Zeze is a blindingly precocious 5-year-old boy often known as the naughtiest “troublemaker” of the town. His misdeeds are meant simply for his entertainment and his attempt to get attention from his family and friends, but his poor family cannot give him the love he craves. He gets beaten, abused, and teased at school but his curious mind and his golden heart remains forever. His only true friend being his Sweet Orange Tree, Pinky. He can tell Pinky anything - all his secrets, his wild pranks and interesting stories. Pinky is always there for him as reliable as the sun rising and the moon descending behind the clouds. But that is until he meets Portuga, the richest man in town. He tries to ride on the bumper of Manoel Valadares, "Portuga", but is caught and spanked. Zeze feels humiliated and seeks revenge, however Portuga ends up understanding Zeze and shares his world of fantasies and a new friendship is formed.
To Zeze, Portuga is not only a friend but the caring father figure he needs.To Portuga, Zeze is a source of inspiration and the light in his otherwise mundane life. Zeze would almost live for Portuga, he would look forward to every time they would meet or take a ride in his car. He would eve forget about the poverty drenched city he lives in.
This book is beautifully written with believable characters and vivid descriptions and I would recommend it for children aged between 11-14. This is definitely a book you should put on your Christmas List!
The Great Network is a place of wonder and mystery. Beautiful locomotives and drones. Station angels, hive monks and mischevious boys just like Zen. The maze of a million gates, where trains whizz through the galaxy in a heartbeat. This complex maze links hundreds of rich and varied world, each one different from the other.
The story follows Zen, a street urchin on the bottom rungs of society, barely able to support his family. Soon he becomes entangled with a shady master criminal, Raven, who sends Zen and Nova on a mission and has a sinister plan for the Network...
This book is full of inventive concepts and intriguing ideas and I was driven to keep reading. There's an alien species called hive monks, who worship the "Insect Lines", a set of railway lines beyond the network. These compelling sci-fi concepts make Railhead such an original and captivating book.
The characters are vivid and believable. Zen is a prejudiced likable petty thief who is desperately trying to break free from his poverty-stricken lifestyle. Nova, a female Moto and Raven, a mix between an anti-hero and a villain, you decide.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I recommend it for children aged between 11-14. Filled with twists and turns, amazing description and lovable characters; you are gripped from the beginning. Will Zen complete Raven’s robbery and be able to ride on his beloved intergalactic trains once again? Read this incredible book to find out!
The Declaration is a futuristic novel where “Longevity” drugs have been invented. They prevent ageing and illness and enables a human to live forever. But consequently, by taking these drugs, you have to sign the 'Declaration', which states that you aren't allowed to have a child, as the population would no longer be in balance. However, some people break the Declaration and there children are classed as “Surpluses”. They grow up away from society, in a “Surplus Hall”, similar to an orphanage. The children live there and are trained to become servants and in general, do the dirty jobs “Legals” do not want to do; this way they repent for their parents’ sins. They are even manipulated into believing they need to atone for their very existence.
Our main character, Anna, is a surplus at Grange Hall and is soon to become a “Valuable Asset”. She has grown up in Grange Hall and knows nothing about the real world. She lives behind the thick grey walls and dark blinds hiding her from our planet; she’s concealed from all the knowledge out there, to powerful for someone like her. But one day she meets Peter and he’s different. He has experienced whats out there and claims he knows Anna’s parents. She doesn’t trust him. Not for a second. She has been brainwashed into thinking she is a Surplus and nothing else, as unimportant as the dust she cleans up daily. She believes hat Surplus’ need to learn their place and be grateful that they even exist. Her parents are wrong - they have to be? For 16 years thats all she’s known. But maybe Peter is right and Longevity drugs are bad, and the Authorities aren’t as righteous as they seem…
Should a child ever be responsible for the actions of its parents? Already, an increasingly old population looks upon the young with increasing hostility and suspicion. What would happen if the old never ever died? These questions are what kept me on the edge of my seat, making this book such an engrossing read. I loved the suspense and tension, creative plot and vivid characters. The writing was flowing and action-packed. I strongly recommend reading this book and the others in the series. I think that children aged from 10-14 would enjoy this book most.
