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Steady for This
This book is such a rollercoaster of emotion. I love how it combines emotion with a funny plot. This books also talks about mentor meetings, anxiety attacks and homeschool which makes this book such a good read.

Phoebe

The Door of No Return
It was alright not my favourite though. I think there should be more writing.

Naomi

Choose Love
It was really nice poetry and I found the story very sad though.

Chloe

Crossing the Line
I thought this book was a great book - I love the way it is written and the layout of the text but I thought this was a sad story that something like this can happen to the people around us and it showed the dangers of the world and getting involved with drugs and what it can do and it makes me appreciate being safe. This book has made me aware of how bad it can be to be in Erik’s position. Overall, I would give this book a 9/10 because I read the book in 2 days, I was very gripped to read and read and read and this book was written in a relatable way ( not about the drugs) about the way it was written a teenage boy who has a lot going on in his life, and who wants to care for his family. Gradually through the book, k1 at the start is really casual, saying no pressure, etc but through the book you can see he gets controlling and finds ways to control Erik. But overall, I found this book very gripping and interesting.

Chloe

Safiyyah's War
Great book, my favourite character was Safiyyah, my favourite part was everything but I think there could be more cliffhangers.

Amy

Safiyyah's War
It’s good but not my favourite. It didn’t really have a fun story and it was really slow but it was okay it just wasn’t my favourite.

Naomi

The Song Walker
I really like the cliffhangers and mystery in this book. However I found it a little bit confusing and over time the setting got a little bit boring.

Maya

The Door of No Return
I loved this books and how violent it was! I was very gripping and it drew me in with loads of cliffhangers.

Maya

Crossing the Line
This was definitely my favourite Carnegie book! I loved the different points of view and how it didn’t end on a happy note like most books. It was a huge success and i hope there is a sequel!

Maya

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This was a nice book. I liked seeing the different point of view from the Minotaur however I found it quite hard to understand.

Maya

Steady for This
I completely adored this book! I loved the different style it was written in and how growls progressed in maturity over the course of the book. It was really nice to see different things that people went through as well.

Maya

Safiyyah's War
This book really gave me the feeling of what people living in war and losing loved ones feels like. This was a great insight into other peoples lives.

Maya

Choose Love
This was a heartfelt, lovingly written book that I really enjoyed. I don’t normally like poem books but this one was a well deserved exception.

Maya

Crossing the Line
I have now read all of the books on this year's list, and this was my clear favourite. Erik is a believable character caught up in the world of drug dealing on the streets after the rest of his life becomes very messy after the loss of his father. Although it is written in narrative verse I did not find that this hindered my reading or understanding of events and it had clearly been very well researched. This is a book that is well worth reading, whoever you are to better understand sections of the society in which we live.

Mr Jurd

Safiyyah's War
This was a gentle read about a brutal period of history. I am a massive fan of historical fiction as I enjoy finding out about other cultures and times. The story was interesting and the cooperation between Muslims and Jews was a welcome break from the current news from the Middle East. However, I found the characters lacked complexity - they were either good or bad, I'm not sure that this reflects the world in which we live. I also found that the story lacked moments of real drama and was rather predictable. Overall nothing hate, but not much to really love either.

Mr Jurd

The Door of No Return
I found the book; the door of no return very harrowing and emotional and I was gripped to read it ( I read it within a short amount of time because it is written in a different format) I really enjoyed the riddles because the book made me think about what some of the lines meant because some of the sentences were not straight forward, you had to search for hidden meanings which I enjoyed .

Chloe

Choose Love
This book is filled with absolutely beautiful poems that represents the struggle of many refugees. As I read this book I could feel the emotion that was put into. Despite this book being short and describing events in poems It is still a story and it doesn’t focus on a main character but a group of people which makes this book really unique.

Phoebe

The Song Walker
I really enjoyed song walker! I thought it had a very unique plot and the book made me quite emotional towards the end of the book and I enjoyed it so much, I read it in 2 days. The book left me thinking about it when I was not reading it!

Chloe

Crossing the Line
This book spreads awareness to the gangs exploiting children to sell drugs which is a very good way to make young people aware of problems like this. I love how the story starts with ‘do you feel safe’ which is a nice rhetorical question to start a story. As Erik’s story continue he is constantly put it situations that makes him feel unsafe. This shows how drug dealing can lead you down a twisted road. This story teaches you about a problem and has a unique way of telling it which makes this book amazing.

