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The Door of No Return
it is the best book I have read so far. It takes an interesting turn on how it layers it's chapters. It seems to be that it has lots of tiny chapters in one big chapter and captivates on African culture and has a glossary behind it. Overall I do not see many flaws the story is great, the dialogue is great and does a good job with characters. Overall it is great for people who are reading long books.

Mikail

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book is about Theo, Theseus and the Minotaur who all share a common problem: they lack a father’s love. Theo and Theseus spend most of the book searching for a father with high expectations of what they’ll be like. However, once they’re reunited with their respective fathers, they don't find what they were looking for. Theo and Theseus expected their father’s to be strong and fearless, but instead, their fathers are scared of the world around them and not as confident as Theo and Theseus thought they would be. The Minotaur, however, is shunned by his father and thrown into a torturous maze for everyone’s amusement. What I liked about this book is that Joseph Coelho did a good job of conveying the idea that not everyone who looks like a bad guy, is a bad guy. Because in this unique story, the Minotaur unexpectedly wasn’t the villain, which contrasts with the original story we’ve all been told about Theseus and the Minotaur. Furthermore, I also liked how the reader could control how the story went at times and make big decisions as if we were in the characters’ shoes. This was a clever way to engage the reader and make them want to read on as they’d want to know the impacts of their choices and how it affected the characters and the storyline. Overall, in my opinion, this book is a 10/10 as it had 3 interactive storylines which entwined each other in a complimentary way, an interesting and eccentric structure (verses - which must have been a challenge to write) and well-thought out - as well as fleshed out - characters we as readers get to explore in-depth as the story progresses.

Fatima

Choose Love
Choose Love is one I really like but is really short. It's poems are written beautifully and has a secret story behind them. It is too short with only 16 poems. Overall if it had more pages I'd enjoy that and it is a great book. It is just that it is too short and can be more forgettable in my eyes.

Mikail

Steady for This
I have read this book and I must say I was astounded with how good it was. It has language that people would say nowadays and teenagers will definitely enjoy this book. It reflects with how students in year 8-9 feel about classes. Rapping seems to be the main theme of this story about a guy named Growls trying to win a contest but goes wrong. One thing I like is the character development I highly praise character development and it works really well. Overall it is a book I feel like going back to one day.

Mikail

Away With Words
It is an interesting book about a girl and her dad who moved to Scotland from Spain. This book is really good and I really like it!

Ivaylo

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was a bit confusing and interesting. It mentioned two characters called Theo and Theseus. It has some myths and I would recommend it to year 8 and 9 because it has lots of high vocab.

Varin

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was interesting but also a bit confusing at first because it has 2 stories in one book this book also has a mix of myths and worries. I enjoyed reading this with a friend and I think Theo and Theseus are great characters that are full of many emotions .

Aamila

Choose Love
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

Choose Love
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

The Song Walker
This book has very interesting characters and an enthralling mystery. The humour is entertaining and within the first few chapters, you can get a clear idea of both Tarn and her friends personality. The mystery kept me invested till the end of the story.

Hussain

Choose Love
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

Away With Words
I really love the idea of being able to see people’s words. The story was interesting, with a bit of who done it. Overall a very enjoyable read.

Sara