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Cloud Busting
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2004
I read this because I love Malorie's books so much. And I was very surprised but not at all disappointed by this book. It's definitely a cool read for a younger age than her Noughts and Crosses books. It tells the story of Sam (the class bully) and Davey (his victim) who slowly become friends when Davey saves Sam's life. Davey shows Sam a different way of looking at the world but then something terrible happens (I'm not going to say what, 'cause I hate it when people tell me the endings of things). But what I will say is that each chapter of this book is told in a different type of verse. And very few of the chapters rhyme - but it doesn't matter because the way it's told goes with the story somehow and made me read it from start to finish in one go. I must say, Malorie Blackman is probably the most original and interesting author around at the moment. All her books are different, not like some other authors I've read who bring out the same book time after time, just changing the character names and the covers.
I hope she never stops writing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2005
This is a lyrical story, written in verse, that celebrates friendship and individuality. Using a number of different techniques (all explained at the end of the book) it is not only a great story but also a great demonstration of the different techniques used in poetry. Each chapter of this book is told in a different type of verse
The theme of bullying is often told from the viewpoint of the victim; in this highly readable poem-novel, it is the turn of the perpetrator to tell his side of a bullying story. Surprisingly by the end of the book you understand that maybe there is not only one victim, and maybe a lot of the problems with bullying is pier pressure.
I am training to be a teacher and would recomned that every child hear's this at least once during their school life.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2006
Bought by my youngest son because it had a cool cover! What a choice! Starting reading this book with my two boys one evening and once we got started we just could not put it down! We ended up reading it in one sitting which ended up being a very late school night, but boy was it worth it! The use of short sentences and different types of poetry throughout helped hold our attention. However it was the magical use of language and the clever way the story was put together that held our interest. Many twists and turns throughout, we never knew excactly where it was all leading to, again a great skill the author obviously has, which helps hold childrens attention - not always an easy task when it comes to kids reading! However as well as being a great read and story line, what really made it such a special book for me was the huge amount of life's lessons that were contained throughout, that were dropped in in such an interesting and thought provoking way. Such issues as not being afarid to be different from the crowd, being able to stop and appreciate the many wonderful things that surround us all every day of our lives, to issues of bullying and how those involved in bullying may actually be thinking about themselves or to how our actions and attitudes to others can have a profound affect on those who we come in contact with and on and on!
I cannot recommend this book too highly to young kids particularly when read and discussed with a parent or guardian. As mentioned in my title, i feel this book should become recommended class reading for Primary schools everywhere, its that good. I cannot wait to read other books by Malorie Blackman if they are half as good as Cloudbusting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2011
I picked this up at random and had no idea what I was in for. I
read it to my 8 year old and my 11 year old listened in. Both were
totally captivated and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting,
whereupon my younger one said could I read it again the next night. It
deals so cleverly with the nature of bullying and cuts through right to the
heart of experience. You come away changed and humbled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
`Cloud Busting' is an original and multi-faceted book that can be used to stimulate activities in so many different fields. The story sees a young boy called Sam reflecting upon a friendship that never was, with Davey, a unique and imaginative boy that was the target for class bullies. As the story progresses, the reader soon realises that Sam was actually the class bully and was a key person to push Davey away. In ode of their awkward and somewhat tragic friendship, Sam uses a poetry activity set in class to express his feelings, exploring all sorts of poetry techniques.

This book has many layers in which is can be approached and for this reason can be appreciated by a wide age range of readers. Brilliantly written, it serves as an inspiration to budding writers, but is equally invaluable for tackling school matters such as bullying and health and safety. The essence of the book could be adapted for a music lesson (rhythm and rap), art (Cloudbusting activities), PSHE (discussing bullying and health and safety), Literacy (poetry analysis), literature circles (discussion of character motives) and drama (replicating the book). In all, this book stores great potential for getting children involved in fun activities that link to the National Curriculum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2008
What a fantastic book! I picked this book out of a list recommended authors provided for my teacher training, having not read any of Blackmans other work I was not expecting such an amazing read, the moment I started I could not put this book down. An excellent tale of friendship, life, change and loss. A must read for all childrenCloud Busting 10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2007
I liked this book as it really brought the characters of the book to life and you could feel how the characters were feeling very easily.
I liked this book, but I think that some of Malorie Blackman's other books were slightly better. She could have made it a little longer and indulged in it a bit more, making it a little more interesting to read.
Overall, I think this book was very good.
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on 30 April 2015
I'm not a big fan of poetry but I loved this book because it was the first one my 9 year old daughter showed a real enthusiasm for reading. She loved the poetic style and the twists in the story.

She came home from school yesterday telling me about this wonderful book that she had started reading about two boys named Sam and Davey, which was written in different poetry styles . She knew the title and author, quoted parts of it and asked me what was meant by "you don't miss the well til the water runs dry". She asked if I could get it on my Kindle. Intrigued, as she was so enthused about it, I downloaded it after she had gone to bed. This evening, we read the first few chapters together, and she eagerly told me which ones she enjoyed, and cringed at the chapter with the mean poems in it. After she went to bed, I couldn't resist reading the rest of the book, even though we'll be reading it together again tomorrow.

If this book can instil this sort of reaction in someone who normally has to be cajoled into reading school books, then I thoroughly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2008
I read this book with a very mixed group of great and disaffected kids with reading ages of 6-11 years, chronological ages 11-12. Universally enjoyed on lots of different levels, clamour to read more. A real page turner. Different sorts of poetry forms make it fun (and educational). Real humour, excitement, insight, tragedy and a real appeal for every kid that read it.
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This is unlike any other children's story I have ever read. It's a series of 26 short poems, telling the story of Sam and Davey, and it's all about bullying and friendship, secrets and lies, and the terrible thing that happened one day ...

Told entirely in Sams' voice, the poems are mostly in a prose style, following rhythms of speech and thought. The poems really do capture Sam's emotional turmoil. There is no need for unnecessary explanation, it's all in the words.

But in between are also ones composed in haiku, limerick and blank verse styles. The author explains the forms in an afterword, which will be useful to young readers. Each of the poems is also illustrated with lovely drawings by Helen van Vliet which capture the sentiments within each section beautifully.

This is a remarkable read for about 8yrs and upwards, and like all poetic forms, could be even more moving spoken aloud.
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