This story about a boy called Ashley Anderson. Ashley Anderson the son of the missionary in Ping Tong Chow. His father was very strict. That’s when the problem comes, but I’ll tell you that later.
The very begining is when Ashley’s mother meets his father. She was a nurse to help the injured soldiers of China; to help the hospital. She was also with her helper (as I called him) Zong Sung. But they just called him Uncle Sung. So that’s when they soon got married and gave birth to a child they called Ashley, Ashley Anderson. But just 6 months after she sadly died. So his father
would paint, in black letters, every year her name. Well then, Ashley wouldn’t really imagine up his mum’s face so that was sad. He then made friends with Lin, who was a really good swimmer and told him how to.
But that is not important, the yetis’ story is…to him…
There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Boring, respectable and fiercely proud to be as normal as normal can be, Alistair and Eleanor Brocket turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but normal. To the horror and shame of his parents, Barnaby appears to defy the laws of gravity – and floats. Little Barnaby is a lonely child – after all, it’s hard to make friends when you’re pressed against the ceiling all day. Desperate to please his parents, he does his best to stop floating, but he simply can’t do it. It’s just not who he is. Then, one fateful day, Barnaby’s mother decides enough is enough. She never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. She’s sick and tired of the newspapers prying and the neighbours gossiping. Barnaby has to go. Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon. And so begins a magical journey around the world; from South America to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even a trip into space, Barnaby meets a cast of truly extraordinary new friends and realises that nothing can make you happier than just being yourself.
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket is one of my favourite books of 2012. John Boyne has crafted a magical, imaginative tale that celebrates difference and takes us around the world, introducing us to an interesting cast of characters along the way. If you like Roald Dahl’s books then this is the perfect book for you. The characters in Barnaby Brocket are similar to Roald Dahl’s characters, especially Barnaby’s horrible, selfish parents. As soon as he is born, Barnaby is the bane of his parent’s life. They are normal people who want a normal life, but Barnaby is anything but. A son who floats and gets a lot of attention threatens their normal lives, so his mother does the unthinkable. The worst thing is that they don’t even regret what they did!
I love all the interesting characters that Barnaby meets on his travels. There’s Liam (the boy with hooks for hands), Joshua Pruitt (the window cleaner with a hidden talent) and the imprisoned members of Freakitude. They’re all different in their own ways and they not only help Barnaby get back home, but also help him to realise that nothing can make you happier than just being yourself.
Reserve The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket at your library now.
The One and Only Ivan is a really great book.
It’s about a gorilla called Ivan who lives in a shopping mall with an elephant called Stella, a stray dog called Bob and a man called Mack. They are a circus.
Ivan used to be a famous attraction, but after a few years he was forgotten and only the new people in town are interested in him.
Ivan doesn’t think very much about his old life in the jungle and he has accepted he will spend the rest of his life in his cage. But then a new elephant comes to live with the animals and helps Ivan realise that there is a better life out there. It is up to Ivan to find a way out for all of them.
I don’t want to give too much away, the book does have some sad bits in it, but ends happily. I’m sure you will love it just like I did!
By Amy, 10.
The Infinity Ring is a new interactive series like The 39 Clues. It’s one of those books that comes with extra bits and pieces so that you can find out more about the story and the characters. The Infinity Ring series is all about time travel so you follow the characters through different time periods. Each book comes with a Hystorian’s Guide, which is your key to unlocking the next adventure in the online game.
Book 1 is called A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner and it’s out at the end of the month.
History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!
When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.
Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!
Reserve your copy of The Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time at the library now.