Book award 2017 'Black Powder' by Ally Sherrick

England, 1605.

12-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger – the Falcon – who promises to help in exchange for his service. But on the long journey to London, Tom discovers the Falcon’s true mission – and a plot to blow up Parliament with barrels of black powder.

Tom faces a terrible decision: secure his father’s release, or stop the assassination of the king …

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Review by Sophia – St James’ Junior School

Who do you think would enjoy this story?

I think anyone who likes adventure or mystery stories would enjoy this story. It has an air of mystery, but there is lots of action and adventure too. Some parts are very moving and emotional as well.


Tell us what the story is about – but don’t give away the ending!

The story is about a Catholic boy called Tom at a time where Catholics are treated unfairly and persecuted for practicing their faith. When his father is caught sheltering a priest, he is arrested and sentenced to be hung. Tom is so desperate to save him, he joins forces with a mysterious stranger who calls himself the Falcon. However, the Falcon has his own motives, and Tom gets caught up in a terrible plot that goes down in history. The stakes get higher when he realises his cousin Cressida has been kidnapped and the Falcon isn’t the man Tom first thought he was. Not only is his father’s life at risk, but his cousin’s and potentially his own.

Who is your favourite character and why?

My favourite character is the Falcon because he is an enigma; you can’t see his motives or tell what he’s feeling inside. He is an honest liar, a caring mass-murderer. You can’t tell what makes him tick. His relationship with Tom is complex and sometimes doubted, but he is trustworthy at the end.

I thought this book was:Brilliant

Black Powder Ally Sherrick