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Elite Reviewers 2018/19

The Elite Reviewers are a group of Key Stage 3 students reading a selection of five books from the Book Trust School Library Pack. The group of students meet regularly with Mr Todd and Ms Cole to discuss and compare the five books.

Book Review Blog

We would like to welcome you to the group’s blog pages, where students will be publishing their reviews of each novel.

Click here to submit your review.

The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

I really like this book! It’s a book about finding where you belong, even if it takes a long time to get there. It’s not too short and you can see clearly what happens and all the details about it. There is also enough description for it not to be boring, and so you can imagine the people or places in the book. This book is about Marinka, who lives with her grandma, Baba Yaga, as well as her intelligent pet jackdaw, Jack. They live in a house, which moves around when it wants or needs to on its (chicken) feet. The bond between the house, and its inhabitants makes it a journey of emotion that really grips the reader. Marinka lives with her grandma because her parents died when she was very young, so Baba Yaga became her guardian. Baba Yaga’s job is to guide souls to the underworld when the person dies, and she loves her job. Marinka doesn’t want to become the next Baba Yaga, as she feels she is too lonely and there’s no point in getting to know people you’ve never met, or will meet again. Along the way she meets friend, old Yaga, and a few other different Yagas, who shape who she feels she is and where Marinka feels she belongs. Marinka’s large personality and stubbornness makes it a whole voyage of discovery. This creates unbreakable bonds with the new people in her life and even makes her decide about being the new Baba Yaga. I rate this book a 4.5/5!

Maisie, Year 8

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost boys is a very meaningful book as it has different aspects on black children both dead and alive. Its story is about a boy called Gerome who is shot by a white police officer and how they fight for justice. The reader is invited to watch it all unfold which is really exciting and thoughtful. I enjoyed this book a lot and rate it 8 out of 10.

Isobel, Year 8

The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The House with Chicken Legs is a very interesting book. Marinka has to become the next guardian angel but that’s a lot easier when you want to be. Marinka is a ghost who, as a baby, refused to go through the gate so the guardian at the time raised her as her own, telling stories to make her like seem a real person. This book was so touching and very hard to put down. I would rate this book a 9 out of 10.

Isobel, Year 8

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

In my personal opinion I found Boy 87 quite a depressing story. However, it was such a page turner and I couldn’t put it down even if I had to. At the end of the book I was left quite disappointed that there was no official ending to what the characters did next and it almost made me stress, even though it’s a fictional novel. On the back of the book, I found it hard to believe that somebody had described the book as ‘uplifting’, as I was left in saddened by the end of the book. But, I also think that this is a positive thing, as it was a very engrossing book, and how it makes the reader feel all different kind of emotions including ‘hopeful’ as one of my friends commented. Overall, I was not entirely happy how it ended, because I think that it could distress some readers who don’t know much about the genre and topic that the book is about.


The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

I enjoyed reading The House With Chicken Legs very much. The main character is a young girl called Marinka. I like this character a lot because she is interesting and mysterious. If you like ambitious and determined main characters who set out to change their futures, then this is the book for you. I would give this book a score of 10/10.

Adrianna, Year 7


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