Review: Blue Peter Book Awards 2019

My school (the Glasgow Gaelic School) was chosen to judge the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019. We were the only school in Scotland chosen! Me and my friends were asked to take part and we were awarded with a Blue Peter badge for judging. Here’s my opinion on all the books I read for the awards. Enjoy!

pile of shortlisted books


The Clockwork Crow, by Catherine Fisher

This book is set in Wales and is about a girl named Soren, who goes to this big house. But on her way there, a stranger shoves a parcel into her hands. It’s a clockwork crow. When she gets to the house there is something not right about it. The house and the people that live in it are lifeless because a boy who lived there, named Tom, has gone missing. Will Soren find him before it’s too late?

This is a great book. A bit creepy for me towards the end but I enjoyed it otherwise. Great for kids who love mysteries!

3/5 stars

The House with the Chicken Legs, by Sophie Anderson

This book is all about a girl named Marinka, whose grandmother (who she lives with) is Baba Yaga. The house they live in has chicken legs and runs away whenever it feels like, so poor Marinka never gets to make friends. One day, one of the girls called Nina (who her grandmother is guiding) gets left behind until the morning. Marinka hides Nina from her gran but there are consequences. What happens to Marinka and Nina?

This book, to me, was all about believing in yourself. It has a nice ending, even though there has been quite a bit of sadness during the book. Very emotional!

3.5/5 stars

The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Q. Rauf

Alexa is the main character in this book and it’s all about a boy called Ahmet who is a refugee who came to her school. Ahmet speaks very little English and his family are still out there but Britain is going to close the gates for refugees to enter the country. Alexa wants to keep the gates open a little longer to let Ahmet’s family in, so she sends a letter to the Queen but doesn’t get a reply. Alexa and her friend Tom run away to the palace to tell the Queen herself! Will the Queen keep the gates open?

I LOVED this book. It’s really adventurous. In my opinion the moral is never give up and fight for what you believe in!

5/5 stars



The Element in the Room, by Mike Barfield

The elements, the periodic table and scientists is what this book is all about. You can investigate all the elements with Sherlock Ohms and find out about loads of scientists who discovered some elements! There’s loads of funny comic strips about scientists too!

This book was really surprising because when I first looked at it, it looked really boring and babyish but it was actually really interesting.

4/5 stars

The Colours of History, by Clive Gifford

This was a book with a theme that you wouldn’t normally see in a book. It’s all about the different shades and their history. Like, did you know if you see E120 on your food that means there’s an insect called Cochineal in it? Cochineal produces a reddish colour.

This looked good from the outside but when I read it I found it quite boring, but everyone else I knew who read it loved it. The illustrations are AMAZING!!!

3.5/5 stars

Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey, by Ben Newman and Dr Dominic Walliam

Follow Professor Astro Cat and his friends round Dr Dominic’s body. Learn about your head to toes and everything in between like your nose, eyes, ears, brain, lungs, heart, mouth and throat.

I loved this book. It was so informative and the illustrations were so detailed.

5/5 stars

Blue Peter logo


I voted for…

Fiction: The Boy at the Back of the Class

Non-Fiction: Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey

The winners were…

Fiction: The Boy at the Back of the Class

Non-Fiction: The Colours of History

I hope you’ve enjoyed these reviews and opinions and will try to read the books. if you do – enjoy!


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