09/01/2010

Desirable by Frank Cottrell Boyce - Barrington Stoke Book 1

Yesterday, I rather rashly suggested I would try and read one Barrington Stoke Book a week. I am still a bit nervous about such a commitment but I have made a good start.

I was given Desirable by Frank Cottrell Boyce by Barrie from Barrington Stoke, I had seen it in most schools I have visited recently because it is included in this years Booked Up selection.

As you would expect from such an author it is a great read, with a really magical feel. I have to say I had a lot of sympathy for the hero George, like him I had a bit of a thing for Warhammer games when I was younger. I am not sure this did me any favours in terms of 'desirability', and unlike George I didn't find any magic potions to help me out. I think a lot of other boys would see themselves in George too.

3 comments:

Jan von Harz said...

What age group is Desirable? I am always looking for great reads for my middle school boys.

Richard Hanks said...

I am always a bit nervous about quoting age ranges for books (or any other sorts of Reading Materials) are we talking reading age, chronological age, subject matter etc. Better just to read a few pages and see if it is 'right'.

Having said that Barrington Stoke, as usual are one step beyond other publishers, they give not only a reading, but a interest age too.

For Desirable they quote:
Reading Age: 8 years
Interest Age: 9-12 years

See http://www.barringtonstoke.co.uk/partnumber.asp?cid=&pnid=223317

Mitali Perkins said...

The cover looks great. Reminds me of the Axe advertisements we have here in the States. Funny books for boys are so key to keep them reading through the upper elementary years, so thanks to you for showcasing this, and thanks to Mr. Boyce for his writing.