mrs hosey’s reviews

The Smell of Other People’s Houses
It was interesting how the different narratives fit together and the book addresses issues for young people today. The ending was a little unrealistic though!

7/10

Salt to the Sea
A different view of the war – from the perspective of different people leaving Germany. Clever use of different voices to tell the story, plenty of tension and some very moving moments – I really enjoyed it. My son (12) also loved it – he read it in about 4 days.

9/10

don’t forget!

hello readers!

we hold ‘catch-up’ sessions in the library every few weeks or so to give an opinion on our favourite books that we’ve read from this years carnegie award cluster. see mrs lloyd-smith in the study centre for more details on that.

the awards ceremony for this years carnegie cluster is on the 19th June so keep reading!

Admin

the smell of other people’s house review by kimberley mackenzie

Thanks again! – Admin

I did not understand this book as well as the others I had read. I managed to get a little bit of a way through chapter three but then I gave up because I was still not catching on to what was happening.

Everyone was telling me to keep on going and that you will eventually understand what was happening. It did not seem like I ever would because I ended up just forgetting what was happening, and who was who because it wasn’t very clear.

3/10

mrs piper’s reviews

Two more lovely reviews from our Data Manager! – Admin

The Smell of Other People’s Houses, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

This book is set in 1970s Alaska and has four teenage narrators, whose lives are interconnected in a number of ways – some quite coincidental. I thought the setting was original and vivid, concentrating the traditional Alaskan way of life (there is a lot of hunting and fishing – you might find bits of the book tough if you’re squeamish).

I would have been happy read a book about any one of these characters or their stories, which were all interesting in different ways.  I thought, though, that there was too much crammed in here. Four characters, dealing with everything that the author can throw at them: teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, parental divorce, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness….. Having them all in the one book was too much and meant that we never got to learn about any of the characters in greater depth.

7/10

Beck, Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff

As other reviewers have said, this book starts off quite brutally.  Beck is an orphan who suffers a great deal of hardship and abuse in his early life.  Eventually he escapes to freedom but he is damaged and scarred – both physically and emotionally.  The story takes us on his journey, showing how he gradually finds his way back from the trauma of his childhood and finds life again.

This book was beautifully written and made me cry twice when I read it!

9/10

the stars at oktober bend review by kimberley mackenzie

Lovely review, keep reading! – Admin

This book was fantastic I could not put it down it had me intrigued from the very first chapter. I wished that I hadn’t have finished it so quickly though because it was so good I just didn’t want to.

However, it was not as good as salt to the sea because on some parts of the stars at oktober bend it could get confusing and I didn’t understand what was going on. Whereas with salt to the sea, I understood everything.

8.5/10