Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons

Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons

Environmental thriller

Zaynab has recently arrived from Somaliland and when she meets Lucas they discover they have a common interest: the climate crisis.

Working together they discover a plot to destroy Zaynab’s country’s environment and thousands of lives.

How far they will go for what they believe?

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James C
November 13, 2021 10:48 am

WOW! This book took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. The message of global warming in this world is carried into the message of global warming in Zaynab’s. All throughout the story, there is action, and twists that throw you around the corner. I even cried reading this! Burning Sunlight is an adventure that deserves to be known. Praise to the author!

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KEGS
Anthea Simmons
December 7, 2021 4:45 pm
Reply to  James C

Thank you , James. Great review,

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Armaan.M
November 24, 2021 6:59 pm

Burning Sunlight. An eventful book which Anthea Simmons has done her very best in to portray the climate change in poorer countries and has created an overwhelming effect through the characters of Zaynab and Lucas. The fearsome duo joined by many friends continuously reached their goals one way or another and has even inspired me to do what I can to help the environment. I hope many people are inspired too as they read on.

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KEGS
Anthea Simmons
December 7, 2021 4:46 pm
Reply to  Armaan.M

Excellent! We need all the eco warriors we can get,

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William
November 26, 2021 1:59 pm

Burning Sunlight is a very good and quite interesting book that explores human impact on the enviroment. It gives an interesting viewpoint, very different to that of other books I have read and is quite enjoyable story wise. However, it suffers from a lack of meaningful statistics that motivate the reader to want to fight for the enviroment and I found myself uninterested in the middle and hasd to force myself to carry on reading. 7 1/2 out of 10.

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King Edwards VI Grammer School
Anthea Simmons
December 7, 2021 4:49 pm
Reply to  William

I understand you like statistics but I feel that’s would a)date the book and b) slow the action. You might like to source them yourself anyway, to check out the facts. Obviously, stats get updated all the time…

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Shravanpragash
December 29, 2021 1:18 pm

A new rebel rises from her mother’s ashes…  

It was torment, the emotions whirled like a hurricane in Zynab’s mind as she renewed her mother’s dreams. It was a barren place, where she came from, and the death of the girl’s mother was just another blow to both her family and those who depended on her and her mother. This is a story of how one small action could change something large…
 
Zynab’s story is one that could change your perception of climate change, it is one that could save the world of eventual catastrophe. This is a tale of a girl who inspired her many friends the day she arrived at her new school, and a tale of adventure, action, and mystery.  

If you would like to read a book of about the emotions and the clashes of a 12-year old’s mind as well as read an exhilarating novel, Burning Sunlight is what you are looking for… 
 

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King Edwards VI Grammar School (Chelmsford)
Anthea
December 31, 2021 3:15 pm
Reply to  Shravanpragash

Thank you for a really powerful review!

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Maggie
January 8, 2022 5:27 pm

  Burning Sunlight is full of passion. The amount of passion that Zaynab feels towards saving the planet is awe inspiring. I was taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. After what happened to Zaynab’s mother must have been so hard for her or anyone going through that and the way she dealt with it, immediately put her in a very inspiring light. The way her father left her to deal with her own emotions made my heart break, I think that that should have brought them together not force them to drift apart. 

  Zaynab is very headstrong and if she has something to say then she won’t be afraid to shout it out. She is very passionate about the planet and shares her stories of how it impacts people and how it used to impact her. She uses these stories to show people what is happening due to their careless actions. She ploughs through all of the barriers stopping her from making a stand for what’s right. Lucas is quite and thinks more rationally before jumping to conclusions or racing to do something. He thinks things through and he therefore comes across and a shy and reserved. He has to push against his dad’s expectations and go with his gut for once which shows that he is just as brave a Zaynab. 

  This may sound strange but when there are arguments, that’s when I feel like I have finally felt the full wrath of a character and the author’s capabilities. It really brings out the full power of everything and it’s then that you see the true thoughts and feelings that have been pent up are finally spilled out for people to see and understand. I also thing the way that show what is happening is very clever with the burning sun. I cried so much at that.

  I would recommend this book to people who think they have it hard. Just for them to realise that they are very fortunate. I would also recommend this to people who trust people when they say that the world is safe. Zaynab and Lucas are right : soon it will be to late to save the inevitable downfall of our planet.

  I would give this book a 10 out of 10. It’s impeccably written without a single flaw.

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Haberdashers Aske’s School for Girls
Anthea
February 1, 2022 1:00 pm
Reply to  Maggie

That’s a really wonderful review, thank you!

