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Choose Love
Choose Love was by far one of my favourite books out of the eight shortlisted. It was very moving and I found the language and words used really heartfelt. The artwork was also an amazing way of expressing the poems and I think in a way they told a story of their own. My favourite poem out of the many in this story was 'Artin's voyage', because it was quite a subtle story. Another thing I really liked was that all the poems were about a similar thing (Refuge) and they were all by the same author. It was a very different book and that was what I liked about it. If I were the author, I don't think I would change anything. Great book, and I would definitely recommend!

Olivia

The Door of No Return
The Door of No Return is a really good book and it shows what sort of traditions the people in the book follow. I liked the fact that your name would be the day of the week you were born on but the second name was chosen for you. It is a fantastic book and I would definitely recommend it and it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so I am looking forward to finding out about what happens in the next book of the trilogy.

Amelia

The Boy Lost in the Maze
The Boy Lost in the Maze is an interesting book with good and bad parts. I liked the fact that there were multiple main characters which told the story from their view and I liked the parts where you could choose what happened by going to a certain page. I didn't really like the parts that were written in rhyme and I didn't really enjoy the topic the author was writing it on, but the rest was generally good. I would rate this a 5.5/10

Amelia

Away With Words
Away With Words is a beautiful story that starts with a girl named Gala, who meets her new friend Natalie, who has Selective Mutism. Together, they gather words to write heart-warming poems that speak to others and help overcome their doubts and fears happening in their own worlds. I think this book is a one-of-a-kind. It has some sort of a touch feeling to me. When reading this book, it gave warm smiles as if it was happening in real life. Away with words is such a magical story that never ends with words of meanings and feelings. I give it a 10/10, I really recommend this book to anyone!

Afreen

Choose Love
These poems were so beautiful. As I read them I thought about the meanings of them and in my opinion it was one of the best ones I read. I give it a 10/10! It was really heart-warming reading these poems. And I believe that each poem has a meaning and a belief and these ones were highly amazing! I highly recommend it for anyone!

Afreen

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was really enjoyable to read. It was a very good book with different storylines happening at the same time. This book is just like a game you would play by flipping over pages to react to different story endings which I think I never experienced before. This book was really good to read but there was some harsh language in there; just to say. But this book I would rate a 9/10, it was really good!

Afreen

The Door of No Return
This book felt heart-warming when I was reading it. In my opinion it was little bit boring at the start but as I kept on reading it got more and more intense. This book also shows how to tackle life decisions and situations. I absolutely loved this book.

Afreen

Steady for This
This book was one of the most hilarious book I have ever read. This book made me laugh as I was reading it. It was funny but also shows how to tackle real life situations. To me, it felt as if the book was talking to me, as I was reading it through. This book really lightened my day up! I would recommend it to anyone who is up for a laugh!

Afreen

The Song Walker
This was a very interesting book to read. A book of imagination and kindness describes this book in my opinion. What I thought about the book is that it portrays betrayal, bravery, kindness and detective skills. For me it was like I was in it because it felt so real. I recommend this book to anyone!

Afreen

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War was an amazing book to read. In my opinion, it deserved to be shortlisted because it portrays bravery and heroism for me. Though I was hoping it would have an exciting ending to it, I still enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book! It was amazing!

Afreen

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This is a great book but it will be harder to understand for younger ones since it jumps around pages. Overall this is a great book and I recommend it so much.

Rebekah

Choose Love
Choose Love is a heartfelt book and even though I don't really like poetry this book was nice and lovely. It shows the trouble and the sorrows refugees go through and feel trying to find a safe home. I would rate this 7/10.

Amelia

Crossing the Line
Crossing the line is a heartfelt story and makes me feel bad for the character and makes you hope you can work everything out in the end. It is sad story of a boy who just lost his dad and is struggling at home. I would recommend this book to people who make bad decisions but try to make good decisions. I would rate this book 9/10.

Amelia

Steady for This
Steady for this was a very comical and fun book to read. It is about a boy called Shaun, who calls himself MC Growls, and his journey through meeting new people, becoming close to his family and friends, and as he calls it, 'Spitting bars' (rapping). I liked this story because of its motivational lovable chapters and characters, and at points it is quite heartwarming. Although I loved the humour of this book, at points it made it hard to understand where the characters were coming from, as in what they meant, but my favourite part was the end of the book because it actually ended how I hoped it would. Overall, I would recommend this book, it was a great read.

