Book Reviews

The Milo Adventures

Reviewed by Senior Room Pupils.

The book we are reviewing is the first in the series called The Milo Adventures. Its title is "Milo and One Dead Angry Druid". It is written and illustrated by Mary Arrigan. This book is about a druid, an ancient stone and two best friends. When Shane, (Milo's best friend) discovers and ancient stone in his back garden, he doesn't realise the consequences that will ensue. Thus begins an epic adventure.

Milo and a ghost become embroiled in risky adventures whilst endeavouring to save the lives of Shane and his gran (Big Ella). The storyline was captivating throughout the book with some eerie chapters that left us with goosebumps. However, there were also some comical aspects involving a duo named Crunch and Wedge. We thoroughly enjoyed the novel. It was unpredictable and kept us enthralled. We look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Under the Hawthorn Tree

Reviewed by Shania Burns

The book I'm reviewing is a well-known and popular title - Under the Hawthorn Tree, written by Marita Conlon-McKenna. The setting is Ireland in the late 1840s, the time of the wretched famine. It does, however, take place in several different locations.

The story is based around three children - twelve-year-old Eily, nine-year-old Michael and seven-year-old Peggy.

After their sister Bridget passes on, the childrens' mother, Margaret, and several other people bury her under the hawthorn tree behind their cottage. Their mother was already extremely worried, but goes into a black depression. She decides to go look for their father, John O' Driscoll, who was rumoured to be on the roadworks. The children can't stay by themselves, otherwise they'll be evicted.

Thus begins the epic journey, across both rural and urban areas alike.

The many trials and tribulations they went through included being attacked by stray dogs, fever and of course, famine.

My favourite character was probably Eily. She took authority most of the time, and I noticed that the majority of the book revolved around how she felt and her worries.

This book was rather intriguing in most places. With a captivating fictional-history storyline involving Ireland, I found it easy to relate to. However, I do feel it was a bit drawn-out in places and sometimes got a tad too tedious. The storyline again, however, was breath-taking. A good 9/10.


Dork Diaries Pop Star

Reviewed By Amiee Doherty

The book I read was called “Dork Diaries Pop Star”. It was written by Rachael Renee Russell. It was also illustrated by Rachael Renee Russell. The characters in this book are Nikki Maxwell (the biggest dork in the school), Chloe & Zoey (Nikki’s BFF’s), Mackenzie Hollister (The biggest Drama Queen in the school), Brandon (Nikki’s secret crush), Brianna (Nikki’s annoying little sister) and loads more. The setting of this book is at Nikki’s home and her school. In this book Nikki is faced with a life time of puzzles. (1) Her BFF’s (Best Friends Forever) join Mackenzie’s dance crew. (2) There appears to be bugs everywhere and since Nikki’s dad is the school exterminator she is afraid in case he shows up wearing the incredibly embarrassing pink jumpsuit with her last name plastered on the back of it and (3) Nikki only joined this school because her dad managed to get a scholarship for her and now she is afraid of losing it. Now with her friends gone Nikki doesn’t know what to do. She thinks that she will have to transfer to a new public school and have to go through being the new girl again. But will she be able to steal the spot light and stay Westchester Day School? I liked this book I thought it was interesting and captivating. My Favourite characters were Nikki and Brandon. I thought Nikki was funny and always ready to try out something new. I liked Brandon because he is Goofy, shy and cute. My least Favourite characters were Mackenzie and her horrible best friend Jessica. I would recommend this book for girls between 8 and 12. I would rate this book 10 out of 10.

Charlotte's Web

Reviewed by Nadine Doherty

The title of the book I read is Charlotte's Web.  The author of the book is E.B White.  It is illustrated by Garth Williams.  The setting of the story is Zuckerman's barn.The book was about a girl called Fern, who raised a pig named Wilbur with a bottle. Wilbur met a spider named Charlotte.  Charlotte and Wilbur became best friends.  Charlotte weaved words into her web to try and save Wilbur's life.  The characters in this book are Fern, Avery, Mr and Mrs Arable,The Zuckermans,Wilbur,Charlotte and the other animals in the barn.  My favourite character was Wilbur because he was very cheerful.  The book was very interesting and captivating.  I enjoyed the book because it was very colourful.  I would rate this book nine out of ten.

(Picture drawn by Nadine)

George's Marvellous Medicine

Reviewed by Louise Hegarty

The title of the book I am reading is George's Marvellous Medicine.  The author of the book is Roald Dahl.  The illustrator of the book is Quentin Blake.  This story took place in George's house.  The book was funny because George makes a new medicine for his grouchy old grandmother. She goes on fire and George has to put it out.  All the characters are named : George, Grandmother, Mrs Kranky and Mr Killy Kranky.  My favourite character was Mr Killy Kranky because he gets really over- exited about George's new marvellous medicine.  I enjoyed this book because it was quite funny and comical.  I would rate this book 10 out of 10.

Super Molly and the Lolly Rescue

Reviewed by Eímear Woods

The title of my book is Super Molly and the Lolly Rescue. The author of the book is Daniel Postgate. It is also illustrated by Daniel Postgate. It is about a girl called Molly. One morning Molly woke up to a very quiet house so she went down the stairs and she finds a note from the WWI so she went to see her Grandad Captain Cucumber and his dog Super Snifles and they go on an adventure to find  Molly. Mum and Dad and the WWI. They go to the WWI house and they find Molly's Mum and Dad. They went home and and they lived happly ever after. My favourite character was Molly. I would rate this book 10 out of 10. It was very, very good.

My Sister the Vampire

Reviewed by Cate Smyth

The title of my book is My Sister the Vampire. The author of the book is Sienna Mercer. The illustrator of the book is Paige Pooler. The story took place in Franklin Grove Middle School. This story is about a girl called Olivia Abott who just started her first day in a new school. Along the way she meets her long lost sister Ivy Vega. But Ivy has a deep dark secret.

They are still the best of sisters.The characters in this book are, Ivy Vega, Mr Vega, Olivia Abott, Mr and Mrs Abott and  many more. I thought the book was exciting, funny and captivating. I really enjoyed this book because it was unpredictable and fun. I would rate my book 10 out of 10.

(Illustration by Cate)

Third Year at Malory Towers

 Reviewed by Amiee Doherty

The book I read was "Third Year at Malory Towers".  It was written by Enid Blyton.
This book was not illustrated.  The book was set in a boarding shcool called Malory Towers.  It is about  a group of friends who go to Malory Towers.  This book is full of twists and turns.  It is quite unpredictable.  You never know what is going to happen next.  The girls at Malory Towers are always doing something new, whether it's playing pranks on the teachers or practising their music, the girls always have something to do.  Sometimes they get themselves muddled up in an adventure.  The characters are Darrel, Sally, Bill (Wilhelmina) , Alicia, Gwendoline and many others.  My favourite characters are Darrel and Sally.  I like Darrel because she is kind and generous but when she is angry sparks can fly!  I like Sally because she is kind, good tempered and is good at controlling Darrel when she is in a temper.  I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was funny, exciting and fascinating.  I didn't want to leave it down.  I would easily give the book ten out of ten.