Reviews for Smart

Author: Slater, Kim
ISBN: 9781447236672

Kieran lives in the Meadows, Nottingham. When a homeless man is found drowned in the Trent, no-one is interested. However, Kieran decides to find the murderer. He proceeds to collect information and drawings in his notebook and piece the mystery together. He also decides to find out what has happened to his grandma who suddenly stopped visiting and who his mother will not discuss. Kieran is a master of observation, and knows all the detective tricks of the trade. But being a detective is difficult when you're Kieran Woods. When you're amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof. This is a gripping and compelling tale which hooks the reader from the start. It is told in the first person with excellent characterisation. It is a dark tale but with a rosy ending which does not detract. Note: Contains domestic violence, drug dealing, animal cruelty, child neglect and swearing although some of the latter rendered as “bleep”. Worth promoting to older KS3 and above.

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 4 star

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

I really enjoyed this book especially when I knew the area it was set! I go horse riding along the river Trent and every time I ride past it reminds me of the book!! I found it VERY aesthetically pleasing!!

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

I absolutely loved this book. It has an excellent, imaginative plot-line with very interesting characters.

Review by Patrick - Fernwood School
This book is rated 3 star

I really enjoyed the book but in some parts of the story I started to feel a bit bored however overall the book was quite good.

Review by Krishani - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book because it had elements of mystery, thriller and sadness. I also liked the fact that Keiren was amazing at art and just all round 'Smart'.

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

I loved this book. It was great the characters were believable. It was also interesting for it to be based in Nottingham.

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

I disliked this book because I couldn't really understand it at first, and there was a lot going on in Kieran's life. For example, Tony and Stephen, not to mention Scarface and the crime.

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

It was amazing. I loved how it was set in my hometown and Kim described it perfectly. I would recommend it to anyone. I could connect very easily with the characters. I loved the start because it just jumped straight in and the ending was also great. I really liked it when Ryan gave the sharpener back. This has probably been my favourite book so far.

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

Smart was great! It was a different genre, I have never read a crime story before so it was a new book for me to try. Because it is set in Nottingham I felt more connected to the story, I could picture it better, and I was very happy with the ending because it was unpredictable.

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

I liked this book because it was entertaining and tense. The main reason was because it was about a teenager being a detective and the police using his art as evidence. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes detective books!

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

I adored this book; not only because of the amazingly mysterious storyline, but because of the fantastic description of the characters. I felt like I really knew them! The plot was believable and moving. The intense parts kept me on the edge of my seat constantly. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysterious, intense and heart-warming stories.

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

I adored this book; not only because of the amazingly mysterious storyline, but because of the fantastic description of the characters and I felt like I really knew them. The plot was amazing, believable and moving. The intense parts kept me on the edge of my seat constantly. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysterious, intense and heart-warming stories.

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

I loved this book because it was set in Nottingham so I could imagine the setting well. The book was gripping and had an amazing ending. The story was very well told and it was full of suspense! This book is fast paced so it makes you worry about the characters. I would definitely recommend this book!

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

Smart was an emotional book with lots of mysteries along the way *SPOILER ALERT* I can't believe that Tony was a drug dealer!

Review by Barney - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

It was very exciting to read and I couldn't put it down. I liked the way that it was written because Kieran had some problems at home but he didn't let that stop him from solving the crime. I also like the tension there is once you've finished the book because you don't find out who actually killed Colin but is does make you think who actually did it. It makes you think back through the book to see if you can find out who did it. Overall I really liked it and I will definitely read it again.

Review by Sophie - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 5 star

I found Smart really interesting and because it was set in Nottingham, I felt like I knew the characters so well. This was one of my favourite books.

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

I enjoyed this book, it's an abosolute page turner. I also like that is was set in Nottingham. I was surprised when Kieran's grandmother was still alive. I now have a different perspective on people.

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

I found the book very deep and touching. I felt I knew where Kieran was because it was set in Nottingham. I knew the characters really well because the author explained them in detail.

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

I liked the book because it went straight into the action and the adventure starts a lot quicker than in other books. Some books like to build the tension up, but some people like it when they don't have to wait for this to happen.

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

The book was fun and made a lot of sense. I got it! It was exciting because there were sometimes mysteries within mysteries I would recommend this book to people who like crime/mystery books.

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

I thought the book was interesting and parts of the book were dangerous. I also liked the book because it jumped straight into the action. I would recommend it to someone who likes crime and thriller books.

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

I thought this book was very interesting, mostly because it was set in my home city, Nottingham. Because of this, I felt like I knew the characters and the place.

