Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

I Am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan

I Am the Minotaur is a story of hiding, of darkness, of being alone but it is also a story of find out who you really are and doing the right thing even if no one is there to see it.

Matthew is not your usual hero.  He is the minotaur – the monster no one wants to be around. His life is unhappy and lonely. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t leave the stigma and mocking of being different behind him. Starting secondary school is not much better than his days at primary school. Will he be able to find his way through life’s challenges and step into the light?

Anthony McGowan has masterfully created a book for children who do not usually see themselves in stories. Issues of poverty, neglect and need sit alongside bullying, adult mental illness and the challenges faced by young carers. The desire to fit in, be accepted, to be normal weaves it way through every secondary school and this story shows just how important it is to be accepting and to be kind.

I Am the Minotaur is an important read for all secondary school children – those who are longing to fit in and those who already do. Everyone has a story, everyone has a secret, and everyone needs a friend.

Oxford University Press has teamed up with Barrington Stoke to create an incredibly accessible book that is “Super-Readable”, aimed at the children who need it most. It bridges the gap between middle grade and young adult beautifully with a story that speaks to a diverse audience.

Thank you to Oxford University Press for this important book.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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