Book Review

Ink Pellet’s book review section covers an eclectic selection of new fiction, teachers’ guides, audio books and classics.

Many of our reviews are written by teachers, so we have an expert eye on how texts will work in the classroom. We hope to create a useful archive of reviews so that you can use this as a reference.

If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor john@inkpellet.co.uk.

We hope the section inspires you to share new fiction with your pupils or to revisit old favorites yourself.

  1. Book Review:
    Afterworlds
    by Scott Westerfield

    Book Review:Afterworldsby Scott Westerfield  

    Published by Simon Pulse The world of literature usually mirrors the new trends and fashions, but there will always be places for the classic supernatural thriller and the timeless romance. For this reason, a book that is able to seamlessly combine both of these genres is instantly shaping up like a must-read, and Scott Westerfield’s […]

  2. Book Review:
    Teaching from the Heart
    by Jonti Marks

    Book Review:Teaching from the Heartby Jonti Marks  

    This little tome should be kept in your drawer/briefcase pocket/tablet case for those moments of despair and frustration that hit all teachers at some time. Featuring 100 ‘meditations for teachers’ and a commentary on each, Jonti Mark’s self-published book brings together words from some of the most famous teachers, educators and historical figures to inspire, […]

  3. Book Review:
    The Quality of Mercy
    by Peter Brook

    Book Review:The Quality of Mercyby Peter Brook  

    Published by Nick Hern Books An hour glass on the book’s front cover suggests encapsulating quintessential qualities in the slightest of vessels – and in this slim volume of reflections on Shakespeare the ground-breaking grandee of the stage sets out to do just that. In medieval times a monk would ponder mortality by keeping a […]

  4. Book Review:
    Pale
    by Chris Wooding

    Book Review:Paleby Chris Wooding  

    In the dystopian world Pale is set in, dead people can go to work. Dead children can go to school. Dead people can even come back from the dead. All you need is to be given the Lazarus Serum quickly after you die and that’s it. But there is a catch – you become pale, […]

  5. Book review: Last Days in Eden by Ann Kelley

    Book review: Last Days in Eden by Ann Kelley  

    Published by Luath Press Ltd Review by Robbie Dhillon (Year 10 Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford) In a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has been torn apart by oil wars and devastating fl oods, Last Days in Eden follows the story of sixteen year-old Flora Mandela, a survivor, spending her life selling goods at her home, Shell […]

  6. Book review: The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

    Book review: The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks  

    The Carnegie-award-winning novel was a little tough for Lesley Finlay...

  7. Book review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

    Book review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson  

    The Art of Being Normal is published by David Fickling Books this month. Allison Johnstone took a look...

  8. Book review: Poetry of the First World War: an anthology

    Book review: Poetry of the First World War: an anthology  

    Lesley Finlay enjoys a great anthology of First World War poetry....

  9. Book review: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

    Book review: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan  

    Allison Johnstone enjoys the latest book by Sarah Crossan...

  10. Book review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

    Book review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green  

    Astrid Finlay shares her love of The Fault in Our Stars...