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

Smart is a good book where lies and secrets take centre stage. This murder mystery has many different plots where each one will have you on the edge of your seat, ready to read on. This book is impossible to put down and could easily be read in one sitting. In my opinion the book is best for 10-12 year olds but could be enjoyed by all.

Review by Emily - Dukeries Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This book is very good and thought provoking. It wonderfully engages the reader and is just the right complexity for people of my reading ability. It is a bit different, but I liked it a lot.

Review by Kieran - Dukeries Academy
This book is rated 3 star

Being friends with homeless people means you can be involved with some interesting cases for Kieran. Colin, a homeless man, has been found murdered which creates a big first impression. In the beginning I was not very enthusiastic about how the book would be like, however after about half way through I became more engrossed into the book as it had good use of emotions and description.

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

I liked this book because its fun, emotional and mysterious. It's like a book lurking in the shadows. This mysterious book needs to have a detective to solve the case. Read the book to find the criminal.

Review by Jeeya - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is a loveable written book that will keep you reading onwards. as Collin's death happens none of the police cares, Kieran is a strange character but still believable.

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

This book has a good story line I found it easy to understand and follow I think it is definitely a contender for the brilliant book award!

Review by Molly - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed the mystery in this book. Kieran finds Jean's friend dead in the river. They call the police but they don't care. It's only a homeless man after all.

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

I really enjoyed this book as it was about someone around my age. There were lots of interesting characters and relationships going on. I like the mystery that was present in this book, it kept you reading.

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

The book had great adventure, but some parts were upsetting. I liked how it was set in Nottingham and I could recognise the places. The ending was a bit rushed but it wasn't that bad. Overall, the book was amazing. As I was reading, I felt a lot of emotions and it had a very good storyline. That's why I found it amazing.

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

The book was a great adventure, but some parts were upsetting. I liked how it was set in Nottingham and I could recognise the places. The ending was a bit rushed but it wasn't that bad. Overall, the book was amazing. As I was reading, I felt a lot of emotions and it had a very good story line. That's why I found it amazing.

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

I liked this book because I know the area and I could recognise places. Although they used the best part of the book first and side-tracked off the murder mystery. Overall, it was a good book to read and provided a mass of emotions.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

Smart is an ok book. The characters are beleiveble however they do not connect to me. The start with the homeless man dead and the boys finding him on the embankment made me shed a tear. If you like mystery this is for you.

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

I liked Smart because it was set in Nottingham, so I knew what the places looked like, which made me smile. Although I think they used the best part of the story first so the end didn't have as much impact and in the middle of story, they were ignoring solving the mystery.

Review by Sophia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

Smart is a good book. The characters are believable, though I do not feel connected to them. The start, with the homeless man dead and the boys finding him on the embankment, made me shed a tear. If you like mystery, this is for you.

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

I really, really enjoyed Smart. It's full of adventure, and as soon as I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I thought that all the characters, places and the story were believable. I think that Scarface's house is the best part. Who is Scarface? Read the book to find out!

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

I liked Smart because it was set in Nottingham and showed how a boy could solve a murder. I also liked how it showed the main character adapted to his home lifestyle.

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

I enjoyed the book because I felt connected to the story as it was set in Nottingham. I really liked the ending and it made me want to keep on reading. However I felt worried that Tony would abuse Kieran when he was home.

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

I enjoyed this book because I felt I knew the characters. They also made me feel worried and I felt I needed to help them.

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

I liked this book because it was mysterious. It was sad but it ended with a happy ending. The start also put you right into the action.

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

This book was quite good, I kind of enjoyed it but the start was a bit confusing for me. It started off with someone dead in the water.

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

My name is Tristan and this is my report on 'Smart', the book by Kim Slater. My favourite main character is called Jean. I like the mysteries in the story and my rating of this book is five stars.

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

I really enjoyed this book the story line was really smart and the twists and turns where great it was quite easy to read and to understand one of my favourites that I have read so far

Review by Darcy - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book the story line was really smart and the twists and turns where great it was quite easy to read and to understand one of my favourites that I have read so far

Review by Darcy - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought it was written well and I enjoyed reading it. The story was easy to understand. There aren't many characters , so it is east to follow and I liked the ending.

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

The author did a good job at intertwining three story lines into one: Collins murder, where grandmother is, and Kieran's abusive stepfather Tony.

Review by Mitchell - John Port School
This book is rated 3 star

I really like this because its enjoyable to read but its a bit slow to get in to also I think its a bit too long.

Review by Asiful - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

This was a really good book. It was very captivating because all the characters were all different, I liked that.

