The Reading Queens

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The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book is really bad! Most of the time, I didn't even understand it. It made no sense! The only thing I enjoyed about this book was the illustrations - I rate it a 1.

Hayaam

Steady for This
This is a fun family drama type of book, that tells the story of Shaun (Growls) after accidentally posting an embarrassing video, his life takes a new turn.

Mahiba

Away With Words
I have rated this book a 4/5 because this book was amazing and very creative and unique. I loved how whenever they spoke, words came out of their mouths and the way the author used squiggly lines for Gala not knowing English well as she is from Spain. I thought that this books ending was not as good as I thought it would be but it was a bit dull and boring and I sort of knew it was going to happen in the end because the author gave it away before. However this overall is a special unique book which clearly expressed life for selective mutism people in a world like Natalie's.

Summaya

Safiyyah's War
This book was a good book. I have rated this book 5 out of 5 because it told me how close a bond can be. It made me upset when Safiyyah's father and uncle were hiding the fact they were in the resistance. The Grand Mosque sounds like a beautiful place.

Hayaam

The Song Walker
I like how, at the start, they did not make it obvious where they were, so we were on our edge. I also loved how they are on a mysterious quest of their own. I don't quite like how they both keep secrets from each other, that's why I rated this book 4 out of 5.

Hayaam

Crossing the Line
I have given this book a 5/5 star rating and so far my number 1# fav! I only have song walker and the door of no return left to read. I cannot say how much I loved this book. A powerful story about Eric (the protagonist) who has joined a gang and made very bad decisions. This book is about gangs and family. It showed Eric's life at home and at secondary school as a year nine. This book also shows how hard it is living a life like this. This was written in verse but the writing was like a novel and I liked it when the words were either dropping down or in a circle because it helped me understand the book more and it made it easier to read . It was a really sad and touching book and at times I would drop a tear or be surprised at what decision Eric had made. The bit I mostly enjoyed were the flashbacks because it tells you a bit about Eric and his life. I have nothing negative to say about this book and I think the author should be proud of the masterpiece they have created and maybe they should share more books with the public, because this one was great. To me this book should be the winner of the awards.

Summaya

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I have given this book a 1/5 star rating. It was ok but it could have been better because the use of Greek mythology in the book was confusing but it was a bit different to other books that I have read. There were some parts in the book that were good but several were dry and bland and confusing especially in the decision parts of the book were it says for example should Theo run turn to pg 70, then it sometimes said you made the wrong choice and go to pg 63 or something. This book was traumatizing but the illustrations were lovely and really showed what was going on in the book. It was a confusing and terrible book to me.

Summaya

Steady for This
I have given this book a 4/5 star rating. It was a really funny book. It made me laugh! What a true comedy. I wouldn't usually laugh at books but this definitely made me. A romantic tale of rapping and friendship. It really is a good book to me. In some parts it was sad and heart breaking, and in other parts it was funny and good. I did not give this a 5/5 because I couldn't really understand the language used for example: Siobhan or Yvonne, but I found out that they were Irish names and it is pronounced as Sheevon and Eevon and another thing that was confusing was the chapter names like in my feelings like R n B but overall this was a good choice for the Carnegies, and the illustrations clearly expressed 'Growls' and what sort of book it would be.

Summaya

Safiyyah's War
I have rated this book a 3/5 star rating. I really enjoyed Safiyyah's War, it grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. The main character Safiyyah is courageous and brave. This book was a tale of tolerance and hope . A book that grabbed me with its very heart, it filled me with despair and joy. However, there are reasons why I didn't give this book a 5/5 star rating. One of the reasons where that at the start of the book the author made it a bit bland and dry and boring but as the book went on it became better and better. Another reason is that the author gave details in the blurb that I felt should have been kept secret for the reader to find out. Thirdly, the author has skipped important parts in the story towards the ending but overall this was a good and good book.

Summaya

Choose Love
I have given this book a 5/5 star rating because this book was so heart warming it made me cry a few times. It was so sad for those in the book who couldn't make it safely or those who are affected by this . There are no other words I could use to describe this book, heartwarming, shocking, touching. Those in real life who are being affected by this one way or another shall never be forgotten. This book of poems clearly expressed the struggles of refugees and asylum seekers. This book was really touching and unforgettable. The illustrations in the book were outstanding and they really expressed the poems through art. There is nothing bad I can say about this book, there were just so many tears too think about an improvement. The author of this book should be proud of what they created. it is a masterpiece.

Summaya

Crossing the Line
Really enjoyed this honest and very emotive journey. Loved the style of writing too, the verses and the style of the writing of the verse is just brilliant! A little eye-opening to be honest. Beautifully and honestly written. A book every senior school child should read!

Mrs Allsopp

The Boy Lost in the Maze
To be honest , I did not really like this book . It tells the tale of a 17 year old called Theory, finding his father who left him and his mum for another woman. It also gives the story of Greece hero all the way back to ancient Greeks. Can these two combine and reach their goals?

