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The Song Walker
The song walker is an amazing story about a girl who wakes up in a unfamiliar place with no idea who or where she is. The only sign of her unknown past is her case she carries. She meets another girl her age who decides to name her Moonflower until she can remember her real name. She tries to help Moonflower remember her past and they go walking together in deserted Australia. The twist is, they are both keeping secrets...

Becca

The Door of No Return
I found this truly amazing, one reason being the fact that it comes from a perspective that (nowadays) people can only get second-hand - I hope! The main character (Kofi) experiences his life the way that children should: go to school, hang out with friends, have a loving family. However, his brother is killed by their village's rivals, due to an unfortunate accident. Kofi is captured and sailed away from his home in Ghana, by white people. This was obviously during the times when equality was never considered. I think that because this book is set out in poem-like structures, it would easy to read, no matter your level. Also, because there are new sections every couple of pages, it would be great to read if you are quite a busy person. I genuinely loved this book!

Annie

The Boy Lost in the Maze
My mum found this book for me in the library and I devoured within a matter of days. Incredibly well-written in poetic style, the story follows two main characters embarking on similar journeys and encountering similar challenges. Theseus, a hero well-known for defeating the Minotaur in Greek mythology, hopes to not only find his father after being led to believe that he was born of sea god Poseidon, but also hopes to discover what it really means to be a man. On this quest, he encounters people and monsters, friends and foes, and towards the end of the book succeeds in finding his dad. Theo, a teenage boy living in modern times, learns about the many adventures of Theseus in class and is immediately inspired to use him as the subject of his A-level coursework. As Theo learns more about Theseus’ search for his father, he begins his own search for his long lost biological parent. Unlike in Crossing The Line, where Erik’s teachers weren’t interested enough in finding out why he acted differently, Theo has an excellent rapport with his teacher, who supports him throughout the entire book, even when things get rough. Occasionally, you can put yourself in the characters shoes and choose how the story will continue. Some scenarios work and some don’t, but you are always given the option to go back and try another. I absolutely love this book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books with two sides to the story, as they will love this too.

Daniele

Crossing the Line
Crossing The Line is about a teenage boy called Erik who is struggling to cope with the recent death of his father, the birth of two new baby sisters and the financial struggles his family are facing. So he turns to drug dealing to find money for his family, but ends up putting his life- and the lives of everyone he loves- in great danger. I liked how the structure of the book was similar to poetry because it made the book unique and eye-catching. Some words were also shaped differently which was very interesting. I also liked how Erik’s complicated thoughts and feelings were written in a way a child or teenager could understand, which is important so that people in similar situations can see themselves reflected in Erik and his story. I think all teenagers should read this book, especially those who need the support, but also those who are worried about a friend or someone they know, so they can do the right thing to help them. Even parents should read this so they can make sure their child is feeling safe and mentally healthy. This book has made me want to read more of this genre and about this topic, because I feel it is important to know how to approach situations like this whether I will need it in my personal life or not, because there is always someone in a more difficult situation to me and I want to be able to help them.

Annapurna

Choose Love
This book is so moving and it changes your view on what it is like going through war. It is a sequence of short poems that connect at the end to create a story. I devoured it! 4.5 ⭐️’s.

Rachel

Crossing the Line
I devoured this book within 24 hours and was completely blown away by it! It’s very clear that Tia Fisher has researched this subject thoroughly by using first-hand accounts and consulting with organisations who support young people and their families who have, unfortunately, found themselves drawn into this violent, frightening and ruinous world. As I was reading Crossing The Line, I felt I could trust the authenticity of the tale being told as one that is lived by real young people and their families and I was really invested in Erik’s tale – it was shocking to see how easily someone’s life can change and the draw of the “opportunities” offered to them to “improve” their circumstances. The book provoked a range of powerful emotions for the different characters, especially hatred for the dealers and gangs who find the weaknesses in people and so move in to take over their lives and then rule with fear. The control they have over others (young drug runners who then turn on each other, the vunerable people whose homes they have taken over, the families who are so scared of repercussions etc..) really makes you realise that once in this situation, it takes a courageous person to get away from it; it’s virtually impossible without the right help. The timing of everything that happened in Erik’s life left him wide-open to being groomed into this seedy, violent and frightening underworld but it also helped me realise the importance of teachers, friends and families who should notice and be curious about each other’s lives. As an educationalist, I was disappointed by the fact that Erik’s teachers weren’t curious enough about what was causing the change in him because this is key to keeping our children safe. The prose style of writing lent itself well to the first person voice leading us to think like Erik and ask yourself as a reader what YOU would do in that situation. It got straight to the point by using the language of the situation – it didn’t need to explain, it made assumptions that the reader would “catch on”, which we did. A powerfully written message that I think all staff in schools should read for safeguarding purposes. I loved this book and it’s left a lasting impression on me which, with the amount I read, is rare. Thank you.

Claire