7 to 9 yrs

Foxy Tales: The Road to Fame and Fortune
By Caryl Hart and Alex J Smith

Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 1444909320

Foxy DuBois is on a mission to get rich quick. Only one thing stands in her way - Alphonso the Alligator! Can Foxy's hair-brained schemes make enough money to keep Alphonso fed? Or will Foxy DuBois find herself on the menu? BUY IT ON AMAZON



Review: Foxy wants to shake off Alphonso the pesky alligator. Foxy wants to meet Ebenezer the film star but Alphonso keeps getting in the way. Will Foxy ever go on a date with Ebenezer or will Alphonso's big warty bum stop her?

This book only took me about 53 minutes to read. The pictures are funny but I think the characters could have been more imaginative. The story was not great. It was a bit young for me - more suitable for 5-7 year olds. I would give this book one star out of five.

Ines, age 8


Warrior Heroes: The Viking's Revenge
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross

Published by: A & C Black (Childrens books)
ISBN: 1472904494

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to retrieve the stolen sword, Blood Hunter and rewrite the past. Fascinating historical facts combine with action packed fiction to create a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more. Will the boys escape the grips of the powerful Vikings and succeed in changing the course of history? BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was about sword that had been stolen by some vikings.
The heroes Arthur and Finn  (modern day boys who have been put in an ancient enchantment
and transported back in time where they are given a task to right a wrong), went on a quest to
find and recover the sword, and capture the culprit. The sword was called the 'blood hunter' and
viking warriors believed that the gods had made it to help them in battle. The sword was decorated
in jewels and was very valuable. I really liked this book because it has lots of action in it. 


Alex, age 8

Warrior Heroes: The Knight's Enemies
By Benjamin Hulme-Cross

Published by: A & C Black (Childrens books)
ISBN: 1472904397

Travel back in time with brothers Arthur and Finn to stop the castle of
Sir William Malory falling and prevent the death of his daughter Eleanor.
Fascinating historical fact combine with action packed fiction to create
a dramatic and gripping adventure. This fast paced and exciting narrative will leave the reader wanting more and more.

Review: This book is another action book. I can't wait to read more of this series.
Its about Arthur and Finn (modern day boys who have been put in an ancient enchantment and transported back in time where they are given a task to right a wrong). This time Arthur and Finn
have been transported to Haxeley Castle in the Middle Ages. They needed to save a beautiful girl
who would one day be queen. The girl had been kidnapped John the Withers.


Alex, age 8

Gladiator Boy: Collection 1
By David Grimstone

Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 1444920618

Captured and sold into slavery, Decimus Rex is trained to fight as a gladiator in the infamous Arena. Our young hero must take on the
might of Rome in order to survive. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I did not like the look of this book. I read the first page but it didn't interest me.


Alex, age 8

Secret Breakers: 5: The Pirate's Sword
By  H L Dennis  

Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 0340999659

Team Veritas have been searching for the truth. But sometimes the truth
is hard to handle. No longer safe in England, the team from Station X
must escape to the United States of America where they embark on an epic treasure hunt. It starts in New York City where they track down a precious ring once owned by a Knight of Neustria. From there, on to Washington DC to look for clues in the largest library in the world -
and then a trek across the Blue Ridge Mountains in search for treasure hidden in a long forgotten cavern. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is part of a series, this is book 5. There are lots of different characters and
subplots and the book is well written.   I think it would better if you had read some of the eariler
books as sometimes it was difficult to understand the plot. I got a bit confused at times.
This book would suit anyone 9+, who likes books about adventure and secret code breaking


Alex, age 8

The Palomino Pony Comes Home
By Olivia Tuffin

Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 1444909320

Georgia is pony-mad, and she spends all her spare time at the local stables, mucking out and loving being with all the ponies. So when she stumbles upon a mistreated palomino pony in the Welsh hills, she knows what she has to do. Save her from her cruel owner and bring the palomino home. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is about a girl called Georgia who loves ponies. She finds found a horse on a nature trip. The palomino called Lily is in danger - can Georgia and her friends save Lily? Georgia breaks her wrist.  The goodies faced the badies.

