SpineOut : SpineOut April - May 2018
Emanuel, Year 7 St Columba’s Catholic College Springwood NSW r SBOOK REVIEWS pine Out el, Year 7 St Columba’s Catholic College Springwood NSW r SBOOK REVIEWS pine Out APRIL APRIL / MAY 2018 The 1000-Year-Old Boy Ross Welford Harper Collins T he story of Alfie/Alve Monk and his life of a thousand years is full of twists and unexpected turns. It is told from the perspective of two boys: Aidan Linklater, a normal 11-year-old kid, and Alfie Monk, the not so normal 1000- year-old kid. The story begins with Alfie and his Mum sadly watching his town being destroyed by invaders. Reluctantly, they leave for a cave somewhere safe. Alfie’s parents were also ageless. The right word for them was Neverdeads. The family came by the name when Alfie’s father won them in battle. However, the family was not immortal. Ageless and immortal are two different things. They were still capable of death. One thousand years later, Aidan Linklater is moving house. He meets Roxy Minto, a bright and energetic girl. Roxy shows Aidan the hut in the woods where Alfie lives. That very same day, Alfie’s home is consumed b fire, taking the life of his only relativ his mum. Everyone is told that Alfie has run away, but Aidan and Roxy f him in her garage. He begs for silenc so they tell no one. But will Alfie tell them he is the 1000-year-old boy? This is a thrilling and exciting tale full of forming friendships and traumatic challenges. The story shows that even if something doesn’t sound very truthful, it still can be. So whenever you can, believe in what people say, even if cautiously Who knows? Something good can come out of it. Believing can be hard. But it can also give you joy if you do. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some old-fashioned language, a few unsettling moments and happy endings. I rate this book five stars!
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June - July 2018