A Library of Lemons

A Library of Lemons

Jo Cotterill,

A Library of Lemons

Piccadilly Press, 2016

ISBN 9781848125117

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Who Wrote It?

Jo Cotterill has been writing stories and songs from a very young age. Growing up in Oxfordshire, she took out as many books as possible from her local library each week. As an adult she finds it hard to resist buying new books.

She has had successful careers in acting and teaching, but loves seeing her name on the cover of a book. Jo has published over twenty books and loves to enthuse children to read.

She lives in north Oxford with her family and strongly believes that there should be more female superheroes.

What's It About?

A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship.

Calypso’s mum died a few years ago and her emotionally incompetent Dad can’t, or won’t, talk about Mum at all. Instead he throws himself into writing his book A History of the Lemon. Meanwhile the house is dusty, there’s never any food in the fridge, and Calypso retreats into her own world of books and fiction.

When a new girl, Mae, arrives at school, the girls’ shared love of reading and writing stories draws them together. Mae’s friendship and her lively and chaotic home – where people argue and hug each other – make Calypso feel more normal than she has for a long time. But when Calypso finally plucks up the courage to invite Mae over to her own house, the girls discover the truth about her dad and his magnum opus – and Calypso’s happiness starts to unravel.

Fact File

Jo loves cheese. And chocolate. And monkey nuts. And CAKE.

She doesn’t like scary films anymore but she does enjoy a good rollercoaster ride!

Jo loves starting a story even if she doesn’t know where it’s going. She says not knowing what’s going to come out of your imagination next is the magic of writing.

To find out more about Jo visit her website https://jocotterill.com

or follow her on Twitter: @jocotterillbook 

Your Reviews

caitlin from beaston primary school:

this book was ok but i got lost half way through the story i really enjoyed this book i do recommend this book to other pupils thankyou for writing this for us children to read and enjoy.

caitlin gave A Library of Lemons 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

David from Holy Rosary and St Annes:

I think this book is AMAZING because it shows emotion that is realistic. Another reason why I gave the book 5 out of 5 is that once you start reading you just can't stop. AMAZING!!!!

David gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Hanfaa from Beeston Primary School:

I loved the story within the book as on some parts I cried even though I never do that. The author could put more descriptive writing and vocabulary into the story as it sometimes made it less lively. By the main characters name I kept thinking it was a boy so she could be more specific,overall it was a great story.

Hanfaa gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Caitlin from Beeston Primary:

I really enjoyed this book but I think that on some parts of it, it repeated itself. I think it could add some more detail to the story line. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book.

Caitlin gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Lola from Allerton Bywater primary school:

I really enjoyed library of lemons because it is a lovely, emotional story.

Lola gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Ruby from Adel Primary School:

This book is amazing!! This book almost made me cry but I always cry.

I couldn't put this down once it got to were it was Christmas day at Mae's house. once I would really recommend this FABULAOUS book!!!!!!

Ruby gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Elsa from Adel Primary:

This book had me crying a few tears especially near the end personally i thought this book had a modern touch much like Jacqueline Wilson one of my favorite authors so i rate this book 4. ^.".^

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Elsa gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Emily from Otley all saints primary school:

I think this book is AMAZING I really love that it is about lemons and the girls in the story. I think it was very good because of the descriptive language. FABULOUS!!

Emily gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

chris from grange farm primary school:

I have rated this book a 5 because it was a good book to read and I liked how there was literally a Library Of Lemons. The characters were complicated because she started to throw lemons at her FATHER! The other characters were easy to understand fore example Maya and her mum when they were helping her about her father and protecting her with social services.

chris gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Dan from Grange Farm Primary School:

i found library of lemons a very enjoyable book, the characters were easy to understand,you could feel their emotions as you read it and it had a great story line. I found it very hard to even put the book down!I felt sorry felt sorry for Calypso at some points in the story because she must have felt like she felt like she had no family because her father had gone mad. I would definitely reccomend this book to others.

Dan gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ella from Shire Oak Primary School:

In my opion, I think this book was ok coming from my point of view. I think this book is for people who like to read suprises. I think this book is for people who are above the age of six/6 years old.

Ella gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Aisha from Harehills Primary school:

I absolutly loved this book! It swallowed me into the story and I just couldn't get enough of it. It was quite sad but it also had mystery. highly recommend this book.

Aisha gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Edward from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School:

This book was fantastic!!!I loved the involvement of reading in the story but I was gripped all the way through.

Edward gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Sukhi from Grange Farm Primary School:

I liked this book because it was different to other books I have read like the ending it didn't say they lived happily ever after the author wrote it so you know it is happily ever after. I didn't like it because I like adventure this wasn't adventure so I didn't enjoy as much.

Sukhi gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

erin from southroyd:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am speechless it is amazing sad but amazing

erin gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ellen from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really really REALLY like 'A Library of Lemons'. It is heartwarming, emotional and exciting. I don't really want there to be a sequel because I liked the ending but if I see another book by Jo Cotterill on a shelf of course I will read it! This is one of the best books I have ever read and I definitely recommend it to everyone. If I had hypnotizing powers I would hypnotize everyone to read it. I will vote for it to be the winning book. Ms Cotterill is certainly a good author!

Ellen gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Phoebe from Barwick-In-Elmet C of E Primary School:

It was such a lovely effective book that certainly had some emotional moments in it for me. The words in this book are so feeling because the plot is original but it's possible for anyone to go through this life. Some of the moments for me was similar to what I've been through so this book hooked me in nicely.

Phoebe gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Lucy from Alwoodley Primary School :

This book was quite plain in my opinion, but it was an enjoyable read. I couldn't really follow the story on and it was quite a confusing read, this is my third favourite book so far. Therefore, I give it a three out of five .

Lucy gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Sara from Alwoodley Primary School:

The book 'A Library of Lemons' was an amazing book and I loved reading it throughout. Each chapter gave me different feelings - from happiness to surprisement, and were even sometimes emotional. Out of every book I have to ever read, 'A Library of Lemons' is the only one that has made my eyes water. I thought it was amazingly written and the story plot was quite intriguing! In my opinion, there were three main characters: Calypso, Mae and Calypso's Dad. They all had highly strong roles and I thought I was most like Calypso's best friend; I love reading, writing and have a busy house! I would recommend this book to people who like emotional reads.

Sara gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Max from Alwoodley Primary School:

Nothing happened and there was no action at all. I think the book needs something to spicen it up.

Max gave A Library of Lemons 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Grace from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book because it was full of secrets and mystery.Calypso is a young girl who loves to read and so does her new best friend Mae. Calypso's mother had died she her dad hadn't been the same and has seemed very secretive.

Grace gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

David from ABPS:

It is an okay book that has a lot of twists and turns and is a bit exciting.My favorite part was when she found out a big secret.I was shocked when I saw what happened at the end

David gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jonah from Crossley Street Primary School:

The emotions in this book were very detailed. The story line was very good and I think this might be my favourite book of Leeds books awards.

Jonah gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Joe from Crossley Street Primary School:

A Library of Lemons

I thought this book was mind-boggling with descriptive language and heart breaking mishaps.

My favourite character is Calypso;for she is like me

(loves reading) even though she is a girl I feel certain similarities (I.E I read, I am more clever than sporty).

I gave a yelp of dismay when I saw the time on my watch! It was a breath taking book. Well Done Jo Cotterhill!👍🏼

Joe gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Isabella from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

Library Of Lemons was great.

If there was a Library Of Lemons 2 I would somehow withdraw from the Leeds Book Awards just to read it as soon as possible. Jo Cotterill really put a lot of emotion into this amazing book. I was really able to feel what it would be like if I was Calypso.

I demand more stories about Calypso and her broken up family!

Isabella gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Lauren from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

This book was quite boring at first but when the story got started I found it more interesting. I would recommend this book to 8/9 year olds who want to start reading longer books.

Lauren gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Amelie from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

I loved this book and hope for more books like this one. It was a heart-breaking story of a girl named Calypso who loves to read. I gave it 4/5 because even though I loved the story every book has room for improvements!

