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The Windvale Sprites

March HareThe Windvale Sprites
by MacKenzie Crook

So far we have received 26 reviews of The Windvale Sprites. You can read them below.

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

I quite liked this book. It is good in the way it gets
straight into the story. It has a lot of pictures, which are

I thought it was a bit too long, although the chapters are

Marks out of 10: 7

from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

When I started the doncaster book awards that was the first
book I picked to read, and let me just tell you it was great to
start of with that book.It was so intresting, because it had a
mystery about the past and the book had bits were you were jaw
drooped, especialy the last bit but I will not put the ending
because I don't want to give it away. My best charectar was
Benjamin Tooth because he was so secretive.I think the author
was great for writing this book.He is good at putting a
pichture in my head and he is a great illustrater. My favourite
bit was when he first found the species because I imagine I was
in front of this kind of fairy so that was my most favourite
bit. I definitly reacomend this book to everyone even the boys.

Marks out of 10: 9

daisy from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written. I loved
the illastrations and the way that they were drawn! I would
really like to read some more of the books that Mackenzie Crook
has written, and some other books in that type of style! I hope
that in the Doncaster Book Awards there are some more of
Mackenzie's books to read and to write reviews about!

Marks out of 10: 10

kaitlin from Year 6, Mallard Primary School:

i really like this book. the best bit was when it really
described the way Asa actully jumoped back in amazement, after
touching a real life 'fairy'. at first Asa thought it was just
a plastic doll. but when he does touch it, his life ends up

Marks out of 10: 8

Katie from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I didn't enjoy this book as much as i thought i would, because
i couldn't get into it. Even though the pictures made me think
i was there but the writing it didn't. I only got through the
first couple of chapters and that made me just feel like i was
watching from a distance but after the sixth i just felt like i
was drifting away.
My favorite charecter is Asa because nobody else found a fairy
in thier backgarden he had the courage to do that.
I would recomend it to people who don't love fairy wands and
magic and who like the oppersite of that might like it.

Marks out of 10: 5

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

This story is about a boy called Asa finding a sprite in his
garden after a huge storm, then researching it in a library.
The only evidence of someone else finding one is a man called
Benjamin Tooth. The rest of the story is about Asa trying to
find him. Overall it was a bit boring because it took a long
time to get into.

My marks out of ten : 6

Marks out of 10: 6

Jenni from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I really loved reading this book, as soon as i saw the front
cover i was intrigued and wanted to read it. I have lots of
favourite books but this must come in the top 5. The book keeps
you intrested all the way through and it makes you not want to
put it down once you start. I would recomend this book to
people who love mysteries and adventurous types of books. I
would definately read this book again and read another
Mackenzie Crook book!!

Marks out of 10: 10

Georgia from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

This book is really simple,but also magical.I have not finished
this book but i cant wait until i do because i cant wait to
find put what happens next.
It"s about a boy called Asa,there is a storm and things go
missing ....Asa finds a creature floating on the top of his
pod,so he keeps it in his wardrobe, but the next time he looks
at it it has frosen into ice!So Asa burries it in the woods,the
next day it is missing. What will happen next?

Marks out of 10: 10

Abby from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This is a fantasy book based on fairies/sprites.
The story starts, after a storm, when Asa finds a dead sprite
in his garden pond. Then the story follows him investigating
and trying to find out more about these fragile creatures.
The story is set on a moor which is effective as it makes it
easier to contemplate the existence of these mystical
I liked the story, but it would be more appreciated by younger

Marks out of 10: 4

alice from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:

this book was ok it was good at the start but then i started
not enjoying it. it was about a boy who found a faiy but you
might enjoy it

Marks out of 10: 4

shannon g from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

the stom was not in such deataill you need more deataill in
ever y chapter . apsalootly boaring !yooorn!

Marks out of 10: 4

Naomi from Year 5, Balby Central Primary:

I would give it 10 out of 10 because it grabs me and makes me
want to read on. I love the part where Asa meets Mr Tooth with
hair all over him

Marks out of 10: 10

emily from Year 6, Sunnyfields Primary School:

This book is really exciting and has lots of amazing adjectives
i really like the boy asa his character is amazing

Marks out of 10: 6

Jordan from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

I would Definitely recommend this book because it makes you
want to read on and wonder what will happen next,like when the
boy Asa Brown finds a weird looking creature in the pond that
at first really looked like a dragonfly.I found some parts
quite boring but overall loved the book.

Marks out of 10: 9

lucy from Year 8:

I Really enjoyed this book it was the first book i have read in
the doncaster book award and it was really good.

