BOOK REVIEW by Tess
TALE OF A TAIL
A fiction story for young adults
By Margaret Mahy
This story is about A boy call Tom who moved into Prodigy Street and the next day a man called Mr Mirabilis and Najki the dog moved in next door. Tom had amazing adventures with Najki . Tom found out that Najki had a magic tail that granted everyones wishes. About a month after Najki and Mr Mirabilis moved away to live with his sister and Tom was very upset to see Najki leaving. Tom would visit him because they had good times.
Every piece of the book makes you want to keep reading, its adventurous, funny, interesting and not boring. It has a clear beginning, middle and end. It has some drawings on some pages to go with the story.
The only thing I thought was wrong with this book is it was not long enough and I wanted to keep reading about the adventures and the friendship between the boy Tom and the dog Najki.
You can tell Margaret Mahy is a New Zealand author because there was rugby in the story. Margaret Mahy was a famous New Zealand author who won lots of prizes and awards for her books. Her stories were written for young adults and children. She grew up in Christchurch, this book reminded her about her childhood. This was her last book before she died in 2012.
A Polish man wanted to have a book written about his dog and their friendship so he went around the world looking for an author and he found one in Christchurch, New Zealand, this was Margaret Mahy. He was a wealthy man and paid her money to write this book. His dog was called Naykee and in the book the dog is Najki.
Margaret Mahy wrote this book and a few months later she died in 2012 and the dog in real life died in 2012 as well.
I think that while Margaret Mahy was writing this story she was thinking that nothing is forever because Nijki moved in next door and moved away again.
I really enjoyed this book and I recommend others to read it too. I would recommend this book for 9 – 13 year olds and people that like adventures and interesting books.