Amelie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Marija from Grange Farm Primary School:

I gave this book a 5/5 because it captures emotion and is also linking to other people that have been in this situation.I also felt like I was in that situation due to how this book is written.This book made me feel a range of different emotions like;sympathy for the main character, worried and excited for the next event.This is what a good book should do!

Marija gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Josiah from St Matthews:

library of lemons is a brilliant book.It's got lots of good descriptive language,heart-breaking mishaps and overall an amazing story.

Josiah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Olivia from Carlton Primary School:

Library of lemons is one of the best books I have ever read in my life, this story is meant for friendship and love. It is about a girl called calypso who lives with her father in a poor house, but the one thing her and her dad both have are Library’s .Calypso meets a girl called May who becomes Calypso’s best friend and they share each other’s deepest secrets. They both like books and love to write too. I give this a 5 star rating.

Olivia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Aminah from Grange Farm Primary School:

I love this book due to the real life touch;the way it sends a message to young carers is incredible.I love the story line throughout the book and how Joe Cotterhill describes everything.I 100% adore this book in many ways.

Aminah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

kady from Allerton c of e primary school:

This is a really good book and I hope you make more like this. This book is really emotional and realistic .

kady gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Corrie from Adel Primary School:

I could not put this down and lost track of time. A beautifully written story that made me shed a tear but also gave hope of a brighter future.

Corrie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Phoebe from Shire Oak Primary School:

I did not like this book because it did not have a good storyline in my opinion and I did not like the characters.If I had to choose a favourite character I would choose Mae because she just wants to be friends with Calypso

Phoebe gave A Library of Lemons 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Aleesha from Harehills Primary School:

This book was fantastic, it was full of interesting words and phrases. I loved how the author used fabulous adjectives and adverbs.

Highly recommend this book.

Aleesha gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Margaux from pool c of e primary school:

I love library of lemons it started very slow but then got me rilly in to it.I like that it says somethings about other books like to kill a mockingbird and also the god of small things.Sadly i have not got to the end but very VERY exsited for the next pages of the book.There are a bit of weirdnes but loved it and want a next book that Jo Cotterill does i want to buy it So i put 5 out of 5 and want to meet Jo Cotterill that is all i want to say about this book (i want my own copy).

Margaux gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ellie from White Laith Primary School:

I thought the book was okay but in some parts I found it a bit boring at times. I thought the book at the end was good. I would recommend this book to people who like happy stories.

Ellie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Gabriella from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School:

I truly loved this book! It really takes you into Calypso's eyes and shows you how she sees the world. I also love how the bond between Calypso and her Dad is so different from everyone else and I feel that is what makes this a perfect book. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be taken into the characters world. This book represents reality and is nothing like the fairy tales of perfect princesses.

Gabriella gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Favour from White Laith Primary School:

Unexpectedly, this book's story line was a bit unpredictable. So every chapter or two, either surprised me or just made me want to keep reading. This book will take you on an emotional, life-like adventure. It was heart-warming and relatable and at some points in the book it almost made me cry. In a couple of ending chapters, this book will teach you the real meaning of inner strength, courage and friendship. It feels as though it is a true story ; people have to go through situations like this. My favorite character was Mae because she's a bit like me since she loves books, cries at everything and has an amazing family. Calypso's situation appropriate for younger ones so I would recommend this book for 8 year olds and over who likes books about emotional life journeys and friendships.

Life isn't always perfect!

Obviously, I will rate it 5 out of 5. Great job, Jo Cotterill.

Favour gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jay from Colton Primary :

This book is good.I like it because calypso and mae are like me;keeping their heads buried in a book.I love how when calypso meets Mae and straight away start a strong and close friendship. This is my last and 6th book I've read

Jay gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Oliver from White Laith Primary School:

I did not enjoy this book as it was girly.As I am a boy,I did not feel many emotions!

Oliver gave A Library of Lemons 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Kelsey from White Laith Primary School:

The best bit for me was when Mae and Calypso met when their teacher put them together for a task . I thought the book was great and I would read other books by this author because I like these sort of books and I found it very funny and realistic.

Kelsey gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Natasha from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was not really my type. It was a bit lifeless for me but I did enjoy reading it.I would recommend this book for 10 or over with all of the emotion.

Natasha gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Amelia from Alwoodley primary school:

This book is really emotional and it sees so realistic.

I couldn't take my eyes off it, plus I read over half a book in a week. I recommend this book to 9 year olds or over.

Amelia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jad from Alwoodley Primary school:

I love this book📕📗 sooo much it is really good because of how much emotion and description goes into it. However people told me read this book to me because it is really funny and it made them cry but it didn't for me - so I was a little disappointed but otherwise this is AMAZIIIING !

Jad gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Ayesha from Alwoodley Primary School:

I loved this book! It was full of emotion and I even nearly cried at one point it's definitely a must have and a must read for me. My favorite character was Mae because she's a bit like me since she loves books, cries at everything and has an amazing family. My favorite part was the epilogue and my one wish would be to have a sequel.

Ayesha gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Tony from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

This is a really good book and I recommend it.Sometimes it made me feel sad, especially when horrible things happened to the main character. Sometimes I felt annoyed because things happened that weren't fair. I enjoyed the book because it gave me mixed emotions.

Tony gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Olive from Beeston primary:

Where do I start... This book will take you on an emotional, life-like journey. A book that shows just because somebody tells you they are alright, really they need your inner strength. Explaining in such a heartwarming way about inner strength, courage, and friendship it will teach you a life-lesson in a couple of chapters. The words have been cleverly used so that it feels as though it is a true story. People have to go through situations like this, and Jo Cotterill has made Calypso's situation appropriate for younger ones to raise awareness; but in a brilliant way.

Olive gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

liana from beeston primary school:

I gave it a four because it was heart-warming and relatable and at some points in the book it almost made me cry. If I could sum it up in three words I would say sweet ,interesting and most of all a life lesson with learning . I would recommend it to anyone who loves a story about a distressed family .

liana gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jaleel from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

I thought that this was a really good book. Jo Cotterill wrote about characters who came alive for me. I felt their feelings and understood their thoughts. The story line was a bit unpredictable, which surprised me and made me want to keep reading.

Jaleel gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Maddie from Alwoodley Primary School:

Library of Lemons is a very emotional book, probably aimed at children over the age of 7. 'Library of Lemons' is a very suitable name for the book, even though the plot was slightly confusing. My favourite character, May, was so amazing to help Calypso in the situation she was in. I wouldn't recommend this book for people who want something light and happy.

Maddie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Teija from alwoodley:

I am only half way through this book and i love it. It is amazing! My favourite characters were Calypso and Mae. Their friendship is so tight. I feel sorry for Calypso because she has to do everything for herself. This book is a simple but also interesting. I totally recommend this book.

Teija gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Maddy from Alwoodley primary school:

I loved a library of lemons.it was my favoutite book out of all of them . It was full of surprises and sometimes It helped me understand how much calypso loved books and how much they meant to her

Maddy gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

ALICIA from VICTORIA PRIMARY ACADEMY:

I really like this book because it was so funny I laughed my socks that how funny it was!! that's all I want to say

ALICIA gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Sophia from Great Preston C of E primary:

I LOVED IT!! I really enjoyed this book and would rate it a 5 out of 5! I don't have much to say except from well done Jo!! Great book,loved it amped amazing!!! ❤️❤️💖

Sophia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Tom from Great Preston c of e primary school:

I have really enjoyed this book but unfortunately, as I progressed through the book my enjoyment decreased .This is because , the story became slower and slower reading it.i would rate this story 4/5 and it is about a girls called calypso and mai. Calypso's father has problems and her mother had died with cancer

Tom gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Joshua from st.benedict:

I dint enjoy this book as much as I thought I would but it was ok I think you should make murder books instead really some more stuff some boys would enjoy .................................................................................................... make more books

Joshua gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Lily from Gildersome primary :

It was really good and consistent. I really enjoyed it, Jo Cotterill has talent. Some parts were a bit cheesy for me.

