Book reviews - Age 9 Plus   

Freefall by David Wiesner

Reviewed by Sammy,  age 11

This book, by David Wiesner, is a gripping story of a boy who has a dream when he falls asleep with a book at his side. He dreams of a magical world where chess pieces are homes and knights guard the castles. One minute it's laughter and fun, but then the woods can be seen. Read on to find out what happens.

Although there are no words, the story can be followed as well as any 'worded' book. Other books by David Wiesner include Art and Max, a fairly recent book, Tuesday and Sector 7. At a first glance it seems to be a book for younger children though on a more detailed look, it becomes apparent it is for older children, ages 9+.


Just a Dream by Chris van Allsburg

Reviewed by Ellie, age 11

If you like books that give you a bit of mystery, you should read this book. It is about a boy named Walter who doesn’t care about the world around him. All Walter dreams about is to live in the future. His bed makes him travel to the times yet to come but it is not what he expected; he wakes up to find himself in many different places. Meeting many people on his journey, Walter finds out how to care and keep an eye out for his world. So his bed travels back in to the present and he rushes to separate the rubbish in the bins and asks for a tree for his birthday to watch grow with his neighbour Rosie’s tree.

I would recommend this book to children aged 9+ as it is a tricky read and there are some words that may be a bit hard to understand. This book may make people smile, cry and laugh. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a confident reader. 



The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The recent film ‘Hugo’ is based upon this tale of a lonely boy who develops a friendship with a young girl and how, together, they discover the mystery of a strange key in Paris in the 1930s.


It is a beautifully illustrated book, with parts of the story told through picture and part through text. A wonderful, thrilling novel which will captivate young and old.











10+ Age Range - Very Confident Readers

Tunnels by Roderick Gordan and Brian Williams


For confident older readers who like adventure and sinister plots, Tunnels provides spectacular subterranean excitement. It’s the story of a boy, Will, who loves digging - a passion he shares with his father.

When his father goes missing down a mysterious tunnel, Will sets out to investigate with his friend, Chester, little dreaming of the world hidden below and a terrible secret that puts them both in danger.


Definitely a book that older boys will enjoy! (And a quite a few girls and headteachers!) 







The Grunts In Trouble by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler

Meet the Grunts! There’s Mr and Mrs Grunt, Ginger Biscuit (the cat), Clip and Clop (the donkeys), and then there’s little Sunny, their sort-of-son, who came from the washing line! In their home on wheels, the Grunts travel the length and breadth of the land, having some very unpleasant adventures. If you enjoyed the antics of Mr Gum or The Twits, then this is the book for you!