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‘The Road to Paradise’ by Brendan Rodgers and Paul Cuddihy

  Author Brendan Rodgers: “This is how it feels to be Celtic”. ‘Brendan Rodgers: The Road to Paradise’ is a remarkable story. Brendan shows some pictures of his daughter (Mishca) , son (Anton) grandson (Oscar) and stepdaughter (Lola) to show that they are his motivation to push on and strive for success. Brendan talks about…

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‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness

  Pressintown is a bad town. It is a town filled with the thoughts of men which is falling into despair and disrepair. There are no women in Pressintown, or so Todd thought… The Knife Of Never Letting Go is a fascinating blend of love and discovery and a dystopian thriller. The story follows Todd,…

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‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ by Robin Talley

‘’Even though she’s a girl, even though she’s coloured, I want to keep kissing Sarah forever’’ ‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ by Robin Talley is a book about the Civil Rights movement and two girls called Linda and Sarah. The story tells you how Linda and Sarah both come to the conclusion that having different coloured…

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‘Wonder’ by R . J Palacio

“My name is August ,I won`t describe what I look like but whatever you`re its probably worse”. – Wonder Wonder is one of  my favourite books. It is basically about a boy called August  who was born deformed so he never wanted to show him self in public so his mum home schooled him but…

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‘Smart’ by Kim Slater

  Plot: “There has been a murder” Keiran wants to find out more. A fantastic story set in a town with an embankment where Kieran visits  nearly everyday but one day he was on a crime scene like in the CSI films. Someone was dead in the lake. Kieran tries to find out clues and…

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‘Diary of a Wimpey Kid’ by Jeff Kinney

This hilarious book is about a young boy who moves school but he doesn’t know about the cheese touch game. The best part of this book is when Greg gets the cheese touch. That was funny seeing him try to get rid of it but the other students won’t go near him. Another part I…

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‘The Art Of Being Normal’ by Lisa Willamson

David has a secret . Where other kids would love to be an astronaut or a policeman , David longs to be a girl. When a shy inclined boy called Leo moves to the local school , David , and everyone else  is inquisitive about his dark and shrouded past. Leo is hesitant at first…

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‘Black cairn point’ by Claire Mcfall

Bone chilling and atmospheric, this is only a few words that can describe the mysterious events that unfold in this book. It will keep you hooked from the very start, making you never want to put the book down. In the book Heather the main Character who is just like any other teenager that wants to…

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‘Mazerunner’ by James Dashner

Imagine waking up in a compact cage and with no memory. For everyone who enters the glade, that is how life is. ‘The Maze Runner’ is a fast moving, intense book. It was written by James Dashner and has been a great selling book. It is the adventure of a boy named Thomas. By the…

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‘The Enemy Series’ by Charlie Higson

A world where no one over the age of fourteen survives. A gripping series about a group of terrified young kids, fighting the sickening grownups, to survive. Kids are turning the streets inside out and upside down in the search for food, but the grownups will be waiting for them, ready… When the deadly virus…

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‘The Enemy’ by Charlie Higson

“The Enemy” written by Charlie Higson is a thrilling book filled with comedy, action and emotion. Everyone over the age of 14 is diseased, more or less like zombies. Maxie and Waitrose gang team up with their rivals Blue and the Morrison’s gang to fight against the diseased adults. As the two gangs venture across London…

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‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

“Faction before Blood” Divergent is the first book of a thrilling series by Veronica Roth. In a world where everyone seems to know who they are and where they belong, one girl is on a journey to figure out who she is. An organized community was split into five sections many years ago, as an…

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‘Gone’ by Michael Grant

“One minute the teacher was talking about the civil war. And the next minute he was gone.” Imagine a world without adults. It’s every kids dream to have no adults in the world, but it’s not until I read this book that I realised how much we need them. The doctors, vets, farmers are all…

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‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mr Tom is a brilliant book by Michelle Magorian. This book is about a young, sheepish boy who lives in London during the time of war. At the current time London is being bombed so the young boy William Beech is evacuated to the countryside and this is where he meets Mr Tom. Mr…

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‘Tales Of The Peculiar’ by Ransom Riggs

‘The Tales Of The Peculiar’ is an amazing book that is great for all ages. Ransom Riggs’ book is a series of tales from a half-lizard half human princess, a group of cannibals that feed off other peculiar’s or how the day was created there is something in it for everyone My favorite story is…

