The Children of Castle Rock

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Who Wrote It?

Natasha Farrant writes partly because “in my stories I can live the lives I’m not”. She has worked in children's publishing for nearly twenty years. She runs her own literary scouting agency. She is the author of the Carnegie longlisted and Branford Boase shortlisted Young Adult historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels. Natasha was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award 2014, and the second Bluebell Gadbsy book, Flora in Love, is longlisted for the Guardian Children's Prize. She lives in London with her husband and their two daughters.

What's It About?

When Alice Mistlethwaite is shipped off to boarding school in Scotland it’s nothing like she imagines. Run by the mysterious Major, there are no punishments and the students are more likely to be taught about body painting or extreme survival than maths or English! Then Alice’s dad goes missing and she must run away to find him. Can she persuade her new friends to help? So begins an epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn. Both hilarious and heartfelt, this is the classic adventure story brought bang up to date, and told in Natasha’s inimitable voice.

Fact File

Natasha is a Londoner born and bred.

She is ‘three-quarters French with a little bit of Dutch thrown in’.

She would like a horse, a large old house with a secret passages, a fig tree, a walnut tree, lots of dogs and rolling hills on one side of her and the sea on the other.

Natasha enjoys lots of conversations with her cat, Amber.

To find out more about Natasha check out her website http://www.natashafarrant.com/ or follow her on Twitter @natashafarrant1.

Your Reviews

annabelle from alwoodley primary school:

It could have had more action in the first half but the second half was great.

annabelle gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Nicole from Carlton Primary School:

I love this book! I haven`t even read it all and cant put it down!My favorite part so far is when Alice and Fergus started to laugh in the assembly and everyone else started as well.Also the really funny bit is when the headmaster said that the kitten`s mum had to eat there faeces and when Fergus told them what faeces meant everyone went ewwww! I love this book and can`t put it down.I will continue reading it and if i could i would give it one MILLION stars :)

Nicole gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

keira from Carlton primary school:

i love this book the front cover might not look interesting but it has loads of description the reason i like it is because its got adventures in and i just could't stop reading it because it was just so good i would buy this book for sure the book goes into loads of description and it really sets the scene

keira gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

morgan from Summerfield primary school :

A very unexpected story line

morgan gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Hannah from Raynville Primary School:

I didn't like The Children Of Castle Rock it was EXTREMELY BORING!!!It just wasn't the right type of book for me.I would NOT recommend it.

Hannah gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

seren from SHIRE OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL:

UNPUTDOWNABLE

seren gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

william from Robin Hood primary school:

i enjoyed the book and i liked what they were doing in the book i won't say i'll let you read it to find out, i am giving it a 4 out of 5. thankyou

william gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Elizabeth from kippax Greenfield Primary School:

I hated it completely. The plot was all over the place and confused me.

It is not the type of book I would ever read.

It was nice for a change though

Elizabeth gave The Children of Castle Rock 1 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Isabelle from pool Ce primary school :

good but not good enough for 5 stars.good for people who like adventure

Isabelle gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Adam from Robin Hood Primary School:

I really loved The Children of Castle Rock because each chapter ended on a cliffhanger to keep the reader enthralled and built up suspension for what was to happen next! The critics were right, it does have echoes of J K Rowling and is one of the many reasons I loved it. I would recommend this book to anybody.

Adam gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Victory from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was amazing and I love how it shows how they are feeling and the description was amazing. When I first started reading the book, it was hard to put it down. I think it is a great book for anyone who likes adventure and kind of emotional books.

Victory gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Elspeth from Westgate Primary School:

Because of this books title, it gives the impression of a ordinary story with a boring plotline. When you read the book you find it is completely different; I loved the characters in this book and I feel that Natasha Farrant gives a new meaning to ' boarding-school adventure'. I would definitely recommend this book.

Elspeth gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Jay from Calverley C Of E :

I liked this book a little because of the not really good start but it was really fun in the end because you didn't know what was going to happen next

Jay gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Ava from Calverley c of e :

This book was ok. I didn't like how it went on and on, it could of been a lot shorter.

Ava gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Kitty from Otley all saints :

I liked it but it was a little complicated to read but overall a great read and I would read it again and I would recommend it.

Kitty gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Scarlett from Oulton Primary School:

It was a great book it’s very adventurous.Its a great read for 8+ most words I could understand but there was a few that I didn’t.Other than that I would recommend this to young people who like books about adventures.

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

Niamh from Westgate Primary School:

When I started reading this book,I didn’t think that it would be that good, but when you got into it it was amazing.I really like the way the author described all of the characters and the setting really well. I would recommend this book to anyone as it was really good.

Niamh gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Maya from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was amazing! It had the perfect amount of mystery and adventure that I didn't want to put it down. The ending surprised me and I also like how the characters have secrets. Overall, I loved reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to someone who likes going on an adventure whilst reading.

Maya gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Ava from Barwick in Elmet:

I really enjoyed this book although I think the beginning dragged on a bit. Despite this I loved it and would really like to know where Natasha here brilliant ides from. This book seemed so realistic especially the friendship

between Alice, Fergus and Jesse. I would definitely recommend this book people who like action and mystery.

Ava gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Maddison from Robin Hood Primary School:

This is one of the best books that I've read,I couldn't put it down

Maddison gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Corey from Kippax greenfield Primary School:

It is an adventure and i would recommend this to everyone.it builds up tension throughout the book and is very good.

Corey gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

emily from pool ce primary school :

Amazing!!!!! love this book the start was a bit boring but i still enjoyed it!!!! The end was a bit confusing but still in enjoying it it was very enjoyable and a right good thriller.

emily gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Esther from Beeston Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book, it was witty and full of exiting changes. I could feel for the characters and loved the exiting action and tension building moments.

Esther gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Ellie Rae from Beeston Primary School:

I thought this book was absolutely GREAT, although the first part [in my opinion ] didn't need as much detail as it had. I really liked the plot and would love to meet with this author and discuss how she finds all those brilliant ideas. Also, I'd love to do an orienteering challenge like that. Please write more books like these Natasha!

Ellie Rae gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Emily from Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hasting Primary School:

This book is soooooo good some might even describe the book as unputdownable!

Emily gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Lucas from Rothwell Victoria Junior School:

WOW! This book was absolutely amazing! I loved how the author started the book by describing the house. This is my favourite book so far! 5/5!!

Lucas gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Finlay from Holy Family Catholic Primary School :

This book was described as an adventure story, but it did not really turn out to be one. It is about a girl called Alice and a group of friends in a boarding school. Alice receives a package which she has to deliver to someone and goes on an adventure to make the delivery.

Jess was my favourite character in the book because when he hurt himself by falling and spraining his ankle he was very resillient and still carried on doing what he loved; which was running.

This story did not make me laugh or cry at all. It did not grip me because I did not feel like reading it as I did not find it very interesting. So the phrase 'unputdownable' should have not been have put on the front cover in my opinion.

I would recommend the book to children older than me because of the swearing. In my opinion there is hardly any adventure in the book, until you get to the last three / four chapters. This is where the book started to get more interesting. I think this book would be better in a series because then it can carry on the adventure and would make it a better story.

Finlay gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Maisie from Holy fanily catholic primary school:

This book is about a group of friends from boarding school who receive a parcel and it starts them off on a adventure. Jesse is my favourite character because she is like my cousin. It got boring on the first 2/3 chapters. It was inappropriate it had swearing in it. I would recommend this book to a teenager because of the swearing.

Maisie gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Annie from Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School:

I thought that this book was awesome, I loved the story and stayed up all night reading it, a real page turner. My favourite character is Alice because she’s so loyal, and I definitely recommend it to others!

Annie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Grace from Collingham lady elizabeth hastings C OF E primary school:

I thought this book was amazing although at the start it was a bit confusing but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Grace gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Jessica from Robin Hood Primary School:

It was full of adventure and makes you want to read more.

Jessica gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Lowri from West End Primary School:

I wanted to say 5 out of 5 but nothing is perfect. the introduction was a bit boring however when you got to the middle bit it amazes you!!! I would definitely say you should read this book because it makes you go WOW !

Lowri gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Finn from Summerfield Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. I love that it combined a bit of humour and a gripping story but I think that it was a bit rushed towards the end.

Finn gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

ryan from st Benedicts:

it was exciting and adventurous SUPER EXCITING

ryan gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Marykate from Holy family catholic primary school:

This book is about a girl who lives with her family.

My favourite character was Alice because she reminds me of my cousin.The characters did feel real to me because they was all brave.Yes the story kept me guessing.The end was the best part because it was more interesting.The mysterious scene was was written well.I found it difficult to understand parts that wasn’t written well.

Marykate gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Corey from Kippax Greenfields primary school:

When i read this book i feel like I'm in it and adventuring through the castle where alice goes to school.This book is so adventures and i really like it.

Corey gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Lauren from Roundhay St Johns C of E:

The Children of castle Rock was pretty good but some parts were boring.I liked the beggining because the way it described the boarding School was great.

Lauren gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Mohamed from Hillcrest Academy :

I liked that the girl was going on a adventure

Mohamed gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Lilly from Holy Family:

This book is about a girl who goes to bording school and meets a few friends . She receives a package and thats sets her of onto the journey .

What i liked was that it told you all about there personality's . However what i didn't like was that is took ages to get to the adventure and the start was a bit boring . It got better at the end though .

Overall , this book was quite good but it took ages to get to the point .

Lilly gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Dylan from Holy family catholic primary school :

This book is about a group of friends from boarding school about to go to the isle of Nish all because of a parcel. Jesse is my favourite character because of his personality. However I got bored in the first 2/3rds. It was rude because of the fact that there was swearing in it. It didn’t make me cry and grip me. I’d recommend it to an older person because of the amount of relationships.

Dylan gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Emilia from Holy Family Catholic Primary school:

This story is an adventure story.For me it was more of a mystery.Its a story about a girl,that starts a boarding school.She meets some people which are her friends,they receive a package which sets them off on a adventure.

This story was a slow burner for me.In the first couple of chapters it was all about relationships and introducing characters.This book is more appropriate for young adults or teenagers.The story didn't grip me or keep me turning the pages at all.My favourite character was Alice because she wants a lot of adventure.

I wish this book was a series so there is more adventure and the story develops more not like in this one book.The vocabulary was difficult and I needed to ask my mum and dad what the words meant.

Emilia gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Hollie from Collingham Primary CLEH.:

I loved this book and my favourite character was Fergus because he was always trying to beat Jesse in things he also tried to impress Alice and the best bit was when he basically ran into a bog. I loved this book because I like going on adventures but I also like reading about adventures so I give you a 5 out of 5 Natasha Farrant.

Hollie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Evie from Carlton Primary School:

This was a exciting book i really enjoyed it but there was a few times when you I would get confused because it would jump from place to place however it was really exciting and i wold definitely recommend it as it was really good.

Evie gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Helen from Allerton C of E Primary:

THE CHILDREN OF CASTLE ROCK is a great book.I know that everyone who reads this book will love it.

I give this book a 4 because i do not like how Alice has told Fergus about her father only . This book is amazing I advise you to read it !

Helen gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Marwa from Co-op Academy Oakwood:

This book is amazing and I would highly recommend it if you like adventure books.

Marwa gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Mohibullah from Co-op Academy Oakwood:

I loved this book as it had mystery and adventure

Mohibullah gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Matthew from Oulton Primary:

I liked the book because I thought it was adventurous.I was hooked from the first chapter and it kept me interested right until the last page.I liked the way that Alice rebelled against her parents because they sent her to boarding school.I thought the ending could be better because we didn't get enough information about her dad.

Matthew gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Daisy from Raynville Primary School:

It is a fantastic book abut a girl called alice,who is sent to a bording school but has to break the rules because there is a quest in store.This book is amazing!

Daisy gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Hannah from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was AMAZING!!!! Perfect amount of mystery and adventure. I would really recommend this book.It also tells you a bit about boarding school which is quite fun. Just an extraordinary book.

Hannah gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Guneet from Alwoodley Priamary School :

Wow what an amazing book. The ending was very unexpected and I didn't think it would end this way.At first I wasn't very keen but as I read more I coulden't stop reading.I Would definitly recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure.

Guneet gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Elizabeth from st Joseph's Wetherby catholic primary school:

The children of castle rock is a very confusing book. The topics change through out the book and you get very confused. The author didn't really describe the characters at all so you don't know what they look like or what personalities are. I am also extremely confused about the working washing machine and shower in an abandoned house. Overall, this book is not one of my favourites so it gets a 3 out of 5.

Elizabeth gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Savannah from Silcoates :

This book is like it says on the the front

Unputadownable it is so AMAZING I love it so much my facilities big was when alice and furgus where trying to tell Jesse their real plan

Savannah gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Mia from Methley Primary School:

The Children of Castle Rock,is a book that when you start reading a couple of words you are lost inside the depths of it;I could not put it down! Natasha Farrant (who is the author of the book) has structured it very well as part of it links to her life. Now that i have read the book, I would recommend it to someone who likes visiting Scotland and someone who likes adventures. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 as it is AMAZING so get your hands on it NOW1

Mia gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Summer from Manston Primary School:

This book was like it said unputadownable.It was action packed and I stayed up all night reading it. My favourite part was when they kept on betraying each other. I would recommend this book to people who like adventures. I rated this 5 out of 5 because it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Summer gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Kasseykylie from Manston Primary:

I think the comments on the front were accurate when they said it is unput down-able. Both my headteacher and main class teacher said it was a classic and it was like the books they used to read as kids. One of my favourite parts was when Alice and Fergus where trying to find the right moment to tell Jesse the real plan they had in mind.

I gave it a 4 out of 5 only because some times i would have to skim past some bits to get to the exiting part.

Kasseykylie gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Oliver from Manston Primary School:

Personally, not one of my favourites, I didn't really enjoy parts of the book that much due to the fact it was about a boarding school. It was not the type of genre and setting of my liking, although some characters were very interesting.

Oliver gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Daniel from Calverley CEVA primary school :

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

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

Dominic from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

This book is really interesting and i stayed up all night reading.

Dominic gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Dominic from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I really liked this book and the characters made me laugh. I would recommend reading this book as it is very funny.

Dominic gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Shams from Allerton C of E Primary:

I found this book very interesting and there was a plot twist right in the end which intrigued me to finish the book in one sitting!

Shams gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Deacon from Hunslet.St Marys Cof E Primary School:

I liked this book because it was very adventurous and interesting and my favourite character was fergus because he was the leader of the group.

Deacon gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Erin from Hunslet St Mary's:

This book was amazing and made my jaw drop half of the time, I would highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 9-10. I would read the book again if i could. My favourite character was Alice Mistlethwaite because she has a great and exciting personality that made you question it every time she did something new.

Erin gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

lexi from Hunslet St marys c of e primary school:

You would really enjoy this book if you like adventures and mysteries.Three children on a quest at their boarding school and come a long a thew thing along the way.My favourite character was Alice.

lexi gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Eva from Westgate Primary School:

I thought this book was really adventurous and enjoyable and picked up pace towards the end. The final chapters were really exciting and gripping; I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good adventure story.

Eva gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

emma from pool ce primary:

it was a fab book with plenty of adventure

emma gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

felicity from shire oak primary school:

this book was good. i would recommend it to people who like adventures.

felicity gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Olivia from Robin Hood Primary SCHOOL:

The book was amazing . I thought the book would be extremally boring because of the picture on the front and the title . Although I have now learnt to never judge a book by it's cover . It's a 5 out of 5 from me.

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

bethanie from robin hoood primary school:

i wasn't to keen, I got bored after a while but I still read it and it will be liked by an adventurous person I am but being left alone on a trip not my thing and I can be fine left alone at home but not out on a trip.

bethanie gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Enzo from St Benedicts:

I loved the book and really wish that there were more books just like this and would recommend this to people who like mystery, surprises and adventure. I would love to read a series onward to this about more of Alice, Fergus and Jesse's adventures.

Enzo gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Stevie from Greenhill Primary School:

I would give this a 4 out of 5 because the first part of the book was slow and uninteresting for me so I decided to look at other reviews to see what other people thought of this book and say they were mainly good so I eventually got to the second part and it was more interesting in my opinion.So my overall review of this book is a 4 out of 5 because I think the second part made up for the first. This was my final book and I am looking forward to the near future.

Stevie gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Ella from Methley Primary School:

The Children of Castle Rock is an intriguing read; it keeps you interested throughout. i like the fact Natasha Farrant writes it as if she is there and how she keeps referring back to earlier moments. This is one of my favourite books and i will definitely read it again so that's why i would rate it a 5 out of 5.

Ella gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Emily from pool CE PRIMARY SCHOOL:

It was a very thrilling adventure.I would recommend this book to children over the age of 9.

Emily gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Autumn from pool c of e primary:

this book was so amazing! i started it, it took a while to get into it but when i did i couldn't put it down! by the next morning I had already read part 1 and a few more chapters. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!

Autumn gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Lyla from Beeston Primary School:

It was an excellent book to read, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the characters and their adventures. It was extremely well written and exciting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading, as it was a pleasure to read.

Lyla gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Kayla from Rothwell Victoria Junior School:

I rate this book a 3/5 because it wasn't my favorite one I have read yet. I am glad that I read The Children Of Castle Rock as I did enjoy it. I also rate this book a 3/5 because I did find a couple of type errors. It was a adventurous book and I did enjoy it.

Kayla gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Imogen from Rothwell Victoria junior school:

Its a good novel- ambitious vocabulary, great story line, unexpected friends and dangers, I felt as if I were there. A few misspells, but who cares about them when there is a good book read? :)

Imogen gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Leah from Pool CE Primary School:

It is a great book, stayed up all night with my dog and has great adventures if your that type of person.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 9.

Leah gave The Children of Castle Rock 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 this is aimed at people who like adventure stories and I thought it was the best adventure ever

Isla gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Freya from Silcoates School:

I loved reading this book so much as it has so many gripping twists and turns.I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is a thrill-seeker or just generally a curious , adventurous person.

The book is all about a girl called Alice who's life gets turned upside down after she finds out that shes going to a boarding school! After she finally settled down the great orienteering challenge springs on her!

Freya gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

charlie from beeston primary school:

this book story wise was actually better than what I expected but I read lots of pages that were unnecessary and were just fillers. the book dragged on and focused too much on description which got very boring to read. this book would be a lot shorter if it just focused on the story which would have made it more enjoyable to read. because of this I rate it 2 out of 5 stars

charlie gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Holly from Barwick in Elmet C.E Primary School :

I really enjoyed this book, its mysterious and adventurous! I really love the determination in the characters. Its about making friends, the adventures you can have with friendship, determination and you can really feel the sad, awkward and happy feelings throughout the book (which I like.)

This book was amazing, I cannot wait to read Natasha Farrant's next book!

Holly gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Myla from Robin Hood Primary School:

This book seemed ok at the start but then it just got a bit boring for me and it’s just not my type of book. Children of Castle Rock is just a bit confusing and repetitive. The other reviews say this book is great but not for me and that’s why I rated it a 2 out of 5.

Myla gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Simrit from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading this book.It included lots of exciting adventures and an unexpected ending which I was surprised at.I loved how the characters had secrets ,which changed your emotions on them, and that there was always a mystery coming up when you least expect it.

Simrit gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Ruby from Alwoodley Primary School:

This was AMAZING!The reason I rated it a 5 stars is because it was one of my favourite books I have ever read!I loved reading this simply because it has a lot adventure in it.It was really my kind of book and I would definitely recommend this for people who are really into adventure.I really like the characters in this book and I think they would be great in another story and maybe they could go on another adventure!

Ruby gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

william from alwoodley primary school:

This book is a masterpiece! The characters are built to be exactly like the main demographic and there are references to other books such as Harry Potter which it is very similar to.

william gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Rumbidzai from Southroyd primary and Nursery school:

i looooooveeeeed the book so much that i thought that there was a book two and i just loved it and couldn't stop reading because it was that fabulous to read.

Rumbidzai gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Jemima from Robin Hood Primary School:

This book was extremely joyful and exciting to read.I found myself being captivated into the story.At the start I found it quite slow paced and struggled to persevere, but once it got to the cliffhanger I couldn’t put it down.

Jemima gave The Children of Castle Rock 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 is very good, but has a few swear words show using stars, so wouldn't be great for little ones. It is very hard to predict what is going to happen next, which is good as if it was easy it would be a boring story.

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

Isabelle from Collingham Lady Elizebeth Hastings Primary School:

I thought that it was an amazing book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves adventures. It really pulls you into the story and you feel like you get to know the characters so well. I loved the characters that Natasha Farrant created and my favourite was the unpredictable Alice.

Isabelle gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Daniel from St Josephs Primary Wetherby:

This book was good but there were some bad quality. This book is about a girl named Alice that goes to a unusual school in Scotland and she goes on a mysterious adventure.

My favourite character Fergus because he was unique and was different to all the other characters. The characters did not feel real because we were not provided with enough description of the character.

This story slightly kept me guessing because of the mysterious statue.

My favourite part of the book was the start because it described what was going on.

I would like some more tension and build up on the book.

Daniel gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Isaac from Allerton C of E Primary:

I thought this was an amazing book that was full of adventure, twists and a great story line. So I decided to give it a 4/5.

Isaac gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Ruby from Calverley:

I really enjoyed this book I liked the fact it wasn't really dangerous but it was really adventurous and I liked the idea and theme of the book I would love to read a sequel if one comes out

Ruby gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Olivia from Methley Primary School:

The Children Of Castle Rock was an intriguing adventure adventure story with twist and turns throughout.I was reading almost 20 pages a day;it was amazing.After a mysterious parcel is given to Alice,she and her best friends -Fergus and Jesse-go and find her father.Anyone reading it will enjoy it.At the end of the book, my heart melted at what happend.

Olivia gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Elizabeth from Calverley Parkside Primary School :

Very good book.Stayed up all night reading it with my dog.Lots of description and speech.

Elizabeth gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Evie from Calverley Parkside Primary School:

This a very good adventure story by Natasha Farrant. It kept me up all night and i loved reading it. Alice [the main character] is a mischevious child.

I love this book.

Evie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Martha from Methley Primary School:

I loved this adventure story because of the amazing adventures. I would recommend the book to anyone over the age of nine(especially if you like adventure). Because all the characters were fabulous,I couldn't choose a favourite. All the way through the book, there were brilliant adventures. The book was great.

Martha gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

DAN from POOL CE PRIMARY:

This book is a really good read but towards the middle it gets a bit boring and repetitive but overall it is a good adventure story with a great end. My favourite character was Alice because she had a good heart.

DAN gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Milly from Pool C of E Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the adventure and slight hint of comedy.I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading Enid Blyton and Emma Carol because the story line and characters are similar to those they write about.The book is about a girl called Alice who gets sent off to an unusual boarding school in the Scottish highlands.There, she makes friends with boy-genius and mischief-maker Fergus and rule abiding Jesse. She follows a dangerous plan to reach her criminal mastermind father on a far away Scottish highland.

Milly gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Dylan from Southroyd primary and nursery school :

I loved this book because it is so good with the emotions that it uses and I love how most of the characters change their average ways for example Alice used to be quiet and calm but now she speaks a lot and she is now writing stories about characters just like her friends this is why I give the book a 5.

Dylan gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

unknown from pool primary school:

loved it it was quite like an Enid Blyton but it was also great in its own special way

unknown gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Josh from Calverley C.E primary school:

I liked castle rock at the middle and end because the three children were very mischievous and always got into trouble.At the start it was not very eventful but it got better.

Josh gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Edie from St Benedicta:

Loved this book I couldn’t put it down it was a mix of all my favourite books in one it was full of adventure and mystery and I felt a rush of emotions come at me with every page I turned definitely recommend

Edie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Gracie from Robin Hood Primary School:

It was the best book ive read yet. It had so much suspense and made you want to read on. Once i read the book fir bout 6 hours because its that good.

Gracie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Archie from Oulton Primary School:

A first ithought it was a little bit slow but as i got into the story and the characters i really enjoyed it. The story had both sad and tense moments that kept me reading

Archie gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Kate from St Matthews primary school :

I have only just started reading this book but I already love it. The main character reminds me of myself and it comforts me to know she likes reading and writing too.It is very descriptive and informative. A great read for experienced readers who love books. I would recommend this inspirational book to everyone. It is heartbreaking how Alice has such a tragic backstory. It is utterly beautiful. The children of castle rock is an amazing book. It's just my cup of tea. Natasha Farrant is a brilliant author. I would even go as far to say it is koodus!

Kate gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Evie from Calverley Parkside:

This book [The children of castle rock] is an amazing adventure story. Once you read this book you wll never wan tto put it down.

Evie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Emily from Oulton primary school:

The main characters are Fergus Alice and Jesse . They are three adventurous children and one of them(Jesse) is a good child but needs to break a few rules to help Alice,Fergus and Jesse even hurt themselves to help Alice I gave it 4/5 because in some parts it didn’t make sense and I got confused.

Emily gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Fatima from Oak-wood Primary Academy:

This book is a great book and the adventure that was in The Children of Castle Rock was amazing it is a book that anyone would like. That is why I gave 5/5.

It's one of the BEST books this year.

Fatima gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Elysia from Robin Hood Primary School:

This book was one of the best books i have ever read and when reading it i couldn't put the book down because of it's amazing suspense. I think this book is absulutely brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!

Elysia gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Carmen from Westgate Primary School:

I think that this book was really intriguing and I would definitely read it again.I was also very excited to find out what the parcel was.

Carmen gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

layla from St Benidict:

This book is made up of lots of different adventures. The storyline is amazing it's about a girl whose mother has died and she becomes very quiet,

she gets sent to boarding school and meats two friend ( Jesse and Fergus.)

each character ends up being very different by the end of the book. The description makes you feel like you were in the book. Also, you could feel the characters emotions like you were a part of them.

layla gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Tilly from Chapel Allerton Primary School:

This book is brilliant and is beautiful in some ways if you like sadness and adventure this book is for you.

Tilly gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Alice from Calverley C of E primary :

I didn't really like this book for it was quite boring and dull

Alice gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Rhian from Oulton Primary School:

Alice Misthlethwaite is sent to a boarding school in Scotland but when her dad misses visiting day Alice is upset.Fergus,Alice and Jesse go on an exiting adventure but it isn't easy. The characters felt real to me and my favorite part of the book is when they were running away from people; it was tense and mysterious.My favorite character is Alice because she is brave. I would recommend it to 9-11 years and I would give the book 5 out of 5.

Rhian gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Charlie from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure or detective stories - or both. I liked the mystery element and how all the parts of the book fit together really well. I would definitely want to go to Stormy Loch and have lots of adventures. I love the fact that Alice bases her world around reading and writing like me.

Charlie gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Maya from Otley all saints primary school:

I really didn't like this book as it didn't have much description and went through the plot too quickly. Because of this, I couldn't really feel for characters when something bad happened. I could see why someone would enjoy this book if they like Enid Blyton-esque books but it wasn't for me.

Maya gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Rosamund from Carvery Parkside primary school:

I would rate this book five because it is full of sdventure! Also once you have read one chapter you want read another and once you read that chapter you want to read another and so on.?

Rosamund gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Alfred from Calverly or primary school:

I found it amazing to read one of my favourite books now

Alfred gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Daniel from collingham:

I loved this book, especially the second part and I would recommend it to people who love adventure. It took me a while to get into the book as the first three chapters were difficult to understand.

Daniel gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Shanya from Shire Oak CE primary School:

I liked this book because the house cherry grange was named for the tree. this book was amazing

Shanya gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Sarvagyaa from Shire Oak Primary School:

A brilliant adventure story full of friendship, excitement and mystery. Fergus, Alice and Jesse all in their own ways were trustworthy and talented. I used to get butterflies in my stomach when someone was unveiling a truth or making a critical choice. I love the bonding among the three children. It was a remarkable story.

Sarvagyaa gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Joseph from Beeston Primary:

I wasn't expecting the book to be very good but really enjoyed it. The title makes it sound like it'd be quite boring from my perspective but isn't and really exciting. The fact that there's criminals is what I like and my kind of book.

Joseph gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Enoch from Beeston Primary School:

i rate this book four stars, because it's very easy to understand very adventurous and easy to read without having to have to search for the meaning of words. What I didn't like, was the ending of the book that

I didn't think it was very interesting. However, the book was very interesting and very surprising. I liked it.

Enoch gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Rosa from Collingham LEH Primary School:

I loved this book. It was like being transported to another world of betrayal, chaos and adventure. I loved all of the characters and I simply just could not put the book down. It was just too astounding for words. I didn't go to my tap lesson that day so all I did was read it. I hope I can find another book like it but nothing would (and could) replace such a warming in the heart story.It would be too much for words to read it. I can't wait until I can get my hands on another one of her books again. 100 OUT OF 100, I love you and your books Natasha Farrant.

Rosa gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Alannah from Robin Hood Primary :

OMG!!!!! This book was so amazingly, gloriously, wonderfully unputdownable that I nearly stayed up all night reading it. I love the humour and the root of the story is brilliant. It was an utter cracker and I like how at the end of every paragraph it is left on a cliff hanger. I felt like I was a character in the book.

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

Bethany from Robin Hood Primary School:

An Amazing And Thrilling Story!

Bethany gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Leon from Southroyd:

To be honest,

It is a good book and it is a really nice storyline too

As it being an adventure story, I really enjoyed it

Leon gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Billy from Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School:

I like it,it's pretty good.Its an adventure with lots of exciting cliffhangers but if you aren't liking this book then wait for part two it changes the scene a lot.

Billy gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Holly from Methley Primary School:

This adventure book was amazing, there were many enjoyable parts. The story made me read till about 1 in the morning and at times made me feel emotional(sad,happy and worried). I would recommend this book for children over the age of 8. I personally really liked how Natasha,who is the author of The Children of Castle Rock,showed the letters and postcards in pictures so we could really see what it looked like. The setting description was great but the character description wasn't as good:the only thing that described the character's in detail was the cover of the book.

Holly gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Megan from Southroyd :

It is fun and you don’t know what will happen

Megan gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Emaya from Shire Oak CE primary School:

I loved the book my favourite characters are Fergus, Jesse and Alice of course. I don't really read read books like this. the ending was brilliant.

Emaya gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Georgia from Westgate Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading this book because I don't normally read stuff like it and I was surprised on how good it was. I would definitely recommend this book because it shows a girl going through a hard time and I think a lot of people can relate to that also it challenged me a bit and I always like a book like that.

Georgia gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Pria from Oulton Primary School:

This is an amazing book were a girl goes on a thrilling adventure but also leading herself into big trouble. This is a very hear-warming book and i would love to read this again. I recommend this book for children over the age of 9.

Pria gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Taibah from Harehills Primary School:

I loved the book, it was a real twist. I would recommend this to anyone who loves adventure.

Taibah gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Ebonie from Oulton Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a great adventure and a very heart-warming book. I would recommend this to adventurous people over the age of 8 as this book is also upsetting. I didn't want this amazing book to end!

Ebonie gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Aleesha from Meadowfield Primary School:

I enjoyed the book and its really interesting although some words are complicated. I recommend this book to children who are 8 and above.

Aleesha gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

falak from Meadowfield Primary School:

I recommend this book for ages above 7 years because it makes you think a lot about what it says as well as it making you feel like you are in the book. You want to read on until you get to the end!

falak gave The Children of Castle Rock 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Ruth from Calverley CofE primary:

I absolutely loved this book.Although it gets a bit boring at some points it's really exciting if a little un believeable

Ruth gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Jess from Calverley c of e primary school :

I really liked this book because it was very exciting and you didn't expect some the things that happens. It was very adventurous and surprising

Jess gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Elizabeth from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

It is a really good book and I really enjoyed reading it. I love books about boarding schools and it is like Enid Blyton and JK Rowling. It has a quite slow start but Part 2 and the end of Part 1 is amazing! The ending is the best bit because it is really tense and funny! I feel like I am friends with the characters, especially Alice! I would recommend this book to everyone!!

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

Niah from Allerton C of E primary:

I think the book was really good because it is like Alice,Jesse and Fergus are your best friends.My favourite parts are when Fergus and Jesse stick up for Alice against her dad.

Niah gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Nina from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. It was very Enid Blyton style and it enticed the reader. I found the book quite emotional in some parts but it was really mysterious and by the end I felt like I knew the characters. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!

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

Evelyn from Thorpe Primary School :

Wow! This book really showed me I can do anything! The plot is so good and unexpected! It goes on and on before delivering the final punch! I would definitely recommend it!

Evelyn gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

joshua from southroyd primary and nursery school:

i really enjoyed this book and it is a very good book for children 8-13 and it will be a very popular book .

joshua gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Eleanor from Greenhill primary school :

At the bigginig it took a while to get hooked into the basic storie base but then it began to build up suspense and action. The main character sort of reminded me of myself loving to daydream and make my stories based on my actions. The only thing for me was the lack of character expression and the limited description of the characters as well

Eleanor gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Bailey from greenhill primary school:

i am really enjoying this book so far as it is a good book and it really gets the reader hooked in straight away. So far this is probably one of the best books I have ever read. the author has really thought about writing this book.

Bailey gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Mehrin from Coop Academy Oakwood:

I loved this book because it taught me to say my opinion and not think about the negative possibilities.??

Mehrin gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Swaley from Coop Academy Oakwood:

this book wasn't the best nor the worst it was a bit in-between it was quite like realistic at pint but most was fantasy.

Swaley gave The Children of Castle Rock 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Evelyn from Thorpe Primary School :

I thought that the beginning was a bit hard to get into and it wasn’t the best. But when it got to Part 2 it got better and more mysterious. I am really enjoying it now so give it a chance if it you are thinking it is a bit rubbish!

Evelyn gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Matthew from Calverley c of e primary school :

I like this book because it made me feel like I was actually in the book it was that detailed and it had some really good vocabulary in it and I really like chapter 1

Matthew gave The Children of Castle Rock 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Nina from Calverley C.E Primary School:

I love the book, it has a great mystery behind it. It is very interesting and it WILL draw you into the it, the plot makes sense, but the reason why I didn't rate it up to 5, is because I did find some parts a little confusing, soon after, I understood and it went along with what I was reading. I definitely would recommend to people who like mystery stories, with a twist.

Nina gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Phoebe from Calverley C of E:

I loved the book but I just feel that the start of the book was dragging on a bit. But aside from that, I loved the mystery. I liked how at the school everyone had a talent. I would have loved to have gone to that school!

Phoebe gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

reece from raynville primary school:

very funny at some points, a great adventure for thrill-seeking children but at some points a little confusing.

reece gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Abby from Grange Farm Primary School:

The book was surprising it started from a day at boarding school to a mysterious adventure

Abby gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Chloe from Grange Farm Primary School:

The book was very interesting, adventurous and full of surprises. It gives us a lot of information and leaves you questioning in your mind. I really enjoyed reading it because the characters had different personalities and opinions.

Chloe gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Nikola from Grange Farm Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading this book because,all the time it was a mystery and i kept wondering what would happen next.

Nikola gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Paige from Grange Farm Primary School:

This book was adventurous,but mysterious at the same time. Also it was full of surprises.

Paige gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Chocolate Factory Ghost by David O'Connell.

Jessica from Grange Farm primary school:

The book was detailed it showed Alice's emotions well. The adventures where full of mysteries and surprises. You never knew what would come next.The author kept you waiting to build up the suspense for the adventures.

Jessica gave The Children of Castle Rock 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.