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Book Review: Then by Morris Gleitzman

This week we are pleased to be featuring book reviews from students at Duncraig Primary School* in WA. Welcome to today’s guest reviewer, Zak.

Then by Morris Gleitzman, ISBN 9780670072781, Viking (Penguin Australia)

Reviewed by Zak, 10, WA

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This type of historical fiction fascinates me. I love to learn about Nazi times.

A boy and a girl named Felix and Zelda have to get away from Nazis and they find a German woman, her name is Genia. She looks after Felix and Zelda who are Jewish and keeps them safe from the Nazis.

My favourite part of the book is when Felix goes into a Nazi camp with a boy named Dove he met through Genia, and together they blow up the Nazis.

I enjoyed this book because it draws you in from the start and it is about war and action and is awesomely cool. There is nothing I don’t like about it. This book would be suited for both boys and girls if they’re into war books and that sort of stuff. All of my friends read this book and said I should read it, so I did and now it’s my favourite book. There is more to the series—Once, Then, and Now. I have read Once and Then but I haven’t read Now yet. I can’t wait to start to read it. I would recommend this book for 9 years old and up.

This book was also an honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Duncraig Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) Zak reviewed his own copy of Then.

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Book Review: Dork Diaries: Party Time

This week we are featuring book reviews from students at Duncraig Primary School* in WA. Today’s guest reviewer is Shannon.

Dork Diaries: Party Time by Rachel Renée Russel, ISBN 9781847387424, Simon & Schuster

Reviewed by Shannon, 10, WA

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This book is a comedy mixed with a bit of drama. It is about a girl called Niki who doesn’t really get along with the kids at her school. Her biggest enemy is Mackenzie. Niki is in a bit of trouble when she had to organise the high school Halloween party. Will she cope or will she be a normal dork who has a crush on Brandon the hottest boy in 8th grade?

The book is enjoyable, with a bit of love and dorkiness. I loved the way it was like reading someone else’s personal diary and the great tension. I couldn’t possibly stop reading. It had excellent illustrations and they really suited the book. I loved everything about it. I liked the tension and illustrations best of all.

This book would only suit girls because it is packed with a girl’s life story. This book is nine plus. It has great strong characters and a story that can seem real. Just wait and read and you’ll find out more!

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Duncraig Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) Shannon reviewed her own copy of Dork Diaries: Party Time.

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Book Review: Eleven Days

This week we are featuring book reviews from students at Duncraig Primary School* in WA. Today our guest reviewer is Chloe.

Eleven Days by Michael Manuell, ISBN 9781865046211, Scholastic Australia

Reviewed by Chloe, 11, WA

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Are you looking for a book that drags you in by the first expressive sentence? Well, this is the book for you.

Eleven Days will amaze your socks off. This book is a brilliant book for readers from the age of ten years to teenagers and will suit you any mood you’re in.

Eleven Days is about a girl called Izabella. She is really nice and kind until Izabella comes face to face with kidnappers and gives them all her personal details. She is kidnapped and has no idea what to do. Is she brave enough to escape the danger? I really love this book with all the unexpected twists and turns.

It had fantastic complex sentences that brought out the atmosphere in the story. The very few drawings suited the text exactly. I think this book would suit girl readers most because most characters are women.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope you find a book that suits you soon. If you liked my book review please take the chance and have a go.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Duncraig Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) Chloe reviewed her own copy of Eleven Days.

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Book Review: Think Smart, Hazel Green!

This week we are pleased to be featuring book reviews from students at Duncraig Primary School* in WA. Our first guest reviewer is Lara—welcome, Lara!

Think Smart, Hazel Green! by Odo Hirsch, ill. Andrew McLean, ISBN 9781741141108, Allen & Unwin

Reviewed by Lara, 10, WA

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Chocolate dippers! Cherry Flingers! Cream Canoopers! All the delicious pastries in  Mr Volio’s bakery. But how about the thought of them being gone … forever?

Will Hazel Green ever find a way to help poor Mr Volio stay in his baker’s shop? When Mr Volio has ended his lease in his shop a mysterious new owner buys it. Who is this new owner? And how will Hazel Green help Mr Volio to stay, and still devour his glorious pastries? Will her mathematical friend Yakov Plonsk (AKA the Yak) use his logical mind to assist her? Hazel will have to think smart for this adventure!

Andrew McLean’s magical black and white watercolour illustrations make the book come alive. You only need to glance at them to understand them. Odo Hirsch’s detailed words and phrases help readers to really understand the pictures.

This is a book suitable for ten and over. The expressive characters in this book will capture any reader’s mind. I love this book because in every page you turn you feel the tension rising through your body.

Odo Hirsch has captured readers internationally with his essence and flair of describing wonderful and capturing characters. This book is the last of the Hazel Green series. The others are titled Hazel Green; Something’s Fishy, Hazel Green!; and Have Courage, Hazel Green, all with clever and satisfying plots.

"Undercover Readers Club logo"* Duncraig Primary is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. (Download information about the club on the magazine’s website.) Lara reviewed her own copy of Think Smart, Hazel Green!

