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The Boy Lost in the Maze
The book "The lost boy in the maze" is wonderful. I love how the book is written in a poem way. My favourite part of the book is you can choose what page you want, it's like a interactive book. The way Kate Milner illustrated the pictures in the book was wonderful. I would rate this book 10/10 and I recommend Joseph Coelho should make series of this book and the lead character would go on many adventures. The story is about the main character Theo who goes on a adventure to find his dad.


Crossing the Line
There are boring parts like in every other book. The main story line is really gripping and doesn't let you go until the last line in read. I would highly recommend this book.


The Song Walker
'The Song Walker' by Zillah Bethell was a really spectacular book about the journey in finding yourself. The story revolves around a thirteen-year old girl who wakes up stranded in the middle of the desert with no recollection of who she is. The story's plot continues to develop along with the girl's understanding of who she truly is. I really enjoyed this book because of the intriguing and beautiful descriptions about the Australian Outback and the First Country people's ideas and traditions. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book as its incredible detail makes it really special and unique.


Crossing the Line
The book 'Crossing the Line' was an enjoyable and easy book to read. I especially liked the unique structuring and creativity of certain verses in this book. Sometimes the lines create images that reflect what's happening or the emotions that are felt. Because the book is written creatively and in verse, I was always interested and eager to know what would happen next. A few times I was confused about what was happening, but as I read, I understood. For example, at the end of the book, a new character is introduced and his name is Trygg, There wasn't any heads up that he was their pet so I was confused about who Trygg was when the text stated that Trygg would follow the main character wherever he went. In conclusion, I think this is a fascinating, fun and enjoyable book to read.


Safiyyah's War
This powerful novel is about a young girl and her life/journey in Paris, her home. The beginning starts with everything as it usually is: adults going to work, children going to school and people just living their lives. Safiyyah and her best friend Isabelle hang out after school every day, playing tag in the park and dressing up in Isabelle's mother's expensive clothes! One day, out of nowhere, Isabelle must leave town with her parents to go to the south, and that's when the Nazis enter the story. This novel has impacted my mind in the most positive way that it even changed my perspective on certain things in life. It is so full of quotes and tips for life that I could only capture a quarter of them. The most interesting thing I've observed about myself after reading the book was how quickly my emotions changed, but also how strong they were to remain in my mind long after reading. I've felt nervous, guilty and hopeless, but I also felt strong, proud and fearless. This book also taught me some things about Islam that I didn't know before, and now thinking about them makes me feel stronger. Some of the book's most outstanding quotes and themes are: Friendship: "No telegram nor postman, pigeon nor loudspeaker could carry her message of love and concern to Isabelle, and so she turned to the seas". Bravery: "Ultimately she just wished the war could be over, but what nourished and kept her going even when there was barely enough to eat, was the knowledge that she was doing something meaningful. " Wisdom: "If you were to look at bare soil after a few days of sunshine and watering, give up hope and walk away, it would be tragic! Each time you're kind and patient and giving with Hana, you are watering and shining light on a seed. Have faith that miracles are happening, slowly but surely, even though you might not be able to see them. " Strength: "She has begun to love wrapping her hijab before leaving the mosque; those few moments spent folding and tucking soothed her a little. She reminded herself of her conversation with Sumayyah, and felt strong and much safer with it on. Somehow, it felt like she was wearing armour." This book is a miracle.


The Door of No Return
'The Door of No Return' was a fascinating read that really enveloped me in the story. The way the writing was structured was a different experience than what I’m used to seeing, but a nice change at that. I personally love historical fiction, and I believe Kwame Alexander did an excellent job capturing the brutality, suddenness, and misery these people experienced. I loved reading about young Kofi Offin’s daily life, banters, and struggles as he fits into his world. I do wish that we could’ve seen the outcome of the race, have Kofi get that success right before his life is plunged upside down. The chapters with Kofi in the water I especially liked. As a swimmer myself, I can relate to the feeling of peace, of fluidity, that occurs when I swim. Overall, I loved this book and had there been a sequel, I would’ve done anything to get that.