Kid’s Book Review: Jodie

Kid’s Book Review: Jodie

About the Book and Author

Jodie never wanted to come on the residential trip to the field centre. A loner at school, she’s forced into a dormitory with other girls from her class who don’t understand her and talk about her behind her back. Even though they’re not trying to be mean, Jodie feels excluded and miserable, and eventually escapes out onto the salt marshes in search of a little dog she can hear barking in the distance. But the salt marshes are dangerous and Jodie gets trapped by the incoming tide. Stuck in the sucking mud, will anyone even notice that she’s gone? And where is the little dog that keeps barking so mournfully …?

Jodie cover

Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, as the eldest of four daughters. After reading Botany and Zoology at university, a stint as a biochemist and the birth of her two children, Hilary left her job to devote her time to writing. For her first novel, The Exiles, she won the 1992 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Visit her website to discover more of her books.

Keith Robinson has been a freelance illustrator since 2001, but he came to it the long way round! After graduating in graphics and illustration in 1992, he worked as an animator on some of the earliest digital media productions for clients around the world.


Book Review

It is a good beginner ghost story and has a happy ending

This is my first ghost story and I really enjoyed it. I’d say it’s more spooky than scary, and I read it in two nights (‘cause I stayed up extra late to finish it!)

It’s about a girl called Jodie who doesn’t want to go on her class residential trip. The only reason she does go is because her teacher Mrs. Nolan promises she will be there (and her mum persuades her as well). BUT Mrs. Nolan isn’t there, and that makes Jodie really sad.

One of my favourite parts of the story is when Jodie is on the rooftop, and she hears a little dog whining. Without thinking, Jodie jumps off the roof and runs across the sea wall to the old pick up truck on the salt marsh. But when Jodie gets there, there is an old woman standing there. She doesn’t say anything to Jodie, she just looks at her. I liked this bit because it’s the first time Jodie actually goes onto the salt marshes and it’s the beginning of the whole adventure.

I thought it was really clever how the author started the book in the middle of the story and then returned to that part near the end of the book. I especially liked the repetition of the first few paragraphs and then it suddenly snaps back to the present time.

I thought that Keith Robinson’s illustrations were great. I thought he pictured the thoughts perfectly. If I had to choose one illustration I would probably choose the last picture where Jodie and her friends are standing on the rooftop. I really liked that she started off as a shy person who always stayed in the shadows but ended up with five best friends.

I would recommend this book to children around the ages 9-11. It is a good beginner ghost story and has a happy ending.

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Reviewer Profile

Lyra young reviewer
  • Name: Lyra
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: reading, drawing and writing
  • Dislikes: being quiet and standing still
  • Favourite Book: Anything by Robin Stevens
  • Favourite Film: Nancy Drew
  • Favourite Song: Look at What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift