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Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

March HareDark Lord: The Teenage Years
by Jamie Thomson


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So far we have received 40 reviews of Dark Lord: The Teenage Years. You can read them below.

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

This book uses dual narrative, as you read from Dirk Lloyd aka.
Dark Lord's perspective, Sooz's perspective, Chris' perspective
etc. And there are also occasional viewpoints of some people
who witness what happens in the car park after Dirk lands
there; this is effective because it is giving you two
seperate-ish stories running alongside each other until they
combine. This book is an Adventure/Fantasy Novel. The author
uses setting very well ie. the car park- where people come and
can be affected by what's there and the cricket pavilion- there
is bound to be consequences because of what happened. The story
starts when Dark Lord wakes up in a car park and nothing is
quite right; he's changed into a human and is a completely
different universe Now he's Dirk Lloyd, a crazy little boy with
very few friends. The rest of the story follows his attempts to
get back to his own universe and body. The main characters were
Dirk/Dark Lord, Chris and Sooz. I liked Sooz the most as she
amuses me and is just plain awesome. I didn't really dislike
any of the characters apart from the teachers, of course. I
liked this book and would definetely would recommend it.

Marks out of 10: 8

Holly from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I love this book because, it has humour, lot and lots of
humour. Probably my favourite character would be Dirk

Marks out of 10: 9

Holly from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I love this book because of the humour, lots and lots of
humour. My favourite character would be the dark Lord or as we
know Dirk Lioyd. Because, he has a wierd imagination and makes
funny speeches.

I also like this book because, of the plot: where he has fallen
into our world and is trying to use our powers and can`t but,
the best bit is that he`s a thirteen year old boy!

My favourite part was when he said that he would destroy the
city he quotes `I shall rule you all!`

Probably, the writer is a funny sort of guy who likes stories
abou the dark world and stuff like that.

Marks out of 10: 10

Marie from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

I love this book at first I thought it would be a boy book but
when I started reading it a girl or a boy could read it it is
so amazing. I have read quite a lot of of the books from the
book awards for my age and this one was one of the best I realy
recoment this book to any one who loves reading.

Marks out of 10: 10

Connor from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

this book is amazing, i love it to bits.this book is about a
evil lord who travels to the human world when he falls off a
building then his challange to get home begins.
YOU MUST READ THIS EPIC BOOK!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

joshua from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

funny and long but a brilliant read.

Marks out of 10: 9

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

Dark Lord: The Teenage years is an excellent book. It is about
a boy who is actually a Dark Lord and his efforts to get home
for his revenge. I thought it was good because you think it is
the ending, but then it carries on and gets more interesting as
you read. It is very funny and I'd reccommend it to anyone who
likes villains and fantasy. An excellent book!

Marks out of 10: 9

Adam from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

The dark lord is very convincing that he could be a descendant
of the dark lord. I like the bit where they think his name is
Dirk Lloyd.

Marks out of 10: 8

Adam from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

The dark lord is very convincing that he could be a descendant
of the dark lord. I like the bit where they think his name is
Dirk Lloyd.

Marks out of 10: 8

Brandon from Year 5, Balby Central Primary:

This book is a funny book, wen u read u will b laughing so
much ur mum n dad will have to tell u to be quiet. Brilliant

Marks out of 10: 7

Nigel from Year 8:

I thought this was a really funny book. It was hilarious seeing
things from Dirk's point of view from his first landing in the
car park.

Marks out of 10: 10

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

I am not keen on this book. I think this book is more for boys
than girls. It was hard to get into for me. This book is about
a boy called Dirk Lloyd he is in year 8 and he goes to
Whiteshields School. The book was ok once I got into it but I
am still not keen on it.

I would recommend it to boys more than girls because I think it
is more a boy book than a girls, but it is ok.

Marks out of 10: 6

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

I really loved this book! I loved how it started, when Dirk
fell into the car park. It also had a lot of funny bits, which
made the book even more enjoyable. It also keeps you guessing
whether Dirk really is a Dark Lord or its just his own
imagination. This book also has a surprise ending!
I would recommend this book to anyone aged ten plus!
Nine out of ten

Marks out of 10: 10

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

I really loved this book! I loved how it started, when Dirk
fell into the car park. It also had a lot of funny bits, which
made the book even more enjoyable. It also keeps you guessing
whether Dirk really is a Dark Lord or its just his own
imagination. This book also has a surprise ending!
I would recommend this book to anyone aged ten plus!
Nine out of ten

Marks out of 10: 10

Sarah from Year 13, The Armthorpe Academy:

I've gotta congratulate Dark Lord: The Teenage Years. It's
quite possibly the first book I've ever read that has had me
grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole thing. It's
actually THAT good. If you're a crazy person or a video game
lover, read it. Seriously. In fact, read it even if you're not.

