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The Grove Primary School
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City of Spies

What the book club told us about the book:

The book is a novel with chapters. It is a fiction text based on true events about spies. The themes include: adventure, espionage plus the element of surprise with twists that unravel at the end.
Author: Iszi Lawrence
Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback (256 pages)

Our School Review

What our pupils thought

“I enjoyed the book. It didn’t tell you the parts of the book straight away it led up to them. It didn’t give away too many clues.”

“The book was enjoyable as it had elements of fantasy. I really liked it.”

“I think it was a good read and particularly enjoyed the puzzle that you were able to solve once you finished the book”

“I did like the book the way it added all the events together. I liked the secrets”

“I liked the twist at the end”

Out of 5 stars, the pupils give this book:

About the book club:

There are 6 children across year 5 and 6, we meet weekly and discuss what we think of the book we are reading. We discuss what the children like / don't like about the book.

What our educators thought

“It was a good book to share with the pupils, having read it before the pupils did. I liked the elements of the surprise that the author managed to capture. I thought the pupils might find it a challenge as it was set in the 1780’s but as it brought (true) events to the light they found it engaging. I liked the style of the puzzle which was solved at the end, once the book was read. In the book club we did hot-seating, predictions and role-play.”

Out of 5 stars, the educator gives this book:

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