Due: Wednesday, 25th February (First Wednesday back after Half Term)
Writing a Book Review
Write a Review to be posted on Young Person’s Book Review website.
It should be between 300-500 words. (Half a side, typed, one to one-and-a-half pages written).
- Book title.
- Introduction: this is up to you. Perhaps you want to begin with your PERSONAL REACTION; an ANECDOTE (story) from your time reading the book / or something to do with the book from your personal life; a RHETORICAL QUESTION; DIRECT ADDRESS; or even what you expected from the Book. You MUST use your SLOW WRITING technique here.
- Genre: what type of Book is it? Does it have a message?
- Plot: what happens in the Book? Does the plot make sense? Is it easy enough to follow? Is it believable? Make this brief and leave on a HOOK. (No spoliers!)
- Characters: Who are the main characters and what are they like? Who are the actors playing these parts, and are they good in the parts?
- Did you enjoy the Book? Why/why not? Make sure it is BALANCED between good and bad points.
- Write about a scene you particularly enjoyed or remembered. Why was it good/ memorable?
- Would you recommend this Book? To what sorts of people? Why?
- Are there any other Books you can compare this Book to?
When you have completed your planning by answering all the questions, you should write the review. Remember:
Set your work out in paragraphs (any single sentence paragraphs for extra punch?)
- Take care with spelling and punctuation (vary where possible).
- Make the review interesting to read by choosing your language carefully – it must be appropriate for the target audience.
- Write in the first person and try to address the reader directly. For example: ‘I urge you to go and see this Book- it’s brilliant!’
- Write in a style that is informal, but not too informal.
Final Step: Go through and EDIT and REDRAFT !