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Choose Love

Nicola Davies

Graffeg (9+) 9781802583779 (Hardback)

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A cycle of poems about the realities people face as they are forced to leave everything they know behind to seek safety and asylum in other countries.  The essence of the stories come from true accounts of refugees and the aid workers who help them on their perilous journeys.  Readers can expect to be emotionally kidnapped for the duration of the book.  Split across three parts: departure, arrival and healing, the poems within each section correspond to the thoughts and emotions surrounding each section of a refugee’s journey. 

For those who might have stopped listening, these poems are powerful enough to ignite new ways of thinking and feeling. Personal and profound refugee stories highlight how we as individuals can make positive change. The poems are complex and powerful and leave a lasting impression on readers.  Themes of survival, love, hope and the kindness of strangers are woven seamlessly through the poems.  At times it makes for uncomfortable reading, but those emotions contribute to the outstanding nature of the collection.  Each poem stands alone, but also works as a collection to build a bigger and fuller picture witha good variety of poetic styles and techniques. The collection acts as a reminder that refugees and migrants heard about in politics and on the news are real people with real stories from a range of perspectives.

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Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is the author of more than 80 books, including picture books, non-fiction, fiction and poetry for children and adults. She has written widely on many subjects, including environmental science, children’s rights, disability, grief and refugees. Recently, two of her titles The Day War Came and The King of the Sky were endorsed by Amnesty UK.

Shadowers' reviews and artwork

an interesting group of poems which try to show the trauma of being a refugee seeking asylum, however i didn't think that it did this well, as the messages were too short and not particularly powerful.

Edward P

Ermysted’s

I think this book was very powerful and hard hitting. although it was a short book, I found the poems very frightening and emotional, especially the sections about the toddler on the boat and the mathematics poems.

Alfie

Ermysted’s

This is one of my favourite books I've read in a while, It's so powerful and the underlining meaning of every poem, without fail, caught me by shock every time. Even though I'ts only a short book, the story is huge and intense. For me I'd rate it at least an 8/10, however I get that I'ts not for everyone.

Oliver S

Ermysted’s

I thought this book was very powerful especially the Mathematics section as it described the intensity of immigration

Alfie

Ermysted’s

This heartbreaking set of poems really makes you think about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. It also makes us realise how hard it is to lose or know you are going to lose someone. However, it helps us understand the world and what is going on around us and how we and our community can help or at least be aware of what is happening .

Jemima

Sandroyd Bookivores

I thought this book was a heart warming way to see what refugees go thought just to make it to a safe place. My favourite poem was the mathematics passage which I found quite sad but really interesting to read.

Archie D

Ermysted’s

I thought this book was really impactful on me about immigration, and the poem, Mathematics stole me. At the end, I felt the injustice for the refugees and wanted something to change. The book used poetry which sometimes rhymed and made the whole thing even more powerful but I felt it sometimes could've given the reader more facts to really understand what was going on. This book was very short but the only of the 8 books to have regular coloured illustrations.

Aidan M

Ermysted’s

'Choose Love' is a very raw portrayal which simply categorised complex emotions. I found the book to be a good launch pad, enabling its audience to read between the lines, with the simple and abstract art depicting the lawlessness and unruliness of the events and feelings. The poetry was written in a basic and accessible manner and although a short read can be quite thought provoking. This book made me feel grateful, but unhappy about the situation a lot of people find themselves in amidst our war-torn world

Daniel E

Ermysted’s

Choose love uses multiple different poems to tell the story of how refuges travel to England and the struggles they face. I liked the book because it told a very moving story and it made me want to do something about it. I like how it focusses on children and the difficulties they face to make people feel emotional. Despite that I think that they could have put more poems in it because it is very short and only took me 15 mins to read it. Overall it was a great book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in how people are treated and what life is like as a refugee.

Henry

Ermysted’s

Choose Love is a book about what refugees went through i didn't quite understand it at first but after reading it again and asking i found out how deep the meanings are . Great book!

Saul

Ermysted’s

I found 'choose love' to be quite interesting. It is a group of poems where you have to to think about the meaning of what it is trying to tell you. There were very unusual and abstract artwork, but I think that made you think more about the meaning. It wasn't actually a book that I like to read, but it was okay. I give it a 6/10.

