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 16th MARCH 2017:
Firstly, let me say this book is so pretty! The cover is amazing in a simple way and it interested me as soon as I saw the book.
The story itself kept me guessing as I read and it made me both laugh and cry. This book has an amazing ability to be dramatic and mysterious all whilst keeping the bubbly energy of the protagonist, Alex who sets off to launch his golden ipod filled with recordings of his life on earth into space however his journey takes him further than he imagined and he meets new friends and even family as he tries to discover the truth of his late father.
The book is funny and the bravery and innocence of Alex as he travels and learns shines through on every page. The book is written like a transcript as it is told through Alex’s recordings, although it takes a small while to get used to reading this type of book it is rewarding when you do. The amount of detail and emotion in the book (including from a character who momentarily has a vow of silence) is testament to Cheng’s talents.
I would recommend this book to anyone in general as it caters to everyone.