Appleton readers

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Crossing the Line
Wow! Fantastically written book that highlights just how devastatingly easy it is to be drawn into a harrowing world with impossible choices. This book would make a good choice for reading and studying in secondary schools; a relevant subject with a verse format and varying styles of text make for a more captivating read.

Miss Berrow

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I had to read this book twice as I felt I didn't really take a lot of it in during the first read. On reading it a second time I found I quite enjoyed Theo's story but felt that Theseus' story running alongside it was a distraction rather than a compliment to it.

Miss Berrow

Steady for This
A real rollercoaster of a journey with the highs and lows of our wannabe rapper/M.C. Growls. Being of a different generation, I initially struggled to connect with him and his best mate Shanks, but as the story progressed, I found myself rooting for him. Some difficult themes cleverly entwined with moments of hilarity perfectly balanced the book for me and I'd have loved to have read on to find out what happened next.

Miss Berrow

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War is an extraordinary book that took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the theme of the story, having had no prior knowledge of the realities that the book was based on. However, I felt that there were places where I'd have liked the story to have a different pace as it felt a bit stilted.

Miss Berrow

Choose Love
A beautifully written collection of poetry giving an eye opening insight into some of the harrowing struggles and experiences of refugees. We really don't realise just how lucky we are until we walk a ways in someone less unfortunate's shoes.

Miss Berrow

April's Garden
A beautiful way to talk about a really difficult subject. The illustrations really enhance the story, making April 's story understandable for younger readers. This book is deceptively simple!

Mrs Parr

The Boy Lost in the Maze
An unusual look at Greek Mythology. The poetry just sings yet the three stories in one may confuse some readers.

Mrs Parr

Away With Words
A beautiful and sometimes heartfelt story with some intriguing content. I particularly liked the way that the author used dashes to convey the words that Gala didn't understand as when learning a new language that is exactly how it conveys. The idea of "collecting words", to be used in a positive way, is a gorgeous idea.

Miss Berrow

The Song Walker
I really enjoyed this book. The story unravelled gently and perhaps some readers may find this frustrating. I enjoyed having the time to think about differing cultures and experiences of the two central characters. All the characters were credible and the ending left me sad.

Mrs Parr

Safiyyah's War
A wonderful story of the bravery and tenacity of a young girl forced to do what she needs to do to survive. The plot builds wonderfully and keeps the reader engaged throughout. A story for all time.

Mrs Parr

The Door of No Return
A wonderfully crafted book . I would expect nothing less of Kwame Alexander. Tender and lyrical. The subject matter was very hard to read in parts but a necessary story to be told.

Mrs Parr

Steady for This
Great rhythm and tempo style. Funny in parts and very musical! Not for me though. I didn't feel like I could relate to this book and wanted to tell Shaun to 'get a grip'

Mrs Parr

Crossing the Line
Wow, this book simply amazing. Relatable and relevant. Hard hitting but very human at the same time. I love the structure and layout, the use of varying text styles. The pace of the narrative is just perfect!

Mrs Parr

Choose Love
This beautiful book made me cry and cry again. Really heartfelt and emotive poetry. I struggled to select one poem as a stand out because they all stand out to me!

Mrs Parr

Away With Words
What a brilliant story about communication, love and friendship. Gala and her dad , Jordi have moved from Spain to Scotland to be with her dad's boyfriend. Gala struggles to speak English and can't communicate with her peers. Along comes Natalie, a girl with selective mutism and the two team up to show their true selves and to find a way to express themselves. I loved this book and really didn't want it to end.

Mrs Parr