The Year 6 Reading Blog

Welcome to the Year 6 Reading Blog!

Please share your book recommendations so we end up with a list of at least 26 books to choose from!

In your post you need to include:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Book review (a short summary of the story and introduce the characters)
  • Rating out of 10 (What did you enjoy most?)

I cannot wait to read what you recommend!



I decided to review Holes by Louis Sachar as it was one of my favourite childhood books! 

Holes-Louis Sachar

If I could sum this book up in 3 words I would say: Strange, Captivating and Amazing! Stanley Yelnats (Stanley backwards) has been sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention centre for boys. However, It’s ironic that it is called ‘Camp Green Lake’ because the lake dried up years ago. This is not like a normal prison; everyday the boys have to dig a hole, five feet deep and five feet wide.

“The first hole’s the worst.
No, the second.
Actually, the third.”

Every day it seems to get tougher. But soon, that stops. Stanley gets used to it, and although the days are swelteringly hot, and their water bottles are normally empty, the holes start to get easier.

He makes friends. Pretty much, anyway. Stanley’s known as Caveman. Then there’s Armpit, X-Ray, Magnet, Squid, Zigzag and finally Zero. Odd, mysterious, Zero. He hardly ever talks. Stanley’s desperate to figure him out. And soon enough, he gets the chance when Stanley and Zero get stuck together…on the verge of death! (I won’t spoil it!)

I would give this book 9/10 and strongly recommend it for anyone who’s looking for something a little different. It’s full of adventure and questions and had me up reading for most of the night, desperate to find out what happens. So please, please read this book!

35 comments on “The Year 6 Reading Blog

  1. I have been reading the book ‘A Murder Most Unladylike’.
    This book is about two girls – Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong – who make up the ‘Detective Society’. During term at their boarding school (for girls), Deepdean, a murder happens: Miss Bell, the science teacher, was killed! Now it’s up to Daisy and Hazel to find out how she was murdered, and who killed her…
    This is a thrilling book, humorously told by the author Robin Stevens, with fun, action and danger. I would definitely recommend it!!!

  2. Miss Gorick says:

    I love detective stories so I might read your book next!

  3. I recommend the series of books Secret Breakers.
    I have started the first one and it is amazing it is full of code and new things to learn. You never want to leave the book.

  4. I have been reading the ‘ His Dark Materials ‘ trilogy it is about a girl who travels to a new world and meets a boy and some angels together they defeat the evil Magisteium and create a new world. It is a great book full of adventure and magic with witches, angels and spectres an aletheiometer that tells and a knife that can rip portas into different worlds. This is a book you must read.

  5. Ye, I agree with Nina,’His Dark Materials’ is a very good book.

  6. I am currently reading a book called ‘Well Done, Secret Seven’ by Enid Blyton. It is about a secret group called ‘The Secret Seven’. A girl called Janet has to find her badge to enter their secret base (their garden shed). Her mother ends up finding it in Janet’s drawer.
    The group finds a new base which is a treehouse but what they don’t know is that a stranger has been living there…
    I would rate this book a 9/10 because it is very mysterious and I really like the part where they find out someone has been living in the treehouse.

  7. I am reading a book called Alex Rider Snakehead . It is about a boy named Alex rider that has been forced into the Australian secret service and his target is criminal in the underworld of South East Asia. The author of this book is Antony Horowitz. Out of ten I would give this book so far an 8 and 1/2 out of ten . So far I am enjoying it.

  8. Hello Year 6,
    I have read a book called ‘Animalcolm’. This book is by David Baddiel. It is about a boy going on a school trip to a farm, (overnight), and through some magic he is able to change into some of them! Although he doesn’t want to be an animal… “I don’t want to be a tortoise!” He is able to make it home in the end, as a human. But strangely, it all began with a very peculiar goat…
    I really enjoyed this book, it’s very funny and I recommended it! It brings you on a lovely adventure!

  9. Mrs Healy says:

    I have just started reading The Mystery of Smugglers Cove by Paul Moxham.

  10. Seems like a nice book Mrs Healy 😊.

    I have been reading North Child by Edith Pattou, In the story Rose a North born child ventures far from home to the land of East of the Sun and west of the moon. Having found out the truth about the white bear she tries to follow him but on the way she accompanies many things on the way.

    Although halfway through the book I highly recommend this book and rate it 10/10. I say this as it’s an action packed adventure story with takes you along with characters and is always full of excitement and gradually builds suspense as the story goes along. Its a very hard book to put down!

    I strongly recommend this book to the class.😀

  11. Is The Mystery of Smugglers Cove suitable for our age?

  12. Mrs Healy says:

    The book is about a brother and two sisters that have moved house and now live by the sea.
    They have made friends with a local boy and they are going to explore the caves. I will let you know what happens. This book is for age group 7- 10 years

  13. Good morning Year 6 🙂 It is great to hear that you are all reading!

    This morning, I woke up early so before I opened my laptop I sat by the window and read my book. It was a lovely way to start the day!

    Miss Gorick 🙂

  14. What is your book about Miss Gorick?

  15. Miss Gorick says:

    It’s a crime detective story…a little bit scary but I can’t stop reading it!

  16. Recently, I have read ‘Top Marks For Murder’ from Robin Stevens. It is the eighth of a series of murder books.
    It is about girls in Deepdean school in a detective society, who witnessed a murder and they are convinced the murderer is one of the parents.
    They must figure it out quickly otherwise their beloved school will close. I will rate this story 9/10 because it was very hard to put the book down due to the intense suspense throughout the story. I’ve decided to read now another book from that collection, First Class Murder.

