The Rothley Review Half-termly book reviews and recommendations

Welcome to the first edition of ‘The Rothley Review’ of the new academic year, which has been created by Mr Mclugash!

I would like to warmly welcome our new children in Foundation Stage and Little Bunnies, along with their parents and carers. I hope you all can see that all of us at Rothley C of E Academy are really trying to develop the children's love of reading, with one of our aims this year to develop the reading community between families and school.

The aims of the Rothley Review are: to promote reading for pleasure, to help parents/carers with buying/borrowing books for their children, to share what the teachers are reading, and to recommend new and exciting literature.

Roving Bookshop

Thank you for all your support with the Roving bookshop that visitied our school on Tuesday 8th October. Over £1700s worth of books were bought, meaning the school earnt well over £300 to spend on more books!

New for 2019

Adult recommendations

Reading should be a shared experience and something people of all ages enjoy. In a bid to build more of a reading community, there will be a book recommendation for the adults in each Rothley Review! The books will be kept in the school office to ensure the children do not pick up a copy by mistake, so if you would like to borrow this edition's recommendation, please ask the staff at reception.

The book people and scholastic

We are linking our school to The Book People's and Scholastic's websites, meaning the school will earn rewards whenever you buy books through them over the value of £10. I have added a button under each recommendation which provides direct access to each book. The books are competitively priced, with free delivery on offer for purchases over £25 through both websites.

Rothley Community Library

The Rothley Review has teamed up with the Rothley Community Library! This means that all the books recommended in the review will be available to borrow from the Rothley Community Library, as well as the school foyer. The library have created a dedicated area for the Rothley Review, which should make the books easier to find. If you do have any questions, please get in touch with one of the library volunteers.

Pictures from the Rothley Community Library


One of the buttons under each photo labelled 'Read The First Chapter Now!' will take you to a website called lovereading4kids.co.uk (if the chapter is available). It is free to sign-up and will allow you to download the first chapter of most children's books for free.

Also included are buttons labelled 'Waterstones' and 'Amazon' (dependent on availability) which, when pressed, will take you directly to the website page of the book recommended, just in case you would like to purchase it!

Alternatively, you could try and borrow the book from the Rothley Community Library, or from the school foyer.

As always, copies of the books are available to borrow from the ladders in the new foyer area of reception. Please remember to put the book back on its stand once it has been read.

If there are no books left in the foyer, there may be spare copies of the books in my classroom, so please come and find me anytime to borrow a book! I am also happy to recommend other children's books of all ages.

Year 5/6 recommendation By Mr Mclugash

The Switching Hour by Damaris Young

Never stay out after the Switching Hour...

never let the outside in...

Coming just in time for Halloween, this edge-of-your-seat book will send shivers running down your spine.

Amaya and her brother Kaleb live with their grandmother during a time of severe drought in their town. The superstitious fear that Badeko - a creature on the hunt for children - has been awoken. If the threat of kidnap isn't enough, the family members of the missing children will forget they ever existed if the child is not found within three days.

This book is incredibly tense and a real page-turner - a must read!

Mr Mac's rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Year 2/3/4 recommendation By mr Mclugash

Spynosaur by Guy Bass

Spynosaur, as the name and front cover suggests, is the combination of a super-spy's brain in the body of a dinosaur. Spynosaur works for the secretive Department 6 alongside his sidekick daughter, Amber, on a quest to rid the world of evil. But when his arch-nemisis, the same villain who tied him to a rocket and blasted him to the moon, is rumoured to have created the most dangerous weapon in the world, will he be able to outwit him this time?

This book is great fun. It combines an interesting story line annd quick-witted characters to create a great addition to the 7-9 year old market.

This book is the first in the series - the second book is called Spynosaur vs. Goldenclaw.

Mr Mac's Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Other books by Guy Bass: Stitch Head; Noah Escape; The Legend of Frog + many more!

FS + year 1/2 recommendation by Mr Mclugash

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

A beautifully written story about the struggles faced by a young girl when losing a family member.

When the reader is presented with the girl's grandfather's empty chair, it is clear the girl's outlook on life has changed. Using a glass bottle to protect her heart, this once inquisitive girl becomes a shadow of her former self, almost as if she is scared of being the girl she used to be with her grandfather as it reminds her of the pain of losing him.

Eventually, the girl is reminded about what it was like to be a fun-loving child and decides to try and go back to the way she was with her grandfather.

Oliver Jeffers approaches the difficult subject of losing a family member with subtlety and tact, meaning the loss is more implied (through an empty chair) and does not necessarily need to be discussed.

A lovely story that could read again and again.

Mr Mac's Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Other books by Oliver Jeffers: Lost and Found; Here We Are; The Day the Crayons Quit + many more!

Adults Only...

Parent/carer recommendaton by Mr mclugash

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Lale Sokolov's (the protagonist) job was to tattoo every new inmate as they enter the infamous concentration camp - Auschwitz, arguably one of the most recognisable symbols of the Holocaust. Cue a heart-breaking tale, based on the recollections from Lale himself, of suffering and loss, but also the irrepresible strength of love.

Heather Morris takes the reader under the inscription ARBEIT MACHT FREI and through the infamous gates of Auschwitz to reveal the horrors faced by the prisoners - a place where humanity forgot itself.

Lale kept his story a secret for over 60 years after the end of World War 2 and what an eye-opening and harrowing experience it was. Morris doesn't shy away from the truth, but she also focuses on Lale's love for Gita, a young lady he fell in love with the moment their eyes met.

As a fan of historical fiction/non-fiction, I devoured this book in two sittings, but I believe this book will be popular with the majority of readers.

It is worth noting that the story is only based on truth, so many elements will be fictional.

Mr Mac's Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The sequel to this story - Cilka's Journey - is out in hardback now.

If your child (or you!) would like more books recommending in between the half-termly Rothley Reviews, then please come and see me: my door is always open!

Mr Mclugash

Created By
Alex Mclugash


Created with an image by Jonas Jacobsson - "untitled image"