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Safiyyah's War
A very interesting book about Safiyyah and what she will do for justice and equality as the Nazi's attack her home and everyone she loves and knows. A very ironic story considering the challenges we face today.

Mirabelle

Choose Love
This book full of poems is heart breaking and filled full of experiences with people not knowing how to move on. It reflects on current times right now that we are facing in war and heart break.

Mirabelle

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was kind of difficult to read, it kept on jumping from Theo to Theseus and rarely to the minotaur and I didn't really get connected with the characters as well as I had wished to. The book had this unique thing to it that I kind of like, you basically kind of get to choose the persons fate it happened a couple of times and I really really liked it! Other than that, the book was kind of mid

Eniola

Crossing the Line
Crossing the line was a very sad but interesting book. Erik's father died in lockdown (Covid-19) and ever since then he has been very traumatised. He goes to Holland Road Secondary, and they bully him for having ginger hair. He usually doesn't care but when it annoys him too much, he decides to fight back and ends up with an injury. Meanwhile, his mom has fell pregnant and the father of the babies has run off leaving Erik and his mom in debt and Erik's mom eventually gives birth and she is terrified. Erik ends up getting involved with the wrong crowd of drug dealing after trying to help his family get more money. His life is on the line and his sisters, so he gets help from his best friend, Ravi to help the situation not get worse. Overall, I rate this 5 stars because it is very interesting.

Amira

Choose Love
Ok so I think I was wrong before this book... Choose Love made me cry and even I’m not usually emotional. As I was reading this book I finally understood the pain and stress that that other people go through and I thought my life was hard, but now I am really grateful for basic things that I have like a place to stay or even a water bottle because these people don’t even have that.

Tiolu

Steady for This
This book was so fun and interesting, every page turned I could not stop laughing. I was hooked and think this might be my favourite book yet!

Tiolu

Steady for This
Honestly this book opened my eyes to a different side of London!! I couldn't stop reading this book. The first few pages let alone chapters had me laughing at how silly and funny Shaun can be. Throughout the story there are raps that Shaun does, which I enjoyed reading, and I love the silly things he keeps saying, mixing up phrases or words making them sound so silly you can’t help but laugh. The story has so much humour that it makes the harder moments in the book easier to deal with and I found myself laughing so many times despite all the difficult stuff Shaun and some other characters face.

Eniola

Away With Words
Choose love was a beautiful book. It explained how Gala and her dad, Jordi moved from Spain to Scotland to live with her dad's boyfriend, Ryan and how it dramatically changed her life. Not knowing any English made it incredibly difficult to communicate. Over the months, she got used to the Scottish life and knowing the different people at her new school. She made friends with Natalie a girl with selective mutism, and they made poems for people going through a hard time, someone started writing bad poems and making people really upset. Overall, I rate this book 5 stars as it was interesting getting to know how her life changed.

Amira

Choose Love
As someone who enjoys writing poems and painting, I found a massive interest in this book. I enjoyed how some of the poems were based on real life such the Artin's Voyage, which was in memory of Artin Irannezhad, his parents, brothers, and sisters who drowned on 27th October 2020. Personally, I think all the poems in this book are absolutely amazing. This is a book I'd defiantly recommend to family and friends.

Ohenewaa

The Boy Lost in the Maze
Personally, I didn’t really enjoy this book. I couldn’t really understand the whole story and got confused - maybe because it was written as a poem, I’m not sure. However, after 50 or so pages you get to a page where you can choose the characters actions e.g., should the character fight the bear, go to p105 etc. I did enjoy that it was interactive however about halfway through the book I just lost interest unfortunately, which led me to not finishing the book.

Neve

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah is a brave, kind and selfless character who really encapsulates what it means to put others before yourself. The ideas presented in the book regarding religious differences and the threat posed to individuals because of this is so relevant to our times today - Safiyyah, her family and her community are role models for us all in sharing what we have and understanding that it is our moral duty to aid those in need, regardless of our differences to them. Such a touching story!

Miss Bajrami

Crossing the Line
I personally like this book because I found it relatable and engaging. This book is about a boy named Erik who goes through a difficult time struggling with family and poverty, which leads him to some bad decisions regarding drug dealing and violence. The author conveys troubles with pressure and being overwhelmed well especially when he begins hanging out with Travis and Ben and attempts to act natural when smoking for the first time. The fact that the book is quite fast paced resembles how much he had changed over a short period of time from a regular Year 9 boy to one involved with trap houses and drugs. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to people of my age group because it involves a lot of issues everyone can relate to such as peer pressure and money problems.

