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I read this book 9th February '19

Chester Parsons is Not a Gorilla
Author: Martyn Ford
I really enjoyed this Chester Parsons is not a gorilla. It's funny and exiting.  I would love the power to jump through minds like Chester does although I'd definatley keep it a secret so that no one would know. I definatley wouldn't let my sister talk me into doing it on a TV show where it all goes wrong and Chesters body goes missing.

I enjoyed this fast paced story, it's funny and family friendly and great for children aged 8 +

I read this book 9th February '19

The Star-spun Web
Author: Sinead O'Hart
I really wanted to like this book, the prologue was fantastic and the blurb sounded excellent, I just found it so slow.

Sadly I didn't even finish the book and there are not many books I don't finish.  I'm sure if I could have got over the middle bit I would have enjoyed the rest (by reading the reviews on here it does sound like it gets better) but there are so many books I want to read I didn't want to waste time plodding through a book I wasn't enjoying. 

I read this book 12th January '19

The Haven: Book 1
Author: Simon Lelic
Me and my mum have loved this book, we have read it aloud to each other each night and we knew in the first few pages it would be a book we would both enjoy.

The Haven is a place for kids, run by kids and these kids are good, they want to help other children like them.  This book has a lot in common with Oliver Twist but at the same time is completely different.  The biggest similarity are the names, Ollie and Dodge, Fagin, Sikes and Bullseye all appear in Haven but not as the characters we knew in Oliver.
 
This book is going to be big.  It's exitinv, it's full of danger  and its really enjoyable.  I'd recommend this book to children in year 6 and up, and grown ups  (as my mum loved it too).

I read this book 4th January '19

Opposite of Always
Author: Justin Reynolds
Opposite of always is quite a grown up book and it took me a while to get into.  I ended up reading it with mum where we took it in turns to read chapters out loud. 

Without giving to much away this book is a story of love and friendship with a major dilemma thrown in.  As you read you follow Jack a 17 year old boy, trying to find which is the right path to take and you get to see how his decisions affect the people close to him (Kate, Franny and Jillian). 

I felt many emotions reading this book and I enjoyed reading it.  I was very happy to receive a proof copy to read and review. 

I read this book 8th December '18

The Night I Met Father Christmas
Author: Ben Miller Illustrator: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
I love this book! It has made me feel so Christmassy and happy.  It is based on the story of a Christmas Carol but with a magical twist.  I hope they make it into a film.

The story was really good and the illustrations were amazing.  I think that I will end up reading this book next Christmas and the year after and the year after that.

I think that all ages of children will love this book and grown ups too my mum loved it as much as me.