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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright- Christopher Edge

When Albie's mum dies, it's natural he should wonder where she's gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Albie's Dad says something about Albie's mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum's computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself, along with the grumpy cat from next door, through time and space to find her using Quantum banana theory. Along the way, he learns some truths about life, love and family.

6J read this as our guided reading book this term. This is what we thought:

Gracie-It's an amazing book which leaves you eager to read the next page.

Aaron- I would read it again. 

Stephen- It was emotional at the end.

Danielle- it was exciting and emotional at the same time.


6J think anyone from 8 years and up would enjoy this story.


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The Dog Who Saved the World- Ross Wellford

When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future.

But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie’s beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that’s only the start of her troubles.

Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity.

This book was so exciting, I couldn't go to bed until I had finished it! It was a race against time to save the world which kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were written realistically and I cared about them. I also really liked the science aspects of the story. 

Highly recommended for year 5 and up.

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Boy Underwater- Adam Baron

The Boy Underwater is a book about a boy (Cymbelin) who hase never been in the water until one day one of his classmates challenged him to a swimming race. Now, with the help of his friends, he ties to figure out why his mum won't let him near water.

I think this book is very funny but at the same time, it is very sad. I recommend this book to people who like: adventure, comedy and a little bit of sadness.

Alessia, 6J

Mrs Judd's holiday reading list for half term.

The Dog who saved the World

Where the World Ends

The Fox and the Ghost KIng

What are you planning on reading this holiday?

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Coraline- Neil Gaiman

Another book enjoyed by 6J.

You may have seen the movie, however the book is even better! Coraline Jones has moved into the ground floor flat of a strange old house. Her parents both work and the weather is wet and cold so Coraline is bored and searching for places to explore. When she has explored the enormous garden and visited the eccentric old ladies upstairs, she looks for things to do inside. Finally, she comes across a strange, locked door. However, when the door is unlocked and opened there is nothing behind, only a brick wall. Later that night, Coraline hears things moving around the flat. When she goes to explore, the door is open and a corridor is has appeared which was not there before. It leads to Coralines Other Mother and Other Father who are not as friendly as they seem at first.


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The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

Class 6J read this as our guided reading book. We enjoyed the spooky setting and scary beginning to this book.


Toddler Bod narrowly and miraculously escapes being murdered, along with the rest of his family,when he climbs from his cot and makes his way down the stairs before toddling through the open front door. He makes his way to the graveyard at the bottom of his street where the ghostly residents decide to take him in. The mysterious Silas (who never eats, never ventures out in daylight and can hypnotize would be assassins into leaving Bod unharmed) becomes the young boys guardian whilst Mr and Mrs Owens persuade the other residents to allow Bod to stay. Bod has a series of adventures as he grows up in the graveyard's protection. But... who is the mysterious Man Jack who is searching for him? Why did he kill Bod's family? When will Bod truly be safe and able to explore the world outside the walls of the graveyard?

This is a challenging read for years 5 and 6. If you like being a bit scared and a mystery which keeps you guessing until the end, this is the story for you.


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The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell

This fantasy adventure story, written by the Cressida Cowell, the author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, is beautiful to look at and a great read. It tells the tale of Xar, a wizard boy who cannot do magic, and Wish, a girl from the warrior tribe. Their families have been enemies for years but now they must team up to defeat an ancient terror which has been sleeping for centuries. This story is full of mythical creatures and magic. It is a Blue Peter book awards winner. Anyone in years 3-6 will enjoy this magical adventure.

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The Secret Lake- Karen Inglis

When Stella and Tom move to their new home, they become curious about the disappearance of their neighbour's dog, Harry.

Tom's explorations in the nearby gardens- looking for treasure- unearth a mysterious boat, which has been buried for decades. Then they make an incredible discovery. One which will change their lives forever!

I enjoyed this shorter time travelling adventure. Although some aspects of the story had not been thought through properly, the ending was really satisfying. The two main characters are clever and determined and like-able.

If you enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, you will enjoy this adventure.

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Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

I was immediately attracted to this book by the beautiful cover of a mysterious door which opens onto the unknown. I was not disappointed by the story inside. Ross McKenzie has created a world which you want to immerse yourself in and never leave. 


The Nowhere emporium arrives overnight- the black walls glitter and the finely wrought, gilded gates are closed. Crowds gather and gaze through, trying to see what is inside, until the doors open and they are able to enter and experience the wonders within.

When the Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel stumbles upon the shop by accident. Before long Daniel is drawn into the magic and enchantment of the shop. 


The Nowhere Emporium is an edge of your seat adventure story with a mystery at its heart. Who is owner of the shop, Mr Silver, and how does he create the wonders within? 

This is a great read for good readers in key stage two and highly recommended for year 5 and 6 children. If you like Harry Potter, you will love this story.

Welcome to Shaw Primary Academy's book blog. Here I will be sharing some of the children's books I have been reading.

Over the holidays, I read two children's books which both have a fantastical theme and setting.