Marks out of 10: 8

Niamh from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

I really loved this book. I think the best thing about it is
the beautiful illustrations. I think they really bring the
story to life. I loved the story how it was a mystical
adventure and about different kind of fairy than traditional

Marks out of 10: 8

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

This book is about a young boy called Asa Brown. One day,
after a frightening storm that ripped through Asa’s town;
destroying buildings and uprooting trees, Asa finds small dead
creature in his pond. A sort of insect-like miniature person
with wings… A fairy? Asa didn’t believe in fairies and so
sets off on a quest to find out if they really do exist and
more about them. His adventure leads him to information about a
man, Benjamin Tooth, an alchemist inventor astronomer
astrologer scientist who in his time was said to be insane
because he believed in such things out on Windvale Moor. Asa
knows he’s not crazy and seeks for Tooth’s lost journals to
discover more about the creatures. In the end, he discovers a
lot more than he first intended…
I liked this book, it was about fairies and fairies are great.
It was really interesting and original. I also thought it was
quite creepy. I didn’t expect the ending at all. Asa is my
favourite character because he’s really kind hearted,
adventurous and brave, I certainly wouldn’t go camping on my
own out in the middle of the moors.
I would recommend this book to younger readers because it’s
quite easy and it isn’t that long but to older readers too
because it’s a good book.
The fact that it’s written and illustrated by a one eyed
pirate somehow makes everything better. That’s one of the
reasons why I picked up the book in the first place; it’s not
often that I find a book written by an actor from some of my
favourite movies.

Marks out of 10: 8

from Year 8, Ash Hill Academy:

it gets very boring at the beginning but it gets better in the
middle therfore this is a good book and most people would enjoy
reading it

Marks out of 10: 3

Morgan from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

This book is so cool and so are the illustrations this book
needs to be on the short list

Marks out of 10: 8

Neve from Year 6, Balby Central Primary:

I did quite like this book because it's fantastically written,
I also loved the illustrations. The Windvale Sprites was
amazing and I hope it gets chosen for the short list. I would
definitely read more book written in this style, and I would
definitely read more of MacKenzie Crook's books.I would
recommend this book to everyone...this is a MUST read!!!!

Marks out of 10: 8

kayley-may from Year 7, Danum Academy:

This book was a fairitastic tale; with mythical creatures. The
fairies are cool and funky in their own way. This book to me
was the best fairy tale book I have ever read. All the drama
made it more existing and funnier. Never have I read a book
like this. Once you stuck you head in the book the fairy world
becomes the really world in many ways. I have no favourite
character because i loved every one. They were all specular in
their own ways. I would defiantly read this book again and all
the book written by Mackenzie crook.

Marks out of 10: 7

from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:

this book was ok but it wasent really my type. It has a water
fairy in it what a little boy finds in a lake dead

Marks out of 10: 4

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

I chose to take out this book to read because the front cover
looks like its a mixture of sad and happiness and it also looks
abit scary because when you look at the fairies their eyes look
really scary and they have little spikes on their legs and arms
and wings as though the wings are there to protect the fairies
from gettting hurt.
I think this book is a good book because it was very intresting
to read and that thet bit of the book that i most enjoyed is
the bit when there was a big shadow and it was a shadow of a
big giant dragon fly. The other bitIi found intresting is the
bit where Asa goes out in his garden,he walks up to his own
pond and he had noticed that there were something really
strange in his garden pond but when he was in the garden there
was a huge storm coming his way. When Asa noticed the storm he
decided to go inside.
What I dislike about this book?
The bits that didnt really catch my eye in this book were the
bits that they had to keep a secret from someone because they
didnt want that certain person to know all about the creatures
because they thought that creatures dont exist.
But I did think this was a good book

Marks out of 10: 7

Marie from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

This book was the best book I ever read I think I should start
reading more of Mackenzie Crook's books because they are so
good I love it how they get straight to the point this book was
quite creepy and some of the illstrations freak me out
aspecialy th piture of the 250 old man. If you think this story
is a babyish fairy tale you need to think again. I recoment
this book to people who love reading. It will blow your mind
the best part was the ending it had loads of description and
freaks me out a lot but I still think this book is awesome and
if you don't think so you need your brain checking

Marks out of 10: 10

Beck from Year 5, Adwick Park Junior School:

Book 4 babies

Marks out of 10: 1

Lottie from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The Windvale Sprites was not really my type of book but if I do
get another chance to read it again I might take that chance.
I never really got into the book.

Marks out of 10: 4

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