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The Song Walker
SPOLIERS: "The Song Walker" is a magical adventure that follows Moonflower, a young girl with a special gift for music. Moonflower is alone, wandering through the wild landscape, when she encounters Tarni, a First Nation Australian girl on a journey to find her sister. Tarni invites Moonflower to join her, giving her a name and guiding her through the unseen 'Dreaming Tracks.' As Moonflower and Tarni traverse the land, they embark on a journey of discovery and friendship, while also teaching the reader about Australia's history and ancient beliefs in 'The Dreaming.' Along the way, readers learn about the rich culture and traditions of the First Nation people, as well as the beauty of the Australian landscape. Filled with vibrant characters and enchanting landscapes, this book is a captivating tale of self-discovery and hope. Through Moonflower and Tarni's adventures, readers are drawn into a world of magic and mystery, where music has the power to shape the future. With its lyrical prose and captivating storytelling, "The Song Walker" is a book that will resonate with readers of all ages. It's a magical journey that will leave you spellbound from beginning to end. Overall, I would give it a 8.5/10!

Sivithi

The Boy Lost in the Maze
In my opinion, this book wasn't really that good. I couldn't really get into it and I didn't really understand what was going on sometimes. One thing I did like about this book however is that the reader could choose what was going to happen next, and I think that unique idea should be added into more books, because it made the reading experience more interactive. For that I would give it a 5/10.

Rohana

The Door of No Return
This book also had a unique poetic structure, which made the book more interesting and fun to read. It was about a boy named Kofi who is a normal boy who goes to school and loves swimming. However, he gets captured and forced to leave his hometown. This book was also sad because he was just a normal boy who didn't harm anyone but he was put into slavery. I would rate this book 8/10.

Rohana

Crossing the Line
The plot of this book was really good. I usually don't like poems, and I thought the book would be boring but it was really captivating and made me eager to read more. It showed how bad people influencing you can make you do things that you normally wouldn't. I also liked the characters, like Eric, who was willing to do more to save his sisters. I rate this book 7/10.

Rohana

The Song Walker
The main thing i liked about this book was the element of mystery which the author has successfully done! I loved how it didn't mention many names and just referred to 'girl' which added that effect of suspense in the start. Loved the mix of mystery and friendship into one book which was so adorable. I enjoyed reading it! 8.3/10

Shara

Away With Words
This was a very sweet book. Honestly it was really wholesome and I loved how not saying much can still lead to very visible words and actions. Basically communicating but without many words which I found really unique. The cover is stunning, I love the surrounding words around the hands which tells a lot about the book. I liked it! 6.9/10

Shara

Safiyyah's War
I have enjoyed this book! This book illustrates the Resistance movement of the Grand mosque of Paris and how it saved so many Jews. Saffiyyah is the main protagonist: she is a curious girl who is obsessed over maps and is caring. Her curiosity has led her to join the Resistance, helping many others in the movement against the Nazi occupation. This book contains themes of hope and resilience, and the emotions allow you to connect with the characters. Generally, I loved it!

Haniya

The Door of No Return
"The Door of No Return" offers a poignant and moving glimpse into the life of 11-year-old Kofi Offin, who is tragically torn from his village and thrust into the horrors of slavery. The story beautifully portrays Kofi's innocence and resilience as he navigates through the challenges of his new reality, making it impossible not to root for him every step of the way. However, while the themes of love, loss, and betrayal are undeniably powerful, some readers, like muself may find themselves grappling with the book's unconventional style. The use of short chapters and verse may not appeal to everyone, especially those who typically shy away from poetry. Personally, I found it difficult to fully connect with the story due to the unfamiliar format, and I struggled to immerse myself in Kofi's journey as a result. Nevertheless, despite my reservations about the writing style, I recognize that this is more a matter of personal preference than a reflection of the book's quality. Readers who enjoy exploring different narrative techniques or who are open to the challenge of verse may find "The Door of No Return" to be a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant read! Overall, I would give it an 8/10

