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The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst – Griselda Heppel. Reviewed by Banana Girl (10)

This is another great book by Griselda Heppel which is about a boy named Henry Fowst. He is rather poor, because his dad cannot read so cannot get a job. There is a competition about the history of the school, and Henry wants to win, not just for the twenty pounds, although this is a lot of money to Henry, but to make his dad proud. Whilst researching in the library, Henry comes across an old diary, from the 16th century – and finds something that could be of use to stop some very nasty bullying from a boy called Ralph who is blackmailing him. But remember… Be careful what you wish for, because it may take a very horrible turn to what you wanted.

This book is also inspired by an old story called Doctor Faustus. The ending in Doctor Faustus is more tragic though.

It is very interesting to see the chapters go from modern to 16th century, which helps explain what is going on. It was sooo gripping, I read the book in one week, one day, one hour, so there! (smiley face) It also teaches you not to be greedy, (as Ralph and one or two other characters are who you will find out if you read the book) and sometimes, it is just the satisfaction of doing something that matters, not the prize.

Also, like Ante’s Inferno, it includes demons and spirits and things to do with the underworld. What though, you will just have to read the book to find out…

I found this book very exciting (and a bit creepy, but in a good way) and I would definitely 100% recommend it.


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Henry cover

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