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Who Wrote It?

J R Wallis is a children’s author and is always on the look out for strange and mysterious things to put in his books. He believes that if you look hard enough you can usually find something interesting to photograph or write about. His new book The Boy With One Name is about the things people don’t notice if they’re not watching out for them. 

He also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Rupert Wallis and his work has been shortlisted for awards both in the UK and abroad. In addition to writing books, he lectures on creative writing at Falmouth University as well as mentoring students for the Faber Academy. 

J R Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television from the University of Southern California. 

 He now lives in Norfolk.

 

What's It About?

Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his gruff mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of scary creatures that live in the Badlands - a hidden part of our world - which most people presume to exist only in fairytales and nightmares. 

But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy.

When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones knows it's his chance to find out where he came from and discover who he really is.

But the truth Jones uncovers about his past isn’t what he’s expecting. Fulfilling his dream of becoming an ordinary boy is going to mean defeating a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won’t be able to do it alone... he’s going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he’s ever met. She's outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she’s as good as any boy, meaning working together isn’t going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous. But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it’s just wanting to be ordinary?

Fact File

Rupert has always wanted to be a writer. Apparently, His cousin says she remembers him telling her about this ambition aged five.

He has said “I know that I’m extremely lucky to have been given the chance to have a book published so any perceived con or downside is nullified by overwhelming happiness and gratitude for what has happened”.

Rupert Wallis has published three novels. His first two books were aimed at young adults, The Dark Inside followed by All Sorts of Possible. His debut novel was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award in the UK and the Andersen Prize in Italy and is now being developed into a film. The Boy with One Name is his third book but the first one aimed at 9 to 11 year olds.

Rupert also works as an online mentor with developing novelists.

To find out more about J R Wallis visit his website www.jrwallis.com or follow him on Twitter: @Rupertwriter

Your Reviews

Crystal from Middleton Primary School:

This book is outstanding as well as difficult to read. I've enjoyed reading although reading isn't my strongest skill. It wasn't the book I wanted to read first but after I've read it, I would recommend it for most people.

Crystal gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Lacey from Kippax greenfields primary school:

I love the boy with one name because it is like a horror book and my favourite book is about like horror and adventures and I would definitely rate this five out of five. Sincerely Lacey J

Lacey gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

ruby from White laith primary school:

I kind of liked this book but the only thing I would say is that it was a nightmare to read because the chapters were way to long. My favorite part was when they searched the graveyard for the black bottle and eventually they found it ! However, I didn't like the bit when they stole a baby boy from his mother called Jones.I would recommend this book to a person who likes crime and adventure.

ruby gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

miranda from Ashfield primary school:

It was funny and nice to read and very adventurous about the boy who had one name.

miranda gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Amelia from Lawns Park Primary School:

The start of this book intrigued me with a suspenseful and powerful vibe to it, however as the story advanced, I found myself to become quite bored with pages that are full of repetitive events and a confusing story-line with many unanswered questions. I would recommend this book to a slightly older audience(11-14yrs) due to the complex features in this book.

Amelia gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Scarlett from Asquith Primary school:

I didn't particularly like this book. Firstly it isn't my kind of book. Secondly i found it a bit boring, I also think it was a bit scary. Also i think the name of the book is a bit strange because everybody has 1 name

Scarlett gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Rhianne from Asquith Primary School:

I think it would be quite a good book for other people it is just not the sort i would read

Rhianne gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Rebecca from windmill pimary school:

This book is very entertaining however the author should have put a bit of a back story for Maitland. What I really like is the actual book theame. It is not what you would expect by what is on the frunt over and the title. If was this author i would consider making another book in this style, as I enjoyed it very much.

Rebecca gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

william from carlton primary school:

This was a realy good book!

william gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Hannah from Thorner Prinary school:

I loved this book because it included all of the things I love in a book: adventure, fantasy and excitement!

Hannah gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ava from Collingham primary school:

I do like this book, but I didn’t find it very believable and I don’t like scary monsters!so in that case I have to rate it a 3/5

Ava gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

matty from Rawdon St Peters:

i liked this book because the characters were massively different. My favourite character was the revolver, its strange to work with a talking gun. The best part was the start because it has loads of action and the monsters are COOL!!

{The imps are the best though}

matty gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Isabelle from Otley all saints:

This book was a bit boring and a bit fun. I couldn’t really relate to the characters as I don’t do magic and I don’t believe in monsters. I think this book would be more for Harry Potter fans but as I don’t like Harry Potter this book was not for me. The ending was creative and intriguing but the book as a whole was not my type.I would recommend this book to 9+ and Harry Potter and magic fans!

Isabelle gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Matilda from Fountain Primary:

Don't get me wrong, 'The boy with one name' is a good book, but I have rated it a 2 of 5 star quality book,because it doesn't grab me and pull me into the pages as much as I would like it to. In my opinion, the author jumps to conclusions and in some of the chapters nothing really happens. Because of there being 30 chapters the book, the text builds up to a vital event in the story; however this 'main event' as such is only written over three pages atleast. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and mythical stories.

Matilda gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Jakub from Holy Family Primary:

I don't like this book because it isn't really interesting to me.The main characters are Jones and Ruby. While Jones is training in a certain profession Ruby gets involved and is forced to train the profession as Jones after she sees something she shouldn't have seen. I recommend this book to Fantasy mixed with the real word Fantasy Enthusiasts.

Jakub gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Daisy from Fountain Primary School:

This book is one of the best books I have ever read, and that is saying something! The boy with one name is an adventure story, with an unknown ending. Each character gladly got what they dreamed of. This definitely deserves 5/5 stars!

Daisy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Daisy from Fountain Primary School:

This is one of the best books I have ever read. The Boy With One Name is packed with adventure and humour, including wild characters. It is very suitable for someone who is interested in adventure tales and mysterious characters. I like how in the book, it ends up with the main characters getting what they desired.It deserves 5/5 stars through and through!

Daisy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Joe from Five Lanes Primary:

This book has an amazing emotional story to it , with a lot of imaginative ideas. I love this book thank you J R Wallis . I think I might vote for this one!