Elliott

Ermysted’s

Scarlet

The Sherbies

Choose Love was a good book. It shows the struggles of all the refugees fleeing their home countries in hope of asylum. The abstract art was very interesting as it showed deep emotions. Many people cried while reading this book, which shows how sad and how sensitive this topic is. However, Nicola Davies did this in a way so everybody can feel the pain of the refugees, so it was meant to do this. Overall it was a good book, I would give it an 8/10.

Jairaj

Ermysted’s

I found it powerful and it shows how unfair and difficult it is to survive as a refugee. However some parts of it did not make as much sense as the rest.

ming

Ermysted’s

This book is so moving and it changes your view on what it is like going through war. It is a sequence of short poems that connect at the end to create a story. I devoured it! 4.5 ⭐️’s.

Rachel

Woking High Flyers

This book is incredible. Everyone needs to read this because it will open your eyes to the suffering of refugees all around the world. Nicola Davies gives a voice to the refugees through her poetry. These poems will hit you hard. They will hurt, but they are necessary. They are needed. My favourite poems are: - Five Minutes - Mathematics - Hope. All of these poems are life-changing. I really feel for the refugees who are going through this right now, and for the people who have already gone through this because this experience of seeking refuge will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Please read this book.

Scarlet

The Sherbies

Choose Love is a very interesting book. It's one of those books where you read it and think you know exactly what the meaning is, until someone says something at school or at home and you have a massive realisation. This book has helped me understand more about refugees and what they go through. Definitely recommend.

Kristina

Brooke Weston Book Busters

I would give this book an 8/10 as it loses 2 marks for the first couple of illustrations due to them being far too abstract for me and distracted me from the poems. It's a nice book that explores ideas of the difficult theme of being a refugee which I was able to understand.

Rashad

Brooke Weston Book Busters

When I read this book, my first thought after reading it for a second time was "why isn't everyone in the world crying?". This was because this book about refugees' experiences is so full of beauty and empathy that it really highlighted to me just how horrific our world is, but also the hope and healing in it too. The range of viewpoints across the poems is also very interesting and beautiful, as it again exaggerates the empathy. I would also recommend reading the prologue because it is a very meaningful introduction to this book, which I definitely recommend overall too!

Eve

St Kaths

I finished the book chose love and in one word found it powerful. I enjoyed the way it told you about the life of a refugee and how it is so unfair. To think of something bad would probably be how the character heals, most refugees don’t heal and the words unbroken at the end. I would on the other hand continue to read this book and gave it a 69/70 as I gave the ending a 4.

George

OLSB Shadowers

The poems were good, and I liked it. But i thought it was quite political and guilt provoking at the end. I read them at the table, and we had a good discussion as a family. Dad was surprised at the left wing ideology that we were reading. He said the book started quite tame, and then ended up really dark. Mum was sad that young people are affected by war, and wondered how we can help. It was thought provoking, but I do agree with Dad that there are lots of people in our own country that need help, and we should help them first as we can not help everyone. Why did the refugees not want to live in Europe - it is where we go on holiday and think it's really nice?

Oscar

Ermysted’s

This book is definitely a book that you can not judge by its cover because it is an amazing book

georgina

Hooked on Books (UAH)

It seems like some it is set in a country at war, it’s a bit violent when it says a bomb took his brother and a sniper’s bullet took his dad it also builds an image in your mind that makes you think what happened in real life. My favorite poem was not lost. I like not lost because the mum held the protagonist little sister hand and said you will be safe and wouldn’t be lost because I have you in my heart always that’s probably why the book is called choose love.

Ellie J

VISTA Academy

The book Choose Love is a chain of poems around people leaving family and belongings behind. In my opinion, my favourite poem was Five minutes. This is because it makes you as the reader think about what you would do if you had five minutes; Save your sleeping children or save your brother’s wife. It also makes you feel what the person is going through having to choose one thing between the other.

Kayden T

VISTA Academy

I thought that this book was quiet deep and almost dark in a way due to the fact that its based around war and violence, and, the fact that it goes into detail about what is going on. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes reading about war in graphic detail or a heavy reader of poems. 9/10

Hector P

VISTA Academy

The book Choose Love is about how people from areas around the world where there is war struggle and suffer on their journeys to safety. When they eventually reach "safety" somebody else must decide if their reasons for coming are valid and they are rigorously tested and challenged. What I enjoyed about this book was how it highlighted the problems and suffering people have to experience as well as the fact that when they arrive to safety they are still in danger. It shocked me to read about what real people go through and how they feel. What many people of this world have to go through is messed up and they shouldn’t have to do it alone. The author of this book is really trying to convey the message of a refugee's life. This book has powerful messages and people of all ages should read it. I would give this book a 9/10.

