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Favourite books and authors.

This week we have been looking at The Ragwitch, a book by Garth Nix.  The Ragwitch was the first book that Garth Nix ever published and this is clear by the inconsistency in the quality of the writing.  Elements of the book are exceptional; the description of the settings are second to none  However the characters are not very well-drawn.  If you ever read the book, you will find that it is difficult to empathise with the central characters: Paul does nothing but complain and feel sorry for himself throughout.  Nontheless, it is a good book if you can ignore its shortcomings.

 

Othe books by Garth Nix are the Keys to the Kingdom series, the first book of which is Mr Monday and these are a really good series of books - a real improvement.  He has also written a trilogy, The Old Kingdom.  These are also great books, although are intended for an older audience.

 

My favourite author is Terry Pratchett.  I can highly recommend the books that he has written for children: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and the Tiffany Aching books (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight).

 

Who are your favourite authors?  Is there a book or a series of books that you have really enjoyed?

 

Let us know and maybe we can add any recommendations to our library! 

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Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:09

My favourite author is Joseph Delany because he creates lots of amazing, thrilling books.

My favourite author is Joseph Delany because he creates lots of amazing, thrilling books.;);)
Mr Phil Marland on Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:16

Can you recommend a book by Joseph Delaney and tell us briefly what it's about? Has he written a series of books which should be read in a particular order or do his books stand alone?

Can you recommend a book by Joseph Delaney and tell us briefly what it's about? Has he written a series of books which should be read in a particular order or do his books stand alone?
Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Saturday, 25 October 2014 08:57

Hello Mr.Marland! There is a book called Spooks Secret where the spook takes this boy called Tom to Anglezarke(a very dangerous place) and in the spooks home there is a dark cellar which had binded witches, boggarts and ghosts. Tom has a friend called Alice who helps the spook fight of all the feral lamia witches and they find themselves in deep trouble because there are more...

Hello Mr.Marland! There is a book called Spooks Secret where the spook takes this boy called Tom to Anglezarke(a very dangerous place) and in the spooks home there is a dark cellar which had binded witches, boggarts and ghosts. Tom has a friend called Alice who helps the spook fight of all the feral lamia witches and they find themselves in deep trouble because there are more...
Mr Phil Marland on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:16

I'm sure that I've seen Spooks Apprentice on our class bookcase.

I'm sure that I've seen Spooks Apprentice on our class bookcase.
Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:09

Joseph Delany has also written an uncountable number of books and the first four - Spooks apprentice, Spooks curse, Spooks secret and Spooks battle - are in order.

Sorry to post so many blogs, I am just a bit enthusiastic about books
Pranav

Joseph Delany has also written an uncountable number of books and the first four - Spooks apprentice, Spooks curse, Spooks secret and Spooks battle - are in order. Sorry to post so many blogs, I am just a bit enthusiastic about books Pranav
Mr Phil Marland on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:19

Don't apologise Pranav. The best (and the cheapest) way to find authors that we like is to listen to what other people think about the books that they read. That's why reviews and reviewers are so important.

I am glad that you enjoy reading - it is a brilliant way to pass the time!

Don't apologise Pranav. The best (and the cheapest) way to find authors that we like is to listen to what other people think about the books that they read. That's why reviews and reviewers are so important. I am glad that you enjoy reading - it is a brilliant way to pass the time!
Guest - DancingFreak2004 on Friday, 17 October 2014 16:47

Liz pichon because she has created the amazing tom gates series

Liz pichon because she has created the amazing tom gates series :p:p:p:p:p
Mr Phil Marland on Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:14

I agree with you. The Tom Gates series are very good, particularly for people who don't enjoy reading - like the Wimpy Kid series. The font is spread out and there are lots of pictures, making it a mix between a story book and a graphic novel.

Personally though, I feel that the language used in books like these and the Wimpy Kid books (and Jaqueline Wilson books while we're on it) is quite simplistic; you won't be developing your vocabulary here!

I agree with you. The Tom Gates series are very good, particularly for people who don't enjoy reading - like the Wimpy Kid series. The font is spread out and there are lots of pictures, making it a mix between a story book and a graphic novel. Personally though, I feel that the language used in books like these and the Wimpy Kid books (and Jaqueline Wilson books while we're on it) is quite simplistic; you won't be developing your vocabulary here!
Guest - PRANAV KESAVAN on Saturday, 18 October 2014 09:58

Who is the Dancing Freak 2004. I thought you had to put your real name in.

Who is the Dancing Freak 2004. I thought you had to put your real name in.
Mr Phil Marland on Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:12

I think it may be Sam!

I think it may be Sam!
Guest - Lydia Knight on Friday, 24 October 2014 19:44

I am really enjoying the book you have given me Mr Marland!!! I recommend this book to anyone but I think that Pranav would really enjoy it!!!There is a copy of Lirael at school that you can collect after half term!!!

