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Car Wash WishCar Wash Wish

by Sita Brahmachari

Secondary List 2016-17

So far we have received 13 reviews of Car Wash Wish.

You can read them below.

Emily from Year 10, Healing School - A Science Academy:

I really enjoyed this book because the author, Sita Brahmachari, is very successful in showing people what goes on inside someone else’s brain. Hudson has got Asperger’s syndrome and ‘Car Wash Wish’ is a touching and creative tale about how he copes with several important events in his life, all at once. Hudson shows the curious minded an insight into his marvellous brain and shows: how he likes the letter Z, gets very interested in subjects and finds comfort in rhyming. He has a clear, leading voice which makes the book easy to understand and shows how Hudson views the world. Hudson discovers that his mum is having a baby with her boyfriend (soon to be husband) and has to go to his Grandad’s funeral whilst still trying to cope with the way his brain works along with his parents’ divorce. To cope with all of these things, Hudson speaks to his unborn half sibling who his mum calls a zygote so he calls it Zed (as it is his favourite letter). This allows the reader to understand the emotions Hudson goes through on his journey. The car wash scene is really touching and shows how he stops thinking about all of his problems like Zed and just focuses on his Dad. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a moving story about a teenage boy and how he overcomes the problems life throws at him.

Marks out of 10: 8

Abigale from Year 10, Healing School - A Science Academy:

I enjoyed this book because I liked the way the author crafted the storyline to include the unique parts of the main character's personality. Hudson has been through divorce, illness and death within his family. He finds comfort within rhyming. The author has Hudson telling the story to his mother's pregnant belly (which he calls the unborn baby Zed as he loves that letter). You get Hudson's personal feelings about what is going on around him. The story takes place around the funeral of his grandfather and you see his relationships between his immediate family. The title comes in within a special part of the story that shows his emotions when he learns more about his family. I would recommend this book.

Marks out of 10: 8

olivia from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

A boy who has multiple difficulties going on around his life with a baby sister/brother on the way, his granddads funeral to go to and his mum and step dad are getting married. his emotions are all over the place. he has an obsession with rhyming words, his favourite letter is Z. whenever he feels down he just thinks of words that rhyme together. with all of his emotions being bottled up with his granddads funeral coming up and parents divorce he decides to talk to his baby step brother/ sister which his mum calls a zygote because it Is unborn yet. I liked this book because it was really expressive and touching on how a 12 year old boy copes with all his events going on

Marks out of 10: 7

Eleanor from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

Hudson- a normal boy's...right? However, poor Hudson is going through an emotional journey with family members swapping right before his eyes. Dig deep into Hudson's life as he gets to grip with his loss of his Grandad, his parentings divorcing and other hair raising moments. Your in for a roller coaster ride with Car Wash Wish as you join Hudson to new places, new experiences and learn about the rhyming that may even help him along the way... I enjoyed Car Wash Wish as it engulfed all of Hudson's feeling in to you. The pain and confusion he went through at his Grandad's funeral ran right in to me as I felt really sad for Hudson. I just wanted to talk to him like a real boy ( although I couldn't) which in my opinion is a good book! As well as that, the story line in his book is engaging and entertains your mind! If I could give an age range for this book, it could be 11+. This is because some parts throughout this book may be unsuitable for younger children. Lastly, I give this book an eight as it is a brilliant read that gives me some quirky questions to think about. However, the extra 2 points were lost as if this book was a more suitable read for all ages, it would be a perfect book to learn about what kids go through when parents get divorced, deaths occur etc and how they may feel. Overall, a mind gripping, emotional running book!

Marks out of 10: 8

isabel from Year 7, Healing School - A Science Academy:

This book was good because it talked about one thing not loads. Also it was good because I could understand all the vocabulary. I liked the cliff hangers and starts and ends off the chapters. I liked the use of language she used. The character was good because he was I understood what he was saying.

Marks out of 10: 8

Jessica from Year 7, Healing School - A Science Academy:

This book was good because it had vocabulary. It also had good description on the boy in the story. It tells a lot about him and what he like and dislikes.

Marks out of 10: 8

Jacob from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

I am very surprised that this book is in the secondary list because it is easy to understand and it is quite short. Even though it is short it is still boring. I wanted to read it as fast as I could so I could read something else, this is probably because I am not in secondary school but I don't advise it for anyone in primary or secondary.

Marks out of 10: 4

calem from Year 7, Healing School - A Science Academy:

I really liked the book because it was special kind of book a one of a lifetime book it was really good there was this kid who was talking to this unborn kid and he was calling the unborn child zed because Hudson was the kid talking about zed he called him zed or z because he really like the letter zed. and his granddad died of Alzheimer's disease and Hudson dad and mum had an argument over Hudson's granddad being dead and Hudson's dad left and someone called Louise and is now Hudson's step dad and the family goes to their granddad funeral after that Hudson's dad takes him to a car wash and goes through the car wash but Hudson's dad tells how him and his granddad went through the car wash and tells it doesn't take 5 minutes like the sign said it takes 5 minutes and 42 seconds the 42 seconds are letting the car down and years later Hudson's dad gave him a box full of car wash tokens.

Marks out of 10: 10

Wilson from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Do you like books that (probably) make you cry? Well then this book would be just right for you. Anyway this book is about a boy called Hudson who's granddad has just died and his mum and dad have split up. This was quite a heart-warming story though some of it I didn't quite understand. I think this book would be suitable for people the age of 10 to 15. Overall, this book was alright so that is why I rated this book a 7.

Marks out of 10: 7

Grace from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Do you like diary books? Well this is the book for you! This book is filled with amazing vocabulary and also has quite a sad background. It has a strange bit of poetry in each chapter. My favourite character is Hudson, the main character, he wrote ( kind of ) the book as a diary from when he was getting dressed -for his granddad's funeral- to being at a car wash. although all of this is very exciting sounding but, it gets a little bit boring at parts, almost like the author Sita Brahmachari ran out of ideas and started to go off of his story plot. I would rate this book 6/10 and would say this book is for 6+ to read.

Marks out of 10: 6

Megan from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

My opinion of this book was worse than I thought. I didn't think the book would be that boring. I rate this book a 4 out of 10 because I wanted to read the book as fast as I could as I wanted to read something else. This book was really cheesy because you are a baby inside Hudson's mum's tummy. That is really awkward. In some parts of the story, there are emotional bits, funny bits (not too funny) and some parts don't even make any sense to the book. I don't know if it was because I'm not in secondary school yet that I thought it was boring but I would recommend this book for secondary school people that are age 13-14. I mean I didn't even know what a zygote was until the book explained what it was! In this book, they don't even go to a car wash until the end! I think this book is not for me or for any other children in primary school.

Marks out of 10: 4

Paige from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Do you like diaries? Then this is the book for you! It is quite sad but also an amazing book and I really enjoyed Car Wash Wish. My favourite character was granddad because he reminded me of my own fantastic granddad , who I love. I would recommend this book to 10 plus because it is very unique and has a few tricky words. I rated this book a 8 out of 10 because it was a little boring but not as dull as other books I have read. This was the first secondary I ever read and I loved it.

Marks out of 10: 8

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

I thought that 'Car Wash Wish' was quite a good book. It was a bit boring at times however you got to meet Hudson, who has Asperger's, and it was interesting see how he views the world differently from most people. I would recommend this short story to a slightly younger audience and to somebody who wants a nice, light read.

Marks out of 10: 7


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