about the tween book blog

This is a blog about books for kids aged 10-12 by kids aged 10-12

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Day of the Triffids

Sorry this one took so long. It was a mixture of school and just bad sleep. But anyway...

Day of the Triffids by John Windham

When Bill wakes up in hospital, it is incredibly quiet. Because a Triffid had attacked his eyes, his eyes had been healing when there was a meteor shower. At the time, Bill feels unlucky, but little does he know how lucky he is. Because when he wakes up, everyone else is blind, and the Triffids are on the loose.

I liked the plot of 'day of the Triffids' a lot. It was written in a way that made you believe in it, when you knew it wasn't real. I do, however, feel that the beginning was really slow, and the end was too fast. There was a whole second chapter full of useless information. But apart from that, I thought it was a really good book, and I am glad I read it.

I am going to give it a 7/10
And an age rating of 13+


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Comic Relief Kayak 2017


Some photos from the kayak. We have raised one hundred and ten pounds at the time of writing! https://goo.gl/photos/37gpyjybgsaejJGF6

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Red Nose Day!

So, I've meaning to write this for a while, and I have failed, but anyway, here it is.

Today, I am going to be kayaking from Chiswick to Richmond for Red Nose Day. Now, the reason I am writing this is so that you, the readers of this blog, have a chance to support Red Nose Day through sponsoring me. You can find my giving page here. You don't need to sponsor anything, but even if it is only 1 pence, it is still going towards something great.

I hope you sponsor me :-)

Thanks,
Nat

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Tenth Man

The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

Chavel is in a german prison, in WW2. Every tenth man must be shot, so the prisoners draw lots. When Chavel is chosen, his life turns upside down.

You know, I always thought that classics were boring, yet I have been proven wrong by the first two books this month. The Tenth Man may not have been a psychological thriller or an action packed adventure story, in fact it was quite plain, yet a good type of plain. Most of the book takes place in Chavels old house, which seems strange at first, because we are used to jumping around from place to place. Also, there are very few characters and the story is very short. What was pulled off rather well was that only the beginning was set in the war, most of it was set after it, yet the actual book was written in 1944, a year before the war ended. The amazing thing is that you could mistake it for a book that was written in the 1980's, thirty five years after the war had ended. It is as if Graham Greene has seen the future.

I am going to give it a 9/10
And an age rating of 12+

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Library Trip haul

After my trip to the Library today, I thought that I would share my reading list for this month, in which I will be reading classics.

So, in no particular order:

1: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
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2: The Tenth Man by Graham Green
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3: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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4: A Passage to India by EM Foster
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5: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Of Mice and Men

I know it's a bit late to be telling you this, but this month I will be reading classics. So, let's kick it off with a review of of mice and men by John Steinbeck.

George and Lennie are looking for work. They have dreams of getting their own farm, but they need money. When they find it, at a ranch, Lennie is told to keep quite. But unfortunately, the Bosses son soon takes a disliking to Lennie, and the book spirals from there.

To be honest, I don't really like classics but Of Mice and Men surprised me! It wasn't one of those books that goes so far into detail that you find yourself dropping off. No, it was full of action (within moderation) and it was very believable. The way the characters spoke made them sound like they had had a hard life, which was true. The only thing I'd say is that it is a very short book, only about 100 pages long, so it's not great if your looking for a long book to read over the half term. Also, there was a lot of swearing which I thought was unnecessary.

I am going to give it a 7/10
And an age rating of 12+


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

You can now "Buy me A coffee" on Ko-Fi. The money will go towards buying books for giveaways and things like that.

A button should pop up in a less than an hour. A new post on Mrs Peregrine's school for peculiar children: Library of souls Should be up shortly.

:-)