Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
This week I decided to look at books for children aged 9 to 11 as this is the age group I most enjoyed buying for when I ran a school Library. At first I was quite disappointed as there seemed to be nothing new. Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Wimpy Kid & Jacqueline Wilson still predominate. Then this one caught my eye.
Although I think the cover might seem too childlike to the average 10 year old, it’s bold and intriguing. It’s definitely a girls’ book which I don’t totally approve of. Most girls would much rather read Anthony Horowitz “Stormbreaker” spy books or the Percy Jackson Roman detective series.
The book is described as an old fashioned school story first published last year. It is 1930 and two schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong discover the body of their Science teacher in the gym but then the body disappears. The Financial Times criic says, “The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective murder mystery.”
The reviews are mainly 5 star with a few 4 star & 3 star comments. Most reviewers like the characterisation of the girls and their teachers’ relationships and it obviously really appeals to adults too.
At £3.32 for a kindle and £3.49 for a paperback I would definitely choose the latter. I won’t purchase it now but I might choose it for my grand-daughter at some point (and read it first myself!)
You can read Rosie’s choice for this week here