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Ghajana, Plashet School


Rook is a book based on the teenage struggles of a 14 year old boy named Nicky. When Nicky and his brother Kenny, who has learning difficulties, come across a rook being attacked by a sparrow-hawk, they chase the hawk off and end up taking the rook back home. Nicky is sceptical the rook will survive at first. Nonetheless, Nicky has other things to worry about, like avoiding the bully at school and finding a way to talk to the girl he has a crush on.

For a book that has been shortlisted for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal you can see that this book is quite short compared to the other shortlisted books. Even though it is quite short it still portrays the emotions very well to the point where I can relate. In the entirety of the book there are only a few characters as expected with such a short book, but they're developed well enough to understand their feelings.

The story was definitely relatable as it touched upon topics that everyone faces or knows about such as bullying and anger. I feel like many teens especially get irritated quickly when they're stressed and release that anger on their parents.

I will say that found the ending wasn't quite satisfying to me, I really expected something more different and I felt that it was too predictable.

Overall I found the book to be a good quick read and I recommend this book to people who prefer shorter books or don't have that much time or patience to be reading longer books.

Posted on: 28th April 2018 at 08:20 pm

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