Jazzy Reviews: Alana Oakley: Mystery and Mayhem
It’s no secret that I love to feature child reviews on my blog, I have a whole tab of them here. When I read and review books for children and young adults, I do so with my adult eyes and a literary mind; there’s nothing wrong with this, but I do always like to collect the thoughts of young people on the books they read. Today I’m very excited to be introducing you to the world of ‘Jazzy’s Bookshelf’. Jazzy is a 10 year old blogger and book reviewer and when I read in her bio “I cannot imagine what my life would be like without books.”, I knew I had to have her review for Children’s Books Daily. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her Facebook page, managed by her mum, here. Today Jazzy is reviewing ‘Mystery and Mayhem’ by Poppy Inkwell in her usual bloggy review style: The Gist; The Judgment; Bookbbolt Rating out of Five. Jazzy I look forward to sharing your reviews with my readers! Thank you Jazzy!
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Picture this: It’s your first day at high school and you’re instantly on the wrong side of your PE teacher after your friend called her a “bird-brain”, a magic charm goes missing and your mum’s obsessing over a stranger she’s dating on the internet.
Meet Alana: Sassy, clever, likeable, brave. Poor Alana has had many terrible experiences with birthdays like dancing llamas, a very real crocodile, embarrassing preschool pirates and a fire breather all in one. In fact, Alana’s hair ended up catching on fire. Her birthday wish was for the next year to go well.
Meet Alana’s Mum, Emma: She is unorganised, burns dinners and when she writes, she uses whatever’s at hand. Sometimes Emma even scribbles on Alana’s homework.
Buckle up for an entertaining ride to find a surprise waiting for you at the end!
Mystery and Mayhem is the first book in the Alana Oakley series and is set in the inner-Sydney suburbs.
Alana does lots of things young teens will relate to. She goes to school, hangs out with her friends and has a curious side to her. I think it’s brilliant that all of Alana’s friends share a love of music. They enter a radio competition for homework and really enjoy making their song.
One of the best things about this simple novel is the references to bullying and racism. On a train, Alana and her friends have to sit across from some nasty teenage boys. They tease Maddie, an Aboriginal girl for having a violin. They say that someone like her shouldn’t have something like that. How rude, but the situation is dealt with cleverly.
Even though this is a slow-moving story with words that easily describe what’s happening, there are a few scenes that would be aimed at older kids. They talk about women’s chests and butts, there is one kissing scene and a teenage heart-throb who all the high-school girls think is adorable. Therefore, I recommend this book to children over the age of 11.
This book is not my usual fantasy/adventure/horror cup of tea, but I give it 3½ bookbolts out of 5.
Author: Poppy Inkwell
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing Pty Ltd