Eloise

The Fitzharrys Shadows

This book was a very quick read. It was very sad but also moving and delivered an important message. I really enjoyed it and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Cerys

St Kaths

I love the use of raw of emotion in this book and this is good thing because if it’s too gentle it might not come across as well or as impactful. Another thing I love about this book is that has a nice good clear message which I think is very good especially when we talk about this topic. 9.7/10 Would definitely recommend, P.S love illustrations!

Izzy

TPS Carnegie Collective

The book Choose Love is a brilliant book about poems from the perspective of immigrants, refugees and people who have just experienced war in general. This was a fantastic book and it really got me to realise the horrors that refugees and immigrants go through. Not only was the writing by Nicola Davies mind blowing but the illustrations by Petr Horacek were stunning and they really moved me. I have got to say that my favourite poem in the book is 'unbroken' which is about this person who lost their family and lost their country but they still had this beautiful teacup that their mother had given them and they state that it was the only thing that had been getting them to keep going in life and keeping themselves together and then it broke. The poem goes on to say that she couldn't take it anymore and they themselves become broken. But then their daughter fixed it and at the very end of the poem the daughter says "unbroken". The poet is very successful because she uses very good imagery and to be honest the book nearly made me cry. This was the first book I have read in the Carnegies series so far and I have to say it made me confident that I would love all the next books to come.

Evelyn

Fortismere

Choose Love is written by Nicola Davies and Illustrated by Petr Horacek. This is a really thought provoking and emotional book written through a series of powerful poems. The poems highlight how refugees are forced to leave their homes, their communities and even people they love behind. The illustrations are really beautiful, they match the poems and help the words come to life. The poems made me feel sad, families should not be faced with war and have to move countries away from all they know. The people in these poems had normal lives and now their lives are scary and unknown. I wish the world was a kinder place and I hope that people will welcome others and treat them with love and respect.

Aimee

The Fitzharrys Shadows

Choose love book review In this Moment, choose love not hate, you’re all in this together. Be loving, have patience and things will get better. Bring all your great memories so you can be stronger then get on a boat and hope it will help you stay longer. Here in your home in your ten last minutes, what will you do? What will fit in it? As you depart in your boat and land slips away you must hope you must pray. That life as you know it has just disappeared but soon if unbroken it shall reappear. Hold on to what you have and you will come through and help everyone that you can then they will help you. So choose love because it saves lives and gives second chances. So choose love first not on second glances. So choose love not because people helped you but because you know what they’re going through.This book was emotional and brought tears to eyes, tales of stormy nights and cloudy skies. That if someone has your back and you have theirs you will always know there is someone who cares. Choosing love is not always saving lives which is why I give this book a 4 ½ out of 5, Choosing Love isn’t ever for you or yourself but because you can for someone else. I liked this book even though it was short, there were many things from it that I have been taught but mostly… This book gave one message: be kind and be brave but mostly Choose Love because you’ll need it someday.

Holly

The Fitzharrys Shadows

This book was a good mixture of overwhelming illustrations and amazing writing I personally didn't understand this book until I figured out the pictures represented something important in their life. It had some out of place poems but overall was good.

Aaron

Brooke Weston Book Busters

Very quick to read and it was an emotional masterpiece. It really made you think about things from a diferent perspective and I would definatlely recomend to others.

Emily

St Kaths

Choose love is a brilliant book written in prose by Nicola Davies, it is about the hardships of refugees from Syria. it may be shorter than the other Yoto Carnegie shortlisted books but it is packed with hearty wrenching metaphors and rhymes, my favourite is that they are caught in the web of life. I love the abstract art that accompanies the tale. This book is in association with the choose love charity, and the knowledge that the tales are based of real peoples experiences only add to the compassion that is already plentiful in the masterful poetry.

caiden o

VISTA Academy

I enjoyed this book but it was a bit short and slightly confusing. I enjoyed "why you bought that bunch of supermarket flowers, without knowing what the price was, or who paid it."-from supermarket flowers. Personally I feel like this quotation means that its easy to just go and get something without putting any thought about the troubles or the pain and suffering it took for it to get to you. I also love how this book raises refugee awareness.

Jasmin

Kingdown 24

I enjoyed this book as it raised awareness for refugees and how they suffer with having to flee their homes. I also enjoyed how it has an outstanding amount of beautiful poetry telling different stories.