I like this book because I like ponies. This is a book about friends.  I liked the goodies but I didn't like the badies. I liked the story because there were good characters.


Ines, age 8

Team Spirit: Tilly's Horse, Magic
By: Pippa Funnell

Published by: Orion Childrens
ISBN: 1444011987

Tilly is fourteen now and has had her beautiful grey, Magic Spirit, for over three years and they're inseparable. She's thrilled they've been chosen for the Pony Club Eventing Championship team. Together with Ben, Kya and Anna - they face the challenges of dressage, cross country and show jumping against tough competition. BUY IT ON AMAZON


Review: I really love horses, and loved learning more about them. The story was really good too, it shows how important working together as a team is.


Eleanor, age 8

The Legend of Frog
By Guy Bass

Published by: Stripes Publishing
ISBN: 1847153887

Prince Frog is convinced he's destined to rule the world ...the trouble is, the world has ended. Undeterred, Frog sets out to claim his crown, armed with nothing more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants and his trusty stick, Basil Rathbone. But Frog soon realises that the world isn't quite as ended as he thought. He discovers a magical kingdom, filled with wild landscapes, strange creatures ...and a princess sitting on his throne. Together with his new friend, Sheriff Explosion the sheep, Frog seeks to prove his princeliness and escape the clutches of the princess who's sure he'd make a better pet than a prince. But just when Frog thinks things can't get any worse, he discovers he is actually the prince of an invading alien army and that he's just given the go-ahead for an all-out alien invasion. BUY IT ON AMAZON


Review: This book is about a frog called Prince Frog who was rescued by Buttercup because the world was ending. None of the kingdom believed her, not even the King and Queen! Buttercup found a golden egg in the river and ran away with it. She also found a little island where the egg hatched into a baby frog. Ever since he was tiny, Prince Frog wanted to go to the end of the world but Buttercup tells him "No". Will he go or not ?

I liked this book because some of the bits were written by Frog and his spelling style is wrong. What I disliked about this book was that it was bad when the evil person nearly killed Prince Frog. I would recommend this book to my friends as it was funny and sad too. It was the right length of book to read. I would give it 5/5


Sophie, age 7

Big Rock and the Masked Avenger: Wrestling Trolls: Match One
By Jim Eldridge

Published by: Hot Key Books
ISBN: 1471401936

Jack knows every wrestling move there is to know, and his dreams come true when he's recruited as a training assistant to Waldo's Wrestling Trolls. Little does Jack know that he's actually part troll, and that when his new family is in trouble he morphs into the terrifying Thud!

Review: I don't really like wrestling but I read it anyway. It was quite good to read but 

I wouldn't want to read any more of them! 


Eleanor, age 8

Primrose in Jewel Forest
By Poppy Collins

Published by: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 1407145908

There's a beautiful ruby tree that would be perfect for Bunny, but it's going to need a lot of work. Everyone sets about building Bunny's new home - the woodpeckers hammer in nails, the birds gather twigs, the squirrels brush the floor and Primrose and the fairies donate some of their own furniture. Finally it's ready, but what will Bunny think of her brand new home? BUY IT ON AMAZON


Review: I really loved this story because I enjoy stories about faries and their adventures. My favorite character was fluff tail. I couldn't stop reading this book as I wanted to know what happened to fluff tail and his home. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

Stars: 5/5 


Bethany, age 7

Blossom in Jewel Forest
By Poppy Collins

Published by: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 1407145908

Journey deeper into the world of the fashion fairy princesses with a whole new series set in the magical Jewel Forest It's time for the annual Jewel Forest fete, and all of the forest fairies are looking forward to Blossom's cake stall. Blossom is busier than ever, creating lots of delicious treats in her treetop bakery. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I really like this series of books! This is the second one I have read. The story was great, it really kept , me interested with all the woodland creatures.  Although I was a little disappointed that fluff tail the rabbit wasn't in it as he was my favorite character in the other book I have read in this series.I still found this book exciting and funny and really enjoyed reading it.



