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Choose Love
Choose Love by Nicola Davies and Petr Horacek is an inspirational poem book that is suitable for people who would like a quick fifteen minute read. This collection of poems are about refugees and their struggles. If you deeply analyse the words and language methods of the poems, you can het a true insight of what life is like having little identity and going through various struggles. I recommend this book to adults not due to inappropriate content but the fact that it does not hook children and make them want to carry on reading. I would rate this book a one point five out of five stars . (The illustrations are debatable also.)

Posh

The Door of No Return
I liked this book. I loved it when Kofi had a range of emotions throughout the whole story and then saved his cousin in the end. However for me it was a little bit difficult to read because of the writing layout. I would give this book 10/10.

Emma

The Song Walker
This book was a great book. I loved how Tarni and Sienna build a close bond even though Sienna doesn't know who she is. The plot twist at the end is very surprising but also very entertaining. However the helicopter crashing on the front cover gave a bit of a spoiler to the people reading it.

Emma

Choose Love
The poems put me in the shoes of the refugees living their experiences and seeing the world from their perspective which we rarely hear about. Some of the poems, such as Artin' s voyage, are quite harrowing but there is also a thread of hope in the collection as a whole. the poems are written in different styles to appeal to all. The poems' focus on the refugees' humanity and the need to support and show sympathy to these people. I would recommend the poems to older readers because some of the poems consider sensitive topics and can provoke strong emotions but the poems have more impact as a result of this.

Florence

Safiyyah's War
I realy enjoyed this book as it shows how Safiyyah is scared of the bombs landing in Paris ,but as the book goes on she learns to be brave and courageous. One of my favourite parts of the book is when she steals Monsieur Cassin's book back. I thought this bit was good as it was very tense and you didn't know if she would get caught or not. I think that everybody should give this book a go.

Leo

The Door of No Return
The Door Of No Return is a thrilling, gripping book about a boy who lives in Africa with his tribe and is captured by the Lower Kwanta's tribe because of his brother who killed the prince of Lower Kwanta during the festival when there was a boxing match. My favourite bit in this book is when they are escaping through the forest as it gives a lot of mystery and suspense as you may not know what will happen next. Overall, it is a great book that caught my attention from the start and keeps you attracted as you read the book, I would definetly recommend this book.

Bulent

Crossing the Line
Crossing the line is a very exciting and engaging read. The book explores how one small choice can set off a chain reaction with massive consequences. The protagonist , Erik, battles hardship after hardship , all in the hope of helping his struggling family.Tia fisher's storytelling grips readers , emphasizing the impact of decisions and the interconnectedness of lives. Erik,despite his many bad choices, remains a likeable protagonist with good intentions but poor judgement.Overall i enjoyed reading this book. 8.5/10

Raya

Away With Words
I quite enjoyed "Away with Words" and would recommend it. I particularly liked the brilliant illustrations as well as the exploration of friendship and communication. It's a very creative book compared to the many others I have read.

Shayan

Crossing the Line
I really enjoyed reading about Erik's journey as he struggles with county lines and grooming. I felt myself get strangely attached to Erik as I followed his experiences and rooted for him to somehow get out of the situation he landed in. The layout of the book being poetry made Erik's account of what happened feel more personal and definitely helped me feel more compassion for him hearing the story from the person firsthand experiencing it then if the book was third person. The one thing that I think could've been done slightly better is the ending as, personally, I think a few things could've been cleared up instead of ending abruptly like Tia Fisher decided to end it. Apart from this I think everything else was done really effectively and I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!

