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The children's review section of the website is dedicated to the bookshop's younger readers. Our books are reviewed and evaluated by avid children's book readers (both young and old) who often make further recommendations for books that they like.

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The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Children's: 13 - 14 years

What Emma thought:

The Supernaturalist is an interesting story. The future world that Eoin Colfer talks about is kind of pessimistic: there’s abuse everywhere, hardly any care is taken of the people (especially orphans), chemicals in the air force people to stay inside their homes, and more. But that’s one of the things I like about this book. I like the dark and dangerous future, as well as the characters that live in it. They all have different aspects and stories to them that make them all the more real, and the little hints of romance are part of the story, but don’t overshadow the more important things. I did get a little bit bored around half way through, because it felt like the climax had been reached and the build up and suspense were gone, but when I did continue reading it certainly got interesting again.

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Wyrmeweald by Sterwart
Children's: 13 - 14 years

This book was certainly very imaginative. It takes you a moment to get used to everything but once you are itís a really interesting and touching story. Although I thought there was little suspense and action (which I thought it was a shame), the fantasy and cute romance in the book was still entertaining. You donít really get to love the characters, but you still like them and care about them. I loved all the details. Overall a very mystical book, though not for the suspense and action lovers.

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Oblivion by Horowitz
Children's: 13 - 14 years

Chances are, if you read the Power of Five series, you’ll just have to read this last book. And I think that, like me, you won’t be let down. Oblivion is a great read, making you care more and more about the characters as the book progresses. All the situations the characters find themselves in are dangerous and exciting, and the book isn’t short on the gore the previous books had. The powers of the Five are explored and they are simply awesome. Though I was a little let down by the ending, the book was definitely worth the read.

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Reckless by Funke
Children's: 13 - 14 years

Reckless is beautifully written. Thatís the main selling point of this book. The portrait it paints of the Mirror World is absolutely magnificent. Thatís what this first book is largely about: creating the world. The characters seem wonderful, but you hardly get to know them through throughout, and the storyline is very strange… You sort of get thrown right into the middle of everything. It might seem like I didnít enjoy this book, but the end definitely left me wanting more. I purchased Fearless, the second book, and I loved it. Give it a shot. I didnít regret it.

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Blood Red Road by Young
Children's: 13 - 14 years

The first thing youíll think when you start reading this book will probably be something along the lines of: ďWhat the heck is going on?Ē The dialect is a shock. At first I was slightly disappointed with this strange style of writing, but after 20 pages I hardly even noticed it. In fact, it added so much to Sabaís character and the story itself. It makes it more real, reading everything in the dialect of the people that live there, seeing the scenery through their words, not some writer sitting behind a computer. The scenery is brilliant, the moving sand dunes and bustling city is just breathtaking. The book is so action-packed you can hardly put it down; and later on, thereís a love interest and romance that I just adored. Saba is not perfect; far from it, in fact, and there were moments when she just made me want to pull my hair out. But thatís her; she makes mistakes. Loads of them. But she grows. She really grows so much throughout the book. Emmi at first seemed like an annoying child, but by the end of the book I had so much love for her. Itís a great book that I enjoyed very much. Hunger Games fans will love it. I know I did.

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The Road Of The Dead by Brooks
Children's: 13 - 14 years

The book The Road Of The Dead is a very exciting and interesting read. The way Kevin Brooks writes pulls you right into the story, from start to finish, making you root for Ruben and Cole all the way. Rubenís extraordinary ability to feel and be with other people that arenít there create particularly well-written and thought provoking moments. The characters are built in such a way that you donít just care about the ones you meet in the beginning of the story, but also about the ones that come in much later. Thereís quite a bit of violence and it all certainly feels extremely real, but thatís what makes the book so exciting. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this action-packed book.

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Killing God by Brooks
Children's: 13 - 14 years

An extremely interesting read. At first, youíre not really sure what itís about, but throughout the book you start piecing small things together until suddenly everything just clicks. The way the book is written has a massive effect on how you perceive it. The writer paints a magnificent portrait of the main characterís inner turmoil using interesting, thought provoking sentences. While I was reading this book I understood exactly how the character was feeling as I have felt similarly in the past. Some pages in it just make you want to read them over and over because of the amazing way they are written. The use of song lyrics in the chapters is a very good idea, as this increases the character of the book. Overall it has become one of my favourite books. Definitely worth reading!

