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Emily, Aylsham High School

Rook

Rook is a book about two brothers Nicky and Kenny. Kenny has learning disabilities. Despite this, it’s not Kenny who is struggling. It's Nicky trying to deal with a school bully and his first crush, who just happens to be the bully’s sister.
My favourite character is Kenny because even when nobody else believes the rook will survive, he still puts a lot of effort into trying to keep it alive. He’s a sweet young boy who doesn’t let anything get him down and sticks up for those who are close to him.
There weren’t any parts in the book that I didn’t expect to happen but that made the book almost nicer to read because it was predictable and there was a happiness for me, the reader, knowing all would end well.
My favourite part of the book is when Kenny goes to visit the rook at the end of the book. The rook has recovered but still has a few scars to show what happened hasn’t been forgotten, but it has been put in the past. This is like Nicky and the bully, what happened still happened but Nicky has come to accept it and try to sort it out.
The book seems like it is aimed for younger children, however it contains swear words here and there. To improve it I would suggest choosing a more specific age category of readers rather than trying to aim it at teenagers and younger children.
I would recommend this book to people who like short reads with happy endings. It is a wonderful story about a boy overcoming his bully.
Overall I like the book and may read the other books by Anthony McGowan: Brock and Pike.
Star rating: 3 out of 5

Posted on: 14th May 2018 at 10:37 am

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