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Groosham Grange
Groosham Grange
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When all begins, 20 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Groosham Grange (Paperback)
It is the first book I read of Anthony Horowitz, and it will not be the last. This book goes back to 1983 and yet all the ingredients having made the success of Harry Potter are already in this novel! There are mystery, suspense, bounces, sympathetic characters, all played on nerves, in an opaque and oppressive atmosphere. I was not totally captured at the beginning, but then I couldn't help to raise my nose from this book!

The Book of Dead Days
The Book of Dead Days
by Marcus Sedgwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite thrilling !, 20 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Book of Dead Days (Paperback)
The reading of this volume 1 is indeed fascinating. The atmosphere is dark, poisseuse and tends to think of a mixture of Dickens, Hector Malot and Victor Hugo. The teenagers are alone, unlucky and victims of the law of the strongest. But not of pessimism. It is on the other hand by exerting a strange and attractive power that this novel transports us, through this blackness, these characters turbid and an intrigue with volte-face. This volume is determined without too much suspense, but invites to read the continuation with good heart! From 12 years.

The Killer's Tears
The Killer's Tears
by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but harsh, 20 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Killer's Tears (Paperback)
This is black, very black.

In a house of the end of the world, Paolo Poloverdo's parents are killed by Angel Allegria. The boy is saved and spends the year living with him, when some guy arrives, called Luis Secunda. All three "will be a family" of bric and pitcher.

It is frankly glaucous. Be added all the roughness of the Chilean decoration, a country of nowhere. I frankly had a black cloud above my head! But finally, I'd be rather surprised. There is a start of action and emotion in the history, very fascinating thus. The relation between the child and the assassin raises several perplexities, but not unknown. Paolo Poloverdo is a very attaching boy, inspiring pity. I do not like this feeling. However it is not pejorative nor reducing, in "the killer's tears" the feeling of love and of affection is exploited in different ways. This novel slices in this usual literature, moreover this book is intended for any public. I am not the only one to notice it, and it is true. On the other hand, all young reader is likely to lose himself there.

A good book, in any case.

From 13 yrs old.

The White Giraffe: Book 1 (The White Giraffe Series)
The White Giraffe: Book 1 (The White Giraffe Series)
by Lauren St John
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To be read, from 9-10 yrs old, 20 Jun. 2007
Between myth, dream and beliefs of sorcery, the white giraffe wants to be a completely enthralling history. It follows the traces of a solitary girl, and finally hardly ordinary, who discovers an unknown and unexpected world. To read, it is quite simply captivating! The African atmosphere is well returned, the author passed her childhood to Zimbabwe, in edge of an animalist reserve. Its subject is thus not embroidered with the light one.

It is appreciable also to share the conflicts of Juliette, at the school, with her grandmother and in the reserve, against the poachers. It is at the same time poignant and light, well in the current spirit I find. This book announces a trilogy to follow! With pleasure.
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