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M. Morpurgo-COOL! Pets’ power…


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Cool is based on a boy, named Robbie, who ends up in a coma when trying to save his dog from being run over by a car.   His friends, school and family continuously attempt to bring him back from the dead – even by getting Italian football player Zola, Robbie’s favourite player, to visit.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, which is fairly short… I have now read it 3 times! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Vera xxx


About the author

Michael Morpurgo MBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Little Manfred’. His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.(Waterstones)

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Vera’s first review for affascinailtuocuore:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

haddon[1]The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time is a murder mystery novel. Despite it’s simplicity of writing, I would not recommend this book for children as it contains a fair amount of strong language.

The story is voiced by Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome who is obsessed with Maths, Science and Physics. His mother is dead, he is passionate about his pet rat,Toby and lives in Swindon with his father.

When he finds his neighbour’s dog lying dead on the lawn, he decides to investigate. Suspicion rises as he asks unanswered questions. Throughout his adventures he uncovers numerous mysteries – and not only the one he’d set out for.

As Christopher is such an excellent, yet obsessed mathematician, he numbered the chapters in prime numbers! At first I was worried because I thought that I’d lost a chapter.

I absolutely loved the book; there were so many moments when my eyes began to dart down the page at the suspense came in.

I especially liked how there were so many pictures and illustations used even though they expressing the boy’s condition. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.


More on the same novel?

The Guardian  site on  children’s books

 Sara Moschin’s  review  (Affascinailtuocuore) 

Vera couldn’t stop reading HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins!


The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins,  is an extremely popular trilogy series known all over the UK; it has been in motion picture since 2012 and currently has the second book-Catching Fire– out in cinemas.

The story is voiced by 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and is based in Panem, the futuristic version of South America. Katniss lives in District 12 with her 12-year-old sister Prim and her widowed mother.

In Panem there is the Capitol, a governmental city surrounded by 13 districts (District 13 has been destroyed due to a rebellion). For the past 74 years,  it has hosted the annual TV Hunger Games show.

In the Games, two children aged 12-18 from each district are chosen to fight to the death. The year’s tributes are selected at the Reaping, a lottery which determines the year’s ones. The 24 tributes are put into an open arena consisting of mountain ranges, forests, lakes and a golden cornucopia of supplies. To District 12, the Hunger Games is a chance of certain death.

Since the death of Katniss’ father, the sisters’ widowed mother has practically died with him. From the age of 12, Katniss has had to learn to serve her remaining family. Daily, she’d go out hunting illegally with her friend Gale on the outer bounds of District 12 . After a day of successful hunting, the couple trade their local black market, the Hob.

tesserae in HG districts

To help serve her family, Katniss takes a monthly tessera which provides a certain amount of grain and oli. Despite the positeves of a tessera, it increases your chances of being called to the games… On Reaping day no one expects a 12-year-old with one chance out of thousands to be called. But when Prim-small, sweet Prim- is called,  the world stops, for Katniss at least. Prim is fragile, gentle and could easily be killed. Without a second thought, Katniss volunteers – a rare event in District 12.

the capitol tessera ad

Along with her comes Peeta Mellark, a butcher’s son who coincidentally grew up with her. This had to be my favorite part of the book as it really shows how Katniss sticks out for Prim, no matter what the consequences are.

I’ve really enjoyed the Hunger Games.

To be honest, that the actual games started around the tenth chapter, changed my opinions at first. But by the end I was totally addicted. I’m just itching to read more!

“Official” Critical Reception


“The Hunger Games is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense… I couldn’t stop reading.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly“I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn’t have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it. …The Hunger Games is amazing.”—Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight SagaBrilliantly plotted and perfectly paced.” — John Green, The New York Times Book Review

“BEST. CHILDRENS’ BOOKS. EVER.”—Jon Scieszka, Newswe

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