The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson – Review by Jaya (4SM)

This book is about a baby barn owl called Plop. Plop is an ordinary barn owl except for one thing: he is afraid of the dark! Plop learns that the dark is incredible. In this story, Plop meets different people to teach him about the dark like a little boy waiting for the fireworks, a young girl who tells him about Father Christmas, an old lady and more. 

I liked this book because it shows that the more you learn about something, the more you like it and how Plop tried something new. 

I would recommend this book to people who like books about trying new things.


The Snow Foal by Susanna Bailey – Review by Kunal (5VF)

This book is about a girl called Addie who lives in foster care. In her foster care, a person called Ruth is taking care of her and she is an optimistic person. In the foster care, she finds a person called Gabe and he is Ruth’s son. One day, Gabe finds a foal in snow very scare. He brings it back to the farm and Addie makes a connection with it.

I found it interesting but the author could have changed the name. For example, it wasn’t really about a snow foal. The idea of the plot was good and the description was also good.

I would recommend it to people from the age of 7-10. There are some complicated words in it that I didn’t know so if you read it (which you should) you should keep a dictionary next to you. 


Poppy by Mary Hooper – Review by Amadora (6MT)

This book is about a young woman named Poppy who lived in the war, she worked as a housemaid in the De Vere household where she works for Mrs De Vere, Mr De Vere, Jasper De Vere (the eldest son) and Freddie De Vere. Later on in the story, Freddie falls in love with Poppy but his mother (Mrs De Vere) is not happy about because Poppy is not wealthy as Freddie and is only a maid. 

The only thing I disliked was the part at the end where on the newspapers it says that Freddie has been engaged to another wealthy woman by his parents, then unfortunately the book ends with a cliffhanger. 

I would recommend it to children who want to learn what it’s like to participate in the war as a VAD. This book is also very full of interesting facts that they did in the war and how it was like in the trenches which Poppy’s brother described to her. He got so mad that he shot himself in the foot and got sent to Poppy’s hospital that she was working at!


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