Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14

Rumblestar

Written by Abi Elphinstone
Book 1 of 3 in The Unmapped Chronicles series

Hey Bookmonsters!
In this book review, I take a look at Abi Elphinstone’s Rumblestar. It’s the first in a series of three called The Unmapped Chronicles and is preceded by Everdark. The author’s storytelling skills are second to none and she has an incredible way with words, as evidenced in the beautifully imaginative names of various creatures and places. The story follows risk-averse 11-year-old Casper as he voyages into the Unmapped Kingdom of Rumblestar, together with Utterly, leaving behind his own world of Faraway. In this new world, he finds himself faced with the impossible task of saving the kingdom and its magic from an evil harpy called Morg and her winged Midnights. This tale is positively bursting with magic, imagination and adventure. It is absolutely breathtaking.

Because this book is one of my all-time top favourites, it features in my video on my Top Ten reads – in case you’d like to check that out too.

Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14

Nevertell

Written by Katharine Orton

Hi everyone!
My book review today is on Katharine Orton’s fiction-fantasy tale Nevertell. This story starts out in a prison camp in the frozen Siberian tundra. And while Nevertell is a magical and fictional tale, the setting is based on real-life Soviet forced labour camps (Gulags). The story is so well told that you feel like you’re right there with Lina and Bogdan as they make their escape, criss-crossing the icy, menacing wastelands of Siberia, hotly pursued by a powerful sorceress and her shadow wolves. Totally breathtaking!

I loved this book so much that it is currently one of my Top Ten reads! Why not check out my Top Ten video to discover Nevertell’s ranking?!

Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12

Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island

Written by Gillian Philip
Books 1 to 5 in Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island series

Hey everyone!
Today’s book review is looking not just at one book, but at an entire series – the Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island by Gillian Philip. A wonderful, magical series with a real detective feel to it – a must for anyone who’s into solving mysteries and who likes Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven series. The tale follows siblings Molly and Jack and their cousin Arthur on their various hair-raising adventures on Ravenstorm Island. Absolutely thrilling stuff!

Unfortunately, readers will be super disappointed to discover that only the first two books in the series got published in English, while the ENTIRE series of five books only came out in German. Why?!?! We were lucky and were able to read them all in German, but we’d like to see the whole set published in English, so that all you young detectives out there get to enjoy the full Ravenstorm Island experience! Hands up those in favour of a full English series. Send us your vote via comments or post your comment in YouTube, below my video! And by the way, you might to want to check out the video on my TOP TEN favourite books, as Book 3 features in there, too!

The books with their German and [would-be] English titles are as follows:

  1. Die verschwundenen Kinder / The Lost Children
  2. Das Geisterschiff / The Ship of Ghosts
  3. Der Mondsteinturm / [The Secret of Moonstone Tower]
  4. Der Schattenwald / [The Wood of Stolen Screams]
  5. Der schlafende Drache / [The Curse of the Dragon]
Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14

Méabh’s TOP TEN favourite books

Favourites in 2021

Hi Bookmonsters!
Something a bit different today – it’s not a proper “book review”. Instead, I’m going to reveal my current TOP TEN favourite books in English (with one exception … a German/English book!) and tell you a bit about the storyline of each one. I can hardly wait! It wasn’t as easy as I thought to put this Top Ten list together, because I have so many favourites! While I was pretty clear on which books were going to be in my top three, I had to move lots of other books on and off the list and juggle them around until I was satisfied. But it was A LOT of fun making this list and coming up with the short reviews for each book. I hope you have as much fun watching it as I had making it!

And if you’d like me to read and review your favourite book, please let me know by sending me a comment here or posting a comment below my video in YouTube. I will probably do another Top Ten in a few months from now and maybe your favourite will be on it!

Here are the books in alphabetical order (by author), so as not to give anything away just yet! (I’ve also included the links to the book reviews I’ve already posted on Bookmonster.)

Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14

Malamander

Written by Thomas Taylor
Book 1 of 3 in The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series

Howdie Bookmonsters!
This book review is all about the fantastical tale of Malamander – the first in a series called The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea – written by Thomas Taylor. A truly inspired, well-told mystery, with lots of twists and turns as well as a touch of the supernatural. Join Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma on their adventures in the spooky seaside village of Eerie-on-Sea, as they try to dodge the terrifying hook-handed man, avoid the creepy Sebastian Eel, retrieve a magical egg, and prove the existence of the mystical sea creature known as the Malamander. This tale is guaranteed to keep you on your toes from start to finish.