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: Stargazing for Beginners

    Book Review: Stargazing for Beginners  

    by Jenny McLachlan Published by Bloomsbury 2017 Meg is a self-confessed geek. She loves astronomy, is academically and scientifically very bright and knowledgeable. She wants to be an astronaut – and probably will be. She is also a teenager, mortified by the low level bullying she tolerates at school but imperceptibly developing feelings she doesn’t […]

  2. Book Review: Three Plays

    Book Review: Three Plays  

    by Robert Alan Evans Published by Samuel French Three short, experimental and heat-warming plays are tucked into this tome that could be used by both drama and English teachers, as well as youth theatre groups. Very different in content and tone, each one appeals to experiences that will be familiar to young audiences. Pondlife, created […]

  3. Book Review: Illuminae: The Illuminae files #1

    Book Review: Illuminae: The Illuminae files #1  

    by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Published by Oneworld Publications   This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at […]

  4. Book Review: The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present

    Book Review: The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present  

    by Gary Day Bloomsbury Methuen Drama So how did it all begin? It’s easy to forget, when you’re sitting in the National Theatre absorbed in, say, the current Christmas show, Peter Pan with all its technical smoothness, that drama as a genre is constantly changing and involving. It has a long history and key periods […]

  5. Book Review: Drama Games for Young Children & Drama Games for Rehearsals

    Book Review: Drama Games for Young Children & Drama Games for Rehearsals  

    by Katherine Zachest Drama Games for Rehearsals by Jessica Swale Nick Hern Books A couple of new additions to the bestselling Drama Games series from NHB landed in our office. These dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire books would make an excellent addition to the resources at your disposal – whether you are working with young children or […]

  6. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Annemarie Lewis Thomas

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Annemarie Lewis Thomas  

    Annemarie Lewis Thomas, composer, musical director and founder principal of Musical Theatre Academy chats to Susan Elkin

  7. Book Review: Teaching Voice: Workshops for Young Performers by Max Hafler

    Book Review: Teaching Voice: Workshops for Young Performers  by Max Hafler  

    Published by Nick Hern Books If you want to know about using the voice well, ask an actor. Whatever field you work in, or want to, somehow you have to learn to speak with clarity and conviction in order to communicate effectively, preferably without damaging your “instrument” and developing voice strain. Actors know more about […]

  8. Book Review: Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

    Book Review: Born Scared  by Kevin Brooks  

    Published by Egmont Elliot is terrified of almost everything.From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day. It’s Christmas Eve, there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out […]

  9. Book Review: The Shakespeare Treasury by Catherine Alexander

    Book Review: The Shakespeare Treasury by Catherine Alexander  

    Published by Andre Deutsch Books The Shakespeare Treasury is a fascinating collection of facts on Britain’s greatest playwright and insights into the enduring popularity of his work. Delving into the inspirations behind his masterworks and the influences of generations of performers, it reveals the incredible variety of ways Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted for stage […]

  10. Book Review: 4000 Days by Peter Quilter

    Book Review: 4000 Days by Peter Quilter  

    Published by Samuel French 4000 Days by Peter Quilter, is the story of Michael a passionate and entertaining man, and his recovery upon suffering a complete loss of memory of the previous eleven years of his life, ten of which were spent getting to know and love his partner, Paul (a more practical but admiringly […]