Joe gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Anjali from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

I liked this book but it wasn't really for me at the same time I think that it is my favourite book. I think that if you like books that are quite creepy then this book is for you.

Anjali gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Anshika from St. Benedict's Catholic Primary School:

I absolutely loved this book! It was full of so many adventurous and mysterious twists, it had a lot of imagination in it, and it was full of everything. It had a little bit of adventure, a little bit of mystery, a little bit of fantasy, and a little bit of everything. It was an amazing book and I would definitely recommend this book to anybody.

Anshika gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Grace from Pool C of E primary school:

I liked this book but it was quite hard to understand even with the glossary. What I did like about it was full of mystery and adventure and it made me jump at the scary bits

Grace gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Isobel from Southroyd primary school:

I really enjoyed this book because it was full of magical and mythical creatures. Also, I think it gave a message that if you work hard you can achieve anything.

Isobel gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Caitlin from Carr Manor Primary:

I liked this book because it was magical and mythical. There were lots of problems they faced but they solved all of them. My favorite character is Ruby because she fought against the rules to get her way.

Caitlin gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

mazey from Oakwoodprimaryacadey:

I rate this book a three because I don't like everything about it but i am glad that he defeats the monsters. I recommend this book to people who like mythical creatures.

mazey gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Caseybree from Grimes Dyke Primary :

I did not enjoy this book very much. The reason I gave this book a two and not a one was because the beginning was not as bad in the middle. It did not get my interest either when I read about Maitland.

Caseybree gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Katy from St Matthews:

It was a great book.I loved how Ruby did not care about the silly rule saying girls can't do magic.I think she is very determined and I like that.I love the challenges they face

Katy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Chloe from Whinmoor st Paul c of e school:

I really enjoyed this book because it was exiting all of the book. But towards the end it got a bit boring but I loved it. I recommend it to you.

Chloe gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Abigail from Whinmoor St Pauls C of E Primary School:

This book was good. Yet the beginning was the worst part of it I think. The rest was good. That was the only thing that bothered me.

Abigail gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Erin from Carlton primary school:

I think this story was a horror story. It was quite boring in some parts but very thrilling. I think it is mainly aimed at boys so it was not my type of book. also it had same challenging vocabulary.

Erin gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Elijah from Shire Oak Primary school:

rubbbbishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh only good character is the talking gun

Elijah gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Jessica from Oakwood primary academy:

I think it is ok. My favourite character is Ruby. I recommend it to people who like monster hunters.

Jessica gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Jasmine from Collingham LEH Primary school :

I didn’t really enjoy this book because it wasn’t very believable and I don’t like scary creatures! I thought ruby was a good character though because she was brave and fearless!

Jasmine gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Anand from Asquith Primary School:

This was a really good book,which was action-packed and heart warming. I liked that the boy who longed to be ordinary and the girl who desired to be different became friends in such an unusual way.

Anand gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Lily from Southroyd :

I found this book quite good but a little bit scary . It is a good read for people who like mystery and adventure

Lily gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Lucy from Westgate Primary School:

The Boy With One Name is a story about a young boy called Jones who is taught and brought up to fight mystical creatures and one day,commence and become a proper "Badlander". Yet when Jones' master (Matland) died whilst fighting a creature, Jones felt that he could finally become an ordinary boy instead of becoming what Maitland wanted him to be.A girl called Ruby,who Jones recently met on the night of Maitland's death, was from the ordinary world - where Jones desperately wanted to be- but unfortunately, once she found out that Jones could do magic, she instantly wanted to become a Badlander. As Jones and Ruby began their journey, multiple hindrances stood in the way. Will the pair of adventurers make it through this world of magic mayhem?

I thought this book was very well written and had some brilliant ideas put into it, but unfortunately I didn't think it was quite right for me. Even though this book wasn't quite for me, at some points of the story,it really pulled me in.

I would recommend this book to 9-11 year olds, just because it could possibly be too complex for younger readers. All in all, I thought this was a good book.

Lucy gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Harry from Immaculate Heart of Mary Primary School :

I loved the book, it was exciting and magical. I liked that it left you in suspense for the whole book. The talking gun was very funny.

Harry gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Evie from Whinmoor St Pauls Primary:

This book was quite a good book except from the point when you have got half way through and it gets quite boring, which makes the reader not want to keep going.But I definitely recommend to all those people who love magic and monsters.

Evie gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Ella from Whinmoor St Pauls :

I liked this book quite a lot because at the beginning it was quite boring but then after that it got better and better, which I liked. It became more interesting so I recommend you read it because I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Ella gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

lelennah from greenhill primary school:

This book is very entertaining to read. I could not put it down It was that good!I highly recommend this book. My favourite part is when Jones commenced.

lelennah gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Fatiah from Beeston Primary School:

The boy with one name is a mysterious book. It is very nail bitting and is very interesting. I gave this a 1 out of 5 because I didn't really enjoy it. I also recommend this book for people who like adventure.

Fatiah gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Aaliyah from Beeston Primary School:

The Boy with One Name is a mysterious book that is very confusing , and lost me at some points in the chapters and paragraphs . Through the story it doesn't really flow and jumps to situations .I would recommend this book to imaginative and creative readers

Aaliyah gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Alistair from Southroyd Primary & Nursery School:

I rated this book 5 out of 5 because I loved all of the action in it. I also like the fact that there was a mild horror aspect included in this story. In addition, I think the 'equality for girls' thing really fits in.

Alistair gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Rhianna from Churwell Primary School:

This book is brilliant! I designs a whole new world of monsters. It is really creative and helps me grow a bigger imagination. I really wish I could be a bad lander. I want to defiantly meet J R Wallis.

Rhianna gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Oliver from Churwell Primary School:

This book introduces a whole new world of monsters and Norwegian magic. The amazing plot where Jones and Ruby kill an all powerful witch to save Jones' parents. This book was absolutely amazing and a great read. I would recommend it to anyone. If you ever see this J R Wallis, you are a fantastic author. :)

Oliver gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Sky from Lawns Park Primary:

At first I really liked it but then it got really repetitive through out the story. I would recommend this book for children 9-11 years and to anyone who likes magic or even who wants to be able to do magic.