Phoebe

Crossing the Line
I think crossing the line has a really nice storyline and a good moral. I would definitely recommend the book to people in their teenage years like me.

Ananya

The Door of No Return
This book was not the best I’ve read. The concept of how the British colonisers capture kofi then he escapes by achieving his dream to fly. But I wish that at the end it told us if they survived and made it back. Also sometimes I didn’t know what was going on as it used a lot (really ALOT) of metaphors.

Helena A

Away With Words
Away with words was a nice steady book, however, at the beginning it seemed confusing, starting with “my teacher had slugs on his face”. However later on, once I had researched Galas universe (spoken words are visible) I began to understand how the book was unveiling. I absolutely adored how the words were described and all the colours made me feel the emotions of the words! It was a wonderful experience and I loved every bit of it!

Anastasia

Away With Words
This book was one of the best books I’ve ever read. I loved that even though Gala and Natalie were finding it hard to speak up they find a way around and become life long friends. This book made me realise that some people find it really hard to speak or communicate and so just be patient. I liked the concept of words being physical objects.

Helena A

The Door of No Return
I loved this book because it was really suspenseful and the way it is written makes such a big difference as I knew what was going on. I rate it 5/5

Bella

Crossing the Line
This book was telling a story of how people can get into things that they shouldn’t be in so it made me realise that some people suffer from doing things they didn’t want to do. It told quite a suspenseful story. I rate it 4/5

Bella

Steady for This
This book was a bit boring at the start because it wasn’t really my style of book but as I got into it it started getting better because it told a story. I rate it a 3/5

Bella

Choose Love
It was quite a short book but it was really heartfelt as it told the story of refugees and how they suffer. I rate it a 3.5/5

Bella

Away With Words
I thought away with words was quite a good book because it was really well written and it kept me quite interested as it was another universe. I rate it a 4/5

Bella

Away With Words
At first, I didn’t really like it but when I got halfway through, IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD. My favourite bit was when gala and Natalie speaker in assembly clearing their names and telling a story of words. I definitely recommend to quiet people who are to shy to talk.

Naomi

Away With Words
This was an amazing and heartfelt book. I felt it was very touching and was written with such artistry.

Maya

The Boy Lost in the Maze
When I saw the cover of this book I thought it was going to be bad but as I read on I really liked it. This book is a mix of poems, Greek mythology and two different stories from different times that both go well together. This book is a pleasant break from the usual paragraphs and single stories that we are used to seeing which makes this book unique and interesting.

Phoebe

Away With Words
It was okay at the start but later on it was really good. I’d definitely recommend it for people who are having troubles to speak with others. My favourite bit was when Natalie and Gala speaker in assembly about a story of what happened and spreading words everywhere. It’s also something to understand that people can always be fun to hang around and friendly, even if they have a funny accent. Overall, I’d give it a 8.5/10

Naomi

Away With Words
This story plays with a very strange concept which are words floating around. As I read the book I can see different fonts , opacity and placement of words which make this such a cool book to read. This story talks about many things that aren’t talked about like moving away and selective mutism which is really good for people who want to find out more about these things or are experiencing this them self. I love this story because it is sweet and it is also intertwined with a thrilling mystery. When I picked this book up I couldn’t put it down.

Phoebe

Safiyyah's War
This story was such a beautiful one with a very likeable heroine Safiyyah. Safiyyah has wants and dreams like us but because of the war those thoughts and feeling have been repressed. As you read on you can see how Safiyyah brings hope to the people of France. I believe her story is truly inspiring.

Phoebe

The Song Walker
I really like this story because it starts with mystery. The main character wakes up in the outback with no memory and when she meets another girl they lead a story of adventure intertwined with enchanting legends. Then it leads to the craziest plot twist ever. I think what’s unique about this book is the setting because you don’t normally see stories in the outback because of its setting so it was really cool to see an action packed story in a setting that could be classified as boring.

Phoebe

The Song Walker
I really enjoyed reading this. At times, it was an emotional rollercoaster because one minute I might be smiling so much it hurt and the next, silent tears were falling down my cheeks especially the bit where the horse is set free and the next second, there was a part about a dead girl. Overall, a wonderful story and I would definitely read it again.

Pip

Choose Love
I love how even though it was a short book it was quite fun to read. I love how it showed the life this refugee boy who evacuated from a war but his mum and sister died which was sad but had memorable treasure from her mum. I definitely recommend friends reading this together, because that just makes things even more fun to read.

