Welcome to our fantastic new whole-school book blog!

This is a virtual space where SNA students and staff can share book recommendations.

You can browse this page to discover some exciting titles that may help you with your book choices, with personalised book reviews written by people you know; your classmates and teachers.

We have a strong culture of reading at our school. By contributing to this blog, you are actively helping to develop this culture even further by sharing your love of books with those around you.

To submit a book review, all you need to do is complete a Forms (there’s an icon on the Student Login Page) and then wait a few days for it to be submitted onto the site.

Students’ first names and year groups will feature only or you can ask to remain anonymous with none of your details listed if you would prefer, just tell us on the Form!

We’d love it if all Years 7 and 8 could get into the habit of submitting a book review after completing their AR book quizzes to make this page really full of fantastic reviews.

It’s worth noting that, helpfully, book reviews can also be used as part of your SNA Reading Pledge as they provide evidence of you having read and then reviewed a book.

Be part of something inspirational by simply visiting this site and looking through the book recommendations, talking about books with family and friends, or even submitting a review to keep the enjoyment of reading alive for many more years to come at SNA.


22/07/2021 – The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

This is an amazing story about a French boy whose life is turned upside down during the war. He is sent to live with his aunt in Germany , will he still be the Sweet French boy , or will he change into something else?


Reviewed by Ayva, Year 8      




20/07/2021 – Toffee by Sarah Crossan

This book is a very heartwarming book about a girl who is abused by her dad so one day she decides to run away to Cornwall and when she arrives she finds what looks like an abandoned house, however, there is an old woman who lives there who has dementia and the woman thinks that the girl is her best friend that died called toffee. I feel like this book because it's very different because it's all small-sized poems that follow a story and it's very unique.

Reviewed by Millie, Year 8

20/07/2021 – The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave               

This book is amazing! I love the concept of adventure, mystery and more. It's amazing how everything in this book is linked, one way or another. I also love how at certain points in the book it shows you what the maps would look like. Overall this book has so much to offer and is the best book I have ever read. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Mia, Year 8



20/07/2021 – Little Badman and The Radioactive Samosa by Humza Arshad and Henry White

This book is very good and inspiring for those that have a big and creative imagination. The book is also very leading towards not to judge a person by others opinions and to have your own opinions.

Reviewed by Sam, Year 8                         


20/07/2021 – Geek Girl by Holly Smale

I really liked this book because it related to me in a way because about 1 year ago I went to a modelling agency and got signed up for it. So this book related to me in a way. 

In my opinion this book was really good and I really enjoyed reading it which is not usually the case when it comes down to me reading books, but it really got me engaged in the plot and I'm definitely going to continue reading the geek girl book series.


Reviewed by Erica, Year 8


15/07/2021 – Gone by Michael Grant

A really gripping story line with many twists and turns. The story is about a town where every person over the age of 14 disappears. Without adults, the kids must learn to live and fight for themselves. There are kids that don’t like the rest and without adults to stop them, they will do anything they can to bring the others down. I think the book would be good for people aged 11 and above as they may be a bit confusing and violent for people under that age. 

Overall I think this is a really good book. It is part of a series with 5 books In it, this one is the first. I am currently reading the second one and it is just as good if not better.


 Reviewed by Isaac, Year 7

15/07/2021 – Truly, Wildly, Deeply by Jenny McLaughlan

A lovely story where the protagonist, a young girl, starts college and has to make new friends. It follows her through many new experiences including falling in love and the general struggle of teenage life. What I love most about this book it that Annie has cerebral palsy and I don't think there are enough books out there where primary characters have a disability - I feel like I learned a lot from reading this book and laughed out loud the whole way through! An easy read and would highly recommend.


 Reviewed by Mrs Steele, Form Tutor for 11A1


14/07/2021 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

A great introduction to the Harry Potter series, with excellent world building, terrific characters, and the villain was great. I love how we get to see the struggles of Harry's life, and how it get's flipped upside-down. The ending really left an impact, and left for room for more sequels in a very satisfying way. The meanings were interesting, but not overly forceful upon the reader. I would certainly recommend this read.        


Reviewed by Anon


14/07/2021 - Troo Friend by Kirsty Applebaum

This is an amazing book, I've even considered purchasing my own copy! 
It is based off of a world with smarter, more human, AI, telling of what life would be like, as a robot forced to stay inside of someone's house, following every command. 
I don't wish to spoil the story, but even though you may think what I have written has portrayed this book as a boring story, it does get a lot more engaging, after the first few chapters.

Five stars, great book.


Reviewed by Rowan, Year 8

14/07/2021 – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This b