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The Son of Neptune  By Rick Riordan

This book is the second in the Heroes of Olympus series, where Percy awakes from 8 months sleep to find himself in a war between the Greek gods and the Giants. However, unlike in his previous battles with the Titans in the first series, he had ended up in a Roman camp of demigods, with no memory of his past.  While in this camp, he befriends fellow demigods, Frank and Hazel, and is given a quest to travel to Alaska and free the god of death, Thanatos. With the giants preparing for war, Percy must regain his memory and free Thanatos.

The book itself is a great read, with Rick Riordan making the old gods into the new world and, despite the wartime setting, the book is quite funny to read. I think The Son of Neptune is a really good book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action and comedy.

By Craig Sweetmore, 3.7S  Book Crusader  

Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy

cherry crushThis book to me was pretty predictable. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but it could stand to be more exciting. The story is basically about the main character, Cherry, and her widowed father, Paddy. Cherry and Paddy move to his new love’s house in Somerset with her four daughters: Honey, Summer, Skye and Coco. I’m sorry but the names put me right off and gave it quite an immature feel. Here’s where the predictable part comes in; Cherry falls for Honey’s boyfriend and – surprise, surprise – Honey is the bad girl to Cherry’s good.(SPOILER!) So, naturally, Cherry and the boy end up together. It’s feel-good, sweet, predictable and not my kind of book. It’s very girly and I’m positive that if that’s your thing then you won’t be disappointed. 

Carrie Macvicar, 3M.

 * Cherry Crush is the first in a five part series called the Chocolate Box Girls.

monster 2A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

‘A Monster Calls’ is a horror story about James who has nightmares about screaming. One night he gets visited by an unexpected monster- a tree that lives in his back garden. My favourite event in the book is when the tree first comes for James as it is really exciting.  I really enjoyed the book because of the plot and easy, understandable language. I would give it an 8 out of 10 rating and recommend it for S1 and above.  

By Dane Anderson  Elgin Academy S1




I liked this book because the story line intrigued me, so I couldn’t put the book down. I first took the book out when I was in Bishopmill Primary for the reading challenge. It is about a boy who lives with wood trolls it is suggested age is about 10ish      

by Elliot Sabor

The World of Norm            Review by Abbie Smith

The World of Norm is a great book written by Jonathan Meres. It is about a boy called Norm who just thinks that the world is so unfair and he thinks nothing could get any worse. He wants to be a world champion biker but his bike gets a bit damaged when he and his best friend decide to do a big stunt but the problem is: how is he going to get the money to pimp up his bike? He makes a bad decision but he learns his lesson in the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves humour and likes to read this style of book. It also has a good moral to it. I personally enjoyed it and I think it is good for kids my age. I also think Jonathan Meres is a very good, talented author.

Abbie Smith 1.6S (2011- 2012)

Ways to Live Forever

Ways to Live Forever is a sad book written by Sally Nicholls. It is about a boy who has leukaemia and fights for his life. He decides to write a book about what he is going through. He adds lists of what he thinks, questions that nobody answers and more.

 His friend Felix is there to help him through it and helps him to do everything he wishes to do before he dies, but sadly Felix passes away due to leukaemia and Sam doesn’t know what to do without him.

 Sam knows he could die but he isn’t sure how bad it may get.

 Abbie Smith

1.6 Seafield (2011 -2012)