Sky gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Jake from Southroyd Primary And Nursery School:

I rated this book a four out of five because although it was challenging book, personally I think it droned on a bit(same with spaghetti hoop boy)and I prefer books more to do with tragedies, adventures, action and many more.Overall, I didn't get to grips with it:(

Jake gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Taya from Shire Oak Primary School:

This book is not really for my taste because the style of the writing is boring and it would be more interesting to boys because of the fighting. Although I usaully like books that are gruesome like Horrible Histories.

Taya gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Maddie from Barwick-in-Elmet CofE Primary School :

I really like this book where Jones wants to be a normal boy instead of a monster hunter but RUBY is outspoken, fearless and desperate to be anything but ordinary. JONES is a monster hunter-in-training who dreams of being a normal boy

Maddie gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Rose from Barwick in Elmet Primay:

I love this book because of all the mythical creatures .It's very funny when I try to pronounce the Anglo-Saxon words .

Rose gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Harris from Barwick in elmet C of E primary school:

I really like the boy with One name because it grips you in allot. If you don't like the start then read to the end and you should love it as I did. The end is the best part with the most action #nospoilers

Harris gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Arthur from Shire Oak primary school:

I like this book my favorite character is Jones or the talking revolver wh o shoots anything its really well written and an amazing story I love

this amazing Book

Arthur gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Libby from barwick-in-Elmet primary school:

I love this book it is so gripping and exciting. I rated this book 5 out of 5 because it is amazing and so out of the ordinary.

Libby gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Lucy from Collingham primary school:

I enjoyed this book, but it did not capture me in the way I was expecting. I think the reason for this was that I did not find it very believable. Although I did like the characters.

Lucy gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Niamh from Carlton Primary School:

This book is a bit funny half way through but at the beginning it was a bit boring.I would recommend this book for people who love mythical creatures.

Niamh gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

frankie from southroyd primary school:

i liked this book as it was a bit scary with the ghosts and it just shows you what girl are really capable off.

frankie gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Gabriel from Featherbank Primary School:

i loved all the action and all the drama.it was like a fantasy that made a clear image in my brain

Gabriel gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Sam from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book and felt that it was a very interesting and exciting read. I also thought that it had a couple of random twists and turns that, although I still loved the book, I found it a bit annoying. My favourite character was the gun because he wanted to sound wise and clever and I found him quite funny. I really liked the friendship shown between Ruby and Jones and felt that it showed, if people are different, they can still be friends. All round an amazing book!

Sam gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Sarah from Alwoodley:

I loved this book because it was action packed and full of twists and turns. I love when ruby continues to fight to become a bad lander. At first jones doesn't believe in her but soon finds that she isn't so bad. I recommend this book to people ten to eleven.

Sarah gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

chloe from rothwell victoria junior school:

it is okay, i didnt really understand the first part of it. but when you get about half way it is good.

chloe gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Shelly from Alwoodley Primary School :

I loved this book because when you would just read the first sentence it would just drag you into the amazing fantasy book. My favourite character is jones because I think for some reason he is really cute.

Shelly gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Ollie from Rothwell victoria junior school:

I like how adventurous it is and how it links back to the beginning. I like that its fiction and says on the back that one world is closer than you think. It holds suspension and makes you excited to find out what is in the book.

Ollie gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Laibah from Harehills Primary School:

This book overall is amazing. It is quite fun because it is quite mythical, also it is one of my favourite books out of all of the books in the selection of books we have been given.

Laibah gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Megan from Collingham LEH Primary School:

Life is not all easy being a Badlander, especially when you're a girl. Ruby Jenkins is determined to prove to the world that girls are just as good as boys at magic, along with the help of Jones, who is a loyal friend of Ruby's. The pair must work together to defeat the monsters from the Badlands that come to face them head on. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves books full of magic and mystery.

Megan gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Joshua from Churwell Primary School:

A great read for Fantasy Adventure Readers! It has a great combination of humor and serious action! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

Joshua gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Rayyan from Adel Primary School:

'The boy with One Name'is a fictional novel about a young monster who dreams of being a normal boy. This is an outstanding story however the reason I gave it a 3 out of 5 is because of its very slow start and parts of the story is quite incomprehensible.

Rayyan gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Izzy from St Benedict's Catholic Primary School:

i loved 'The Boy With One Name'. I thought that the characters were brilliant and I enjoyed it when Ruby tried and failed to decipher specific Anglo-Saxon words. i would recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure books!

Izzy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Rudee from Shire Oak primary school:

The boy with one name was a fantastic book with loads of massive words in. The best character was the talking gun because it said massive words and because i have never read a book with a talking gun in.

Rudee gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Daniel from Ireland Wood Primary School:

Awesome! this book is filled with adventure and excitement! Fantasy has come to life!

Daniel gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Connor from Carlton Primary School:

I would recommend this book to readers who are adventurous and looking for a good read. Jones is a great character; Ruby is too. If you are looking for an adventurous book, a book full of excitement: this is the book for you.

Connor gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Samuel from Carlton Primary School:

I think this book was fabulous. I absolutely loved it. It will definitely go down as one of my favorite book of all time because of the magic, monsters and mystery. I couldn't put it down.

Samuel gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Layla from Five Lanes Primary:

I was amazed when I found out that this book even has it's own glossary! Full of mishap and magic(as it says so at the back of the book)!

Layla gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ava from Southroyd primary school:

I feel that this book is very spooky and bone-chilling as it talks about ghosts slamming doors and giant spiders ready to devour you. The other thing I like about this book is the friendliness for example:Jones saves a little girl and takes her in.I would recommend this to horror fans.

Ava gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Grace from Five lanes primary school:

Very good book has a lot of words I didn't understand but I would recommend it to book lovers

Grace gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Aum from Alwoodley Primary School:

I enjoyed this book because it was intense and gave me suspicion on some characters and the plot twist was amazing but it got very boring during the half way point.I would recommend this for confident readers and people who like fantasy.

