Brilliant reviews of some of the shortlisted books…
Name: Awful Auntie
Author: David Walliams
Characters: Stella, Awful Auntie, Lord and Lady Saxby and the Ghost
Summary: The Cruel, awful Auntie is back! She tells Stella her parents have died in a car crash and she can’t move a single muscle in her body. But she is lying. Stella calls the mysterious policeman who turns out to be the Awful Auntie herself. She later gets locked up and a spooky, cheeky, snotly ghost comes to her rescue. What will happen next? Read the story and find out.
Star rating: 5 out of 5
By Deborah (Year 7) from St Ivo School
Reviews of One by Sarah Crossan
“This book is good because you want to know what is going on to happen at the end of each page so that’s why you keep on reading. [edited to remove spoiler).” Sophie C, Year 8, CottenhamVC
“This book really makes you feel grateful for what you have. The twist at the end is very emotional. I love it.”Ciara M, Year 8, CottenhamVC
“It has a unique way of writing. It’s quite interesting and I like it. I would recommend it to Year 9+ readers because younger readers might not understand it.” Jinyu L, Year 8, Cottenham VC
“It’s an intriguing read – which keeps you hooked until you unfortunately end the book. On picking up the book we knew it was about conjoined twins – but the expectation was of a descriptive novel, rather than a plot driven novel. Annie, having already read ‘The Weight of Water’ was pleased to see Sarah Crossan use poetry again. Ellie, having not read Sarah’s previous book was surprised to find it in poem form, and thought it would revert to prose after the beginning. However, this made it much easier to get into the book. We agree that the poetry allows the emotion to take centre stage without being overwhelmed by text. This is at the cost of description, but both agree that it is the best format for the novel.
Reading the book, they experienced sadness, curiosity, empathy, confidence in their reading and sympathy for all the characters. Alexandra thought that the cover looked like it would be a ‘girly’ book, but was pleased it had a deeper meaning. The poetry allows the story to progress and allows Crossan to tightly control the pace at which the reader goes.” From a discussion between Alexandra, Ellie and Annie (Yr8) Cambourne VC while they ate their lunch!
One review by Ellie Y9
“One “ is a gripping novel about two conjoined young teens. This novel follows their life from Graces, one of the twins, point of view showing the highs and lows of their daily life. Little details like Grace putting on weight when Tippi starts to eat more or when Tippi starts to drink and smoke even without Graces permission, make the reader realise how hard life must be for them.
However, I don’t think the purpose of the book is to get pity from the reader. They hate people feeling sorry for them and just want to get on with life as “normal”. I think the book shows how conjoined twins separate people, we shouldn’t think of them as one. This book really made me see things in a different way. The way it is written is very different, almost like a poem. At first I wasn’t sure whether I enjoyed the way it was written because of the short chapters but as I got further into the book I started to get used to it.
The thing I like about the main characters if that even though they are judged, whispered about and stared at because people don’t get to know them and treat them like they would like they are still strong. It touched me how brave Grace and Tippi were. They held their heads high and this was something I really looked up to.
Overall, i think this is a very good book and I think Sarah Crossan is a very talented writer. I will definitely be reading more of her books.
Ellie Y9, St Ivo