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Lyla, Glossopdale School


It's amazing!

Anthony McGowan's novel 'Rook' is really short - only 123 pages long - but I really enjoyed it! Because it's short it's super easy to get into but unfortunately, this makes it feel as if it's finished as soon as it's started. This book is about a boy called Nicky who has a secret that he is determined to keep from his younger brother Kenny. Kenny has learning difficulties which means that he sometimes finds it difficult to understand things and he almost always speaks with a happy manner (apart from when he's upset about something). In addition to this, their Mum left a few years ago so their Dad was a complete wreck afterwards - until he found Jenny.

In the story of 'Rook' the chapters are also short so it's perfect for reading when you don't have much time!

Personally, my favourite character is Kenny because without him, the story would be boring and less funny as most of the key events wouldn't happen. I also like him because he is so oblivious to the world around him he acts like everything is fine all the time. He's just so loveable and friendly it's so hard not to like him straight away!

In contrast, my least favourite character is Stanno's Mum because she rejects Nicky when he tries to apologise for something that he didn't do. I feel as if she could have taken the situation that she was in a little better to get the best outcome but her actions throughout this novel are disgraceful.

All of the characters have reasons for what they do and you could easily like and dislike them all!

Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because I loved the book as a whole but I just think it's too short. The story-line is fantastic and I would definitely read one on Anthony's books again. I would recommend this book to ages ten and up because of some of the language used. This is most definitely one of the best novels I've ever read!

Posted on: 15th April 2018 at 04:01 pm

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