Kid’s Book Review: Northern Soul

Kid’s Book Review: Northern Soul

About the Book and Author

Award-winning author Phil Earle has written a short story for teenage readers, published by Barrington Stoke.

Marv’s fourteen and his life is simple. There’s football. And his best mate, Jimmy. Perfect.
Nothing else matters until a new girl at school called Carly crashes into his life.

For Marv, it’s love at first sight, his emotions flipped upside down, as he knows a girl like Carly will never notice him.
Fortunately his musical hero provides the help and inspiration he needs to navigate his first affair of the heart…

Phil Earle

Phil Earle is the author of the acclaimed ‘When the Sky Falls’ novel for readers aged 8-12 years, which won the British Book Awards 2022. He is also the author of a number of stories for younger readers. Please visit his website to find out more about his other books.

Book Review

this book is very lighthearted and comedic

This book is about a boy called Marv who develops a crush on the new girl at his school. He tries to ask her out, but doesn’t have the self-confidence to pull it off. However, when he finds the ghost of his new favourite singer in his room, things begin to change.

Overall, this book is very lighthearted and comedic, and I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend Northern Soul to anyone who doesn’t like long books, as it is a great quick read, and you can read it in a couple of days.

My favourite character was Otis Redding’s ghost as he was hilarious and worked well with the story. (Otis Redding was a singer from the 1960’s who died in a plane crash in 1967.) He made the book very funny, and made me like this book a lot. It also made me start listening to Otis Redding, and enjoy it.

I think that fans of books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (although that is a book for slightly younger readers) will enjoy this as they share similar themes and the same sense of comedy.

Also, people who enjoy Otis Redding’s songs may like this, as they can relate to the character.
I would aim this book at ages 12-15.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ivan
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: origami, pizza and drawing
  • Dislikes: peas and Donald Trump
  • Favourite Book: Gargantis by Thomas Taylor
  • Favourite Song: Space Oddity by David Bowie
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince