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  • 1.  CoverMy brother's name is Jessica
    Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★
    Reviewed by: JUDITH (S), MAUNGARAKI, LOWER HUTT, 18 Jun 2019
    A wonderfully thought-provoking story about a family's reactions when the older son announces he identifies as a girl. Their struggle to understand is made even more difficult by the mum's political career and the ensuing need for her to have the 'perfect' family. Really a great read.

  • 2.  CoverThe woods. Vol. 1, The arrow
    Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆
    Reviewed by: MIR, MAUNGARAKI, LOWER HUTT, 03 Jun 2019
    spooky, funny and intensely gripping

  • 3.  CoverFawkes
    Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★
    Reviewed by: ABBY, BELMONT, 16 May 2019
    Ummm, is anyone else as wowed as me? When I first picked out this book, I had no idea what to expect. Whatsoever. What I do know now after reading this is, IT WAS AMAZING! The whole storyline was grueling and one-of-a-kind! I loved this book!

    What It’s About

    This book is actually based on the infamous story of The Gunpowder Plot. Set in the 17th century of London, Guy Fawkes’ son, Thomas, is ready to get his Colour Power mask. But when his father never appears to grant it to him, he sets on a journey to find his missing father. Soon, Thomas is caught between a battle of Keepers and Igniters, and is struggling to choose a side.

    What I Loved

    Nadine Brandes wrote such a captivating novel. She created such a magical and atmospheric environment, it got me lost. I’ve never read a historical fantasy book before, and this one was just mind-blowing! The use of Colour Power, and masks were so clever, and the twist so bizarre, it really made for a great read.

    I really loved the characters in this book. They were so diverse and loveable. Thomas had such a unique voice and had a profound personality. He was brave but vulnerable, smart but headstrong. This book is written in first perspective of Thomas and it gives a great insight to Thomas’ thoughts and emotions. Emma was also a very different character. She was ambitious but kind, and she was very admirable. He and Emma made a gorgeous couple!

    Morals Included

    This book had many positive features inside it. Through the many trials that Thomas faces with his relationships and adventures, we learn the importance of inner-strength and passion. Thomas grew so much throughout the book, learning to break chains and overcome so much. Diversity was also a great aspect in the book. In the Author’s Note, Brandes explains the character of Emma and what she wanted her to represent. Emma represented ‘different’. An outcast from the others. Thomas learns to see past this and love her for who she is, and not judge her. To remember why he first fell in love.

    What I Didn’t Like

    There is really nothing to say here, the book was extremely clean from what I remember. There is quite a bit of violence, although this didn’t bother me. I would recommend this book for 13 year olds and up.

    Overall, a brilliant read! Read it! You won’t be disappointed.

  • 4.  CoverEven if I fall
    Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★
    Reviewed by: JUDITH (S), MAUNGARAKI, LOWER HUTT, 15 May 2019
    How well do we know those closest to us and what they are capable of? When the unthinkable happens and her loved and admired elder brother is imprisoned for murder, how do Brooke and the rest of her family cope while carrying on living in the same small town? Great for provoking thought or discussion...

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