7 Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Pupils from Boclair Academy

Our Pupils Recommend series gives you a great chance to find out what teenagers across the country are reading and enjoying. Check out the latest installment from pupils at Boclair Academy.

My Perfectly Filtered Life Vs Real Life by Saffron Barker

Kodi, pupil from Boclair Academy
My Perfectly Filtered Life Vs Real Life is about Saffron and her ups and downs in life. Saffron is a Youtuber from Brighton who has been making videos since July 2015. She lives at home with her mum, dad, three brothers, Casey, Jordan and Jed and her dog Bella. In this book, Saffron lets you know some of her go-to tips and tricks for relationships, confidence and make-up fails.

Saffron’s character is funny, girly and confident. Throughout this book Saffron gives us some advice to not care what other people think and if you are in a hard situation to take yourself out of it. She also teaches us to be more confident and to be good to yourself.

I enjoyed this book because it was really helpful and really funny. I also liked this book because I can relate to some of the things Saffron has been through, such as building up self-confidence and forming close friendships with people. There are also some very, very good makeup tips that I find very useful!

By Kodi Faichney S2

Offside by Tom Palmer

Robbie from Boclair Academy
The book that I read was called Offside by Tom Palmer. It was about a young boy named Danny and another older boy named Kofi. Danny is a city football club fan and Kofi was brought to Manchester by a corrupt agent to take part in the football club. Danny gets suspicious and this leads him into danger with the corrupt agent and the company.

I enjoyed this book because it had me hooked from the first two chapters. It was both interesting and realistic. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes football and also crime stories because it is a successful mix of both.

By Robbie Gorman S2

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Victoria from Boclair Academy
The book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is one of the seven Harry Potter books that J.K. Rowling wrote. This is a book that has lots of magic and suspense. The story takes place in Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards where there are always strange things happening. In this book Harry Potter hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors that someone or something is going to kill someone. Harry meets a house-elf called Dobby who warns him that something very bad is going to happen. Then, an unknown force begins to turn students to stone. We find out that the legend of the Chamber of Secrets is real and someone has opened it. In this story we have three principal characters: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Harry Potter is a brave, admirable character who fights against evil to save the students of Hogwarts. Overall I found the book thrilling and action packed and I would recommend this book to everyone.

By Victoria Ramos S2

Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

*Spoiler alert! This review contains details about the story which might spoil the ending for you.
Hannah from Boclair Academy

The book Ways to Live Forever starts off with an ordinary boy named Sam. He has leukaemia and he has a wee sister Ella. He has a book that contains lots of things he wants to do before he dies. His best friend Felix helps him achieve these things. Some of the things he wants to do include going up the down escalator and down the up, climbing a tree, and jumping over a pond. He writes a diary and talks a lot about how he is feeling.

I felt a strong connection with Sam. When his best friend Felix dies I felt so upset; he was my favourite character because he was smart, funny, sneaky and brave. Sam and his gran visit Felix before and after he dies, and these parts of the novel are particularly sad. Although Sam dies, there is the idea that he is with his best friend again which makes a terrible event seem happier. I liked this book because it made me think about what you can achieve in life no matter what your circumstances are. In my opinion, if you don’t read this book, you are missing out!

By Hannah Gillies S1

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Ying from Boclair academy
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is by Rick Riordan and is one of my favourite books. I would recommend this whole series as it is action packed and full of fun; it’s even better than the Harry Potter series! Because it is part of a series you are able to enjoy the characters for longer and learn more about them. Percy is the main character who discovers he is a half blood. This means he is half human, half Greek God. Throughout the story, Percy gradually discovers who he is as a person, which makes him easy to relate to as you are constantly discovering new things about yourself.

Percy is a troubled child who is rarely NOT in trouble. This is very entertaining; he’s always in some sort of bother. In the novel, Percy is made to go to a summer camp, which he realises is no ordinary camp. In fact, it is full of others like him. He also discovers his best friend is half goat, half human. He is shaken by this at first. The training which they complete at this camp is so cool! They learn how to fight and control their powers so they can protect themselves against creatures from the underworld!

By Ying Hui Lian S2                                               

Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo

Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo is about a young boy called David who is evacuated from London in World War II. David and his friend Tucky are sent to the same home in the countryside where they help out on the farm. Then one day, the boys think they see a plane crash and come across two German soldiers that they help.

I liked the first chapters, which describe the journey the evacuees take with their school teacher. The children get on a very busy train with lots of other kids leaving home. Everyone is nervous and don’t know what is going to happen next. I thought it was funny when Tucky was sick on the train. Overall I found the book to be an excellent mixture of drama and adventure with some humour.

By Emma Forey S2

Diary Of a Wimpy Kid By Jeff Kinney

Lewis from Boclair Academy
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an enjoyable and exciting book written by Jeff Kinney. This book is about a young boy called Greg who goes through school with his best friend Rowley and who experiences tons of embarrassing moments. There was one part in the book at school when Greg touched the cheese and everyone ran away because they didn’t want to get the cheese touch, and that made me laugh. I found this book really funny and it made me want to read the rest of them.

This is also a novel about friendship and it made realise the importance of friendship. I also liked the illustrations - they made me understand this novel more and I think they where well illustrated. This was one of my first books and this encouraged me to keep on reading more and after reading all the other books in the series, I’ve become enthusiastic about reading books as it has opened up my imagination!

I would definitely recommend this book to others because I really enjoyed every part of it and it is one of my favourites!

By Lewis Fraser S2


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