Bella

Kingdown 24

I really liked how the writing of this book, considering that there are several poems, showing how these poems effect their reality and their upbringing.

Jess

Kingdown 24

This has beautiful poetry, with a clear meaning behind it. The artwork also shows the story. A quick and easy read which resonates with the soul.

Amelia

Reepham Readers

A profoundly moving book which describes the heartbreaking decisions and experiences refugees can often face when forced to flee their homes.

Mrs Trickey

Wilsthorpe book buddies

Choose love is a beautiful book with a really powerful meaning I enjoyed the book so much and the fact that it is based on real peoples experiences is just heart wrenching.The text is formatted in such an easy to read manner and is a great read the beautiful illustrations paint the perfect picture aside with the text and the poetic structure of the tragic but sadly true story that many refugees go through incredibly difficult to read through without tearing up.The book is a magical way of informing people about asylum seekers and the great lengths people have to go through all over the globe just to live safely .This book is such a magical read and I love how the choose love foundation is incorporated into this beautiful book.I can confidently say that I will be recommending this to all my friends because this is one of the most heart warming books I’ve ever read .

Alicja

Wolfpack

Choose love is a beautiful book with a really powerful meaning I enjoyed the book so much and the fact that it is based on real peoples experiences is just heart wrenching.The text is formatted in such an easy to read manner and is a great read the beautiful illustrations paint the perfect picture aside with the text and the poetic structure of the tragic but sadly true story that many refugees go through incredibly difficult to read through without tearing up.The book is a magical way of informing people about asylum seekers and the great lengths people have to go through all over the globe just to live safely .This book is such a magical read and I love how the choose love foundation is incorporated into this beautiful book.I can confidently say that I will be recommending this to all my friends because this is one of the most heart warming books I’ve ever read .

Alicja

Wolfpack

Choose Love is a captivating, heartfelt and moving sequence of poems. Highlighting the issues of refugee immigration this book is truly heartbreaking. Divided into three sections departure, arrival and healing, each poem reflects the journey of a refugee. Additionally, it also shows that even when refugees finally arrive in a safe country, they are still feeling the terror that it might happen again. As well as the beautifully written poems, there are also incredible illustrations, each one carefully shaded, toned and representing the message of the poem exactly. My favourite poem in Choose Love is definitely “Artins voyage”. It was so sad that I cried! This poem definitely revealed how anybody, you or me, could end up in this same situation. I think the age to read this book is 12+ so you can fully understand and interpret these poems. I would rate this book 10/10 as it was wonderfully written and fantastically backed up by illustrations.

Orla

The Fitzharrys Shadows

I think that this book is quite good because the way that the poems are written is very well worded but I didn't really enjoy it that much because I don't really like the style. Although I did think that the illustrations where amazing and fitted perfectly with the writing. I didn't really think that it was my style of book because in the end I got a bit bored and I thought it wasn't that good so I would say that it is more of a book for people who really like poetry so they wouldn't get bored. On the whole I still thought it was a really well written book with brilliant illustrations.

Ellie

GreatB00ks

This book is a short read portraying the hardships faced by refugees and the struggles they go through. The abstract illustrations in the book are beautiful and full of meaning.

Juliette

GreatB00ks

I found this book really informative and I found it very interesting to learn about other peoples experiences .

Lara

Fortismere

I really loved this book. the book made me tear up. Evert single poem was so beautiful and really made me think about all the lives that were taken. All the asylum seekers did not deserve that because they are humans too, and have the right to be heard.

Hayaam

The Reading Queens

I liked the book because of how sad it was. One of the poems, Artin's journey - how the brother, sister, mum and dad tried to get to another country to be same and then they all died was very sad.