Rachel

The Door of No Return
Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander invites readers on an immersive journey through history with Koffi Offin as our guide. Born into the rich tapestry of the past, Koffi's story shows the struggles and triumphs of people. Koffi's resilience shines through, illuminating the depths of the human spirit. Alexander's poetry paints a vivid portrait of Koffi's quest for freedom, weaving together themes of identity, loss, and hope. Door of No Return is a captivating tale that leaves an indelible mark on the soul.

kieran

Steady for This
"Steady for This" is a laugh-out-loud and unforgettable teen fiction novel by Nathanael Lessore. It follows a boy called Shaun (known as MC Growls) who is determined to drop his best bars and win Raptology, hoping that it might finally catch the attention of his crush, Tanisha, and lead to a chance to date her. However, things go off track when a livestream goes horribly wrong: his mum walks in with his dirty laundry, and he becomes the joke of his school. The story continues as he meets a new friend who might just be the person Shaun needs the most. The book touches on topics such as mental health, eviction, bullying, friendship, and a hint of romance. It was a fantastic read, and I definitely recommend it. I will never forget those unforgettable jokes!

Sophia

The Door of No Return
I enjoyed the book and how it was written as a poem. But I didn’t understand some of the language and I liked some of the characters especially Koti.

Anaya

Away With Words
I liked this book because it brought awareness to struggles that aren't really talked about like selective mutism. It also shows the struggles of moving to a new place and having to learn the language. At first, it was a bit difficult to understand because the blank spaces for the words Gala didn't understand confused me but once I understood it, it was fun to create my own fillers for the gaps. I also liked the idea of words being a physical matter and unique to each person because it isn't an idea you commonly see in books.

Aleena

Crossing the Line
When I first started read Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher, I thought I understood the meaning of this book, that even if life gets tough you should not give into bad temptations even if you think they will help you. However, after reading and finishing the book, I have realised the meaning is much more significant than that. This book begins with Erik’s dad dying and he and his mother being stuck with twin babies to take care of. With all of these problems at home, Erik’s school life takes a bad turn and he ends up hanging out with two older troublemakers called Ben and Travis who introduce Erik to the world of gangs and drugs. One by one Erik gets more and more involved with all of these gangs until he cannot take it anymore and quits but the notorious drug leader K1 will not let him go so easily. In my opinion, I feel extremely empathetic for Erik, his mother is always with the twins and his best friend Ravi is with his new girlfriend Betty. As a teenager myself, I understand why Erik had to take these drastic measures because Ben and Travis were giving him the first sense of hope he has needed for a long time. I believe this is good example for young teenagers to see into the mind of another young teen and see why he made all of those bad decisions. So now that I have read Crossing the Line I understand the real meaning of this book. It shows the harsh realities that young people have to face and how you can get manipulated into to doing something without even realising it. It also shows how your whole life can turn upside down within a matter of weeks, months or even years.

Elif

Choose Love
Choose Love by Nicola Davies is a heartfelt story that touches your soul. It's about a refugee who flees his war-torn country and finds himself in a new, unfamiliar place. Through the refugee's eyes, we see the power of kindness and compassion in the face of adversity. Davies' writing is beautiful and evocative, capturing the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit. The illustrations are stunning, bringing the story to life with vivid imagery. "Choose Love" is a poignant reminder of the importance of empathy and understanding in a world too often divided.

kieran

Away With Words
Away with Words by Sophie Cameron is totally awesome! It's all about this girl who discovers she has this cool power: she can make poems that make people feel better. But when she starts using her power, things get crazy! The story is super fun and exciting, with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing. She is a relatable character, and I loved following her journey. Plus, there's a great message about the importance of words and how they can change the world. If you love adventure and a bit of magic, you'll love "Away with Words"

kieran

The Door of No Return
This book is very much a slow-burn and may bore some people but I found it extremely moving and very poetic. I have to admit I have not read many books about West African culture so this novel was something fresh, new and compelling to me. Although the flow of the book sometimes falters I was intrigued from the start and was not disappointed by the time I finished it. It is depressing as hell sometimes but there is humour and light to be found as well. Those willing to be patient with a book will find this extraordinary.

Noah

Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line is an extremely thought-provoking read that made me feel very lucky to not have such a tragic life like Erik's. The book deals with subjects such as poverty and grief but the writing brings hope and beauty to a novel all about despair. I think all students from age 11-14 should give this book a go. They will not regret it!

