Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Guest Blog: Bob Docherty

We were very lucky to have Bob Docherty come and speak to us in Term 1 about all sorts of books that he likes to read.  His job is to review books - so who better to kick off our first school reviews that a guest blog review from Bob? Read on to be enchanted by his exciting review!

The Book of Gabrielle Part 2 The Boy without a Soul by Michael Panckridge. 
Published by Black Dog Books,  2011.

This is a very spooky book!!

Gabrielle is a young girl who doesn't know anything about herself. She awoke one day and couldn't remember anything except that there was a voice in her head that told her two things. Firstly that she would help people but not to go looking. Secondly that she was not to try find out about her own past.

That is the spooky part, but why?

Into the story come two brothers who are very competitive with each other. Michael is the oldest and Jack. At the beginning of the story Jack is beating Michael in a bike race when he has an unexplained accident after which he is a completely different person. Why is this?

Gabrielle meets Jack at school and knows that he is different some how but doesn't know why she knows this. She gets to know Jack and Michael and things start to go weird.

At school a new councellor called Mrs Blackmore has put TV cameras all over the school to spy on the students and she is very protective of Jack. Why is this?

Gabrielle and Michael try to find out about Mrs Blackmore and the thrilling action starts.

This is part 2 of the series that involves Gabrielle but it doesn't seem to matter if you haven't read book 1 because I haven't.

The book is easy to read with big print and it is only 174 pages long. It will appeal to children in years 5/6/7/8 who like science fiction, mysteries and action.

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