Book Swamp

The Adventures of Pip by Enid Blyton

Type of story: Adventure

Tell us about it: The Adventures Of Pip is all about where there's a little pixie named Pip and his pixie auntie that looks after him is named Aunt Twinkle and Pip is mostly the main character, it as lots of wonderful chapters and is an amazing book I also recommend checking out other Enid Blyton books.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Samantha from Cranbourne Adventurers Club, age 8

For a look at the famous British author check out this video

The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg

Type of story: Family

Tell us about it: This was a truly lovely book. It is based on a true story of Olympic Equestrian star, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. Princess Haya is the daughter of the King of Jordan and loves her family dearly. A tragedy leaves her devastated and causes her to become very withdrawn and depressed. Her father, the King, then gives her a most precious gift for her birthday, one that changes her life. She is entrusted with the care of a very special foal and the most incredible bond grows between them. Slowly but surely, the heartbroken Princess begins to dream about a future and it is extraordinary indeed.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Jenny from Cranbourne

Monkey and Me by David Gilman

Type of story: Adventure

Tell us about it: I really loved this story. Nine year old Beanie discovers a scared and hungry chimpanzee in a deserted house, he whispers, "Don't be scared, I'll look after you".But where did the chimp called Malcolm come from and how does he know sign language?. This was a secret worth more than anything, but how can he keep his secret safe when there are sinister men in hot pursuit?

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Jenny from Cranbourne

One Tough Chick by Leslie Margolis

Type of story: Funny

Tell us about it: This is a really funny story about a group of girls in their last year at Primary school. Annabelle and her friends are busy preparing for the annual talent show, however when Annabelle's audition doesn't go to plan, she finds herself being given the very special job as student judge. This of course leads to a sudden surge in her popularity around school and Annabelle realises her job as a judge is not all it's cracked up to be. What will her friends and her new boyfriend Oliver think if she doesn't score them well?. How can she not play favourites?

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Jenny from Cranbourne

Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt

Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt is a great fantasy book nominated for a CBCA award this year. It is the story of Peat, a girl on the run after a great sickness has swept over her small town, and she is accused of creating it. Peat leaves behind her sister and the only life she has ever known. She runs into trouble in the form of a little red squirrel like animal that both hinders and helps her on her journey, and a very powerful Marsh Auntie who does the same. It reminds me a lot of the Rowan of Rin series by Emily Rodda – well written, strong plot and a believable and rich fantasy world.

- Celia

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days  
Author of the book: Jeff Kinney  

I think this is an awesome book because it is all about the Country Club and Rowley and Greg.  

What type of story was it?: Funny  
What do you rate the book out of 10?: 10  
Age: 8

The Lost Princess in Winter’s Grip

The Lost Princess in Winter’s Grip by Josh Kilen

This book was fantastic!!!! It was about an adopted princess being taken back from her adoptive parents and back to her original parents who were actually ice witches!! After she had been in there for a couple of years, a prince, named Ryan, came to save her. Together they travel to collect the two gems of the southern tribes. The north tribes were the ice people. Annabeth is the living key to true justice. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so if you like this review, you might wanna read the book!!

Age 10
Rangebank Primary School

The 26 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Type of story: Adventure

Tell us about it: Andy and his best friend Terry continue their journey and add another 11 stories to their treehouse plus the mystery level which Andy keeps a surprise from Terry and finally reveals it to him as a solution to fix their problem of having to much books to right. Little did they know the machine had control over their house and locked all the doors so Andy and Terry could not get in to collect their book because the machine became to attached to the book. And much much more. Read the book to find out. Enjoy.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Kayla, age 10

This book is also available from the library as an e-book

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Author of the book: Rick Riordan

The Camp Half-Blood is protected by Thalia, a daughter of Zeus that sacrificed her life to save the young Annabeth, Grover and Luke from an attack of Cyclops and was transformed by her father in a magical tree. Out of the blue, Percy Jackson is visited by his unknown half-brother Cyclops Tyson and they discover that Thalia was poisoned and is dying. Then the camp is attacked by a Colchis Bull but it is vanquished by Percy. Soon he learns that Luke is the one that has poisoned the magical tree. Annabeth discovers the mystic Golden Fleece is capable to heal Thalia and save their camp. But Mr. D assigns the winner demigod Clarisse to the quest of retrieving the magic fleece. However Percy Jackson, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson decide to follow an ancient prophecy and they go to the dangerous journey to the Sea of Monsters to recover the Golden Fleece from Luke that wants to revive the evil Kronos to destroy the Olympus.
What type of story was it?: Adventure
What do you rate the book out of 10?: 10

Student's Name: Cozza
Age: 10

Code Breakers by Sally Rippin

Type of story: Mystery

Tell us about it:
Code breakers is a really good book.
It is about a club called the secret mystery club, who receives a note from a person whom they do not know. They kept getting letters from this mystery person, each member of the club was able to break the code on each letter, except Billie B Brown. Finally the very last note was for her to break and she did it ! It ended up being the parents of the members in the club and when they had cracked everything ,they found a cubby house which was especially made for them.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Shanika, age 9


Trackers Book One by Patrick Carmen

This is a really cool book of which I love. It's about this group of Trackers, whose names are: Adam, Lewis, Finn & Emily. The book is really cool. It is about that group of Trackers which get into a really bad situation of which 2 people are trying to trick tem into working for them. Luckily it was a good job, but the Trackers didn't know that. So they went through a very bad situation and found themselves working for the Internet Security Department, (ISD).

Courtenay Gardens PS


The BFG by Roald Dahl

I think The BFG is a great book. It's about a little girl named Sophie and a giant called the BFG (big friendly giant). The BFG gives sweet dreams to children but if they see him he takes them back to his cave where he keeps his dreams in jars and he has ginormous ears as big as truck wheels and he can hear a lady- bug crawling on a leaf and I like the part when the bloodbottler almost ate him.

Age: 7

The Valley Of The Lost

Deltora Quest:  The Valley Of The Lost by Emily Rodda

This book was awesome. The three companions Lief, Barda and Jasmine looked for the last gem to go in the belt of Deltora. The belt of Deltora was stolen in the first book The forests of silence. The last gem is the diamond. They have to find out the guardians first name to win the diamond and take it back to Del. His name was Endon. I haven't read it all yet so I don't know what happens next.

Age: 10

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Book name : Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Author of the book: Jeff Kinney

I believe this series is a great book for year 2-5 because it is really funny in the end of it. I also think it is great because it is a really medium reading level.

What type of story was it?: Funny
What do you rate the book out of 10?: 10

Age: 8

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Tell us about it:
Bad luck seems to be chasing Summer and her family. Family members are sick, Summer has had malaria and her brother has no friends. Since her parents had to return to Japan to look after elderly relatives, it is up to Summer and her grandparents to work as part of a 'combine crew' during harvesting season in the United States of America.

It is very hard work too, with Summer helping to cook for the harvesting team. Then her grandfather becomes ill and Summer has to find a way to turn their luck around.

A major theme in this book is family relationships but there is also a lot of humour which balances the more serious issues.

Recommended reading.

How good was it? Fantastic

- Ann


Book name : Illusionology
Author of the book: Albert D. Schafer

I liked this book because it was really weird and it was like you are in the book.  I recommend it for people who want to be a magician.

What do you rate the book out of 10?: 9

Age: 12

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

Ada Goth lives with her father, Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Her mother died years ago while practising tight-rope walking on the roof of the Hall, and her father has withdrawn from society to write extremely long sad poems. Ada must wear large boots at all times so her father (who believes that children should be heard and not seen) does not bump into her accidentally, bringing back memories of his wife.

Ada is lonely and her life lacks excitement but all this changes when she meets the ghost of a mouse who died in the Hall. She decides to look into the mystery surrounding his death and on the way stumbles into a scheme concocted by the horrible caretaker Maltravers. What terrible surprise does he have planned for Lord Goth's annual hunting party this year? Read it to find out!

This book is full of humorous literary allusions that may be missed by its target audience, but it's still a fun, action-packed story, written and beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell. It also might encourage its readers to get into the Romantic and Gothic fiction that it lampoons in its pages. I loved it.

Learn how to draw the mouse in the book in the video below!

- Celia

Puppy Power by Anna Wilson

Type of story: Animal

Tell us about it: Summer Love, a young girl who lives with her older sister April and her mother has a cute puppy named Honey.

In this story, their vet Nick says that Honey can have babies if they want her to. Summer is so excited that she can hardly wait! But her mother isn't so sure about that.

Join Summer and her pet Honey in a great story, that you will never forget!

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Naomi, age 10

Read it in e-book format

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Mum’s away.
Dad’s in charge.
There’s no milk.

So what happens when your dad goes to get milk?
Does he meet globby green aliens in a huge silver disc?
Or perhaps a scientist stegosaurus driving a hot air balloon, or as she calls it Professor Steg’s Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier?

Did he meet pirates…or perhaps talking ponies?
Were there angry volcano gods wanting human sacrifices?
Did he meet intergalactic police and wumpires?

If not, if your dad does the usual boring go-to-the-shops-to-get-milk, then this book is for you.

Where dads have adventures.

Or do they?

Fun read, highly recommended.
Vicki @ Pak

Pippa the Perfect Flowergirl by Julie Nickerson

Tell us about it: There is this girl named Pippa and she wants everything to be perfect for her Aunt Sophie's wedding. She plays hide and seek with the dressmaker Dot, but falls asleep while she's waiting to get found. At last she gets found but it's too late and they have to go. What will happen next? Will she make it in time for the wedding and still make sure everything is perfect?

How good was it? OK

Review by Madelyn, age 10