Noah

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The Boy Lost in the Maze is a book written in a poem-like form with different storylines running simultaneously. Half the book is about 17 year old Theo who is trying to find his father and the other half is about Theseus and the Minotaur. There are very clear links between both stories and Coelho must have taken a long time planning out. The book is relatively easy to read and is very well paced (I read it all in one night) but in my opinion it was quite predictable and lacked stakes in the climax

Noah

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyahs Army is a fascinating tale about courage, resilience, and bravery set against the devastated and battle-scarred landscapes of Paris, written with thoughtfulness by Hiba Noor Khan. The book follows the story of a young woman (Safiyyah) and who becomes a lifeline for many Jewish families across Paris. Safiyyah's father has been smuggling Jews out of the country and supporting them in any way possible with the imam of the mosque that Safiyyah lives next to. Saffiyah gets suspicious and decides to look through her dad's office. Eventually, she finds out about the helpline her father is running. With no excuses left, her father decides to tell her, and from there on out Saffiyah helped her dad's cause in any way possible. This story identifies themes of loyalty,sacrifice and resilience to show that during dark times a single spark can cause a fire. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read an extremely thought provoking text. 8.5/10

francis

Away With Words
I thought that this book was very well written and it treated the subject of bullying in a sympathetic way. However, I found the idea that words could physically fall out of people's mouths onto the ground was a bit strange and the way that the text sometimes leaves out words made it harder to follow. I really liked the character of Natalie because she didn't say very much as she had selective mutism and thought about what she said before saying it. I quite liked the character of Gala and was pleased that Natalie made friends with her as they both had trouble communicating with others. I loved the kind poems they made , especially the one about home. My favourite part of the book was when they fought back to prove their innocence when they were accused of bullying without harming the bully as well. I really enjoyed the fact that this book has a happy ending and I would recommend it to others.

Florence

Crossing the Line
Crossing the line is a great book which tells the story of a teen who gets forced to work for a gang and help them fight in the gang war and he has to do it otherwise his family may become homeless. One of my favourite bits in this book is when he wins a running race for his school and becomes the new favourite to try escape from the gang. It is a great, gripping book that will keep you wanting to read it with a great plot and storyline. In my opinion, I would recommend this book to Year 9's to Year 11's and teen's that are interested in real life themes including gangs. Overall, I believe it is a great book and deserves to be on the Carnegie List.

Bulent

Steady for This
This is a great fiction thriller about a boy who lives in Peckham who is a great rapper who wants to go to a competition but things go wrong when he get's an eviction notice and is made fun of at school for a video he made. My favourite bit in the book is when he wins the rap competition and all of his friends come celebrate it with him. It is a great, gripping, interesting book that makes you want to read more of it. In my opinion it is a great book that I would recommend for teens that enjoy fiction thrillers and stories about real life and gang violence. Overall, it is a great story with a good plot to it and i would definitely recommend this book.

Bulent

The Boy Lost in the Maze
In this innovative verse novel, Joseph Coelho seamlessly blends Greek mythology with a 21st-century quest. Seventeen-year-old Theo embarks on rewriting the legend of Thesus and the minotaur.Through a series of poems, Theo’s journey intertwines with Theseus’s, both boys navigating their own mazes of discovery. Coelho’s vivid descriptions and clever use of poetic forms create a spellbinding narrative. Kate Milner’s illustrations enhance the immersive experience. While the violence may make it unsuitable for young readers, this unique tale resonates with themes of purpose,belonging and identity.

Raya

Crossing the Line
As I was aware this is based off of a true story, while starting I questioned if the writer would be capable of showing a true point of view and while the start is slow from then on I felt fully immersed believing it had been written by the boy- incredible props to Tia Fischer! There are many different points for people of any background to relate to, whether it be poor, a close ones death, anger, bullied; they are all written with the emotion of having experienced them ,making it all the more relatable and recognisable. The writing style of free verse is congenial to young audiences looking for a short yet stimulating story. Coming from a bad off background, it felt so relieving knowing that situations similar to mine could be reflected in ways not just for pity but to understand and reflect. Overall, this is a book I can confidently recommend to those wishing for a realistic look into a true background and riveting writing. I rate it a high 8/10.

