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Nicol from Prince Henry's Grammar School

This book let me down it is not really exciting and good like I thought it would be.It would not be a book that I would give to my friend because she would just throw it away as soon as she read the first page . So that is why I gave it 2 out of 5.

Nicol gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5.

Emily from Prince Henry's School

I really did not like this book like Hunger games and other books. It really not what i thought it would be. This book is the 2nd worst book. it is NOT a book i would give my friend. also i like books that hook me in immediately..

Emily gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

carmen from boston spa school

This book has lots of interesting facts about the cold war.The story line and facts are a good balance because you dont want it to be to much of each.I loved how alex played the guitar because i love playing the guitar to.Through alexs point of veiw you know what he is going though and what he feels.This book would be better maybe if it went faster in pace but thats it.

carmen gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Ellen from Prince Henrys Grammar School

I found Sektion 20 really slow, which is a shame because I found it to be a really interesting storyline.

I did love the individuality of each charecter, but it would of been nice if the book was more focused on Alex, rather than his sister almost sharing the spotlight.

Ellen gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5.

Ellen from Prince Henrys Grammar School

I quite liked Sektion 20. It was a really interesting storyline, with it being a true-to-life story set in pre-falling of The Wall Germany, but I would of given it a better rating if the start hadn't been so slow.
I did, however, love the individuality of the charecters and found reading about them really engaging, but it would of been nice to be more focused on Alex rather than his sister.
Thanks for reading my review!

Ellen gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Nicol from Prince Henry's Grammar School,Otley

I would give this book 5 out of 5 because it was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not put the book down. It felt like I was in the book! Alex was a very brave boy and I really liked the part when Alex saved Sophie from her old boyfriend. I also liked the part when they kissed it was very romantic.

Nicol gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5.

Georgina from Temple Moor High School

Sektion 20 was a book which I really enjoyed at the time of reading it because I was looking at similar concepts of Communism and oppression in my History lessons. It is a well-structured book and I found it to be really quite enjoyable. The author does well to express the feelings of his characters and it is easy for me to connect with the main character (Alex).

The way in which the book started off I found to be quite enjoyable. I have always liked books which start off and get me hooked immediately rather than giving background information and then gripping me later. I personally think that authors should try to interest their audience as soon as possible, and Paul Dowswell does that really well.

Overall, I would give this book three out of five because while it gripped me and I found it really enjoyable, some of the plot points were really basic and at times I found it to be slightly predictable. Again, whilst I said that I prefer not to have background at the beginning of the book, I do enjoy it later on and I feel that there wasnít as much expansion into the history and characters as perhaps there should have been. Overall though I really enjoyed this book and I shall perhaps to look into more books by the same author in the future as I like his interpretation of events.

-Georgina

3/5 ***

Georgina gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Holly from Boston Spa School

I thought Section 20 was a great book overall with a perfect balance on the information on the cold war and the story line. I could really imagine Alex as a character and could visualise him well, the attention to detail in the information really helped you work out the book. I thought it was a good subject for a story that made you feel different emotions and also emotions that made you really care for the character. I loved the fact that this book set a scene in my head and made me think about the past. The events in the story were planned out very well to keep you interested! At the beginning I felt there wasnít much happening though but I enjoyed reading section 20 thoroughly.

Holly gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Phillippa from Boston Spa School

When i first picked up this book i knew nothing about the cold war but as the book went on i learnt alot more about it from alex's point of veiw. Allthough this isnt a book i would usally read i found the further i got into the book the more i liked it , i thought that it was very cleverly written.

Phillippa gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5.

Samuel from Roundhay School

It was a brilliant read and even when nothing was really happening it managed to be interesting and a gripping read. I read it in one day, enough said.

Samuel gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5.

Elisha from Boston Spa School

I found this book quite difficult to get into but when I read the last few chapters I realised it wasnít so bad. I thought this book was quite factual and a lot different to any other book Iíve read. I think if it was more exciting and made me emotional I would have rated it a lot higher.

Elisha gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Celyn from Prince Henry's Grammar School

Sektion 20 is a book about a boy called Alex who live in East Germany.

I found the book hard to get into because although alot happened, it was slow paced and I almost stopped reading it as I didn't enjoy it.

I gave it 2 out of five because it had a good story line, it just could of been written better

Celyn gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5.

Mia F from Boston Spa School

I thought Sektion 20 was great! I really liked the setting and I loved how I learnt so much about it when I read this book. I think Paul Dowswell has done a very good job in writing this book and overall it was a very good book. My favourite character was Alex as I liked how he was the rebellious sort of boy I also liked the way he didnít really care what others thought. The begging of the book was a hard introduction to the story and it took me a while to get into, but when I did I loved Sektion 20.

Mia F gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Amy from Boston Spa School

I love history, so when I read the blurb of this book, I knew Iíd enjoy it. I like the beginning as it shows you the mind of Alex; you can see things from his point of view. I liked Sophieís character as she was more than meets the eye. Yet her personality made you warm to her. One thing that could be improved is the cover, it was good as it gave nothing away but it could show a bit more of the story.