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‘Fat Boy Swim’ by Catherine Ford

Fat Boy Swim is an amazing book by Catherine Forde. It is perfectly worded and full of humour, and  is about an obese teenager who is being bullied and struggling to get through his days and nights for that matter. He can’t stop eating and cant get this weird dream out of his head. He works…

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‘Starstruck’ by Jenny McLachlan

I thought this was a great book about a girl called Pearl who is the “bad girl” of her group,  however when a new girl comes to school she steals Pearl’s role in the school play. She also turns her friends against her, or so she thought. This gripping novel follows Pearl’s attempts to get…

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‘Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials’ by James Dashner

‘The Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials’ is an interesting blend of science–fiction and action. It is obviously specifically aimed at teens, however I honestly believe that most people below 25 or so could easily get a lot of enjoyment out of this thrilling novel. It follows on the story of Thomas and his fellow…

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‘Odd Thomas’ by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas is the first novel in a series of four and kicks off the series with a bang. The book gracefully walks the line between thriller and grisly detective murder mystery horror with a rather large amount of Science – Fiction thrown in for VERY good measure. Dean Koontz does an absolutely fantastic job…

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‘Eleanor and Park’ by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell’s latest book ‘Eleanor and Park’ is about two individuals that fall in love at the most inconvenient time. Eleanor has a different home life with three agonising siblings, a mother that doesn’t stand up for herself and a step-father who thinks he is the ruler of the house. Eleanor is new to the…

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‘The Damage Done’ by Warren Fellows

The book ‘The Damage Done’, by Warren Fellows is about how he gets dragged into drug crime and how he spends his life in a place he thinks of as hell, a Bangkok Prison. As you can imagine some of the events that occur in that prison aren’t the prettiest, but it’s up to you…

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‘Paradise Barn’ by Victor Watson

The evacuees back in the Second World War must’ve had a hard time in their hometowns due to bombings and attacks by opposing armies. Not a lot of people can tell you what it was like but I think Victor Watson does a good job of explaining what it was like in the book he…

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‘I Was Here’ – Gayle Forman

“I failed her in life. But I won’t fail her in death.”              Cody and Meg were supposed to be best friends forever until forever was cut short when Meg left Cody stranded after taking her own life. Cody thought she could handle life without Meg but starts to unwind as she starts to stumble upon…

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To kill a mocking bird – Harper Lee

“Shoot all the blue jays you want , if you can hit ‘em ,but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird” Growing up in a small southern town , Jem and Scout Finch think they know their family and neighbours, Boo the boy who the children try to get out of hiding, Mrs Dubose…

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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by JK Rowling

“With darkness there is always a shred of light” – Albus Dumbledore. Harry Potter is a student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry. This school is no ordinary wizarding school, it is the best wizarding school…in fact, he only wizarding school. In the 6th book of the series , harry has gone through many…

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‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ by Harper Lee

“Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.” The deep south of America in the 1930s was very different to the world we live on today. In those days, the south was split into two opposite groups, white people and black people. Racism was a huge dilemma in the 1930s, with separate schools, churches and even neighbourhoods…

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‘UP POHNPEI’ by Paul Watson

“Up Pohnpei” is the fictionalised true story of the struggle of two Englishmen to become international coaches. Paul Watson excellently paints a vivid picture of his great adventure to the tiny Micronesian island of Pohnpei. Pohnpei has a large toad infestation, one of the wettest climates in the world, no funding what so ever and…

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‘Own Goal’ by Tom Palmer

Danny loves supporting his local team, City FC. So when everyone starts supporting the Italian team Forza FC, Danny is angry. His club is in jeopardy and needs their support. Danny decides to investigate the sudden popularity of the new team starting with Forza’s billionaire owner (Salvatore Fo) but that’s when the danger really kicks…

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The Hunger Games – by Suzanne Collins

 “May the odds be ever in your favour”. The Hunger Games is a thrilling book written by Suzanne Collins. Katniss Everdeen lives in district 12 and unfortunately has to volunteer for the annual hunger games, the Capitol’s form of sick enjoyment. Katniss will only be able to return to her family and her “friend” Gale…

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Starring Kitty – by Keris Stainton

There is this moment when you start reading you just know your going to love that book! “Starring Kitty” is a book written by Keris Staiton; this book is beautiful, warm, kind, romantic and just an utterly special book to have. This book centres on a group of three friends who enter a film –…

