Reviews for An island of our own

Author: Nicholls, Sally
ISBN: 9781407124339

Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling since their mother's death. Jonathan has given up university to look after 12 year old Holly and infant Davy to keep the family together. He does his best working in a café but they struggle to make ends meet in living above a chip shop in London’s east end. On a visit to eccentric Great-Aunt Irene, they receive some photographs that could lead them to an inheritance. But they're not the only ones after the treasure ... Story written from the point of view of Holly as they try to find their Aunts fortune. Intelligent read with class read appeal. Lots of short chapters, good character development and humorous feel to story whilst enlightening reader to what life is like as a child carer.

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 4 star

This book is completely different to the front cover and what I expected it to be like. The story is about a girl who is poor and has two siblings. An older brother who looks after her and a younger brother who has a pet rabbit who is unfortunately ill. Their aunt sadly passes away however she gives her a scrap book with photos in which lead to treasures that she has hidden. This book is very gripping and gets better as it goes along. It is sometimes funny but sometimes sad and sometimes different emotions. I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as i enjoyed it.

Review by Philippa - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed reading this book and I think that it was a very attractive book

Review by Krishani - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because it had a very interesting storyline. When I read the first chapter I was confused but as I read on I understood it. It wasn't my favourite book, but I still liked it.

Review by Ava - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I didn't mind the book because the characters were believable. My favourite character was Davy because he is quite funny and enthusiastic. When his rabbit Sebastian was ill it was just motivation to find their aunty Irene's treasure. I also liked Derek and Shirley, because of their helpfulness. Although the reason I didn't like it was because it had a slow start.

Review by Sophia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked the book, though it was a bit slow paced at first but did speed up later on. Also I felt connected to the story.

Review by Nyles - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I like this book because it had believable characters. However it had a slow start but eventually sped up.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

An island of out own is a relaxing slow paced book with a fun adventure and nice characters. I also liked the wedding at the end, which made it that much better.

Review by Harry - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

An Island of Our Own is a slow-paced book and I didn't enjoy it much. I think everyone would find it hard to relate to this book. However, the characters were very believable.

Review by Toby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I quite liked this book but it was slow. The characters were believable and I felt connected to the story. I was happy with the ending because everything was perfect for the characters. I liked the hunt for treasure. This book is perfect for anybody who likes an adventurous plot about family.

Review by Vinay - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I found this book was not exciting and it seemed to drag on, although I liked how the book was written.

Review by Cameron - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really like this book because it was a bit slow and wasn't very exciting.

Review by Joe - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like this book because it had a very slow start and it wasn't very interesting. I felt I didn't know the characters very well.

Review by Paige - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I think this book was amazing because it gave a sense of mystery, reality and adventure. The characters were very real and believeable. I especially liked the character holly as she was quite serious but at times she was funny too. She was determined to find the treasure and make her family rich.I also liked how Johnathon gave up his model future for his siblings

Review by Anna - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really enjoy this book because the start of the book was really slow, what put me off the rest of the book was that I couldn't get into it. Also the blurb and the title aren't really that true.

Review by Leah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

It was a good story it was quite interesting you couldn't put it down.

Review by Nataniel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like this book, because the front cover and title of the book suggest that they would find a mysterious island, but it turns out they don't. I personally prefer more adventurous books.

Review by Megan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

It's alright but it was an everyday kind of book and the title was very misleading for me. because I found it didn't have tension between the characters.

Review by Ben - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book was ok but it had a slow start and described the characters too much. The title and front cover could also be misunderstood.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

This book was ok but it was slow at the start because Johnathan and Davies were chatting for ages . The front cover, when you first look at it, makes you think they have have an island of their own but they don't.

Review by Dylan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I kind of enjoyed the book, although I found it took some time to get going. My favourite character is Holly because she is a very determined character who never gives up. The overall story makes for a good read.

Review by Angelina - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy the book because the plot was slow and there wasn't much action. The part where Auntie Irene buried her belongings was strange.

Review by Isaac - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I didn't like this book because it was pretty slow and there are so many characters, which made me confused sometimes. The part where they were making a plan to get the treasure was also confusing.

Review by Caliph - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy the book because the plot was very slow and there wasn't enough action in it. The part where Auntie Irene gave Holly the photo album was confusing. The book wasn't for me.

Review by Gabriel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I felt connected to the characters and I felt like they were real, even though their Mum and Dad were dead it was still enjoyable. It is really sad when you find out they are orphans.

Review by Destiny - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like this book because the plot was very slow and it wasn't very action packed. However, I liked how it had a bit of humour. I was surprised when they found out that Auntie Irene had buried all of her money and valuables from her family.

