Books I have read in the past year

  • Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens.
    • This is a fabulous mix of genres to engage particularly those young girls who enjoy reading romantic boarding school set books. It is crossed with a detective story – very original! It does have a reference to talking to the dead (they pretend to do this to spread rumours in order to help spot the killer) and may not be suitable for people who are sensitive to this kind of activity. Obviously it is about a murder as well, so if that floats your boat, go for it! If it doesn’t, just leave it on the shelf… I picked it out as we do a topic called ‘Elementary’ revolving around Sherlock Holmes and this is a more ‘girl friendly’ to engage them in the topic. (I hate using gender stereotypes for books as I don’t feel children should label themselves, but anything to engage children in reading!)
  • A Monster Calls by Partick Ness
    • See blog post from 25.07.15 or What I like to read page.
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner.
    • A gripping and addictive series which is perfect if you liked the Hunger Games Series (which I did!!). It is violent and does have some bad language in, but many of the children in my class have watched the film (rated 12A). Fine to share it with them, but always check with the parents first. Great for a holiday read – a real page turner!
  • The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
    • This series was recommended to me by my pupils and boy am I glad they did! Everyone loves a bit of Greek mythology, mix that with modern day life with kids who are a bit different (mainly they one of their parents is a Greek god!). Definitely recommend it to primary school children if they have not read it yet. The films are no where near as good as the books – isn’t that always the way? But pairing the film and the books together for a reluctant reader or if you generally find it hard to remember names, it could be a way to get into reading.
  • The Greek who Stole Christmas by Anthony Horowitz
    • I simply love everything Anthony Horowitz does. His diamond brother series of which this is a part of are some shorter but hilarious books about two brothers who despite being pretty hopeless, manage to solve some crimes.

 

For older readers (13+)

  • The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brook.
    • This is very much a teen book. There is strong language throughout a some quite sinister themes. I have been looking for some more challenging books for year 6 children and saw that it was the winner of the 2014 CILIP carnegie medal. I would not recommend this for primary readers at all, but for those of you teens or anyone older interested, it is well written. 16+
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
    • Written by the same author of Spilled Water, the audience for this book is 13+ due to the language and the alternative and complex setting of the book. Think 1984 for younger readers. A Carnegie Award winner.

 

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Ella, year 6 says:

    I would like to start reading the Percy Jackson series, they sound brilliant! I have read the Lord of the rings and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have thought about reading the Percy Jackson series but I have never had the time since I’m always nosing around for some new books in the library.

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  2. Emma says:

    I cant figure out what to read next what do you think miss T?

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    1. vteubler says:

      Name me your top 5 books and I’ll think of a suggestion. Maybe if others read they can help too!

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  3. Emma says:

    my top 5 books
    1. gangsta granny
    2. girl online
    3. secrets
    4. chathy cassidy lucky star
    5.awful auntie

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    1. Ella, year 6 says:

      Try these:
      Girl online on tour by Zoella Sudds
      A boy in a dress by David Walliams
      The spy who loves school dinners by Pamela Butchart

      These are all good ones – Girl Online on tour is REALLY good!!

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  4. Ella, year 6 says:

    Emma, i need to remember to bring grandpas great escape into school on Monday so you can read it… I’ve been meaning to do that for ages.

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  5. Emma says:

    ok ella I will try and remind you

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  6. Ella says:

    I think the Greek who stole Christmas looks AMAZING!!! I love Anthony horowitz , he is such an amazing autor! I really enjoyed the diamond brother series, Alex rider series and the boom granny. They are all so good!!!!!!

    Ella
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. Ella says:

    I went to the library the other day and got the Greek who stole Christmas along with voices in stone, a series of horse books and a couple more horse books. Since I have fractured my left knee, by falling of my horse in showjumping, I can read ALL the time while I’m recovering. 🤕I’ll try and do a review on voices in stone.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ❤️

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    1. vteubler says:

      Oh no! I hope you recover quickly!

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  8. Ella says:

    Thanks😊 No more riding horses for a month or so, I have no clue what I’m going to do now, especially how I have a tag rugby comp at school and another horse comp on Mother’s Day..apart from reading of course.❤️❤️

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  9. Ella, year 6 says:

    I am going back to school on Monday – with silly crutches, they’re so uncomfortable. It was funny at school the other day when everyones phones started rining, it was their parents telling them what secondary school we’re going to. I’ve been accepted in TWIGs and Beacon so Im now making my final decision and I have absolutely no clue what one Im choosing. Ill probably go for Beacon as my best friends and Lewis Gat are going there.. I dont know yet.

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    1. vteubler says:

      I didn’t know that you took the 11+? You’ve got to go to the school which you think is best for you. It’s difficult to think of leaving your friends, but I’m not sure that should be a deciding factor as you will meet loads of new friends and keep the old ones. I only went to TWGGs knowing one other person and I knew that it was the right school for me.
      Good luck with the crutches! I bet everyone will want to have a go!

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  10. Ella, year 6 says:

    Yes, I did take the 11+ although I didnt like non verbal reasoning one bit. I had a talk to my mum about the schools and talked to my best friends too and Ive decided that I will go to Beacon because as Ive said before my friends are going there and I reallly dont feel like leaving them behind! Also because I know TWIGGs is an all girls school and personally I dont like the idea of not being with my best friend boys.

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  11. Ella, year 6 says:

    My leg got better a couple of weeks ago and i can now finally ride again. However my new horse, Toby, has got arthritis in his knee and i can ride him in a while. Ill have to spend lots of time mucking out his stables and grooming him. Poor thing. The SATS test is in 15 more days!!!!!!!!!!! So nervous, i really dont get the maths were doing. Miss Renaud is soooo crazy she was doing squats and stuff in P.E the other day. It was world book day the other day and i dressed up as Matilda with 1 of my 57 bows (yes i have counted them) . I know you left ages ago, but all the talk is still about you – and weather im a girly girl or not…dont ask – and we still miss you LOADS!!!💗💗💗💗💗💗
    Love Ella xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx🔰🔰💟💟💟

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    1. vteubler says:

      I am glad to hear that you are better. Please remember Ella that this website is about recommending books. I enjoy hearing from you all about what you are reading and what you think I should read next.

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