Haleemah

The Reading Queens

Choose Love is a moving tale that raises awareness for humanitarian aid. Through a collection of eloquent poems, it tells of a refugee’s journey to asylum. The poems are separated into different phases of the journey – Departure, Arrival and Healing. I think it is important to note that the idea of this book is to promote help for people who have been forced to leave their country and to make the reader feel empathy and compassion for others in dire need. The title of this book is named after a charity, who do incredible work for these people. Unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly fond of Choose Love. The cover and the blurb of this book didn’t appeal to me, and it didn’t really tell me much about its contents. It felt way too short, and I was able to read it in less than 10 minutes, which I didn’t like because it feels like something I would just read and then completely forget about. Because of the length, I didn’t feel there was enough time to get hooked on it so when I finished it, I felt slightly disappointed. I would much rather a lengthier story to read. One thing I would’ve also preferred is that the book had characters. This way, you can form connections with the people in the story and I think you can feel even more sympathy if you were told it from someone’s point of view. On the other hand, I think Nicola Davies did a splendid job with the poems; they were beautifully written with stunning descriptions. Astoundingly, she managed to encapsulate the story into 12 poems. Also, the wonderful and evocative abstract paintings illustrated by Petr Horáček are a lovely addition to each poem. My favourite poems were Five Minutes and Mathematics because I loved the rhyme and repetition used in them. Also, I loved the purpose and meaning behind this book: love and hope. In conclusion, I think Choose Love wasn’t an amazing book but it was not entirely disappointing – there were some lovely elements to it such as the touching and heartfelt message. I wouldn’t strongly recommend this book, or describe it as a ‘must read’, but I would say that if you are interested in poetry, then this might be worth a read.

Lucy

The Fitzharrys Shadows

Choose Love This moment Escaping With as much as you could carry To a foreign country Only to be rejected once more So choose love now while you still can. War and pain and suffering watching loved ones die before your eyes, only to be told you’re a liar. seeing hope fade and love cling to see rage exploded And people crying out in desperation. So choose love now while you still can. Souls burn, people break, and children give up, things change, never to be the same again. So choose love now while you still can. Before we left This book brought tears to the eyes of those who fell upon its pages, like rain battering the roof. “It’s so sad ” “it’s so painful “ “it’s so deep “ “it’s so meaningful “ “it’s so real “ So choose love now while you still can. Different people Of different places Gave different opinions. Ones of anger Ones of desperation Ones of fear ones of love So choose love now while you still can. Ten minutes Ten minutes to try and understand The lives of those at deaths hand Ten minutes to suffer all their pain But don’t let it wash away like rain ten minutes to try and count the cost of all things they’ve ever lost ten minutes to think when it all began So choose love now while you still can. These things will lie deep inside my heart Until I am ready to take my part In helping people like in this book So I want you all to take a look. Inside the world where they torture men So I rate this book a nine out of ten. I think its important to try help every man, So choose love now while you still can.

Flo

The Fitzharrys Shadows

Choose Love by Nicola Davies is a poignant exploration of resilience, empathy, and the transformative power of love. Through vibrant prose and heartfelt illustrations, Davies crafts a narrative that resonates deeply with readers of all ages. The story follows a young girl navigating the complexities of her world with courage and compassion, ultimately discovering that love is a choice we make every day. With its universal message and beautifully depicted scenes, Choose Love reminds us of the importance of empathy in fostering connection and understanding. Davies' uplifting tale is a testament to the enduring capacity of the human spirit to overcome adversity through love.

kieran

Fiction Addiction

I enjoyed this book as it was different to anything I'd read before. The rhymes worked really well and it was really emotional

Amelia

GreatB00ks

Choose Love is a collection of hard hitting, unflinching poetry focusing on refugees and the traumatic experiences they have. Amazing images and poetry that stays with you.

Ruth

Oxted Carnegie Group

WOW, What a message this book tells us! Heartbreaking poems about the millions of people needing to leave their homes though no fault of their own. I am not a poetry person, however, every single one of these poems shows truly astonishing writing! 'Artin's Voyage', made me cry! So sad. So True. Why, in the 21st century are we still killing each other - it's just bewildering to me, and this book of beautifully emotive poetry, maks me ask that again, and again.

Mrs Allsopp

The Reading Queens

These poems touched my heart and shall remain that way. This books message is to Choose Love before it is too late. Choose Love to not just help you, but others. Choose Love for everyone out there.

Mahiba

The Reading Queens

I found this book boring, as it was very short, and written in poetry. I understand that the poet expressed their feelings, but I like a book with a story, not just a collection of boring poems. I would not recommend this book, as I am trying to save you the misery of reading such a boring book.

Dylan

TBGS Readers

Choose Love is a collection of poems about the hardships that refugees face when taking the long journey out of their country. I found the poems in the book hauntingly beutiful. The poems are separated into parts based on the phases of the journey a refugee takes. The book envokes sympathy into the reader. This is the sort of book that I think everyone should read. I would rate it 10/10.

