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Crossing the Line
I think that the book was good. I enjoyed reading it. The book was about County lines and a boy who gets involved in the wrong crowd. County lines are a huge thing all around the UK. It definitely put things in to perspective about how big the county line group actually are and what they do to young people. It was a good book. It is a powerful book. In this book you can definitely feel Erik's feelings and how he felt in the situation that he was in during the book. It is a emotional book because you realise how much we take our lives for granted. Overall I liked the book.

Jemima

Choose Love
good but ceped jumping in time because it is poitry. there is nothing elce to say.

Ben

Steady for This
It is very good. It doesn't really go into the characters but just the fact of public humiliation is awful for everyone. Also, the fact that he felt like his friend would not be friends with him because he is friends with someone else

Ben

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The book is a story which is told completely in poems. This book is about Joseph’s, the author’s journey of self-discovery which is highly relatable and will resonate. This book is very powerful and explores the journey and themes from the transition from boyhood to manhood. This book blends really well with Greek myths from the 21st century quest. In Ancient Greece Theseus makes a dangerous and courageous journey to find his father, where he finally meets the minotaur in the Labyrinth. Meanwhile, Theo finds himself on a maze-like quest to find his own father. Each mini-story tells the message and theme of a boy becoming a man. This book I feel is a gritty and innovative intertwining of Theseus and the Minotaur with a modern-day quest blends 20 chapters of dual narrative poetry with illustrator Kate Milner’s abstract forms and revitalised Greek motifs. The book is personal, accessible and memorable, and Theo’s journey of self-discovery is highly relatable and will resonate. I think this book is great for reluctant readers, particularly boys because of the boy and male dominated storylines.

Arav

The Song Walker
This is a thought-provoking book, set in the Australian Outback, about a developing friendship between two girls: a city girl who has all the privileges and advantages in life and a First Nations girl who learns to live with very little food and few possessions. The story travels through the outback of Australia as the two girls live off the land, using nature's resources to survive. I was captivated by the scenery and it made me want to visit the Australian outback straightaway. I was also engrossed in the blossoming friendship of the girls who are so different but teach each other some valuable lessons. By the end of the book I felt uplifted and hopeful for the power of long lasting friendships and girl power!

Ms Taylor

Crossing the Line
This book is very powerful as in the way in some parts of the book you could feel Erik's pain. I really enjoyed reading this book there were some topics that I didn't really know about before but it kind of shows you more about how taken for granted some peoples life's are. One of My favorite moments was when Alice (one of Erik's little sisters) falls asleep on Erik it sort of shows the start of there relationship. In this book some parts I feel like Erik is a bad kid but when you see how he's just doing it because he wants to help out his family I really do feel sympathy he's just a kid and trying to help out his mom trying to be the man of the house but you can see how he's struggling. But you cant help but feel so horrible after seeing what he has to go through I cant imagine being in his place it shows how much you take for granted. I found this book very powerful, emotional and wonderful. I think everything bad that's happen builds up and up until something horrible happens and that's what happens in life you have to know the consequences. Overall I think this book is really good it has a lot of messages about some peoples lives. Those who cant share there story it shows you how lucky you are and how thankful you should be for where you are know. So I personally really enjoyed this book some parts where a little bit uncomfortable to read but in the end it pulled together and ended up being great.

Nora

Crossing the Line
Erik is a Year 9 boy who falls on hard times with his family. Trying to make some money to help his mum and his sisters, he makes some bad decisions and falls in with a gang, led by adult criminals. This story is a tough read at times, made even harder by the fact that it could be a true story about what’s happening to children in cities throughout the UK. This book is rated 13+ because of its violence and some bad language. There is also reference to drugs. I enjoyed this book and was gripped from the start. I think parents, teachers and other people in authority should read this. It’s an important book.

Ms Taylor

Away With Words
I really enjoyed reading Away with words, i liked how the characters were just like any other person it gave them a sense of reality. I also like how Gala is always thinking about her past that's how you can tell she misses Spain. And how Natalie and Gala have they way of communicating it helps you tell that they are just meant to be friends. When I was reading this book I couldn't put it down I just kept wanting to know what would happen next I really liked that about the book. I like how in the end everything sorta goes back to place and it has such a good ending also and I feel like without the ending it had it wouldn't be complete. And it really shows what its like moving and you could just imagine how hard it would be moving somewhere you dint agree on and trying to learn a whole other language. Over all I think it was a really good book and you could really fell Galas emotions through out the book.

Nora