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March Book Reviews. March 31, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 11:35 am

This month I have read a lot of book and when I say a lot of books I mean a lot of books. Because I have read so many books I am only doing the anitials of the authers JW means Jaquline Wilson, JD is Joseph Delany, CF is Cornelia Funke and NS is Noel Streatfield.

This month I have read, Bad Girls by JW, The Worry Website also by JW, Secrets again by JW, The Suitcase Kid by JW, Lily Alone by JW, The Dare Game by JW, Starring Tracy Beaker by JW,  Little Darlings by JW, Clean Break by JW, My Sister Jodie by JW, Inkspell by CF, The Spooks Sacrifice by JD, The Spook’s Stories, Witches by JD and White Boots by NS.

Bad Girls. Molly has been bullied at school ever since she can remember but when she mets Tasha her life begins to change but what happens when it all goes terribly wrong? A good book and one I enjoyed but probably not one I would read again, I would suggest a 10s and over book I think.

The Worry Website. This book has a lot of stories of different children in one school who sign up to the Worry Website set up by their Teacher. I have enjoyed this book and would suggest about 8 and overs.

Secrets. Treasure and India are two rather different girls who form one extrodinary friendship and when Treasure is in big trouble India steps in and helps her. A brilliant book  and one would read again, one of the best things about this book is that Anne Frank is woven into this story. I would suggest this book a 9 and over.

The Suitcase Kid. Andy’s (Andrea’s)  parents have split up but they didn’t know what to do with Andy so Andy goes and lives with her mum one week and her dad the next. This is a good book in a way it is a bit sad but with a good ending. I would suggest this book to 10s and overs.

Lily Alone. Lily is 11 years old with 3 siblings, Bliss and Baxer (the twins) and Pixie, when mum goes to spain without Lily and her Brother and Sisters Lily looks after them but for how long. A lovely book and one of Jaquline Wilson’s best work yet, I would reccomend this book 11 years and over.

Starring Tracy Beaker. This is the second of he Tracy beaker series, Tracy has been given the lead role in her schools christmas play but can she be good enough? A good and funny book one I would most likly read again, I would reccomend this book 8 and overs.

The Dare Game. The third and finale book to the Tracy Beacker triology, Tracy now lives with Cam and so far it’s going well… until Tracy’s mum turns up saying she wants Tracy back. I really liked this book and would suggest it to any one 8 and over.

Little Darlings. Destiny and Sunset  are two very different girls who share the same amazing secret, their father is Danny Kilman a famous rock star. I really, really loved this book and would almost certainly read it again, I reccomend 11 and overs.

Clean Break. Mum and Dad have just split up and Emi is feeling very unhappy along with her Brother Maxie and her Sister Vita, Em is a brilliant story teller and would do anything to meet her favourite author Jenna Willams.

My Sister Jodie. Jodie and Pearl are sisters and they love each other to bits, but when the family decide o move the girls to a boarding school Pearl finds out just how much she needs her sister Jodie. A lovely book with a very sad ending, I reccomend 12 and overs.

Inkspell, The second of the Inkheart Triology, It has been a year since whast happened in Inkheart but that doesn’t stop Meggie from wishing she could go into the book but will her wish come true and if it does will it be a disaster? A good book not one I would read again but I enjoyed it and I reccomend 11 and overs.

The Spook’s Sacrifice.Tom’s Mum has just come back from Greece saying that she wants Tom and his master (John Gregory) to help her win a battle in Greece They go but will they all come home again? I liked this book, it’s a bit scary and a bit sad but on the whole it’s a good book, I reccomend 11 and overs.

The Spook’s Stories, Witches. This book has stories about some of the witches told by different people. I can’t explain much about this book because there isn’t really a lot to explain but I really enjoyed it and read it in one day! I would reccomend again 11 and over.

White Boots. Harriet has been ill all winter and now the doctor has told her that she should start up skating, there Harriet meets Lalla a lively but fairly spoilt girl who has been skating since she was three, Harriet and Lalla quickly become friends but Lalla is getting ever more jealouse of Harriet’s talent. I absolutly LOVED this book and I would most definiatly read it again. I would reccomend it to anyone 10 and over.

That at last is all the book reveiws for this month done, please be aware that some of the links are kindle editions.


Freddie, 1 Year On. March 30, 2011

Filed under: Family Stuff — cartwheelqueen @ 5:51 pm

Freddie, though 1 year you were born it only feels like 1 day. I have had my days where where I remember you and I smile and treasure the moments I had with you and then there are the days where I just want to cry.

