1 - The Wreck Of Zanzibar


Author: Michael Morporgo.
Illustrater: Lee Gibbons.
Prizes: Whitbreads Children’s Novel Award.
Type: Fiction.
When I read it: December 2009.
Names of main characters: Billy, Laura, Mother, Father, Granny May and Michael.
Summary: Michael lives on the Scilly Isles and his Great Aunt Laura dies and he gets her diary. It then goes through her diary. It tells you how Laura’s twin brother Billy runs away to sea because he and Father where always arguing and then a big storm comes along and devastates the island. During another storm a ship is wrecked on the rocky coasts of Scilly. They look out for survivors and salvage what they can, they are in luck because there are six cows and plenty of food so they do not have to leave the Island. It also turns out to be the boat Billy was on. Happy Endings all round!!
What I liked about it: The whole story is lovely.
What I did not like about it: It was a bit short because I prefer novels.
Rating out of 10: 10 out of 10


2 - Alone On A Wide Wide Sea


Author: Michael Morporgo
Prizes: Award winning author.
Type: Fiction.
When I read it: December 2009.
Names of main characters: Arthur, Marty, Mr ‘piggy’ Bacon, Aunty Meg, Kitty, Allie, Mr Dodds, Grandpa, and Zita.
Summary: Orphaned in WWII, Arthur is separated from his sister and sent to the other side of the world. He is sent to a farm in Australia with all the other boys that nobody wanted, there he makes friends with someone called Marty. Together they endure the incredible hardships under the eagle eye of Mr 'piggy' Bacon and his wife. He and Marty manage to escape and find a kindly lady who looks after animal orphans of road accidents. she adopted them, they came to know her as Aunty Meg. then she sent them off when they were old enough. They took up designing yochts, but the company they worked for went bust, and Marty took up binge drinking and died soon enough while Arthur looks around finding odd jobs. Suddenly, Arthur falls seriously ill, and is rushed off to hospital, then he falls in love with the nurse, the nurse(called Zita) falls in love with Arthur, he recovers, they marry. Turns out her father builds yachts,so they work together, job problem sorted
What I liked about it: I am glad that Allie found Kitty.
What I did not like about it: Why did Marty, Aunty Meg and Arthur have to die?
Rating out of 10: 9 out of 10

3 - King of the cloud forests

Author: Michael Morporgo.
Illustrator: Oliver Burston.
Prizes: Award winning author.
Type: Fiction.
When I read it: January 2010.
Names of main characters: Ashley, Uncle Sung and a group of yetis.
Summary: When Japan Invades China, Ashley and Uncle Sung are forced to flee. It is a perilous Journey across the Himalayas, and they struggle to survive.
Then Ashley is captured.
Who are these strange creatures that revere him as their king?
What I liked about it:the sense of fadventure and friendship mixed together.
What I did not like about it: It does not tell you what happens to Ashley’s Dad after he has been captured.
Rating out of 10: 9 and a half out of 10


4 - INK HEART
Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Carol Lawson and Chris McEwan
Type: Fiction.
When I read it: January 2010.
Names of main characters: Meggie, Dustfinger, Mo, Elinor, Basta, Capricorn and Farid.
Summary: Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn’t read to herb since her mother disappeared.
When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret-when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages.
Suddenly, Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books…but this one will change her life forever.
What I liked about it: The way she wrote so you thought it was finished but their where more complications that makes it even better.
What I did not like about it: Basta didn’t die, but then, if he did there wouldn’t be an Ink Spell or an Ink Death would there so I suppose as long as he dies in one of the other books that’s OK.
Rating out of 10: 10 out of 10


5 - Threads
Author: Sophia Bennett
Prizes: Times Children’s Fiction Competition 2009
Type: Fiction
When I read it: December 2009
Names of main characters: Nonie, Edie, Jenny, Crow
Summary: Nonie’s passion for fashion. Edie plans to save the world. Jenny has a part in a Hollywood movie. But when the three best friends meet a young refugee girl called Crow, wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and sketching a dress, they get the chance to do something truly wonderful-and make all their dreams come true.
What I liked about it: It shows what friends are for and that there are people out there who help not so fortunate people like Crow find something good in their lives.
What I did not like about it: N/A!!!
Rating out of 10: 10 out of 10



6 - Lost Riders
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Type: Fiction
When I read it: December 2009
Names of main characters: Rashid, Shari, Iqbal, Amal, Puppo, Uncle Bilal, Gaman Khan, Haji Faroukh, Salman
Summary: Forced to work as camel jockey in a faraway country, Rashid enters a violent and dangerous world. Even though he becomes his stable’s star jockey, all he can think of is escape…
What I liked about it: It is fast and full of suspense as well as being a bit of a tearjerker!
What I did not like about it: N/A!!!
Rating out of 10: 10 out of 10


7 - The Tulip Touch
Author: Anne Fine.
Illustrator: Lee Gibbons.
Prizes: Whitbread Children’s Book Of The Year Award 1996 and highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.
Type: Fiction.
When I read it: December 2009.
Names of main characters: Natalie, Tulip, Julius, Natalie’s Mum and Natalie’s Dad.
Summary: Nobody wants to be around Tulip, but Natalie finds her exciting. At first she doesn’t care that other people are so upset by her bizarre games, but then she realizes that Tulip is going too far-much too far.
What I liked about it: A unique story about the dark side of friendship.
What I did not like about it: It was a little bit on the unrealistic side I thought.
Rating out of 10: 8 out of 10.