Lily gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Abigail from Southroyd :

This book was really sad to me. In the story her dad tried to publish a book about lemons but he gets rejected two times in one day and he crashed. And he wouldn't eat or do anything for himself. I would recommend it for others.

Abigail gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Nicol from Crossley Street Primary School:

Library of Lemons was a charming and bittersweet tale offering me a varied rollercoaster of emotions. All the characters had their own distinctive personality and I can definitely relate to Calypso and Mae's love of books! I would recommend this book to a person who likes to cry their heart out at the end of a book.

Nicol gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Jessica from Crossly Street Primary School :

I thought library of lemons was a rollocoaster of enjoyment.It felt like the book sucked me though the pages. I couldn't put it down. My favourite character was Calypso because she wasn't sure at first to become Maes friend but then they became best buddies and started sharing there passions for reading and writing. I rated this book 5stars because it was very exciting and you didn't know what was going to happen next.

Jessica gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Joe from Crossley Street Primary School:

I thought the author could improve on the amount of words used. It was confusing because of unnecessary words. The overall book was good but it put me off partially for the use of words.

Joe gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Solomon from Otley all saints:

I did not enjoy this book whatsoever.If I could rate it zero I would

Solomon gave A Library of Lemons 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Daisy from Adel Primary School:

I completed this book in a few hours and I would happily read it again. It shows and teaches children that life can`t always be perfect. I rated this book 5 because it really makes me think and appreciate my life. I found this book very emotional and I found that a few times I was close to tears. I now am searching for more of Joe Cotterill`s books to read.

Daisy gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Emily from Adel Primary School:

I love Library of Lemons because it is really sad but also it made me giggle at parts. Calypso is my favourite character and she has a best friend called Mae. My favourite part is the end and there are a few twists and turns in this book that you would not expect to happen. Calypso has been through a hard time though so you must read it if you want to find out what. I also think Jo Cotterill has written this book very well.

Emily gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Sophie from Adel Primary School:

This book was a page turner! I read it in 2 nights as I could not put it down. I would definitely recommend this book if you like reading books within a few days. The chapter sizes range from 2 to around 7 pages.

I rated this book a 5 because of the emotional background. the story was moving and the events seem real.

Sophie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Nige from Dale Road Academy:

I quite enjoyed this book.

Nige gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Phoebe from Gildersome primary :

I really liked this book because of the characters,they were very caring and kind.I especially liked Calipso and Mae because of the friendship between them.My favourite part was when they were all at Mae's house for Christmas and they were giving each other presents.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that are very kind and realistic and also like books that think about your feelings.

Phoebe gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ellie from Greenside primary school:

This book had me hooked I did not want to put it down,when I started I was slightly judgemental but the further I got the more hooked I was,I can't say the same for any other story. I sat and read this to my mum and we were nearly in tears 👍😊 would highly recommend.

Ellie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jasmine from Allerton C of E Primary:

I enjoyed this book because it was very exciting and also because the main character was similar to me[in her liking of books]. I loved how you could almost travel with her throughout the book.Overall, an absolutely amazing book and a great read.

Jasmine gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

lUCY from Green Lane Primary Academy:

A Library of Lemons is a phenomenal, touching book written by Jo Cotterill. This book is all based on a 10 year-old girl named ‘Calypso.’ She shares a house with her father as her mother died when Calypso was only very young. Since then, she and her father live alone: typically with nothing in the fridge, and the bath quite dusty. Calypso’s dad is a proof-reader: reading and checking author’s writing and books. He hopes one day to write a book of his own all on lemons. Ever since Calypso’s mum has died, she struggles to make friends and has become very shy. She prefers to snuggle down and stick her head into a good book. One day, the new girl called Mae comes over and does something extraordinary to Calypso. And just like that they bonded really well. One day, Calypso invites Mae over to her house. But then, she finds out an awful truth… THE LEMONS TOOK OVER!

I really enjoyed this emotional, crazy-rollercoaster book and I would recommend this to my friends: Sophie, Lucy and Abbie because they enjoy this type of book. I would DEFINITELY give this book 5 out of 5 because it was AMAZING! I could tell that this book is aimed towards the 9-11 category.

lUCY gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Sophie from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Library of Lemons is a beautiful tale about a sweet little girl called Calypso. She normally keeps her head buried in a book but when the new girl Mae, who also likes reading and writing stories joins her class her life gives a twist, and a close special friendship arrives.

Ever since Calypso’s mother died her father has been very distant and tries his best to hide his sad emotions and show his inner strength. Her father is also obsessed with books, but as Calypso’s crazy dramatic life goes on, can she find the deep hidden dark secret in her father’s library??

Sophie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ella from Crossley Street Primary School:

I thought A Library Of Lemons was an extremely good book. The emotion in the book was absolutely fantastic. The fact that Calypso's mum had died of cancer and that Calypso was a young carer was very sad, but for Jo to be able to talk about such a sad and worrying subject is very brave of her. The fact that Mae and her mum were willing to help was extremely nice. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes emotion (and lemons!).

Ella gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Igors from Oakwood Primary Academy School:

I wanted to give 4.9 because only 1/3 of the book is a bit boring. However it's ok and I cried at the lemon throwing bit. All in all, I liked it.

Igors gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

SAMANTA from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I judged this book by its cover thinking it`ll be boring and blunt but I was wrong because, when I finished the book, I changed my mind. I LOVED THIS BOOK...I wanted to give this book 5/5 but the title was just a bit weird and strange A Library Of Lemons.I would like to give more details why I enjoyed this book but i don`t want to give away too much.

SAMANTA gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Rumaysa from Adel Primary School:

This book was very emotional and realistic because someone could have no friends or a mum. It is full of family drama and unexpected turns. I liked the way Mae's family was willing to help calypso and her dad.I loved this book!!

Rumaysa gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Rhona from Rawdon St. Peters:

I really enjoyed reading this book but sometimes it was a bit boring. It was really exciting and dramatic towards the middle but occasionally it lost my interest. I would give this a four because I still loved reading it. It had a lot of emotion because sometimes she was really happy and excited and sometimes she was really sad.

Rhona gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Victor from Victoria Primary Academy:

I love this book because it is full of excitement and its a great book because these are things that could happen in real life like having no friends or not having a mother to look after you I really recommend you read this. this is the best book I have ever read.

Victor gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

chevelle from victoria primary academy:

I liked the book because all the chaos and madness that was happening between Calypso and her dad. I also liked the way Mae's family was helping Calypso and supporting her and dad. I rated the book an 4/5 because it wasn't better than murder in mid winter.

chevelle gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ben from Gildersome Primary:

Calypso never seemed to fit in and lived an unusual life until a new girl came to school named Mae.She was incredibly similar to Calyspo but, Calyspo had no mother and Mae lived in galore.Calyspos house had a sad atmosphere and it was lonely with her dad always at work doing a project... I think this was a great book and I would like to ask why the dad filled the library with lemons?

Ben gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Esme from Carlton Primary School:

Like a true story- touching, warm and full of dreams

Esme gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Polly from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

WOW!This book is full of unexpected turns and family drama! I highly recommend it and suggest you read it next. Plus, there is a library with lemons!

Polly gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Brooke from shire oak primary school:

I gave it a 3 out of 5 because it was adventurous. I think at the end it went from adventurous to boring and I didn't like it but other people might like it - its just my opinion.My favorite character was Calypso.

Brooke gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Arzoo from HarehillsPrimary School:

This book was really emotional and took me on an emotional roller coaster. It really created an imagine in my mind and took my imagination to places I have never been.

Arzoo gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Louis from Barwick-in-elmet C.E primary school:

What can I say about this book?It's fantastic! Library of lemons really pulled me into it and I refused to put it down.It has to be by far the best book I have ever read(apart from the whitches)but I have to admit that this book is bound to win the Leeds book awards without doubt.

If this book was written in third person I guarantee it wouldn't be as good as it is being told now.my favourite part in the book was probably when calypso spends time with mae and they wrote their own books(they submitted it online but it didn't go well!)

This is an astonishing book and I hope many more people will read it.I am going to rate this 100/100 (off the scale,that's how good it is)because it's just great.please read library of lemons...GO TEAM JO COTTERILL!!!!!!!!

Louis gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Sam from Colton Primary School:

this boom is truly wicked and so, so emotional. Calypso's family is truly broken and she has no mum either. the emotional features range from crying level to sunny happy. I think this book is one of the best books I have ever read so I have rated it 5 stars!

Sam gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lydia from St Matthews C of E Primary :

I like A Library Of Lemons but it's not my type. Although Calypso is very much like me, she is a bit anxious about small things kind of like Maya in murder in midwinter. I recommend this book for any age as it is child freindly( this book was not exactly my type, but I still liked it)thanks for reading my review.

Lydia gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Arina from Alwoodley Primary School:

I just really think it is an emotional book. Calypso is just a really inner strength girl and think that is a really good thing for life. But at the same time you can't be alone and have no friend, always inner strength and especially be alone.

Arina gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ted from Alwoodley primary school:

I really liked library of lemons because it is really emotional and it has quite a lot of tension from the dad. It nearly made me cry. We did a book club. People could also dip in and out. We could talk about all the emotions. I also did an amazing zine of this book. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!!

Ted gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Madyson from Alwoodley Primary School :

I love this book the blurb was interesting and the emotion is like your riding a rollercoaster.A library of lemons teaches you about helping other people in your family.This book is amazing and is a family read!!!

Madyson gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Hannah from Alwoodley Primary School :

I love this book so much . Everybody should read especially if you are the type of person who loves a good cry . It literally makes your heart break and then later on in the story your heart gets mended again.

Hannah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Madiyah from Alwoodley Primary School:

I can't believe how amazingly wonderful this roller cost of a book is! It's so emotional and fascinating. I like the way it's set out and my favourite character is Mae because she is very similar to me. I haven't yet finished it but I know I will love the ending! Everyone should read this book. I can never wait to turn the page. It's just unexplainably good and there is nothing bad about it!

Madiyah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Jasmine from Alwoodley Primary School:

A library of lemons really sucks you in and after one page you just want to read and read and read. This book makes you want to cry, laugh and basically every emotion mixed into one. This is a definite MUST HAVE!!!

Jasmine gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Jasmin from Alwoodley Primary school:

This book was was the best one I ever read. I loved it as it was so emotional and heart warming. I really enjoyed this book because it gave me all sorts of emotions. I would recommend this book to people who love emotional reads and can relate their heart to the story. My favourite character was Calypso because she was always a brave girl no matter what happened and she always beleived in her dad. She showed me that you have to be brave and no matter what happens, 'you have to have inner strength and don't rely on other people.'

Jasmin gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Abby from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book and I loved every second of it. I really liked how you did not need pictures to imagine what the characters look like. I would love to read it again.

Abby gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

lauren from beeston primary:

Library of Lemons is a sweet story about a girl called Calypso and her best friend called Mae. There are only 3 words to describe this book sweet, amazing and sometimes sad. I would recommend this book to people that like moving stories.

lauren gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Molly from Beeston primary school:

Library of lemons was a sweet story of a family lost in books. If I could summarise this book in 3 words I would say:

Books

Friendship

and LEMONS!

It is only worth 4 stars because I am not very keen on emotional stories.

I would have rated it 5 stars if the author had added more adventure.

Molly gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Freddie from Alwoodley Primary School:

I didn't really enjoy reading this book because it didn't have much action and it it seemed repetitive in some parts. I think this was because it was a more of an emotional book and I don't really like those types of stories. Some of the things that they mentioned in the books happen to me when I read which I did like.

Freddie gave A Library of Lemons 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Bavdeep from Alwoodley Primary school:

Library of lemons is an amazing book I really enjoyed this book 📚 and I really loved the emotion throughout the book as it changes. It made me want to read more and I liked the different things that happened. It was sad 😭 at times but really nice and happy at others.I definitely recommend it if you like different emotions and I thought it was amazing. Overall it was superb and I think Jo Cotterill has done amazingly.

Bavdeep gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Maddie from Alwoodley Primary:

Library of Lemons is an amazing book about a family stuck in books. The story is twisting and sometimes a little strange. Its very emotional and I wouldn't recommend it to people who don't like sad books. I absolutely loved it, but sometimes I had to take a moment before I could read on.

Maddie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jalaal from Alwoodley Primary school:

I loved library of lemons it was emotional it was heartwarming and it was amazing. It makes people aware of what some people g through and it told me what to do to help these people.

Jalaal gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Layla from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed the starting of this book. It really grasped me and pulled me into the story line. Unfortunately I could not say the same for the end this did not fulfil my expectation. The ending was fast and I didn't really like it. I didn't cry, Infact the ending didn't give me an expression at all. Nevertheless, the friendship between Mae and Calypso was beautiful and I'm sure Their story is lovely.

Layla gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Abigail from Crossley Street Primary School:

I liked this book. My favorite character was Calypso because she loves to read like me.

Abigail gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Zoe from Crossley street primary school:

I really enjoyed this book.I think I'm quite like Calypso because I love to read.

Zoe gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Lily from ST. Margarets:

An amazing read about books and lemons. It was impossible to put down and one of the best books I've ever read, because of the turns, twists and exciting background!

Lily gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jazz from St Margaret's Horsforth:

Very emotional and gripping.

Jazz gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Khadesja from Great Preston C of E Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book.It was very emotional. I thought Calypso (at the start) was a bit of a grumpy person but towards the end/the middle of the book she became friends with Mae then they became authors. I LOVE this book! Well done Jo Cotterill. 🦄📕📕📕📕📕📕📕

Khadesja gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Isobel from Great Preston C of E Primary :

A sour story of love and friendship and a whole lot of books.Two girls, two imaginative minds and lemons.Can Calipso and Mai save a fully grown man and a library...full of lemons.

This book caught me on the first page. It's amazing and amotional.And is a lesson in real life.Don't judge a book by it's cover.

Isobel gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Alzena from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

I really, really enjoyed this book, it took me on an emotional roller coaster. It was incredible for me, the reader, to know how it felt to be Calypso. I recommend this book to anybody! I was never able to put it down. I read it day and night. Jo Cotterill has an amazing imagination. This book was exciting and unusual and was definitely my type of book. If there was a "Library Of Lemons 2" I would be reading it right now !

Alzena gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Lucinda from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

Library of Lemons is one of those books you can never put down. I could really relate to it and felt everything Jo Cotterill wrote down. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster with Calypso and Mae. To me this book is all about fear, grief and how important it is to have a best friend. This phenomenal book is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good cry. The story line and the way Jo Cotterill carries out the story is, for me, what makes this amazing read worth while. I highly recommend Library of Lemons to everyone who feels like Calypso which is why I rate it five stars!

Lucinda gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Catherine from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

Library of Lemons is one of those books you can never put down after you've read the first page. I liked how Jo Cotterill told us about Calypso's background because it made you feel sorry for her. It is really moving because Calypso usually never tries to be other people's friend but Mae understood her and they became best buddies.

I highly recommend this book for everyone that likes sad and emotional books that can even make you cry!

Catherine gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Dominic from Southroyd pudsey primary:

This book has a lot of heart and passion.It portrays a great message

Dominic gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Anna from Rawson st Peters:

Library of lemons is a book that keeps you on an edge you need to read on.You need to get into it to like it.

I give it 4 and a half

Anna gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Harvey from Otley all saints:

It was totally boring as there was no action whatsoever also it was not emotional

Harvey gave A Library of Lemons 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Connor from Carlton Primary School:

This book is a heart-warming and teeth-gritting one. It teaches people about friendship and there is a twist around every corner and as soon as you read the first page you can not put it down. It is so good I want it to be a film and out of the books I've read I would choose this one in a heartbeat. I can not express how much I LOVE this book.

Connor gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Hamza from Harehills Primary School:

This book was absolutely outstanding! It took me on an emotional roller coaster. It felt like I was part of the story experiencing what the characters were feeling.

Hamza gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Callum from vICTORIA PRIMARY Acadamy:

This book was ok because it was a bit of every thing mystery funny I rated 3 out of 5

Callum gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Fatima from Victory Primary Academy:

This book is the best book that I had. Some of the bit are very upsetting because when Calypso's mom has died her dad is talk about her mom at all.I really like this book.

Fatima gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Evie from Victoria Primary Academy:

I love this book as it is extremely emotional and nearly made me cry. This book is wrote amazingly and the authors style of writing is fantastic.I couldn't put the book down as it was so interesting and the story line of the book could happen in real life. This book is just amazing all together and couldn't be any better which is why I give it five stars.

Evie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Macy from Victoria Primary Academy :

I loved this book as it was full of different emotions which made me nearly cry. I recommend this book to people age 10-13 because you have to feel the different emotions to understand the story line. I had my head in it 24/7 because I couldn't put the book down. Every page was a page turner and it was the best book i have read in my whole entire life. I really hope there is another sequel. These are the reasons why i gave this book a 5 out of 5.

Macy gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Stefania from Victoria Primary Academy:

I really liked this book, it was interesting and emotional it also made my eyes water. I couldn't put the book down, I wish there was a sequel to this story because I loved the book there was many surprising. Over all I gave it 5/5.

Stefania gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Arazo from Alwoodley Primary School:

I loved this book 100% because first of all this book is about emotions and it's all about family and friends. This book will never let go of you. I think this book had the right amount of chapters and a right amount of pages. The main characters are Calypso, her dad and Mae. I rated this book 5 because it's just so intriguing and emotional. I would recommend this book to people who like girly stories.

Arazo gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Molly from Raynville primary school:

This book is very sad and emotional so I wouldn't read it if you like pretty happy books but I think it turns out quite happy in the end :]

Molly gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Evan from Southroyd Primary:

I wasn't exactly expecting the book to be of this quality. A children's book with serious themes and no immature toilet jokes. The depth gone into these characters and the detail the author has used to describe conversation and settings is high above my children's book expectation.

Evan gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Olivia from FiveLanesPrimarySchool:

This is the best book ever.I almost cried when Calipso found out about her dad.

Olivia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

naomi from shire oak primary school:

I think that this book was a bit boring but apart from that it was good.

The main characters are Mae and Calypso. Calypsos mum had sadly died so her dad had become very distant.

This new girl called Mae came to her school and surprisingly had an identical life and they both liked most of the same things.

I rated this book 3 out of 5 because as i said this book was quite boring and it had a lot of chapters [to be specific 45 chapters].

what would make this book more interesting for me is that it needs to be more exciting for me.

i recommend this book for people that love to read and that like reading a lot.

naomi gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Cherish from Shire oak primary school:

I didn't finish this book because I eventually got bored in my opinion I think this story has been rushed and it's about cancer.Its heartbreaking to read this story for me.

Cherish gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Hannah from Colton Primary School:

I really have enjoyed this book. Like Calypso I love reading all types of books so i can relate to her it draws you right at the start and left me with lots of questions to ask. I am glad she has found a best friend Mae they are different people but with the same interests. This book is amazing it changes my thoughts on a lot of things it didn't take me long to read just so gripping!

I recommend this book for 8 years and over because of the part at the counselling. Anyone can read this book but I say people who love books, who live for them like me and people who just read all the time

Hannah gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Isaac from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

This book is PHENOMINAL.It hooked me in from page 1 to the end.Some parts just made me read and read and read.One of the chapters was wierd because it was 3 pages long.My favourite character was Calypso`s dad because he was just so mysterious.

Isaac gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Aine from Holy family cathlic primary school :

THIS BOOK IS SO WOW.It had parts that were heartwarming and others that made me hold my breath.i can really relate to calypso.I would recommend this book to everyone and everything because it is so brilliant .

Aine gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Reece from Holy Family Catholic Primerary School:

I love this book although at the start is was a bit sad because her mum had died. This book put me in Calypsos shoes.This book was a real page turner. My favourite character was Mae.My favourite part of the book was when Calpyso made friends with mae because they had so much in common. The book made me laugh sometimes . The chapters was just perfect. I would reccomend this to anyone who like a thriller.

Reece gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Hope from Holy Family Primary Catholic school:

This book was a real page turner and I loved it. The characters have emotions that you can relate to, and have very interesting actions. I can relate to the main character Calypso because of heractions to her dad and friend, Mae. The name of the book seems like it was rushed. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes lemons.

Hope gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jessica from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

I loved this book and it was probably one of my favourite books to read. The story was so realistic and sweet, it revolves around a girl who loves to read and has not many friends I can definatly relate to her on a personal level.

I would recommend this and give it full marks on the 5/5 chart!

Jessica gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Ellida from St Matthews c of e primary school:

This book is a slow burner but when it gets to the exitmant it really draws you in

Ellida gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Eve from Westgate Primary School:

This book is one of the best books I've ever read. I would recommend this book for people who like books set in the real world and in modern day.

As soon as, Calipso meets her new class mate, Mae, she realises what a gift friendship is and with everything that's going on at home she needs it. Calipo's dad is always going on about inner strength but is that just making it harder for her to deal with every problem in her way?

Calipso and Mae love reading and writing stories, they also have a lot more in common than they ever knew. Calipso has never really like being at her own home and must do everything from cleaning and cooking to helping her dad with everyday tasks. Maes house is loud and lively, Calipso enjoys being around what is a normal household.

Calipso has always known that her dad was different but not so different that he would ever throw away something that meant so much to her and mother, for the sake of a fruit as well.

I could read this book repeatedly and would love to read a sequel if one came out. It also includes lots of lemons and books.

Eve gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Noah from Holy Family Catholic School:

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING,the reality is incredible the characters tell such a story.The description really puts a picture in your head of the setting around Callypso it really puts you in her shoes.It was a real page turner and got me 2 hours late from sleep.

Noah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Neha from Alwoodley Primary School:

This a story about a girl who discovers a secret that will change her life forever.It is now one of my favourite books. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books with mixed emotions and lots of adventure. This is not really a book that I would usually want to read however, I soon couldn't keep my eyes of the page! I'm excited to read some more books by Jo Cotterill. I rated it a 4 because I felt the story line moved a bit too fast.

Neha gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Manya from Allerton C of E Primary School:

A Library of Lemons is a touching story.It is obvious that Jo Cotterill has used extreme imagination while writing it.I rated this book 5 out of 5 because...well,I can't say why!I can just say that A Library of Lemons is my probably my favourite out of all the 6 shortlisted books!I would recommend this book for children of all ages.

Manya gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ella from Barwick in Elmet C of E Primary School:

This was a really good book. It was filled with adventure and action and has a lot of lemons, friendship and books involved. Also it's really emotional and you always want to turn the page to read on.

Ella gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

aimee from greenhill primary school :

This book is funny at times and heart warming. i gave this a 4 out of 5 because in the middle it was boring. But at the beginning i was quite exited when i was about to read it. My favorite character is Mae.

aimee gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Brandon from St Roberts catholic primary school:

I really liked the book.It wasn't that hard to read. I liked how it got straight into the story and didn't have a boring start leading up to the story. I recommend this book for year 5-6. It was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it.

Brandon gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

George from Southroyd primary school:

I enjoyed it immensely,and liked the characters the most because they are very intelligent.

George gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Ella-May and Sophia from Great Preston C of E primary:

We really enjoyed this book as it made me feel personally a bunch of different feelings and at the very end it just completes all with an emotional strike!! That is why I (Sophia) love it.

Ella-may:I think it is an amazing book, but too emotional for me.

Ella-May and Sophia gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ruby from Green Lane Primary Academy:

A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill is a heart felt story because there is a girl called Calypso and she is always stuck into books because her mum died five years ago. Calypso and her dad there is hardly any food in the fridge. Calypso's dad is always in his library and never comes out.

One day a new girl came up to Calypso at school and asked if she wanted to play with her but Calypso mumbled, "no thank you." "Okay." said the new girl called Mae then Mae made Calypso's name in twigs. She found that a bit weird but quite nice at the same time.

Mae and Calypso became best of friends and Calypso went round to Mae's house every day after school but little does Calypso know what is in the cabinets in her dad's Library of Lemons.

I think this book is for anyone who likes friendship and sadness this book made me want to cry.

Ruby gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Erinne from Green Lane Primary Academy:

This book is about a girl called Calypso. Her mum died from cancer 5 years ago and since then her and her dad are completely different people. Then Calypso meets someone new that started at her school and they become best friends well once Mae (the new girl’s name) convinces Calypso that they have a lot in common. When Calypso’s mum’s books get thrown out calypso is very upset. Then Calypso’s dad was nice to her for a change. Then it was Christmas, Calypso and her dad spent Christmas at Mae’s house. They have a lot of food but will Calypso get any presents… I could go on for ages but the page is nearly full. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING.

Erinne gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Oliver from Churwell Primary School:

This book is without a doubt AMAZING! The story is interesting and sad, the characters feel real and i love each characters personality. Also this is the first book to EVER make me cry.

Oliver gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Eloise from Pudsey Waterloo Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book.It was written really well and I liked the style of it.I like the way that it led into a book about strong friendship and love, but I think the mystery could have been a bit more important and exiting.It could have also been a bit more explained. But all round I thought it was a very enjoyable book.

Eloise gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Francesca from Shire Oak primary school:

I like this book because it had friendship and family problems. I also liked this book because it felt real ,and that I was there watching everything as it happened.

Francesca gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Fatimah from Harehills Primary School:

This book was really good and heart warming., it took me on an emotional roller coaster of emotions that nearly made me cry! Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading an emotional story.

Fatimah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Darshleen from Greenside Primary School:

This book is quite addictive and you can't put it down, but that's only because it makes you worry for Calypso and leaves you feel sorry for her. It's perfect for people who like to feel a characters emotion but I'm not one of them people.

Darshleen gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Katie from Rawdon St. Peter's:

This is a book with a bit of a mystery and a lot of different emotions. I loved the twist in the tale. I never wanted to put it down or it to end. I enjoyed reading it that much I decided to buy my own copy the next day. I could have read it over and over again. This is my new favourite book!

Katie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lucy from Southroyd primary and nursery school:

Library of Lemons is a fantastic,heart warming book because it is about a two person family who discover they need other people to bring happiness into their life.I rated the book 5 stars because Calypso (the main character of the book) has a passion for books and really tells us how important a book is and the purpose of one.After extreme loss of a close family member Calypso and her dad need books to bring them together.

Lucy gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Caitlin from Pudsey Waterloo primary:

I enjoyed the book but I thought it was very slow moving to start with.The drama in the book sort of making me keep on reading it and the storyline was unpredictable.Although I thought it wasn't the best book for me to read,I am hoping that one of Jo's books will be made more interesting.

Caitlin gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Evie from St Matthews C of E primary school:

Library of lemons is a great book if your into life and reality. It is full of action and adventure. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 because I love life and reality. It's about a girl who's mum dies and her dad tells her to have inner strength and that she doesn't need anybody to support her.

Evie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Chanelle from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

I found this book very interesting because of the way the author expresses the feelings of all the characters. I could relate to the characters and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I couldn't put it down.

Chanelle gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

James from BEESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL:

I liked this book a lot but it lacked magic and science. I would recommend it to people who like biography style writing or stories which are more realistic but this is not my style of book.

James gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Marco from Alwoodley Primary School:

It's a good book, but I was disappointed by it. One of my teachers said that it was emotional, but I found it quite the opposite and not amazing but ok. There are some funny bits like the lemon throwing and the lemon shelving, but none of them made me laugh particularly much. Next time, I would prefer it without all of the girly stuff. That's why I rate it 2.

Marco gave A Library of Lemons 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Lilly-Mae from Greenhill Primary:

I really liked the book and it was really good even though at one point it nearly made me cry. I love the work the author put in and I would definitely read it again.

Lilly-Mae gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

connor from beeston primary school:

I have rated this book very lowly as it was just not my type of book. I didn't like the storyline which is a surprise as most people liked it.

connor gave A Library of Lemons 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Molly from Alwoodley primary school:

This wasn't my favourite book. In my opinion it was very eventful and confusing. I didn't really find it interesting. One thing's happening then another It just wasn't my type of book. That's why I gave it a two. I recommend this book to people over 7 because of the different twists in it.

Molly gave A Library of Lemons 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

James from BEESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL:

I LIKED THIS STORY BUT IT LACKED MAGIC.

James gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Annika from Alwoodley Primary School :

After her mum dies of cancer, Calypso is feeling down until new girl Mae comes to her school. Calypso's dad is always telling her to have inner-strength but does he have it himself. I really enjoyed this book because it made me have mixed emotion, it was heartwarming and just a really good read. I would love to read another book by Jo Cotterill. I recommend this book to 10 and over.

Annika gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Ra'eesah from Alwoodley Primary School:

It is a heartbreaking and emotional. It was amazing I Loved it. I could never put my book down.

A girl called Calypso lived in a house with her dad.Her mum died a few years ago and her dad is telling her to have inner strength. Calypso loves reading books and always sits by herself at school until the new girl arrives.

My favourite part was when Calypso always knew what to do in difficult times and always were helpful.

I would recommend this book to people who love emotional stories 10+.

Ra'eesah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Sophie from Alwoodley Primary School:

This is a brilliant story!All the way through I couldn't put it down!My favourite character is Mae-she is a really good friend.I would love to read any more books by Jo Cotterill as she is a great author!Her story is worded very well and she's definitely succeeded in keeping me interested!I hope she will continue to write more of her amazing books because I would surely be one of the first customers!I would recommend this book to anyone!It is great!

Sophie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Elizabeth from Alwoodley primary school:

This book was a rollocoaster of up and downs. It made me think of how Calypso ,the main character, would feel in all of her situations. She always loved books but soon realised that you need more than words printed on a page, especially when a new girl arrives at her school. I really liked the part when Calypso and Mae were brainstorming ideas for their secret project. I think that people who like stories that are quite emotional would really enjoy this book.

Elizabeth gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Olivia from Kippax greenfield primary school:

A library of lemons is definitely a book you would like to read. It is a heartwarming story that makes you want to read more and more. I really enjoyed it.

Olivia gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Rohan from Southroyd primary school:

This book wa a good read . I enjoyed it but I was also very emotional.

This book had a good storie line.

it would suite older children rather than younger because it's upsetting at times .

Over all I give this book a 5* rating

Rohan gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Rohan from Southroyd primary school:

I like this book because I like how the story builds up and I also like is how the character read Anne Frank's diary which is a really weird experience because I learned about Anne frank

Rohan gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Emily from Great Preston C of E Primary School:

I really liked the book 'A library of lemons' because of the detail and character description that is used. The book started off with an introduction to the main characters but as the story of Mae and Calypso progressed, it made me more aware of the plot and the heart breaking relationship between Calypso and her father. I rate this book a 5/5 because of the amazing use of Character and setting description, the plot and the powerful vocabulary used through out!

Emily gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Polly from Otley All Saints:

I really enjoyed Library of Lemons. Its about a girl called Calypso who finds a friend call Mae. Its a very emotional but enjoyable book to read. Its my favourite i've read so far! I feel like its easy to relate to the characters!

Polly gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Maria from Harehills Primary School:

This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It started off with happiness and excitement but then made me really emotional. I love this book!

Maria gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Eva from Carlton Primary School:

Amazing, emotional, exiting I wouldn't rate this book any less stars.I love this book so much my mind got lost in the pages. I cant believe how astonishing the story line is it blows my mind.My favorite character is Mae because she is so happy and full of life.The first part is my favorite part because its quite happy.I hope every body reads this book and enjoys this book as much as I do.

Eva gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Sophie from Green Lane Primary Academy:

A Library Of Lemons is an emotional fiction book written by Jo Cotterill. This book is about a girl called Calypso and her dad. Calypso and her dad live in a house together. Calypso's mum died from cancer when she was very little: ever since then their house has always been dusty and they never have any food in the fridge. Calypso's dad is always busy in his library doing proof-readings and making his own stories. Calypso loves to read books, every playtime at school she sits in a corner and reads to herself. Calypso didn't really have any friends until a new girl joined her school called 'Mae' and they bonded really well.Calypso is a bubbly character when she is with her friend Mae but when she is at home she is often quite anxious. I think this book is suitable for ages nine and above because it is quite emotional. Children under that age might find it quite upsetting. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy full-filled stories. I really enjoyed this book.

Sophie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Zainab from Harehills Primary School:

The books illustrations were amazing, colourful and bright. The book took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Highly recommend this book.

Zainab gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Evelyn from Greenside Primary School:

This book is AMAZING!!

I really loved this book even though it was really sad.

It even made me shed a few tears because it was so emotional.

So i highly recommend it to everyone child or adult I think that you will enjoy it!

Evelyn gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Felix from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

i loved this book how this girl builds her family with love , friendship and togetherness.

Felix gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Mae from Oakwood Primary Academy:

What really drew me to this book was the fact that it has a character called MAE!!!WHAT?!? Calypso is very kind to Mae. I really enjoyed reading this book even though Calypso is treated unkindly!

Mae gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Jessica from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I really like a library of Lemons because Mae is so funny like my friend who is also called Mae and she comforts Calypso and. Calypso is really sensible because she looks after herself. If she had children she would be a amazing mum.I would recommend this book to anyone especially to people who love friendship.

Jessica gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Nicola from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I enjoyed the book it was sad at timed but I do recommend the book.

Nicola gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Lydia from Oak Wood Academy:

Library of lemons was a very heart warming book. Some of the parts are very upsetting but I would recommend this book.

Lydia gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Emily from Calverley c of e primary :

A library of lemons is a great book and i loved all of the ideas of what is going to happen next.my favorite part was when they went to her best friend's house on Christmas day and her Dad and Mae's Dad were talking and everyone got along and Mae shared her presents .My favorite characters are Calypso and Mae because I liked their friendship.

Emily gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Millie from Green Lane Primary Academy:

This book really captured my attention. The title stood out to me a lot. ‘Library Of Lemons’ is a great title that was the first reason why I decided to read this mind-blowing story!

The main character in this story is Calyspo. I can relate to Calypso as she has a high imagination and she always has her head in a book. This story is all about inner strength. Can she keep that inner strength when she learns what suspicious secret her father is keeping from her???

Ever since her mum died Calypso's dad has been down in the dumps. He’s been in his library working on his story and finally he sends it to the publisher. The email comes and breaks his heart…

I would recommend this book to ANYBODY. It has a moral to the story, you CAN deal with bad days. Calypso has the strength to do just that. She is a kind-hearted person with ruby red curls and a wonderful personality. You sure need to read this book!

Millie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Alero from sacred heart catholic primary school:

I enjoyed the book because it was amazing.The book is more like real life and reading it makes me wonder what peoples life are like.Anyway I loved the ending it was like a new beginning for Calypso.There were lots of different felling to express.

Alero gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Katie from St Roberts Catholic Primary School:

I loved this book because I always wondered what was going to happen

next. a would recommend this more for 10-11 year old girls because I think they would best relate to the story line. it is descriptive and believable.

Katie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Millie from Gildersome primary school:

I really enjoyed a library of lemons because it made me feel like I was the character Calypso in the story. Everyone in this story is nice to each other but when it's a total different story it might be that they hate each other. I have to say it was a bit sad when we found out that Calypso were having problems with her dad-got me Evan more excited about reading that book!

Millie gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

olivia from greenside primary school:

Firstly, this book was AMAZING! I just couldn't put it down! Secondly, I liked the way Jo described the emotions and feelings of the characters in this book! I really hope she keeps on writing books like this in the future because I will be the first to be in the book shop to buy them all!

olivia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Shanice from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy :

I think this book was filled with emotion and I understand the situation Calypso is in. This story makes me feel like I am part of the plot. However this book is not my type mainly because it's about books and I'm not interested in inner strength. Otherwise it was interesting to read.

Shanice gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Chloe from Five lanes primary school:

I really enjoyed the book how it teaches you about

Friendship just by reading books. I really recommended this book to anyone who likes a mixture of mystery and fun.

Chloe gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

poppy from Beeston Primary School:

Amazing love it I want to keep it forever even though it is the first book I've read I still WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO KIDS AT MY AGE.

poppy gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Mimi from Beeston Primary School:

This is a beautiful story sharing part of the life of a heart-warming, poor girl's life. Truly AMAZING! They say never judge a book by it's cover but I judge awesomeness right from the start!

Mimi gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Kaitlin from Allerton Bywater Primary:

I really enjoyed this book, especially when the she has to look after a person she previously hated. Also, I recommend this book to anyone that loves novels about Family Problems.

Kaitlin gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Sonny from Allerton Bywater Primary School:

This is the best book I have ever read!! Calypso changes her feelings all the time. Mae is the funniest character ever. My favourite bit is when Calypso throws certain objects at her Father.

Sonny gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

William from Greenside primary school:

The second book I have read - the first was beetle boy - and also the best so far. I am just like calypso and mae; I also always have my head burrowed in a book! I believe this is possible award winner

William gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Olivia from Carlton Primary School:

A library of lemons is an exciting, dramatic and emotional book. It is about a girl called Calypso who lives with her dad and meets a brilliant friend called Mae. This book is very good and I would definitely read it again. Calypso loves reading books and has her own Library. Her dad also loves books and has his own Library. He also proofreads books and he is writing a book of his own. His book is about the history of lemons. I highly recommend this book to people who like emotional

Olivia gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Amelia from Carlton Primary School:

I liked a Libary of Lemons beacuse it changes emotions and Calypso is a very weak girl. She changes beacuse her mum dies. Luckily she gets a best friend which helps her will her life. I recommend this book to everyone beacuse it is sad but happy and it is my favorite book yet! 5 out of 5 for this one. I wish it was in the movies.

Amelia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

favour from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I am speechless this book is one of a kind calypso I pity her but she managed building her family back together now she can pay more attention to school and catch up.

favour gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Aaron from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I loved the new girls' personality at the school it was very entertaining and this was my favourite book.

Aaron gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Amgad from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

The girl had her mum dead and she was living with her dad and every day she saw her dad in the library and when she kept seeing him everyday she started to get bored. At school she always stayed by her self and did not play with anyone the girl was poor she did not have any friends all she was, was lonely the only friend she only had was Mae the only life friend. After a few days she decided to go read some books everyday in the library. The next month she saw some lemons and they have become real life lemons. She stayed like that will Mae and I think the only friend she will have is Mae forever.

Amgad gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Sarah Imane from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I don't like Library of Lemons as much as I thought I would. Its not very interesting like the other books I've read so far. If it had a bit more mystery and creativity I would have given it a 5.

Sarah Imane gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Aaisha from Shire Oak C of E primary school:

This book is brilliant.It is sad and full of friendship it draws you into it and somehow makes you link to it.It is heartwarming and lovely a maybe a bit sad.But I love the whole story.Its so good that I finished it in 2 weeks and I could not put it down!Every night and day i read it that is how much I like it.Even though it is my first book i have read it is my favorite.I love how it builds first lonely then sad then everybody is happy.It is about a girl named Calypso who has lost her mother and takes care of her dad because he seems lonely.At the end she and her dad go to her best friend Mae's house for Christmas..

