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The Song Walker
Whilst it was aimed at slightly younger readers, I really enjoyed this book. The ending was beautiful, even if it confused me a bit, and the entire book was a beautiful celebration of Australian First Country (Aboriginal) culture. It also reminds the reader to not take modern cities and technologies for granted and I enjoyed how the journey reflected the two main characters' developing friendship.

Eve

Away With Words
It is a wonderful book about a girl who doesn't speak English and a girl who struggles to talk around people. In this book any word you say comes out your mouth as physical words which will fade over time and they find a unique way to communicate with spoken the spoken words of others. It is truly a original and amazing book.

Max

Choose Love
Choose love is a beautiful and very sad poem book about refugees and their journeys. From the meaningful illustrations to the powerful, well written words displaying the stong themes of hope, sadness and tragedy, this book is perfection. Recommended short read.

Elsie

The Boy Lost in the Maze
An incredible book tying two stories together. Wonderfully written and it gives you a lot more views on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. I would definitely recommend

Emily

Crossing the Line
An amazing book that shows you different walks of life. It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so I do hope there's a sequel. I would really recommend!

Emily

The Door of No Return
The Door Of No Return I would reccomend. Very emotional and there are plenty of life lessons and morals inside. This might be one of my favourite books I've read.

Elsie

The Door of No Return
Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. Whilst it did not particularly grip me at the beginning, I found its pace increased towards the end and both the context and original idea were very interesting. It celebrates Asante and West African culture well, but also revolves around the theme of the transatlantic slave trade. As it is told from a young person's point of view, I thought the perspective was unique and whilst I would recommend this book, it did not particularly grip me overall.

Eve

Safiyyah's War
I thought that this book had a great atmosphere and a very individual story line. The characters and surroundings were very well described, making it an hard book to put down. I would definitely recommend this for ages from 10+ as it had some sadder scenes within the book.

Edie

Steady for This
It was a hilarious story that was a joy to read. Whilst being uplifting and funny it also did a great job at tackling difficult themes. I would definetely recomend to others!

Emily

Steady for This
I found Steady For This really enjoyable. The main character was quite likeable and the pace throughout the book kept me engaged. The use of slang did confuse me in some places but overall really helped with the atmosphere. The use of rap in parts of the book was not something I'd seen before and I enjoyed it. The book touched on some major themes whilst still being quite funny. Overall it's probably my favourite so far.

Ella

The Boy Lost in the Maze
It is a wonderful book about a boy who writes a poem about Theseus's story and he compares it to his life and his journey to find his dad, and in the end he reunites with his family.

Max

Away With Words
I would definitely recommend this book! Whilst it took me a brief time to realise that the concept was literal not metaphorical, I found the idea very original and interesting. It also really gripped me and I found this book presented an interesting perspective of language and the use of it.

Eve

Steady for This
Despite this not being the style or subject matter of book that I would normally read, I surprised myself slightly in really enjoying this book. It explores themes to do with poverty, healthy friendships, young carers and anxiety, as well as discussing the perspectives of people of colour in working class communities. I also really liked the style of the book, where he raps in between writing/talking. I also got more gripped by the book as it went on, even though I didn't think that the ending was particularly believable. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book!

Eve

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I found The Boy Lost In The Maze to be very compelling. The idea of a verse novel but with choose your own adventure elements was very unique and almost mimics the twists, turns and dead ends of a labyrinth. The reimagining of the story of Theseus as not a hero but just a boy looking for his father was also not something I've seen before. I thought that the parallels between Theo and Theseus really tied the story together. The illustrations also brought new life to an old story.

Ella

Choose Love
It is a very emotional book about a refugee seeking asylum. It is also a wonderful tribute to a boy who was found dead (drowned) after his third attempt to enter the UK by boat.

Max

Crossing the Line
The book is full of emotions and dives head-first into a rare book topic but they convey it really well and get people on the main character's side. It is full of emotions and sheds light on the fact people can easily get sucked into a world of crime and do things they might not want to.

Max

Steady for This
It is a very engaging and exciting book where you wonder what will happen next. It also gives you a new kind of perspective on people like him (Rappers) and is inclusive of a not very written about community. The ending was amazing and it answers all the questions you might have.

Max

The Door of No Return
I am not a fan of poems but I thought that this was a pleasurable read. However I was puzzled by the ending. Altogether a fairly good read.

Caitlin

Steady for This
I thought this was a very enjoyable book that was exciting to read. I feel like the characters are relatable and well written. Even though it was a good book you could tell how it would finish a while before it happened.

Caitlin

Away With Words
I didn't feel enthusiastic to read this book as the concept was a bit confusing for me. Altogether I wasn't thrilled when reading this but since it was a fairly quick read it didn't feel like it dragged.

Caitlin

Steady for This
It is a very funny and engaging book, the ending is especially good and there are no plot holes or questions unanswered. Overall I loved the book and it was very moving.

Max

The Song Walker
An incrediby unique story with lovable characters and a good pace. It truly makes you see things from different persepctives of life

Emily

Crossing the Line
Crossing The Line By Tia Fisher was a very enjoyable book, very brutally honest, however I didn't understand one or two terms. I really like verse novels, so I really loved this. This tells us all about the struggles from being connected to gang life, and about what it is like for some people in poverty.

Elsie

Safiyyah's War
I found the book a bit boring to start off with but the pace did pick up later on and I began to feel quite hooked. The premise was very unique - it often feels like there's no new ground to cover as there's such a wealth of literature about WW2 but Khan does a great job at providing new and interesting perspectives. I did think that the writing style was a bit too young for me and I would have appreciated it more several years ago. Safiyyah's resilience and courage make her a likable and well rounded main character. However, the ending did feel a little unrealistic as I didn't think it would have worked out so well.

Ella

Choose Love
When I read this book, my first thought after reading it for a second time was "why isn't everyone in the world crying?". This was because this book about refugees' experiences is so full of beauty and empathy that it really highlighted to me just how horrific our world is, but also the hope and healing in it too. The range of viewpoints across the poems is also very interesting and beautiful, as it again exaggerates the empathy. I would also recommend reading the prologue because it is a very meaningful introduction to this book, which I definitely recommend overall too!

Eve

Choose Love
This book was a very quick read. It was very sad but also moving and delivered an important message. I really enjoyed it and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Cerys

Steady for This
Even thought this book was not something I would usually read, I really enjoyed it. I found it very abstract and it was much better than I had originally expected. I would give this book four out of five stars.

Cerys

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I really really enjoyed this book which explored the concept of masculinity throughout time in myth and the modern day and particularly liked the use of verse to communicate so vividly. I would definitely recommend this thought-provoking and beautiful book!

Eve

The Door of No Return
It was a really interesting read and was amazingly written. Whilst i already loved verse books, this was exeptional. A lot of different emotions were explored and in all honesty I was sobbing throughout the second half but I would definitely read it again and reccomend it to others.

Emily

Choose Love
Very quick to read and it was an emotional masterpiece. It really made you think about things from a diferent perspective and I would definatlely recomend to others.

Emily

The Song Walker
I really enjoyed this book, wonderfully engaging and fast paced. Interesting characters and plot made this a really good read.

Walter

Safiyyah's War
Whilst I liked the original idea and concept about a Muslim girl helping Jews in World War 2 Paris, as it was aimed at younger readers I didn't particularly enjoy it. I love the empathy displayed in the book but it did not particularly grip me or make me want to keep reading.

Eve

Away With Words
I thought the concept was very unique and could have potential as an amazing read; it was just a little difficult to develop interest in the book.

Emily

The Song Walker
I thought that this book was full of emotion and good characters and is a great read for younger students. Would definitely recommend.

Edie

Crossing the Line
An amazing and illuminating verse novel about manipulation of young people in drug dealing and how hard it is to escape. It also discusses providing for a family and bereavement as a young person. I would definitely recommend this book as it absolutely gripped me!

Eve