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Welcome to the Panel (sounds mysterious and Hunger Gamesy, bear with); where young readers are presented with the opportunity to give their opinions on books they’ve read and loved, and share them with the world. Every few months a free book is selected for each member, and their thoughts on it are published here. If you’re below 19 and live nearby, or visit Scarthin Books in Cromford regularly, and are interested in joining, please visit in store and email youngfictionreviewpanel@with your details and a review of a book you’ve read recently and you could be amongst the wonderful reviews we have on show. *witty goodbye pun involving books*
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OUR LATEST REVIEW PUBLISHED 11th MAY 2017:
This book is about a young French girl, called Oksa Pollock, who moves to England with her mother, father and grandmother. The move from France is very sudden, but Oksa’s best friend, Gus Bellanger, comes with her, making her feel more comfortable. Moving to her new school is intimidating – and even more intimidating when she meets a physics teacher who seems to despise Oksa as soon as she walks through the door. Why? What has she done wrong? Is there more to this physics teacher than meets the eye?
Unfortunately, evil physics teachers aren’t the only people in Oksa’s life that aren’t telling her everything. Oksa soon discovers that she can do extra-ordinary things, things that a normal thirteen year-old girl from Paris could never imagine.
Then, all at once, the truth is revealed, showing Oksa who she truly is, and where she truly belongs. She must learn to control her amazing powers, or she will risk endangering herself and those around her. But is Oksa ready to be trusted with a sacred secret? Will she defeat an evil that threatens everything she is fighting for? After all, she is the last hope…
I would recommend this book to preteen readers, who enjoy different fantasy books. The book is intriguing and action packed, and although it wasn’t my favourite genre, I still thought the characters were good and it had an imaginative story line, which was easy to follow. I’m sure that 10-12 year olds would find it even more gripping than I did!