Olivia

Away With Words
This is a beautiful book and it definitely deserved to get shortlisted. Gala is a loud girl in Cadaques but when she and her dad moved to Scotland she becomes quiet because she doesn't know English very well. It is an incredible story as she learns to speak English. She meets a friend along the way who has selective mutism and struggles to speak - Natalie. Gala and Natalie face problems along the way but they eventually manage to sort them out. If I could rate this book it would be a 9/10.

Amelia

The Song Walker
The Song Walker is a really good book with lots of surprises and secrets that get uncovered at the end. It is a heartwarming story and cannot be put down once started.

Amelia

Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line is a very gripping and fascinating story, that I must admit, I read very fast but only because of how much I enjoyed it. It's theme is to do with getting through tough times, and it also has a recurring coming of age feature. The book follows a boy called Erik, who is dealing with the recent trauma of losing his dad, which has affected his home life and family greatly. At first I didn't think it was my type of story but seeing Erik's life progress from year 7 to much further on, I came to realise that there is an emotional side to this story, and he is misunderstood by others in some way, and I think his actions were a way of taking his mind off the loss he experienced. If I were the author, I think the thing I would change about the story would be its ending, and although I understood where the writer was coming from, I would have liked to know what happened next. But aside from that I thoroughly enjoyed Crossing the Line as the way it was written in verse and the way the characters' lives merged to create friendships and betrayals really created a suspenseful but intriguing atmosphere. I would highly recommend Crossing the Line.

Olivia

Steady for This
Steady for this is a lovely book and as soon as I picked it up to read I just couldn't put it down until I had finished it. I would recommend it to all ages and to people who are maybe struggling a bit with their life so they can realise that sometimes bad things happen but you can change them into good things. I love the fact that he makes mistakes saying phrases and words because it just makes the book even more awesome.

Amelia

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I thought the idea of the book was really interesting and fun, but the way it was written was slightly disappointing. I thought it would be better if there was less swearing as I thought that where swears were used other words would have been better and described the scenario in a nicer way. I think senseless swearing adds nothing to a book and it doesn't add any quality. Overall a good book, but hard to get into.

Isobel

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah's War is a heartwarming book. I love it because it shows you and tells you about a different culture which makes it feel more special. The story of it compelled me in and when it ended I just wanted more. It uses different words like baba and yemma (dad and grandma) and tells you what it means at the back of the book. I would recommend this book to almost everyone as it shows how much people can struggle and also how much they sort it out.

Amelia

Away With Words
The book Away With Words is a very heartfelt and enjoyable book to read and the theme is to do with adapting to a different place and finding the joys in new things. This is what the main character Gala experiences, when she moves over from Cadaques in Spain, to the quiet town of Fortrose in Scotland. I really enjoyed reading Away With Words, as it created an emotional but warm atmosphere in every chapter, and the characters' lives were interesting to read about, and the fact that they live in a world where you can actually see words that people have said is an amazing feature. The ending was superb too as the story was brought to a good conclusion that made sense. To be honest, I don't think I would change anything about this book - the characters and their journeys and stories are portrayed perfectly. I would highly recommend Away With Words, it is a great book.

Olivia

The Song Walker
A sweet book about friendship and pushing through hardships, and also trust. I would rate this book 62/70, the reason being it didn't have much character description or action, and also the part where they trek through the desert is a bit boring as it is quite samey each day. Overall a good book that I would recommend to readers that like a seemingly lighthearted story with a dark twist.

Isobel

Steady for This
I think this book shows an amazing insight into gang culture, showing how their life really is and helping you empathise. And how he is trying to be 'cool' really makes you think that maybe not all people who appear deeply into gang culture may just be someone from a low socioeconomic background trying to be 'cool'. I think that descriptions of Shaun and Shanks could be clearer as you don't really find out much about what they look like. I would rate this book 64/70. I think it would be better if the romance wasn't quite so textbook, but overall a great book.

Isobel

Safiyyah's War
This book was so gripping and I couldn't put it down. I loved every bit and it is a story of bravery and kindness. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading.

Mia

Crossing the Line
Meet fourteen-year-old Erik, who mourns for his father and is now the new man in the house until his mum finds a new lover. When she gets pregnant, it is up to Erik to find a way to keep his family safe. When Erik makes his own choices, everything builds up to where it reaches the top. Read this book to join Erik and his everlasting decisions, which lead him to trouble.

Afreen