Review by Molly - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

In my opinion this book is very good and keeps you guessing at every turn. It also shows you how times can be tough for children in care. This adventure book is great for all ages.

Review by Emily - Dukeries Academy
This book is rated 0 star

I think the story was great and well written. Not very much happened.it was a simple story to follow because there weren't many characters and it wasn't a complicated story, where you have to remember who is who and what happened to them in the past.

Review by Lauren - John Port School
This book is rated 4 star

I think this book is sad and adventurous. Knowing that the main character lives in a flat in a poor area and the way the characters go from place to place makes it an amazing book. I recommend this book to people who like adventure stories. It is so good I'd read it again!

Review by Frankie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book was good! I thought the best moment was when they confronted Uncle Evan because they weren't afraid or scared to prosecute him.

Review by Louis - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed An Island Of Our Own. The ending was great and it made me feel happy for the characters. My favourite and by far the most moving part, was when Shirley and Derek were keeping a big secret, which happened to be the most important part of the book. I enjoyed this bit because it was full of suspense and mysterious.

Review by Poppy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed this book because there was a different mix of emotions throughout the book. For instance, when they went to the hospital and at the end when they found what they were looking for.

Review by Olivia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I think the island of our own was A creative and adventurous story. I felt Johnathan was a nice and cool character.

Review by Joseph - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

An Island Of Our Own was a great book! I would read it again! It gave of a vibe that made you want to read on until the end. A point in the book that upset me was when the auntie was in the hospital and Holly couldn't understand her. A fabulous novel!

Review by Tegan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like the book because it was slow. The author dragged the book on. It lacked drama. The characters are realistic. This is not my kind of book.

Review by Abhishek - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

This book was a bit plain and slow. There were very unnecessary events and it lacked good content, drama and suspense. This book was not for me.

Review by Rhiannon - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't like the book as there was little action and it had a very slow start.

Review by Thomas - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I had mixed feelings about this book. First of all, I didn't really like the front cover. I can't really generate an exact opinion on it; I just didn't like it. When I read the blurb, it sounded alright, but not really good and unique. As for the plot, it was fairly satisfactory. I enjoyed it all the way through but it didn't really grip or captivate me. It reminds me of a book called 'The Flip-Flop Club', which I read a few years ago and honestly found better. As for the characters, I thought they were the usual types of characters you would usually find in books; the author needs to be a bit more original. I would recommend this book for 10 to 11 year olds.

Review by Isobel - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked this book a lot because it had an interesting storyline. I especially liked how they always had something to pay for. I liked how they had to solve each mystery for each case.

Review by Anna - Becket School
This book is rated 5 star

I adored the book because the author made each character touch you (even the rabbit Sebastian). I loved how there was always something that needed to be paid for, like a new carpet after the dishwasher that Jonathon and his friend 'fixed' flooded the flat and the chip show before, or emergency vet care for Sebastian. My favourite character is Davy because he is really emotional and gets excited really easily. I really like the character Jo as well, because she feels really guilty because her Mum died and didn't give Holly's family any money even though she 'gave' them jewels.

Review by Ella - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

I enjoyed the book a bit. It was a very happy book from what was happening. My favourite character is the rabbit Sebastian.

Review by Alice - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked how touching the story was behind the book and how courageous the family was, and how they had so many friends yet were treated as outsiders.

Review by Emma - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed all the emotion changes that went on throughout the characters and that the people who tell the story are about our age, so we understand how they are feeling. Also I liked the adventure in the story.

Review by Evie - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I found this book really interesting. At the start, I was unsure as to whether this book was for me, but as the book progressed, I got really into it and couldn't put it down. My favourite character was Kate, because she was kind towards them even though she didn't really know any of them except Jonathan, and she went to the island with them even though she knew that there was a slim chance that there was actually anything there worth any value. I gave this book 4 stars because it was a bit slow to start with, but it gradually became interesting until I couldn't put it down. There were lots of bits in this book that I definitely didn't see coming, which was probably the reason why I enjoyed it so much, as there was always an aura of mystery and adventure.

Review by Angelina - Becket School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is about a girl, Holly, her older brother, Jonathan, and her younger brother, Davy. Jonathan looks after them because their parents have both died. Their auntie Irene had a stroke and died but just before she died whilst in hospital, she gave Holly an album with pictures of places in it. They found out that their Auntie left them her jewellery but it was all missing and so was lots of paperwork. Holly thought that the jewellery was hidden at the places in the pictures so the three of them went and found a safe/ briefcase. It only had paper work in. then they found the most recent picture and went there. Unfortunately, their horrible Uncle Evan beat them to it so they went back home and demanded for the safe. I would highly recommend this book if you like mysteries. I really enjoyed it.