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Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool: book review

Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool, by Odo Hirsch, ISBN 9781741757163, Allen & Unwin.

Reviewed by Year 5 students at Duncraig Primary School.*

Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool (cover)Darius is worried. Time is running out. Will he and his family ever decide upon this generation’s Bell Gift from the family to the town so they can retain the family house and name? When he and his friends find a mysterious glittering pool in the grounds of the house they wonder if it might provide an answer.

This imaginative book will appeal to some tween readers but does not work as a read aloud book as the detail slows the plot. Quirky, well-developed characters carry the story. Our class thinks it would help retain interest if the author moved between locations and plot lines more frequently. We enjoyed the unexpected plot turns and the overall quest structure.

This acclaimed author has written the much-loved Hazel Green series and others such as Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp.

*Duncraig Primary School is a member of our Undercover Readers Club. A review copy of Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool was provided by the publisher.

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Book reviews by Duncraig Primary: Day 5 pt 2

Duncraig Primary School (in WA) has sent us some year 5 students’ book reviews.* We’ve been posting two reviews a day for the last 5 days and this is the final review. Well done to all the students for their fabulous reviews and for sharing some great books!

Pearl Verses the World, by Sally Murphy, ill. by Heather Potter. ISBN 9781921150937, Walker Books Australia.

"Pearl Verses the World"Reviewed by Lauren, age 10, Duncraig Primary.

This award-winning book is fantastic if you love reading books with characters, through their eyes and about their lives.

This book has won TWO awards WOW! One is a bronze award for a short-listed book and the second award is for a silver award for an honour book.

Pearl is a girl who is very fond of her grandma. She tells us at the beginning of the book that she is alone and that she is a group of one. Some of the groups at school which are not groups of one and are very tight are the ballet girls, rough kids and footy boys. Pearl tells us about her life at home and at her school. She soon finds out that she is really good at writing poems.

The wonderful illustrations that Heather Potter has done really put the picture in your mind, like you are there watching it in your own eyes. So, if you like books that make you feel you’re there watching the story, borrow it from a friend or take it out of the library today or buy it at a local book store.

I loved reading this book because it had poems in it and I especially loved the poem at the end. This book also has a bit of sadness in it, therefore I would recommend it for ages between 8 and 12 years.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

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

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Book reviews by Duncraig Primary: Day 5 pt 1

Duncraig Primary School (in WA) has sent us some year 5 students’ book reviews.* We’ve been posting two reviews a day for the last 5 days—and today we share the final two reviews.

Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets, by Dav Pilkey. ISBN 9780439376105, Scholastic US.

"Captain Underpants (cover)"Reviewed by Joe, age 10, Duncraig Primary.

This book is a fun adventurous fiction book for children over 8 years old. It has gooey laughs, amazing structure and funny action. There are two very adventurous boys, George and Harold, who turn their headmaster, Mr Krupp, into a SUPER HERO who fights the dumbest super villains ever. There are a whole series of these humorous books with a flip-o-rama in every book. In this book there are two parts.

This book has 175 pages of laughs, action and adventure. I personally think it is a very adventurous children’s tale.

 

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

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Book reviews by Duncraig Primary: Day 4 pt 2

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!

Toy Story 3: Book of the film, by Jasmine Jones. ISBN 9781407583891, Parragon Book Service Ltd.

"Toy Story 3:  Book of the film (cover)"Reviewed by Alex, age 10, Duncraig Primary.

This book is a fiction because it has live toys in it and it’s cartoon.

Setting: Sunnyside day-care, Andy’s house, the tip, 2010.

Plot: Andy tries to decide what to do with his old toys when he moves to college. They get taken to the day-care centre where the children damage them and the other toys are evil. They try to get back home to Andy’s but they have to get past some obstacles like being trapped in a cage.

The main characters are Buzz (a superhero), Woody (a cowboy), and Lotso (a nasty teddy bear).

Theme: It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can always play with baby toys.

The point of view is first person. The author wrote this book because maybe when she went to college she had to give away her toys. I liked this book because I thought I was in another world playing with the toys and sometimes being the toys and it was also a bit sad which made it good and it was funny and cute.

It was also interesting and had a lot of detail and made me want to play with my toys a lot more.

 

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

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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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Duncraig Primary book reviews: Day 3 Pt 2

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!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, ill. by Quentin Blake. ISBN 9780141322711, Puffin (Penguin UK).

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"Reviewed by Natasha, age 11, Duncraig Primary.

This book has everything you want in a fantasy: a bizarre man who owns a chocolate factory, a timid boy who is very poor, two grandpas, two grandmas and two parents.

Everyone in this book loves chocolate, especially Mr Willy Wonka. He is mysterious and he is always thinking of new chocolates that he could make. He even made chewing gum even though he hates it. The boy, Charlie Bucket, only gets one chocolate bar every year and there are five golden tickets on the loose hidden in the chocolate bars. Charlie really would like one but he doesn’t think there is a chance.

This book is humorous and has 190 pages. The book is suitable for the age of 9 and up.

Read this book with your child and they will love it.

 

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

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