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

This book was amazing. The storyline was so gripping and I couldn't put it down. I love the way Kieran believes in himself while having trouble at home. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this book.

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

Smart is my kind of book, a lot of detective working out and adventurous. It's about a boy who gets beaten up by his step dad and brother but he doesn't care and there has been a murder and he is demanding to find out who murdered the man.

Review by Megan - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

Smart is a really good adventurous book. It's got loads of excitement in it. I think its called Smart for a reason because its got a kid who is really smart and it's kind of a long book but they have made it a good book.

Review by Andre - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 3 star

This was a very action-packed book, it surprised me at how good it really was compared to how it looked. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries. The ending was quite a let-down, although I didn't expect it.

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

It was good. My favourite character is Kieran because he does what he feels is right and is an amazing artist, plus is extremely observant. I think he'd make an excellent detective.

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

This book is a heat warming, loveable well written book that really makes you want to read more. the characters are complicated yet the characters are believable. It is a truly great book.

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

I really enjoyed this book because at some points it had you on the edge of your seat! Kieran is my favourite character because he always tries to stay strong even with everything happening. The only thing wrong with the book was that it never said Kieran's age!

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

The book was okay. The impression of the book is sad at the beginning, and my favourite character is Mum because she is nice.

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

I thought the book was really good. The opening was really interesting and it made me want to keep reading. I would recommend this book to people aged 8-12 years old

Review by Jade - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This book was amazing once I had started it I could not stop reading it. The bit about scar-face's house terrified me but it was good one of the bad things about it was that they kind of forgot about Jean and she never got her happy ending but other than that it was the best book i have ever read.

Review by Faith - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 4 star

When I found out who killed Colin it was a real shock to me because it was too obvious, though there was also trickery. The author dragged the plot out to make it more tense.

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

This book was worth the read as the plot was really good. I also thought that Colin was an interesting character. It was quite sad when the dog was taken away.

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

I liked this book because it was tense when Kieran went into Scarface's house and he nearly caught them. Also, at the end everything was solved, which was good.

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

It was pretty good. Smart is my type of book (genre). Colin was a very interesting character and when I found out who killed him I was shocked.

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

I really did not like Stephen because he watched his nephew get bullied and called names. It was really sad because he didn't help at all. Overall, the book was ok.

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

I like this book because he solves so many mysteries all at once like; who killed Colin; what is the Grandma's address; why is the Grandma at the hospital and who is this mysterious person named Stephen that talked to his Mum.

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

I really liked this book but Tony got me so frustrated, I'm glad he got what he deserved. I would recommend this book if you like tense and shocking stories.

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

I liked the book because it was interesting and not very long. Stephen was a bad character because he sat back and watched Kieran get hurt. The book was very good and I recommend it.

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

I enjoyed this book because it was really interesting and I couldn't put it down. I thought that even though there were scenes of violence/abuse in this book, the way Kieron handled it, by not letting his feelings show, really influenced my opinion of him- in the way that I thought he was extremely brave. My favourite characters were Kieron and Miss Crane. Kieron because I thought that he's a kind and compassionate person: he decided to investigate Colin's murder even though no-one else cared. Also, I really liked Miss Crane because she was always caring and thoughtful towards Kieron. My favourite scene was when Ryan and Tony were being arrested, and Ryan tells the police officer where Kieron's special sharpener is, so that he can have it back. This shows that Ryan is not an entirely bad person, and that he wants to apologise for all the hurt that he's caused Kieron. I would highly recommend this book to my friends/family.

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

This book was about a boy, Kieran, who found a homeless man dead in the River Trent. At once he knew that this was a murder, but the police were not bothered. His artistic talent enabled him to draw the crime scene. His homeless friend, Jane, describes to him the homeless man's enemy. Meanwhile at his house, his 'dad' has lots of mysterious people coming to his house. As Kieran searches for clues, the truth about the murder and his 'dad' slowly reveal. I enjoyed this book. It was very interesting and kept you gripped. I would recommend this to people who like mysteries.

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

This book is about a young boy called Kieron. His home and school are not very happy due to bullies and an abusive step family. When he finds the body of a old tramp in the River Trent he is sure there has been a murder but the police don't seem bothered. He soon decides to take matters into his own hands and eventually after a thorough and dangerous investigation helped by his drawing skills, he finds the murderer along with his grandma and his long lost uncle. To add to the excitement his stepfamily are taken away by the police after being caught drug dealing. Overall I thought this book was amazing. It was mysterious because Kieron kept uncovering more mysteries about his family as he investigated who killed the old tramp. It was also very gripping because you didn't know what was going to happen next. I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone that likes reading mysteries.

