Rose Raventhrope Investigates: Black cats and butlers, by Janine Beacham.

Rose lives in Yorke with her beloved butler Argyle. After Argyle is murdered in Rose’s house, she is determined to discover who did it and why. On her journey she uncovers some secrets about Argyle and his butler friends. She makes friends and a very dangerous enemy.

I love this book and I think it is a very good mystery book. I found it so exciting and gripping it made my heart beat fast. It is also a little bit funny, tickling me inside. Thank you Amber for lending me this book. BJMN


Lady Mary, by Lucy Worsley

“A great test is coming, my love… You will be stretched until you think you might break in two. “

Lady Mary is Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. The book starts with Mary as a 9 year old and the book ends when she is 20 years old. This book is about Lady Mary growing up. She is sent away from court after her parents’ divorce. Alone for the first time in her life, with hardly any friends around her, Mary has to tread carefully and fight for what is hers.

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I think this book gives you a good glimpse into the life of a Tudor princess. I was gripped by this book and wanted to read to the very end to see if Lady Mary is OK. BJMN

The Adventures of Splodge Pig, by Sally Sheringham

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Splodge lives on Lemon Tree farm, but then he crosses the hot white desert to go to live in a jungle full of wild animals.

This book is a bit funny, but that isn’t the main thing about it. I like how everybody thinks Splodge can’t do anything, because he’s just a fat lazy pig. He has quite a few narrow escapes and every time he tricks the other animals. It’s a good story.

Splodge has got a satchel, and he has lots of unusual stuff in there, like a balloon, and all of his things help him to rid the jungle of tigers.

One thing that is not so good is that there is no information about the story on the back cover.

I like all of the drawings. I also like that the pictures go from black and white to colour and back to black and white and so on. AMMN

Poppy, by Avi

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At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhoutted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owl’s name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself.”

This is a story about a mouse called Poppy. I like the way she has a ginormous family. She is determined to prove that she can help them move house. To do that, she has to fight against Mr. Ocax, who calls himself the ruler of Dimwood Forest, where they live.

Nobody really supports Poppy, apart from one of her cousins and a porcupine. Mr Ocax says porcupines eat mice, but actually they don’t. And he also says that he protects mice from porcupines, but actually he’s scared of them himself!

It was really nice and I think it was a good book. AMMN

Poppy by Avi

This book is about a tiny mouse whose friend got eaten by the big horned owl who ruled the wood. And when her family  run out of food, she is the one who dares to adventure into the dangerous wood to find their new home.


I loved this cute tale about a mouse called Poppy.  It was so cute i could not  put it down. All the characters are so cute, and at one point when poppy was having a fight with mr. ocax (the horned owl) i felt so X 10 tense as if my life was  endanger to!

MRH age 9

Dear Olly, by Michael Morpurgo

“Matt wouldn’t look at her as he spoke.
‘I’m going to be a clown, Olly, I mean a real clown. And I know where I’m going to do it. I’m going where my swallows go. I’m going to Africa.'”

This is a story in 3 parts, and they all fit together. The first part is about Olly, who has a brother called Matt who is brilliant at making people laugh. He sees children in Africa who are sick, injured, orphaned and lonely, and he decides he wants to go and make them laugh, make them happy. Whilst he is away, Olly looks after his swallows.

The second part is about one of Matt’s swallows, called Hero, who goes on an adventure to Africa, braving all sorts along the way. The third part is about Matt’s time in Africa, where he makes friends with a boy called Gahamire and his life will be changed forever.

When you read this book, it feels like the characters don’t know what’s going to happen. This makes it feel real, just like in real life we don’t know what will happen tomorrow or next week.

It’s not my favourite Michael Morpurgo book – that is Sparrow, the story of Joan of Arc – but I love the way he tells stories. He gets inside characters and describes feelings and emotions. In this book I could feel what it would be like to be a swallow, and it was interesting to think about what it would be like to be an orphan. I would particularly recommend this book – and Michael Morpurgo’s other books too – for animal lovers. BJMN

Jacky Daydream, by Jacqueline Wilson

“I was more than a fortnight late for my own birth.”

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I like Jacqueline Wilson’s books. And I like this book because in it she tells you about her own life – from a baby up to the age of 11. It tells you about when she was really young, before she could even probably remember.

At the end of each chapter, it shows you the link between the story of her childhood and her books. Each chapter finishes with a question asking you to make the connection between what you’ve read that chapter and one of her books.

For example at the end of a chapter when she tells the story of one of her childhood Christmases, she aks: “There’s a Christmas scene at the start and end of one of my books. Which do you think it is?” The answer is Clean Break – and she then includes a bit from that book.

The book also includes photos of her as a child, which I like.

If you like Jacqueline Wilson’s books, this is a good one to read, because it’s about her, and she talks about her own feelings, which I like.

“Then I started running all the way down the zigzag path for the sheer joy of it, still wondering if wishes ever came true.”



Fox’s Feud, by Colin Dann

“Vixen saw the hostile fox speeding towards them. ‘Quickly!’ she cried. ‘Run for the earth!'”

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Fox’s Feud is an amazing book about animals sticking together and fighting against a band of foxes, especially their leader Scarface. There are loads of animals – an owl, a mole, a badger, an adder – and they are all friends.

I liked how you never, ever know what’s going to happen next. I love the chapter names – they give you a bit of a sense of what’s coming but don’t give too much away.

I definitely recommend this book if you love animals and nature and you think we should protect animals.


The Ordinary Princess, by M.M.Kaye

24 | October | 2011 | BellaOnBooks's Blog

Princess Amy is the seventh daughter of the King and Queen of Phantasmorania. The seventh princess is always the most elegant, beautiful and charming. However, when the fairies are invited to her christening, one of her godmothers – the fairy Crustacea – gives her the gift of ordinariness.

The king and queen want her to get married to a prince, but Amy has other ideas. She runs away and sets off on an adventure through the forest.

This book is amazing. I love it as it is unusual. It’s still a fairy tale, but not a regular one -and not even the usual obvious twist on a fairy tale, where the roles are reversed and a woman rescues a man.

Princess Amy loves the woods, she makes friends with animals, and she works as a kitchen maid in a castle so she can buy a new dress. The book is wonderfully unusual and full of surprises. I also love the unusual names that the author uses – Princess Amy’s full name is Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne!