Mystery

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The Murders Ape

Your child will enjoy the Murders Ape if they:

· Like action from the start. I was outraged for the characters and was rooting for them straight away. Rich characters who you really like or dislike are beautifuuly developed throughout the story.
· Get drawn into a narrative through the rich description of characters and community within the setting, and enjoys the extra detail.
· Are curious and want to solve a mystery from well written clues.
· Want a book that has beautiful illustrations that bring the story alive.
· Need to develop self-confidence and reading stamina, for big chunky books. The book is an epic text but the font is not dense on a page, coupled with its short chapters and 3 parts it is an easier read than it looks. It will need an investment of time, you can read it together or even read Part One have a rest and come back to it.

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Katy Parker and the House that Cried

Your child will enjoy Katy Parker and the house that cried if they;
Enjoy a mystery adventure story
Find flashbacks and time travel exciting and engaging
Can empathise with characters from different background and periods of time
Want to explore family dynamics and sibling relationships
Like historical settings and detail
Is studying world war II
Enjoy gritty, brave and courageous female characters
Needs texts that aren’t too chunky

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The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles

Your child will enjoy story The Field Guide: Spiderwick Chronicles if:
Loves magic, adventure and intrigue (think fairies, goblins and trolls)
Gets drawn into a narrative through illustrations designed to provide extra detail. Tony DiTerlizzi blows me away; he brings the magic to life with his gothic style pencil drawings.
Will enjoy getting to really know characters and how they develop.
Wants a book that is fairly short and easy to read. As in all the books in The Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Field Guide can develop self-confidence and reading stamina. It is really important for a reluctant reader that books are finished and enjoyed before the interest in them is lost.

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