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Book reviews by Duncraig Primary: Day 4 pt 1

Duncraig Primary School (in WA) has sent us some year 5 students’ book reviews.* We’ll be posting two reviews a day for the next 5 days so stay tuned!

Go Girl!: The New Girl, by Rowan McAuley, ill. Ash Oswald. ISBN 9781921098970, Hardie Grant Books.

"The New Girl (cover)"Reviewed by Anna, age 10, Duncraig Primary.

Wow! What a great read! I am sure you will love it. It had me on the edge of my seat wondering and wanting to know what would happen next.

10-year-old Zoe’s chicken pox is the least of her problems. And as if that’s not hard enough, try this: while Zoe is off sick, her best friend Iris goes off with the new girl Isabelle. If you want to find out why, read the book. It is especially hard for Zoe being excluded by her best friend. Will Zoe overcome this challenge or will her life be ruined all because of Isabelle? But why is Isabelle being so mean?

This book will help you if you ever face the same problems as Zoe, Isabelle and Iris do in real life. It includes lots of things children will love and laugh at. This book will have you feeling over the moon and teach you how to deal with bullies.

Personally I thought Iris as a character was not very well-developed and all over the place even though she was one of the main characters. I thought Olivia and Ching-Ching’s part by the handball courts was a good idea—although it was not very important to the plot.

With fantastic illustrations by Ash Oswald, this book was published in 2006 by E2. The New Girl is aimed for children 8 years and up.


*Duncraig Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. Books reviewed here are the students’ own.

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