I remember waking up a 5 in the morning and realising it was all happening going to my Great Aunts staying there and mucking out the horses of a distant Aunt, my Dad coming to tell us that we had a baby brother. At the time I didn’t know how serious Freddie condition was and just hoping that he would come home.

I can’t remember what happened during the 11 days my brother was alive very well, I can remember getting him a teddy bear snuggle blanket and seeing him a few times.

 But I remember being told that it was over. In my head I knew it wasn’t working but I hoped. I don’t want it to be over even now but I tell myself that it is and I can’t do anything about. But this experience will be good for me, one day.

I’m going to cry today and wish for you back, but wishing doesn’t seem to help not even if you cry. Sometimes it hurts so much that I can’t think straight but I carry on and I’m strong.


Febuary Book Reviews. March 1, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 3:38 pm

This is the next instalment of my five books that I have read. This Month I read, Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson, Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson, Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson, The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson  and The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman.

Lola Rose, is about a girl called Jayni who live with her Mum (Nikki) her Dad (Jay) and her little brother (Kenny). Jayni and her mum live in fear of Jayni’s dad because he is always hitting Jayni’s mum and then when one day Jayni’s dad slaps Jayni, Jayni and her Mum and brother run away. They all choose new names, Jayni chooses Lola Rose but although being Lola Rose is fun for a while Lola Rose soon discovers that having her new life and being a different family isn’t as great as it’s starts out. A good book although I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone under11 or 12 I enjoyed the book.

Best Friends, Gemma and Alice have always been friends, even when they were babies, the two are inseparable but when ALice’s family move away to Scotland Gemma feel as if part of her has been ripped off. A good book, and I would recommend 10’s and overs.

Midnight, is about a girl called Violet, Violet is a bookworm, her favourite author is Casper Dream and would love to meet him, Violet also has an older brother (Will) but their parents are keeping something from them and one day when Violet and Will’s parents go out Violet discovers. A good book but I would recommend 11/12 and overs.

The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Tracy is a fun, feisty loving character, She writes in her life book about everything thing that goes on in the dumping ground (DG) Tracy longs to be fostered well until her mum comes to pick her up from Hollywood. A good book which I have really enjoyed reading, I would suggest it to anyone about 8 and over.

The Ruby in the Smoke, Sally Lockhart receives a strange anonymous letter shortly after her father drowns at sea telling her to beware the 7 blessings, Sally is plunged into mystery trying to find out what really happened to her father. A good book but definitely a 12 and over because it is quite confusing at times and has quite a lot of deaths but definitely a good book.

I hope you try some of these books and enjoy them


January Book Reviews.

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 12:05 pm

I’m trying to read 5  books each month and do a book summary of each, In January I read Esio Trot by Roald Dahl, The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, The Spooks Battle by Joseph Delaney and The Spooks Mistake also by Joseph Delaney.

Esio Trot, Is about a man, Mr Hoppy who lives  in a flat, the flat beneath him holds the love of his life Mrs Silver, unfortunately Mrs Silver is in love with her pet tortoise but she would like him to grow bigger so Mr Hoppy comes up with a clever idea to help Mrs Silver. I have enjoyed this book and would suggest it to any person who likes a bit of a laugh, enjoys reading as much as I do and is about 10 years old.

The Illustrated Mum, is about two girls, Star and Dolphin, who live with their mum (Marigold). Star and Dolphin do love Marigold but they do wish she would act normal and not be covered in tattoos and go out partying all night. a strong book definitely a book to read although maybe not if you’re under 11.

Inkheart, set in modern day, is about a book, Inkheart, Meggie is 12 years old, 9 years ago her father, Mo, read to her mother Resa but he didn’t know that he could bring the characters from the book into real life, Mo brought three characters from Inkheart, Dustfinger, Capricorn and Basta but at a price, Mo’s wife Resa is whisked into the book along with two of their cats, 9 years later Dustfinger returns to Meggie and Mo’s house and Meggie is thrown into an adventure. I loved this, out of all the January books this is definitely my favourite and I would suggest over the age of 10/11 .

The Spooks Battle and The Spooks Mistake, I have written these 2 together because their from a series of books, these two are the fourth and fifth book about Thomas J Ward who has become the apprentice for the Spook, John Gregory, Thomas Ward helps the Spook defeat the dark, like Boggarts, Witches and the other members of the dark. The Series of the Spook books are quite good but they are a bit scary so I would recommend them for girls and boys 12 and over.

These are all good books and I hope you try some of them and enjoy them as much as I have done.