In our latest Army&You and Reading Force Book Club, military youngsters got stuck into Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy. Here’s what they thought…

Lannah McCleery (11)
I really enjoyed this book as it was full of adventure and drama. I would recommend it for ages 9-12 because they will enjoy the plot and content.

It’s set in a fictional world where exotic animals exist such as thought-wolves who can read your thoughts.

Brightstorm will hold your interest because the mystery of the main character’s dad going missing makes you want to turn every page. Be prepared for a good tale…

Mia McCready (10)
In this book there are two siblings called Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm, who are devastated by the news that their father, a daring explorer, has died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris.

However, the twins find a mysterious clue which makes them want to find out answers.

To find the truth, they must undertake the journey of a lifetime. Brightstorm is an amazing book.

Millie Youd (10)
Brightstorm is an excellent book and I’m sure anyone who reads it won’t be able to put it down.

It’s so intriguing and the author drops clues and hints about mysteries and theories. If you like a great adventure, then read this! The main characters, Arthur and Maudie, are trying hard to find their dad but will they achieve their task?

This book really got my brain ticking every time I turned the page.

Reading Force is the national shared reading charity for Service families where you can share a book and talk about it, together at home or over Skype or FaceTime if separated from your soldier.

You’ll receive a free book and scrapbook to fill in with your thoughts, letters, drawings and photographs. It’s a fun way to keep connected.

Take part via your children’s school, HIVE, or register online at

If your children would like to review books for the A&Y Book Club, email with their names and ages.

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