The basic plot is that one day, the great evil Dark Lord wakes
up in the body of a puny human boy, and has to adapt to human
life whilst trying to get back home. This, naturally opens up
some AWESOME gags. The Social Services team trying to find
Dirk's parents are turned into a mighty enemy league trying to
brainwash and torture him (and poison him with odd concoctions
known as 'wine gums'). His adoptive family are his evil captors
(but they make great breakfast). But it's okay! Because then
Dirk starts to assemble his evil league of new henchmen
(schoolfriends, basically) to try and get home.

The book is nutty, witty, and at one point I even started to
feel a bit heartbroken. Yeah, it looks like a big book, but
it's packed with drama, laughs, and general evilness. Oh, yeah,
and there's a lot of burning-unfortunate-stuff-down too. Dirk
really is the secret evil lord that we all have somewhere
inside us, and you might even find yourself nodding and
agreeing with the things he says later on!

Overall, you've gotta read this book. It's a cracking idea and
Thomson couldn't have written it any better (except maybe more
explosions. Can we get more in the next one please?). I hope I
can convince even one person to read this book, because I truly
think it deserves all this attention.

(This review was definitely honestly written, and I am NOT
being held prisoner by the great evil Dark Lord himself and
being forced to shower him in praise for his fantastic works.
By the way: Help.)

Marks out of 10: 10

Becky from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

an ok book i recomend it but i think it is more of a boys book.

Marks out of 10: 6

Keagan from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

Dirk has fell to the Earth from his home, the Darklands. An
ambulance came to check on him to see if he was ok. Dirk was
scared because he thought the tread on the tyres was spikes.

My favourite chracter was Dirk Lloyd because he was very funny.
My favourite part was when Dirk began to learn chess because he
imagined the pieces were demons!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

Elizabeth from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This is a really funny book. I'd say Y5 up because there are
compicated words and mild swearing. But over-all it is ok. I
really like this book. It is a boyish book but girls would
enjoy it (as I am a girl) because it is very humerous. This is
a really good book.

Marks out of 10: 9

Ebony from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

this book is brill, its about a dark lord who got casted by his
enemy to earth and the humans think he's called Dirk lloyd.His
friends are Sooz,Chris and Sal.

Marks out of 10: 10

Ebony from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

this book is brill, its about a dark lord who got casted by his
enemy to earth and the humans think he's called Dirk lloyd.His
friends are Sooz,Chris and Sal.

Marks out of 10: 10

Rowan from Year 5, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I really liked this book it was amazing but sometimes got a
little too descriptive. Some books tend to do this which makes
me dislike the book but this one's funny and hilarious
storyline brought it back from a 7 out of 10 to a 8 out of ten.

Marks out of 10: 8

Rowan from Year 5, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I really liked this book it was amaizing but sometimes got a
little too descriptive. Some books tend to do this which makes
me dislike the book, but this ones funny and hilarious
storyline brought it back from a 7 out of 10 to a 8 out of ten.

Marks out of 10: 8

Georgia from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

At first I didn't want to get this book but my friends pursued
me to read it because it is a good book but I don't know what
it's about. I can't wait to read this book!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 8

from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

my best book so far dirk is very "evil" to start of with but
begins to be friendly sooz is not the sort of person i would
want to be my best part is when the "lyix" the terrifing white
beast that comes i felt disturbed when sooz was sent to the
dark lands and not dirk

Marks out of 10: 10

Leesha from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

This book is an enjoyable read but not for me... I gave this
book to my little sister (Mae, aged 9) and she loved it! I
would recommend this book to kids aged 9 and under because it
would keep them entertained for ages and if they don't like it,
make them try another one of his books!

Marks out of 10: 7

nathan from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

This strange book was OK. Unfortunately, it got repetitive. For
example:when Dirk keeps trying to use evil powers that he
doesn't have. I wasn't impressed!

Hopefully the next book will be better...

Marks out of 10: 5

John from Year 9, Danum Academy:

This book is really boring and not that good i picked it up and
the front cover made me want to read it but after i started to
read a bit of it. It was boring i didnt like it.

Marks out of 10: 1

georgia from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

At first I found this book boring but as I read it got more and
more intresting.

This book is about a dark lord, he has a extreme fall, the
police find him they think he"s a teanage boy who is called
Dirk loyed and then he gets fosterd.

Marks out of 10: 10

Millie from Year 6, Hatfield Sheep Dip Primary School:

I have now read the book Dark Lord-The Teenage Years. I have
never read a book like it before-mostly because of it's crazy
features. These features include the Giant Spiderbeasts of
Skorplus and the Ravenous ones of Gulgor. As well as the things
you have never heard of, the book is also hilarious when Dirk
(the Dark Lord) is curious about earth objects. The story
starts with Dirk falling from space to earth, next to a
supermarket. He obviously doesn't know anything about where he
is or what he has turned into. After being found by police,
Dirk got put in hospital where he met three social workers.
Later on in the week, he got put in a family. More funny lines
appeared when Dirk was forced to go to school! However, the
comedy drew to an end when the book finished...

