Star readers: Henry Fulton Public School

Bridge to Terabithia, reviewed by Madilyn Sloane 

Bridge to Terabithia is an interesting and extraordinary novel written by the fabulous Katherine Paterson. The characters are Jess Aarons, Leslie Burke, May Belle, Janice Avery, Miss Edmunds and Prince Terrein. Bridge to Terabithia is all about the fearful, angry and depressed Jess Aarons and the imaginative, talented, outgoing Leslie Burke that put aside their difference and become great friends. May Belle is Jess’s caring younger sister but like Jess she is teased by the mean Janice Avery. Miss Edmunds is Leslie’s and Jess’s young music teacher who Jess has a crush on. Prince Terrein is a puppy Jess bought Leslie. Terabithia is a magical forest kingdom created by Jess and Leslie when they went on a  walk through the dark, misty forest close to their house; to get there you have to swing on a long rope to get to the other side. But, beware, there is a devastating twist at the end of the book that changes Jess and the land of Terabithia for ever. I really enjoyed Bridge to Terabithia because it’s a unique book based on kids around my age. Also it’s an interesting book to read. In Bridge to Terabithia  all illustrations are by the wonderful Donna Diamond. If I had to recommend an age for this book it would be 11-13-year-olds. I would rate this awesome book 10/10. So I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

Inkheart, reviewed by Eden Dinkha

My book review is about a book called Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. The book Inkheart is about a few gifted people who when they read out loud, release people and items from the book that they’re reading.

The  main characters are Mo, his daughter Meggie and Dustfinger.

One day Mo was reading aloud from the book Inkheart to his wife Theresa and accidentally sent Theresa into Inkheart when they were released.

Capricorn had found himself another gifted reader, Darius, and had him read more of his men out of Inkheart. Dustfinger wanted to go back into Inkheart. He  asked for Mo’s help but Mo refused.

Later, Capricorn captures Mo and Meggie. Once captured, Mo is forced to read aloud. After, Meggie and Mo escape. Meggie is captured again, this time with the author of Inkheart. They are put in a room, and Meggie finds books. She reads aloud from the book Peter Pan, and releases Tinkerbell. She realises she has her father’s gift. Capricorn finds out, and wants her to read his evil servant, the Shadow, out of Inkheart which will kill ... everything ...

I enjoyed Inkheart because it pulls you into reading it. It’s very adventurous and always has  a suspenseful ending at the end of each chapter so you want to read more. Inkheart is a great book that keeps you interested for the entire book.

I would recoommend this book to 9-14-year-olds.

My score for Inkheart is 10/10.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, reviewed by Rebecca Duncan

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an amazing book it is written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. It is about a young boy named Charlie who lives with his loving parents and his old and frail grandparents. he is very poor and has to eat disgusting cabbage soup every day. Charlie gets extremely excited when he finds out Mr Wonka is opening his factory to just five lucky boys and girls. The only problem is that you have to buy one of his chocolate bars and find the golden winning ticket hidden inside and since Charlie is very poor he is told by his parents he has no chance of winning due to the fact that he only gets one chocolate bar once a year for his birthday. The main characters in the book are of course little Charlie Bucket who is very kind and caring to everyone he meets. The cunning and crazy Mr Willy Wonka who loves his chocolate facctory very much, the greedy and fat Augustus Gloop who will eat everything in sight, The mean and selfish Veruca Salt who gets anything she asks ‘‘daddy’’ for, The video and TV addict Mike Tevee, The chewing gum champion Violet Beauregard who absolutely loves her gum. I enjoyed this book because it makes you keep reading every thrilling page and it is extremely funny. I would recommend this book to anyone in stage 3.

And I rate it 10/10. 

The Little Refugee, reviewed by Raven McIlwraith

I have read a book called The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do. The main characters are Anh Do, his family — mum, dad and his brother Khoa. The story is about the Vietnamese War which was outside their home. Anh’s father and uncle were on the losing side. Their lives were in danger. At night they crept onto a boat that smelt like fish, as refugees. When they were sailing some pirates stole their gold, silver and money. One of the pirates felt sorry for them and gave them a bottle of water. It saved their lives. They eventually arrived in Sydney and a nun gave them a bag of clothes. When Anh went to school he didn’t have any friends because he didn’t speak English, he had different food which people laughed at and he didn’t have a school uniform. He tried hard at school to make his family proud. At the end of year 4 there was a special announcement. Some people got special awards but Anh didn’t get one. However, Anh was announced as the class captain for the next year. The illustrations were in sepia when they were in Vietnam and sailing to Australia. When they got to Australia the illustrations were coloured.

I like the part when they finally got to Australia and were able to start again safely.

I would recommend this book to children aged 8-9. I would give this book 8/10.

The Golden Door, reviewed by Ebony Dawson

The city of Weld is attacked by hideous creatures that fly over Weld’s magnificent wall in the night. The warden desperately needs volunteers who will find the people who are breeding the beasts. Rye is too young to go but when his brothers Dirk and Sholto are among the lost, Rye sets out on a journey to find them.

It all starts when Rye’s brothers leave to help they city of Weld. But when a letter comes that confirms that they are both dead, Rye and is mother fall into a deep depression. After a series of events that cause them to lose their home, he and his mother are forced to go for help at the ‘‘keep’’. But when they split up Rye goes straight for the Volunteers’ section. The warden leads him down to a chamber where three doors lie, a golden, a silver and a wooden one. A girl appears behind him and demands she takes her with him and he accepts and they set off through the golden door. On the way Rye realises that many strange beasts lie behind the walll and he has to battle sea serpents, discover strange powers and rescue his brother and friend. What lies behind the silver door? I enjoyed this book because it has unexpected twists and turns and a great story. I would recommend it to 12-14-year-olds and I give it a 9/10.

The Golden Door, reviewed by Connor Kennedy

The Golden Door is an exhilarating book about a boy called Rye who is an adventurous boy with two older brother, Dirk and Sholto who choose to go and fight the skimmers that are attracting Weld. The skimmers are dangerous creatures that only hunt at night. They are terrifying beasts. Rye’s two brothers must choose to go through one of three doors, the golden, the silver, and the wooden doors. Rye believes that his older brother Dirk has gone through the golden door so Dirk travels to the outskirts of town, beyond the Wall. When Rye gets the nine power off the Fellan he goes on an adventure like no other he’s had before facing bloodhogs, sea serpents and the wizard Olt.

I enjoyed this book because all the adventures are awesome (I’m an adventurer myself) and I just love mythical creatures. This book has no illustrations except for the front cover, LOL, so use your imagination. I recommend the ages up from 8 to 13. I score this incredible book an 8/10 because it could have been longer. 

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