Sarah

Crossing the Line
This was a really great book with a good reference of linking back the question of feeling safe at the beginning and at the end. I loved the setup of the verses and that the story is based on real life situations. Although,reading it was a bit hard since some text was swirled around in circles and I had to turn the whole book around.

Emma

Crossing the Line
This literary work stands out as an exceptional and profoundly relatable piece, offering invaluable guidance to young individuals who may be grappling with the recent loss of a loved one. It serves as a beacon of hope even in the dark, showcasing ways to navigate away from the shadows of adversity, whether it be the challenges feeling drugs and impactful situations or the trials of poverty and loss. Through its succinct yet impactful narrative, the book not only sheds light on these struggles but also conveys crucial lessons on resilience and empathy. The book's short yet interactive structure enhances its accessibility, providing an engaging reading experience that surpasses many others. Personally, I found its approach both refreshing and enlightening, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow young readers seeking advice and understanding many peoples backgrounds. In my evaluation, this book receives a commendable rating of 7 out of 10.

Angela

Away With Words
Away with words was a captivating novel with a great plot. I liked how around the pages there were words in different fonts, indicating that people could see speech.The novel explored themes of communication,empathy and the power of words. Overall i enjoyed reading this book.

Raya

Away With Words
Away with Words by Sophie Cameron is a captivating tale that delves into the magic of language and the power of self-expression. Set in a world where words are tangible entities, Cameron weaves a mesmerizing narrative filled with wonder and discovery. The protagonist, embarks on a journey confronting personal challenges and societal expectations along the way. Cameron's lyrical prose and richly drawn characters invite readers into a world where words hold the key to understanding oneself and others. Away with Words is a thought-provoking and enchanting read that celebrates the beauty and complexity of language.

kieran

Choose Love
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

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The Boy Lost In The Maze was one of my favourite books I have read in a long time. It showed the comparison between Theseus and Theo perfectly and the "choose your own path" aspect of the book made reading it so much more engaging. Theo is such a detailed character that many can relate to and I am sure makes many young boys without fathers feel so much more seen. Joseph Coelho did an amazing job and I wouldn't be surprised if this book won the Carnegie prize. 5 stars!

Alice

Crossing the Line
Crossing The Line is a meaningful novel that commonly explores county lines, written by Tia Fischer. After the death of Erik's father, his life starts to crumble and fall apart. Throughout the book, Erik starts joining gangs and making terrible decisions. Even so, the money he makes feels great. But soon, he learns that favours can come with a debt. Crossing one more line might save both him and his sisters.

Selin

Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line is a novel in the first person, which describes a boy called Erik going into the dark world of drug dealing to make some extra cash. It is very tragic and was a moving read, describing his feelings and school troubles. The format was interesting but I think it added to the first person view of this situation. Overall, I enjoyed this book!!! I recommend it to teens as there were some unexpected mature topics.

Rana

Crossing the Line
"Crossing the Line" is an incredible debut novel. Fisher experimented with structure and format, and created an excellent book written in concrete poetry. The book explores the theme of drug dealing really well, and creates a believable character that narrates the story wittily. I really enjoyed this book: I finished it in 3 hours, and fell in love with the plot. "Crossing the Line" is one of those books that feels authentic, and I really enjoyed immersing myself in Erik's story.

Ruby

Crossing the Line
This is a gripping book about a boy, who we can sympathise with or relate to which makes you feel involved in the book. It is page-turning and the format is unique, making the reader excited and engaged. I recommend it to anyone who wants an engrossing book which tugs at your heartstrings.

Kenza

The Door of No Return
“The Door Of No Return” is a great novel it is written in verse which is something i rarely see done in books. At first the format of the book confused me , but then i really got into the story. Kofi’s thrilling adventures are enough to keep anyone turning the pages, even if, like me, this sort of book isn’t normally what you tend to lean towards. Alexander and this book are really pushing the boundaries of literature with not only the format of the book but also the occasional foreign word for a touch of authenticity. This is a great book, if not confusing at times, and I recommend it.

