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Royal Rebel

*****

Royal Rebel, Carina Axelsson
Emily H
11


This book is about a young princess who doesn't want to be Queen. I love this book, because I like how Lily is a rebel, always wanting to do what she wants, not step in line behind everyone else. When Lily wants to start a fashion vlog she is told she can't. But, can she find another way to do it?
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The Slightly Annoying Elephant

*****

The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David Walliams
Max
7


Absolutely fantastic loved it when I read it at school - I bet other schools would like it
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#Help: My Cat's a Vlogging Superstar!

*****

#Help: My Cat's a Vlogging Superstar!, Rae Earl
Megan Grace Nicholson
11


Everyone relies on Millie for good advice which leads to her starting her own vlog, not even her nemesis can stand in her way, but vlogging and life isn't as easy as Millie first thought. A very current account of life for pre-teen/ teenagers today, the struggles with how much of their life to share on social media and how easy it is to neglect your life around you when you live your life through a screen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is really surprising as I wasn't sold on the front cover or the blurb- probably because it is aimed at and features older children than me. However I completely fell in love with Millie and her story. I would happily read and reread this book again. The importance with a central character is that they aren't perfect, otherwise they have no depth and Millie is a very flawed character (she's not always likeable) who thankfully starts to see that not everything she thinks is bad or wrong actually is, sometimes other people have things going on that you just don't see and accepts the changes that are happening in her life. Teenage life is not an easy road, life in general has its ups and downs and I feel that this story shows that in a very real, modern way. I really enjoyed the story, I felt Millie's growth as a character and I completely feel for Lauren who as a sub plot was really going through the ringer at home. There is a lot of reality in this book but still plenty of humour, too. I didn't feel out of place reading a book intended for older readers, I read a lot of stories for other age groups and felt there was no content I shouldn't be allowed to read in this story, nothing went over my head and I engaged with the story well emotionally. This was the first book I've read that featured a kiss though and I thought that it was described very sensitively for the age. Five stars. Top read.
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Scavengers

*****

Scavengers, Darren Simpson
Megan G N
11


The book is about a boy called Landfill who's lived his whole life as a scavenger. He was found as a baby and raised by an old man, Babagoo. The story follows Landfill as he makes a friend with an 'outsider'. Landfill is very unsure of this friendship as he has never experienced anything like it. Wow! What a massive emotional rollercoaster ride of a book. I think I pretty much cried for the last 2 chapters of the book. I think the last 4 chapters changed everything for me. There are so many twists and turns, and each one is brilliant. This is ridiculously well written book and I loved reading every minute of it. I found myself frustrated, sad, angry, happy and sometimes all within a short space of time. I think the character I most relate to is Dawn because she constantly wants to help Landfill, she's very caring and adventurous. It completely peaked my curiosity and I couldn't put it down. I'd reread it in a heart beat but I just need a minute to process everything before I dive back in! That ending, was beautiful and sad. The blurb does not do this book justice.
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What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

*****

What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible, Ross Welford
Megan G N
11


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I already want to read it again. It was the perfect book to read in bed, although I did get quite emotional and really could have done with a cuddle. Every person that I've spoken to about the book and recommended it to has just heard a repeat rendition of "It's just so good". I felt that Ross Welford did exceptionally well in writing this book and I am now seeking out more of his work. My favourite characters are Ethel and Elliot. Ethel is funny, cheerful but easy to anger, Elliot is obsessed with Lighthouses, he's funny in his delivery of what he says. Oh, I also love Mr Parker - I fell a bit in love with him. He uses really great language and I can totally get on board with that. This book was splendid!!
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Boy under water

****

Boy under water, Adam Baron
Ateisha
12


This book was funny, exciting and every page something dramatic happened. It a book that could make you cry but also laugh at the same time. It also teaches everyone something. I would recommend this to someone who likes to laugh and enjoys easy read books .
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Boy Underwater

*****

Boy Underwater, Adam Baron
Erin S
12


What I liked most about this book is that Cymbeline Igloo always has a way of making you smile, he has a way of making you almost forget everything and just being engulfed within the life of a young boy , who has to deal with a lot a such a young age. This book is definitely a comedy, but there are also a lot of things about this book that is truthfull I feel like this book is so realistic and I know that young kids who may be going through a tough time at the moment could definitely use Cymbeline Igloo in their life! He has a way of almost making you forget about all your problems and focusing on his, this may sound a little selfish but if really does get your mind off things! There are a lot of children who have or are going through what Cymbeline went through and this book I feel would just give them courage, the courage to not be afraid to question things . To not be afraid to accept things the way they are! Something I’ve definitely learned from this book is that in order to find the truth, you may have to go deep...
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Boy Underwater

****

Boy Underwater, Adam Baron
Ellie
12


An interesting, funny book for everyone of 10 or older. A book about a boy named Cymbeline Igloo (yes that's his real name) has never been swimming before like EVER. He desperately tries to persuade his mum to take him but she tells him disgusting things about the pools that could put anyone off the pool for life. His school make his dreams come true but not what he was expecting. He Googles how to swim, he borrows his dad's trunks but he doesn't know what he is in for when he can't swim. Buy this book because it is very entertaining and very enjoyable to read.
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