Aaisha gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Maleehah from Shire oak c of e primary school:

A Library of Lemons is a brilliant book.It is a heart warming book.I felt like I was in the book.I couldn't put it down.It is my most favourite book in the world.It is soooo good.

Maleehah gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Isobel from Westgate Primary School:

A heartwarming tale of ten year old Calypso who after her mothers death, has to look after her father, who has taught her that all she needs is her own company. When the new girl Mae joins she finally finds someone to share her love for books and writing with. All is well until she finds out her father's dreadful secret but Mae is there the whole time to support her.

A library of lemons is an amazing story about a girl who managed to find the light after being in the dark. My heart ached when I read about Calypso and her farther and how life could be so unfair. I felt that I really knew what Calypso was going through and thinking, because of how it was described so well. It was nice for me as the reader to know how it felt because I could be transported into her situation. I think Jo Cotterill wrote an amazing book that I would definitely recommend and read a sequel.

Isobel gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Frahnaz from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I think it was a really cool book. I enjoyed the plotline.

Frahnaz gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Kathryn from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I didn't really enjoy the book because in some parts I got confused and when i got confused I just lost interest with the whole book. But also I liked some of it because there was a bit of mystery. I think will give Jo Cotterill's books another go sometime in the future.

Kathryn gave A Library of Lemons 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Anas from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I loved this book. It has many parts in it that are very emotional and some bits that I think that are funny. The emotional parts really sometimes got to me and made my eyes be full of tears. There is a girl in the story called Mae and says that when she finishes a book, she cries. Kind of like me! I would love to read more books of Jo Cotterill.

Anas gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Maisy from Westgate Primary:

This book is gripping yet funny. The characters have interesting backgrounds, which makes the story lively and interesting all the way through. I would love to have a bookworm friend like Mae or Calypso, to disscus books and authors with. As well as having extremely funny moments, there are also sad and deppressing parts, which makes you want to cry. This an amazingly, emotional and wonderful book, if there were a 2nd one, I would be reading right now!

Maisy gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Esther from Westgate Primary:

I love this book because of the strong emotion,suspense and descriptive words inside. I would like to have a friend like Calypso or Mae as they both love reading. Thanks to this book, I have inspiration for my own reading den. The ending to this story is happy in a way. I really want to get a copy of this amazing book!

Esther gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Erin from ST.Margarets:

i thought this book was very interesting and if there was a second one i would read it straight away. This book was about a girl who met a new girl called Mae and they became friends,but then Calipso found out about what her dad did with all her mums books. I would recomend this book childeren over nine.

Erin gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ella from St. Margaret's C of E Primary:

This book is a wonderful, very feeling book. Calypso seems like a very brave character who has to but up with a lot.

When Calypso finds her deceased mum's library in ruins, and all that remaines is lemons, the evidence points suspiciously towards her dad.....

But will they make up?

I loved Mae and Calypso's friendship, and I think this is a great book.

Ella gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Maisie from St Benedicts:

I rated A Library of Lemons 4/5 because it seems like a 8-9 year olds' book until I got to page 5 where it mentions her mum dying of cancer. I love drama in books and there was just the right amount in it. One of my favourite parts was when Calypso's dad hid lemons in the bookshelves because it was really exiting and unusual. I would recommend this book to others about my age. I am a bit of a bookworm myself so I could really get into the characters [such as Calypso and Mae]. All in all, I loved it so much I could easily read it again! The main problem with it was I couldn't put it down! Thank you Jo Cotterill!

Maisie gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Samuel from Carlton Primary Schooll:

I think that a library of lemons is a really interesting book, because you don't know what's coming next and everyone should read it. It was so good it was tricky to put the book down even for a few minutes but I just about managed it.

The characters in the book were fantastic at putting pictures in your mind. Calypso was especially good at doing this in my mind when she dreamed she was with her mother in her paintings. Like Calypso, Mae has a wide and vivid imagination for story writing.

Even though Calypso's mum died a few years ago, she has coped on her own in the corner of the playground reading books at school and while at home, she has done all the chores and jobs in the house while her dad sits in his study, checking that the editors have not missed a mistake. But since she became friends with Mae all her fears are no more even though she still misses her mum Calypso now has Mae's family and herself to do things with, like go on holiday.

I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ because of great story writing.

Samuel gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Jasmin from Green Lane Primary Academy:

I love! this book so much - it's about family and friendship and even when there are rough times, stay strong!!

Calypso has been going through rough times; ever since her mum passed away it was just her and her dad. Calypso's dad talks non-stop about inner strength and that he didn't need people. But did he?

Calypso loves reading books but when the new girl Mae came, Calypso learnt that she didn't need inner strength because she had such an amazing friend. Mae and Calypso are always together but when Calypso goes home, her dad is in his library and throws himself into books, not caring about the world. It's up to Calypso to feed herself and her father, cook, wash, and clean.

One day Calypso discovers that her mum's part of the library is gone. And full of lemons!!! It was a library of lemons... Calypso has to do counselling and so does her dad. She discovers that other children are going through the same situation. Calypso's Dad gets down in the dumps a lot so its up to Calypso to take care of him.

Mae, Calypso's friend, is always there for her so they decide to share their passion of writing and spend hours together. Mae's mum lets Calypso have sleepovers and helps out with everything.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK - THE ENDING MADE ME CRY TEARS OF JOY!!!!!! I wouldn't recommend this book to children under 9 because it is hard to understand some parts though I think adults would love this too!!! I definitely would give this book a 5 star rating, it's brill! I couldn't put the book down, I had to keep on reading.

Jasmin gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jack from Thorner C of E Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book but found it quite emotional. The plot was very exciting but the end was a bit predictable which is why I have only scored it 4/5. Calypso has a hard time and makes you think about things that happen in real life. It is a well written book which includes humour, sadness, joyfulness and an interesting theme about lemons!

Jack gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Ciara from Barwick in Elmet C of E Primary School:

This book has to be my all time favourite story! The author has a fantastic way of telling a story and making the reader want to just turn another page before they put the book down.

Calypso is stuck in a world of books until she meets her greatest friend. It is touching, moving and full of love and care between her and her father. Twists and turns, problems and friendship. All round an amazing book! I never wanted to put it down and I would highly recommend it to people.

Ciara gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Amy from Pudsey Waterloo primary:

I really enjoyed the book. I thought that it started a bit slow but as I got further in it was really good. I loved all the drama that was always happening.I really want to read one of Jo's other books.

Amy gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Freya from Waterloo Primary:

I really enjoyed reading this book it was exciting yet serious the plot was amazing and I can't wait to read some more books by Jo Cotterill. I really like how Calypso's Dad is obsessed with inner strength but Calypso realises that inner strength is not as important as she thought.

Freya gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock.

Emily from Thorner CofE Primary:

This book is about a 10 year old girl named Calypso who at the start is shy and doesn't like to share her feelings. Her dad is always talking about inner strength, but will this stop Calypso and her new friend Mae (who is new at school) being friends?

I think that this was a page-turning book, with lots of emotions, it really engages with the reader, and draws you in. I would recommend this book because it makes you realise what life is really like for people.

Emily gave A Library of Lemons 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Jacqueline from Middleton st marys c of e primary leeds:

I like this book because it is interesting and it made me laugh because of how the dad is obsessed about lemons and inner strength. His daughter Calypso is a lovely character and I love that she reads books. My favorite characters are Calypso and Mae because Mae takes Calypso in as a family member while Calypso is struggling with her dad. It is a fantastic book and I loved the ending. Brilliant book.

Jacqueline gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Lilia from St Margarets :

A Library of Lemons is a interesting story about a 10 year old girl who loves reading. When a new girl ( Mae ) joins her class they immediately become friends but will her Dad and his obsession with lemons and having inner strenth bring her and Mae apart? I thought this book was un-put-downable and it easily became addictive. The story idea is wonderful and really helped me understand what life was like for some people. I would definateley recommend this book for 9-11 year olds and hope for it to win.

Lilia gave A Library of Lemons 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.