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Hafsah, Swanshurst School


I feel as though the novel 'Rook' shows the feelings and emotions of a teenager, Nicky, goes through and how he realises that he needs to always be hopeful: 'but beyond the darkness he sensed a light.' This quote has helped me to find positivity in the most negative of things.

For me, ‘Rook’ seemed quite boring at the beginning and I didn’t understand what was happening in the first chapter but as the book progressed I realised that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and, to my surprise, now I would recommend this book to everyone.

Throughout the book ‘Rook’, I felt sympathetic towards Nicky because he has many, many problems in his life and gets expelled from school because of a bully. Kenny is my favourite character because he is funny and an inspiration for all children because he perseveres and is determined and strong-willed.

‘Rook’ is about Nicky, a boy who gets bullied by Peter Stanhope (Stanno), and how a coincidence can get him expelled from his school. Meanwhile, Nicky fancies Stanno’s sister, Sarah Stanhope, a popular girl in school. Nicky and Kenny also find a rook that has been left to die near their home. Kenny is persistent that he looks after the rook but on the other hand, Nicky doubts the scruffy bird will make it.

As well as teaching me to always be hopeful, ‘Rook’ has taught me to never give up like Kenny did with Rooky and to never judge a book by its cover like when Nicky underestimated Kenny because of his learning difficulties.
I would give this book 3 and a half stars.

Posted on: 9th May 2018 at 08:36 pm

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