Aum gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

leo from greenhill primary school:

This book is not good at all. The book has everything to be a good book but it doesn't use it right. A book should grip you, make you want to read on not make you want to stop and not continue.

leo gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Zainab from Beeston Primary School:

I really didn't like this book it wasn't really my style. The part I didn't like was the first to fifth chapter because I felt like it was only description and no story line.

Even though I didn't like it I would still recommend this book for people who are interested in monsters and lots and lots of adventure.

Zainab gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

ali from Pusdey Bolton Royd Primary School:

this book was really good and i was really in to this book

ali gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Imaani from Beeston Primary School:

I don't really enjoy this book because it jumps to conclusions. The book has a very slow start and I didn't really know what was going on. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless you enjoy slow starters.

Imaani gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Drew from Southroyd Primary School:

This book was very interesting,I liked how the author used old Anglo-Saxon words.It made it exciting to read; my favourite character was Ruby,it shows how girls are just as capable as boys at many things(like magic!).

Drew gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Gabriella from Adel Primary School:

I didn't really enjoy this book,I think it had a very slow start. It was very fictional. I would recommend this book to people who love fiction It started off with a monster who after three pages was dead It always had a new bit which only lasted about three pages. The blurb was a very different reflection to the actual book Itself

Gabriella gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Natasha from Adel Primary :

This book is not one of my favorite books that I have read. The Boy With One Name is quite good if you enjoy fiction books and if you don't really need much excitement in a book to make you like it. It is quite plain in my opinion. The book was sort of fun but fictional. So I'd rate this book a 2 star! I hope you like it. Or maybe LOVE it! The book looks very effective and I like the front cover. It started off with a monster who later in the book was found... DEAD! I like parts of it but it had a very slow start and a very slow end but the middle was alright. I hope you like this book. Goodbye! O.o

Natasha gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ellie from Swillington primary :

I love this book.It is amazing but the ending is simple it leaves you thinking what will happen next but actually it is the end of the book. The first few paragraphs are confusing but one of the paragraphs explains everything and you wonder what will happen. It has 320 pages and each makes you think will Jones ever be normal? It was published on the 10th of August 2017. I would recommend this book to all genders age 8 or over. The main characters are Jones, a boy who was chosen to be a Badlander but wanted to be normal and find his parents, and Ruby, a fearless girl who would do anything to have the life Jons has got. Will Jones get to live with his parents and be normal again? Read on to find out more.

Ellie gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Isabel from Swillington :

I really enjoyed this book. So far it is the best;it is full of imagination and things that are impossible to be real and that's probably why I like it. I have only rated it 4 stars *??*??*??*?? Because it is awesome and I couldn't put the book down although the end was pretty dull.

Isabel gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Harriet from Swillington primary school :

I would rate this book a 2/5 because it was complicated and boring.I would recommend this book for children,who like books you have to read with magic in it.

Harriet gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Oliver from Roundhay primary campus:

I really liked this book I thought it was very exiting.

Oliver gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Thomas from Shire Oak Primary school:

The Boy with one name is about a normal girl called Ruby and an abnormal boy called Jones who want to be like the other... They then team up to destroy a witch which all of Jones's kind fear. It is very gripping and fun to read.

Thomas gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

isabel from otley all saints primary school:

i quite enjoyed this book and the mystical theme to it but in the middle i got a bit bored but then got back into it.

isabel gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Freddie from Otley All Saints CE Primary School:

I absolutely love this book. Although if you were not a myth fan you wouldn't really understand it. Unlike some other books I have read it gives you a really good insight as to what is happening. I could really connect with the character's and I would totally buy this book in the shop.

Freddie gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Tormaighm from Otley all saints primary school:

This book was an interesting mix of fantasy worlds and this very world we live on.It was an amazing adventure and had two major twists concealed inside the pages.I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who likes a gory adventure.

Tormaighm gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Danielle from Thorner CofE Primary School :

I think this book was a good read even though I don't think I would've chosen it. I really enjoyed reading about the Badlands and how Ruby and Jones' friendship builds through the book. One reason I didn't fully enjoy it was the Anglo-Saxon words. Even though there is a glossary at the back of the book, I think flipping back and fourth takes out the flow of the story. Over all I rate this book 4 out of 5.

Danielle gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Fiona from Green Lane Primary Acadamy:

The Boy with one Name is about a boy called Jones,a Bad-lander who dreams of being a normal boy. Ruby is fearless; she wants to be a Bad-lander but only boys are aloud to commence.Somehow Ruby and Jones commence together, so they can only do magic holding hands. Ruby becomes the first girl to commence Jones finds out Maitland(his master)stole him when he was a baby! Mrs Easton, a witch, has cast his parents under a spell. Jones and Ruby must kill the witch before his parents are eaten. Will they defeat Mrs Easton or will it be too late?

I recommend this book for children age 10 and up because the violence is described in a lot of detail. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it wasn't my sort of book.

Fiona gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Caitlin from Horsforth Featherbank Primary:

This was the 4th Leeds Book Award book I read.

If I had a choice, then I would have definitely chosen to read The Boy with One Name because the blurb on the back made me want to read it to find out more. I liked the book because the way the story was written kept me interested the whole way through.

I would recommend this book to children who like adventure and fantasy.

Caitlin gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Katy from Alwoodley Primary School:

I have finally finished this book and I LOVED it! I really like Ruby and would happily read this book again. The start of this book really grabbed me and pulled me into it and I soon finished it and straight away though,"I love this book." I would definitely recommend this book.

Katy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Emily from greenhill primary school:

THIS WAS A VERY INTERESTING BOOK AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT SO I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO OTHER CHILDREN. NOT JUST THAT BUT I LIKED THE FULL BOOK . THE MOST INTERESTING PART WAS WHEN THE BOY DID ALL THE THINGS LIKE WHEN HE CLIMBED THE HILL.

