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Crossing the Line
I loved this book. The use of language and formatting gave me a great understanding of what had happened to the main character (Erik) and how he got trapped in a world of drug dealing and lying. I also enjoyed how the author kept on comparing Erik's decisions leading up to the drug dealing as 'dominoes toppling over'. Over all I thought this book was amazing.

Pherabe

The Door of No Return
My Review of The Door of No Return – By Kwame Alexander I thoroughly enjoyed reading this amazingly gripping book full of twists and turns. This book is about how an 11-year-old boy eventually gets stolen from his village. This book is about a boy called Kofi. He lives in a village called Upper Kwanta, and their village are rivals with Lower Kwanta, he lives with his family. When a festival is held between the rival villages a sudden, startling death happens – putting both him and his brother in danger. He then gets taken from the village and ends up battling for himself to stay alive. I liked the way Kwame incorporated another language in his writing – and also gave a glossary which I would refer back to in order to understand the word. This is not a book I thought I wouldn’t like as I haven’t read many verse books – but I ended up loving it. It is definitely a book I would recommend and should absolutely be considered to win. I would say this book is for the ages 11 – 13.

Sakeena

Crossing the Line
My Book Review – Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher. Crossing The Line is written in verse and is a book based on a true story. It made me realise how lucky I am to have the attention I need and that I have it easy compared to what some people go through in life. (Not to give any spoilers!) But it is about a young boy (Erik) who goes down some bad roads and finds himself a bit stuck until... This was an AMAZING book to read. I love the way that Tia Fisher incorporated humour in her book when it is such a difficult topic that it’s about. It is not really like anything i have read before (in a good way) and it really took my mind off their life and how tricky things must have been for him, his mum, and the twins. The book really expanded my view on life and the troubles people can have. I 110% recommend this book for people who like books a little bit on the dark side! For the language used in this book I think it should be an 11+. Finally, I really hope this book wins!

Ella

The Boy Lost in the Maze
This book is good, but it’s not for me. I feel that book was a bit hard to follow. Maybe it might have been the verse style writing. But I think the fact that there are 3 stories running simultaneously might have been the main reason it was hard for me. In my opinion this would have worked better as a trilogy of some sort. The entire idea is fascinating and imaginative, and everyone should give it a try. The best part about this book is definitely the shining of a different light on the Minotaur. It really makes you question a lot. And the most fun part was definitely the choose your own storyline element of the book. To sum it up, It’s a great book with fascinating ideas but it’s a bit hard to follow and sometimes not very engaging.

Assya

Choose Love
Choose Love - This book was around a ten minute read so it was a bit short for my liking. I liked how the book was a group of poems in chapter and they all made up a story. I personally didn’t understand the pictures as they were just loads of layers of color over the top of each other. It was nice how at the end of the book the author and illustrator talked about their upbringing and their experience. There was a main character and I didn’t like that. Because of the unusual genre I don’t think many people would enjoy it so therefore I wouldn’t recommend it.

Elsie

Away With Words
I really enjoyed this book, the way Sophie Cameron wrote it and how she skipped words out to give it a view from Gala’s perspective. This book really showed what it was like for someone who had to go through the change that the main character Gala did. It was really nice how Gala made friends with someone with selective mutism and the idea of words flowing out of peoples mouths and how she learnt to word collect with her new friend Natalie. I liked how in the book she used different fonts and sizes to show what it would of looked like. I was quite surprised about the age rating as I thought that there was nothing harmful inside of it. But overall this book was great!

Elsie

Away With Words
My Review of Away With Words - By Sophie Cameron I really enjoyed reading this heart – warming book, learning how two people befriended each other and became best friends. The book is about a girl called Gala. She and her dad, Jordi, are moving from Spain to Scotland to live with her dad’s boyfriend, Ryan. Although Gala struggles to settle in and wants to move back, she meets a girl called Natalie, who has selective mutism, who changes her mind. Because Natalie has selective mutism, she and Gala figure out ways to communicate with each other and when Natalie started talking to Gala that showed how close she had become with Gala – and really made me pleased. I really liked the way Sophie Cameron had words floating in the book and that when people spoke, words came out that showed how they were feeling by the words being different colours and different sizes. I learnt while change is hard, you do not have to overcome it alone and that there is always something positive that comes out of change – like how Gala made new friends in Scotland and her dad and his boyfriend were always there for support, even when Gala thought she didn’t need it. I would definitely recommend this book to ages 12+ because it is a lovely mystery book, packed with inclusivity, change and friendship.

Sakeena

The Boy Lost in the Maze
I enjoyed reading The Boy Lost in the Maze. It shows that even though the main characters (Theo and Theseus) live in different universes, they are experiencing very similar events in their lives. I enjoyed how we we able to have a deeper understanding of Theo's and Theseus' emotions.

Pherabe

Choose Love
I love the use of raw of emotion in this book and this is good thing because if it’s too gentle it might not come across as well or as impactful. Another thing I love about this book is that has a nice good clear message which I think is very good especially when we talk about this topic. 9.7/10 Would definitely recommend, P.S love illustrations!

Izzy