Junior Book Review; ‘The Benefits of Being an Octopus’ by Ann Braden 

‘The Benefits of Being an Octopus’ by Ann Braden 
I really felt for Zoe as she battles against poverty, neglect and an abusive step father. She spends her time caring for her 3 young siblings with such love & compassion while her mother works to keep the family afloat. Zoe compares herself to an octopus with its amazing survival instincts. But it the debating society at school which finally helps Zoe to face her problems and do something about them. 
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Junior Book Review; ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ by Kate DiCamillo

‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s first published novel, like Winn-Dixie himself, immediately proved to be a keeper—a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the inspiration for a popular film, and most especially, a cherished classic that touches the hearts of readers of all ages. 
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket—and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm. 
This book is available in the junior library at JF DIC

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Senior Book Review; ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’

‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick 
Set in a railway station in Paris 22 year old Hugo Cabret has many secrets. His uncle, the time keeper is missing. Hugo is keeping all the station clocks going himself. He has an automaton. He steals parts from the toy booth in the station to help repair it. But he isn’t the only person who is hiding things from others. A lovely read illuminating some of the early works of the silent movies, this book is part text and part illustration. Suitable for Year 6+

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