Greenford High CSG

Create Group Magazine

The Song Walker
A girl is lost in the Australian Outback with no memory of how she got there. She is rescued by another girl, Tarni, and together they set off on a journey of discovery. This is a lovely book, with some wonderful imagery of the outback and some valuable lessons on the culture of Australia's First People. Although a little slow to start, the book picks up pace, as the narrator begins to remember things and a strong bond grows between the two girls. There are a couple of twists at the end - one of which is easier to guess than the other. Definitely worth a read.

Mrs Grundy

Crossing the Line
It was good because it showed an instance as to what could happen when you're a teenager and the consequences of those actions. It also showed that once you're in that situation you can’t quite escape, unless your're willing to risk something. The quote”do you feel safe”suggests that not everyone has the chance to feel safe and feel normal. It also shows that everyone is vulnerable to being pulled into a gang and doing bad stuff e.g. selling drugs or carrying weapons. I will admit that it is a sad book, however at the end it has a list of websites and phone numbers to call if you think someone you know or yourself if you are in that situation.It also shows what bad decisions can do to your life.

Sophie

Safiyyah's War
This is a really beautiful book. Set in Nazi-occupied Paris during the Second World War, the story centres around Safiyyah, a Muslim girl, who finds herself becoming part of the Resistance against the Occupiers. A family focus is at the heart of this book - Safiyyah has her immediate family, but the Jewish people she helps also become part of her family. At times she is just an innocent school girl, with big dreams, whilst she is also incredibly brave, secretly working against a dark oppressor. This book is a must read, and a real page turner. It gives an insight into Muslim resistance during the Second World War and the role of the Central Mosque in Paris in this.

Mrs Grundy

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This is an interesting book, with intertwining storylines, which weave a beautiful story. The parallel narratives of Theo and Theseus show us that seeking acceptance from a parental figure, in this case their father, is something that never seems to change throughout time. This is a quick read, and, although not essential, I would suggest to readers to have a little background knowledge on the Greek myths.

Mrs Grundy

Choose Love
This short collection of poems focuses on refugees and their often perilous journey to a country of safety, and then the racism and xenophobia aimed at them once they arrive. The poems are beautiful, but heartbreaking, and the poem 'Artin's Voyage' in particular stops you in your tracks. A worthy read.

Mrs Grundy

The Boy Lost in the Maze
Well written story/poem about a young boy who is on a quest to find his biological father and who has a gift/talent in writing stories/poems.

Angela

Safiyyah's War
A brilliant story of bravery, resilience and having faith and hope in adverse situations which cause grief and hardship. It superbly brings together people of different cultures whereby they are able to acquire wisdom and knowledge from one another in order to overcome.

Angela

The Song Walker
Well written book. Brings together two girls who are strangers and are around the same age. One girl is rich and the other is poor. However both girls build a close bond, despite having completely different upbringings. There is a surprising twist towards the end.

Angela

The Door of No Return
The Door of No Return starts out as a coming-of-age story. Told in verse, the reader gets a sense of the life and community where Kofi, the narrator, lives. He is an adolescent, on the cusp of taking part in an initiation ceremony where he will become an 'adult'. However, events take a dark turn, which lead Kofi to have to grow up quicker than he ever imagined. Kwame Alexander evokes strong images with few words - a testament to his storytelling. This is the first book of a trilogy, and it left me wanting to read more.

Mrs Grundy