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

Imagine letting a seven year-old take control of an FBI team that is going into a war zone.This is the level of stress that you will experience reading this book. The main character isn't that young, but he is so innocent that all you want to do is go inside the story, give him a hug and tell him everything is going to be OK. Amazingly written, with a plot that doesn't allow you to put the book down.

Review by Becky - John Port School
This book is rated 5 star

The reason I gave this book 5 stars is because it has a really cool twist. I just couldn't put it down. I love Smart so much because it's different.

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

I liked 'Smart' because it was a bit like Sherlock Holmes but it has been turned into a kid version. At some parts I was sad because the dog wasn't being fed and was really skinny also he was taken away. I also liked it because it was set in a place I knew quite well and I knew some of the places it was set.

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

This book was one of my favourites because it included all the features of a good book: adventure, relationships and crime. My favourite character was Kawana because he was different and full of adventure. I felt sorry for Kieran's mum because she had to put up with her bad boyfriend. The ending was not very exciting because you could predict what happened. I loved the twist when Kieran found out his long-lost uncle because it changed the story for the better. This was one of my favourite books

Review by Tess - Alderman White School
This book is rated 4 star

I really like all of the characters and the story line because you don't expect the murderer to be that person. I really like the ending and that Kieran found a proper friend. The whole aspect was really good too.

Review by Zoe - Alderman White School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book a lot but it was very sad at some parts. I didn't like the part when the dog didn't get given food and was very skinny and was taken away!

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

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning about all the characters. My favourite character is obviously Kieran. I love how he sees things from a different point of view. I think the book touches on some delicate subjects (abuse and death), which makes it for at least age 11/12+. At some points of the book it made me feel really sad/sorry for the character. My second favourite character is Jean because she has an incredible back story that makes you feel really sorry for her. My favourite part of the book is near the beginning when Kieran is in his room and riding on a beam of light, because it was very funny.

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

I loved this book and the storyline. It told a story of true friendship and family. I also enjoyed the story from the point of view of Kieran because you knew what he was thinking and how he was feeling.

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

I loved this book and the way it tackled the sensitive subject of abuse as well as keeping the reader hypnotised by the storyline which included twists, turns and a lot of drawing. This book is amazing, not just for the storyline and characters, but also how it can make you think and consider all that's around you and all that could be.

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

I think that the book was brilliant because it was a mystery and every page you turned you wanted to know more and more. I loved it because when I started reading the book I didn’t want to stop I just wanted to find out who was the murderer. The book is about a boy called Kieran who finds a man in the river and tries to find out who murdered him because the police doesn’t care. My worst characters are Tony and Ryan because they are horrible to Kieran and they starved Tyson nearly to death. I would definitely recommend it for other people to read.

Review by Lucy - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 3 star

I think Smart is a good book for people who enjoy mystery stories because it’s about finding a killer who murdered a homeless man. It also describes some of a young boy’s life, which some people can relate to. My favourite character is Kieran since the story mostly revolves around him. Every page I turned, I couldn’t stop reading and I wanted to know who the murderer was. I haven’t finished the book yet, but so far I am loving it.

Review by Bethany - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 3 star

I like Smart because it is mysterious and I also like it because it was interesting. And once you start reading you can’t stop reading. My favourite character is the homeless lady called Jean who lives under the old bridge in the park. Jean is my favourite character because she is quite mysterious but at the same time she sounds really nice and I feel kind of sorry for her because she is homeless. I am really enjoying this book.

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

I give this book a 5/5 because I really enjoyed the story and I liked how it was set in Nottingham. I liked the mystery of the finding out who had killed Colin and finding out what Tony and his visitors where up to. The book included a lot of humour and tension. My favourite character would have to be Kieran. In the book Kieran’s character was very smart and caring. My favourite part would have to be the ending when they cracked the puzzle with some new friends. In the end when the mystery was cracked I liked how the characters behaved knowing they had lost. I recommend this book because it one of the best books I’ve read.

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

I found this book very exciting and it had quite a few mysteries. I could relate to the characters quite well. My favourite character was Kieran as he was brave and a good artist. It was quite realistic and because I am from Nottingham I could relate to all of the places. My favourite bit was when that man with the Scottish accent who laughs all the time tells Kieran that Colin was scared of something as it was mysterious and strange. I wouldn’t change anything as it was perfect.

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

This book grabs your attention after the first ten pages. It's an adventurous detective story in which a variety of things are going on and you want to find the end result of everything. It could have had more of a twist at the end.

Review by Frankie - Chilwell School