemini)
by Virginia Andrews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars celeste, 15 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Celeste (Gemini) (Paperback)
As the story unfolds we could see that there is a happy family consisting of a mother, father, daughter and son. The story takes place in the 1980s where women stayed at home even though they a degree. So the mother was a teacher but preferred to stay at home and home school her kids. It was really impressive the way her kids used to achieve full marks in their exams every time when the school asked to check if the children were educated properly. However, this wasn't no ordinary mother; instead she was the type of mother who believed in spirits, saying that she could hear them. On the other hand her husband was quite the opposite. He didn't believe in that but loved his wife dearly so he didn't mention anything to her.
one day the mother was told by her `late grandmothers' that something awful was going to happen to her husband so she made a special necklace that would keep him away of danger if he wore it at all times but suddenly the husband woke late for work and rushed out of the house leaving the necklace behind then ended up having a car crash and died. Soon after, the same thing happened to her son, Noble. He and his sister Celeste were playing in the woods when a terrible incident occurred. Noble collapsed and started going down the river. Celeste tried to help him but knew it was too late.
Due to the mothers love for her youngest child, she didn't want to believe her son has died so she decided to change her daughter into a boy. She told Celeste that she should behave and act like Noble. And since the daughter wanted her mother's love so badly she decided to do what she asked. Everything was going well when suddenly a young boy the same age as Celeste (now called Noble) moved into the neighbourhood. The boy and Noble got along very well but soon found out that Noble was actually a girl. The boy decided to threaten Noble if she didn't do as he asked.
Fast forwarding the story we soon find out that Celesta becomes pregnant and the boy Chris, dies mysteriously like Noble did. Unfortunately for Celeste she gave birth to a girl with red hair (since the boy's hair was red). So the mother decided to name the girl Celesta and dye her hair black while she was just a few days old. I was impressed with the story, the way everything was descriptive makes you feel like you are actually there. However you do feel sorry for Celeste because she is getting blamed for her brother's death even though all she has been trying to do all her life was earn her mother's love .Celeste was not happy being a boy but could not do anything. The reason why she loved her son more that her daughter could be the fact that he looks like his dad or because he was the youngest child or maybe she just want a son instead of a daughter. At the end when she gave birth, if it were a boy she (celeste) may have been allowed to transform back into a girl.

Long Way Home
Long Way Home
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading this book and the storyline touched my heart......., 15 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Long Way Home (Paperback)
The book "Long Way Home", first published in 1975, was written by Michael Morpurgo.
This book is about a foster child called "George" who is going to stay with tom, storm and their parents on a farm. At first George is reluctant to go, and tom doesn't want him staying at their home, George is at first quiet and doesn't want to have anything to do with "Dyer family". But one day tom, George and storm get lost in the mist and don't know the way home. Even worse, storm sprains her ankle and can't walk, so George and tom have to carry her. But when disaster strikes and the farm is flooded, tom realises that George is more of a brother than he thought, and he needs his help to save the animals on the farm.
And I think you should read the book to see if they succeed.........
In my opinion, "Long Way Home" is a fantastic book for mysterious and interesting adventures and will appeal to easily excitable readers. I really enjoyed reading this book and the storyline touched my heart.

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