The Hotlist

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  A collection of books you will love to read.

 In the Name of the Family: a novel of Machiavelli and the Borgias by Sarah Dunant


The Vatican 1502 and Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia - a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption - has ruled as Pope Alexander VI for the last 10 years. Two of his beloved illegitimate children are in the process of making their own place in history. Cesare, brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable, whose military and political exploits are being observed by young diplomat Niccolo Machiavelli, whose great work of modern politics The Prince is based on his learning from his relationship with Cesare. Lucrezia, 22 and already twice married, is entering another marital alliance orchestrated by her father and brother. Beguiling and scandal-soaked she is a survivor and is discovering her own power. A novel set during the Italian Renaissance that explores the triumphs and sorrows of the infamous Borgia family.

Review by: Andrea


House of Secrets By Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini


The House of Secrets series is an amazing page turner set of books when 3 kids get sucked into a book world and they have to fight off a nasty wind witch. Cordelia Brendon and Nell move to the Kristoff House, thats when the adventure begins. This book is thrilling, jaw-dropping, amazing, adventurous, fun, suspenseful, unpredictable and mysterious... Suitable for age 10+ and for mystery battle lovers.

Review by: Erika aged 11


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By Roald Dahl


"Little Charlie Bucket wins a golden ticket inside an ordinary chocolate bar and now he has an opportunity to meet the famous candy maker, Mr. Willy Wonka, with four other kids, Augustas Gloop, Veruka Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teave. Mr. Wonka reveals all his magical candy making secrets and introduces the children to the Oompa Loompas. Why I like the book. It is so entertaining. It’s like a comedy book, sad book, emotional book and adventure book rolled into one. I liked the Oompa Loompas songs a lot".

Review by: Ayka aged 8.