Sivithi

The Boy Lost in the Maze
"The Boy Lost in the Maze" is a heartfelt story that connects young men searching for acceptance from their fathers. At first, I wasn't keen on reading the book as it was laid out in poems, but I got used to it and eventually actually enjoyed trying to understand the meaning of each line and the deeper meaning behind each page. It cleverly mixes Greek myths with a modern-day family, showing adolescents trying to grow up and understand their roles in life. The author shifts between Theo and Theseus, even throwing in the Minotaur, using verse that switches between different styles and times. This makes old stories feel fresh, especially when we're following Theo's journey to find his father. It's quite a quick read, but it's rich and deep, perfect for pondering. I especially enjoyed Theo's part, hoping he'd find what he's looking for. The illustrations, in black and white, add to the story's depth, blending well with the characters' emotional struggles. Despite being short, the book is packed with vivid stories, fitting several into its verses. "The Boy Lost in the Maze" is a captivating read that stays with you even after you finish it. I love how everything worked out in the end and brought all three characters together. I also liked how the Minotaur was not presented as a proper villain, making us sympathise with it too. Overall, I would give it a 9/10

Sivithi

Choose Love
I loved this book as it tells us to appreciate the people around us and cherish them. The story is about Syrian refugees who have struggled and are struggling in life due to the ongoing violence and the sorrow that they hold deep in their heart for their lost loved ones. The title really holds its meaning as it shows us that if love prevailed over evil, this would not have occurred.

Ghaania

Choose Love
This book has 12 different poems about real life experiences of refugees. The illustrations are from Petr Horacek and the talented poet Nicola Davies. My favourite poem is Mathematics. It is about the number of people traveling from their homes country to a new country in search of hope and refuge. I feel emotional when reading it as over 200 people are in search of a new beginning. They have given up everything and are now left with nothing. What I think the author is trying to convey is that it is so painful to leave everything and still have the possibility of not making it out alive. Personally, I would rate this book 8 out of 10 as I like how you are able to empathise for their hardships. I think the pictures paint a realistic scenario for what is going on. However, I would have liked it even better if the pictures are more detailed and to know whose story it is in particular and their age to see how young or old they are when experiencing these difficulties.

Sana

Crossing the Line
If you absolutely love poetry, this book is for you! It's a book written in the format of poems but tells a story. There's a boy named Erik and his life has gone upside down ever since the death of his dad. Now because the table has turned for him, he holds a responsibility of the household and starts to shift away from school and being his young self to earning money the wrong way. For those who love to read a crime story, you must borrow! For me, as a person who really doesn't like poetry, it changed my view so I would rate it a 8.5/10 and I love more mystery than crime.

Samarah

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I have no idea where to begin with this book. One thing about the book that I adored was the art style. I just loved how organic and pleasant (yet terrifying) it was to look at and the pictures appear frequently so that is really a strong thing about the book. Another thing is that I was skeptical of the unique writing structure of the poems, I eventually developed a deep love for it. Finally, the last poem (aka my favorite poem) was so unconditionally deep, literally the perfect way to end the book of. This might be the no.1. 10/10

Shara

The Song Walker
The Song Walker is a book full of friendships, secrets and courage. Don't want to spoil too much but there's this girl (don't know the name) who seems to be lost in an Austrailian desert and this girl called Tarni had found her and they both go on an adventure of their own! I would rate this an 8/10.

Samarah

The Door of No Return
I am not usually the type to not like books. I am a really big book lover but something about this book just really makes me mad. I think it is because the author is of a little bit of Ghanaian heritage but just not fully Ghanaian. I really like authors that write about heritages of places based on research or even visiting to know more about the culture. I am from Nigeria, Africa and I really treasure our stories being told to the world. I really did not like this book. I did not like the characters especially Kofi, Ebo and Ama they just seemed like the typical and stereotypical characters in African life that just happen to have bad stories and things that disrupt their lives or something to make them leave the country and it is always to either America or the United Kingdom. The author does have a beautiful method of writing and a good way of presenting challenges and situations but I do not like the book for the above reasons.

Esther

The Boy Lost in the Maze
With its eye-catching (and almost disturbing) front cover and captivating title, this book quickly grabbed my attention. It explores the experiences of two characters, Theo and Theseus, who are separated by lifetimes but connected through their similar search for manhood. I liked reading about their longing and search for a father figure. As someone who loves reading Greek mythology, not only was I delighted to read Theseus’s story but also pleasantly surprised to read about the Minotaur who was purposely portrayed to appear similar to Theo and Theseus. This perspective was fascinating to read because it opposed the stereotype that the Minotaur was a villain and monstrous creature. It suggested that he was, perhaps, no different from any other person. This story was beautifully structured, with Theo’s and Theseus’s lives weaved together, it showed how the lack of their fathers’ presence affected both in a similar way, despite how different the world around them was. The poetry element brought each character to life and gave me the freedom of reading between the lines and interpreting the moral the way I wanted to. Due to this, I enjoyed The Boy Lost in the Maze even more because I appreciated the various meanings of each chapter. I would rate this book 8/10.

Nusaiba

Away With Words
In the beginning I wasn't very fond of this book due to how slow it is to get to the point but as the book went on I enjoyed it slightly more. This book was sort of comforting for someone like me who also transferred from another country (Italy) to the UK. It relates to me because in the beginning I was always confused on what people said and it was annoying and I hated the fact that we had to move but as time went on it wasn't so bad, just like how it ended up being the same case for the main character. It's a short book but a very slow read but I am not mad about the fact that I read it.

Maimuna

The Door of No Return
This was a very interesting read for me, a thrilling story representing the realistic struggles through life. One of the best things about this book is Kofi's character, probably one of the best characters I've ever read in a book. Another thing is when you turn at the back of the book, it has listed the Adinkra symbol which was fascinating to me. It's a good book and I recommend it! 7.9/10

Shara

Steady for This
I didn't enjoy Steady For This as the story was rather boring and the plot was very slow paced. There was too much text crammed together which further discouraged me from finishing it.

Sania

Choose Love
I enjoyed this book as it was already a very short text but on top of that it was sectioned into different poems which looks like they would come together to form one but are actually two very different stories which I think was very interesting and creative and I believe that the author must be very talented to be able to put on this effect through their writing which really encouraged me to read on.

Sania

The Song Walker
Although the text was presented in a very eye catching way with bold texts and illustrations around it, it felt extremely long as I was reading it as well as boring so I couldn't read more than half of the book.

Sania

Crossing the Line
I didn't really enjoy this book as although the text was presented very uniquely, the story itself wasn't very exciting to me.

Sania

Away With Words
I loved this book as it emphasises the struggles of someone who moves away from their home and enter a whole new world where they have to learn and adapt to survive, with which many people around the world and even people I know can relate to very strongly. This book really opened my eyes and helped me feel what it would be like to be in their shoes which I think is very important and helps us all to acknowledge the different people in our society.

Sania

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I really enjoyed reading The Boy Lost In The Maze as the chapters were presented as if they were a collection of poems with very short 4 to 5 lines paragraphs which I personally think is very good for readers with a short attention span and the illustrations portrayed the story beautifully.

Sania

The Door of No Return
I really liked the Door Of No Return as the writing was presented in very small "chapters" which I really enjoyed reading as they directly get to the point instead of wasting time with extra vocabulary and description. I really liked Afua's character as she cursed the captors and jumped into the water as she proved that she'd rather die then be around the heinous people any longer. I would really recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the slave trade.

Sania

Crossing the Line
One of my favourite things about this book is the little sentence on the cover saying 'This is the story of Erik... He's very good at making bad decisions'' which instantly grasps my attention however still giving that comical sprinkle as well. This book also covers the theme of impossible choices which was a strong aspect of this book which made it really special as many books don't have this effect. The structure of this book was really interesting however it still kept up that element of uniqueness across many books. I enjoyed it very much. 8.9/10

Shara

Safiyyah's War
I have been so interested in the Nazis since I learned about it in history and also a bit about it in English so this was a really entertaining.I really liked Safiyyah and her family because of the way they stepped up to help others. I loved how a mosque was willing to help the Jews at a time they really needed it the most, this really shows how much we need equality and respect for other religions, race, culture and even the different lifestyles and beliefs we stand by. We really need that togetherness in today's society.

