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Choose Love
'Choose Love ' is overall a really sweet book with heartfelt poems and meaningful illustrations. At first , the book seemed a bit confusing but the more I read the different poems and read the blurb the poems became more easier to understand. I would rate this book a 2.5/5 because some of poem seemed a bit confusing is not really the type of book I would choose to read over and over agian .

Paula

Choose Love
‘Choose Love’ is a very interesting, illustrated book of poems. It provides the experience of refugees who are forces to leave their homes, sometimes family & friends, their past and travel to an unknown future. It is like a reminder that refugees who have spoken about it on social media are also humans and people with feelings. The poem which really touched my heart was ‘NOT LOST’ where I cried so much while reading it; the part where it says ‘I hold still, on a string…’ in the poem shows the strength and preciousness of something still held. I recommend this book if you want to learn about refuges, what they went through and how they try to build their life in a strange new place.

Anita

The Song Walker
verry intresting would read agane but took mea hole month to reed it

maisey

Away With Words
I really like this book is very fun to read and also very interesting, this book is about a 11 years old girl called Gala and she just moved from Spain to Scotland and she went to school in Scotland, and it was very hard for her because she she was always the talkative girl and loud but in this school she struggled to understand the language and she was also not very flaunt in the language. Gala meets a girl called Natalie in her class who had selective mutism and she really loves words, so she collects them for a speech they both came friends. Gala and Natalie noticed that other kids are going through there difficulties, and they wanted to help so they used Natalies collection to send the children's poems to make them happy, but someone used them for bulling notes and there got blamed for it. I loved this book a lot and I like how the reader made the words fall out of the people's mouth who were talking and when the reader made the lines squiggly when Gala couldn't understand how to say the words.

Tawassal

Crossing the Line
Crossing the line is a good book and is about a 12 year old boy called Erik. When father dies and his mum gets a new boyfriend things are really bad for Erik. Then his mum has twins and her boyfriend leaves her. Erik is involved in a lot of crime after this and his life goes down hill. He almost loses his best friend as well. Even though I would not normally read this book, I enjoyed reading it and and would rate it 3 out of 5 stars. It is written in a cool style in which the letters are positioned in different ways based on the text, to create an imaginative and poetic feature. The book is all featured around one question. Do you feel safe?

Ashwin

The Door of No Return
The story is based on a boy who lives with his family in Africa. In the first part of the book the author sets the scene and describes life there for Kofi who goes to school, plays games with his family and enjoys river swimming. It's clear from the authors description that he himself has spent a lot of time in Africa and this helps to build a picture in the readers mind. The second part of the book takes a dark turn when Kofi is kidnapped and whilst being held prisoner he witnesses his brother being killed. Kofi attempts to escape from his kidnappers along with his fellow prisoners but they are unsuccessful and end up being thrown into cages and shipped off to an unknown destination. The author manages to capture the desperation Kofi must have felt at his incarceration but when the ship gets caught in a storm and is torn apart by lightning the tension rises as Kofi's escape seems possible at last. However, then he is faced with a terrible decision - should he swim away and save himself or go back to rescue his downing mean and horrible cousin. This is a clever twist in the story and faced with such a dilemma, encourages the reader to question what they would do.

Matthew

Safiyyah's War
I am a complete sucker for any WW2 historical fiction and loved this text and a chance to read about a niche perspective of the occupation of Paris. I loved Safiyyah as a protagonist: feisty, confident, but also full of emotion. I thought she was written beautifully. I will absolutely be recommending this text to my KS3 classes.

Miss S Yeabsley

Away With Words
This book is about a girl called Gala who moved from Spain to Scotland with her father even though she didn't want to move. Gala feels lost and lonely in her new home. She found a friend at her new school called Natalie who has selective mutism. They both find words and make lovely poems with them. I like this verse novel and the poems in it because it teaches me that despite any situation I may face, I will always have friends to support me.

