Book review: Noughts and Crosses

I know for a fact that this is one of the best books that I have ever read; Some people say that there isn’t enough description in the book, but I think that Malorie Blackman’s style of writing is great!

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Callum and Sephy live in a world where everyone is split into two groups, Noughts and Crosses- whites and blacks. Their society is ruled by the Crosses, one of which is Sephy’s father. Noughts and crosses just don’t mix, but when Sephy’s friendship with Callum grows into something else, together they are determined to find a way to be together.

THEN A BOMB EXPLODES…..

I think that it is a very cleverly written book, also with alternate chapters, showing both Sephy and Callum’s feelings and thoughts. The whole book holds suspense, you aren’t able to put the book down, and you can’t guess whats going to happen next. Some parts of the book were very upsetting, because it held some rather serious topics, but it was altogether an interesting and inspirational book. There is a whole series, if you read this and like it; starting with nights and crosses, then going onto Knife edge, Checkmate, and finally Double cross. 

Malorie Blackman put real thought into writing this book, and I congratulate her for it.

I hope you get round to reading this, I don’t think you’ll regret it!

SparrowHorse x

            

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Decopatch

Hi, earlier today my sister and I did some decopatch models, and had really great fun! If you want to make one, follow my instructions below. 

First you need a plain brown model, which you can probably get from any good craft store near you, secondly you need special decopatch paper, which you can get from 90p-£1.50 ish per sheet. What is recommended but not absolutely necessary, is decopatch glue, which insures a smooth, glossy top on your model. If you don’t buy this, PVA glue works, just not as well.

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It is better to use a flat-topped paintbrush instead of a round tipped paintbrush; example below…

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If your decopatch paper is a light colour, you might want to paint your original model with white acrylic paint first so the brown doesn’t show through.

Instructions:

  • Make sure your surface is covered up with old newspaper, etc, so that the surface doesn’t get gluey.
  • Rip up your decopatch paper quite small (ripped up paper is better than cut up paper because ripped edges tend to glue together better), and put it in a bowl/small pile
  • Paint some glue onto your model, then place a piece of your ripped up paper on top, pressing it down slightly. After that, paint over the top with a thin layer of the same glue.
  • Overlap the pieces, so none of the original colour shows through.
  • Repeat the process until you have covered the model as much as you would like.
  • Leave to dry for a day/a few days, then you can put it on display!

Below is a picture of my box, and below that, the animals that my mum and sister did…

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I hope you enjoy making/decorating!

SparrowHorse x

The Lake District

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, I have been on holiday; doing lots of fun things that I want to tell you about! My family and I went to the Lake District for the summer, and while we were there, my cousins, aunt, uncle, dad and I climbed Causey Pike. Altogether, the climb took 4 and a half hours, and the whole time we barely stopped at all. Along the way and at the top, my dad took some cool photos on his phone…

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If you are up to it, it is a really good mountain to climb. Although you have to scramble down quite a bit at the top, and it is hard, I found it the best bit!  Throughout our holiday in the Lakes, we went to loads of fun places; Swimming, The Cinema, Climbing, Walks, A boat around Derwent Water, Sweet shopping!  One day, we went to a place called St. Bees, a cliff walk with a sort of beach as well; here’s a picture:

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Castlerigg is a good place to go, too, it is like a mini Stone Henge, in a circle. It is among some of the earliest stone circles in Britain, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.    

I would really recommend going to the Lakes at some point; It not only has great views but also great things to do. 

SparrowHorse x