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Lost Riders
Lost Riders
by Elizabeth Laird
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Fearful, lost and a long way from home, 21 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Lost Riders (Paperback)
Lost Riders: the tale of a boy called Rashid who loves his family, yet is taken to a different country to do a job he knows nothing about. Naïve Rashid thinks that he is going to be playmates with a rich child from Dubai; trouble is, he ends up living a brutal life of slavery on a camel farm in the desert.
Rashid's new career is cruel, dangerous and unforgiving, although along the way he meets some friends. Will they survive and stay friends forever? What happens to Rashid? Does he get home?

This book by Elizabeth Laird is dedicated to the increasing numbers of children throughout the world who are being trafficked away from their homes and families to work in poverty.

I really enjoyed all of the book apart from the ending where I feel it was a little rushed and there needed to be more information about what happened to the characters we have come to know and care about.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Is The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas?, 2 Feb. 2012
This thrilling and powerful novel will change the way you think about the holocaust. It tells a tale of a boy called Bruno who finds himself moving from his house in Berlin to a place he thinks is called "Out With". Along the way, Bruno meets a boy called Shmuel who strangely always seems to be wearing striped pyjamas. They form a great friendship and see each other every day; little do they know that eventually they will become part of history.

This book is for is for people aged 10+; it is not advisable to read it if you are under ten because the incidents that happened to Bruno and Shmuel are harrowing.

Overall, a great book and a must buy!

Pig-Heart Boy
Pig-Heart Boy
by Malorie Blackman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The emotional and thrilling novel you will never want to put down!, 1 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Pig-Heart Boy (Paperback)
What will Cameron do when he finds out he needs a new heart?
The first chapter really makes you think someone may be dying but if you don't understand don't worry as it will become more apparent later on in the novel why this character is in danger.
There are some meaningful characters in this book. One for example is Marlon; he is a friend of Cameron's but half-way though this book they fall out. Will they ever become friends again? Another one of the many reasons to read the book.
There is one very important character in this story - not only do we find out that the character is a relation to Cameron we also come to understand that this is one of the author's greatest weapons to show how Cameron is privately feeling.
Everything goes well with Cameron's major surgery. Trouble is, his new heart isn't exactly human............

The emotional storyline makes it unsuitable for readers under 12.

by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Hardcover

73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another epic adventure from Michael Morpurgo, 17 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Shadow (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this Michael Morpurgo book; his best to date. This book is mostly suited to teenagers, ie( 13- 15) younger children may find this book sad in parts. The story is told by three characters, Matt, Grandpa and Aman. The story is mainly set in Afghanistan. Aman, his Mother, and his Grandma are living in their Afghan cave when a springer spaniel arrives out of nowhere. Aman and the dog soon become close; he decides to call her Shadow. They soon flee from Afghanistan to England because of the war. After six years of living as Asylum Seekers, they find themselves on the brink of being sent back to Afghanistan; living in a detention centre.
Who will help them? Will it be Grandpa and Matt?
This book also helps us to understand Afghan culture and their attitude towards dogs. It also gives more of a insight to the Brtish Forces working in Afghanistan.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the fine level of detail he used throughout. The images are realistic.
Overall the book was a great read, a must buy.
Well done Michael Morpurgo.
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