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Choose Something Different


Dear Parents,

As part of our continued efforts to encourage children to read a variety of books we would like all children in KS2 to take part in our Oak Hill Reading Challenge: Choose Something Different.

We would like the children to read and review as many books as possible between now and Tuesday 22nd March 2016. The reviews will be published in a blog format under the guidance of Mrs Curtis. The only catch is that children must choose books which they wouldn’t usually read. Staff will also be taking part!

All children who take part will be invited to a ‘movie’ afternoon in the last week of the Easter term to celebrate their reading achievements.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Curtis

Journey to the river sea book report

Journey to the river sea is the best book I’ve ever read, it’s full of adventure and makes you want to read every second you can. I would recommend it to 9 – 12 year olds. Eva Ibbotson is an amazing author and puts amazing characters into the story. There are so many characters you will be able to relate to at least one of them.


By Daisy

Book Reports.

Author: Enid Blyton

Setting: Kirrin cottage

Characters: George, Dick, Julian, Anne and Tim.

Plot: Finding a map that leads to gold. Locked up in a dungeon by two strangers. Breaking strangers boat, sailing away in their own boat and going back home.

I liked this book a lot because it was very mysterious.

I would recommend this book to children aged 8 to 14.


Book report 2

Author: Enid Blyton.

Plot: There’s a burglar at Kirrin cottage. George, Dick, Julian, Anne and Tim find the secret passage to find out who the burglar is.

Setting: Kirrin cottage.

I liked this book a lot because I really enjoy reading mystery stories.

I would recommend this book to children aged 8 to 14.

By Holly.


Book review 3


Story: Famous Five book 3, Five run away together.

Setting: Kirrin cottage and Kirrin Island.

Story line: George’s mother is ill and her father won’t let her go to hospital on her own so he goes and stays with her. Meanwhile, the children are being watched by a horrible family and the mother of the family threatens to poison George’s big dog Timmy because of his normal behaviour. So George, Dick, Julian, Anne and Timmy decide to go and live on Georges Island and stay there until George’s mother and father get back. Whilst on the Island they hear a girl scream and go to investigate. This is where the adventure begins.

Characters: George, Anne, Dick, Julian and Tim.

Who would you recommend this book to? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and adventure.

By Holly S

Book review

Title: Witch World

Author: Emma Fischel.

Illustrator: Chris Riddel

What age group would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 8 to 12.

Plot: A witchkid called Flo has her grandma over to stay. But when she finds out that her grandma is trying to persuade her to get ready for a ghoul attack, she doesn’t believe her at first. However, when she realises grandma is right about the ghoul attack, she doesn’t know when to expect it as it could be just hours away. Will she be ready in time…

One dog and his boy

One dog and his boy is a fantastic story about a boy [Hal] who has always wanted a dog and fleck, a brilliant, loving and funny dog. Eva Ibbotson is amazing and makes you want to read all the time. She wrote this book just before she died and one dog and his boy was one of her best books she had ever written. I would recommend it to 9 – 13 year olds.

By Daisy


Mariella mystery

Mariella mystery is a funny diary written by a young girl called mariella, she has to save the day by stopping everyone having ridiculous hair styles. It is very funny and I would recommend it to 6 – 10 year olds. It is quite short and has lots of pictures


My book review

Title: The spy who loved school dinners.

Author: Pamela Butchart

Illustrator: Thomas Flintham

Characters: Izzy, Mathilde, Zach, Jodi, Maisie and Miss Jones

Setting: Izzy’s school.

Plot: When Izzy gets asked by Miss Jones to look after the new girl, Mathilde, Izzy and her friends Jodi, Maisie and Zach are very excited to show her their den and all of the weird things they find out in their secret club. But the only problem is that Mathilde doesn’t talk to them and she likes no wait, LOVES school dinners, and even though Izzy and her friends try to warn her that someone had choked on the shepherd’s pie, and now everyone is saying that the school dinners are poisonous but Mathilde just ignores them. And she keeps on writing in her little black notebook so, now Izzy, Zach, Jodi and Maisie definitely know that she has to be a spy! Or do they just get the whole thing wrong again. As usual. They story follow the gang trying to find out the real reason why Mathilde is at their school.

I would recommend this to ages 9 to 12 year olds.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys school dinners, spies and ice cream.

By Holly