WING JONES – Review by Scarlett, JCoSS

wingWing Jones is a gripping novel about a young girl always known because of her brother’s name, yet tormented by girls half her size. Wing has always been cast underneath her brother’s shadow but when an accident happens Wing discovers a secret hidden talent – running.

Her journey begins with Aaron, her brother Marcus’s best friend, and from there on she starts to run. With Marcus unable to support her, she has to make it on her own. Her family are in a financial pit. She could end all their problems. She could use running to save her brother. But it could also keep her from what she’s wanted the most since she was a young girl.

 

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MALADAPTED – Review by Seth, JCoSS

maladaptedI think Maladapted is a very well thought-out book. It highlights the pain of loss extremely well and has a storyline that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. The book is fantastic. It is a book I recommend to anyone who wants a good book to read. This book is one of those books that you feel sad when you finish.

Cillian is a normal teenage boy living in Foundation City but after a fatal terror attack by the feared terrorist group Revelation he discovers he has some sort of strange super abilities. Later he meets a girl called Tess and finds out he is in great danger… from both sides. He is forced to make some life or death decisions about who to trust, if he should trust anyone at all, and which side he is on.

I would recommend Maladapted for everyone, boys and girls. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up. This is because it covers some mildly disturbing content and characters. This book deserves 5/5 stars because it is so well-written and original.

 

WING JONES – Review by Sara, Copthall School

wingI simply adored the book ‘Wing Jones’. The book is about a teenage girl who think she looks ugly because of her Ghanaian and Chinese heritage. After her ‘perfect’ brother, Marcus had a terrible accident and is in coma, Wing feels like she is on her own. The family is struggling with medical bills. Wing discovers her talent for running while Aaron her brother’s best friend helps. She makes great friends and falls in love.

Overall I give this book 10/10 because of the way you could feel the emotions running through your veins, the sibling love. I loved the way Wing looked up to her brother until she was left on her own with her crush by her side.

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Hannah, JCoSS

miaAll About Mia is the story of a teenager who feels small and worthless compared to her sisters. Being the middle child is never easy, and this novel clearly illustrates the problems they face.

With a big sister who gets A stars and A pluses all the way, and an Olympic-to-be swimming champion as a younger sister, Mia is pushed to the side and left out. She is stuck in the middle and left with the question of what her “thing” is. But bad decisions seem to follow her around, and no matter what she does it seems to end in disaster. When her older sister Grace arrives home and makes a massive shock announcement, Mia thinks Grace will now be in trouble instead of the usual suspect – her. However, it turns out that no matter what Grace does it is seen as ‘a miracle’, which makes Mia even more jealous and bitter towards both her sisters.

This book is a great read for 12-15 year olds because although the language may be simple, the context is more mature. Mid-teens might be able to relate to the book more, but everyone will be able to relate to the jealousy and hate we can feel for our siblings! All in all, I think this was a great book and I would recommend it to both boys and girls, although it might be more appealing to girls.

REMIX – Review by Hannah, JCoSS

remixThe novel Remix was probably my least favourite of the books that I read for Read4Barnet, but it was still a good book. It shows the concept of friendship very well; how friends fight and argue and feel jealous of others, but also how real friends will always stick by your side and always, always believe in you.

It is about a concert called Remix. Two friends, Ruby and Kaz, are going together, however both their ex-boyfriends are there too. They each find themselves falling into a spiral of lies that the other doesn’t know about. Lies are popping up everywhere, and it’s so hard to tell the truth. With their friendship breaking, Ruby and Kaz grow further apart, and to top it all Kaz’s ex-boyfriend is at the concert with his new girlfriend and Kaz is becoming friends with her. Ruby is jealous and hurt, and their friendship is teetering on the rocks. It is a good book for 11- 13 year olds and I would probably recommend it to both genders.

THE MOONLIGHT DREAMERS – Review by Hannah, JCoSS

moonlightThe Moonlight Dreamers was an incredible, inspiring and moving book. It opened my eyes and made me think about teamwork and coming together as one.

The girls in the book all have dreams that they want to pursue, and by meeting each other they find a way to achieve them. It presents an important message about friendship and what true friends will really do for you. They each face their own problems and being in the Moonlight Dreamers Club gives them the confidence to overcome fears and obstacles on their journey throughout the book. Each character – Rose, Sky, Amber, and Maali – is different, but each girl knows what they want and just needs that extra boost to get it.

I loved this book; it has amazing use of description and really shows the feelings of the characters. It is easy to relate to their situations, and it makes you feel like you want to be part of the Moonlight Dreamers or make a club of your own. I would recommend this book to 11- 14 year olds and I think most people will enjoy it, although it does include some things which maybe only girls could really relate to.

In a nutshell, this was a great, eye-opening book and I think I would read it another time as the quality of the writing is worth reading again and again.

ALL ABOUT MIA – Review by Krish, Queen Elizabeth’s School

miaAll About Mia is a book about three sisters: Grace, who is the oldest, Audrey, the youngest, and Mia, stuck in the middle. Grace is the ‘perfect’ one, set for life, in Mia’s opinion, and the same with Audrey, the ‘future Olympic swimming champion.’ Hence it seems peculiar that the title of the book is ‘All About Mia,’ when it seems as though she doesn’t have a ‘thing’ like her sisters.

Not only this, but Mia seems to think it’s never about her, either, having described her ‘It’s All About Mia’ t-shirt as ‘ironic’. To her, it always seems as if Grace and Audrey are getting all the praise, and she’s the one who isn’t as highly looked upon by her parents. She thinks this might change when Grace returns home from Greece, pregnant. At first, her parents are disappointed in Grace, and Mia is happy thinking that her sister is in the trouble she deserves. But things cool down soon and it’s back to square one for Mia.

I find the sudden plot changes quite dramatic and engaging on the whole, which made me want to read this book more – such that I’d find myself reading it for hours without noticing. However, what I found most interesting was Audrey running away from home and what was in her note. I find it ironic that Audrey firstly thinks that nothing is about her – it’s all about Mia and Grace fighting; especially since Mia thinks it’s never about her, and secondly, I find it interesting that Audrey thought herself to be stuck in the ‘middle’ of her sisters’ arguments, when Mia is often referred to as being stuck in the middle.

Overall, I found this book extremely enthralling – I think Mia is my favourite character, because you never know what you’re going to get with her. Sometimes she’s helpful, such as in the end when she helped Grace but other times she can act despicable and not be a pleasant person to be with. I had high expectations of this book after reading ‘The Art of Being Normal,’ and to be honest, it fulfilled them.

Rating: 9/10