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  • A Song for Will: The Lost Gardeners of Heligan by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey

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    1.  By Dominic 'A Song for Will' by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey is a really good book because at the end you discover that it is based on real people. It's a fictional book with some factual storyline: it is set at Heligan in Cornwall and some of the...

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  • Anglo Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman

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    1.  By Jack I enjoyed this book and my favourite character was Magnus who was very adventurous. This book was definitely realistic and encouraged me to want to find out more about that time. I would like to read more books by this author.   2.  By Joshua In my...

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  • Attack of the Vikings by Tony Bradman

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    1.  By Jamie I enjoyed reading this book and particularly liked the Fin character because he is brave and when Fin became temporary leader of the village because I didn't know what was going to happen next. I thought the history in the book was very realistic and I want...

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  • Jack Fortune and the Search for the Hidden Valley by Sue Purkiss

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    1.  By Amy I didn't enjoy the book although I liked Jack because he is mischievous and I found the book to be realistic. I might give the author another try despite then fact I didn't really enjoy the book because it didn't make me want to read more and...

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  • Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians by Gary Northfield

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    1.  By Felix I enjoyed this book.  I particularly liked when Julius and his friends got stuck in a tomb and a dung beetle helps them find their way out and the Egyptians mistook Julius as an Egyptian god named Heter which I thought was funny. The history was realistic...

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  • Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

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    1.  By Evelyn I enjoyed this book because there were a lot of mysterious things happening and at some points I didn't want to put the book down. I really enjoyed the character Olive because the liked trying to solve her sisters code whom went missing (the sister is called...

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  • Lucky Button by Michael Morpurgo

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    1.  By Mia I really enjoyed this book because I liked the story which is based on a man who is 200 years old and a boy called Jonah whose mum can't leave the house. I particularly liked the chapel because the organs suddenly start playing... The book is not...

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  • Mark of the Cyclops by Saviour Pirotta

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    1.  By Toby I didn't enjoy the book because the story had new characters which were not used properly. This book is a Greek mystery and had things that didn't make sense like the story of Thrax talking to the captain about the mouse and how he had a way...

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  • Meg and the Romans by Jan Pienkowski & David Walser

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    1.  By Findlay It is a good book for young readers who are learning to read. I liked Meg who saved the roman who was being bitten by a crab. The history of the book wasn't very good because it didn't really say anything about but is simply a story...

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  • Revolt against the Romans by Tony Bradman

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    1.  By Jenna I really enjoyed the book as I liked the author's choice of language and the blurb made me want to read it.  In particular my favourite character was Marcus as he was always disappearing and getting into trouble. I also liked the history of the book and...

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  • Romans on the Rampage: Chariot Champions by Jeremy Strong

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    1.  By Findlay I really enjoyed it I thought it was very funny.  I liked the crow he was very amusing when he said "give us a biscuit". The history was very good and very realistic it felt like it was wrote as the author was there. It made me...

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  • School for Skylarks by Sam Angus

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    1. By Ruby London is being bombed. A girl called Lyla is being evacuated from her home to her Great Aunt Ada’s house in the West Country. She is expecting to be lonely but she has a lot to learn about friendship. She has never been to school before so...

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  • Secret of the Stones by Tony Bradman

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    1.  By Poppy I enjoyed this book because it had a good story line and I liked how the man with the tattoos helped rescue the main character from his father’s brother. It is quite a mysterious story and it has not all nice parts – some parts would be...

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  • The Mice of the Round Table, 1: A Tail of Camelot by Julia Leung

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    1.  By Evelyn This book was ok but I don’t think it is the best I have read.  However, I did like the main character Macie Cornwall and I think the history in the book is quite realistic – although it doesn’t make me want to find out more about...

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  • Tilly and the Time Machine

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    1.  By Annie This story is about a girl called Tilly whose mother died just after her sixth birthday and Tilly is now seven and a half. Tilly's dad, however, is very-much alive and is an inventor and happens to create a time machine! Tilly and her dad have always...

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  • Wave me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson

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    1.  By Evie I really enjoyed this book by Jacqueline Wilson. It was intruiging and I couldn't put it down. My favourite character in the whole book was Shirley with her love for books and her eager-to-impress attitude. My favourite places in the book were probably the grounds of the...

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  • Winston and the Marmalade Cat by Megan Rix

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    1.  By Freya I enjoyed the book because It was exciting and was a really nice book. It was about a boy called Harry who rescues a little kitten and named it Little Houdini. Harry takes it to the RSPCA and will keep him there until he can find a...

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  • Young Quills 2018: shortlist and reviews

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    This year a total of 37 books were submitted for review by our young readers at 24 schools, who between them submitted a magnificent total of over 400 reviews. Their views were taken into account by the shortlisting panel (though some adult judgement about historical content also influenced the final selection). Of...

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