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Skulduggery Pleasant by Landy
Children's: 13 - 14 years

This book is a fast-paced adventure that keeps your interest throughout the entire story. It’s ideal for children around 11 years old that love fantasy and mystique. Skulduggery is a fascinating, brilliant character and the story is the perfect mix between magic, suspense and comedy. Our heroin, Stephanie, accompanies him into a world she never even knew existed and together with their newly found allies they must stop Serpine from gaining unimaginable power. Stephanie is an incredibly courageous and plucky character that most young people will be able to relate to quite well.

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My Name Is Mina by Almond
Children's: 11 - 12 years

This was a very interesting book, and nothing like I expected it to be. If you pick up this book and think: ďOh, this is nothing special, just some girl writing a diary about flowers and crushes and pretty things.Ē, you couldnít be more wrong. Itís about a young girl called Mina, who is trying her hardest to make sense of the things around her and why people have such a boring perception of life. Why does no-one realize that a drawing is like taking a line for a walk? Or why an empty page isnít really empty at all? Itís about an extraordinary little girl who is brave, scared, loud, quiet and very very strange all at the same time. This book is not only beautifully written, but can actually change the very way you perceive your surroundings. While reading this book I often stopped, set it down for a moment and thought: ďHow could I never have seen that?Ē

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The House Of Silk by Horowitz
Children's: 13 - 14 years

I have never read one of Conan Doyleís Sherlock Holmes books, I always enjoy the works of Anthony Horowitz, and this was no exception. The way Holmes sees all the details of a crime scene is really interesting, and the descriptions that Watson gives are long, but nice (and in my opinion, calming) to read. The action scenes are exciting and throughout the plot the tension builds higher and higher until you just canít stop reading anymore. So if you enjoy long, thoughtful descriptions and very perceptive eyes, and if youíre a mystery-lover, I can definitely recommend it. Reviewed by Emma aged 13

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Borrowers by Norton
Children's: 11 - 12 years

This book is, of course, a classic, and I think everyone should have read it at least once. Mary Norton has a very unique and strangely calming style of writing, paying attention to little details most writers would forget. The story itself is imaginative and fun to read, as well as interesting, much like the lovable characters. This book, disappointingly, showed no sign of Spiller, about whom I remember lots of stories. Overall though, a very nice and calming read definitely worth adding to your collection. Reviewed by Emma aged 13.

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The Dragonfly Pool by Ibbotson
Children's: 11 - 12 years

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Eva Ibbotson is a very good writer. The way she portrays the tension and surroundings in a time of war really makes you wonder how it must have been back then. Sometimes the book excited me, made me feel sad, but I was at times utterly frustrated at how people can get in the way of the childrenís friendship. The characters are all different, varying from shy and panicky little Kit to the mysterious and strange Matteo, all trying to work together to help Karil escape from Berginia and come back to school with them. Sometimes this book does make you angry- teasing you and putting the characters in very infuriating situations, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves tales of determination and friendship. I just couldnít put it down. Reviewed by Emma aged 13.

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Children's: 9 - 10 years

James’s aunts call him names, beat and starve him and make his life a misery. If only his parents hadn’t been eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, he wouldn’t be in this mess. But one day he meets a man who gives him a bag of magic crocodile tongues and so begins the adventure of his dreams.

What I thought:

This is one of the best Dahl books ever written. The hilarious characters of the
Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider and Centipede each with his or her own song to sing. Roald Dahl’s rich imagery and amusing characters ensure that you will not tire of reading this classic aloud, which they will no doubt be called to do over and over again!

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Princesses by Usborne
Children's: Babies

Princesses. What do princesses do all day? Discover their enchanting world in this delightful touchy-feely board book.