Simon

The Fitzharrys Shadows

This book was good however I struggled to understand as I felt that you really needed to have to know what it feels like to be a refugee or at least come from a foreign country to understand properly. For this reason I could not really understand the book, but it definitely was a good book.

James W-B

Ermysted’s

My favourite book so far is 'Choose Love' because each poem has a meaningful and powerful message. Another reason I like it, is that the poems are talking about the people going migrating.

Chloe

The St. Bede’s Literary Critics

Choose love is a poem book about fleeing your home country due to a war and the many hardships that come with trying to earn permanent refuge. I really enjoyed this book as it made a think about how we have a good life and how horrible over people's lives are. Being honest, I cried a little as it was touching and emotional. I would definitely recommend reading this book as the poems are well thought of and the words will pull at your heart strings.

Daisy W

VISTA Academy

Choose love, though short, is a colourful commentary on the struggles faced by immigrants from wars around the world. Its visceral expansion on common ideation of refuge seeking international migrants is truly novel in its materialization of family distress.

Theo U

VISTA Academy

An absolutely beautiful book, both the poems and the illustrations. This offers an important insight into the experiences of marginalised communities and helps develop understanding and empathy. I have recommended it to everyone!

Miss W

Gartree Carnegies

I like this book because it is about life for a refugee and it help me to understand what refugees are going through

Samuel

Ermysted’s

Choose Love by Nicola Davies and Petr Horacek is a beautiful and insightful collection of captivating poems which tell of migrants (whether refugees or not) relocating and being forced to settle. The collection is divided into three sections: Departure, Arrival and Healing. There are so many words that could describe this book, but I don’t think any could do it more justice than “breathtaking”. Each poem is paired with an alluring abstract painting to act as a background for its melodic words. This book contains poems not only based on loss and sadness, but also on sparks of joy and hope. It’s these highlights that bring a sensitivity to the work: a humanity. Overall, Choose Love is a book I would highly recommend as it transports the reader far from their surroundings, whether to a small boat in the middle of the ocean or a desperate interview for asylum. I think readers of 12+ years would be able to properly embrace and enjoy this book as there’s a lot to take in and infer. “I had to turn away to hide the tears, As a tiny shoot of hope stirred inside me too”

Bethan

The Fitzharrys Shadows

This book has really opened my eyes to how bad being a refugee can really be. Choose Love is divided into 3 parts; Departure, Arrival and Healing. The poems in the first part are really raw and full of despair. Arrival is about sadness, longing and uncertainty. Healing starts to give a bit of hope which was also a title of my most favourite poem. Choose Love is not only a book, it is also a charity which helps refugees around the world. Nicola Davies' poems describe a real life struggle which to me is almost unimaginable. The book is very well written but reading it made me sad thinking of other children's sorrow.

Sebastian H

Ermysted’s

This book was very touching,the book, Choose Love, is about refugees, and their life trying to get to a safe place. It covers how war comes across and deciding whether to leave their home or not. The next part in the series of poems is about leaving, and then followed on by arriving at the 'safe space'. My favourite poem in this book is called Mathematics as it reminds me that even when you feel like your life can't get any worse, that other people are suffering much more than us and could be dealing with great loss. Thousands of people can be dying and losing people they love because they are trying to get somewhere that is thought to be happier. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read a book that is very touching and can make you see the world around you in a diferent way. This book is very good. Look forward to reading it!

Caitlin W

VISTA Academy

I think Choose Love is a really good book. It has a such an important meaning behind it, and I think this book is for those over 12. I really enjoyed reading this book. I also liked the way it was written, in verses, like a poem. Every single line in every verse has a different meaning which is beautiful. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

Jennifer

Rebel Readers

This book reminds me of how lucky we are to not get bombed every day.

Abdul M

Ermysted’s

I didn't quite enjoy this book that much, as the poetry was slightly confusing. I do appreciate the struggles that the writer expresses, but they way in which they expressed them was not interesting enough. I would give this book a 6 out of 10.

Rishi

Ermysted’s

This book wasn't the best book I have read. Although it was calm and relaxing and to know about peoples life . I would not recommend but if you want a calm , quick book , do read.:

Joshua R

Ermysted’s

This book showed the true struggles of life in war and the different perspectives and roles taken place in wars. My favourite part of the book is where it includes true stories to educate readers on the negatives as well. In my opinion, I would change the style of writing and make it more simplified to have only one obvious meaning behind the words. Otherwise, few may get confused like I did a couple times. I would suggest this book to readers looking at feelings and different lifestyles for it is a meaningful book.

