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Bedlam

BedlamMore suitable for teenage readers
by Ally Kennen

So far we have received 23 reviews of Bedlam. You can read them below.

Elinor from Year 8, Danum Academy:

Bedlam is about a 15-year-old called Lexi, who has to go and
live with her mother (who she doesn't like) for a few weeks.
She is left to walk the dog, Tyson, one night, and very
unfortunately, he runs off. While looking for him she somehow
ends up in a spooky closed-down asylum. Some mysterious
stranger rescues her from near-death, and she thinks that's the
end of it. She couldn't be more wrong.

This is the first of the 2009 DBA books that I have read, but I
still think it has a good chance of getting onto my favourite
list. My mark out of ten is probably completely wrong, as I'm
not sure of the standard yet.

Marks out of 10: 8

kiara from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

When 16-year-old Lexi is forced to move in with her estranged
mother, she thinks she will die of boredom. Yet midnight
howlings and regular break-ins convince her otherwise. And when
Lexi follows her mother's dog into the woods and discovers the
abandoned asylum, it is only too apparent that there is
something out there. Something real. Something very shocking
indeed. This is the third thrilling teenage novel from
award-winning author, Ally Kennen.

I give this this book a 8 out of 10 because some parts were
boring but some were interesing i enjoyed this book and would
recomend this book to anyone in my family and strangers!!

Marks out of 10: 8

Kiara from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is about a 16 year old girl called Lexi who has to go
and live with her mother, whom she doesn't like for a couple of
weeks. One night Tyson the dog runs off and while she is
looking for him she passes the closed down asylum. She gets
into trouble and a stranger saves her and she thinks it's all
over but its not. She is very wrong about that!

This is the very first Ally Kennan book I have read and it was
fantastic. I loved it. This is one of those books you can't
put down once you get into reading it - you know its going to
be good. Except the very begining that's the only part I
didn't like. I would recommend this to anyone.

Marks out of 10: 9

kiara from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

What can i say about this book to start of i will say 'wow'
what a book its one of the most exiting books ive read, the
tension is unbelievable also oit's the very first book i have
read by Ally Kennen and loved it the most interesting part was
the middle and end. I thought the beginning was a bit boring
but once i got started i got really interestering.I will give
this book three and a half stars and would recommend this book
to my family to read and friends.

Marks out of 10: 8

tamara from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

bedlam is the most intreresting book and it is brilant book i
have read and i would recamean enyone to read it.IT WAS
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

jamie from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

I think it is a good book. But I insisted on reading it before
8:00pm because it is a scary book and my sister once tried to
take it of me and read it, unlucky I tried to get it back and
she then vomited on because she was ill.

Marks out of 10: 8

Zack from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Bedlem is a fantastic yet chilling book. The plot is absolutely
fantastic, I wont say much as it will give the whole story
away. But there are some things I can say. First I will start
on the positive side of things. The characters are well thought
out and you can feel the emotions they are feeing when you read
the book. Many other things made this book a good book to read.
Now onto the negative side of things, the book has a bad ending
which could easily be improved, which is why I gave this an
8/10.

Marks out of 10: 8

Kieren from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

Bedlam is a brilliant book but quite mysterious and I like sort
of super natural and mysterious books thats why I chose Bedlam.
even though it is a teenage book and has swearing in it it is
still a marvelous book.

Marks out of 10: 10

shawn from Year 8, Rossington All Saints School:

bedlam is about a girl called lexi and she has to go and stay
with her mum (and lexi hates her mum) and is left to walk tyson
(the dog) and then he runs off. then she ends up in an ald
asylum and a man rescues her when she was so close (by an inch)
to death. and as it says in the blurb when they closed the
asylum they thought every one had left

Marks out of 10: 10

Courtney from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Bedlam is about a 15-year-old called Lexi, who has to go and
live with her mother (who she doesn't like) for a few weeks.
She is left to walk the dog, Tyson, one night, and very
unfortunately, he runs off. While looking for him she somehow
ends up in a spooky closed-down asylum. Some mysterious
stranger rescues her from near-death, and she thinks that's the
end of it. She couldn't be more wrong.
Also I did not like bedlam coz i thought it was boring and i
gave it a 5 because I dont like it.

Marks out of 10: 5

Paige from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

It was ok but I didnt quite get the story. When I first looked
at the blurb I thought it was going to be good, but I didnt
quite like it. The author explained it ok, not really well. I
gave it a 5 out of 10 because the way she explains the
characters and creates atmosphere was really fascinating.