What we thought:

The pictures on each page for this book are really beautiful. The children can touch each page and feel the different fabric textures this will help the children to retain their concentration and helping them to engage in the story. The bookshop recomends this book

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Bloodchild by Bowler
Children's: 13 - 14 years

In the beginning of this book I found it slightly difficult to understand. I quickly got used to it, and found the book very enjoyable! It is unsettling at times, but in a slightly good way. You really get to know what its like for a boy who people label as “a freak” and “a nutcase”. I liked the adventures and the writer really expresses the character’s feelings. The only thing I found a bit disappointing was the ending, which in my opinion could have been better. Suitable for those people looking for an adventurous read. Reviewed by Emma aged 13

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Ruby Red by Glas
Children's: 13 - 14 years

In Ruby Wintersí world, colour opens some doors and slams others shut. Her opulent Johannesburg neighbourhood is a far cry from the streets of Soweto where anger and hatred simmer under the surface. Ruby canít resist the blue-eyed Afrikaans boy who brings her the exciting rush of first love, but whose presence brings hushed whispers and disapproving glances. She might not see race, colour or creed Ė but it seems everybody else doesÖThis dazzling novel will entrance teenage and adult readers alike.

What I thought:

Its not overly heavy but it is powerful and touching story with tender relationships and observations of love and friendship. For me it helped to explain the relationship between not only blacks and whites but also between the English and the Afrikaners. The tension is kept throughout, with the growing unrest and the danger of the police who are trying to prove that Ruby’s family are involved in illegal practices. As well as an entertaining story I like to finish a book having learnt something and having read this I felt I did.

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The Silver Blade by Gardner
Children's: 13 - 14 years

With Sido safely in England and the Terror at it’s height, Yann returns to France to smuggle out aristocratic refugees who will otherwise face the guillotine. But when Sido is kidnapped, he must use all his strength and courage to outwit the evil Count Kalliovski, and rescue her for a second time. Set against a vivid historical background, prize winning author Sally Gardner brings to life the horrors of the French Revolution in this breath-taking adventure, complete with intrepid heroism and a touching love story.

What I thought:

The year is 1794. The book takes you to a world filled with gypsies, the guillotine, a count and a monstrous wolf. In the many dark passages under Paris, a darkness lurks of unimaginable power. A stirring tale of magic and revolution. Its the continuation of the book The Red Necklace and if you liked that book, you wouldn’t want to miss this one. I would definitely recommend it! The author’s words put you in the world of the book. You really believe your witnessing the French revolution! When there is suspense in the book, you feel suspense. When there is love in the book, you feel love. But throughout the whole book, you feel excitement, passion and adventure. Reviewed by Emma Turmaine Aged 12

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A Company Of Swans by Ibbotson
Children's: 13 - 14 years

Harriet is a gentle and loveable eighteen year old girl with an eagerness for life. When her mother died, her rigid aunt took over her fathers household, draining all the life out of it. Her father seems incapable of expressing love, her aunt keeps imposing restrictions on her and sheís not at home in her own home. The only real joy left in her life is ballet. She is offered a position with a ballet company that is travelling to the Amazon. A chance meeting with a young boy, who is the heir to a beautiful country estate and who asks her to look for his hero in the Amazon, inspires her to defy her father and accept the offer. She embarks on a journey of a lifetime, finding love and friendship and slowly untangling the complicated history of the boyís family. But Harrietís father has sent someone to retrieve her..

What I thought:

This book will appeal to any girl who is intrigued by the world of ballet or likes romance, or both. Eva Ibbotson has a very pretty style of writing, although the vocabulary is quite tough sometimes. The characters are slightly stereo type but very likeable and easy to sympathize with. This is an easy reading girlie book, but at the same time not to cheesy. Part of the story is set against the background of the Amazon. The exotic atmosphere and extravagant city add something unusual to the book. Reviewed by Ens van Welmoed 15 years.

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Mockingjay by Collins
Children's: 13 - 14 years

This book is the third part of the hunger games-trilogy. And if you like to read really well-written adventure stories than I strongly recommend you to read these books. Be prepared to read an amazing, mindblowing , touching story. A story with real impact.

