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Books you can’t put down – what’s your favourite?

Cover imageThere are some books you read that you get totally engrossed in and you don’t want to put it down.  Everything else just blurs into the background and you don’t hear your parents telling you dinner is ready or that you need to clean your bedroom.   I find that books with lots of action, adventure and mystery are the ones that I just can’t put down because there’s always something happening.  Sometimes though it’s just that the characters are really interesting and I want to find out what happens to them.

Here’s some of my favourite books that I couldn’t put down:

  • Frog Whistle Mine by Des Hunt – a great adventure story, with a mystery running through it and set in New Zealand.
  • Boom! by Mark Haddon – teachers that are aliens, a weird alien language and cool alien gadgets – what more can you ask for?
  • Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner – messages sent from the future to help a group of kids save New Zealand and the rest of the world from a mysterious virus.
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – characters really come alive in this brilliant story about the magic of books and reading (also the start of the trilogy).

What are some of the books that you just couldn’t put down?  What made them so exciting/terrifying/action-packed?

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Is your teacher an alien?

Do your teachers speak in a really weird language when they think you’re not looking? Do they wear a brass wrist band that they use to communicate with someone in another galaxy? Do their eyes flash blue when you annoy them? If you answered yes to all of these questions it is very likely that your teachers are aliens from another planet and you should get as far away from them as possible.

In Mark Haddon’s new book, Boom!, Jim and Charlie do exactly the opposite when they discover something weird is going on. When Jim overhears a conversation between his teachers, he believes that they are trying to get him sent to a new school and so with the help of his best friend Charlie, they bug the staff room. However, what they actually hear is two of their teachers speaking in a strange language and so they set out to find some answers to these strange goings-on.

This story has everything – action, adventure, aliens, mysterious men in gray suits, cool alien technology, a strange language and lots of laughs.  It’s an out-of-this-world read!

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