(Maintained and edited by Sophie Barkerwood)
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*
Click below to read the Panel’s reviews:
OUR LATEST REVIEW PUBLISHED 7th September 2017
The super descriptions in this magical fantasy adventure book
show me a kind, sad and wise boy named Fish Boy (aka Billy).
A mysterious illness descends on Fish Boy’s mother like a
shadow; who knows if she’ll live? When you meet the fish
(“Us”) they are extremely energising. Peculiarly the fish speak
Hungarian! The fish make Fish Boy feel wanted and included
unlike at school where he gets bullied and teased. Fish Boy is
surprised to find Patrick helps him to understand the fish’s
I think this book shows you that you should love your parents
more than a shoal of fish even if things get tricky.
It is a book for all ages and all genders because it is about love,
survival and difficulty and it is very exciting. Although it is
uncorrected it has no mistakes.
I recommend anyone who likes nature to read it, you will want
to stay inside the pages and read it over and over again.
I absolutely love it.