This is a great book! It is my first experience doing #NZreadaloud
and I love it. It has opened up many new and exciting
opportunities for me such as connecting with many different
schools and kids and even the author!
My classmates and I have learnt a lot of new things from this book
that will capture loads of attention. I learnt a lot about pacifism as
did others. We shared many connections with this book. For
example I sit with Nana and Grandad as they tell me about
war and what it was like as I run my fingers over the old war
medals that they have kept in memory of the war heroes. I
also made a connection with the main character as me and
my mum have a pancake Sunday. The author is a great writer.
This book teaches you many new and exciting things.
Matt Turner is uprooted from his normal everyday life and is
now roughing it in the country. Away from the bright city
lights he finally begins to open up his eyes and becomes
knowledgeable about pacifism. Learning about the war and
the times his hero lived through makes him see that horrible
things have happened. As this is happening a few interesting
secrets slip out including his own. His worst fear becomes
real and he is forced to face it. Of course though he has help.
From people close to him and a few that are quite
unexpected! His world is turned upside down but is it maybe
for the better?
I highly recommend this book to year 7 and 8. There is only
one downside, It’s too short! We just couldn’t get enough of it
as we became tangled in Matt’s world, learning loads along
the way! An unexpected hero is the best!
Jemma @ Hastings Intermediate