Star readers: Samuel Terry Public School

The Lord of the Rings, reviewed by Ravi Liyanaarachchi

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This story is set in the world of Tolkien’s mind, known as Middle Earth. A great evil is looming over Middle Earth as the Dark Lord, Sauron, seeks to increase his already immense power by reclaiming the One Ring that he has lost. Most of his power is held in the ring. With this power, he can enslave Middle Earth and unleash an incredible evil with little to stop him. In the story of The Hobbit (the prequel to this book) a hobbit called Bilbo Baggins has stolen the ring from a hideous creature called Gollum. When Bilbo decides to retire he chooses Frodo, his cousin, as his heir, and when Gandalf the Grey realises that the ring was the One Ring he forced Bilbo to give it to Frodo Baggins and, all of a sudden, Frodo is at the centre of this epic book involving the ring he knows very little about. He goes on this journey with two of his cousins, Peregrin Took and Meriadoc, a dwarf named Gimli, an elf named Legolas, two men named Boromir and Aragorn and The Great Gandalf the Grey. This is an excellent book; I could barely put the book down, there was never a good time to put it down because it was always exciting. There were great map illustrations to show where the characters are.

I would recommend this for children 10 to 12 years of age. I rate this book 10/10.

The Cut-Throat Celts, reviewed by Mitchell Price 6T

History with the nasty bits left in!! The book I have chosen to review is one of my absolute favourites. It is called Cut-Throat Celts and is one of the books in the Horrible Histories series. The author and illustrator is Terry Deary.

 The book is about a group of people called the Celts who lived between 750BC and 520AD. It is quite gruesome in parts but is also rally interesting as it is full of unusual facts. For example, each village had a chief called a druid who went around the village sacrificing people and animals for the gods. The different way hew would kill people and animals was pretty horrifying but this is just what happened in these violent times of the Celtic people. Celts loved sacrifices and would even offer up their greatest weapons by bending them and then placing them in a bog. This was a present to their water god. The Druids also liked to cut down magical mistletoe from an oak tree with a golden sickle but they had to catch it before it hit the ground otherwise it would lose its magical powers. One of my favourite facts about the Celts is that they fought in the nude. They would only have a gold band around their necks called a torque. The didn’t believe in fighting with clothes or amour on because if they died then they were ready to be taken to the gods. Occasionally they fought with clothes on (how unbelievable) and they did a crazy dance and ended up killing each other and themselves,

I would recommend this book for kids between the ages of 10 and 14. I give this book  10 out of 10 because I love the gory bits, although Mum is not too sure about that!!!

After the Horrible Histories books you can move on to the Horrible Science and Horrible Geography, which also come in a box set of 20, and the Horrible History DVD and the 2011 annual. They are all great.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, reviewed by Skyla Vaughan, year 6.

Greg Heffley may seem like your average teenager starting middle school but in Greg’s mind being a kid stinks. With his obnoxious older brother Rodrick, embarrassing mum Susan, encouraging dad Frank and crazy friend and sidekick Rowley this could be a recipe for disaster but things look up for Greg when he least expects it and when Greg discovers his dream of becoming popular could become reality his thought start to change but when Rowley’s popularity starts to rise this starts a hilarious chain of events that will really test their friendship in ways they did not expect.

I really enjoyed reading this book because the language that the author uses is inventive and funny but still easy to understand. My favourite part of this book was the cartoon illustrations that are on every page they go with the story and are so creative.

 I would recommend this book for readers any age as the text is simple to read. I rate this book 10 out of 10 as this book has something for anyone of any age.

 The 26-Storey Treehouse, reviewed by Talia Shepherd

This book is about two young boys called Andy and Terry, and their neighbour Jill. It continues on from the first book in the series called the 13-storey Treehouse.

In this book, Andy and Terry live in a  newly expanded treehouse, which features 13 brand new levels including a mud fighting arena, an anti-gravity chamber, a dodgem car rink, an automatic tattoo machine, a skate ramp, an ice-skating pond, an ice cream parlour with 78 flavours run by an ice cream serving robot called Edward Scooper hands and the Maze of Doom — a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again ... well, not yet anyway.

I like this book because it seems as though they are actually talking to you. I also like that Jill cares for so many pets. Jill would make a great vet as she cares for two dogs, a goat,three horses, four goldfish,one cow, six rabbits, two guinea pigs, one camel, one donkey and thirteen flying cats.

It would  also be lots of fun to live in a treehouse like this!

I would recommend this book for seven to 15-year-olds because it is not too hard and not too easy. I rate this book 10 out of 10.

I am really looking forward to reading The 39-Storey Treehouse which comes out in September 2013!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, reviewed by Brittany Dickson

This time Greg is in big trouble. The school property has been damaged. Was he responsible or does he have nothing to do with it? If so, can he make up for it? also, it is winter and there is snow blocking the door way but surely greg can’t spend all winter trapped inside his house with his two brothers, Rodrick and Manny, and his mum, Susan Heffley?  Does he miss his dad, Frank Heffley, trapped in a hotel, unable to get home?

I enjoyed this book because it is really funny. Also because greg is just a typical boy who gets into all sorts of trouble with his friends and his brothers and it is very entertaining watching him try to get out of the trouble he gets into.

I recommend this book for ages 7-14. It is a great read for everyone because it is easy to read and really funny. I’ve read Cabin Fever three times now and it seems to get better and  better each time.

I give this book a 10/10 because it was very enjoyable to read and it felt very realistic.

qlCamp Rock, reviewed by Madison Corcio, age 10.

Camp Rock is about a girl named Mitchie Torose who loves to write her own music. Mitchie has a dream of going to Camp Rock but her Mum, Connie, just can’t afford for her to go.

When Mitchie got home from school her mum told her that she and Mitchie were both  going to  Camp Rock. Connie’s Catering, which is her mum’s business, was going to provide the food at Camp Rock and Mitchie had to help her mum in the kitchen but Mitchie didn’t care she would scrub the toilet if she had to. Mitchie was just excited about gong to Camp Rock.

When Mitchie got to Camp Rock a big black limo drove in and out hops a girl. Her name is Tess Tyler and she was  a diva. She thought she was so cool that because her Mum is T J Tyler; T J Tyler was a singing sensation. Tess was friends with Ella and Peggy but they didn’t get treated like friends. Ella and Peggy got treated like maids. 

When Tess puts Mitchie on the spot Mitchie tells Tess her Mum is president of Hot Tunes China but her mum is really the cook at the camp. Tess thought that was cool and invited Mitchie to stay with them.

The pop star Shane Grey took it too far and his brothers Nate and Jason were fed up and they made Shane go to Camp Rock to clean up is act.

When Shane got there he could hear a girl singing This is Real, This is Me and then she stopped. Shane immediately fell in love with Mitchie’s voice.

I love this book because it has a lesson you don’t have to be popular and I really relate to Mitchie. I recommend this for people who love music and I give it a 10 out of 10.

 I recommend this book for ages 7 to 11.

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