The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

Scarlet and Ivy The Lost Twin

Rating 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

This is the story of how I became my sister.


When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.” But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?

Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.

But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book Kipling

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.


When Father Wolf and Mother Wolf find a man-cub in the jungle, they anger the greedy tiger Shere Khan by refusing to surrender it to his jaws, and rear the child as their own. But when little Mowgli grows up, the pack can no longer defend him. He must learn the secret of fire, and with the help of his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, he faces his nemesis at last.

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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse Morpurgo

Rating: 3 Stars★★★☆☆

My earliest memories are a confusion of hilly fields and dark, damp stables, and rats that scampered along the beams above my head.


Joey is a farmhorse in Devon, happy with his life and the friendship with Albert, the farmer’s son. But then war breaks out in Europe and he is sold off into the cavalry. This war, however, is different from the others and horses have little chance against machine-gun fire. So Joey finds himself doing different jobs on the front, struggling with the mud, the shells and the constant threat of death.

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The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆


I love fairy tales, but I’ve never read the Perrault tales before. Many of the tales in this collection are familiar, though the endings sometimes differ from the Grimm ones.

This collection includes Little Red Riding-Hood, The Fairy, Blue Beard, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, The Master Cat or Puss in Boots, Cinderilla or The Little Glass Slipper, Riquet With the Tuft, Little Thumb, The Ridiculous Wishes and Donkey-Skin.

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The House of Arden by Edith Nesbit

The House of Arden

Rating: 3.5 Stars

It had been a great house once, with farms and fields, money and jewels – with tenants and squires and men-at-arms.

The Plot

Elfrida and Edred Arden live with their aunt who runs a lodging house by the seaside. They get by, but money is tight ever since their father and uncle disappeared in South America. When a distant grandfather dies, Edred becomes Lord Arden. Determined to find the lost family treasure, they travel through time with the help of their family crest, a mouldiwarp.

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