Marks out of 10: 5

Charlotte from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book is an amazing spectacular spine chilling book. I
would not suggest that young children read it in the dark or if
they get scared but it is a truly perfect page turner and I
found it hard to put down even at midnight.
It is about a young girl who has a difficult relationship
with her mother which makes her life miserable when her dad
sends her to her mothers because he is going away on business.
Lexi worries that her dad is doing something bad and tries to
get out of going to her mums but loses.
During her sulk alone while her mum is working she lets the
dog out and forgets about it!!!
Then her mum makes her search the forest for the dog but
falls down through the floor of a dilapidated building but she
is saved by a stranger that she must identify before she
leaves!!!
The only problem is she didn’t see their face...

Marks out of 10: 10

Courtney from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

A girl called lexi has to move in with her mum who she doesn't
like. She went to walk the dog and he runs off. Lexi stays at
her mums for a few weeks and she doesn't like her. I liked all
of the characters because they showed thier emotions and how
they feel. I liked the part where it said the dog had to lick
its poo. The part I disliked was most of the book because it
was boring and its not my kind of book. I would recommend this
book to teenagers because it is a very adventurous book.

Marks out of 10: 5

Amelia from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

I thought this book was one of the best books I have ever read.
It was like a real life problem only most people don't get
chased by dogs and don't fall into the cellars of hospitals. I
couldn't put this book down and I would like to read it again
because I didn't actually finish it. I would recomend this book
to older kids because it is just a little bit grown up.

Marks out of 10: 9

Ebony from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

i like this book and thought it is one of the best books i have
ever read. i am giving it a 8 because i think that the mum and
step dad of lexi were really mean. that is why i gave it an 8
out of 10

Marks out of 10: 8

Joe from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

I would rate this book 7 out of ten because this book has its
good and bad moments like every book will but Bedlam in a way
stood out to me so i probably will be voting for this book

Marks out of 10: 7

lewis from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

This is the best book ive read so far its mint

Marks out of 10: 9

Travis from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

I agree that it should have a teen title because it is an
excellent book but some of the language is unsuitable for
younger kids. I would recommend this to an age range of 8+.

Marks out of 10: 10

Holly from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

Bedlam is a gripping read and tells of 16-year-old Lexi who is
forced to move in with her estranged mother and mean step Dad
Owen when her Dad goes off on a dodgy business trip. She thinks
she will die of boredom. but midnight howlings and regular
break-ins convince her otherwise. And when Lexi follows her
mother's dog, Tyson, into the woods she discovers an abandoned
asylum, it becomes apparent that there is something out there.
Something real and something scary!
I enjoyed this story lots and was kept "on the edge of my seat"
by every page.
A good book that you should read with the lights on!

Marks out of 10: 8

katie from Year 6, Hatfield Manor Junior School:

I have gave this book nine because it wasnt as i imadgened it
would be.. Bedlam is a great book and has made me want to move
on so i would recomened this book to other people who would
like to read it!!!!

Marks out of 10: 9

jake from Year 9, Denaby Main Primary School:

i thought this book was ok it did not suprise me the book was
aimed for teans but did not seam to be like a tean book for
example a darren shan book.i thought this book was going to be
good but i was very disapointed by the book by the end and i
dont really want to read it again i didnt rate it low because i
thought there was little parts in it that where very good but
the story line i just hated.

Marks out of 10: 7

Ellie from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

I think Bedlam is a very time wrapping story it follows the
adventure of a 12 year old boy, named Reece, who is lying in
his bed and hears this strange noise, he gets out of bed, goes
down to the kitchen, and he opens the cupboard door, he climbes
through a little porthole.
then it ends

Marks out of 10: 9

Vicki from Year 10, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I thought this book was good and I did enjoy it. It is about a
girl called Lexi Juby whose dad sends her away off to live with
her mother. Lexi and her mum do not get on though. This has
something to do with the fact that Lexi's mum left when Lexi
was little.
To start the book Lexi has moved in with her mother and her
mother's partner. Owen who Lexi also is not keen on. When Owen
and Paula (the mum) are out, Lexi is left with Tyson, Paulas
dog. She let's Tyson out into the yard and forgets he is there.
Though when she goes to fetch him in, he is gone! Missing!
This book at certain points made me jump quite a bit but I did
enjoy it. Throughout the story lots of things happen, but as I
said even though i wasn't looking forward to reading this book
I did actually like it. Sort of. I would give this book a 7/10.
I don't think I would read it again as it is not my sort of
book but i would recomend it to other people!!

Marks out of 10: 7

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