Monday, August 10, 2015

Fortune Cookie – The Chocolate Box Boy by Cathy Cassidy

Reviewed by Bella (age 11)




     I absolutely loved this book. By the time I had read the first page, I was hooked! The plot in this book contains many realistic events that are amazing and exciting.  The book is creatively written and it has inspired me to embark on adventures.

     The book is about a curious and adventurous boy named Jake who visits his “step” family in a leisurely house next to the beach where lemonade is drunk, ice cream is eaten and exciting beach parties occur. Jake learns that you can’t run from your problems and eventually returns to his real family. He learns an important lesson - that you can’t run away from destiny.

     There were so many astounding ideas in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope there are many more books to come in this series. The beach setting in this book made me really wish that I lived right next door to the beach, that my parents owned a chocolate business and that I had a perfect life that was full of adventure. I strongly recommend this book to people my age. This book was definitely a fantastic read.


About The Author
     I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know).
 I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too - pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions. I'd sell my homemade comic to a friend for 5p, then claim it back and sell it again to someone else . . . they didn't have photocopiers back then!
     I went to Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine. Later, I married my boyfriend Liam, went back to college and trained to be an art teacher. I taught in a Coventry secondary school for a few years, which I loved, then moved to Scotland with Liam to start a family. My kids are 11 and 12 years old now, and the four of us live in a cottage in the Galloway hills with sheep and cows for neighbours. As well as writing books, I am the agony aunt on Shout magazine and a couple of days a week I teach art in a bunch of local primary schools, which is great fun and keeps me sane. (Well, maybe!)
     I love my family, I love living in the middle of nowhere and I love my work. Of all my jobs, writing has to be the best - it's the perfect excuse to daydream, after all!

AUTHOR'S WEBSITE : www.cathycassidy.com