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June Book Reviews. June 30, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 8:59 am

I have done REALLY well this month on books! I have read… 15! I have now read 44 only 16 until I have my 60! Lets start with the book reviews.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. I enjoyed this book as much as the first  but I wouldn’t recommend until 12-13.

Deenie by Judy Blume. I really, REALLY enjoyed this book, it didn’t take me long to read it but I thought it ended to quickly. My recommendation 12?

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. I really liked this book both because it was a good read but also I knew what the character was going through.  My recommended age is 13.

Forever by Judy Blume. In my opinion I was too young to read this book, I found it an awkward read and difficult  to enjoy. I recommend 14-15!

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. This was a good book and I enjoyed it but I’m not going to carry on with the series because they didn’t catch my attention but my recommended age is 10-11.

The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson. I really enjoyed this book, it was quite funny in places and a bit sad in others but defiantly  one of Jacqueline Wilson’s best books! I recommend 10+
Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson. This, in my opinion, isn’t one of Jacqueline Wilson’s best books but I still kind of enjoyed it probably a 12+ book.

The Diamond Girls by Jacqueline Wilson. I really enjoyed this book and it didn’t take long to read it! One of her better books, 12+ I think.

Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson. I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun exciting read and defiantly one of her best books! 11+.

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor.  I really enjoyed this book. It had a good lot, a good storyline and a GREAT ending and I really can’t wait until I read the next one!!!!

Ingo by Helen Dunmore. My friend suggested this book to me after she had read the series telling me it was fantastic and I really agree with her there because I was glued to the page ad afterwards it inspired me to do some art which is not like me!!!! But i really enjoy this book and would recommend it for 12+.

Skellig by David Almond.I enjoyed this book although it was a but difficult in places but it was a good book, I doubt I would read it again though.

Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson. I enjoyed this book a lot because it was quite funny and it’s very enjoyable to read defiantly one of Jacqueline Wilson’s better books!

Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson. I enjoyed this book and found it quite a fun quick read although it’s quite a thick book. It had a good mixture of happy and sad in it which made it one of her better b0oks!

The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore.The Tide Knot is the second of the Ingo series and it’s just as good as the first and I really enjoyed it!

I hope you enjoyed my reviews and try some of these books!



Holiday and Birthday 2011 June 25, 2011

Filed under: Family Stuff,Holidays — cartwheelqueen @ 9:03 am

We went on holiday to Devon to the farm, where we went last year. We had a lovely time again though it wasn’t quite as sunny as last year!

We were meant to be going on the Friday but Mummy was ill and in bed most of the day so we went on Saturday instead which wasn’t so bad. In the morning before we left I had a couple of early Birthday presents which were A bead bag full of nice beady craft,a Revell Train modeling kit and a very, VERY big Piggy bank!

My Piggy Bank 🙂

When we got there we unpacked and set up our tent (the girls and I get the tent while Mummy and Daddy get the cottage as it only has two bedrooms!) Then we played with Jake, Annie and Jasper (the dogs!) and then we fed the horse Scarlet, when we got back we discovered that two home educated children were in the cottage next door which was great!

This is Jake doing his favourite hobby duck herding!!!

The first night we were there the white duck had ducklings and we were very happy for her because last year her duckling died but this year she had 7 but two of them died sadly but she still had 5.

We climbed quite a few hills including our favourite which I think is called Kestor? We played this game with our Dad where we split into two teams and we had to catch each other, it was fun until Daddy hurt his ankle and we had to go back to the cottage. We also climbed a very steep one but I have forgotten it’s name but the moment we got to the top it started raining so we decided to go back down again!

Me at Kestor.


Me again at Kestor.

We also went to Lustliegh Cleave  which was by a stream and we met these people who were counting butterflies and we saw a Tiger Butterfly which was very pretty.

Me at Lustliegh Cleave.

We also went to on of our favourite places, Belevoir. Where we hopped along the rocks for a while 🙂


And we went  to a beach town.

