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Book Reviews

Our Reading Ambassadors have been reviewing some their favourite books each term. How many bees will they rate them out of 5? 

Summer Term 2023

The 156 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

The 156 storey treehouse is the 12th book in a series. It is very funny and has a very Christmassy vibe to it. My favourite part of the book is when the Santas have a huge belly bounce off and when they have to fight an angry snowman for their treehouse. I also liked the book because the illustrations are very funny and can sometimes be very unrelated to the story which makes them hilariously random. When I read this book it makes me feel very happy and I laugh all the time. The plot is about the main characters trying to save Christmas and write their book at the same time.       

Reviewed by Michael Year 6

Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans

Who let the gods out is a four part series, the books in the series are: Who let the gods out, Simply the Quest, Beyond the Odyssey and Against all Gods.

Throughout the books it tells the story of Elliot Hooper, a twelve-year-old boy, struggling to look after his very ill mother, failing at school and desperate to find a way to save his family farm from repossession. Suddenly in the middle of the night a starball, constellation thing falls into his cow shed and Elliot finds a girl around his age in it. He helps her take something to stonehenge, accidentally setting free a prisoner. With the prisoner on the loose a ton of gods come down to earth to search for four chaos stones with Elliot and Virgo. They meet with various different characters and face dangerous challenges.

I love this book, it is one of my favourites so I have to give it ★★★★★.

It is an AMAZING book and I recommend it to anyone interested in Greek mythology, Greek history and more. This book is Incredible. I think you will love it!

Reviewed by Layla Year 5

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery is about 12 year old Ted (who has asperger syndrome) and his rebellious older sister Kat, wading through London trying to investigate the case of their missing cousin Salim. After Aunt Gloria and Salim arrive in South London to stay with them while they await their plane to New York, things take a turn for the worst when Salim can’t be found after a journey on the London Eye. With grief flowing through the air and tension you can cut with a knife, the ending is not what you would expect…

I would definitely recommend this if you are a lover of mystery books. It showcases real life struggles and morals as well as showing no matter who you are,  you are capable of anything. It is a book I would recommend for all ages, as it's a coming-of-age story that loads will enjoy and treasure. 

Reviewed by Keiyona Year 6

Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang

If you like fantasy this is a good recommendation. It is packed full of fun! The main character  is Billy. The story is about Billy and some friends that he made in Camp Dragon. They enter Dragon Mountain and discover the secret of the dragons. I would rate this book 5 stars as it is so action packed and fun.

Reviewed by Tegan Year 5


Spring Term 2023

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

I chose this book because it is really good. At first his granny was really boring, but he discovers more about her from her biscuit tin where she hides secrets (you will have to read the book to know what these are). I like the comedy in the book, especially where he pretends to eat cabbage but throws it out the window instead. If you enjoy comedy and heist stories then this is the book for you!

Reviewed by Cheryl Year 6

Cows in Action: World War Moo by Steve Cole

I really loved this book because it is really funny and I like learning about the past. It is a really funny adventure with a lot of interesting turns. The characters are really surprising and there are lots of villains. You will enjoy this book if you like time travelling and action.

Reviewed by James Year 5

Olivia's First Term by Lyn Gardener

This book is about a girls named Olivia (the daughter of a famous tightrope walker) who is in the circus and her passion is tightrope walking, unlike her sister Eel. Eel's passion is dancing and later on in their journey, their dad needs to go on a trip so he leaves them with them with their grandmother, Mrs Swan at Swan Academy, one of the greatest dance boarding schools in the world. Of course you can imagine this was smooth sailing for Olivia who has a lot of challenges along the way.

Reviewed by Ava Year 6

Stitch Head by Guy Bass

I like this book because it is a bit dark.  When I was reading this book the sun would shine on it and reflect on my eyes. I also like this book because of the gloomy adventures and the way Guy Bass describes everything in great detail. When you think everything is perfect, something comes around the corner and then when he gets close to giving up he carries on which shows on of our school values: resilience. 

Reviewed by James Year 5


Autumn Term 2022

Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans

Who Let the Gods Out? is a book series of mortals for Elissium that come down to earth to give prisoner 42 ambrosia. One of these mortals came down to earth without permission and something went terribly wrong.

Reviewed by Lucas Y6

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo

This book is AMAZING!!! I love it and would recommend it to anyone over 8 and who is interested in reading. 

This book is about a girl in the war and her cat. She is writing a diary about her life. She has to move out of her home and her cat goes missing twice!


The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

I really like this book because it is full of adventure and bravery, ever since I first read this book in Year 4, I have not stopped reading it (when I have the time to) in the winter, where I can imagine myself in the story, having fun in the snow and spending time with my favourite animal: wolves. Feo and her mother live in the snowy woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feo's mother is a wolf wilder in training: a person who teaches tamed animals to be wild again, to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run.  I really enjoyed this book myself so I think you will enjoy it too.

Fairy by Steve Barlow

This book is a choose your own adventure destiny book so your decisions matter. You are the captain of the fairy guard defending the magic kingdom.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter is a book series of a wizarding school called Hogwarts where he and his friends (Ron and Hermione) go on and adventure to try to stop the Lord Voldemort from conquering the world of both wizarding and muggle and kill people (with magic) who have non magical blood.

Reviewed by Lucas Y6

The Royal Rebel by Bali Rai

I live for this book, I personally think that it is really realistic and sweet. I love how she goes on her own amazing journey to achieve what she has! 

I love this book so much! She is such an inspiring Character and her heartbreaking backstory is good but you should read this to inspire your inner star and show you can do this no matter what.

Looshkin by Jamie Smarts

I enjoy this book because it's just plain hilarious. This blue cat, named Looshkin, has dozens of adventure. Jamie Smart is my favourite author, since he writes some very funny books. He also has written Bunny Vs Monkey and Flember. There is a second book to Looshkin, I can't wait to read it, but it's currently out of stock and not on Sora. I would recommend this book greatly to those who have a huge sense of humour. It's a graphic novel, so it's a comic. Easy to read and easy to laugh your eyes out (that's a hyperbole, so just don't, OK?) 


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