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Book Review - Turtles all the way Down by Author John Green

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Turtles all the way down is a great book told by teenage Aza, who is a girl who struggles with anxiety. When a fugitive billionaire goes missing the night before a police raid on his home, with a hundred thousand dollar reward, Aza’s friend Daisy immediately wants to investigate.

This is my favourite book because not only is the plot is very interesting, but when you are inside the thoughts of Aza as she goes through life, it gives a new perspective on the story.  I would thoroughly recommend it.
My Rating: 5 stars Young Adult

Book Review - How to Bee by Author Bren MacDibble

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How to Bee is all about nine year old Peony who lives on an orchard with her grandpa and sister Mags. At this time bees have become extinct so children go and do their job. There was a famine and many people became starved and poor so farmers took people off the streets to come and work on their farm for food and shelter. It may only be a shed but Peony loves her home. Their mother lives in the city because she believes the family need to start earning some cash. Soon Peony is being forced to come with her mum to the city even though she does not want to. Peony is being torn apart by two lifestyles; city or orchard. I  enjoyed this book as it was exciting and adventurous.
My rating: 4.5 stars Age range: 9-13

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman

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When Charley is freed from slavery at the end of the Civil War between the Yankees and the Confederates she imagines a new world of unlimited opportunities. Instead, she finds a life that is more dangerous than ever before. Her only way to survive is to disguise herself as a boy and join the army. But the army, like everywhere else, is riddled with prejudice and danger. It is only when Charley is sent to fight against the Apache Indians, another much discriminated against group, that she begins to learn what is could mean to be free.

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

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In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds and eggs, were stranded on Warrior Stac, a pinnacle of rock that pitches out of the Atlantic, ‘as black and fearful as one horn of the Devil himself’. It was nine months before anyone came to collect them.  Geraldine McCaughrean has taken these bare facts and imagined the story of those terrible months and the characters of those who endured them.

Thornhill by Pam Smy

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Two lonely girls are at the heart of Pam Smy’s strikingly told gothic story. Mary lives at Thornhill, an old mansion turned children’s home and is cruelly tormented by one of the other girls. Mary is selectively mute and we read her story through her diary entries as well as in the wordless, full page monochrome illustrations. Ella’s story is told entirely through the illustrations. She has just moved in nearby and we work out that her mother is dead. When Ella sees Mary in the grounds of Thornhill a friendship develops though by then Ella and reader both know that Mary is a ghost.