2016 SCBA Review Competition Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered the Scottish Children's Book Review competition The judges all really enjoyed reading the reviews you sent in, but unfortunately there can only be three winners...

Congratulations to Amelia from Sandford Primary, Lukas, Wardie Primary School and Christopher, St Ninian's High School!

The three winning reviews for the Bookbug Readers, Younger Readers and Older Readers categories are below. 


Bookbug Readers
Winner: Amelia, Sandford Primary

Never Tickle a Tiger

You will like this book if you like funny stories about animals and if you don't like doing what you are told. Izzy doesn't like doing what she is told but she likes wiggling and jiggling. My favourite parts was when she tickled the tiger and he upset all the other animals. You get to see all of the animals together then.


Younger Readers
Winner: Lukas, Wardie Primary School

The Fastest Boy in the World

Meet Solomon. He loves running. Solomon lives on the outskirts of a small town called Kidame, life couldn't get any more boring. So one day when Grandfather decides to take Solomon to Addis Ababa,the capital city of Ethiopia, and the famous Ethiopian runners will be parading while Solomon and Grandfather are in town, Solomon is ecstatic! But when Grandfather has a heart attack in Addis Ababa, 11 year old Solomon has to run all the way back to Kidame to fetch his father, called Aba, and Solomon becomes 'the boy who beat the bus, therefore Solomon's wish of becoming a world-class runner is granted. My favourite part of this book is when Solomon and Grandfather visited Ato AIemu ,and that Solomon was able to watch the famous athletes parade on the main streets of Addis. I would rate this book 10 stars for being a fun read, easy to understand and having plenty of cliffhangers and shocking surprises. I would recommend this book if you are aged 8-11, especially if you're a runner, if you like athletes, cliffhangers and a lot of suspense!



Older Readers
Winner: Christopher, St Ninian's High School

Trouble on Cable Street

This book was excellent. A hands down winner for any long journey, it will keep you entertained for hours. I found that this book had a thorough understanding of family life and the tensions accumulating in Europe over the 1930s. The brief calm between two colossal wars, while a smaller war is still being fought, is written masterfully. I felt genuine sorrow for this family, with one tearaway son, a son who may not come home and a daughter caught between them. For such a relatively small book to contain such a diverse range of emotions is a rare occurrence. The discrimination felt by the Jewish characters in the book was rather a frightening addition, as it hit home the fact that such racism can still, easily, happen today. The subtle references to Hitler shocked me, as it is shown that some people in the UK agreed with his views, at least before the atrocities of the holocaust were committed. I loved this book from start to finish, and would strongly advise you to buy it, should you find it in a book store.




Click on the titles below to read all the reviews for each of the shortlisted books

Bookbug Readers (3-7)    
Mouse's First Night at Moonlight School
by Simon Puttock
Illustrated by Ali Pye
Never Tickle a Tiger
by Pamela Butchart
Illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
by Emily MacKenzie


Younger Readers (8-11 Years)    
The Fastest Boy in the World
by Elizabeth Laird

The Nowhere Emporium
by Ross MacKenzie

The Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children
by Gillian Philip


Older Readers (12-16 Years)    
Black Dove, White Raven
by Elizabeth Wein
The Piper
by Danny Weston
Trouble on Cable Street
by Joan Lingard


Image: Rob McDougall