Elite Reviewers Book Club
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.
Reviews of Pax by Sara Pennypacker
“This book is called Pax. It was written by Sara Pennypacker and was illustrated by Jon Klassen. Pax is a fiction book. There are two reasons why I chose it, and one is because of the cover. It seems to just catch my eye, a lone fox sitting in the opening of a forest looking over vast fields. The other reason is because of the blurb, because the storyline intrigues me.
The story is set generally in a country where the fresh smell of war is in the air. The story starts out at the edge of the woods on the road. Then settings separate: one perspective on a fox, who is in the woods, and another perspective on a boy, who goes over hills, through small villages and farms, and eventually back to the woods.
The main characters are Peter and Pax. Peter is the owner of his pet fox, Pax, and loves his fox dearly, so much that he will even travel miles for him (as you will see). Pax is the loveable fox who was rescued by his boy, Peter, when he was still a little kit. Pax thinks of his boy almost as his own mother. Other characters in this story include Peter’s father, who goes off to war and therefore forces Peter to kick Pax out of the house, Peter’s granddad, who was meant to be looking after Peter while his father was gone and Vola, the owner of a farm that Peter was passing through. Vola looked after and helped Peter while he was on the farm, despite the fact that she liked to be alone. Also, Pax has some foxy friends later in the story: a vixen called Bristle, who was skeptical at first about a fox that smells of human; Runt, Bristle’s playful brother and Grey, an old, wise fox.
At the start of the story, Peter’s father forces Peter to kick Pax out of the house due to the fact that Peter’s father is going off to war…
I love this book! My favourite parts of it are when Peter reminds himself of the things that Pax used to do, because most of the time it amuses me of how naive Pax is. My least favourite part is when Peter finds out that his father deliberately chose that spot, as it was close to the war space. Mostly, the reason why is because I feel sympathy to Peter and his fox, and I even almost feel angry to Peter’s father.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!”
Abel, Year 7
“This book is a great read. Everything about it is amazing such as: the length, the story and the emotion. I would give it a rating of 4.5/5. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get their nose stuck into a great book for a while.
Nevan, Year 7
Reviews of Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
“I think that Stargazing for Beginners is an amazing book and I would definitely recommend it to other people. What happens in the book is a girl who is kind of a smart person and she keeps her head down because everyone bullied her. But then her mum dropped the bombshell that she was going to Myanmar to help underprivileged children and has to look after her baby sister Elsa at home all by herself. She has to tell lies that her mum is ill so that her mum wouldn’t get in trouble. But then she starts getting close with Ed King…
Five stars for this book!”
Jason, Year 7