Amy gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Fifty Fifty.

Emily from Ossett Academy

I didn't really enjoy this book, as I didn't finish it all because it was really slow. I felt like it took too long to paint the picture, and the strange German words put me off a bit. However,it taught me a lot about the Cold war in Germany. I wouldn't recommend the book to a friend.

Emily gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Lewis from The Morley Academy

It was an action packed book with mystery and lots of tension.

Lewis gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Emily from Benton park

This book was not a book I would have read normaly and the blurb didn't relly intrest me at all.But I thought it would be a new book to try but about 1/2 way through I didn't really get the plot.But I think readers who like mystery and historical fiction would like this book especially if they like the subject of ww2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Sophie from Boston Spa School

I didnít enjoy this book because I didnít feel that the storyline was very good. Not very many events happened and I didnít understand the Cold War. I didnít identify with the characters as I didnít find them interesting. They were average humans and didnít stand out.

Sophie gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Bryn from Roundhay School

Although this book was quite hard to get into, it was brilliantly written and I found it really enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action/adventure books. It's brilliant and I had a great time reading it.

Bryn gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5.

Loren from templemoor high

this book was a thrill. It kept me reading throughout this book.It ended verry well. The character was easy to relate to, he was realistic and understandable. this book ties in history and an all round adventure, fantastic!

Loren gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Bilal from Allerton Grange

It wasn't really intresting and I found it dull although it did get better towards the end. I gave it 2 out of 5 because it wasn't really my type of book.

Bilal gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Miss from Allerton High School

I personally really enjoyed this book but taking the 11-14 age group into consideration, I only gave Sektion 20 3/5. I think older students would really appreciate this text.

Miss gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Truth About Celia Frost.

Alice from Crawshaw School

This book was very hard to get in to. It was quiet boring. Also it wasn't my cup of tea.

Alice gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Truth About Celia Frost.

Natasha from Crawshaw School

It was really serious and I couldn't keep track of the the year,I didn't finish it, not a book that I would read again!

Natasha gave Sektion 20 1 out of 5 and now plans to read The Truth About Celia Frost.

katilyn from benton park

this is a ok book but i found it broing and not the kind of book i would read because i didn't like the idea of it being set in germany . And about spy and it was in germanyb some time which was annoying.

katilyn gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Truth About Celia Frost.

emma from benton park

i didnt really like this book but i would have enjoyed it more if i was interested in war stories. i also didnt like the idea of it being set in germany and the fact that they kept talking in german was a bit annoying.

emma gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5.

Lily from Prince Henry's Grammar School

I liked this book, because it was interesting to read about what East and West Germany were like after the wall was put up. It was also quite exciting in parts, and you never really know what's going to happen.
It's about a boy called Alex, who lives with his sister Geli, his mother Gretchen and his father Frank, on the East side of the wall. Alex is interested in western T.V and rock music, and doesn't want to be normal and sensible like everybody else. His rebellion to the 'standards' of the eastern side soon lead him to serious trouble. Alex's family are in grave danger and they need to act fast!
I found that the plot was a bit too complicated, with too many people involved. Some things I didn't really understand. It was quite thrilling and adventurous though, and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense.

Lily gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Zehra from Allerton Grange High School

I gave this book a 4 because I didn't quite understand all of the German words in it, however I enjoyed most of this book. I think that now I have read this book I understand in more detail what it would be like to live in Gremany at that moment in time. I would recommend this book to both boys and girls.
I'VE FINISHED ALL THE BOOK ON THE SHORTLIST !!!!!!!!!!
;D :D :) ;0 C: C;
Zehra xxx

Zehra gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5.

Naila from Benton Park

This book was really good! First it was pretty boring but as I read along and gave the book a chance to appeal to me, I thought it was really interesting. You feel emotion towards the characters which is what made it interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to other people but give the book a chance because it is really slow at the beginning. Read the book! It is really good!

Naila gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Amina from Allerton Grange High School

The book was very good and I liked the fact that it had bits in German but they were translated into english so that was very helpful.In the book you can feel all sorts of emotion for the characters.I would recommend this book to very confident readers because it does have some hard german words.

Amina gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5.

Saul from The Morley Academy

I liked all the description and all the story and settings in the story of Sektion 20, it had very good characters and great description.

Saul gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5 and now plans to read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

cameron from allerton grange

I thought it was it was a great book, but it was very slow to begin with. However once it picked up the pace it was brilliant! I would definatly recommend it.

cameron gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Tom from Allerton grange School

Sketion 20 was a fantastic book. Although it was sometimes difficult to get into, read the German words and follow the story line once you got the plot of the story and started to digest the text, you could really start to enjoy the book. It definitely made me think about life in the cold war and particularly life in East and West Germany. I love the way Paul Dowswell wrote this book always switching to a different persons perspective and I would really recommend reading this book along with " The cabinet of curiosities also by Paul dowswell.

