Friday, 9 October 2015

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is the first book I've read by Rick Riordan, although I must admit to watching the 2 movies based on the Percy Jackson books. 

Magnus Chase has been living on the streets of Boston for the last 2 years since his mother was killed. On this his 16th birthday he learns who his father is, dies and becomes an accidental hero who only succeeds with the help of his friends! Magnus has special abilities and that means people want to use him to get what they want. However, Magnus has a steady heart and is not easily swayed. So into the fray he and his friends leap - their adventuring leads them to battle with giants and dwarves, wolves and valkalyries.

I really enjoyed this and think that Magnus is a likeable hero, I'm looking forward to the next book.

This is a chunky book with 595 pages for Magnus and then the bonus of a short Percy Jackson story.

Rating is 8/10

By Mrs Silver-Hessey

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The Adjusters, Andrew Taylor

Henry Ward has to move to Newton, because his mum got a new job there at the Malcorp Complex. In Newton all the kids are nice, amazing athletes, and really smart. The town cop is a scary dude though. Henry starts to notice that things are a little 'odd', especially when a boy nearly drowns at the pool and none of the other kids do anything to help. In fact they hardly seem to notice the incident at all! Henry meets a couple of other teenagers and they work together to figure out what is going on in this town where the owner of Malcorp seems to rule, And the teenagers are so well 'adjusted'.

This book is an ebook available on our Wheelers ebook platform.

By Mrs Silver-Hessey

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Are you there God? It's me Margaret. - Judy Blume

This is a classic book. It is a book I would recommend to all girls to read so they can feel like they are not the only person who has stuff happening to them that no one else understands. In the story Margaret has to move away from the life she loves in New York City and her Grandmother to life in the suburbs in New Jersey. She is about to turn 12 and is concerned with what is happening to her body, making new friends in this new place, boys!, and religion as her parents are Jewish and Christian by upbringing but no longer practise any religion. Judy writes sensitively about all those subjects while injecting humour and being realistic.


Mrs Silver-Hessey

Other books by this author:

Otherwise known as Sheila the great, the Fudge series.

The Unwanteds series - No: 5 -The Island of Shipwrecks, Lisa McMann

I have read all five of the books in this series and am looking forward to the next, (maybe the last?). The story is based around the people of the Island of Quill, where when you turn 12 you are assessed and it is decided whether you are a Wanted, a Necessary or you are an Unwanted. The Wanted go for further schooling at the Quill University, Necessaries train for those necessary jobs that need to be done and the Unwanteds are killed or are they? To be designated as Unwanted you have shown emotions and been seen to be creative. Not desirable characteristics on Quill. Book One tells of what happens to Alex and his twin brother Aaron, when it is found out what really happens to the Unwanteds. The other books continue to follow them as they grow up and learn about the other islands around them. There is magic and magical creatures, friends are made and lost, relationships develop, adventures occur.


Mrs Silver-Hessey