Emily gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Thomas from Great Preston C of E Primary School:

I rated this book 4 out of 5 because the start was a bit slow however later on in the book I couldn’t put it down! Also, there were a few made-up words that you had to use the glossary to understand. Overall this book was very good but it could have been a little bit better to get 5 stars

Thomas gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Dania from Alwoodley primary school:

I really liked the book. I liked the book how jones whats to be like ruby and ruby wants to be like jones. My favourite part was when jones had eaten a berry from the memory bush that he was growing and remembered everything from when he was a baby. Also I really liked how they have what each word means at the end. My favourite character was jones because he is mysterious and also adventurous.

Dania gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Georgia from Alwoodley Primary school:

The Boy With One Name is an amazing book with loads of emotion! I would say that the book is more of a fantasy and a adventurous book with quite a lot of dark parts. My favourite character is Jones because he is a really adventurous character. I rated this book 4 because some parts can be a bit boring but most are really exciting!

Georgia gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Georgia from Alwoodley Primary school:

The boy with one name is an amazing book with loads of emotion! I would say that the book is more of a fantasy and adventurous book with quite a lot of dark parts. My favourite character is jones because he is a really adventurous character. I rated this book 4 because some parts can be a bit boring but most are really exciting!

Georgia gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Elya from Alwoodley Primary school:

I really enjoyed this book because I have never read a book like that before and it was also adventurous and tense. My favourite part was the end of the book because Ruby and Jones get to be what they want to be and when they look for the dark bottle. I would give it 5.

Elya gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Jae from Adel primary:

This book was enjoyable however the beginning of the story was quite hard to understand as there was a lot going on. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery.

Jae gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Victoria from Southroyd Primary School:

This book wouldn't be my preference however I enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to people, who enjoy adventure books and children aged 9 and up.

Victoria gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Molly from Barwick In Elmet C of E Primary School:

I love the boy with one name so much: it is my favourite book ever! If I could rate this more than five I would. The boy with one name is so suspenseful and also with a bit of humour. My favourite character is Ruby because she is very brave and she never gives up on herself. I hope for there to be a second book in the series.

Molly gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Chloe from Southroyd primary and nursery :

I rate this book 5/5 because it pulled me in and you didn’t know or couldn’t really predict what was going to happen. I also like it because once you had gotten hooked in you couldn’t put the book down.

Chloe gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Peter from Shire Oak primary school:

J R Wallis has done a brilliant job with this book.Put in loads of adventure throw in a bit of humor and then there you have it The Boy With one name.The reason why I rated it 4 out of 5 is because it's a bit predictable. Overall a very good book :)

Peter gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Jasmine from Grange Farm primary school:

I did not like this book because it was hard to read and not very interesting but the adventures were very fun to read about.

Jasmine gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Lara from Collingham LEH C of E Primary School :

The boy with one name was an amazing book and a real page turner,it has been the best book i have read so far ,i loved it! My favourite character had to be ruby as she is just like me i rate it 5 out of 5.

Lara gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Swaley from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I liked this book because it was quite adventurous and I am one of them people that like adventures. To be honest my favourite character was Ruby and Gun. Ruby because she is a little bit like me (loves adventures) and Gun just because he is hilarious. My favourite part of this book was when Ruby and the other Badlanders which contained four other children and a weird creature called Gun.

Swaley gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Diya from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was very surprising- It is probably one of the best books I've ever read! I would normally opt for the more realistic books but this book (even though it was more of a fantasy) left me engaged.Jones-apprehensive and DOES NOT WANT TO BE A BAD LANDER- and Ruby -fearless and brave- almost like they want to swap lives. This is a MUST READ!!!

Diya gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Samir from Alwoodley Primary School :

This book was like the modern day Harry Potter!

It was filled with suspense and there is always more than one problem at a time. I like how J R Wallis made both jones and ruby the opposite of each other and helping each other understand their own world.

Best book ever!!!!

Samir gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Mia from Beeston Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely my cup of tea. I recommend it to those who love or like fictional stories that include fairies and monsters, etc. It does have a slow start because it doesn't tell you much about the characters, but it improves as you read on because you under stand it better.

It is about a boy, who is a monster hunter, that dreams of being ordinary and a girl who is a normal one. she wants to be anything but ordinary.

Mia gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Kayra from Beeston Primary School:

This book is amazing if you like magic and girl power. At some points it jumps into situations without information and it takes a while to figure out what is going on. I thought this book was alright.

Kayra gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Maisie from Alwoodley Primary School :

I really like this book. The reason why I gave it a 4 out of 5 is because it had a really slow beginning then it got really intense. This genre is mystery and adventure. Ruby wants to be a magical girl and Jones wants to be an ordinary boy... so basically they want to swap roles... NOT swapping to a girl or a boy.

The next book I want to read is letters from the lighthouse

Maisie gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Lily from Green Lane Primary Academy:

This book was written by J.R. Wallis! The Boy with One Name wasn’t very exciting, I barely knew what was happening and it was just a bit too gory for me. I read to chapter 6 and became bored but if you enjoy reading monster stories and like gore then I recommend it to you! I rate it a 2/5 for the good idea for a story line! Not sure that it’s a winner!

Lily gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Samantha from White Laith PrimarySchool:

I quite liked this book! It was sad and happy at different parts of the book. It is about a boy called Jones who lived with his boss and he did magic but he wants to be an ordinary boy and there is Ruby who wants to be able to do magic and wants to not be told what to do of adults. Jones isn't sure what will happen. I would recommend this book to 11+.

Samantha gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Lexi from southroyd primary school:

I really liked this book because it wasn't what I thought it would be. When I first saw the title of the book, I didn't know what to expect however once I had started reading it, I realised it was about fantasy animals. I would recommend this book for older readers because of the language and story to the book.

Lexi gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Lily from Southroyd Primary:

I really enjoyed reading this book. The style of it is exactly what I love to read!

My favourite part was the beginning of page 306-I found it incredibly funny. My favourite character is Ruby because even if she is a girl,she proves that she is just as good as any boy balander. If you like fantasy,magic and monsters,you'll love this book!