Overall, this book is very witty, clever and silly. I would
recommend this book to anyone who enjoys comedy books-any
gender!

Marks out of 10: 10

Jade from Year 7, Hatfield High School Visual Arts College:

This book is about a body of a teenager who think he is a dark
lord. I like the bit where they think he is called dirk Lloyd.

Marks out of 10: 8

Ebony from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

This book is sorta good.My favourite character is Sooz because
she likes goth and she has a crush on Dirk. I know she has a
crush on him because Dirk gave her a ring and in return she
gave him a kiss and another reason why I know is chris was
going to a consert and asked her if she wanted to come she said
"No...is dirk going" and Chris said "yeah" sooz said "ok i'll
come." i really enjoyed this book even though it was meant for
boys.

Marks out of 10: 10

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

My favourite part of this book is were the Dark Lord aka. Dirk
Lloyd is in the hospital with Miss Cloy, when she hands him the
clothing; jacket, jeans and a t-shirt. My favourite quote from
the book is were it says; dyed piece of cotton for the jacket.

Great read for me, so try it out!

marks out of ten: nineee!

Marks out of 10: 9

from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

this book is fantastic.I thought it was very funny.My favourite
part was when he was in the hospital.I would recomend this to
peopel who like role play and fantasy games

Marks out of 10: 10

Chloe from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book was definitely not for me.
I got up to page 52 and decided that I wasn't getting into the
book.
So far dark Lord, or should I say dirk lioyd, had fallen from
somewhere (I don't know were) and had been taken into hospital.
Although I disliked the book, I would still recommend it to
others to try.

Marks out of 10: 4

Morgan from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

I really liked this book because it was a real page turner
And it makes you think something bad is going to happen on the
next page but its not I would definitely recommend this to all
girls

Marks out of 10: 7

Marie from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

This book is hard it stop reading its so funny and the
illerstrations are awesome I'd love to draw like that. I think
Jamie Thomson should be very confident about the book awards I
think this is the best book I every read I hope every one else
how reads it should like it and if they don't I will be very
suprized.

Marks out of 10: 10

reuben from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

i think that the dark lord was really funny i liked that the
dark lord was scared of every thing and still thought he had
his powers when he did not

Marks out of 10: 10

Katie from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I didn't really enjoy this as much as I thought I would, just
because I thought it was going on and it was going into much
detail. That is why I gave it a four, but that is only half of
it also some bits I thought was humorous.

This is what happened in the story, Dirk Lloyd, or Dark Lord as
he prefers to call himself. He has fallen to Earth from the
Darklands and found himself trapped in the body of a thirteen
year old boy. This is stupendously inconvenient as he is
desperate to find his way back, and not many people tend to
take a teenage boy insisting he’s the all powerful Dark Lord
very seriously. After waking up in hospital he is placed in
care of the Purejoie’s and soon befriends their son Chris,
and his school friend Sooz. Together they devise a plan to send
Dirk back, yet they never quite take him seriously. As readers,
we’re inclined to follow Chris and Sooz’s thoughts, surely
there’s no such thing as Darklands...!

I would recommend this book to people who really like fiction
books!

Marks out of 10: 4

Katie from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

I didn't really enjoy this as much as I thought I would, just
because I thought it was going on and it was going into much
detail. That is why I gave it a four, but that is only half of
it also some bits I thought was humorous.

This is what happened in the story, Dirk Lloyd, or Dark Lord as
he prefers to call himself. He has fallen to Earth from the
Darklands and found himself trapped in the body of a thirteen
year old boy. This is stupendously inconvenient as he is
desperate to find his way back, and not many people tend to
take a teenage boy insisting he’s the all powerful Dark Lord
very seriously. After waking up in hospital he is placed in
care of the Purejoie’s and soon befriends their son Chris,
and his school friend Sooz. Together they devise a plan to send
Dirk back, yet they never quite take him seriously. As readers,
we’re inclined to follow Chris and Sooz’s thoughts, surely
there’s no such thing as Darklands...!

I would recommend this book to people who really like fiction
books!

Marks out of 10: 4

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

This book is about a boy who is from another dimension, where
he was a Dark Lord and ruler. He wakes up somehow in our world
in a boys body in a parking lot. He is found and every time
someone asks his name he replies with The Dark Lord, but people
just assume that he means Dirk Lloyd. Anyway, he is found a
family and befriends their son: Chris, and a goth girl from
school called Sooz. They somehow go on an adventure to try to
get Dirk back to his original world. I gave this a 7 out of 10
because I do think Jamie Thomson could have written the
characters better. My favourite character is Sooz because she
is funny and relate-able. The plot was good and a great idea
and hope to see more of Jamie's work in the future.

Marks out of 10: 7

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