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Crossing the Line
"Crossing the Line" by Tia Fisher was a heart-wrenching, but beautifully written book. This book is a message for people that there is always help, you just need to seek it. It was so hooking that I read it one day! However, I wouldn't recommend this book to younger readers due to its distressing scenes.

Yusra

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book combines fantasy and reality, and creates interesting parallels between the two! I'm not usually an avid reader of verse, yet this book really stood out to me with its timeless story and its fairly accurate mythology, as an enjoyer of said Greek mythology! All in all, this book was an emotional, exciting read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Leyla

Away With Words
A book with an interesting and unique concept revolving around words, of course. The concept itself makes the book memorable, and it also touches on topics of having to move to another country and the like! The title also stood out to me with multiple interpretations - at least in my eyes!

Leyla

The Boy Lost in the Maze
At first I found this book intriguing and different, and as I got into it I understood it more and got even more invested in the characters and their journey. There was no shying away from the negative, which I liked and appreciated. This made the book and characters more real and vivid. The theme and main plot of finding fathers was well written, and the way the two stories were interwoven and modified to fit together was seamless and enhanced the story overall.

Rosanna

Safiyyah's War
Saffiyah’s War was vivid and emotional. I enjoyed the story and the message. The characters were quite interesting and seeing deep issues and themes of war and persecution from a young Muslim girl’s perspective was engaging for me, even though the book was aimed at slightly younger readers. My favourite parts of the story were the descriptions about the food and welcoming serenity of the mosque, and the heart wrenching moments when people close the main character were fighting for survival or in danger.

Rosanna

The Door of No Return
The Door of No Return is a poignant story, rich in history that deals with complex, sometimes horrific themes. I liked that the cover is striking, covered in bold waves, symbolic of the recurrent water theme. The structure is presented like free verse, which after getting into, I found wholly engaging, as it let the words flow as freely as Alexander intended. I felt like the warmth of the first half deepens the contrast between it and the second, allowing Alexander to convey loss. All in all, I thought that the Door of No Return was a well-written and eye-opening book with a bittersweet ending that is open to interpretation.

Emilie

Away With Words
Away With Words is a sweet story set in Scotland about change, acceptance and difference, and hosts a whole range of colourful characters and relationships that I found relatable and funny! Although it is not what I would usually pick up, due to the language seeming to be aimed at slightly younger readers, I enjoyed the novel concept, interesting narrative and especially the shocking plot twist, which had been deftly hinted at earlier. Throughout, I was reminded of the power of words and friendship.

Emilie

Choose Love
A short - perhaps bittersweet? - read. The subtle hints in its art continue to add to the depth and the unfortunate reality for refugees. Even the abundance of space perhaps between lines, or the single word titles for the sections, are left to fill in for what has gone unspoken before this eye-opening cycle of poetry, and the tributes in the book truly make it more impactful... All in all, it was a really heartfelt book, with the emotions put into it expressed in both imagery and wording!

Leyla

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The Boy Lost In The Maze was an incredibly complex yet simple book that hooked me in right from the start. The interlinking stories weaved together seamlessly and the format of the pages made the complicated story-line easier to understand. I loved how the characters, though all from different backgrounds and timelines, all had one thing in common-they wanted to make their fathers proud. It was fascinating to see the stories all come together at the end, especially as we see hints at the connections throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the new and original take on the classic Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, showing both characters from a completely different perspective and relating their story to the modern world through the eyes of Theo. I would definitely recommend this book to older readers as it is mature and insightful, while being heart-warming and touching.

Hidayah

Steady for This
Steady For This was a very enjoyable and quite hilarious novel. It was also really sweet and heart-warming. The majority of the book is written in modern slang and I would recommend it to a lot of young teens, especially any with a keen interest in rap music. The cover artwork was also very fitting for style and topic of the book.

Irem

Choose Love
This was quite a short but definitely very meaningful book written in verse, and many people will have experienced the topic(s) covered in this book. The twelve poems are in three sections and are about refugees and the heartbreak they have suffered. All of the poems in the book were very moving but the one I found the most hard-hitting was 'Mathematics'.

Irem

Crossing the Line
This book was quite amazing but it also had some very upsetting moments, written in verse on a topic a lot of people may have to deal with throughout their lives. As the book continues it gets more and more twisted and dangerous, however at the very end of the book we see the author's clear message that help is always out there. I’d personally recommend it for ages 15+.

Irem

The Door of No Return
A perfect blend of so many themes, such as freedom, humour, and grief! Both ends of many spectrums like war, love, and despair are explored in this book! All the characters are so 'human', and therefore relatable...and, as written in verse, feels appropriate to truly fit the ties of storytelling and the like!

Leyla

Steady for This
"Steady for This" by Nathaneal Lessore intricately explores the human experience through narratives, delving into themes of love, loss, and resilience. Using humour and vivid characterization, Lessore crafts a beautifully evocative tale that resonates deeply, reminding readers of the beauty and fragility of life.

Jaza

Choose Love
"Choose Love" is an absolutely spectacular book. I loved how Davies elegantly wove all of the poems together, and how they linked to the journey and struggles of refugees. It was also really enjoyable to study the illustrations linking to each of the poems. Overall, it was a short, but very enjoyable book!

