The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands


What. A. Book. I absolutely love it from start to finish. It is one of those books that you just can’t put down and accidentally end up reading in the early hours of the morning…  Check out this book trailer and you’ll see what I mean:

This book is set in London in the 1600s. A young man named Christopher is an apprentice to an apothecary. This means that he is learning the science of creating lotions, potions and medicines from someone who has been doing it for a long time. After not having a great start in life, Christopher is very grateful for his job and gets on really well with his master who treats him with respect and helps educate him in more than just his work duties. He learns about the world, scientists and codes. It is these codes and understanding of the world which become key in keeping him alive after many apothecaries end up mysteriously murdered and he appears to be next…

IMG_0973This book is well written – I understand why it was a runner up for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award this year. Those of you wanting to improve your writing at school could get some good ideas from this book, particularly if you want to develop how to organise your stories to create suspence. I would definitely recommend it to my friends as well as my pupils; the codes and clues are intricate and there is a good bit of gore too! A thrilling ride for those confident with reading and who don’t mind a bit of brutal murder.

My favourite character – Bridget the pigeon.


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Edie’s at it again…

One Comment Add yours

  1. Ella, year 6 says:

    That book sounds AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Now im desperate to read it, im going to have to go to the library and get it.
    P.S Bridget the pigeon sounds interesting….
    P.P.S Edie looks adorable😀


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