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Here are some of our favourite books reviewed by the sixth class literary critics.  Below is the key to our reviews, all books were marked out of five.  

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       Highly recommended
          Well worth a read
             Good
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Books Reviewed

Judith and the Traveller
Nightmare Stairs
Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator
The Perfect Pony
Titanic
The Children Next Door
The mouse rat robber.
Teacherís Secretís
Under the Hawthorn Tree
Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone
Teacher Trouble.
The Perfect Pony.
The year they stopped Christmas
Foals in the Field
Millenium at Drumshee
Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The Babysitter Club
A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch


Book Title: Judith and the Traveller

Author: Mike Scott

Reviewer: Catherine Halley

Publisher: Wolfhound press

ISBN: 0-86-327-299-1

Type: Adventure

Review: Judithís mother died when she was young, and her father takes care of her all on his own, but then he gets married and Judith feels as though he is going to forget about her. She also doesnít like her new stepmother, so she leaves her home in Dublin to start a new life. She meets a Traveller called Spider and he takes her to Galway but on there way they run into some trouble.

Rating:
Top

 

Book Title: Nightmare Stairs

Author: Robert Swindells

Reviewer: Catherine Halley

Publisher: Doubleday a division of Transworld

ISBN: 0-440-86330-9

TYPE: Thriller/Mystery

Review: This book was about a young girl called Kirsty who was having nightmares since she was a baby and it was the same nightmare. She is standing at the top of a staircase and someone pushes her from behind but she canít she who. Then she finds out that her grandma was killed the same way. She goes to investigate who was the murderer that pushed her.

What she finds out is some thing that she never thought was possible.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator

Author: Roald Dahl

Reviewer: Christopher

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 0-14-037155-9

Type: Adventure

Review: The story is about a boy named Charlie Bucket who lives with his mother, father and his four grandparents. One day he wins a trip to Willy Wonkaís Chocolate Factory, and brings his favourite grandfather. Later on that day Willy Wonka brings Charlieís whole family up on the Great Glass Elevator into Outer Space.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: The Perfect Pony

Author: Michelle Bates

Reviewer: Ciara Nolan

Publisher: Usborn Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 07460 3329 x

Type of Book: Horses

Review: It is about a boy called Alex who goes to sandy lane stables. When he gets there, three of the horses are lame and Alex decides to go off to the market to buy a pony for five hundred pounds. When he comes back with a shabby pony the riders at sandy lane are very disappointed with his buy and Alex canít take the pony back so he thinks he can tame the pony. Alex has to take care of it and wants to keep it so he does and everything turns out ok in the end.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: Titanic

Author: Cora Harrison

Reviewer: Claire

Publisher: Wolfhound Press LTD

ISBN: 0-86327-679-2

Type: Traditional Story

Review : Kitty is leaving the family farm of Drumshee to go on the unsinkable Titanic as the maid of Lady Victoria Fitzgerald , niece and nephew,

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: The Children Next Door

Author: Jean Ure

Reviewer: Debbie Ross

Publisher: Hippo

ISBN: 0-590-55833-1

Type: Fantasy

Review: The children next door was about three children who played in next doorís garden and Laura longs to make friends with them. But when she does she meets this girl called Zilla and there is no sight of the rest of the children.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: The mouse rat robber.

Author: Enid Blyton

Reviewer: Elaine

Publisher: Blaney

ISBN: 0-86163-611

Review: The mouse is about four women who went out to hang out the washing. They heard a noise from a shed nearby. The women screamed and their male friend heard them and ran out. He went into shed and he found a turtle it was their bossís turtle.

Rating:

Top

 

Book title: Teacherís Secretís

Author: Malcolm Yourke

Reviewer: Elaine

Publisher:

ISBN: 0-7513-7017-7

Type: Fiction

Review: Teacherí secretís is about a teacher who is his pupilís favourite pop star. The pupils donít know that their teacher is their favourite star. His pupils never listen to him but one day that all changeís when the teacher sings for the class and all the pupils love it.

Rate:

Top

 

Book Title: Under the Hawthorn Tree

Author: Marita Conlon McKenna

Reviewer: Evelyn

Publisher: The OíBrien Press

ISBN: 0-86278-206-6

Type: History Ė Adventure

Review: This is a story of love, loyalty and courage set in the time of the great famine in Ireland, the 1840ís. Three children- Eily, Michael and Peggy- are left alone, surrounded by disaster. In danger of being sent to the workhouse. They escape, and set out on a long and challenging journey to find the great-aunts they have heard about in their motherís stories.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Reviewer: Frank

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0-7475-3274-5

Type: Novel

Review: Harry Potter and The Philosopher`s Stone is about a boy who thinks he is an ordinary boy staying with his cruel Aunt and Uncle and there fat son. But when Harry turns 10 years old he keeps getting letters but his Uncle tries to hide them. He finally runs out of space in the house and Harry gets one of the letters. The letter is hogwarts wizard and witch craft school.

Rating :

Top

 

Book Title: Teacher Trouble.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith.

Reviewer: Holly.

Publisher: Young Corgi Books.

ISBN: 0-552-52803-X

Type: School.

