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
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
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
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.
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
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
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