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‘Jessica’s Ghost’ by Andrew Norris

Is Francis a normal boy? Francis has never had a friend like Jessica before… Who is she, why can he see her? Jessica’s Ghost written by Andrew Norris is a moving and beautiful book by a master storyteller, about the power of friendship to shine a warm light into dark places. Apparently he is the…

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FANGIRL BOOK REVIEW

Cath and Wren are not your typical teenage twins. They love fanfiction, especially Cath!  She writes fanfiction and has thousands of fans following her. In this teenage humour ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell, Cath and Wren the twins from America are thrown into life’s big challenges. They start college and begin to find their own paths.…

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Fans of the Impossible Life – Kate Scelsa

“May we live impossibly” Sebby said when he opened his eyes. “Against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life” Fans of the Impossible Life is a teenage fiction novel about three young unlikely friends. Mira…

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Looking for Alaska

‘If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane.’ ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It’s about a boy named Miles Walter whose life has been one big non-event. So he moves school and town in search of…

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Creation Records: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

“It was beginning to feel to me that Creation could do something” Indie music legend, Alan McGee, takes the reader through his drug-fuelled, music-filled life as the creator of a home to Primal Scream, The Libertines and the Jesus and Mary Chain. “Creation Records: Riots, Raves and Running a Label” is fuelled with profanities and…

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The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson

‘Two boys. Two Secrets.’ Leo Denton and David Piper are two ordinary boys. At least you think they are. Get to know David, his secret thoughts and wishes, and Leo and his new life at Eden Park school. An unlikely friendship forms between the boys and while Leo is apprehensive, David confides in Leo with…

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The Kill Order

“I haven’t had a perfect day since I turned sixteen… three days later you and I were running through a tunnel that was hotter than the sun” Ever since the sun flares unleashed devastation on the Earth, Mark and Trina have done nothing but narrowly escape death. However, things are starting to look up, and…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Book Review

“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!” Katniss Everdeen, victor of the 74th and 75th Hunger Games has escaped the arena, but it seems that her struggles with the ravenous dictatorship that is the Capitol will never end. We join Katniss for the third and final time of the Hunger Games…

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

“I’m wondering if the Spackle are back. But that’s impossible. But a hole in the Noise is impossible. So something impossible has to be true.” – Todd Hewitt   This story is set in a world where every man and animals’ thoughts can be heard and seen, even whilst sleeping (this is called Noise) and…

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Noise

“We all fall. We all fall but thats not what matters. What matters is picking yourself up again.”- Todd Hewitt, The Ask And The Answer In a world where men and animal’s thoughts can be heard as if spoken, without being said, two friends are torn apart and forced to take different sides in the…

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ICE TWINS – S.K TREMAYNE

“Why do you keep calling me Kirstie, mummy? Kirstie is dead. It was Kirstie that died. I’m Lydia”. Sarah Moorcroft was a very loving mother of twins, Kirstie and Lydia when one day disaster struck.  One of her beloved twins, Lydia, tragically died, which pulled her and her husband Angus apart. The author, S.K Tremayne…

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NOUGHTS AND CROSSES

Sephy Hadley, daughter of Kamal Hadley, the Vice Priminister was a Cross. Her best friend, Callum McGregor was a nought. In this book, racism is the opposite from what it was from a few years ago. Noughts are white skinned and are treated the way no one would want to be to treated. Crosses are…

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“Wonder” by R.J Palacio

“My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking it’s probably worse”. August Pullman is a ten year old boy, much like any other boy his age, except he was born with facial disfigurements. He has had 27 surgeries since his birth and is aware that he…

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Dune: A Race to the Throne

He who controls can destroy, and he who controls the spice can destroy an Empire. Arakkis or Dune is a hub of the Empire’s Spice mining operations, and whoever can conquer this world will conquer the Empire. The Padishah Emperor has delegated power of Arrakis to Duke Leto of House Atreides. It was a move…

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Halo: Contact Harvest

“Hit it, Men! Go, go, go! The Brass ain’t payin’ us by the hour!” – Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson Halo: Contact Harvest is a masterpiece straight from the Halo Universe. It is not alone in this Sci-Fi world as it is based on and accompanied by many Video Games, Comics, Animations, and of course books.…

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