Junior Reviewers Recommend – Philippa’s picks

Philippa is 12 and lives in Western Australia. She has been reviewing books for Alphabet Soup since 2008. She loves to play viola, read books and write poems and stories. (She reads all kinds of books, but school stories are her favourites.) Books she has reviewed for Alphabet Soup this year include The Amazing Spencer Gray; Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door; and Liar & Spy.

Philippa has selected the best books she read during the year, and here they are — highly recommended by her and in no particular order!

the river charm Goodnight Mister Tom

The River Charm by Belinda Murrell

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Alex, the dog and the unopenable door (cover)tom gates

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery

Tom Gates (the series) by L Pichon

Nell's festival of crisp winter glories The Secret Garden

The Kingdom of Silk series by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Micheal King (except book 1: illustrated by Caroline Magerl) — Philippa particularly loves books 6 and 7

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Cookieliar and spy

Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated Nick Sharratt

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Have you read any of the books Philippa recommends?