Review: Teacher Trouble is about a girl called Jenny who is very tall for her age. She is starting a new school. The same school is expecting a new teacher. They mistake Jenny for the teacher. So Jenny has to teach a class. Soon the principal finds out that Jenny is a child so Jenny runs home. Her mother is worrying at home and says Mr. Brown rang to say Jenny didnít turn up. Jenny asked who Mr. Brown was. Jenny tells her Mother about what happened in school that day and they both figure out that she went to the wrong school and they start laughing.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: The Perfect Pony.

Author: Michelle Bates.

Reviewer: Holly.

Publisher: Usborn.

ISBN: 07460 3329

Type: Animals

Review: The Perfect Pony is about Alex who wants to go on a cricket tour but he hasnít got enough money. He bought a pony and thought he could sell the pony and make a profit. The pony needed a good groom and needed the vet. Alex brought the pony to the riding-school that he goes to and they got the vet to come and see the pony. Soon the pony was clean and healthy. Alexís parents didnít know about the pony but Alex told his parents about the pony and asked could he keep the pony and they said yes. Everyone was delighted.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title : The year they stopped Christmas

Author : Harriet Graham

Reviewer : Kathy Fitzpatrick

Publisher : Haimish Hamilton Childrens Books

ISBN : 0241 897033

Type :Family

Review : The Christmas of 1655 threatened to be an ordinary day in the year calendar for the Puritans had forbidden the keeping of the seasonal festivities. To Lydia whose family were very rich this could not be true so they set off to save Christmas of 1655.

Rating :

Top

 

Book Title: Foals in the Field

Author: Lucy Daniels

Reviewer: Martina

Publisher: Hodder Children`s Books

ISBN: 0-340-69949-3

Type: Animals:

Review: Mandy loves looking after animals because her mother and father are vets. Her best friend James loves them too. There is a storm and where some horses are staying the roof blows off and the place goes on fire. Mandy and James try to find Nick`s father and she also skips school to visit him in the city and her parents found out and they were very cross with her. There are two horses and one of them is sick. The other one is alright. The horse that is sick dies when he runs out of the stables in to the fields and falls on all the wood and slates. Mandy and James get all the people from the village to help clear up and build a new stable for Nick and his wife and they were so happy together from then on.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: Millenium at Drumshee

Author: Cora Harrison

Reviewer: Martina

Publisher: Wolfhound Express Ltd

ISBN: 0-86327-715-2

Type: Adventure

Review: There is a girl called Emma who has to move to Drumshee in Ireland from London with her parents and she doesnít want to. One day it is raining out and Emma is bored so she goes on the internet and meets this boy called Bruce. Every day from then on the two of them keep in touch on the internet. Then one day Bruce tells Emma that his father was blamed for stealing money from the bank where he worked. Bruce asked Emma will she help him find out who did it to his father. Emma and her father get busy and after a while they found out who did the robbery. Bruce and his family come to Drumshee and they have a party to celebrate the new millenium. But still Emma and Bruce keep in touch on the internet writing to each other all the time. They become best friends.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets.

Author: J.K. Rowling.

Reviewer: Pat Fitzgerald.

Publisher: Bloomsbury.

ISBN: 0-7475-3848-4.

Type: Adventure.

Review: Harry Potter is back with the Dursleys. He is locked in his bedroom. Ron and his two brothers come two bring Harry back. Harry, Ron and his family go to buy their books for school. When there are back at school thatís where the mystery begins.

Rating:

Top

 

 

Book Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author : J.K Rowling

Reviewer: Steven

Publisher: Bloomsbury

ISBN : 0-7475-4215-5

Type: Action , Adventure

Review: This is Harry Potters third year at Hogwarts with the help of his friends Ron and Hermione. There is a prisoner of Azkaban on the lose and he is trying to brake into Hogwarts to talk to his friend Professor Lupin and it turns out that he is Harryís Godfather.

Rating:

Top

 

Book title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Authorís name: Laura Anne Gilman and Josepha Sherman.

Reviewerís name: Leanne Fogarty & Ailish Dunphy

Publisher :Pocket Books

ISBN :0-671-02628-3

Type of book: scary

What the book is about: When the stalker starts to take his malicious game to the next level, Buffy finds herself face to face with a being unlike any sheís ever encountered. But can she figure out its weakness before she is forced to participate in its dance of death?

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: The Babysitter Club

Author: Ann M. Martin

Reviewer: Elaine

Publisher: Hippo

ISBN: 0-590-76628-7

Type: Adventure

Review: The babysitterís are really excited. They are all going on holidayís. they are going to camp Mohawk. Some of the children that they baby-sit are going too. They think camp is going to be bonfires and sing-songs. It isnít what they expected. Dawngets lost, MaryAnn gets caught sneaking into the boyís camp. The girlís wonít forget this in a hurry.

Rating:

Top

 

Book Title: A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch

Author: Jill Murphy

Reviewer: Elaine

Publisher: Puffin Books

ISBN: 0-14-031446

Type: Fiction

Review: A Bad spell For The Worst Witch is about a little witch who goes to witch school. The witchís name is Mildred. Mildred's spellís always go wrong. Mildred hateís having a bad reputation and is determined to get rid of it.

Rating:

Top

 

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