Esther

Steady for This
It is really funny. I laughed so hard my mum got worried. I like the way the author managed to insert all of the really funny lines as not a lot of teenage books are humorous. I loved it and I think it really depicts a bit of Gen Z life routines and attitude.

Esther

Choose Love
This was a very short but interesting read. It's quite an inspiring read. It wasn't long but it had quite a bit of impact and was straight to the point which I really enjoyed and it only took like 10 minutes. Side note: also really loved looking at the art pieces that went with each poem, they are really nice to look at.

Maimuna

The Boy Lost in the Maze
In the beginning I was quite hesitant about this book and didn't think I would enjoy it but as I kept reading on I realised it was quite an enjoyable read. I am not always intrigued with poems that are used for book formats except if its a collection of poems but this time it was different. Usually the poems are hard to understand and don't really make sense in some books but for this one I really liked how there was variation between poems that rhymed and ones that did not. I also really loved the idea of being allowed to chose your own path in the book which made you keep reading to find out what happens with the path that you chose and made you turn pages without realising how much time you spent reading it. I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more from this author.

Maimuna

Crossing the Line
Crossing The Line was a delight to read, the plot was amazing, the characters were delightful. The writer wrote it in such a creative way. I don't like reading poetry but this was structured in such a special way that I got interested. I love how it shows that even when Erik is under the influence of the people he's dealing with he is still willing to save his sisters and he does not mind crossing the line.

Esther

Safiyyah's War
I loved how this book explores the bravery of Muslims in Paris during WWII, noting their role in helping Jews escape the Nazis. Despite being fiction, the book contains true events, for all people to read to learn about the bravery of the Muslims. It's a strong book and I wouldn't be surprised if it won! 8/10

Shara

The Door of No Return
I really loved this book. It is a very moving book, and each page takes you on a different journey The book is about a boy called Kofi who lives in the Ashanti region. There is a wrestling festival between two groups when something suddenly happens. At first, the book shows themes of friendship, school and home life, but then after something terrible happens, the story becomes more catching and starts showing themes of peace versus war, slavery and filial love. The book is written in novel verses, which makes it very easy to read, and the colloquial language allows you to connect with the character. Overall I loved it!

Haniya

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was a really beautiful and creative way of representing the story and I found it so unique! This book was from two different POVs: Theseus and Theo. They both have many similarities and this book presents how they are in search of their father and how they deal with their lives. The parallels were really satisfying to read and the Minotaur was mentioned as well. This was really surprising because the Minotaur is usually considered the villain but in this book he was presented as a person who was truly just like Theo and Theseus from the inside. The ending was perfect, bringing all three of the characters together. If I were to rate this book, I would give it a 9.5/10. I would definitely recommend this book to another person, especially since the poetry makes it more easier to read. However, because it's poetry I would recommend this to an older audience probably around 11 years old because the lines have a deeper meaning than what they actually are. Overall, this was a book which was created carefully and I loved how everything worked out in the end!

Ghumaysa

Safiyyah's War
Honestly, in the beginning this book was boring but the gradual increase of the plot made it really good. I loved how Safiyyah was strong on her opinion in the beginning and knew she didn't have to leave this place. I loved most of the characters and how Safiyyah decided to help out the Jews and do some dangerous risky tasks. However, I couldn't bring myself to finish this because personally books about war aren't really the type of thing I would read but despite this it was an amazing book! I really loved how to represented Muslims in the war especially because I was always so interested about what could've happened to them and what they would've done and this brought it to life! If I would rate this, I would give it a 7/10. It was definitely not the type of book I would read, but I would recommend it to people who are around the same age or younger than me.

Ghumaysa