Literary Canon Blog



The Diary of Anne Frank

Year 8 Literary Canon - Book 3

This Diary of Anne Frank is about two Jewish families. Anne is a 13 year old girl who wrote one of the most powerful diary entries the world has ever seen. The two Jewish families went into hiding during World War Two, this is the time of Nazi occupation. Anne and her family enter the secret annex and their lives change forever. Anne Frank's diary is a powerful, personal account and I found it fascinating to read about her day to day life in the secret annex.

Written by Noah.




Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

Year 7 Literary Canon - Book 2

Coram Boy is an amazing story about a man who takes babies from their helpless mothers for money and power. The mothers think their children are being taken to Coram Hospital in London however, this is not the case. As someone who likes History, it was great to learn about the treatment of children in the eighteenth century. Mish was an interesting character to get to know, he is very kind and generous but has lots of personal challenges. There are lots of characters to get to know in this book. My favourite part of the book is when Aaron and Alexander are reunited as father and son. I would not have picked this book up in the library but I am really glad I have had the opportunity to read it.

4* review.

Written by 7F.



Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Year 7 Literary Canon - Book 1

On the surface, this book is a straight forward story about a boy and a runaway slave. This book, first published in 1884, explores slavery and racism. Huck, the main character, joins a gang and escapes from the clutches of his abusive father. He meets a friend, Jim, and together they have all sorts of adventures. This is a fun book with lots of new words to explore. My favourite part of the book is when Huck and Jim meet the Duke and the King. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure story. 

5* review.

Written by Lillie-Ann.

Huckleberry Finn Book Review by Dominic

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Year 7 Literary Canon - Book 1

Huckleberry Finn begins with Huck, the main character, living with Widow Douglas near the Mississippi River. He flees from Widow Douglas and sets off to start a whole series of adventures. He meets Tom Sawyer and Jim, a runaway slave, on his travels. The adventures they then have are for you to read about. This book is very good and made all the more exciting by the new characters you are introduced to along the way. It provided me with an opportunity to consider how different life was in America in the 19th century. My favourite part of the book is when Huck and Tom devise an elaborate plan to break Jim out of prison. This is a rapidly moving book that I would definitely recommend. My advice would be to take your time with the words and the language.

5* review.

Written by Dominic.