Yusra

The Door of No Return
The Door Of No Return was a beautiful, heart-breaking book about the capture of Africans in the 1600s. The unique writing style of the book made it easy to read as well as being a fascinating experience. The verse used made it feel as if you were inside the main character's mind and made the book even more emotional. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book as it is inspirational, historical and poignant.

Hidayah

Steady for This
"Steady For This" was a very interesting book, however not the genre I would usually read. It covers important topics relevant to the modern world such as the cost of living crisis and bullying and conveys messages of kindness, friendship and resilience. The book uses slang throughout and by linking to the modern world appeals to children of all ages as it is relatable. Overall the book covers big issues, has a relatable plot and attracts not only avid readers but also children who might not always be inclined to read a book.

Pauline

Choose Love
"Chose Love" was moving book about refugees and fleeing your country. The book is made from poems, a unique and wonderful approach. The drawings on each page linked with the poems to create a clear picture. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it is really good for educating children on the aspect of war and the journey of escape from one country to another.

Pauline

Steady for This
"Steady For This" was a very interesting book, however not the genre I would usually read. It covers important topics relevant to the modern world such as the cost of living crisis and bullying and conveys messages of kindness, friendship and resilience. The book uses slang throughout and by linking to the modern world appeals to children of all ages as it is relatable. Overall the book covers big issues and attracts children who might always be inclined to pick up a book.

Pauline

The Boy Lost in the Maze
A mesmerising book - I was unable to put it down! Coelho's lyrical and evocative writing draws readers into a world that is enchanting but perilous. It was in awe of how Coelho manages to weave and link two stories together.

Yusra

The Song Walker
The "Song Walker" by Zillah Bethell is a poignant and lyrical explanation of grief, healing, and the power of music. It is a hauntingly beautiful novel that is elegantly written. Definitely recommend this book!

Yusra

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War is a wonderful, and intricately woven book! I loved how the captivating narrative delved into the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity. Even though it was aimed for a younger age range I still found it delightful and impossible to put down!

Yusra

The Song Walker
This book was interesting and entertaining but I didn’t find it that unique. The plot was clever and the contrast of two totally different characters meeting in the middle of nowhere brought the story alive. I also appreciated the accuracy of the violin playing!

Rosanna

The Door of No Return
This book was transformative because I’ve not read anything like it. The poems kept the flow of the story and I liked the change of having a poetry style rather than typical prose. The characters were vivid and relatable and I loved the originality of the plot. Overall I loved the intensity of the highs and lows- even in the darkest situations there was hope and friendship. I felt the characters really grew throughout the book. I was left slightly unsatisfied with the cliffhanger ending, however.

Rosanna

Choose Love
Simple but effective, I thought the set of poems in ‘Choose Love’ delivered a powerful message of the very real and current situations of refugees. The emotions they go through were conveyed well and it makes you aware of their suffering. Even so, the book was very short and simple which wasn’t my preference.

Rosanna

Away With Words
Quite a unique book, not a genre I would usually read, and even though it is short and relatively simple it portrays very important topics. This type of book would be a great way to show and educate children - perhaps aged 8-12 - about these certain topics.

Irem

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War is an exciting, beautifully written story, with rich descriptions and near-limitless depth to each and every character... The sorrowful turns in the story, then the moments of hope, and everything in between, are all well-expressed, whether by both narration and dialogue. All in all, it is truly an interesting, unique, extraordinary story.

Leyla

The Song Walker
An incredible, addictive book about self-discovery and honouring your past, filled with jaw-dropping plot twists and a beautiful story-line. This book takes on two very difficult topics throughout, managing to weave them into an elegant and fascinating plot, exploring loss of other people as well as loss of your own identity. The unique culture, harrowing journey and enthralling mystery, as well as the stunningly unexpected ending, made this book extremely interesting to read and I would definitely recommend it.

Hidayah

The Door of No Return
Kwame Alexander's "The Door of No Return" delves deeply into the themes of identity, heritage, and the enduring legacy of slavery. Through evocative language, and haunting imagery, Alexander takes readers on a poignant journey to Ghana's Cape Coast Castle, where countless Africans were forcibly enslaved. I highly recommend this book as it pushes readers to face the past and embrace the power of resilience.

Yusra

The Song Walker
This book was an interesting read - I liked how the plot thickened as more and more information was gained, and the unprecedented twists that came with the characters' revelations. I especially liked the duality of the book's title, having both a metaphorical and literal meaning to it. Overall, this book was amazing and exceeded my expectations with its story and the depth of its characters!

Leyla

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War is a beautiful, elegantly-woven story about a young Muslim girl in the French Resistance. The vivid descriptions and unique perspective make for a sorrowful, yet remarkable tale of the untold bravery of normal people, fighting against conflict and oppression. Throughout the book, Safiyyah grows into a courageous, awe-inspiring young woman, and her understanding of the world around her changes. I would definitely recommend this book, as it volunteers a special and unconventional viewpoint which is really interesting and unique.

Hidayah