Imagine an world where you're an outsider, outcast and an intruder. Hostile glares and disdainful stares on the bus. Whispers and rumours in class spreading like wildfire behind your back. Ignorance and idiocy. They think you're inadequate, unimportant , irritable and incapable of ever fitting in. And you feel isolated, like your'e alone on an island. But you must survive in this brutal land. Be brave and learn to swim. Swim away from their mindlessness, their rude comments and attempts to taunt you.
Kasienka is from Poland. She grew up there and thats her true home, where her heart is. But Kasineka and her mum head for England to find their long lost father who abandoned them. She starts school and gets put into a lower class. Finding friends becomes problematic. She feels like an alien amongst them, she has to pay the price for being different. She comes across Claire, who torments her and makes her life even more of a misery. But Kasienka turns to the thing she loves to do most. Where she can escape and move into another world. Flow and twirl in happiness, away from bullies and away from school. She is free and can let go and this is where she feels truly at home.
This is the type of books thats gets to your heart and soul and stays there. It teaches you the tough life immigrants face. This story is written in blank verse, giving it a free feeling and a different style to most books you read. Kanoro was my favourite character. Kanoro is a Kenyan doctor who lives in the next room to Kasienka and her mum. Kanoro provides a ray of light, love, wisdom and kidness to the Polish immigrants.
Overall, I loved this book. The believable characters, the setting, the theme of refugees, all makes it a memorable and engaging book. I would recommend this book for children aged between 11-14.
Hey PageFlicker Fans! What have you been up to.....? Any good books you've read recently or any books you would like me to write a review on? Go ahead and write a comment and I will certainly read your recommendations.
I recently devoured Sara Crossan's new book, Moonrise. It's all about a boy called Joe Moon who travels from New York to Texas risking everything to see Ed. Ed is his brother. A prisinor trapped in a cell with no light, no hope and nobody in his life.
Charged with a death penalty for a crime he didn't commit, Ed is living his last days. His life was obliterated. He's crumbling to pieces and there is no more Ed left in him. No more smiles. No more laughter. Like his soul had vanished already, his body just waiting to catch up. But Joe has the will and heart to save him. To rescue his beloved brother from the misery and torment he lived through for ten years. Ten years he will never get back. He was wrongfully accused of a crime he didn't commit and this was the consequence. But Ed isn't as kind and friendly as Joe remembers. And what really happened on that night, the night he got arrested?
This heartbreaking story will live with you. You come to love the strong characters and the way the book is written making you connect with everyone of them. I think this book is suitable for children aged 11-13 and I would rate it 9/10. Watch out, as this book may become a classic soon, valued for Sara Crossan's amazing ability of storytelling, especially through blank verse
and relatable, vivd characters. This book is similar to One, another one of my favourite Sara Crossan books. If you haven't read it yet and would like a taste of the book, read my review on it below!
Hey PageFlicker Fans! How is your summer ? Have you checked out my summer reading list below? Go ahead ! Read this review about one of the most heart wrenching and heart-breaking book- one of my personal favourites too.
This beautifully written and poignant blank verse story is all about overcoming bullying and finding inner happiness. With heart-breaking decisions and touching characters, this book is truly a masterpiece. It takes us through the lives of 16 year old Grace and Tippi. They are Siamese twins and nothing comes easily. They have to overcome all the sneers, rude remarks. They have to battle against the staring, everyday, everywhere.
But there was always positivity and hope. They found friends at school. Great ones in fact. Yasmin and Jon were incredible people and with them in Grace's and Tippi's life, everyday was easier to get through. Soon, the girls come to be the subject of a documentary to help with the family finances for at least some money to flow through. This must have been humiliating and extremely difficult for the twins to accept that millions of people would be staring into their screens and watching them. Teasing and making fun of their every move.