I am really enjoying the book you have given me Mr Marland!!! I recommend this book to anyone but I think that Pranav would really enjoy it!!!There is a copy of Lirael at school that you can collect after half term!!!
Mr Phil Marland on Friday, 24 October 2014 19:59

I'm glad that you're enjoying it Lydia. It's the first of 3 books. The second one is Sabriel which is even better than Lirael and the third is The Abhorsen which is also brilliant. There is a fourth book which has been recently released, Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen, but I don't know much about it to be honest. I'll try to get the other two - I had them in hardback but I think I may have given them to other children and never had them returned.

As you are enjoying that book, I can recommend the Philip Pullman books - Northern Lights, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass. They're incredible books and again the second of these is the best - especially the first chapter.

Have a look on Amazon and the look inside feature or Google Subtle Knife excerpt.

I'm glad that you're enjoying it Lydia. It's the first of 3 books. The second one is Sabriel which is even better than Lirael and the third is The Abhorsen which is also brilliant. There is a fourth book which has been recently released, Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen, but I don't know much about it to be honest. I'll try to get the other two - I had them in hardback but I think I may have given them to other children and never had them returned. As you are enjoying that book, I can recommend the Philip Pullman books - Northern Lights, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass. They're incredible books and again the second of these is the best - especially the first chapter. Have a look on Amazon and the look inside feature or Google Subtle Knife excerpt.
Guest - Lydia Knight on Sunday, 23 November 2014 09:08

HA HA Mr Marland Sabriel is the first book!

HA HA Mr Marland Sabriel is the first book!
Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:04

Lydia, after half term, let's swap books which Mr.Marland gave us because I am really tempted to read it after you finished but let's ask Mr.Marland's permission first.

Lydia, after half term, let's swap books which Mr.Marland gave us because I am really tempted to read it after you finished but let's ask Mr.Marland's permission first.:)
Mr Phil Marland on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:23

It's fine Pranav.

The books are there to be read.

What was the best part of Nation? Will you read other Terry Pratchett books after having read that one? You might like the Wee Free Men and there's also a version of the story of the Pied Piper which is called The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.

It's fine Pranav. The books are there to be read. What was the best part of Nation? Will you read other Terry Pratchett books after having read that one? You might like the Wee Free Men and there's also a version of the story of the Pied Piper which is called The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents.
Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:45

The best part of Nation is where he meets the ghost girl and she threatens to bring her dad.

The best part of Nation is where he meets the ghost girl and she threatens to bring her dad.:p
Mr Phil Marland on Friday, 24 October 2014 20:01

...I'm glad that you're not reading those awful JW books anymore too - can you see now what I mean about the poor quality of her writing compared with other authors!

...I'm glad that you're not reading those awful JW books anymore too - can you see now what I mean about the poor quality of her writing compared with other authors! ;)
Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:01

I have also finished the book Nation- which you gave me- and have found out the meaning of 93 words because I did not understand the meaning of it.

I have also finished the book Nation- which you gave me- and have found out the meaning of 93 words because I did not understand the meaning of it.
Guest - Isaac Honrado on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 19:15

I would like to read Nation

I would like to read Nation
Mr Phil Marland on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:55

You're welcome to read Nation Isaac. I'm not sure who has it at the moment. I know that Jessica had it but she's reading The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird now. I'll find out who has it: I think actually it may be Ryley and will see that you get it next.

In the meantime, there's a big blue book on the bookcase in your classroom by Philip Ardagh, Unlikely Exploits. The stories were originally written as letters from Philip Ardagh to his nephew and I guess you could compare them to the Lemony Snicket books.

They follow the fall and rise of the down-trodden McNally family and the first paragraph of the first chapter of the first book (The Fall of Fergal), starts with Fergal McNally falling to his death from a hotel window.

There are 3 books in the series and they're all in that one book.

They're easy reads, in that they hold your attention and you'll probably find that you whizz through them, and I think the humour throughout will suit you Isaac.

Give them a go anyway and let me know what you think.

You're welcome to read Nation Isaac. I'm not sure who has it at the moment. I know that Jessica had it but she's reading The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird now. I'll find out who has it: I think actually it may be Ryley and will see that you get it next. In the meantime, there's a big blue book on the bookcase in your classroom by Philip Ardagh, Unlikely Exploits. The stories were originally written as letters from Philip Ardagh to his nephew and I guess you could compare them to the Lemony Snicket books. They follow the fall and rise of the down-trodden McNally family and the first paragraph of the first chapter of the first book (The Fall of Fergal), starts with Fergal McNally falling to his death from a hotel window. There are 3 books in the series and they're all in that one book. They're easy reads, in that they hold your attention and you'll probably find that you whizz through them, and I think the humour throughout will suit you Isaac. Give them a go anyway and let me know what you think.
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