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Book of the Week

I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

Matthew is 14 and is struggling to fit in - something that's extra hard when you're taking care of your mum, being bullied at school, and has earned the nickname Stinky Mog because of your poor personal hygiene. On top of all that, he wants to catch the attention of one of the coolest girls in school, Ari. Ari doesn't walk: she floats, like mist on the water. And she's as sporty as she is cool. When Ari's brand-new bike is stolen, Matthew spots his chance to make a good impression by getting it back for her... But will he just end up in even more trouble or is Matthew is about to learn that friendship and heroes can be found in unlikely places? 

This is a gritty yet touching story of one teenager's struggles with bullying and isolation, written by Carnegie Medal Winning author Anthony McGowan, and is perfect for less-confident readers. Anthony McGowan doesn't pull his punches as he tackles the difficult themes of neglect and young carers. Brilliant book that will put you through the emotional wringer. We have some young carers in our school, hopefully this book can help other students understand more about their daily life.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Bruton