December Library Book Reviews

The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll

The girl who walked on air is a thrilling and heart wrenching story about an orphan girl named Louie Reynolds who was adopted and brought into Leo Chipchase's circus. She dreams of being a showstopper and walk along the tightropes. However, her dreams are shattered when a suspicious and unusual boy appears out of the blue and takes her dream job for himself. When a strange and wealthy gentleman appears offering up a huge reward for the finder of a runaway boy, Louie suspicions are confirmed. The man appears at Chipchase's circus one day and seems to have his eye on Louie, will this man be the answer to all her dreams? Will he be able to lead her to the showstopper life she really wants?
My favourite part is when Mr Wellbeloved forces her to cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
I enjoyed reading the pat when she exposed him to the audience, revealing to everyone the cruel and dark was he treats people. Louie finds out the cruel, devious man has a link to her mother. It seems she is not the only one in her family who has something against Mr Wellbeloved.....
This has been the best Victorian story set at a circus I have ever read so far and I hope it will be yours as well.
I like the way Carroll relates to the Victorian lifestyles of young people and how she draws you in and makes you feel as if you have a role in the story too.
Overall this was a gripping storyline and perfect as a bedtime read.

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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The girl from everywhere is a great book filled with family, love, adventure, mythical and time travelling. It is about a young teenage girl called Nix Song who lives on a time travelling pirate ship with her dad Slate (the captain) and a cabin boy named Kashmir.
Nix enjoys life sailing the seas and travelling wherever her heart desires. When one day during a dangerous trip, her whole life is thrown into jeopardy. Will Nix reach her destination in safety?
I really like this book as it is the type of book I would like to have written myself. Full of adventure, pirates and set in the Victorian days. Overall I would highly recommend it for any boy or girl older than 12 to both read and enjoy this book.

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Alfie A Friend for Life by Rachel Wells

Alfie the cat is the main character in this story. He is friendly and quite furry.
He jumped into a van and ends up at a different house far from home. He had accidentally gone on holiday with a family. He discovers new friends humans and cats. But at first the other cat did not want Alfie on his campsite.
I liked the part when he played ball with the children and I liked the pictures in the book. It made me think about going on holiday when I read this book. I enjoyed this book very much and I might get the next Alfie book. I think everyone should read it, even adults.

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We are Giants by Amber Lee Dodd

'We Are Giants' is about two girls, Jade and Sydney, whose mum has dwarfism. For Sydney this is a big issue because she doesn't want to grow taller than her mum who is the perfect size of four feet tall. They have to move house and which upsets Sydney as her old house reminds her of her dad who passed away and was also the same size as her mum. This book is about love, family and friendship.
I enjoyed the part when Sydney woke up in the night to find her sister, Jade missing. She had gone to hang out with her friends down the road in a shed which had been set alight and they were trapped! Could Sydney rescue them with the help of her mum? My other favourite part was when Jade dyed her hair pink and gets into trouble!
This story was heart-warming and I learnt that many people can be nasty about certain things in life, like when their mum was referred to as a "dwarf from Snow White". This book raises serious issues and how one family dealt with them.
Dodd has written this book in an inspiring way and I am glad I read it! I recommend it for girls and boys of the age 11+.

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