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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Chips, Beans and Limousines by Leila Rasheed

Title: Chips, Beans and Limousines
Author: Leila Rasheed
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 29th February 2008
Pages: 192
Genres: Children's/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.


Dear New Diary,

I have a surprise for you. It's a BIG surprise. So, are you sitting down? No, you are lying flat on my desk while I write in you.

Obviously.

Okay, just breathe deeply, and try to stay calm. The hand that is writing in you now, belongs to...

BATHSHEBA CLARICE DE TROP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!! Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!

Bet you never thought you'd belong to a celebrity, did you?

Chips, Beans and Limousines is the first installment of The Fantastic Diaries of Bathsheba Clarice De Trop series. It's a really funny book, and had me laughing all the way through! Bathsheba is a rich, spoilt child who hardly ever see's her Mother; the housekeeper Natasha looks after her usually. She is a very sad and miserable girl but one day someone comes to see her, and her life changes forever...

As I have already said, this book was really funny and the way it was written was brilliant! The whole book was set out in a diary format which made it more fun to read, too. The things that Bathsheba get up to are hilarious! Near the end you kind of start feeling sorry for her though but then the ending is fabulous! I'm not going to spoil anything by writing about the ending - you'll have to read it for yourself! And trust me, you will LOVE IT!

Overall, I give this book 5/5!
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Introducing Scarlett Lee by Rose Impey

Title: Introducing Scarlett Lee
Author: Rose Impey
Published by: Orchard
Publication date: 7th February 2008
Pages: 240
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought.

Scarlett is a drama queen in every sense.

Larger than life, she lives to act and sometimes has trouble remembering when the drama lesson ends and real life resumes.

When her father seems to 'disappear', Scarlett suddenly finds herself in a real-life drama of her own.

Will she be able to uncover the mystery and discover just who she can trust and who is really putting on an act?

Scarlett is a full-on, five-star blockbuster of a drama queen. Wasn't she named after Scarlett O' Hara, one of the greatest drama queens ever?

Scarlett is obsessed with drama and really wants to become a famous actress. At drama club she always has her best friend, Gemma, in a fit of giggles by impersonating the other girls at their Drama Club. But one day, Gemma turns on Scarlett and Scarlett becomes the loneliest person in the world. Well, she has her mum and big sister Cleo to keep her company but... it just isn't the same.

Scarlett's dad is going on a trip in a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean for six weeks! She really misses her dad - they all do. But then dad's best friend Gerry (the girls call him Uncle Gerry) arrives on the scene and everything changes! It turns out Uncle Gerry is... evil.

A big drama happens involving the police... and for once Scarlett doesn't want to be the centre of it all!

This book was really good, and it was like the book had been written about me! I'm just like Scarlett - I love drama, singing and dancing.

I give this book 4/5. I was a bit disappointed because when Gemma turned nasty and ignored Scarlett, I was like 'Oh I can't wait to get to the end - I want to know why Gemma has turned so nasty!' but it turned out the book didn't give any explanation of what happened to Gemma. But luckily that was the only down part of the whole book!

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Monday, 11 January 2010

Angel Cake by Cathy Cassidy

Title: Angel Cake
Author: Cathy Cassidy
Published by: Puffin
Publication date: 2nd July 2009
Pages: 224
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought.

Anya used to dream of moving to Britain to start a brand-new life.

But as she sits in a school where nobody understands her, she dreams of Polish summer skies and the place where she once belonged.

Then Anya meets bad boy Dan. He's no angel, but she's sure there's a sweeter side to him.

When things begin to fall apart, Anya realizes she's not alone - how can Dan be such bad news when being with him feels like heaven?

From the outside, Anya seemed like a sweet, shy, quiet girl. To some people, she might have even seemed stuck up and posh. But inside, she was normal and just wanted life to be good again; she wanted life to be how it was in dreams. She was a great character and I empathised with her well.

This book was really good. It was written brilliantly and it was as if you were there, watching everything that happened to Anya and her family. This is one of my favourite books by Cathy Cassidy! My favourite character was Frankie, one of Anya's new friends, because she was really cool and funny and didn't care what anybody else thought, which is a great message for readers. She also helped Anya and gave her advice when she didn't know what to do.
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