Well done Lily! Below is a selection of the great book reviews that students submitted for our book week competition – thank you to all students who took part for your fantastic reviews!
Heroes by Stephen Fry
Book review by Lily R, Year 9
Yet another one of Stephen Fry’s insightful masterpieces, Heroes gives us our favourite tales from Greek mythology, condensed into one witty, compelling book. In this recount, we find ourselves enduring the labours of Hercules, witnessing the strife of Orpheus and sailing the Argo with Jason.
From gods to tyrants and mortals to giants, Heroes draws history and English together into one great tour of the ancient world. The perfect sequel to Fry’s 2017 novel Mythos, with eight enthralling tales and remarkable historical information, Heroes perfectly captures the lives of ancient Greek divinity and shows us who our ‘Heroes’ really are.
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Book review by Viet Year 9
Angels & Demons is the first mystery-thriller novel in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. It is written from the point of view of an omniscient narrator who follows professor Robert Langdon, a Harvard lecturer on symbology, as he embarks on a quest around the Vatican and city of Rome. In an action-packed book revolving around the Illuminati, Langdon realises the truth about the brotherhood, straining to save his life, alongside those of others, as he follows a mystical path to their origins. Angels & Demons is truly a page-turner – if you ignore the rampant misinformation in it, that is.
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
Book review by Aleksander U PIB
I've recently had an opportunity to get acquainted with the first book of The Witcher series, Blood of Elves. As a moderate fan of the fantasy genre, I was quite intrigued, especially, since it was written by Polish writer, Andrzej Sapkowski. One of the biggest positives is Geralt. He's a charismatic monster hunter, who makes the good plot even better thanks to his fantastic dialogues. He is a very interesting character as the Witcher. I highly recommend this book to everyone, as it contains a lot of action, great characters and it was written in good, understandable language.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Book review by Sonia G. Year 9
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel which follows the story of a man called Guy Montag who works as a fireman. Ironically in this book, firemen are ordered to burn, not save, from flames. Everything is going great for Guy until he meets a teenage girl who completely changes his view of the corrupt world, and when he dares defy the law, risking his job to prove her ‘theory’, he realizes why reading books is forbidden. This book really made me read it in one sitting, and it’s now on the list of my favourite books.
Gone by Michael Grant
Book review by Dylan P. Year 9
Gone is a dystopian story about Sam Temple, a boy just taking a history class when the ‘poof’ happened. All parents and kids over 15 have disappeared. What ensues is them trying to survive in this post-parent world and bring back civilisation to this now radical society. They discover that a giant sort of force field surrounds the city, trapping everyone inside, and when you turn 15, you also disappear. Some kids start gaining strange powers, some more deadly than others. This book is engaging, and the pacing is just right. It will keep people reading more instalments in the future.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Book review by Mario Gutierrez M. Year 10
A grouchy couple are parents to Matilda. Unlike her bratty brother and mean parents, Matilda becomes a very sweet and intelligent 6-year-old girl, who is very keen to go to school and read books. Her parents send her to school with the worst principal in the world, a very sweet teacher, and good friends. With practice, Matilda starts learns to control her telekinetic powers and soon uses them on her principal so she can drive her away from the school. I totally enjoyed this book and encourage you to read it because it shows you some important values of life.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Book review by Mike K. Year 9
The Lost Symbol is best-selling author Dan Brown's third thriller novel following the life of symbologist Robert Langdon as he works to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of his mentor, Peter Solomon. The book has constant action which makes you want to read more. It has a very unusual plot which makes it even more mysterious. I finished this book in the span of one week because it was so interesting. I really recommend this book to people who like crime/mystery books and this goes for any age group. I rate this book an 8/10.
The Outsider by Stephen King
Book review by Vladimir N. Year 9
In this book, Terry Maitland was publicly shamed and arrested for alleged crimes of rape, and the murder of an 11-year-old boy. The investigators took him in custody and questioned him. However, much to the surprise of many it was NOT Terry Maitland. The murderer was an outsider. The book was written very well as expected from Stephen King. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller and a murder mystery, I’d even go as far to say that this might take the cake for the best book every written for me!