Naomi

Choose Love
Sad, and nice poem.

Amy

Steady for This
I really liked reading this book my favourite bit is where this boy finds a friend who soon later becomes his girlfriend I like all the scenes with her. I didn’t really like that this boy was so interested in rap that I couldn’t really have been bothered to read them but other than that it’s so good I definitely recommend it.

Naomi

Away With Words
Overall I found this an enjoyable read. Gala has just moved to Scotland with her Dad and is struggling with the language. Having been a chatty student in Spain she now struggles to communicate with others. The world in which it is set is unusual in that spoken works are also emitted as written words. As a scientist I was intrigued as to the ramifications of this (how do headphones work??!) and was slightly disappointed that this was not explored further as several ideas occurred to me in the first few chapters! However, I was able to empathise with Gala having lived in Africa for several years where I spoke a different language to everyone else in my village. The story revolved around her journey through the months after her move and the balance between the wants and needs of those around her and the struggles of being a teenager in school. I didn't find the way that the teachers behaved very realistic which slightly spoilt the story for me, but overall I'd recommend it.

Mr Jurd

The Song Walker
I really liked the setting of Australia in this book, I thought that the story was so powerful and meaningful. The two main characters were amazing, and I thought that their hobbies fitted them both well. I thought that plot twists and what happened next were really shocking to discover and kept the story interesting.

Holly

Choose Love
This book had wonderful illustrations which helped to highlight the creativity with using poems to tell a meaningful story and message. Repetition within the poems also helped to strengthen the message.

Holly

The Song Walker
This was a great book. I loved the plot line as it was full of unexpected surprises. The Action was great especially their runaway from the Drongos’. The ending was a little disappointing as she (spoiler alert) was a spite ; I think that maybe it could have been a bit more happy. But other than that it was a great read.

Helena A

Crossing the Line
Good book, could be a but more writing on a page.

Amy

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book had amazing illustrations in it, gave more insight and detail with the story. One part I particularly enjoyed was the interactive element of it and how you can choose different pages to go to at one point and see what ending they led to.

Holly

Safiyyah's War
I really liked the setting of Paris in this book, and the inclusion of a library was amazing. The characters as well were good, Safiyyah’s love of travelling places flows throughout. The story was so powerful, I loved reading about it and expanding my knowledge on different religions and cultures and a big historical event.

Holly

Away With Words
This book contained wonderful imagery and metaphorical words, loved the haikus. Will definitely be creating more since reading this book. Raises lots of awareness about selective mutism which was nice to see. Overall, it was a nice short story, and I enjoyed it so much.

Holly

Crossing the Line
At first I didn’t really enjoy reading this book because lots of unnecessary bits in the book I couldn’t understand but later when I was halfway through the book it got a bit better and a bit scary. It’s not really my type of book I would only recommend it to people who like books that have violence in them but other wise it was still quite good.

Naomi

The Song Walker
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The secrets and plot twists keep the story interesting.

Alice

The Door of No Return
I thought this book was very unique because of the way it tells the story. The story touches a very sensitive topic but still tells the story of Kofi Offin and teaches us about culture as well. It shows that so many people have dreams and aspirations which could be taken away from them because of their culture or race. I give this book a ten out of ten because I think it tells an amazing story through poems.

Phoebe

The Song Walker
It’s soooo good. I really love the type of story of what the story is about and there’s always words written in attalic when the characters in the book are thinking about something or something extreme happens or a dream. I don’t think the ending was that good because it didn’t really match to what the whole story was about, I was expecting it to be way better but overall I’d definitely give it a 9.5/10.

Naomi

The Song Walker
It’s soooo good. I really love the type of story of what the story is about and there’s always words written in attalic when the characters in the book are thinking about something or something extreme happens or a dream. I don’t think the ending was that good because it didn’t really match to what the whole story was about, I was expecting it to be way better but overall I’d definitely give it a 9.5/10.

Naomi

Crossing the Line
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great insight into the dark daily life of children going through this and how I can help. I was gripped from the first page and I could barely put it down for the entire book. It is very different than books I usually read but it was still amazing.

Pip

Safiyyah's War
Throughout the book Safiyyah’s story is compelling, (sometimes a little sad) and always exciting. I loved every bit of it from the first few words to the last page. It described the how safiyyah experienced the war in such a way that you could definitely feel her feelings. I could barely put this amazing book down.

Helena
Pip