Kid’s Book Review: Spark

Kid’s Book Review: Spark

About the Book and Poet

From Mitch Johnson, the author of the the acclaimed book Kick is an exciting and thought-provoking story for children aged 10-13 years. This story is set in an apocalyptic world where the characters Ash and Bronwyn are fighting to survive. Our young reviewer’s favourite character is Vivienne. I wonder who yours will be…


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Mitch Johnson author

Mitch Johnson has always been captivated by storytelling, whether the stories are told through books, films, songs or video games. Growing up, his favourite children’s book was The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, but he is also a big fan of Roald Dahl, Mal Peet, Katherine Rundell and Patrick Ness.

His early interest in storytelling eventually led him to study English Literatutre with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, after which he wrote his debut novel, Kick. He believes books are a means of activism as well as entertainment, which is why he tends to write stories of social injustice infused with warmth and humour. He believes books should not just create new worlds, but help us to dream up new ways of looking at the one in which we live.

Here is a link to our review of his other book called Pop!

Book Review

I think the scene in the caves was written very well because the description was good but scary and it made you really want to see what happened next

The book is about two children, Ash and Bronwyn, who set out to the Kingdom to find missing residents of Last village and the reason for the current drought. My favourite character was Vivienne as I found her funny and serious at the same time.

The story kept me guessing as there were mysteries around every corner. I think the scene in the caves was written very well because the description was good but scary and it made you really want to see what happened next.

The story kept me turning the pages, it didn’t really make me laugh or cry but made me excited and scared. The only thing I disliked about the book is that some of my questions went unanswered and that I didn’t find out what happened to some of the characters.

I’d recommend this book to children who are over 10 years old and who like mystery, action and adventure novels a meaning. I’d give it 8 out of 10 and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Danny
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: Walking in the woods, swimming and playing games
  • Dislikes: coconut
  • Favourite Book: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban
  • Favourite Song: Danny O (Banana Boat Song)