Why We Took the Car

By Wolfgang HerrndorfWhy We Took the Car

This is one of the best books for young adults I’ve read ever (sorry Jasper Jones). Its definitely for a more mature reader so don’t be put off by the age of the central characters (fourteen). Its one of those books I particularly enjoy because they encompass everything – like life.

There were moments of real beauty in this book – but don’t let that put you off! Its funny too; a great road trip and coming of age story with some interesting other characters along the way.



You may not have heard of this book yet, but I think you will soon! Its been compared to The Hunger Games and I can see why. The society depicted in Wool is oppressed like in the Hunger Games, but its not clear who by until the very end. In fact, I’m still not quite sure who’s in charge! Maybe I’ll have to read the second book (yes, its another series). I don’t normally read this type of book, but even I got sucked in and read through to the end. There were some twists and turns in the story that I really didn’t expect.

This is from the author’s website:

“This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.”


I’ve tagged this book with a heap of different genres because there’s a lot going on that I think will keep you reading until the end.

I’m back!

I haven’t blogged about anything I’ve read in a while – I’ve been a bit slack sorry. I’ve been reading a lot of books for older readers lately, so if you want an easier read, you could try clicking on the tags and check out what I’ve read earlier.

The PRC (Premier’s Reading Challenge) is a challenge that is held every year since 20Premier's Reading Challenge06 or something close to that. You  read 20 books in total, 15 from the PRC list and 5 books from your own choice. It is held every year from March to September and if you continuously do the challenge each time, you will find you get an award for participation. You normally log your own books into the website which is somewhere….. ask Ms Page for more info… It’s on now so you have until September to finish reading 20 books by then and GOOD LUCK!


“‘Enter. Or turn back. This is Erebos.’Erebos
Nick is given a sinister but brilliant computer game called Erebos. The game is highly addictive but asks its players to carry out actions in the real world in order to keep playing online, actions which become more and more terrifyingly manipulative. As Nick loses friends and all sense of right and wrong in the real world, he gains power and advances further towards his online goal – to become one of the Inner Circle of Erebos. But what is virtual and what is reality? How far will Nick go to achieve his goal? And what does Erebos really want?
Enter Erebos at your own risk. Exciting, suspenseful and totally unputdownable.”


I didn’t get to finish this book, but it was suspenseful; it will definitely keep you guessing, as well as feeling a little uneasy..


My dad was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York. But the stuff in this book isn’t about that. It’s aboutwe-can-be-heroes-cvr the summer me and Jed and Priti tried to catch a suicide bomber and started a riot.There’s stuff about how we built a tree house and joined the bomb squad; how I found my dad and Jed lost his; and how we both lost our mums then found them again.So it’s not really about 9/11 but then again none of those things would have happened if it hadn’t been for that day.So I guess it’s all back to front, sort of …


I really enjoyed this book – I guess I say that a lot! Its funny and sad and a whole lot of other things in between.

This book is seriously weird and very well written; its certainly is not for the squeamish! It even has a warniImageng on the back cover:

“WARNING! Contains scenes of cruelty and violence”

and when you think of how many blood thirsty books you’ve read without a warning, you can imagine how full on this book really is. But there’s a lot more to the book than just violence; the author Michael Grant has succeeded in creating a very complex and believable world where nanotechnology allows people to really get in; inside other people and control them. I really would find it difficult to tell you much more about this book except its very engrossing.

Here’s a link to his website:



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