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WHAT SCARTHIN BOOKS YOUNG READER'S PANEL SAID:
The Ducking Stool | Gloria Morgan
Reviewed by Hannah Thorpe, Aged 13
I really enjoyed the book The Ducking Stool. It was really interesting!
The book was told in the role of the main character Megan who is 10 years old. Megan has a brother called John who is 14 years old. John is really into his schoolwork but because he had reached a certain age he had to do work on a farm. The book is set in 1944 and Megan and John have been evacuated to a village called Bartlemere. This is because in London, there are lots of bombs being dropped all over the city. There are lots of murders in the village of Bartlemere and Megan and John think it is their responsibility to find out who did it.
The thing that I most liked was the theme and that it always kept me guessing and wanting to read on and find out the end result.
What I disliked about this book was that in the first few chapters it made me a bit confused, but as I read on it all became clear.
Can you guess who it was? Who do you think the murders were all aimed at? Can you uncover the mystery before Megan and John? Do you want to find out? Then just read the book. You will love it. I would give this book 5 out of 5. It was just so interesting. I would recommend it both boys and girls ages 11-13.
This book is a classic who-dun-it!
WHAT THE PAPERS SAID ABOUT KINMERS LEA:
Kimberley and Eastwood Advertiser
5th December 2008
Writer Gloria delves into town's history.
A writer from Kimberley has penned a story based on her town's history.
Gloria Morgan called the novel Kinmers Lea - the town's name years ago.
Kinmer was said to be one of the knights who came to England to fight in the Battle of Hastings. He was rewarded with a Lea of land, which was Kimberley.
Gloria wrote about Kinmer, basing her story in 1086 - 20 years after the Battle of Hastings.
The characters in the book go from Awsworth to Cossall, to Ilkeston and then on to the castle in Nottingham.
Gloria drew her inspiration from her house.
"I was digging in the garden one day and I stood thinking who had dug in this garden and grew things before me? I thought, I know Kimberley was here 1,000 years ago and I stood wondering who was here then and what it was like," she said.
WHAT READERS HAVE SAID ABOUT KINMERS LEA:
It is a lively and engaging piece of writing. I will certainly recommend it. (Nick)
I have started to read it and I am gripped! (Kim)
I loved your book . . . brilliant! (Helen)
Well, your story is great. (Martin)
I read your book and really enjoyed it. I could not stop and read half the night through. I think you should recommend it for adults as well. (Doris)
One of the best books I've ever read. (James)
Couldn’t put it down. Grown-ups should read it too. (Maggie)
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