And then we had fish and chips!

I LOVE this picture 🙂

And then we went to the beach!!!!!!!!


I got a bit wet!!!

We had a lovely week and we’re going back again in August!!!!!!!


Bury St Edmund’s June 20, 2011

Filed under: Days Out — cartwheelqueen @ 9:39 am

The other day we went to Bury St Edmund’s, to pick up some magazines my Dad brought and to have a day out. We went to the Abbey. The Abbey took over 500 years to build and in 1327 there was the Great Riot and a lot of the Abbey got burned and several of the Monks were killed!

We also had a look in the Crypt  The Crypt is where all the important people were buried although there wasn’t a lot of it left. The Abbeys Gateway was quite new compared to the rest of it and a lot of the buildings around the Abbey are houses.

After we had looked at the Abbey we went to Anglesey Abbey, but there are two problems with that name, It’s not an Abbey and it’s not in Anglesey! We had a look at the mill and we saw a Greater Wagtail because they were nesting in the water mill, they were beautiful birds quite big with a long tail!

Then we had a look in the fish pond and in there were massive carps, We looked at them for a while and then we went into this garden bit which had the most beautiful flowers in it we played in there for a bit and then we finished the day with an Ice Cream!

And here are some more pictures.

There are the fish!

And there’s us next to Silver Birch trees.


East Of England Show 2011! June 18, 2011

Filed under: Days Out — cartwheelqueen @ 6:06 pm

Yesterday I went to the East of England Show which again was absolutely amazing! We watched the cows being walked around arena, I have to say none of them to pleased about it!

Then we looked in the Animal tent where we looked at the baby chicks which were very sweet! We even held them  but mine kept trying to run off! There were also piglets in the tent and they were suckling from their mother which was very cute as well!

We looked around the stalls for a bit and I was given some stuff about the ‘Royal Agriculture Collage’. I’m thinking about going to Agriculture Collage but I would like to do a course on horses because I want to keep horses when I’m older.

We looked at the Steam Trains and the Tractors. They were all very brightly coloured and some of them had Steam coming out of their tops, the steam smelt really horrible and made me feel a bit funny.

Then we saw the Beagles again, they were still as cute as ever. There were a lot of them hut their owner knew could tell them apart which I thought was really quite impressive! They did a bit in the arena as well and we learnt a bit about the American Mink.

The ‘Royal Navy’ were there too and they had this climbing wall (which was on a belt) and when y0u got to top the wall would move down and you would have to keep climbing, if you understand what I mean? When I was on they started to tilt backwards and forwards I didn’t realise until I was told, maybe that was why I felt dizzy afterwards!?!?

We also watched a sheep being shaved, I don’t think the sheep was impressed but it was interesting and a  lovely day out again!!!!


May Book Reviews June 2, 2011

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 9:30 am

I have read only 4 books this month but that is a definite improvement on 1! This month I have read, Twilight  The School At The Chalet, Jo Of The Chalet School and The Looking Glass Wars.

Twilight. I loved this book up until the very end I was drawn to it. The way Stephanie Meyer writes it is just fantastic! The end although it was quite scary was… I just HAD to carry on. A definite book to read though I think it’s twelve plus.

The School at the Chalet. My Mum used to read these when she was my age and she says that they were her favourite book whilst she was growing up so I decided that I would read them to see what I thought of them. I did enjoy them and I found them really interesting. There quite historical books have French and German words in them which I thought was quite good.

Jo of the Chalet School is the second of the Chalet School books, I also enjoyed that one and I think it took me two days to read it? But the two in the series that I have read so far have been quite good.

The Looking Glass Wars. I LOVED this book and when I say loved I really mean love! The story is  a twisted version of Alice in WonderLand. I started reading it and I could not put it down! It took me less than a day to read it. A very definite must read, it’s a series of three and I can’t wait to get the next one!

There, I hope you like some of these books, I definitely enjoyed ALL of them.