Tryphena

Safiyyah's War
The book starts with when world war II the war is creeping across Europe but has not yet reached Saffiyyah and her family. ​ Safiyyah feels helpless as she witnesses the impact of war. And later, the shortage of food and introduction of draconian laws against Jews.​ She saved over 2,000 Jews when it was war.​ I recommend this book because Saffiyah did not care which religion she helped. Because she has a kind heart .

mellissa
Izma
Gurman
Gouri
Gouthami
Gurman
Andria

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was brilliant, it included ancient Greek which personally I love. Even though to continue the story you had to skip some pages in the end you read all of the book. it also gave an alternate side to the well known stories of Theseus which was interesting. overall an amazing story.

Alice

Crossing the Line
An amazing book covering some very serious topics. I highly enjoyed 'Crossing the line', and pondering deeply about the thought-provoking ideas and story line. However, due to the serious ideas that are covered in this book, it is not something you can easily recommend ('Oh, hey, you wanna read this book about drug dealing? Don't worry, it's fictional based upon a very true story!'). Despite saying this, I would say this is the most action-packed, nail-biter I have read in a LONG time. Overall, this was an amazing, eye-opening book that I would DEFINITELY re-read. Thanks Tia Fisher!

Niam

Steady for This
This is an amazing book which includes day-to-day school life and many interests i would not recommend this to everyone because it may not be to there liking

carter

The Door of No Return
The story starts with an 11-year-old called Kofi Offin who lives in a village in Ghana called Kwanta in 1860. Kobi goes to a school where he has a strict teacher who makes them learn English instead of their own language Twi. Kobi is a boy who loves hanging out with his family and friends and likes to go swimming. Kobi is no ordinary boy because he wants to prove to his friends that he can beat his bullying, stronger brother in a swimming competition. But before he could have a contest a festival was held in the upper and lower Kwanta, and, Kobi’s elder and stronger brother was chosen to represent a wrestling match for his village. But, something goes all wrong and Kobi finds himself being captured into slavery and he is shipped to America…the door of no return! This is book 1 in a trilogy and I hope you enjoy reading it as slavery still exists and it’s an important issue which still affects people’s life today.

Anita

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book is about a Boy called Theo who is Lost in a maze Theo is inspired to search for his own long-lost father in great Britain. It’s also about a boy called Theseus who is travels towards King Aegeus, defeating murderers along the way. Theo is encounters swindlers . The boys feel lost without their fathers, but their respective show they are clever, resilient and know right from wrong. Both journeys, well work together in poetry , feature decisions. Both boys are forced to inspect what it like to be a man, and what they’re looking for in a father. Later Theo realise. He has a father figure in a teacher who praises his poetry. I hope you enjoy this book because its interesting

Mellissa

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The book starts with a boy called 'Theo' who is inspired after reading about the Greek mythological boy called Theseus to search for his long lost father in modern day Britain. Theseus faces murderers whereas Theo faces swindlers and liars in the quest to find their biological fathers. These boys feel lost without their fathers, yet their respective journey shows us their intelligence, resilience and the ability to see right from wrong. This story of two boys who start at a maze, going through challenges and difficulties and ending up at different ends of the maze I hope you enjoy this book because it is intriguing.

Anita
Niam
Izma
Izma

Safiyyah's War
The book starts with when World War II began in Europe. The main character is Saffiyah, because she finds a solution that she should let the Jews stay at a religious place. She saved 2,000 Jews during the war. I recommend this book because Saffiyah did not care which religion she helped because of her kind heart.