Mahiba

Away With Words
This book was quite good. It follows the story of Gala who has moved from an quiet flat in Spain the a house in crazy England. In this world the words that are spoken come out of you mouth, they have a feel and texture. Galaxy and her new friend Natalie make nice poems from words to people in need but soon someone , makes some horrid poems about others and THEY are being given the blame, can they unmask the poem maker before it all crumbles?

Mahiba

Crossing the Line
It is crazy how many kids get roped into doing county lines, and get injured and even KILLED along the way. Doing the wrong thing for the right reason, still makes it wrong. I am still a bit confused at the ending, does he call services and tell them about the drug dealings? Or does he leave it took nervous to do anything. I cannot believe they traced him down and poisoned the dog. The threat seems scary because his sister's would be hurt next.

Mahiba

Choose Love
I really loved this book. the book made me tear up. Evert single poem was so beautiful and really made me think about all the lives that were taken. All the asylum seekers did not deserve that because they are humans too, and have the right to be heard.

Hayaam

Away With Words
This book was a good book, but probably not for me. I really liked the way that the author used wiggly lines for the selective mutism. I also liked how Gala's friends use the words that everyone says to create a poem.

Hayaam

The Song Walker
I really liked this book. I liked how the birds were singing and how it had a different language and the songs were in a different language.

Haleemah

Safiyyah's War
I liked this book. It was really good but also sad because she go into trouble every time she would get home late from the library.

Haleemah

Choose Love
I liked the book because of how sad it was. One of the poems, Artin's journey - how the brother, sister, mum and dad tried to get to another country to be same and then they all died was very sad.

Haleemah

The Song Walker
Loved this book! What a read! The best so far for me (I have read 5 at this point). The tale of 2 strangers and their budding friendship. The writing takes you on a journey with the girls - not just reading it, but seeing it. Ever step is taken with them. When a young girl wakes up in the middle of the desert, she has no idea who or where she is. She meets Tarni who is on a quest to find her sister. Together, they navigate the Australian Outback using songs that Tarni and her ancestors have been singing for thousands of years. They meet a variety of characters along the way. beautifully written and very engaging! Oh and the illustrations are gorgeous too!

Mrs Allsopp

Safiyyah's War
Well... This book confused me. Was there more than 1 author? I thought that the first half was incredible naive style of writing "... and then 'X' happened... and then 'Y' happened, and then 'Z' happened..." very young style of writing - certainly not a book for 11+. However, just over half way through they style of writing seemed to change. The writing was much more fluid, much more realistic, much more STORY! I enjoyed the story and the conversations in the tale. I appreciate, at the start, that the author was setting the scenes of this very difficult time in human history, but it was disappointing, clumsy writing. So much more potential, I thought.

Mrs Allsopp

Choose Love
WOW, What a message this book tells us! Heartbreaking poems about the millions of people needing to leave their homes though no fault of their own. I am not a poetry person, however, every single one of these poems shows truly astonishing writing! 'Artin's Voyage', made me cry! So sad. So True. Why, in the 21st century are we still killing each other - it's just bewildering to me, and this book of beautifully emotive poetry, maks me ask that again, and again.

Mrs Allsopp

Choose Love
These poems touched my heart and shall remain that way. This books message is to Choose Love before it is too late. Choose Love to not just help you, but others. Choose Love for everyone out there.

Mahiba

The Door of No Return
This is another amazing book by Kwame Alexander. This book is spectacular, there are threats death and mysteries about what really is going on. When Kofta's brother dies after killing a lower Kawanta prince, Kofta is kidnapped and taken hostage. Can he escape and survive?

Mahiba

The Song Walker
I LOVE songwalker I can see why it has been chosen. There is this girl who one day wakes up forgetting everything about her life, why she is here what her name is - not a single memory stayed. She meets a girl names Tarni. They are on a quest to find her sister who ran away from home and the girl find out about herself slowly through the book, but is the truth to hard to bear?

Mahiba

Safiyyah's War
Safiyyahs War is INCREDIBLE!. I loved every little detail about it the happy ending was really nice and the final part was quite scary and heart racing material. I would recommend this to ANYONE who likes reading.

Mahiba

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book was so confusing and I gave up after a few chapters, to be honest. I think Tyger should have replaced this one in the shortlist. I give this book 1 star rating because it was so confusing for me and my group leader thought the same if you're into Greek Mythology, this book might be good for you. This book is written in poem style

Summaya

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I found this book so very jumbled up. It just was not for me at all. I like the style of the verse, but the actual story, I found a dull. The characters could/should have been developed so much more. The writer assumes the reader knows about Greek myths and legends, but this is a children's book and they are unlikely to know about the mythology. For me, it isn't this years winner.

Mrs Allsopp