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Rebecca, John Masefield High School and Sixth Form


Personally, I found "Rook" by Anthony McGowan a fascinating read, about how a boy called Nicky looks after his brother and has to face up to the consequences of his actions, when he tries to stand up for himself after getting bullied. Although the story line isn't action-packed with lots of unpredictable plot twists, it informs its readers about how Nicky began to feel about his opportunities in life. Moreover, the writer gains the readers' interest by containing a few extra elements, such as: the character having a high-school crush, and him and his brother rescuing a rook. In addition, the aspect of having an injured rook involved in the book shows the two characters' soft, nurturing side right at the beginning of the book. As well as this, the book was quite short so the writer has concentrated on one small part of the boy's life, who is narrating the story. Overall, I thought this was a really good book, showing characterisation of how each person changed individually, and how they developed their personality to be better.

Posted on: 30th March 2018 at 07:22 pm

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