  17. Hello year 6 ,
    I am reading a series of books called the Secret Seven, these books are about 7 children who go on adventures to solve mysteries, these books are very exciting and you never know what the secret seven are going to find out ! These are books that you never want to put down and so I wanted to share these books with our class, I hope that you all enjoy the books as much as me !

  18. Miss Gorick says:

    I used to love these books when I was younger!

  19. Recently, I have been reading “Chinese Cinderella” . This book is about a young girl called Adeline who is neglected and is considered ‘bad luck’ to her family. Although Adeline is mistreated by her siblings and her cruel stepmother, Adeline finds happiness in school. She is as bright as a star at school but at home she is invisible to everyone. This book is GREAT. I give it 5 stars!

  20. I recently finished the book “A place called perfect” ,i think that it is a really good book and I strongly agree that you should read it .I would rate it 9.5 / 10 . 9.5 because in some areas it is a little creepy ,but mostly interesting on how the author tells the story.

  21. Miss Gorick says:

    I’ve heard of this book-maybe I’ll read it next!

  22. Hello, recently I have read a book called The Midnight Gang by David Walliams. Tom Charper, a 12 year old boy, has been sent to Lord Funt Hospital because he got hit on the head by a cricket ball. Then one night he realizes his friends are going out of the dorm and follows them on their secret adventure…
    It is a very interesting book and I rate it 8/10.

    I recommend this book to children from Years 4-6.

  23. I have recently been reading a book called ‘Inkheart’ by Cornelia Funke.
    Inkheart is a story about Meggie, a 12 year old girl, who has powers to read objects and people out of books, but she hasn’t found out yet. She doesn’t know why they have they have to move house so frequently, or why mysterious people call her father ‘Silvertongue’. Then one day Meggie and her father are captured by the people they were running away from. Now Meggie has a mission: to manage to read their captors back into a book called ‘Inkheart’.

    I really enjoyed reading this book because the chapters have twists in unimaginable moments and also because Cornelia Funke quotes a variety of paragraphs from other books to show the purpose of books and more.

    I would give this book a 9.5/10.

  24. Miss Gorick says:

    9.5 out of 10, that a great review!

  25. Mrs Lynch says:

    Hi year 6 its Mrs Lynch here, it’s fantastic to see you all enjoying reading such a great range of books. I have been running the school office from my dining room and replying to peoples emails. My husband has been doing some gardening as I hope the weather will be good soon then I can sit in the garden and start reading some of your recommendations.

  26. good morning year 6 i have latly been reading the beast of London .

    i reccomend you read this book because it could explain to you what could happen if you continue polluting the earth . I have also read Little Women; this is the best book ever! It’s about four girls who are not rich ,but not very poor and their father has gone to war and so they can’t celebrate a happy christmas .Like Gabriel i suggest you to read Inkheart . I have also watched the film and it is the best book i have ever read. People know about the London Eye Mystery which is a good book to .

    yours sincerely ,


  27. Miss Gorick says:

    Morning Paloma and thank you for your review! I agree, Little Women was one of my favourite books when I was younger and I really enjoyed going to see the film on Boxing Day! 🙂

  28. I would give all these books a review and I think that all of the books get a 9.8/ 10 thses are good

  29. Mrs Healy says:

    Looks like I will have lots of books to read your book reviews are great,

  30. Charles 📗 says:

    I have currently been reading “The adventures of Robin Hood.”

    I recommend this book to all readers who like adventure stories. There are many adventures when Robin Hood goes out in disguise towards other towns to take part in an archery tournament or rescue people from being hanged or blinded. He mainly comes back with them to Sherwood Forest to greaten the gang of outlaws. However, Robin always has the same mission; help the followers of King Richard.

  31. That is such a great book charles

  32. I am currently reading :
    The Third term at Malorie Towers
    -By Enid Blyton

    Enid Blyton is an amazing author and She made so many best-selling books such as:The famous five,St Clares ,Secret seven, etc.

    As you probably guessed, I am on the the third book In this incredible series! I recommend this to all children age 9+who like books about schools. This Series is about a girl called Darrel Rivers,going to a boring school in Cornwall,called Malorie Towers. On the way she makes friends, foes, and a little bit of mischief too!

    Another book that I have read(along time ago but still one of my favourites)is
    My sister Jodie and The Illustrated Mum.

    Both these books are written by Jacqueline Wilson And are My favourite books because there is so much adventure, and there are some sad times in these books, but is a hidden message. Jacqueline Wilson has made millions of books and a few book trailers!I really recommend these two books and also some other ones by this author!

    ANOTHER book that I love is:
    Wonder by R.J Palacio.

    It is a book about a boy Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.This is a very touching story That also has a hidden message!I recommend this book for children ages 10+.

  33. wow ariella ithink that Enid bliton is a great author

  34. I have also read the book: A wrinkle in time
    – By Madeleine L’Engle

    This book is about a girl called meg who gets bullied at school and has sadly lost her father.No one knows where he is, some people say he is missing, some people think he is dead. No one knows. One day, her, her new friend, brother, and three peculiar ladies set off on an adventure in time to get him back. I recommend this book -it is absoulutely AMAAAAZZING!!!! Please read it!They have also made a movie, but the book is more enjoyable as you never know what happens next!

  35. For people who like Philip Phulman’s work their is a serie that starts with the book called the Northern light. Personally would rate it 8.5-9/10.

    I reccomend Dianna Wynes Jone’s serie called chrestomancy serie.
    It is set in multiples of worlds some with magic some without.
    The characters change as different book might set in a different world but one main character never wavers except to go from child to adult ( or maybe inverse as his childhood is in a book which is a flashback) 9.99 if not 10/10

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