Anita
Prabhnam
Isla
Izma

Steady for This
This book is about Shaun, aka MC Growls, wants to be a rapper. Partly because, as he says, ‘man’s got bars’. Partly for the money. His mum is always saying ‘no’ and it’s tough wearing shoes with holes. When practising for Raptology, a local rap battle, he accidentally livestreams an embarrassing situation and he and his mate Shanks become a laughing stock. Shanks doesn’t cope well with all the messages and jokes, and is cut off from Growls, who has no other friends. Then the council threatens to evict Shaun and his mum and brother from their apartment . Then a new girl on the block appears who might be just the friend Growls needs. Especially when she points out that Raptology could be the answer to his problems after all. I recommend this book becacause it interesting and fun and it a book about competition

mellissa 8.5

Steady for This
Steady for this is a humorous book about a young boy who raps. He tries to impress a girl in his class with a rap that was also meant to go into a rap competition ,Rapatoloy, and whilst going live something horrible happens. It makes everyone go against him. Meanwhile, he and his family are getting evicted due to unnecessary rent going up. Can Shaun get everyone on his side, and win Rapatology for the money, and save his family from being homeless?

prabhnam

Away With Words
I really enjoyed this book. The thing which I liked most about this book is that the words which are being spoken actually come out in real life. Away with words is an excellent book written by Sophie Cameron, a super star author. This is a book about a girl called Gala , an 11 year old who moves in Scotland from Spain. But she doesn't like there as she struggles to speak English. Then she gets friends with a girl called Natalie, a girl with selective mutism. They both find their own way of communicating. Gala then finds out that her friend collects words which fall out from people's mouth while talking. After Gala thinks that they can write some short poems with these words to make people feel happy if they have any worries or if they are sad. At the beginning everything goes good and people get overjoyed by receiving the poems as they give them hope. But no one knows who is sending these letters as Natalie and Gala decided to keep it a secret. The worst thing happens when someone starts writing mean and discouraging poems and everyone thinks that it's coming from the same person. This worries Gala and Natalie. And this person secretly goes to the head teacher and says that it's Natalie and Gala who are writing these rude poems and they both receive detentions for this. Now everyone starts being extremely mean and horrible to them. Now Gala wants to prove that it's not them writing the horrible letters but they are the who are writing the good ones. Now she does an assembly with Natalie in front of everyone to prove it. They play a short story which makes people believe that its not them. Then they found out who wrote the mean ones and that person says sorry and goes and tell the head teacher that its not them two and tells the truth. At the end Gala likes there and doesn't want to go back to Scotland. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Mariyah

Choose Love
I love this, it’s a very short read. This can be negative and positive though, it’s a great time filler but this could be longer with more stories included. I think it’s such a beautiful project to help people who are hidden.

Alice

Steady for This
The book “Steady for this” is about a boy called Shaun, who is also called MC Growls. He wants to be a rapper. Partly because, as he says, ‘man’s got bars!’. Partly for the money. His mum is always saying ‘no’ and its tough wearing shoes with holes. When practising for Raptology, a local rap battle, he accidentally livestreams an embarrassing situation and he and his mate Shanks become a laughing stock. Shanks doesn’t cope well with all the messages and jokes, and has cut himself off from anything to do with MC Growls, who has no other friends. Then the council threatens to evict Shaun and his mum and brother from their apartment. But, then a new girl on the block appears in his life, who just might be just the friend Growls needs. Especially when she points out that Raptology could be the answer to his problems after all. I recommend this book because it’s interesting and it’s such a competitive world that it tries to portray and I could not stop laughing loudly in some scenes in the book!

Anita

Crossing the Line
I like reading real life based stories and this story is based on a real life person. This book is informative in many ways and also explores the dangerous world of county line crime in which young vulnerable children are groomed to enter than exploited in horrific ways and put through distressing circumstances. That people are able to seek help signposted in the book paved the road to the 'light at the end of the tunnel' from which anyone tangled up in this way can find a way out to safety. A powerful verse novel of our times, highly recommended.

Mrs. Vyas - Librarian

Away With Words
The story is a heart-warming tale of a struggling girl and it is perfectly executed. I love the inclusivity, LQBTQIA+; hidden disability and some-one struggling with English. I love Natalie and Gala.

Alice

Crossing the Line
I thought that the book had really good story telling and a brilliant plot. There was lots of inference in the book, so it may be harder for younger readers to read. Also the book had very grown up themes that involve drugs and murder. The placement of the words was also quite confusing as they slanted on the page (though this did add a personality to each word). In all, it was a very good book and I would read it again.

Alice