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Happypanda

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I read this book 19th December '18

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition
Author: Peter Frankopan Illustrator: Neil Packer
This book is a brilliant history book on the Silk Roads that led from Asia to Europe. It gives intriguing explanations of each era telling you what happened and explains how the Silk Roads helped connect the world. I really enjoyed this book as it tells you lots about the history of Asia which most people don’t know much about. Also, it has lots of beautiful illustrations that help show you what’s going on in an interesting art style.  I will definitely read this book again. 

I read this book 11th December '18

Homecoming
Author: Cynthia Voigt
Homecoming is about four children: Dicey, James, Marybeth and Sammy, who are abandoned by their mother.  They decide to travel to their Great Aunt in Bridgeport who, they hope, will take them in, because they want a home.  On the way, they have lots of adventures and face lots of challenges -such as where to sleep. I really enjoyed this book because it had lots of unexpected twists and always kept me interested. This book make me feel like I wanted to read on. 

I read this book 22nd November '18

Armistice Runner
Author: Tom Palmer
Armistice Runner is about a girl called Lily who loves to run but can never win. When she travels to the Lake District to compete in the Fell race there, she stays with her Grandmother who has Alzheimer’s, and her Grandfather. When Lily tells her Grandmother that she is competing in the Fell race her Grandmother reveals that Lily’s Great-Great Grandfather also competed in the race and won. Her Grandmother gives her what she thinks are running logs but Lily finds out that they are the diaries her Great-Great Grandfather owned and are not just about running but also about when he fought in the First World War. I really enjoyed this story although I felt it was aimed at younger readers as the writing style was quite simple and the book was short.  My favourite part was the diaries because I found the perspective of the Great-Great Grandfather interesting and I liked how it reflected in the main story. 

I read this book 29th October '18

Swallows and Amazons
Author: Arthur Ransome
This book follows a group of children called John, Susan, Titty and Roger who go off on a boat trip to an island where they set up camp. But when the pirates arrive on the island, mysteries start to be unveiled and they have to work out who broke into the house boat. I found this book very slow and there was too much description on less interesting points. A lot of the ideas were old-fashioned but if you get through this book you will feel a great sense of achievement. 

I read this book 29th October '18

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Author: Joan Aiken
This book is about a time when wolves were abundant in England. It is set long ago as most people walk or use the steam train to get around; also people don’t have cars. This story follows Bonnie Green, who lives on Willoughby Chase and her cousion, Sylvia Green. When Bonnie’s parents go off on a cruise, the governess, Miss Slighcarp, takes control of the house and things start going down hill.  I really enjoyed this book because it kept me reading and had lots of mystery.