Lily gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Lilly-Mae from Lawns Park Primary School:

This book is ok but disappointing as the front cover looks very appealing. The start of it is good but towards the end it gets a bit boring. My favourite part is when Jones and Arkell spy on Maitland when he's in the bath, in the garden. This really made me laugh!

I would give this book a 2 out of 5 as it's not really the style of book that I like to read as it talks about things from the past (I prefer more modern style books). I would recommend it to children aged 9 and above as younger children might not really understand what adoption is.

Lilly-Mae gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Isabelle from Hunslet ST Marys :

To be truly honest I didn't particualry like it because I thought it was boring but i liked it when Jones found his family .

Isabelle gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Isabelle from Hunslet ST Marys :

To be truly honest I didn't particualry like it because I thought it was boring but i liked it when Jones found his family .

Isabelle gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Zoe from Green Lane Primary Academy:

This book is about a twelve year old boy called Jones, he is an orphan and an apprentice hunter. His mentor Maitland fights trolls, ogres and is a badlander. Most people believe that part of our world exists in fairy tales and stories. But does it? Jones secretly wants to be an ordinary boy and exits the magical world forever...

I would personally give this book a 3 out of 5 because I am not really into this style of books but I am sure other people will like this book. I like the idea of it but I didn't find it engaging throughout.

Zoe gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Freya from Swillington primary:

Jones is a boy who wishes for a normal life but when his plan goes disastrous he needs to defeat something all bad landers fear.I rated this book 4 because I loved the suspension I also think it isa mystery book and can be read by 9 or over.

Freya gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Jaiya from Adel Primary School:

It was a thrilling read with adventure, mystery and magic running through each page of the book. It was amazing; I loved how easily I got hooked in and couldn't stop reading. It deserves five stars.

Jaiya gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Maisy from Adel Primary :

This was a fabulous book which I really enjoyed; the story line was captivating and mysterious. I loved how the story seemed so real yet magical and crazy at the same time. It was a thrilling read I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and magic however be warned do not be put off by the slightly slow start. It is a jewel of a book which really hooks you in.

Maisy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Idalia from Grange Farm Primary School:

I didn't like this book because some of the words were really tricky to read and it was really boring. I didn't like how the characters were mostly monsters because it just makes it a monster story. But I did like the character Ruby because she was really brave and she didn't give up. So.. In conclusion I disliked the book!

Idalia gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Samantha from White Laith Primary School:

I really liked this book! It was happy and sad at different parts of the book. It is about a boy called Jones who is a Badlander but he wants to be an ordinary boy and there is Ruby who wants to be a Badlander and wants to do magic but Jones isn't sure what will happen. I would recommend this to 11+.

Samantha gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Jasmine from Grange Farm primary School:

I liked this book because of the adventures Ruby and Jones go on but I found the the first few chapters hard to read but apart from that this book is really good.

Jasmine gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Ruby from Grange Farm Primary School:

I have given this book a 3 out of 5 because i thought this book got a bit boring . At first i thought it would be quite good but when i read more it began to get very boring. Although i liked that they could only do magic if they were holding hands . Also that Jones wanted to be normal again and Ruby didn't want to be normal at all she wanted to be different to other people.Another reason why i gave it a 3 is i couldn't understand it very much.

Ruby gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Molly from Grange Farm Primary School:

I rated this book a 3,RELUCTANTLY. I felt this book began the most boring-est way you could ever begin a story with.

At first i was intrigued by the fascinating phrase 'This book is for anyone who has ever fought a monster,whether lurking inside you or beyond,out there in the world'; then i read the first page...and it was really hard to connect with the words.

Honestly,this book was difficult to understand unless you deep read the text.I found the plot line.

I hope the author isn't offended by my opinion,yet I feel that the title is more entertaining than the story.

Molly gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Ethan from Grange Farm Primary School:

I rated this book a four because I like the descriptive language and that they have to work together.Also i like how Jones is looking for his father then suddenly he gets attacked by a monster then Ruby the Badlander helps and kills the monster.On the other hand i understand why other people don't like this book because some of the language is made up and some of the monsters have made up descriptive language.

Ethan gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Samantha from White Laith Primary School:

I really liked this book! It was happy and sad at different parts of the book. IT is about a boy called Jones who is a Badlander but he wants to be an ordinary boy and there is Ruby who wants to be a Badlander and she wants to do magic but Jones isn't sure what will happen. I would recommend this book to 11+.

Samantha gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Hannah from Grimes Dyke Primary:

I did enjoy the end of it but the beginning was a bit boring but I still liked it.

Hannah gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

benedict from Otley all saints primary school:

I liked this book when it got to the end but at the start the boys master dies in the second page which is too abrupt for me.If it was my choice I would still have him dye in about the middle.I also really liked the descriptive language used.

benedict gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Seren from Otley all saints:

this is by far one of the best books i have read yet. it is full of fantasy and action! i can understand why some people might not like this , for it is made out like an adult book in terms of that it wrights from different people's point of view and that the story is a little more mature than most kid books, but i personally think think that those two traits makes this book amazing!

i would describe this book as similar to the lord of the rings or the hobbit but in a kid friendly version.

i wish i had some helpful criticism for the author to work on, but i honestly think this book is so good there is nothing to improve on!

thank you for reading my review!

Seren gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Rhys from Grimes Dyke Primary School:

I quite like this book! I like the discribing of the book and when the monsters and stuff appear !

Rhys gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Jessica from Grimes dyke primary school:

I was very bored when I read it I could not get into it I thought it dragged sorry.

Jessica gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ellen from Collingham:

This book is outstanding. If you have ever fort a monster even if it is inside of you this book is for you.

My favourite character is Thomas Gabriel and i love it when they fight the witch. All n all a fantastic book.

Ellen gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Megan from Kippax greenfield primary school:

Its awesome. I never wanted to put it down. When i was not busy i would read for ages. I reccomended it to my best friends. They loved it as much as i did

Megan gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Lukas from White Laith Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book because Jones and Ruby explored a lot and I like exploring books just like my dad in the olden days when he was young. I also liked that Jones and Ruby tried killing the witch. Do you think they will kill the witch?