The trilogy is about Katniss, who lives in the U.S.A.. Only not the U.S.A. as we know it, because she lives in a different era. In a fictitious future where North America is divided in twelve districts ruled by the Capitol. Katniss lives in the most neglected one district twelve. She takes care of her mother and sister, ever since her father died in a mining accident when she was little. She provides for her family by hunting in the woods illegaly every day. She keeps her family from starving and likes the hunting together with her best friend Gale. Everythingís alright. But then Katnissís sister is picked to participate in The Hunger Games and Katniss takes her place. This decision changes her life and that of everyone around her foregood.

In the third part of the trilogy Katniss has to face new challenges. She has become the face of the rebellion, and she has to inspire people by saying inspiring things to the people on camera. Being charming is not one of her best skills, being passive and doing nothing for her other best friend Peeta who is being held prisoner by president Snow is also something she struggles with. I found this part the most intense and realistic one. The writer has that special skill to draw you into her story. Katnissís story stayed in my head for a couple of days after I finished this book.

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Breaking Dawn by Meyer
Children's: 13 - 14 years

Breaking Dawn, the fourth and last volume of the twilight saga, is the longest as well as the most surprising in the series. Whereas Eclipse, the third volume, didnít really seem to add to the story, I thought Breaking Dawn was captivating. Maybe Stephanie Meyer has matured as a writer, because the plot was great. I was pretty sure I knew the direction things were headed with Bella, (she marries Edward, joins the vampire world and they live happily ever after) but instead the things that happened took me completely by surprise.

What I thought:

This book has a great way of throwing you off balance by something you had never dreamt would happen, then making you realize that things were always meant to be this way and that the pieces finally fit together. This book was also refreshing with a lot of new feelings involved that made the characters a lot more interesting.
I would recommend this book for readers aged approximately 12-16. Itís not really necessary to read the first three books first, but this oneís more fun if you understand the inside jokes. This is the kind of book that you read without putting it down, I really enjoyed it! Book Reviewed by: Welmoed van Ens, 15 yrs old

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Malice by Wooding
Children's: 11 - 12 years

Everyone’s heard of it, but nobody’s read it…Seth and Kady have heard all the stories about MALICE – a secret comic about a strange and awful world full of traps and tricks, overseen by a sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. But if rumours are to be believed, the children in this comic are real…

What I thought:

This book is really cool! They story is funny, exiting and even creepy at times. The idea of having a comic book inside a reading book is just brilliant. The characters are lovable and the next book in the series- Havoc, is just as good! You just have to read them both! Reviewed by Emma Turmaine aged 13

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Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Rennison
Children's: 13 - 14 years

This bookís the tenth and also the last part in the Georgia Nicolson series. Georgia Nicolson is a teenage girl from a small village in England, she has a crazy cat, and a very funny perspective on things. Georgia has gone back to school and things are kind of boring. Then the rehearsels for Romeo and Juliet begin, which will be the school-play of this year. For Georgiaís best friend Jas this is serious business, as she auditions for the part of Juliet. Georgia doesnít care too much, she is more involved with what she should do with Masimo, her Italian-kind-of-boyfriend, who is mad at her for dancing with Dave The Laugh. Dave is her best friend, but has been acting a little weird lately.

What I thought:

This book was really funny. I also just love the ending, everything just ends perfectly (in my perspective). I would certainly recommend this book to everyone.

If you havenít read anything from this series yet, I would advice you to start with the first volume, because then youíll understand the storyline better. This book can be read separately but there will be a few parts in the story that are hard to get that way, but the bookís still really funny.

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The Carbon Diaries by Lloyd
Children's: 11 - 12 years

The story basically takes you to London in the year 2015, not a lot has changed, except for the extreme weather conditions. The main character Laura, who lives in England, lives in a world where carbon rations have been issued, and only a certain amount of energy can be spent per month. Because of this you arenít aloud to fly on a plane, or buy a mango that has been shipped in from South-Africa. Some people have a hard time adjusting, for example Lauraís sister Kim who misses the glamour of her former lifestyle and secretly flies to Ibiza, four times. And then has to go to the carbon-overspenders-rehab. Or Lauraís family that doesnít cope too well being in one room, and is now forced to watch the telly together, because watching separately would take too much carbon-points. And with all this madness going on, Laura still has to think about her social life, her school and her secret crush on Ravi Datta.

What I thought:

I would certainly recommend this book to you because itís not only a really fun book to read, it also makes you think about important things, like the environment. But the story doesnít get too heavy, because the main character Laura does have other things in her life, like her band, her best friend and the Ėvery important- the boy she likes. Book reviewed by Wilemijn Beks

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Inkdeath by Funke
Children's: 13 - 14 years

Meggieís father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the bookís wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggieís mother in.

What I thought:

From the first pages of this wonderfully well constructed tale, to the very last page, I was hooked. The words of the author evoke wonderfully clear pictures in my mind and the air of suspense was maintained without making me terrified. I would recommend this book to any reader. The characters were believable and, as a reader, I cared what happened to them. The reverence for books made it doubly rewarding. …

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Children's: 13 - 14 years

It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and perfect love between Two Children Against the World at an Extreme Time in History. But let’s face it, that would be crap. Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. And two dogs and a goat. She’s never met anyone quite like them before – and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble. It seems like the perfect summer. But their lives are about to explode. Falling in love is just the start of it. War breaks out – a war none of them understands, or really cares about, until it lands on their doorstep. The family is separated. The perfect summer is blown apart. Daisy’s life is changed forever – and the world is too.

What I thought:

This is the story of Daisy, a fifteen year old who goes to England to live with her cousins. Daisy begins a love affair with her cousin Edmond. Their lives are changed as a war breaks out and England becomes an occupied state. At first the kids are self-sufficient and untouched by the horrors, but as the story develops, shades of World War 2 begin to overcome them as they face separation, deprivation, and ultimate loss. Daisy speaks in a believable voice that takes you into her soul and makes you feel what she does. This one is highly recommended.

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The Graveyard Book by Gaiman
Children's: 11 - 12 years

Winner of the Newbery Medal When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

What I thought:

I really enjoyed this book. It has ghouls and ghosts, and i like that sort of thing. The lovable characters made the book interesting and fun. The beginning is chilling and scary, but very cool at the same time! This is a really cool book, you should read it!

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Ballerinas by Usborne
Children's: Activity Books

Nikki, Grace and Katy are three ballerinas who love dancing. They all went to the same ballet school and have been best friends ever since. They train with each other, dance in the same ballets and travel all over the world together.

What I thought:

I bought this book for my nieces as a holiday present and can only conclude that this books is wonderful. The children are busy for hours using their imagination when sticking stickers on the ballerinas. They design costumes and make-up. A true winner.

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Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen
Children's: 11 - 12 years

The year is 1917. Following the sudden death of his Professor, a young man and his two companions are approached by a strange man who gives them a book to safeguard. This book, the Imaginarium Geographica, is the reason the Professor was killed, and now, they too are in mortal danger.

Chased by the ferocious Wendigo, half-man half-werewolf creatures, the three companions seek refuge on a ship – a ship that leads them to the extraordinary lands of myth and legend mapped in the precious book they carry. As their adventure unfolds we learn that the friends are in fact C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and Charles Williams – and as they discover that events in the known world mirror those in the imaginary realm, they come to realise the importance of the Imaginarium Geographica , and if not protected, there will be no peace from the war that rages in our world.

What I thought:

When I first saw this book, I was exited about reading it. When I started reading it however, I found it difficult to understand what the complicated vocabulary meant. When I read further though, I got more and more into it. This book is about dragons and werewolves, living shadows and fauns. Oxford scholars and animals that talk. The words are complicated, the explanations long, but the make-believe, excitement and real-ness of it all made this book a plesure to read for me!

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Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
Children's: 13 - 14 years

‘Without this child, we shall all die’. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight.

Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

What I thought:

A great book! The plot is original. The film The Golden Compass was based on it, but the book is much better! Sometimes it forgets itís a childrenís book and it can go on a bit but itís worth it. You can just imagine the world in front of your eyes and visualize the characters. If you read this book, you have to read The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, the other books in the series. You just canít put them down!