Review by Ana - Becket School
This book is rated 4 star

An Island of our Own is tender, quirky and cool. It is an absorbing, moving novel and it has strong realistic characters. I'm still thinking about the characters even though I read it a long time ago. I want to go and check up on them and see how things are for them now! At the end of the book I didn't want to leave them behind. It is such a thought-provoking story about a very special family bond. It really reminds us how important family is! Truly a diamond of a novel, touching and full of heart; I couldn't get enough. It is a story to lighten the soul. I laughed and cried and wanted more the whole time. It keeps the readers captivated from start to finish. I couldn't put it down. Nichols kept one step in front of me before delivering killer punches all the way through the book. You're going to love it!!!

Review by Eleanor - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

An Island of Our Own is a fantastic book. The main character is a 12 year old girl called Holly. She has a 7 year old brother called Davy and a 19 year old half brother called Jonathan who cares for them as they are orphans. They are running low on money, Jonathon works in a café since he quit university to look after them. They live above a fish and chip shop. Aunty Irene dies leaving them all of her precious jewellery but it is missing, Irene had hid all her valuables in secret locations. Holly decides with the help of an old photo album that contains pictures of the places the treasure was hidden, she can find their inheritance. Her journey takes them to an old railway line, an office and finally the Orkney Islands. Here with the help of Kate, Jonathon's internet girlfriend they discover Uncle Evan has their jewels. When they finally find them they sell all of them apart from a ring which Holly keeps. The money improves their lives a lot. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a mysterious and exciting book. I really loved the way the characters were portrayed and it was really well written. It was an amazing book which I couldn't put down!

Review by Mara - Becket School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is a great book about family and friendship. I enjoyed it being from Holly's point of view. I felt sorry for Holly being the only girl and I felt sympathetic towards the whole family. Overall, it was a great read.

Review by Elizabeth - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

A brilliant book. Enjoyed reading right the way through. Very funny and an interesting read. I would definitely recommend it!

Review by Rhiannon - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I really liked An Island Of Our Own because it was a very good story and was believable. Sometimes it got a bit slow but the author splashed bits of comedy in to save the story.

Review by Caleb - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because of the interesting plot and believable people. The characters were shown to readers as if they were real. My personal favourite character was Holly because she has been through a lot and kept a smile on her face.

Review by Mia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

It was a good story with a big adventure and the characters were believable.

Review by Nataniel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I really liked this book. I felt I could really connect with the characters and transport myself into Holly's life. Sometimes you don't think about those who have it hard and it's nice to know you can still enjoy it, even in that sort of situation.

Review by Ruby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed reading the book because there was a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. The genre is a mystery. My favourite character was Davy because he wanted to help so his rabbit would stay alive. He also never gave up, unlike Jonothan.

Review by Kylie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I enjoyed reading An Island of Our Own because I thought I related to the characters well. Holly made me happy because she tried her hardest to solve all the problems she faced. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading adventure books.

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book because it was really funny but tense and exciting at the same time. It was a really happy story and I want to read it again and read it to the end. I definitely recommend this book!!

Review by Danielle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy this book. I think it wasn't exciting throughout most of the book and Jonathan annoyed me a bit because he wasn't enthusiastic about anything

Review by James - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

An Island of our Own is an amazing book. It is very mysterious and cleverly set out. At the start I couldn't really get into it but as I got further through the book it got a lot better. If you like books about mystery and problems that you can almost never solve then this book is definitely for you. I rate it a 4/5 because at the beginning of the book it was quite slow.

Review by Cecily - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

I really liked this book because it was very engaging and very, very exciting. I rated it 5 stars because it was a brilliantly told story and I thought the range of vocabulary used was amazing!

Review by Rosa - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 4 star

I found an island of our own interesting because of the emotion that came across when reading this book.I rated this book 4 stars because it was extremely engaging!

Review by Nyrobi - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 2 star

I thought that the story was rather boring and nothing really happened until the last two or three chapters so it was a little bit dull but when the action finally started then it was ok.

Review by Zoe - Alderman White School
This book is rated 5 star

This is my favourite book of the whole shortlist. It's fascinating storyline of finding Auntie Irene's treasure entwined with the rollercoaster of emotions of their family incidents resulted in a fascinating story; rich with laugh out loud and tearful moments.