Bethany

Choose Love
Choose love was a very heart wrenching but interesting book. As I read through it, I felt more and more sad, and I was glad that Nicola Davies wrote this book to show awareness about refugees seeking asylum and how it is something to not be afraid of. What strikes me in the book, was when I saw that during the Interviews if they did not give a good explanation of why they were seeking asylum they would be rejected. This is so frustrating as they probably have a lot of traumas talking about something like that. The fact that Artin and his family perished into the sea seeking asylum is so heart-breaking as they were probably looking for a better life. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

Amira

Steady for This
“Steady for this” is such a unique book, it’s not so common to find such a relatable book. What I loved about this book is how it’s different from the rest and easier for me to read. It was a pleasure for me to read it from the perspective of Shaun or how he refers to himself as 'Growls' because his thought train sometimes made me giggle and made me think of myself. The struggles that Shaun had made me feel quite connected as it was something similar, I had been through.

emmanuelle

Choose Love
Choose love was such a heartfelt book. It made me understand the stages of seeking refuge and asylum. What I loved about this book is that it was so pure. They included every stage and expressed how little children and adults were forced to leave their homes. The poems were beautiful and inspired me and my friend to write our own poem. As someone who lacks empathy it made me consider life from other perspectives.

Deborah

Steady for This
Reading the book, it’s a book that will be memorable for me. It is funny and made me laugh out loud. The author had made creative jokes and I could relate to some parts of the book. I would encourage others to read it too because it had an inspirational ending. It kept me engaged and reading one page, gave me the urge to read more. The characters of the book really stood out to me, and every character had a good role. Personally, I would've wanted the ending to be a bit different, but I still enjoyed the book.

Bea

Choose Love
Choose love was a very interesting book for me, I quite liked it. When I saw the title and cover, it just called out to me. You could say the title is quite deceiving, I thought this book would be about love and its nature, but it was quite the opposite, the book (in opinion) is about war, loss, sacrifice and birth of a new beginning. The book hurt my heart as some of the poems are based of real stories and that broke me, but the book is like a teaching, telling you to cherish the things and the only things you have.

Zion

The Door of No Return
This is truly upsetting as this book makes you feel like you’re there watching all that happen. As you remember you were once free before you are shackled, to people speaking an alien language as you. Are confused to what’s going to happen and where you are, taken from everything you know, love, and once knew as home. I truly believe words cannot describe this book full of devastating events and how our protagonist has more challenges to face.

Mirabelle

Crossing the Line
I finished this book in 2 days. Although the book was quite short it was so captivating. One this I noticed about this book was that the plot was fast-paced and it was almost like I wanted to jump in the book and stop Ericks situation before it went any further. It shows how easily a young person could be painted as a “bad kid”. It’s a familiar cautionary tale as the descent into murky world reaches a heart-stopping and potentially heart-breaking conclusion.

Eniola

The Door of No Return
I don't think I have enough words to describe the delicacy and beauty that this book holds. Each word is carefully woven into place, it was LITERLLY impossible to put this book down. The book is about a small boy from Ghana who faces a tough challenge to fight for what he wants. There are so many things that I simply just fell in love within this book. There are so many things that I simply just fell in love with in this book.

Eniola

The Door of No Return
The door of no return was a very interesting and eventful book. The Asante Culture really intrigued me as it showed the foods that they ate and the fights they had between the Upper and Lower Kwanta. It was really saddening when Kofi's older brother killed a member of the other Kwanta side and Kofi was ultimately abducted and tortured for something that his brother made a mistake with. Overall, I enjoyed this book as it was an interesting book to read. I’d rate this book 4 stars.

Amira

Steady for This
Steady for This was a really enjoyable book. Despite the problems Growls faced, the book always managed to keep a lively atmosphere making the book a joy to read. There were so many moments that made me laugh! I would definitely recommend to a friend.

Patience

Crossing the Line
In my opinion this book was really good and it really gripped my interest I have read it 2 times over the Easter break. I would definitely recommend this book to someone in my year or above because it has some really emotional topics about what anyone could be going through in life.

Tiolu

The Song Walker
A gripping story that was full of tension and kept me asking questions while reading that I really wanted to know the answers to. Just when I thought I had caught onto the events and predicted an ending, the twist towards the end makes this such a beautiful story about friendship, adventure and courage. It was also interesting to learn about some of the traditions that aboriginal people have established and to that they are being embedded within younger generations also.

Miss Bajrami

Safiyyah's War
I loved this book as it showed an insight on what WWII was like for Jews. Safiyyah's War clearly shows the hardships as the boy that bullied Amelie and Hana, Henri and Phillipe were rude to them just because they were Jewish. Safiyyah's determination to help the Jews to evacuate out of the city was a main point of the book as she showed no fear and believed in doing what was right and true. Safiyyah's family all worked hand in hand to help people that were probably at vulnerable and terrified points of their life and to see that help would have meant the whole world. I also loved Safiyyah's relationship with her grandmother, Setti as they were both lovers of the oranges that setting had grown from her homeland, Algeria. It was quite sad as Setti died near the end, but Safiyyah had nice dreams for Setti and prayed for her. Overall, I rate this book 5 stars as it was very interesting and emotional.

Amira

Choose Love
The poems made me think hard about asylum seekers, how they are viewed by many people and treated by western governments. The answers aren’t in the poems, but the difficult questions are. The artwork compliments the poems, both are thought provoking and emotional. The poems aren’t very long but they do pack a powerful punch, I was in tears reading this book. Loved how the poems are categorised loved everything about this book. The final line of “Mathematics” sums up my feelings on the subject of asylum seekers “It could be you, it could be me” this book really makes this clear.

Mrs Donnelly