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Some Places More Than Others Reader Reviews

Some Places More Than Others

James McNichol

I liked this book. The story is about Amara, a 12-year-old girl who wants to find out more about her family history in New York City.

I liked this book. The story is about Amara, a 12-year-old girl who wants to find out more about her family history in New York City.

The book is also full of information about New York City itself and learning how to grow up and deal with things.

I would recommend this book.

Amatullah Khatun

A heartwarming read about broken families and finding out you belong.

A heartwarming read about broken families and finding out you belong. Amara wants to tag along with Dad on a business trip to New York so she can meet the family she's never met. There is her Grandpa, Aunt and two cousins. Eventually, her mum gives in and she's on the trip of a lifetime.

With memorable characters, natural dialogue and incredible descriptions Renee Watson makes you believe you're beside Amara in New York City. Amatullah enjoyed reading this touching book and was scared for Amara when she had the argument with her cousin. 'Some places more than others' is brilliant read all in all.

Rosie Watch

The story is one of a journey of discovery and revelations. The book is a lovely insight into family dynamics and how our family and culture shape the way we are. A lovely, sensitively written and interesting read.

Initially, I was not sure where this book was heading, but as I turned the pages, the story unfolded into a journey of discovery and revelations. The book is a lovely insight into family dynamics and how a few careless words, or words not spoken, can lead to such consequences. The long term consequences between father and son, but also the short term argument between the cousins. As all the relationships are unraveled and understood,the author really demonstrates an understanding of human nature and makes the reader want to both understand but also to care about the outcome. For me the key to a good story is having an affinity with the characters and to care what happens as the story unfolds.Watson deals with the search for both racial and family identity in a subtle and sensitive way, whilst educating us to the important characters in history that shape a cultures' future. A lovely, interesting read.
I love the idea of the Suitcase project, I cant wait to try this idea with my classes.

Edel Waugh Salisbury

This was a joy to read . I am very excited about what this writer will write next .

This was a delightful story about a girl called Amara. Amara has a loving family and a baby sister on the way but her life does not feel complete as there is a big gap in her life where her father's side of the family should be. When one summer she begs to be given the chance to go to New York in her school holidays and meet her father's side of the family, her wish comes true, during the duration of the book we find out if she gets all she hoped for, to finally feel whole in her life. I truly loved the story, Amara is a down to earth girl with a lot of love to give and reading about her connecting with her new family members, (the good and the bad bits ) was heartwarming and it brought a lump to the back of the throat. I particularly loved the setting and Amara’s grandfather, he was such a sweet man and I really enjoyed the parts of the story with him in it. The story talks a lot about fitting in, relationships, family connections, and love, I thought it was written very well. This was a joy to read. I am very excited about what this writer will write next.

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Gwen Marsh

It made me feel I was living in New York!

This book is about a girl called Amara who goes to visit her dad’s family in New York.
Her Dad hasn’t spoken to her Grandpa earl since Amara was born and her Grandma Grace died. The book is all about what happens when she gets to know her family in New York and learns about where her Dad grew up. When she falls out with her cousin, she goes out of the house and gets lost in New York.
It is an amazing and exciting book. I enjoyed reading it and learning about New York. I liked it because it’s different from other books I have read. It made me feel I was living in New York. It was quite sad in parts.

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Ross O’Gorman

A heart-warming, positive story about the importance of family and identity. A girl called Amara is determined to visit her father’s family and heal the broken relationship between her Dad and his father.

A really enjoyable, uplifting read. The story centres around Amara and her family who live in Oregon. She is thrilled when she finally persuades her parents to let her go with her father on his business trip to New York and meet his family. She loves exploring Harlem where her father grew up and finds lots to include in her school project. She doesn’t get on very well at first with her cousins, but by the end of her visit, they are laughing and having fun together. Even her most important project has a happy ending and her Dad and his father reconnect. Amara finally feels that she has found her roots and she is delighted to welcome her new baby sister. This is a well-written book, with interesting insights into American history, that readers will definitely enjoy.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526613684
Publication date: 5th September 2019
Author: Renee Watson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, General Fiction
Other Categories: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children, Star Books
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