Millie O

VISTA Academy

In the opening of the book the message is very simple: Choose Love, but when you read through the rest of the poems in the book the message is the total opposite! The book takes you on the journey of a refugee, from fleeing their country, and the horrors they leave behind and face on the way. Its mostly simple language and the use of repetition in words and sentences re-inforces the scense of panic refugees must feel. Its all very dramatic and terrifying. After reading this book I've learnt more about refugees and am more able to empathise with them and I have more understanding of what they have to go through. The poem that stands out for me is "Five Minutes" because the repetition of "Youve got five minutes..." and "...run..." portraying the panic terror and possibly confusion of the people as their city is destroyed.

Rosellen

Rebel Readers

I Like the poem Super market Flowers because I like the line " maybe someone stole his land maybe someone who can read and write" I like this line because they are questioning why he was there . I really like the artwork the author has done, it is really good . This is a book I would read again because I really enjoyed it. The author has done a very good job on the book.

Erin

SHS On The Same Page

Thought-provoking and emotional, The book highlights the constant struggles refugees face on a daily basis as we go about our daily life. A reminder that we need to stop and think.

Nicola

The Sherbies

I didn't really like this book it was very short. the only thing I did like was raising refugee awareness.

Hasan i

Ermysted’s

Choose Love is a great read, it shows the story of an immigrant person coming over to the UK. It has many sad and compelling sections in it that keeps the reader intrigued to find out more about the story, i particularly like the way the story is told in poems.

Dylan R

Ermysted’s

At first, you could dismiss this book as childish. But through a collection of captivating illustrations and poignant words, the book had me hooked from the first poem. "Choose Love" is a hardback book. It's a collection of 13 poems written about refugees forced to flee their homes. My particular favourite was the poem "Not lost". The poem tells the story of a young boy and the loss of his mother. It moved me to tears. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Noah B

Ossie’s bookworms

'Choose Love' is a very interesting read. The book isn't like your normal story book, as this book tells the story through deep and meaningful poems. The poems were very beautiful, and conveyed a lot of meaning through a small amount of delicately chosen words. Some poems, in particular, felt they had shone particularly well, to illustrate the treacherous journeys of Syrian refugees as they arrived at British shores. The book tackles some of the UK and the world's biggest holes. There was one poem that detailed the inspection of their belongings, and were interrogated thoroughly, up until they showed their British Passports. This shows one of the problems in the trust that is held between the border control and the people, even if they were in rags. Another example is when they arrive at British shores, and described the journey preceding their arrival as the easy part, because the interrogation the refugees go through to get a place in an asylum, sometimes lasts months - if not years, and sadly, some then are to find their requests denied. The book, I think, is one of the best awareness-raising stories I've read, that takes less than 30 pages of words to convey such powerful messages about the humanitarian crisis in the world, that could be so easily stopped, if we chose love.

Muadh

Ermysted’s

The poems made me think hard about asylum seekers, how they are viewed by many people and treated by western governments. The answers aren’t in the poems, but the difficult questions are. The artwork compliments the poems, both are thought provoking and emotional. The poems aren’t very long but they do pack a powerful punch, I was in tears reading this book. Loved how the poems are categorised loved everything about this book. The final line of “Mathematics” sums up my feelings on the subject of asylum seekers “It could be you, it could be me” this book really makes this clear.

Mrs Donnelly

STCCG Shadowing

This book was very nice and interesting. It was very touching for me because it had a mixture of sad and heartwarming poems. Some of the poems were sad and made you want cry. I would like to in the future read more books from this author. I recommend this book to people who like poems and like war stories.

Varin

FPHS Reading Crew

This book was heart warming and beautiful this book has a touch of sadness in it that makes you want to cry it was also very interesting. I would read from this author again and the poems were amazing because they were easy to read but full of different emotions. I recommend it for reading with a friend as I did .

Aamila

FPHS Reading Crew

This book was quite short and therefore did not take long to read. At first it seems to just be a compilation of poems with some nice artwork but as you read more it unveils a story of a refugee seeking asylum after leaving his home. This is a unique way to write a story and one that I think is good.

IsaacJ

Ermysted’s

I liked how the writer made me think about the struggles of immigrating to England. My favourite poem was five minutes as it was very telling

sam bowker

Ermysted’s

This book used a lot of symbolism to convey a big subject in few pages. I thought it was hard to follow at points

Stirling

Ermysted’s

A thought-provoking, emotional collection of poems, beautifully presented.

