The King's (The Cathedral) School


Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

A boy who is scared to go to school and thinks as if every night was his final night, gets to school and finds a friend called Molly. A story as told from the perspective of a First World War soldier.

This book has lots of suspense and is really descriptive. I would say that children who like suspense should read this book.

Reviewed by Anonymous


Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

A boy who’s about to leave for Uni is surprised when his ex shows up with a baby - HIS baby, apparently. We follow what happens when his child is left in his care.

This book always catches you in the story and leaves you wanting to know what happens in the next chapter of Dante's life.

Reviewed by K.T.


Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

Katie can’t leave her house during the day.  She has a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly.  She falls in love with a boy that passes her window every day.  How long can she keep this a secret?

I like this book because it brings hope to the reader and makes you wonder what’s going to happen next!

Reviewed by G.B.


Secrets of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar

They are travelling to Tamarind and they find that they are missing a long-lost friend.

This book has a ‘bing’ to it and it’s fun to read.

Reviewed by G.T.


The OMG Blog by Karen McCombie

Four girls meet in detention as their ICT teacher gives them a form for a group of four to make a blog competition. After some days they find something that they all have in common (find out what it is yourself!).

The book was interesting, colourful and not boring.  I liked the fact that they had a great time, but towards the end it was bad, but it turned good again.

Reviewed by R.K.


Listen To The Moon by Michael Morpurgo

I read Michael Morpurgo’s “Listen to the Moon” over the summer; I loved every bit, from start to finish. The story is set in World War I and is about a girl who has to remember who she is and where she is from. I really liked it when it got exciting and you didn’t know what was going to happen next! At times the story would be happy and joyful however it could get very emotional in a matter of seconds. Throughout the book there were cliff hangers to build tension, figurative language in order to paint a picture in your mind, and short sentences for effect.

Did you know that Michael Morpurgo received an OBE in 2006 and was made Knight Bachelor in 2018?

In my opinion, this book is for children aged 10+ that enjoy historic adventure stories.

My three words to describe the book? Can't Put Down!

Reviewed by Florence


Alex Rider: Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

I enjoyed the book "Skeleton Key" because it was filled with suspense and action.

One of the main reasons I liked this book was – Alex was not only a MI6 agent this time, he was also a CIA agent. The book felt so real, it was like you were in the book.

When Alex had to fight a White Shark, my heartbeat nearly stopped and I was sweating.

Reviewed by Siv


Ellie's Magical Bakery: Brilliant Birthday Bakes! by Ellie Simmonds

Describe the characters and their traits: Ellie: gentle, kind, timid, thoughtful, and helpful.   Victoria Sponge: magical, wise, clever.  Colin: mean, spiteful, rude. Basil: funny, kind, supportive. Mr & Mrs Scrudge: mean, unsupportive, bad tempered, rude, and uncouth. Talia: kind, generous, happy.

This book relates to me and my life because… I love cooking and eating cake. It inspired me as Ellie Simmonds has overcome many problems and challenges in her life.

Overall you should read this story because… It shows that having a disability can be overcome and you can still achieve your dreams like everybody else.

Ellie Simmonds, the author, gained an MBE when she was only 14 years old, she is a four time Paralympic swimming champion, she holds ten world records for swimming and has appeared on the Great British Bake Off!

Reviewed by Chloe