Lalani of the distant sea By Erin Entrada Kelly

A book review by Amber Hoare

What would you do if you could see the a dismal future for you and your village? All the people getting ill. All the droughts to come. But everything could be so much better…if only someone could cross the veiled sea.

Lalani lives on Sanlagita, a hard-working island. This year the drought is worse than ever. More and more men sail over the horizon to find the good fortunes of life beyond the veiled sea. But none have returned. Legend also says Mount Kahna, the mountain towering over Sanlagita, is roamed by a monster. But Lalani is not afraid of legend. Its only a myth. Right?

If I had to put an age recommendation on this book I’d say it’s for kids of a 10-13 sort of age. But others will also enjoy it, maybe parents too.

I loved the mystery and fast-pace of this book. I also though the way the author tells you pieces from the stories and myths of the island, as well as telling bits from the perspective of the creatures Lalani meets, is very clever and contributes a lot to the story. So you know a little more than Lalani, but not enough to spoil it.

I highly recommend this is a fantasy adventure novel. It’s set in a imaginary world, on a imaginary island, and is about Lalani and her quest for a better life for her and the rest of Sanlagita.


The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo

Despereaux is a tiny little mouse with MASSIVE ears. He is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute. But  Despereaux’s ears get the better of him, soon he will meet a princess and fall in love! he is punished for his terrible  behaviour. but it all gets very confusing when a little unwanted deaf serving girl comes to live at the palace. soon a little rat messes it all up and he will do any thing to get revenge! but will it end happily? there is only one way to find out, READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


M.R.H. age/9



Time traveling with a hamster


This book is very gripping and exciting. Ross Welford has become one of my favourite authors. His style pulls you into the story and you do not want to put it down. This particular book is about a boy, whose Dad dies. He lives with his Mum, his stepdad and his sister. One day he finds a time machine that his Dad made and he goes on a big adventure to save his Dad. He takes his hamster Alan Shearer with him.


Amber/age 11

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Dog man is very funny. This book is a very funny comic. It is about a cop who had a dying head. So he had his dogs head sown on to his head. It is ever so funny. There are 6 Dog man books. Dog Man, Dog man unleashed, Dog man a tale of two kitties, Dog man and cat kid, Dog man lord of the fleas, and Dog man brawl of the wild. I love this very funny book because all the characters  are so silly. My favourite  book of the series was dog man a tale of two kitties

mika /age 9

Dog man

Strange Star by Emma Carroll

I really liked this book! It was very engaging, I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.

It is set in 1815-1818 and is all about a blind girl called Lizzie Appleby, She lives in a small town called Sweepfield. When a mysterious scientist moves in, her life will never be the same.

Amber – age 11