Tom gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Fifty Fifty.

Celyn from Prince Henry's Grammar School

Sektion 20 has an interesting plot, however I found it very slow. The idea of the book was interesting but I couldn't get into it. The end of the book, I felt, was very annoying because it could of been extended and properly explained.

Celyn gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5.

Jacob from Pudsey Grangefield Maths and Computing Collage

Great book! This book was so good i literally couldn't put it down, i managed to read more than half the book in less than half the day. I liked the odd swearwords in it every so often. I like books about the cold war so i think this was the book for me! My favourite part in the book was when Schneider A.K.A Kohl took alex hostage and the shoot-out between Kohl and Ronald Sommer.

Jacob gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5.

Josef from Roundhay high school

it is not my usual kind of book as I prefer fantasy but i actually found I got into i. I didn't give it a 5 as I thought there was a lack of humour but I understand it is a serious topic so that is okay. All in all I think perhaps a really good read for someone who likes historical fiction.

Josef gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5.

Rebekah from Benton Park

I found this book really difficult to get into. As I don't know much about the Cold War, I didn't find the book very interesting, and the parts about the Stassi weren't explained at all. This made it very hard for me to understand what was going on in the book, and made it a very difficult read. I had told myself I was going to finish the book, because I find that even if a book is boring to start with, it generally gets better. However, I found this book very slow going, and gave up after 50 or so pages. I did enjoy the parts of the story from Alex's point of veiw, but I wouldn't reccomend the book. I found that even as I read on more, I still couldn't really grasp the storyline, so I didn't really enjoy the book, and for me, enjoying the book is what reading is all about.

Rebekah gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Iqra from Allerton High

Started slowly, but pickened the pace. Hard to understand and lots of German. However, enticing storyline and really enjoyable. Could hardlyput the book down.!!!

Iqra gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Megan from Boston Spa School

This book really brings home how lucky we are to have so much freedom. Alex is just a normal boy, all be it a rebellious one. When the Stassi hear what he does in his spare time they get suspicious and investigate further. Alex is my favourite character because he tries to be different, even if it gets him into trouble and he seems really lifelike and I almost feel like I know him. I would definitely recommend this book because it is lifelike and tells another side of the story of the Berlin Wall.

Megan gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Phoebe from Boston Spa School

I found this book extremely exciting and original. Alex Ostermann is fed up of being surrounded by politics, rules and regulations and is forever wondering what life would hold for him on the other side of the wall. However times are tough during the cold war but alex and his family don't know there is someone out there, watching, waiting. This book is a great read and I think Paul Dowswell has done a great job of writing a creative, original and cleverly writen book.

Phoebe gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

zulqarnain from allerton grange high school

The Book is about an agent employed to obtain secret information between East & West Germany. This felt very real and I really liked it. The story was very intresting and facsinating. Please read!!!!

zulqarnain gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Agata from Pudsey Grangefield Maths and Computing College

I did not really like the book, it's just not my style. I am not that interested in the Cold War in Germany. But I must say I liked the idea of the big escape

Agata gave Sektion 20 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Fifty Fifty.

Noah from Roundhay High

I really liked this book. It gave me a really good idea of what life was like in East Germany and how Britian is so much better. It was on a politics and violence so this is on of the best books for me.

Noah gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Rise of the Wolf.

Nicky from allerton grange

I think that this is a brilliant book about the differences between east and west Germany after the war. Alex and his family
live in east berlin and is classed as abit of a rebel,playing rock music which is forbiddon.The stasi are watching him and waiting for a false move.When the stasi close in they have no choice but to make the dangerous journey across the wall.

Nicky gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Fifty Fifty.

Eliza from Pudsey Grangefield

This is a wonderful and thrilling tale adout the struggle between East and West Germany. Alex and his family live in East Germany but Alex has always wanted to know what the West is like. This longing has given him ideas,ideas that The Statsi don't like, 'dangerous' ideas that are from over the wall. When The Statsi decide to do something about it, Alex and his family have no choice but to make the deadly trip over the wall. This story had me in it's grip from when I picked it up. It's a must read.

Eliza gave Sektion 20 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Truth About Celia Frost.

Chloe from Pudsey Grangefield

The Book is about an agent employed to obtain secret information between East & West Germany. This felt very real and I really liked it. The story was jumping out of the book.

Chloe gave Sektion 20 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dark Woods.

Mia S from Boston Spa School

Sektion 20 is a book about a young boy called Alex who lives in East Berlin. All his life Alex has wondered what life would be like living on the other side of the wall .Living during the cold war between East and West Germany Alex struggels to dtop dreaming about the impossible. But when Alex and his older sister Geli start getting noticed by the statsi their dad decides to move the family to West Germay .Whatb will happen. In this book you will never know what will hapopen next. I think Paul Dowswell has done a great job as you prey for the familys survival .

Mia S gave Sektion 20 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Truth About Celia Frost.

Paul Dowswell, Sektion 20

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