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Who Wrote It?

Vashti Hardy lives near Brighton with her husband and family. She was a primary school teacher for many years, and now works in copywriting and digital marketing alongside writing her own novels and visiting schools. Vashti graduated from the University of Chichester with a first class honours teaching degree, with an English specialism. She also holds an MA in Creative Writing.

Her debut novel, Brightstorm, has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards and Awesome Book Awards and is set to be published in many different countries, including Poland and Germany.

Vashti was inspired to write Brightstorm by the real life adventures of Ernest Shackleton and other adventure and exploration stories.

What's It About?

Twins Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm receive word in Lontown that their famous explorer father has died in a failed attempt to reach the southernmost point in the world. Not only that, but he has been accused of stealing fuel before he died!

The twins don’t believe the news, and they answer an ad to join a new attempt to reach South Polaris. It’s their only hope of learning the truth... and salvaging their family’s reputation.

As the winged ship Aurora sets sail, the twins must keep their wits about them and prove themselves worthy of the rest of the crew. But will Arthur and Maudie find the answers they seek?

Fact File

Brightstorm is Vashti’s first novel, but she has lots of exciting ideas for future books.

Vashti was first attracted to writing novels because she loves the idea of building a new world.

The Brightstorm character she most relates to is Arthur, because of his tenacity and his love of books.

Her favourite word is ‘gloaming’. It describes the part of the day after the sun has gone down and before the sky is completely dark.

Brightstorm was published by Scholastic on 1st March 2018.

To find out more about Vashti, check out her website https://www.vashtihardy.com or follow her on Twitter @Vashti_Hardy

Your Reviews

Rory from West End Primary School:

i love this book, its a great read!the way it is written makes it easy to follow but still interesting at the same time. Another great thing is that at the end is that all of the secrets finally came together to form a great story.

Rory gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

poppy from Carlton primary school:

i really enjoyed this book because it was jam-packed with action,adventure and happiness.the mythical creatures were well thought out and the characters had interesting names.

poppy gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

william from awlwoodley primary school:

Outstanding! Absolutely outstanding! I can't think of a "best part" it's so good! But by far my faviroite character is Felicity because I want to be a baker and she is a very funny person.

william gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Shaza from Allerton C of E Primary:

It's the best book yet, I LOVED IT!!!! :D

Shaza gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

MICHAELA from SUMMERFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL:

This book is AMAZING and WONDERFUL. It makes u want to carry on reading but u know that you have to stop. I particularity liked the part where Arthur was running and then he meets something unexpected. I also liked the way that the story is written it has a perfect flow to it. and that is why i particularly liked this book.

MICHAELA gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Ben from Westbrook lane primary school:

i think its a great book and i definitely recommend it to anyone in my age group. its funny and exciting and perfect for Alex Rider or spy books fans. the only reason it got a 4 star instead of 5 star is that its names for places are really lacking for me in creativity via place names like Lontown or South Polaris just seems so cringe to me.

Ben gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Oscar from kippax Greenfield Primary School:

This book was the best book I have ever read. The illustrations were amazing and very creative with the fact you have added sky-ships and thought-wolves. My favourite character was Welbey. I definitely recommend this book to people who like things that are made up.

Oscar gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Amelia from Calverley CofE primary :

I liked this book because it was full of adventure and mystery. Brightstorm was a really intriguing book and all the characters were amazing

Amelia gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Holly from Methley primary school:

To be honest, this book could have been great but in my opinion it wasn’t. This is because it dragged on way too long at the start. I would recommend this book for the adventurous kind; I don’t think I would ever recommend it though. The book is about two children who wanted to find out what really happened to their dad so they go on a sky ship adventure into the third continent where no one had ever been. If you just think about the end then it would be pretty good.

Holly gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Reece from Raynville Primary School:

This book is by far my favorite because the language is extremely descriptive and [in my opinion] it was an easy reader. My favorite part was when they found out the real truth about Ernest Brightstorm because it was an uh oh for Eudora Vane. I would definitely recommend reading this outstanding book.

Reece gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Skye from shire oak primary:

This book was outstanding!I kept wanting to read it and I don't think it was long enough as I read it in 2 days. It is extremely gripping and adventurous and I like how Vashti Hardy has made up all of the creatures, places and the small things like using chimes instead of hours. This is probably the best book I have read so far. Even after dragon daughter!

Skye gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Hollie from Collingham LEH primary school:

I give this book 4 out of 5 because I loved the adventure but it doesn’t tell you how he got his iron arm. It tells you 2 reasons but it doesn’t really tell you. I will definitely read one of your books again.

Hollie gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

William from Robin Hood primary school:

when i first saw the book i thought i would enjoy it ,but sadly i wasn't too enjoyed the book,it wasn't my level of reading so i found it a little confusing as first so i am giving it a 3 out of 5. I would recommend reading this book if you like mysteries and enjoy if you do :)

William gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Amelia from pool C of E Primary School:

Bright storm is an amazing book.I absolutely loved it !!!!It is full of adventure and mystery. I would definitely read it.

Amelia gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Elysia from Robin Hood Primary School:

This book stunned me at first with its amazing adventure stories and it brilliant suspense. nearing the end especially I couldn't put the book down, like it was actually stuck to my hand. The two brave, adventurous main charachters go through many hard times during the book but always come out top and raring to go on another mind blowing adventure. This book is by far the best book I have ever read! it is a 5 out of 5 from me!

Elysia gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Alfred from Kirkstall St Stephens:

Personally I think that this book is the best book ever! It gripped me from the moment I read the blurb. With plot twists, humor and tragedy galore I believe 352 pages is not enough for this astounding book!!! This steampunk adventure is perfect for people who enjoy a story which in a page can be knocked on the head.

Alfred gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Elizabeth from St benedicts:

I really enjoyed this book and I think that people who like adventure and a little bit of mystery would really enjoy this book.

Elizabeth gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

skye from hunslet st marys:

I really liked this book.It was a mystery to find the truth about their dad and they need to travel to finish a challenge that their dad did not finish.They met some amazing,unique animals on their way.My favourite character is Maudie because she is very kind to her brother.

skye gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

lexi from hunslet st marys c of e primary:

I liked his book because The outcome was very different then what I thought it would be.The this book had me on the edge of my seat towards the end of it .Arthur was one the best characters in my opinion.

lexi gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Laila from West End Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book because it had such a fabulous ending to a gripping story.

Laila gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Ruby from Alwoodley Primary School:

This was a good book and I loved where it was set but I think it needed more action.The characters were good and I think they would be good in another book and maybe in a film.But overall it was nice book to read.I also think it was a little bit confusing.

Ruby gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Daniel from Collingham :

I think this book was fabulous it was very facinating to know how Arthur got his metal arm.

Daniel gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Aoife from Calverley C of E :

I really liked this book and it wouldn't be the usual type of book I would read . This book was very powerful and made me cry . I would recommend this to people who like adventure

Aoife gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Daniel from Calverley Coe primary school :

I really liked this book because it was full of adventure and it was very interesting

Daniel gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Atash from Kirkstall Valley Primary School:

I absolutely loved this book. IT IT SO INTRIGUING. I highly recommend this book to and readers who like adventures, expeditions and amazing stories. I rate this 5 stars since this book made my heart beat and made me beg to read more. I also recommend this book to kids at the age of around ten years old or older. This book is the best book I have read so far (and the only one).

Atash gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Niamh from Westgate Primary School:

I loved this book. It had a great sense of adventure,was really addictive and was written beautifully. I would recommend this book to anyone, as it is definitely one of my all-time favourites.

Niamh gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

deacon from hunslet st mary's :

Brightstorm was very interesting .I liked Arthur even though he had one arm. They traveled to the 2nd and 3rd continent on the aurora.The 2nd continents environment was very sandy and it had a rusty red coastline.The 3rd continents environment was covered in blocks of ice.

deacon gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Maya from Otley all saints:

Even though I thought the description wasn't the best and the story didn't feel realistic, it was still an enjoyable read.

Maya gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

abdul from Hunslet st mary's CofE primary school:

I liked this book because it is like a family book and the love of family.I felt excited and sad at different events in the story.I would also read another book by Vashti Hardy.

abdul gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Scarlett from Oulton Primary School:

It was an okay book it wasn’t really the right book for me.If you like adventures it’s definitely the book for you I would recommend it.I’d say it would be recommended for children 8+.

Scarlett gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Jacob from churwell Primary School:

I like the book BRIGHTSTORM because it'S full of action and adventure and my favorite character is arthur becuase even though he has an iron arm he is still very skilled.

Jacob gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Isobel from Churwell:

I love this book because there is always something happening which makes so exited.

Isobel gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

sarvagyaa from shire oak primary:

Full of adventure and mysteries. This book was one of the best books i have ever read. I loved the bonding between both twins. An enchanted book full of twists and turns. Maudie is an intelligent and god gifted girl who takes quick actions and correct decisions. However arthur has great mind set and always knows what to do at the right time. I give this book a rating of 5 stars.

sarvagyaa gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

tilly from poolceprimary:

as soon as i read the first page i fell in love with this book, each page i turned was a new beginning.i was amazed at how the story turned out.the adventures.the thought wolves.every little detail.

#BRIGHTSTORM#LEEDSBOOKAWARDS#AMAZING

you really need to read this book you will loooovvveeeee it.

tilly gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Charlie from Beeston Primary School:

Brightstorm was a book that takes time for the story to build, but when it gets to the main story it is very worth the time. The characters are amazing and you get to see a bond between the two main characters grow throughout the book and all get a good part/ time to play their role in the story. There is enough description to set the scene but luckily not too much to bore me.

Charlie gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Lyla from Beeston Primary School:

This book was amazing! It was really well written, and an overall joy to read. I would highly recommend this book. I particularly liked the characters in this story, and how stubborn and determined they were throughout.

Lyla gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Isabelle from Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School:

I think that this is a fabulous book with many exiting parts to it. The balance between mystery and adventure was just right and I think that Vashti Hardy has done an amazing job. The book was just impossible to put down! The characters were all interesting but my favourites were Harriet, Arthur, Maudie, Welby and Felicity. I loved the way that every thing was perfectly placed and came together at the end.

Isabelle gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Ebonie from Oulton primary school:

This is a great book for those who like adventures and being in the air. It takes you flying in the sky with Maudie and Arthur.

Ebonie gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Morgan from Summerfeild primary school :

This is a truly remarkable book , it is a heart-warming tale of adventure . This book takes you through the amazing journey on which the brightstorm twins (Maudie and Arthur)meet new friends which soon become as close as family , although at first it took a while to grab my attention this book, is amazing ! I would recommend !

Morgan gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

HOLLY from OULTON PRIMARY SCHOOL:

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. I thought it had a great adventure to it. The two main characters, who are twins, are on a quest to solve a mystery. I would definitely recommend the book to people who love to be in the air because it is all about a race in a sky ship.

HOLLY gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Joe from Collingham CLEH:

I enjoyed the book but it was a bit confusing and I was really excideted to see what happened to the father. But in all honesty I started to lack because adventure stories a great but not always my type of a good thriller.

Joe gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Adam from Robin Hood Primary School:

I loved Brightstorm because of how gripping each of the chapters were at the end. I loved how magical the story's setting was. I couldn't put this book down and was fully immersed in the spell-binding tale that was woven by Vashti Hardy.

Adam gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Alistair from Westgate Primary School:

I would rate this book (Brightstorm) 4/5 because it wasn't really my type but I loved the surprises! I think that a lot of people would like this book and probably read it over and over again.

Alistair gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Olivia from Methley Primary School:

Brightstorm was an entertaining adventure story; if you like adventures this is the book for you.At first,I found the book quite hard to follow.As the book went on,I could follow it more and each page I turned, it better.It grips you like a magnet. Brightstorm is about to twins(Arthur and Maudie)who go and try to find the truth about there father.I like the way Vashti Hardy worded the book and hoe she made it such a fascinating story:thats why I rate it 5 out of 5

Olivia gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Emily from pool ce primary school:

I think it was a very thrilling adventure and was about air ships racing each other.I would give this book five stars.

Emily gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

emily from pool ce primary school :

A thrilling story for adventurous people like me the reason why i gave it 4 stars was because i was slightly confused with the start over wise amazing!

emily gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Henna from Co-op Academy Oakwood:

I loved this book because it was adventurous and mysterious. This book was a little sad but it was still cheerful.

It was a very great book though.

Henna gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Sadia from CO-OP Academy Oakwood :

I love this book because it was so adventures and mysterous. My favorite character was Maudie.I would recomand this book to anyone who loves adventures.

Sadia gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Imogen from Rothwell Victoria Junior school:

Generally a good book. The perfect vocabulary,and unexpected characters and happenings. Its gonnabe haredto vote.

Imogen gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

elysia from rothwell Victoria junior school:

it was a very good book i realy enjoyed this i would recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure book.

elysia gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Olivia from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was amazing!!!I would recommend this book to adventures people and people who like a good mystery.My favourite character is Parthena she is a magical bird that really made me keep reading . I rated it a 4 partly because of the mystery but it is a bit confusing.

Olivia gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Holly from Robin Hood Primary School:

Sorry to say this but I didn't enjoy reading this book as there was no exciting events or interest to the story. It was very repetative and went on to long.

Holly gave Brightstorm 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Mia from Methley Primary School:

After reading this book, I would recommend it to someone with a big imagination and someone who likes adventures. I expected it to be a very slow and boring book but as I got reading, I was very engrossed in the book; I felt like one of the characters1 If I were you, I would definitely read this book because once you get reading you can never STOP! I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 as it is amazing so get your hands on one NOW!

Mia gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Alanah from St Josephs Catholic Primary School Wetherby:

This is an amazing sky-ship adventure and people in the story overcome many obstacles but all within the hope of their father being alive.I love this book because every time I think it can not get even better, it dose!My favourite character is Tuyok because he is kind and loyal to his friends.I particularly liked how the story always kept me guessing what mysterious and unexpected part would come next.At the end of each chapter I needed to know what would come next and like the pages were drawing me in. I couldn't stop reading it!I think this is a great book and i would totally recommend it to other people.

Alanah gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Elizabeth from st Joseph's Wetherby catholic primary school:

BrightStorm was one of the best books I have ever read! It had impact, description, cliffhangers and more. I would recommend this book to anybody who is wanting to read about adventures and breath-taking moments. My favourite characters were Harriet and Eudora because in an adventure story, you would always need someone good and someone...the opposite. Overall, BrightStorm is an amazing book and will probably get my vote.

Elizabeth gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Niamh from St Joseph's catholic primary school:

This book was amazing! It was filled with all sorts of characters with different personalities. At the end of each chapter there was a cliffhanger which made you want to read on. My favourite characters was Harriet and Felicity. Even though it took me a long time to read I enjoyed reading it. It made me feel as though I was actually there. The description was great. My favourite animal in the book was Tuyok because he risked his life to save the twins. I 100% recommend this book. I loved it!

Niamh gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Phoebe from Calverley C of E:

this was an amazing book but it was a bit confusing at the beginning but once you start reading it gets a lot better. I recommend this book to children who are above the age of 9. I loved the mystery factor of this book

Phoebe gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Ava from Calverley c of e:

At the begginning it is a bit boring but as you get through the book it gets amazing

Ava gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Max from Oulton Primary School:

I thought brightstorm was a really good book. It was very intriguing and i really understood the adventure that Maudie and Arthur went on. I would definitely recommend it!!

Max gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Isaac from Allerton C of E Primary:

This book is dragged out for so long, and nothing happens. It only get 'alright' when they reach 'South Polaris' otherwise extremely boring.

When I started to read it I got bored and left it, I had to force myself to finish it.

Isaac gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Harry from Collingham LEH primary school:

I love this book. It brings the story to life. It is full of dreams and I love the book so much.

Harry gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Rosa from Collingham Primary School LEH:

This book was great. Maudie is definitely the girl that I would like to be. As my last book it was like I could compare them all and this one would just be staring back at me. Arthur is so clever and is really good for helping people but also his iron arm really inspires every person who reads this book. I thought it was absolutely brilliant with all of the twists and turns every path will lead you to. The characters were awesome and they definitely bring out inspirational messages and help people to believe everybody is good and special in some way or for something.?? This was my last book so I have now COMPLETED them all so I cannot fill in the question below.

Rosa gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Ava from shire oak primary school:

Brightstorm is a book about two twins that are on a journey to find their dad.I like this book because it is an adventurous story.The characters are fearless. I recommend this book to people over the age of 8.

Ava gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

seren from SHIRE OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL:

it has a good plot,but its not the sort of book that i would read for a challenge

seren gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Leila from SHIRE OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL:

I didn't really like this book because i thought it was a bit boring.

Leila gave Brightstorm 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Enzo from St :

I really liked this book because it had a sense of adventure just looking at the front cover.The words made me feel like I was on the Aurora myself. My favourite character was Harriet Culpepper because of how determined she was to get to the ice lake and win the race. I recommend this to adventure lovers.:)

Enzo gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Kingsley from Co-op Academy Oakwood:

I loved the character development and how Maudie and Arthur had to go on an adventure of a lifetime to South Polaris!!!

Kingsley gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Ellie Rae from Beeston Primary School:

I really liked this book as the plot was very different to what I'd normally read. I think this book is in the right age group and if it was any lower it would be a bit confusing.I would encourage the author to write more books like this.

Ellie Rae gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Esther from Beeston Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book;it was intriguing and unexpected. As the reader, I could really understand the feelings and felt for the characters. I recommend it to all budding explorers or those who love adventure.

Esther gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Lydia from Collingham:

I thought it was a bit boring because there was no shocking or out of the ordinary stages in it and if there was, they were few and far between.But apart from that i thought it was a good book to read.

Lydia gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Nina from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I loved this book. By the end, I felt that I really knew the characters, especially the Brightstorm twins. My favourite character was probably Maudie or Harriet. I would recommend this book to 8-14 -year-olds.

Nina gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

nico from alwoodley primary school:

I thought it was an astounding book and would thoroughly recommend it to other people. It was a very adventursome book full of adventure with the main characters being Maud and Arthur ,who go on I mission to south polaris. (a race to the edge of the world in huge skyship) at the end Maud and Arthur find their destiny . Great book. Highly recommended to all others.

nico gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Ryan from St Benedicts Catholic primary school :

I found the book great! It was full of excitement and cliff hangers and I hope a sequel comes out soon. My favorite character was Arthur because even though he has one arm he still perseveres through the adventure.

Ryan gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Bronte from calverley Parkside:

I love this book but right now it is a bit confusing.xx

i recommend reading this book because it is amazing!

Bronte gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Elizabeth from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book and rated it a five out of five; you really get to know and love the characters, especially Maudie and Arthur. The adventures they go on are really gripping and makes the book unputdownable! I also loved Harrriet and Felicity. I hope Vashti Hardy publishes a sequel!

Elizabeth gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Olivia from Southroyd :

This Book is very good and has a lot of description

Olivia gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Sara from Beeston Primary School:

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 because at the beginning it is very boring as it talks about different stuff so you can’t understand it.. This book gets better as you read more through it and I like how I can imagine what I read all throughout the book. I love how it surprises me whenever I read another chapter or page.

Sara gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Leah from Pool CE primary School:

This is an adventurous book which has great shockers. Whilst reading this book it has extended my vocabulary and inspired me to write great stories like Vashti Hardy. I felt that i was in the story because it was a breath taking story. I also feel encouraged to travel the world on anything or anywhere.

Leah gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Abi from Pool CE Primary School:

This is an amazing adventures novel which is full of great shockers. This book is about twins that go on an adventure of a lifetime. Whilst reading this book, my vocabulary has extended deeply and I now want to write an adventure story just like Vashti Hardy.I also felt inspired to go out and travel the world on a sky ship just like Maudie and Arthur Brightstorm.

Abi gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Isabel from Beeston Primary School:

This book is well-writen and the plotline is very thought out. This is a great page-turner for young detective minds. Unfortunitly, I feel the end is unfinished as justice is not served. Overall this book is great but could use some improvement.

Isabel gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Alex from Robin Hood Primary School,Wakefield:

This book,Brightstorm, is my favourite book I have read so far,out of these 6. I have read Dragon Daughter, The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day,The House with Chicken Legs and, obviously, Brightstorm. It is tense and a bit confusing at times but still really good. My favourite character is Arthur as he is resilient and resourceful, but only has one arm, as he was born that way. A very good book by Vashti Hardy.

Alex gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Niah from Allerton C of E primary:

I think the start was a bit confusing but towards the end it was fantastic.

Niah gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Rowan from Westgate Primary School :

I thought this book was really good, and when you find a clue you figure out what it might mean. Arthur and Maudie are twins like me and I can't believe they actually get along.It is still a great adventure book;I would recommend it for anyone.

Rowan gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Izzy from Calverley c of e :

I liked this because I thought it was very interesting although at the start it was not very good at the start but as it got further and further into it it was amazing!!!

Izzy gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Ruth from Calverley C of E primary school:

I didn't really like this book I found it boring and not very engaging.i found myself not wanting to pick up the book and it just seemed to go on forever

Ruth gave Brightstorm 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Maryam from Otley All Saints C of E School:

Personally, I found the beginning a bit confusing... As it continued though, I really liked how Vashti described everything in such detail. Brightstorm is great!

Maryam gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Lilly from Calverly Parkside Pimary Scool Leeds-Pudey:

I really like the way the author describes the movement and the way she paints a picture in your head of what they look like.The book is so interesting it makes you want to keep on reading. Vashi uses words like medalling it is a fantastic book I recommend.

Yours sincerely, Lilly Naylor xx

Lilly gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Joel from Beeston Primary School:

In my opinion,I thought this book was full of adventure and mystery.I liked the suspense she used to make the reader want to read on to find out the truth.

Joel gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Hassan from Beeston Primary School:

I thought this book was very enjoyable and it created a lot of tension.It was full OF mystery and adventure.I loved the suspense that made me read on.

Hassan gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Adam from Collingham lady Elizabeth Hastings:

I'm rating it four because i really liked the plot and how the story went but there was a lot of vocabulary that not many 9-11 year olds would know, like 'sopiat' and the lower end of the spectrum might not know what a stoat is.

Adam gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Marwa from Coop Academy Oakwood:

I think this is my favourite book by far because it is a very mysterious book and I really enjoyed it.

Marwa gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Kayla from Rothwell Victoria Junior School:

When I first picked Brightstorm up it wasn't the type of book that I would normally go for. When I got into the story I really liked it and I couldn't put the book down. I will definitely be reading more books like Brightstorm in the future. I give Brightstorm a 4/5

Kayla gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Gracie from Robin Hood Primary School:

It was very good but did not make any sense at first. The book as a whole had very good description but the words are sometimes a little hard to read if you are a lower educated reader

Gracie gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Erin from Robin Hood Primary School:

When I first got this book I was like :'oh great this is going to be boring' but when I started to read it I was compelled,all of the intresting words described the characters so well at times I thought they were reall people 5/5 from me well done Vashti Hardy

Erin gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Sophia from pool C.E primary school:

this book is great its got everything you need i loved reading it i never wanted to put it down it was so thrilling i would really recommend this book its great. Its about a brother ans sister who go to the arctic to find there father. I am sure you would love this book. i would recommend it to those 10 to 11 year olds as it may not catch on with the younger ones

Sophia gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Kayla from Rothwell Victoria Junior School.:

When I first picked this book up and started to read it it wasn't a type of book that I would normally go for. However, when I stared to read it I really enjoyed it and I couldn't put it down. I really do recommend Brightstorm.

Kayla gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Fatima from Co-op Academy Oak-wood:

Bright-storm is about book of hope and care for family.

Bright-storm is an amazing story and if i were them i would do the same.

Bright-storm is about two twins on a hunt for their father and their going to experience something their father went through.

Fatima gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Evelyn from Thorpe Primary School :

I thought this book was wonderful! It wasn’t the best book ever but I loved it and loved it more all the way through. It took a bit longer than I would’ve liked to get going but once the plot really started coming together I didn’t want to put it down! It was unputdownable in other words! I’m waiting for Brightstorm 2: The Aurora is off again!

Evelyn gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Lucy from Westbrook Lane Primary School:

I liked the book as the quest was awesome because they set sail in a sky-ship which was very cool. My favourite bit was when they met the thought wolves.

Lucy gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Annabelle from Oulton Primary School:

At first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it with it being about sky-ships and that is not normally a book I would choose to read. After the first couple of chapter I started to get into the story a lot more. Towards the end I found that I was enjoying reading it. I would recommend this book to people that like adventure stories.

Annabelle gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Salimu from Harehills Primary School:

I loved this book every night before i went to sleep i read it and it could not make me bored also it made me want to go on a sky-ship.My favourite part was when they met the thought-wolves.

Salimu gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Nina from Calverley C.E:

This was an amazing book! It had a great story behind it and wanted to stay up all night reading it.

Nina gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Josh from Calverley C of E:

I liked Brightstorm because it was competitive in the middle and a challenge at the start and at the end you want to read more.

Josh gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Alannah from Robin Hood Primary School:

It's a 5 star reveiw from me! For me it didn't make sence at the start, but carry on reading and it's amazing. I like how vashti hardy described everything so well. I love it!!!!!!!!

Alannah gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Katie from Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School:

I really like this book because soon as you finish one chapter you have the urge to read more.As soon as one event happens another happens yet it makes you feel a different emotion.Brightstorm is a great book and I would recommend it to any child my age.Its a mix between a mystery book and an adventure book.

Katie gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Charlie from Thorpe primary school:

I really like this book because it’s adventurous and it took my breath away. I rate Brightstorm it’s the best book in the world and I would recommend to any body who love books ?

Charlie gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Morgan from Thorpe primary :

I really liked this book as it was really adventurous and breathtaking some parts were really upsetting and some put me on edge. I couldn’t put this book down and I would definitely recommend this.

Morgan gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Eden from Southroyd Primary School:

I really liked Brightstorm because it is a mixture of adventure and comedy; the twins are really hardworking and are inspiring.

This makes me feel that if anyone works hard they can achieve anything.

Eden gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Dominic from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the fact how at the beginning there was a lot of confusion in Arthur and Maudie's when they here the news about their father.

Dominic gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Stevie from Greenhil Primary School:

This book is the most exciting I have read, my personal opinion is it is as good as J.K Rowling and the Harry Potters. I give this a 4/5 because of the slow start developing into a book I couldn't put down!

Stevie gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

mohibullah from coop academy oakwood:

Brightstorm is an amazing book full of adventure and mystery i recommend it to anyone who loves adventure.

mohibullah gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Isla from Southroyd:

I liked this book because I felt like I was in the book as one of the characters

Isla gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Swaley from Coop Academy Oakwood:

This book is really interesting Maudy was my favourite character because she has all sorts of personality's like she really adventures and always likes looking for new ideas.

Swaley gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Emil from Thorpe Primary School:

I think this was a great book and I greatly enjoyed every bit of it. I think many children that like adventure stories and love engineering and mechanics will love this book. It seems to be set in the future where people mainly travel by flying ships than aeroplanes... I only give this book a 4/5 as the beginning is quite slow yet it builds up as it goes more on. Hope you found this review helpful and I'm sure you'll enjoy this book as much as I did! Well, maybe not so much of Eudora...

Emil gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Praneel Devesh from Raynville Primary School:

The book Brightstorm is a race and also a mystery. Lots of captains (with their crew) are having a race to the South Polaris; they will travel on large and amazing sky ships. There are two twins (Arthur and Maudie) whose father dies in an attempt to reach the South Polaris. The twins find a chance to go on an expedition and to find out about their dad's disappearance.

Praneel Devesh gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Mehrin from Coop Academy Oakwood:

I adore Brightstorm due to the fact it inspired me to follow my dreams, even if it seems impossible. My favourite character is Maudie since she is hysterical.

Mehrin gave Brightstorm 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Jessica from Calverley c of e:

I really liked Brightstorm because all of the characters persevere and inspire me to follow my dreams and there are lots of different characters that have lots of personalities.

Jessica gave Brightstorm 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.