These are the previous “You Recommend…” titles from the Fallibroome Library.

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
Mary Hooper

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum tells the story of Hannah who moves to London full of excitement only to find out that the plague is spreading through the city. As more and more people become ill, Hannah and her sister have to decide what to do. I recommend this book to anyone who likes drama.

Recommended by Hannah Ditchum 7S

Catherine MacPhail

This story is about two gangs – the Tribe and the Rebels – and a boy called Kevin who isn’t really interested in joining one but eventually undergoes an initiation test to become a member of Tribes. I enjoyed this book because it was action packed and had a gripping storyline.

Recommended by Nick Cole 8S

The Auschwitz Violin
Maria Angels Anglada

‘The Auschwitz Violin’, in its simplest description, is a story following a Jewish man called Daniel and his account of how he had to make a violin in time for a concert while constantly struggling to survive during his imprisonment in the Auschwitz camp. I feel that ‘The Auschwitz Violin’ is a truly gripping novel and the fact that it is a true story adds to the emotion. Although Maria Angels Anglada does write about Daniel’s desperate struggle to carry on and his battle with starvation, I feel that she only scratches the surface of the horrific suffering of an entire race. If she had added more ‘scenes’ of torment then the novel would have been even more gripping, although the real documents at the start of every chapter were used in a powerful way that shocked me as a reader, adding to the potency of the story.

My favourite scene was probably when the violin is completed and Daniel is called to the commander’s house (p114-115). He is told he has completed his task on time and is given a bonus which turns out to be some stew. This was a powerful scene as it made me realise how desperate they were and how a bowl of stew could bring so much happiness, strange as it may sound. Throughout the story we see how a struggle for food becomes a semantic field of torment and desperation. Daniel being awarded a bowl of stew gave me a sense of relief as the novel truly made me feel sorry for him.

Overall I think that ‘The Auschwitz Violin’ is a good read and I am very glad I picked it up. I award it 3/5* and found it quick to finish reading it in 2hrs 30 minutes.

Recommended by Charlie Higgins 10C