Welcome to the Budehaven School Library
With over 7000 titles in the Library we guarantee there is something for everyone, no matter what their reading ability or need.
We hope you find the following information useful and informative.
Consider the reviews you’ve read
Visit a site where you like to read reviews (Amazon, Book Trust and Waterstones are good places to start) and find examples that you think are effective. Ask yourself what it is that you like about the review, and find ways to showcase those same elements in an original way in your own. Maybe you’re swayed by great pull quotes, thorough plot summaries, or a review with a strong voice. Do you love reviews that are conversational, like you’re talking with a friend? Do you want a bit of humour in your book recs? Or do you prefer a serious tone, to convey how much thought you’ve put into your feelings about the book? These are all techniques you can use to make your own reviews even more successful.
Download the ‘Recommend A Read Help Sheet’ (100Kb PDF)
Start with telling us the name of the Book and the Author, then a couple of sentences describing what the book is about
But without giving any spoilers or revealing plot twists! As a general rule, try to avoid writing in detail about anything that happens from about the middle of the book onwards. If the book is part of a series, it can be useful to mention this, and whether you think you’d need to have read other books in the series to enjoy this one.
Discuss what you particularly liked about the book, you don’t have to mention all of these, just one or two aspects of the story.
- Who was your favourite character, and why?
- Did the characters feel real to you?
- Did the story keep you guessing?
- What was your favourite part of the book, and why?
- Were certain types of scene written particularly well – for example sad scenes, tense scenes, mysterious ones…?
- Did the book make you laugh or cry?
- Did the story grip you and keep you turning the pages?
Mention anything you disliked about the book
- Did you wish the ending hadn’t been a cliff-hanger because you found it frustrating?
- Did you find it difficult to care about a main character, and could you work out why?
- Was the story too scary for your liking, or did it focus on a theme you didn’t find interesting?
- Round up your review
- Summarise some of your thoughts on the book by suggesting the type of reader you’d recommend the book to. For example: younger readers, older readers, fans of relationship drama/mystery stories/comedy. Are there any books or series you would compare it to?
Once you’ve written your review, between 50 and 150 words, or a good sized paragraph, read through it, then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below.
If you want to send your review with an illustration, hand drawn or using your computer, please do, but don’t feel you have to.
If you want to hand write your review please hand this into the library, and don’t forget your Name and Tutor group, or we can’t give you your 10 points for your House.
Remember your house needs you to read more so you can review more!