Eltham Hill Book Club

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The Song Walker
I loved this book. I really enjoyed the journey of the two protagonists and the element of rediscovering themselves. My favourite part was the ending though, I loved the twist. Overall a very good book.

Eliza

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was very engaging and I loved the blend of modern day and Greek mythology, including the alternate interpretations of Theseus’ stories. 5/5

Polly

Safiyyah's War
This book was a heartwarming story that helped to give readers an idea of life in France at the time of the war, as well as the inspiring story of a brave girl trying to help others. 4.5/5

Polly

Crossing the Line
I thought this was a beautifully written book and could provoke so many emotions. I did feel the ending was very sad after what had just happened but overall I thought it was an amazing book.

Eliza

Away With Words
I really enjoyed this book! I really liked the idea of words being physical objects that could be collected and the story line.

Eliza

Safiyyah's War
I really enjoyed the book. It has great pacing and doesn't feel rushed or too long. I also like that every character feels very 'real' and thought out, even the side characters are all very sympathetic and well thought out. The story can be upsetting at times but is also very happy. My one complaint, is that I don't particularly like the ending but it is still fine.

Jessica

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I really enjoyed this one, the stories of Theseus and Theo overlapped surprisingly well and the added focus on the minotaur was really interesting and showed how in a lot of ways he's a tragic figure. The one thing that I didn't like was the random choose your own path bits which interrupted the flow of the story for me. 8/10

Isobel

Choose Love
The poems were good but many of them (barring a few exceptions) didn't really make me feel any emotion especially due to the rhymes which felt quite light for a serious topic which feels like what they should be. It might just be me not being a massive poetry reader though. My favourite poem was definitely The Interview as it shows how someone's prejudice can really affect someone's life and blind them to the truth. 7/10

Isobel

Away With Words
I just have to say that I definitely recommend this book. It's so interesting; the way Gala couldn't speak their language and then her friend Nathalie helped her sometimes, which was nice. But I think she became the quiet girl because of the fact she could not speak their language, but in Spain she could chat all day. Overall I loved this book and, like I said in the beginning, I would totally recommend it.

Vicky

The Door of No Return
I mainly enjoyed the book, however, I felt the plot and morals meandered a little too much and they were not all that clear. The cover didn’t really draw me in. However, overall, I did enjoy it and the only improvement would be to make the plot a little clearer.

Elsie

Crossing the Line
I loveee this book. It is so gripping and dark which I really enjoy! It is written so nicely and creatively especially in the layout.

Elsie

Choose Love
I love the illustrations and general feel of this book. It is very abstract and mature.

Elsie

Away With Words
I thought this book was alright but it is really not the type of book I would read.

Vanessa

Choose Love
I like this book even though it is a bit short; it is really fun to read.

Vanessa

The Door of No Return
I rate this book 7/10 because it has a little suspense and it is also an adventurous book.

Vanessa

Safiyyah's War
I rate this book 8/10 because it is really detailed and it is the type of book that I read.

Vanessa

The Door of No Return
I think the storyline was good. It had good world-building, character development and was quite immersive. However, I don't particularly like how it is formatted, there are many lines that are just two or three words making it hard to keep up with. Multiple pages are completely in italics and were difficult to read and understand for me. Half way through it has a major tonal change, and becomes way more sad and fast-paced. Throughout the book, a lot of big moments happen but their effects aren't talked about enough in my opinion and some of the poems/pages felt unnecessary for the story but that's not too important.

Jessica

Away With Words
I really liked it! I thought it was beautifully written and love the concept of words being physical things you can touch. The characters are all interesting and make you root for them. The story and how they show the spoken words is very compelling and immersive. The book is very 'Show Not Tell' and represents friendships building up over time really well throughout the book. I think the characters changing over time is portrayed well, especially Gala and Natalie.

Jessica

Away With Words
This was a very enjoyable read - an engaging story about the struggles of selective mutism and moving to an unfamiliar place. I loved reading about the unconventional presentation of words and speech, the way that they were physical objects.

Polly

Crossing the Line
This book was eye-opening and helped readers to understand how young people like Erik can end up in these situations. It was also an engaging read, with an interesting format and enjoyable poetic style.

Polly

Crossing the Line
I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and makes you empathise with Eric and see how someone could get themselves in the situation he does. The one thing I disliked was how it was formatted but that's more of a personal preference. 8/10

Isobel

Steady for This
This book was all right; some of the slang used was not executed that well but the protagonist was really sweet and although I disliked him at first I warmed up to him. 6/10

Isobel

The Door of No Return
I really liked this book because its very engaging; when you start reading you just can't stop.

warda

Away With Words
Didn't enjoy it for two main reasons: 1: The concept with the words was really cool but wasn't explored enough, so it felt a bit flat 2: The whole bit where the bully basically has no consequences and never owns up just felt wrong. Like imagine if you got one of those poems and then never found out who sent them and all you knew was that someone in your class hated you.

Isobel