Lukas gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Lauren from Carr Manor Primary School:

At the beginning, I didn't think I would enjoy it, however by the middle I was hooked. The characters were so diverse, the setting so complicated, I loved. The only downside was the ending confused me.

Lauren gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Kaitlyn from Alwoodley Primary School:

This book was amazing! I felt as if the characters were in me, like they were real! It was very emotional and mysterious! Some parts really touched me! Ruby(the very fearless and gullible) and Jones(the boy with one name, desperate to be normal) set off on an adventure to kill Victor Brynn... This book would really suit people who love mystery, fantasy and comedy! I recommend that children over 10 should read this book because of the complicated words and sophisticated phrases! I loved this book because of it's amazing sentence structure and cliffhangers! I want this book to continue in a series, THE ADVENTURES OF RUBY AND JONES HAS TO CONTINUE! This book was totally different to my usual kind of story, normally I would go for comedy or mystery but not this time! THE BOY WITH ONE NAME IS FANTASTIC AND DEFINITELY A GREAT READ! :)

Kaitlyn gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Charlotte from Alwoodley Primary School:

Wow! I loved this book! It is like the 2 main characters want to swap lives! Ruby is a normal girl and Jones is a badlander in training but he wants to be normal and Ruby wants anything but! I rate this book full marks! It is quite gory at parts but great all the same!

Charlotte gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ravneet from Pudsey Bolton Royd:

I don't know if its just me but i didn't enjoy this book very much. The story just isn't my type. At the start its very hard to understand and it seems like it started in the middle of the story...could improve

Ravneet gave The Boy with One Name 1 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Aadam from Pudsey Bolton Royd:

IT is about a boy called Jones[a monster hunter].the thing is that the book makes no sense to me. It's just like he did this, but then he backs out. ITS not my cup of tea.

Aadam gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Sufyaan from Pusdey Bolton Royd Primary School:

This book is about Jones (a monster hunter in progress , who dreams of being a normal boy ... ), Ruby ( outspoken , fearless and desperate to be anything but ordinary ... ) . These two are thrown together by magic and mishap , the two of themselves in a race against time to kill a creature from the badlands that's even the most experienced of hunters fear . Can they defeat the monster ? It's up two you by reading the book .

Sufyaan gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Emily from Hunslet St Mary's:

I liked this book.I think that he added funny characters as well as some bad ones. I would recommend this to 9 to 11 year old. Some of it cam be funny but some can be scary. THIS IS A GOOD READ!

Emily gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

kelsey from Hunslet St Marys:

This book is alright:heart touching fights; people achieving there dreams. The author is a good author but it would be wonderful if there was more description.The thing i like most is that they fight even though they are scared to. My favourite character is Ruby because she is mischievous and outspoken like me.

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kelsey gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Lucy from Hunslet s.t Marys C of E Primary School:

This book was fantastic and definitely worth a read.It was packed with

adventure, magic and mystery.

Jones(a monster hunter in training) dreams of being a normal boy.Ruby,on the other hand, is desperate to be anything but ordinary.

My favourite part is at the end when they are fighting the witch because

it was so captivating.

This book was a great read and I definitely recommend it.

Lucy gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Samantha from Hunslet .St Mary's C of E Primary School:

This book is amazing and can be very funny , but gruesome especially in a few battles . I would recommend this book to a group of 10 to 12. I really loved reading it and thinking of what was coming next , it is also really well described and the glossary in the back is very helpful too.

Samantha gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Vicki from Hunslet St Marys C of E primary school:

Goodness!I really like this book!I loved all the magic,battles and adventures!My favourite characters were Ruby,the gun and Du Clement and the battle between the Ent and ThomaS Gabriel WAS EPIC! I REALLY LIKE IT.

Vicki gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Connor from Blackgates Primary School:

This book is EPIC I love the part in jones house with ruby and the monster if I were to read this book again I definitely would. It's full of mysteries and excitement. I love every bit of this book. I would recommend this book for children nine and above.

Connor gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Eric from Blackgates Primary:

This book is AMAZING!I loved it!I would recommend this book to every one world wide.I found it VERY good.

Eric gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Rosie from Shire Oak primary school:

This is an exciting book full of adventure. I really like it because it's all about a girl called Ruby wanting to be Badlander. My favorite character is the talking gun. It is full of ups and downs.

Rosie gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Lilyanna from Kippax Greenfield primary school:

This book was so good I didn't want to put it down. Some nights I stayed up reading it because I didn't know what was going to happen next.

Lilyanna gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ruby from Kippax greenfield primary school:

This book was absolutely awesome jones and ruby were so kind to each other.

Ruby gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Isabella from collingham LEH primary school:

This was an amazing book. I loved the character Ruby as she was the only girl to try and stand up to prove her point that girls could do magic too. This was a very magical book with lots of mystery and intensity, therefore I rate it five out of five.

Isabella gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Darcey from Grimes Dyke Primary School:

I think The boy with only one name is a very adventurous book for children who like supernatural adventures.

Darcey gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Caitlin from Collingham LEH Primary School:

I enjoyed reading this book, it was fun and full of adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone of my age. The reason I give it four, is because at times it can be difficult to understand. I would recommend this to anyone who likes books of adventure/magic.

Caitlin gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Theo from St Urban's Catholic Primary School:

This book was stunning, and had a acceptable plot-line. Once I continued to read the book, I was absorbed by the pages. Although, the book took time to get into it, I absolutely advise the author to keep on writing books like this one.

Theo gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Maisie from Alwoodley Primary School:

Although I am only on page 19, I wanted to say how good it is. Also my favourite character is Jones and Ruby.

Maisie gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

David from St Urban's Catholic Primary School:

As of the start, the book was slow , like most. But when I got into it, it was magnificent. I've enjoyed all the books I have read so far. It all started with a boy - Jones - who was a Badlander, he was fighting monsters no one dreamed were real and his master got killed. The boy wanted to be ordinary but he couldn't be if he used magic. There was a girl - Ruby - who wanted to be anything but ordinary her parents gave her to a foster home. Will Ruby become a Badlander? Will Jones be normal?

David gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Brooke from Grimes Dyke Primary School :

I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to 9 and over the bit I liked the most was the ending !!!

Brooke gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Seren from Shire Oak Primary:

This book is a well structured fiction book about a world of monsters. It is a good book because it has an awesome story line and two totally different characters that have a weird friendship.On a scale of one to ten it would get a hundred.

Seren gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Eryn from Shire Oak primary school:

This book is packed with adventure. After reading a few chapters i felt like i was in the Badlands. You always want to read more. The plot has been very well written. The author has done well with all of the description.

Eryn gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Francesca from Collingham Primary School:

One of my favourite books of all time. I would definitely recommend this to other children of my age. My favourite character is Thomas Gabriel and my favourite part is when Thomas Gabriel fights the Ent. A real page turner. I rate it five out of five!

Francesca gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Alex from St Urban's Catholic Primary School:

When Jones the Badlander's master, Maitland, is killed by an ogre trying to save the runaway girl Ruby, Jones must reveal to her a dangerous world, full of monsters, perils, adventures and terror: the Badlands. However, all Jones has ever wanted is to be an ordinary boy and now, with Maitland dead, nothing will halt his dream of a peaceful life. Nothing except Ruby, who has similarly always dreamed of a more exciting life than her initial experience of life. Such a ragtag duo are not often seen together, but when Ruby releases an ancient demon, Jones deduces that they can only protect themselves together, so Jones and Ruby are forced together until they can banish the demon...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was much more machure and serious than some other contents of the Leeds Book Awards. The plotline was thrilling and inventive; but I wish the structure reached the climax earlier. The characters were complicated and unpredictable, thus the storyline grows, as do the characters

Alex gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Jinan from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I loved the way excitement and adventure mix in with the theme and the courage inside of Ruby is OUTSANDING!!!

Jinan gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Zuzia from St Urbans Catholic Primary School:

This book was a blood-curdling novel that knocked me off my feet. As I read, I felt determined to turn each page to find new adventures. Jones was my favorite character as he only longed for one thing:being an ordinary boy. This book made me feel magical and expanded my imagination because the moment I opened this book I could just feel that I'm there in the Badlands with Jones and Ruby on an extraordinary adventure.

I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy adventures, mysteries and a bit of horror.

Zuzia gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Ruby from Shire Oak Primary School:

The Boy With One Name is a very interesting book. I would recommend it to 9-12 year olds. It is full of fun and very adventurous but it is a little sad at the start. My favourite character is Ruby because she has a great personality and is desperate to be anything but normal-like me! I rate this book 4/5.

Ruby gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Johnny from Westgate Primary :

Jones is a monster hunter-in-training, but he has a secret desire: to simply be an ordinary boy. When his master, Maitland, is killed by an ogre, Jones meets Ruby, an ordinary girl who dreams of being anything but. Together, they race across the country with only their weapons and magic to defeat a human-like creature that even the most experienced monster hunters fear. If the fight for survival ever ends, will Jones and Ruby get what they secretly wish for? Only time will tell.

This fantastic novel grips you by the throat and never lets go! When the last pages are turned, you want to read more, and disappointingly there is only empty space. This drama and excitement, plus some nail-chomping moments ensure that you support Jones and Ruby all the way.

Johnny gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Kristel from Allerton C of E primary school:

I enjoyed the book and reading about Ruby and Jones (and how they literally want to swap lives) but I don't feel the excitement. Everything in the book happens without a condition or a problem so it just happens quickly. Overall, this book is quite interesting and I think people who like adventure/magic should read it.

Kristel gave The Boy with One Name 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Farhanah from Oakwood Primary Academy:

This book was a really interesting book. I loved reading it. My favourite character must be Ruby because she is the only female Badlander. It appeals to me because it has magic in it. I would recommend it to anybody who likes magic.

Farhanah gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Jennifer from St.Urbans Catholic Primary school:

I enjoyed this novel since I thought it was very interesting, although I found it hard to content with the two main characters at first.It was very detailed and made me determined to flick through the pages quicker to know more about this story as I got into it. My favourite character was Ruby because she was very adventurous and amusing.

I would strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries/adventures.

Jennifer gave The Boy with One Name 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

Elisabeth from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I really liked this because my favourite character is ruby she is a very brave girl and learns that girls can do anything as well as boys

Elisabeth gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

Skye from westgate:

I loved this book; it was heart-warming but breath-taking. I wanted to leap in and help Ruby and Jones when thing were hard.

Jones is a badlander. He kills creatures that many of us do not thing exist, but all he wishes for is to be an ordinary boy. His parents are captured by a witch and he must save them before it is too late. Ruby is a girl who was ordinary but ran into Jones. She proved every one wrong when she showed she could use magic. All she wished for was being a badlander. Will either get what they wish for? Find out in the Boy with One Name. This book grips you from page 1. I couldn’t put it down.

Recommended for age 9 and over.

Skye gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Livia from Westgate primary:

I really enjoyed reading this book; it was heart-warming, breath-taking and heart-breaking. I felt like I was really there and wanted to leap in and help Jones and Ruby whenever things were hard. Jones is a Badlander who kills creatures that humans don’t believe exist. Jones is desperate to become an ordinary boy again and that’s when he meets a human called Ruby, who wants to be a Badlander, they work together to try and kill the witch that has captured Jones parents. Will they kill the mighty Ms Easton? Will Jones get his wish and become an ordinary boy again? Will Ruby get her wish and become a Badlander? Find out In the Boy with One Name. This book grips you from page 1; I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend it for ages 9 and over.

Livia gave The Boy with One Name 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Hamna from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I didn't really enjoy the book. One reason is that I found the book a little hard to read. There were some made up words which you had to look up in the glossary. On the other hand, some of the phrases he used were brilliant.

Hamna gave The Boy with One Name 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.