Suddenly tragic events hit the twins. Tippi collapses and an overwhelmingly huge decision is made that will impact everyone....
This story has won the Carnegie Medal and its the winner of the 2016 YA BOOK PRIZE. I recommend this for children aged 12-14 and I rate it 5 starts out of 5. It's truly such a gripping and moving book. It was affect your way of thinking and indeed make you a different person.
Sara Crosman has also written other fantastic books I advice you read! Apple and Rain is a personal favourite, the weight of water is also fantastic and Moonrise is very good too. She also co-wrote a book with Brian Conaghan called We Come Apart.
I hope you loved reading this book as much as I did and comment down below which book I should write a review on next! Keep reading my PageFlicker fans :)
Summer is the perfect time for eating ice-cream, swimming and of course- reading tons of new interesting books !! I hope you enjoy my reading list made up of my favourite book and books that I want to read in the near future. If you read any of the books showcased below, go ahead and tell me about it in the comments ! I also am open to any recommendations for my next Reading List or even my next book review. Keep Reading my Page Flicker Fans....... :)
Lauren is 16 and is just getting used to her new life, a world away from the tragic events that occurred 2 years ago in the book, "Girl, Missing". The kidnapping, lies, murder attempts and utter hell Lauren had to get through, but life isn't getting any easier for her. With exam pressure and and the death of Sam, her mum took her, Shelby and Madison (her sisters) on a little holiday in hope that spending time will help. But something catastrophic happened.
Lauren and 8 year old Madison went down to the beach as the sun beamed down on them and they trotted alone further down to the sea. It was a lovely day and thus, the beach was buzzing with people, sunbathing, swimming, surfing and devouring their ice-creams. Madison took out her dolls and played with them in the golden sand, savouring every moment away from their chaotic home. She was longing an ice-cream and asked Lauren if she could buy one herself. Lauren could see the ice-cream van from here, just a few metres up from were they were sitting. So she let her go. But there was a distraction, a beautiful boy who spoke to her about someone. When he left, she looked around to ring Maddie, but she was nowhere to be seen. Her heart was in agony, she would have returned by now. She asked around, old ladies, the ice-cream vendor himself but nobody knew where she went. Tears were welling up in her eyes, how could she tell her mum? But then her phone buzzed. Lauren reached into her straw bag and unlocked her phone. the message read 'Stop looking on the beach. Your sister isn't there. Do NOT contact the police or I will kill her. Go home and wait' Shock didn't even begin to describe how Lauren felt. She knew what kidnapping was like, and Madison was just an innocent girl, not knowing how dangerous the real world is.
Lauren receives more text messages, a ransom is ordered, secrets about her family revealed. Read more to find out the true story in the new bestseller, Sister Missing. I give this book 5 stars and rate in for children aged 10-14.
Halloween parties, especially children's ones, are absolutely great. Full of fun and sweets, its every kids dream to attend one. But decorating broomsticks and bobbing apples isn't so fun when a murderer is on the loose.
When Mrs Ariadne Oliver helps out her friends by organising a party in Woodleigh Common, she meets a hostile and arrogant girl called Joyce who claims witnessing a murder a few years back and not even realising it was a murder. Startled by this statement, nobody truly believed her words and so she stormed off, claiming it was all true.
Later that night Joyce was found dead. Drowned in the bobbing apples tub. This got Ariadne thinking. Did she really witness this murder and had this lead to disastrous consequences....? Was this case truly a double murder, could the killer could be lurking anywhere ? With these questions revolving in Ariadne's head, she decided to go to her good friend, and luckily detective Hercule Poirot, - the best detective of the century. With his help they were unstoppable and the murderer was going to get a run for his money....
A thrilling, exhilarating and dynamic novel that is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat. I love this novel, and just like the rest of Agatha Christie's books, its absolutely amazing. This book is timeless and I'd recommend it to children above 11. I would rate it 10/10 and I hope you will also enjoy reading it.
Here are reviews of books I've read recently that I think you may find interesting.