Mrs McA

Killy Krew

Very touching and thought provoking. A couple of the poems I found quite upsetting. The illustrations emphasised the uncertainty and chaos of the refugee’s situation

Ms Cove

FPHS Reading Crew

I really enjoyed 'Choose Love'. I found it really beautiful and moving. There was such a sense of sadness in every single poem. I especially liked poems like 'Unbroken' as they had a small sense of hope. I think that it would have been better to have a few more poems with a little bit more variety. Overall, I think that 'Choose Love' tells an amazing story that needs to be told in a beautiful way. 6 out of 10.

Seb

The St. Bede’s Literary Critics

This book was short but gave me lots to think about. It is a collection of short and poignant poems on the theme of refugees. The poems 'Five minutes' and 'Mathematics' made you think about what people are actually going through and the sheer number of people that become ill and die because of the living conditions of refugee camps. I would find it impossible to choose what to take in five minutes. It also makes you realise what mankind is doing to innocent people with war. I would recommend the book to someone who likes to think about what is happening in the world.

Edward M

Ermysted’s

I found that the unique descriptions not only emphasised the situations that were being illustrated in your mind, but they also indicated emotions for you to sympathise with the stories.

Stanley D

Ermysted’s

This is a beautiful book, and the poems and artwork really convey the emotions well together! It is about refugees, and shows their journey, and how there is always hope, even in the what seems like the worst of times.

Edward L

Ermysted’s

I think that this book was very powerful. It shows the struggles of immigrants and refugee and the struggles that they face. The art was quite abstract but you are able to mostly tell what it is showing. Overall a very good and moving book.

Yusuf K

Ermysted’s

An interesting book with lots of moving poems about the stories of refugees that really touches your heart as you read each one. The complimentary artwork next to each poem really ties the poems together with the images that the reader conjures whilst reading. Overall a rather good book.

Sam S

Ermysted’s

The book opened a door for me into the sorrowful stories of refugees. How they were forced to leave their country, with 5 minutes to pack. How their fatiguing journey often led to death, but was still undertaken to escape the conflict. How their welcome didn't exist; they had to wait days upon days to process their asylum application - have they not suffered enough? My sympathy was stirred by these heartbreaking poems. I can't imagine a place being so terrible that I would flee, even if there is a small chance of death, like Artin Irannezhad and his family. Their death was tragic, and is captured by the author perfectly for readers like me to despair at their unfair death. However, some poems are difficult to follow, although the overall collection of poems was brilliant.

Aashaz

Ermysted’s

I liked how it was all poetry and each poem had its own illustration next to it. It was mainly about refugees journeying to a better place. All the poems were linked together. There is one called 5 minutes and it's about the place that the person lives in which is going to get bombed in five minutes and you have to decide what or who to save. This was in my opinion the most memorable of all the poems.

Alfie S

Ermysted’s

This book is about a child who grows up poor and departs to a different city. She grows up and manages to get a job and a husband. All of her family is dead and she is broken inside. She loses more money and also breaks a China cup - the last thing her mother gave her - which deepens her sorrow. Normally I don't like poems but this book was formatted very well with different parts of her life sectioned in chapters. I would rate this 7.5/10 and recommend it to 11-12 year olds.

Bassit

Ermysted’s

The book was quite good, I liked the mystery of it and how it showed a kid coming from a broken and stolen land and how he was sad and quiet about his family dying and near the end he gains some hope and becomes more happy, this portrays character development. I also like how the author wrote down the chapter unbroken, it says "the one small thing of hope in my mother's life" this could also be foreshadowing how he was also like the small thing of beauty in his mother's hard life. The author also wrote "I carried it across continents and oceans" the author could also be foreshadowing that, like the china cup, the kid was also carried across continents and oceans. Overall i rate this book an 8/10 for its mystery in the story

baasim

Ermysted’s

A stunning book of poems, incredibly moving.

Mrs C

Ossie’s bookworms

It was a very interesting book about refugees from Ukraine and their difficulties in getting to the UK. It was written with a very careful choice of words but I think it had too much empty space and the writing could have been over the illustrations.

Edmund

Ermysted’s

I didn’t really follow this book apart from it was about a refugee arriving in another country and applying for asylum. The abstract illustrations were pretty good though.

Aaron

Ermysted’s