8 April 2014

OTOLI was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Awards, this is what readers thought...

OTOLI | Fiction: Children/YA, Bullying
by Bryony Allen

CONTENT 7/10
The readers thought the beginning was very powerful, pulling them into the story. Many noted that the author really seemed to understand what it is like to be the victim of a bully. They sympathised very much with Alice and her journey through the story and they also thought that you dealt well with ‘onlookers’ who feel sorry for the victim but do nothing. They also liked the cliffhanger at the end of the book.
A number of the boys felt the book was a little slow. They wanted (I quote) ‘More magic, wizards and cars.’ (Typical boys!)

STYLE 9/10
Excellent flow to the text. Speech worked particularly well. Character descriptions were superb but a few wanted more setting description. The teachers noted: ‘The vocab was perfect for this age group.’

EDITING 10/10
The children discovered no spelling or grammatical errors.

TO SUM UP
From the feedback , the children (particularly the girls) loved this book. Really, it was only the cover which let it down. Might be worth re-doing it. From other feedback, kids always seem to love books with a picture of the characters on the front.

‘A thoughtful, well-crafted story. Perfect for any child battling with the up and downs of school life.’
The Wishing Shelf Awards

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