Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12, Children 6-10

Aoife’s Top 5 Children’s Books for World Book Day

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizardHarry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people). Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox here.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Synopsis: Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, opens his gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children.Gobstoppers, wriggle sweets and a river of melted chocolate delight await – Charlie needs just one Golden Ticket and these delicious treats could all be his!

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Gold Ticket from Mr Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you! One miraculous moment changes Charlie Bucket’s life forever. A boy who only gets to eat cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner finds a Golden Ticket that will take him into Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. Joining him on the tour are four horrible blighters: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop, Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat, Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer and Mike Teavee – a TV addict. With a chocolate river, crafty squirrels and mysterious Oompa Loompas, Mr Wonka’s chocolate factory is the strangest, most magnificent place Charlie has ever seen. What other surprises are in store for the lucky ticket winners?

Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox here.

Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic ( At Some Things) by Liz Pichon

Exciting News! Mr Fullerman announces that class 5F are going on an ‘Activity Break’! Which should be fun. As long as I don’t get stuck in a group with anyone who snores or worse still with … Marcus Meldrew. Delia is already threatening to paint my room funny colours while I’m away. Which is annoying. I just hope the only surprise I have when I get home is the new pet that I hear Mum and Dad talking about. Because I’ve always wanted a pet!

Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox here.

Lily Steps Up by Judi Curtin

Lily Steps Up is a warm, engaging story of friendship set in the changing world of early 20th century Ireland, the second in Curtin’s bestselling historical series. Lissadell House, Sligo, 1914: Friends Lily and Nellie work long, hard hours as housemaids for the Gore Booth family in the Big House. And yet these are days filled with friendship, fun and even madcap bicycle rides with Maeve, daughter of the famous Republican, Countess Marcievicz.

But Lily knows there’s an empty place in her friend’s heart. Nellie is all alone in the world; she grew up in the workhouse, where she was separated from her sisters. Lily longs to help her, but she could end up losing all she has – even her livelihood. And what will happen to her hopes and dreams? Just how much would you give up for a friend …? Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox here.

Did you Know that Judi Curtin is doing a World Book Day Reading ? The author of this year’s exclusive World Book Day Ireland £1 book, Judi Curtin, will be doing a World Book Day reading! Watch the trailer here and stay tuned for the full reading. 

Code Name Bananas by David Walliams

Go back in time with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams for a whizz-bang epic adventure of action, laughter and secret plots — and the extraordinary friendship between a little boy and a huge gorilla that just might save the day… 1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany.Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. And there’s one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla.With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude.Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot… Join David Walliams on this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure for all the family!

Available to borrow from Bolinda Borrowbox here

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