Jess

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War by Hiba Noor Khan is a gripping tale of resilience, courage, and the pursuit of justice set against the backdrop of conflict. Khan weaves a compelling narrative around Safiyyah, a young woman thrust into the chaos of war, who discovers her inner strength and determination amidst adversity. The author's vivid prose and skillful character development breathe life into the story, capturing the reader's attention from start to finish. With its powerful themes of survival and redemption, Safiyyah's War is a captivating read that leaves a lasting impression, showcasing Khan's talent as a storyteller.

kieran

Steady for This
'Steady for this' is a funny and surprisingly moving book by Nathanael Lessore. It's the story of Shaun (or MC Growls) who dreams to be a renowned rapper, and is all set to win Raptology (a freestyle rapping competition) with his best friend - that is, until he's embarrassed big time when his mum comes in with his dirty pants during his and Shanks' live rapping video. Now he's the laughing stock of the entire school, his crush is disgusted by him, his best friend is in hospital and to top it all, he has to deal with him and his family getting evicted. Every chapter is funny and meaningful, with relatable characters and slang language. The author addresses major issues like bullying, mental health, friendship issues and racism, exploring and challenging them, while balancing it out with awkward and comical situations to lighten the mood. Personally, I really enjoyed this book as it was hilarious and genuinely moving, and gave me a wider perspective and knowledge of stereotypes and issues around the world. I would definitely recommend this novel to any reader who enjoys funny and touching books.

Farida

Away With Words
This was a wonderful heart touching book about a girl who sees words differently as she thought she was the only one she meets a girl with a similarly different issue. It was amazing to see their friendship bloom!

Zahra

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The Boy Lost in the Maze by Joseph Coelho is a gripping adventure that kept me hooked from start to finish! The story follows a brave boy who gets lost in a mysterious maze filled with twists and turns. Coelho's writing is super immersive, making me feel like I was right there solving puzzles and facing dangers. I loved the suspense and the unexpected twists that kept me guessing. It's a thrilling read with a heart-warming message about courage and friendship. If you're into action-packed mysteries, this book is definitely a must-read!

kieran

Steady for This
Steady for this by Nathanael lassore is a fantastic book with amazing turns and twists. It is about a boy who very good at 'rapping'. He experiences many difficulties but pulls through them one at a time. With having to handle rejections and dates. This book has it all. It is most notable for how funny the book actually this. This master- piece had me not wanting to stop reading. This book is gripping and is a vital read. I would recommend this book for people who like funny and gripping storys

kieran

Crossing the Line
"Crossing The Line" was a great book which spoke about deep and important issues within society in a way most books would not be able too. In terms of the plot, I enjoyed it very much however the ending ended up being a little bit anti-climactic, leaving me feeling like there was all this build up that just didn't go anywhere. However, the book still left me wanting to know more about Erik and his friends and family. The whole story was very well written and incredibly engaging with twists and turns along the way. There is one message I would like to tell the author after reading "Crossing The Line" and that is, please don't write books where dogs get hurt, thank you.

Jess

Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher is a thrilling adventure that had me hooked from page one! It's about two best friends who stumble upon a hidden cave and embark on the journey of a lifetime. The story is packed with twists, turns, and unexpected surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved how the characters faced challenges together, strengthening their bond along the way. Fisher's writing is so vivid; I felt like I was right there with them! Overall, Crossing the Line is an epic read that's perfect for anyone who loves action-packed adventures!

kieran

Crossing the Line
Crossing The Line is written by Tia Fisher. It is a powerful story about impossible choices. This book is written for KS3 students and could really impact their future actions against other people. This is the story of Erik Andersen, who is excellent at making bad decisions. His bad behaviour in school, caused by his father's death, catches the attention of a local gang and Erik is pulled into a terrifying world of trap houses, drug dealing and violence. Each chapter is more exciting than the last one and the language is very realistic too. The author thought about how different types of kids speak and used those words to portray different characters and their personalities. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys real-life situation kind of books. It's an inspiring novel and you get to witness the kinds of struggles people go through.

Yagmur
Posh