Review by Claire - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

I'm really stuck to this book and I definitely recommend this book and I think everyone should read this. When Holly and her brothers try and find the money from the suitcase and get the jewelry from the office, when they go on journeys and meet new people I find it really fascinating!

Review by kayleigh - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I loved 'An Island Of Our Own'. I thought the way it was written and the range of vocabulary used was poor, but it was written from the point of view of a 13 year old girl. The plot, however, was amazing. It was completely different to most books I read in that aspects of the plot were believable. My favourite character was Holly because I can relate to her frustration when Jonathan doesn't listen to her - I have two older brothers who don't listen to a word I say. I also thought it was quite cleverly thought out, about the safes being hidden in the same places where the photographs were taken. Without the BBA, I probably wouldn't have picked it up to read myself, because the cover and the first few chapters were quite boring, but I'm glad I read it because the ending is very satisfying unlike most books.

Review by Molly - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I like this book, it was realistic and the characters were relatable. There was some parts I didn't like because it was not exciting. I liked how it was set in the UK.

Review by Joseph - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book, it was very exciting when they realized what the pictures meant! My favourite bit was when they got a dishwasher and it explodes all over the house!! I recommend it to people who like adventures because it is similar to the famous five, except it is more modern.

Review by Madoc - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 4 star

I think the book was really good. My favourite character was Holly because she is determined, strong willed and stubborn. I liked the storyline of the treasure hunt, and I love the idea of the Maker Space. I wouldn't mind learning to pick locks!

Review by India - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

The story is about a girl called Holly and her Aunty Irene has died. In the will there has been talk about treasure, so Holly and her brothers (Davy & Jonathan), go and find it.

Review by Cassidy - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

This book almost feels like a do it yourself detective story, which is suitable because Holly, the main character, loves detective books. I also felt that I could really relate to Holly, in the sense that she's geeky and mature but still a teen at heart.

Review by Adam - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This is a great book with lots of adventures, however, I wasn't surprised when Jonathan let them go on the quest. Therefore, I had a very good understanding of Jonathan's personality.

Review by Emily - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

It was quite good. The realistic but gripping plot was interesting. I don't think the story ended when the book did which is not good in my opinion. It wasn't my usual choice of book but others could enjoy it.

Review by Rachel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was amazing. The plot and the characters were quite believable, which made the book realistic. I don't normally choose a book with a realistic plot ( I like fantasy) but the adventure was brilliant and made me read on.

Review by Daisy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book because it starts with an exciting plot that makes you read on! I really like Jonathan as he is such a nice big brother and he really wants his brother and sister to be happy!

Review by Bethany - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book. It's a real life situation that grasped my attention right from page one. I don't usually enjoy realistic type books, but the mysterious feeling really sets me in the mood. Holly is described as a typical, yet mature, young teenager which makes her a character that's easy to understand.

Review by Emma - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy this book because it was slow and confusing. It could be a good if it was my style which is a fast paced adventure story.

Review by Mark - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I disliked this book due to it not being very exciting. There was a bit of mystery in the book which I enjoyed, but other than that the book became repetitive and confusing. Although I didn't like this book, others who don't like exciting adventures and love mysteries would enjoy this book very much.

Review by Jack - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't enjoy this book because it was confusing. It could have been good if it was my style, which is a fast paced adventure story.

Review by Mark - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed this book because it is written well. The characters were realistic and you could imagine what they would look like and act like. I felt like it was a clever book.

Review by Madeleine - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed this book because it is written well. The characters were realistic and you could imagine what they would look and act like. I felt like it was a clever book.

Review by Madeleine - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really enjoy the book. It was a bit slow and I just didn't want to read on. It's a good book but just not my thing.

Review by Kate - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really enjoy the book. It was a bit slow and I just didn't want to read on. It's a good book but just not really my thing.

Review by Kate - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The book surprised me at the start as I did not realise it would be a whole year in the life of an orphan girl. However it was a nice surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

Review by Jo - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the book because it drew me in with all this grief happening in the family. It was an amazing adventure and the ending made me happy. I wish it was a bit longer.

Review by Liza - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is very interesting. I like the detail that the author has used and I would definitely recommend this book

Review by Kayleigh - Fernwood School
This book is rated 2 star

It was alright. It took a while to start (after numerous pleasantries) and it could be improved by having a bit more mystery. But once you get past 1/3 of the book it starts getting more exciting. It gives you a lot of details which will appeal to some readers. It's not my sort of book, but it's a good book.

Review by Zhenguo - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

The book was super. Best ever. My favourite person was Kate.

Review by Alison - Minster School