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  Top tips for book reviewers
Updated 12 August 2004, 18.08

Here's some ideas for things to put in book reviews.

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

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

The plot:
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.

Now add a few events in the middle of the time line - ones which link the beginning and final scenes.

The setting:
This is where and when the story takes place. E.g. At Hogwarts school of wizardry in the present day.

The characters:
This is 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

Some highlights:
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?

Were there 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 ?

Was it unputdownable?:
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?

You might want to give the book a star rating - how many stars was the book worth out of a maximum of five?

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