Glasgow Boys by Margaret McDonald



This book was a really enjoyable read. Suitable for 13 year olds as it is an easy read about the hardships of foster care, school, dealing with difficult emotions, and new and old relationships. By: Rosie (age 15). Rating: 4/5.

This book is about the emotional story of two friends who were separated after living together in a group home. It explores how both of them try to individually build up their lives and all the struggles and problems they are faced with. I really enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down as the book takes up pace. The open questions: “Why were they separated?”, “Will they meet again?” – had me in a chokehold. By: Marlene (age 14). Rating: 4/5.

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This coming-of-age story is an incisive look at young masculinity and the way even the most fraught childhood is not without hope. Neither Finlay or Banjo can remember the last time they had a hug. Against all odds, 18-year-old Finlay has begun his nursing degree at Glasgow University. But coming straight from the care system means he has no support network. How can he write essays, focus on his nursing placement and stop himself from falling in love when he’s struggling to even feed himself? Meanwhile, 17-year-old Banjo is trying to settle into his new foster family and finish high school, desperate to hold down his job and the people it contains. But his anger and fear keep boiling over, threatening his already uncertain future. Underpinning everything is what happened three years ago in their group care home, when Finlay and Banjo were as close as brothers until they stopped speaking.