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The Haven Reader Reviews

The Haven

Harsh Budhdeo

Adventurous, and thrilling. Full of character and great plot.

I really liked the book Haven because it has a really passionate idea to help children, and at the same time shows how children can help other children. I also like how it is adventure packed. It is a great story and has a meaning to it. I admire the twists and turns especially when Dodge betrayed them. My favourite character was Ollie because I really liked his fast thinking in tight situations and his great perseverance. My favourite part was when Ollie saved all the gangs members because I think that shows his true character and his heroic nature. I also liked the descriptive features of the story.

Ethan Watkin

The Haven is an interesting action book that starts slowly and builds into a great read. Rog is a great charcter because of his morals and leadership skills. Boys and girls will like this book and I cant wait for the next book.

The Haven is a good book which recounts the events of a group of homeless children who have come together to form an underground city. The Haven starts slowly before the action takes hold and you start to really enjoy it.
The main character is Ollie and he is looked after by an undercover police officer and Ollies life takes a drastic turn when he is taken away from the Policeman into the underground.

I think that this book is fairly unique and is unlike any others I have read and I wouldn't have picked it but I am glad I did as it was an excellent read.

Bella Rix-Clancy

Haven is an action packed book, rammed full or adventure and danger. I loved reading this book.

Me and my mum have loved this book, we have read it aloud to each other each night and we knew in the first few pages it would be a book we would both enjoy.

The Haven is a place for kids, run by kids and these kids are good, they want to help other children like them. This book has a lot in common with Oliver Twist but at the same time is completely different. The biggest similarity is the names, Ollie and Dodge, Fagin, Sikes and Bullseye all appear in Haven but not as the characters we knew in Oliver.

This book is going to be big. It's exciting, it's full of danger and it's really enjoyable. I'd recommend this book to children in year 6 and up, and grown-ups (as my mum loved it too).

Freddie Barth von Wehrenalp

The Haven - one moment, you think you’re safe; the next, a knife in your back!

The Haven is a murder mystery thriller about a boy on the run from a tyrannical power-crazed woman who murdered his guardian. Ollie is a regular kid, taken under the wing of The Haven - an institution run by and for vulnerable kids, funded by charitable donations from former members. Lots of them have been gang members but Ollie, who’d been abducted from his home with Nancy because she was too close to a breakthrough about Sikes’s operations, escaped with the help of Dodge - a high ranking member of the Haven. But what feels like benevolence, is really a trap.

The story is a gripping read with cliff-hangers, twists and turns. I made assumptions about characters which were then turned on their heads and was surprised by the changes the plot sprang upon me. The real-time setting in London’s Underground stations and sewers makes the narrative more convincing. The kids of the story have great nicknames and are likeable and talented - but what makes this stand out is the action.

I devoured this book over Christmas and would recommend it to fans of Alex Rider and Percy Jackson.

Alex Nicholson

A gripping and exciting adventure set within the heart of London and promising lots of surprises for the reader. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down.

Simon Lelic has written a really good thriller full of twists and turns about a group of orphaned children who save London from a terrorist plot. The main character Ollie, plays a believable role as he is accepted into the Haven after being abducted in the middle of the night and finding himself alone without his guardian. Ollie shows true bravery and leadership as the story unfolds. It is a gripping and exciting adventure that I couldn't put down as the drama set within the heart of London keeps coming. Promising lots of surprises for the reader I absolutely loved it and recommend this book to children age 12 and over.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444947601
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Simon Lelic
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love, Reviewed by Children