Bethany, age 7

Shoutykid- How Harry Riddles Made a
Mega-Amazing Zombie Movie

By Simon Mayle

Published by: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
ISBN: 0007531885

Meet the funniest kid in fiction!

Hi there,

My name is Harry Riddles and I am ten years old which my mum says is too young to have problems but she is WRONG. My dad just lost his job, which means we might have to move house and I need money to make my mega-amazing zombie movie but there is NO WAY I will sell my X-box! I’ve written to the Queen, Harry Styles, and the people off Dragons’ Den who might be able help but I don’t know if they’ll write back. If you have any bright ideas for making money I’d love to hear them and I can tell you how to get past level 6 on World of Zombies if you like. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book is full of emails between Harry and his cousin Charlie as Harry writes a zombie movie. Harry's Dad made a film called Bad Monkey but he needs to sell another movie.  Harry agrees to help out on The Pumpernickel, the school play, so that he can spend time with Jessica. At the last minute there is Illness in the cast - will Harry save the day?

If you like Tom Gates books you might enjoy shouty kid. It took a while to get used to the email style. This book is very funny - especially the chapters about the school play and the emails from Harry to real people in the movies to help him and his Dad with their films.  I would give this book 3 stars out of 5.

Ines, age 8

Numbers (Brain-Busting Puzzles)
By Sarah Khan

Published by: QEB Publishing; Act edition 
ISBN: 1609926242

Number Puzzles will really test the reader's maths skills, including everything from simple number squares to punishing number patterns. Numbers (Brain-Busting Puzzles)BUY IT ON AMAZON



Review: This book has lots of good puzzles with different fun themes. Each one has a problem to solve and takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Some are harder than others.

I would recommend this for children 8 -11 years old. You need to know tricky times tables to do this - my Mum had to help me with some of them.  If you like doing maths puzzles you will love this - maths is my favourite subject. I would give this book 4 out of 5.

Ines, age 8


Mariella Mystery Investigates the Mystery of the
Cursed Poodle

By Kate Pankhurst

Published by: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 1438004621

Mariella is aged nine and a bit, but isn’t going to let that stop her becoming a world famous detective. With a little help from the Mystery Girls and the Young Super Sleuth’s Club, there is no problem too perplexing, no mystery too mysterious for Mariella. BUY IT ON AMAZON


Review: I loved this so much I went out to get the others in the series! I'd like to be 
a detective.


Eleanor, age 8

Terror Town: Elf Girl and Raven Boy 5
By Marcus Sedgwick

Published by: Orion Childrens
ISBN: 1444005278

Terror Town is Trouble with a capital T. What will happen to our intrepid trio (that includes Rat) when the Tears of the Moon are taken, and Terrible Tim and the Trolls are on their trail? There are tempers (Elf Girl's), tests (for Raven Boy), tunes (the Singing Sword's), oh and Zombies, with a capital Z, too. BUY IT ON AMAZON


Review: This has so many of my favourite things crammed in to the story. I couldn't stop reading!


Eleanor, age 8

The World of Norm: 4: May Require Batteries
By Jonathan Meres

Published by: Orchard Books
ISBN: 1408326140

What with overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, one thing's for sure: life for Norm isn't getting any less unfair. And did he mention the fact that he's the only kid on the
planet without an iPad? BUY IT ON AMAZON



Review: It was a very funny book Norm's life never goes to plan...he always knows it's one of those days....and he steps into something that he is not supposed to. Like his brother or stepping into dog poo! Then he finds out his best friend has an iPad.now he is the only one who doesn't have one.
There is a girl called Chelsea who is very annoying,she also has an iPad. She has found out that
Norm's brother bed wets from Facebook. Norm finally gets an iPad but it isPink! He is not happy.
At the end of the book,he gets an iPad from his grandpa after carrying out chores. This results in
norm being nice to everybody including his brother.


Shaan, age 9

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