Next Year…

The Book Bunch Club will be relaunching in September!

Along with book reviews, we will be looking at a range of book related activities, focusing on the 2014 Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Award Longlist.

Read the nominated books, discuss them, vote for them, champion them!

You could get involved with:

  • Making book trailers
  • Advertising your favourite read
  • Chatting to authors
  • Discussion forums

And the most keen participants will have the privilege of going to the YTF Awards ceremony, where authors will be available to sign books and give inspirational talks about their writing and life as an author.

So, if you love reading, come along to the library on Wednesday mornings and get involved with the Book Bunch club!

See Mrs Sanders or Miss Haylock for more details!


Review: The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine

tuliptouchTitle: The Tulip Touch

Author: Anne Fine

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: The Tulip Touch is about a girl who’s best friend is a nightmare. No one else wants to be Tulips friend apart from Natalie. Tulip plays strange games, such as Stinking Mackerel and Road Of Bones. At first Natalie thinks they’re exciting but soon she realises Tulips games are getting more and more dangerous.

What Was Good About It: It was very exciting, and it was very graphical. It showed the difference between Tulip’s games at the start and when she was worse behaved

What Wasn’t So Good: I cant think of anything that wasn’t so good.

Rating: *****

Further Reading Suggestions

Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway

Review by Atlanta Knapper, 7SB and Millie Waters, 7RH

Starring Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

Starring Tracy BeakerTitle: Starring Tracy Beaker

Author: Jaqueline Wilson

Series: Tracy Beaker

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: Tracy Beaker is back and she desperate for the leading role in her school play but is she able to become a grumpy, difficult and sulky enough soul to play the part of Ebenezer Scrooge? As she prepares for her great moment, Cam is helping her learn her lines but will her film star mum be able to make it back to see Tracy in her starring role?

What’s Good About It: The characters are great and the story is imaginative using creative language and captivating sentences. It’s a fabulous and fascinating book on the life of a troubled teenager.

What Wasn’t So Good: We can’t think of anything bad about this book; it’s too good!!

Rating: *****

Further Reading Suggestions

Summer’s Dream by Cathy Cassidy

Review by Gabbie Harvey, 8CR, and Rachel Flather, 8SH

Review: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

skulduggery pleasantTitle: Skulduggery Pleasant

Author: Derek Landy

Series: Skulduggery Pleasant #1

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: After stephanie Edgley uncle dies, she sees a strange man at his funeral. then, she sees the same man at the reading of his will. His name is Skulduggery Pleasant. he wears so many clothes that none of his body is visable, even in the heat of the summer. he is a mysterious man, and she knows nothing more about him.

Later on that day, Stephanie gets attacked at her uncles home. Skulduggery came to save the day, and in the fight, some of his head gear is knocked off.

“With his sunglasses gone there was no denying that he had no face. All he had was a skull for a head.”

“Skulduggery Pleasant, wise cracking detective, powerful magician, sworn enemy of evil..oh yes. And dead.”

What’s Good About It: In my opinion, it is an amazing book. i have read it more times than i can remember, and i have loved it every time. It is great how the plot unfolds as you read it, and it is amazing how intracate and ingenious the plot actually is. As well as this, the characters are so amazing and unique that you get such a vivid image in your mind about them.

What Wasn’t So Good: There really is nothing wrong with this book in my opinion. The only minor thing that I can think of is that the first time I read it the plot was a bit slow at first (I was on holiday at the time though and I did keep getting distracted and reading the same part). If you do find that, keep on going, it IS well worth the wait.

Rating: *****

Further Reading Suggestions

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Review by Jacob Cartlidge, 9LW

Review: Green Glass Beads by Jacqueline Wilson

GreenGlassBeadsTitle: Green Glass Beads

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary (Poetry)

Summary: Green Glass Beads is a collection of girly poems chosen by Jacqueline Wilson. There is a wide variety of poems to inspire you like poems about friendship, love, sadness etc.

What’s Good About It: I bought this book from a Book Fair last year, and I’m quite glad I did! This is because it’s a bit different to any other book I’ve ever read. Even though it doesn’t have a storyline as such, each poem describes a part of your life that you will never forget. I felt like I could relate to the book, as the true meanings of the poems link to my life. Also, the poems are split into sections, so whatever you are feeling you can find the perfect poem fo you.

