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Tips on doing a book review

Cover of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Skim the first few pages to find the date the book was published.


You don't have to count them! Just look at the number on the final page.

The story

This is WHAT happens. To help you think about the main events, first draw a time line with the beginning scene of the book at the top of a piece of paper and the final scene at the bottom.

E.g. Write "Harry starts at Hogwarts" at the top and "Harry defeats Voldemort" at the bottom.

You can also write a sentence about WHERE and WHEN the story takes place. E.g. At Hogwarts school of wizardry in the present day.

The characters

Or WHO is in the book. To help you describe the characters, first jot down these details:

  • Name of character
  • Role
  • Adjective to describe them
For example:
  • Harry Potter
  • Schoolboy wizard
  • Brave


This is where you describe your favourite part of the book. Was there a particular piece of action, description or characters' speech you really enjoyed?

Any weak bits?

Were there any chapters where you found yourself wishing for some action to liven up the plot? Any unrealistic characters? Any descriptions or chapters that you felt were rubbish?


Did you grab the book whenever you had a spare moment? Did you read it rather than playing computer games or watching TV? Or did you read the first chapter before letting it gather dust on your bookshelf?

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