Friday, 16 December 2016

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

The first book to be reviewed by our members is Neil Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book'.  

As the blurb tells us, "Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other. This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman's first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman's legion of adult fans."  

But what did our members think of it?   Here's what Dan in year 7 had to say:  

"The Graveyard Book is home to one of my favourite things in books:  Cliff Hangers!  (It also gives me an excuse to read another chapter at night... and another... and another...).  The ending was a bit too rushed, but overall, I'd give this 4 out of 5 stars."  

So sounds like this one is well worth a read.  Fearnhill library has several copies so why not grab one and tell us what you think?  

For more Neil Gaiman books, check out his website here.  

Friday, 11 November 2016

Our first book has been chosen!

Today we had a shortlist of books to choose from:

'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman
'Mister Creecher' by Chris Priestley
'Wintersmith' by Terry Pratchett
'Pink Chameleons' by Fiona Dunbar
'The Nest' by Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen

And the one we've chosen?  
'The Graveyard Book'

Here's what our BOOKClub members said about it after reading the first few pages:

"It's like a mystery and you've got to find out what happens.  You want to know what's happening after the toddler has got away"

"I don't know why, but I really like books where the bad guy is really dangerous, clever, and has got skill"

"I didn't pick it, but, the reason why I didn't cry about it is because I like the suspense at the start of the book.  I want to know what's going to happen next"

"I like books with cliff-hangers and it seems to be like this book's going to have lots of them in because this first page ends right on a cliff-hanger"

"You want to know if the baby dies or not!"

Let's see if Neil Gaiman's writing lives up to expectations!

Friday, 4 November 2016

BOOKClub is up and running!

It's November and we've finally had our first BOOKClub meeting*

First things first.  Our members will be reviewing and recommending their favourite books for you.  

Watch this space for reviews of:  
  • Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson
  • JK Rowling's Harry Potter series
  • Enid Blyton's The Famous Five
  • Alex Scarrow's Time Riders
  • Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
There are so many, it's hard to pick.  

And if the book is any good, we watch the movie.  The film is always a bit different - have you noticed?  

Next week, we'll be choosing our first YA (young adult) novel to read and review.  If you want to be part of choosing the next book, come to E5 on Friday at lunchtime.  
Come it is fun! (says Chloe)

*Miss Corbishley forgot the cake today, but promises to bring it next week!