What Wasn’t So Good: This book is great, but there is A LOT of poems. Maybe there could have been only a few in each section, as I got a bit bored when I was reading through the whole book – some of the poems have the same message and meaning.

Rating: ****

Futher Reading Suggestions

Beads, Boys and Bangles by Sophia Bennett

Review by Hazel Bailey, 7SB

Review: Kid Swap by Michael Lawrence

kid swapTitle: Kid Swap

Author: Michael Lawrence

Series: Jiggy McCue #10

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: Jiggy gets signed up for a tv show called Kid Awap by his annoying parents. He does not realise that everything he does will be shown on television!! He then develops an unappealing skin problem….

What’s Good About It: It was funny because everything goes wrong for Jiggy and he swaps houses with his best friend.

What Wasn’t So Good: It makes everything too obvious.

Rating: ****

Further Reading Suggestions

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Review by Lauren Scott, 8SH

Review: Tall, Thin and Blonde by Dyan Sheldon

tall thin and blondeTitle: Tall, Thin and Blonde

Author: Dyan Sheldon

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: When Jenny moves from middle school to high school, she notices her best friend Amy is changing, A LOT. She’s not the Amy she used to be – the Amy who was the star of Red Bay Swimming Club, the Amy who always had cheeseburgers at the shopping centre café (not SALAD!), the Amy who really cared about Jenny and had spent the whole summer with her. Now she was friends with Kim, Amber and Rosie, the Miss Perfect-Teenagers who only ever drank diet fizzy drinks and shopped at Miss America. Even though Jenny makes new friends, can she stop caring about the popularity contest and realise that she’s never going to be tall, thin and blonde like Amy and her new friends?

What’s Good About It: I really liked this book because there was a lot of description on the setting and characters’ appearances. Also, I thought it was amazing how the author fit herself into the shoes of a teenage girl, as you can really tell, by reading this book, how she understands the things we worry about like popularity and appearance.

What Wasn’t So Good: This book was good but I noticed a few grammar errors in the first few chapters. In addition, if you don’t read the whole book it could be a bad influence on you if you are a teenage girl and make you start to worry more about your figure like Jenny.

Rating: ****

Further Reading Suggestions

Ask Amy Green: Boy Trouble by Sarah Webb
The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love by Dyan Sheldon

Review by Hazel Bailey, 7SB

Review: Pigeon English by Steven Kelman

pigeon englishTitle: Pigeon English

Author: Steven Kelman

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: A young boy is killed and the main character knows the boy so he tries to find the murderer. He and his friend partner up to find the killer before he strikes again. But will it be safe for them?

What’s Good About It: The characters are good and I like the storyline.

What Wasn’t So Good: That there are a few swear words in it.

Rating: ****

Further Reading Suggestions

Oranges in No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird

Review by Millie Waters, 7RH

Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

the lion the witch and the wardrobeTitle: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Author: C.S. Lewis

Series: The Chronicles of Narnia

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: It all started in World War II. Four children go to a rich countryside family. They are playing hide and seek and the youngest, Lucy, finds a wardrobe in the spare room. She goes through it and finds another world. It’s got snowflakes and it is very cold there, it is called NARNIA.

What’s Good About It: It is very descriptive and creative how they put the scene together in the film and the acting was amazing. Also I liked the fact that it doesn’t go well at first but then everything turned out great.

What Wasn’t So Good: Nothing but there is one thing: that it might be a bit scary for younger people!

Rating: *****

Further Reading Suggestions

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Review by Josephine Totten, 7BW

Review: Voices by Sue Mayfield

voicesTitle: Voices

Author: Sue Mayfield

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary

Summary: When Isabel Bright, freshly dumped by Jamie idiot-extraordinaire, heartbroken sends a message ina bottle on hoilday. It was only supposed to be a joke.  So Isabel returnes home and throws herself in the new production for “”The Tempest”” for her A-level drama group, things seem to be looking up for the better.  Love, romance- who needs it? She thinks. Then comes an unexpected letter…

What’s Good About It: This book is great, it has a great story line with plenty or tears, traumas, humour and romance. It is all you need for a great read!

What Wasn’t So Good: I couldn’t think of anything.

Rating: *****

Further Reading Suggestions

Summer’s Dream by Cathy Cassidy
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow

Review by Gabrielle Rouffet, 9LW