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Mayr
January 12, 2022 2:31 pm

burning sunlight is an amazing and exciting book I also learned loads of info about climate change. I thought the ending was very surprising and it is one of my favourite books ever. I love moors, hills and mountains. I think it is very important to have these books that tell you how to protect our world!

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st cedds school
Anthea
February 1, 2022 1:00 pm
Reply to  Mayr

Aww! thank you! Lovely!

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Xavier
January 25, 2022 7:43 pm

The book Burning Sunlight is a fantastic book. I do not normally read this sort of book but when I started reading it I got immediately hooked. I think this book is for 9+. The book finished in a satisfying way because Zaynab’s words were being heard and a change was happening. I think this is a one of a kind book, with a very powerful message.

Thank you Anthea Simmons for writing this book. It has changed the way I have been thinking and I am now realising about different climate issues. Because of this I have decided to by Lightning Mary as Burning Sunlight was so good.

Anthea Simmons, if this book was written when you was a child, would you have read it?

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New Hall Prep School
Anthea
February 1, 2022 1:02 pm
Reply to  Xavier

Hi! Thank you for your review and I do hope you enjoy Lightning Mary, too.
Would I have read Burning Sunlight? Yes, I think so..because of the feisty heroine and the shy boy who gets braver!

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Souhayla
January 25, 2022 8:52 pm

This book took me on a mysterious and rebellious journey. Zaynab is a 12 year old girl from Somaliland which is not known as a country because of politics.Louis is her friend who is so shy that Zaynab calls her Ghost boy.Together ,with a few other kids who also want to save their future, the try to save the world.But everything changes when they discover a new plot that might destroy everything that they have already built.Can Zaynab save the world before it’s too late.

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Newhall Prep School
Anthea
February 1, 2022 1:02 pm
Reply to  Souhayla

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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Ms Adams (Librarian)
January 28, 2022 7:23 pm

Burning Sunlight was the first book I read in this JBA shadowing scheme and it had me hooked from the start! The characters of Zaynab and Lucas are so well drawn. I loved how the author was able to convey the complexity of emotions experienced by these two young activists, both passionate for different reasons. It is evident through her writing, that the author herself feels passionately about the urgency needed in response to the ‘climate emergency’ we face. Whilst I was aware of circumstances in which our actions as UK citizens can impact on those living in other countries, Burning Sunlight has prompted me to explore this further.

As a parent, my heart ached with Zaynab as she grieved the loss of her mum. I also felt proud of her, on her mums behalf, as she was leading the protest and making a difference in the world. A rollercoaster of emotions!

This book should be read by everyone, but especially by younger people who will be inspired to make a difference in their world. Hopefully, reading Burning Sunlight will show them how small acts can have a big impact in changing or developing whatever is important to them. I would encourage all young people to “be more Zaynab”,

5 stars from this Librarian!

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New Hall Prep School
Anthea
February 1, 2022 1:03 pm

Thank you! Lovely review. Yes..more Zaynab!

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Kaitlyn
January 30, 2022 8:07 pm

AMAZING!!! There is no other words to describe it! A detailed and well laid out story you just can’t take your eyes off. An Insane tale about Global warming and what it really means! The Author has really made Zaynab a person we could all relate to! Twists and turns and bumps and obstacles.
Would you be transported in an adventure of a life time?

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Davenant
Anthea
February 1, 2022 1:04 pm
Reply to  Kaitlyn

Thank you! That’s a great review!

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Wynter
February 3, 2022 5:36 pm

Hello my name is Wynter.
I thought the book wasn’t for me. I definitely didn’t like the rude word used by the taxi driver. This put me off reading any further.

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New Hall Prep School
Anthea
February 4, 2022 2:18 pm
Reply to  Wynter

Wow. Sorry you got put off so easily!

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Wynter
February 24, 2022 5:31 pm
Reply to  Anthea

Thank you for understanding how I feel about this book.🙂😌

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New hall school
Naimah
February 7, 2022 8:34 pm

I absolutely LOVED this book. Zaynab’s personality was very fierce, clashing with Lucas’s mild and timid personality. I feel soo sorry for Zaynab, losing her mother and not having a strong bond with her father. I can’t believe Lucas went onto the stage and watched Zaynab do her die-in. If I could change this book, then I would add more action. I know they did a die-in, but it just needed something more than that. If Lucas lost his father or something, then I would be hooked but like William from King Edwards VI grammar school, I needed something more to keep me going.

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Newhall
Anthea
March 2, 2022 5:33 pm
Reply to  Naimah

I get what you are saying but I think if one overloads a book with too much tragedy, it begins to get unbelievable. Not everyone is going to like every book!

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Naimah
February 7, 2022 8:38 pm

a few questions I would like to ask Anthea Simmons is: Will there be a sequel?, Will the children in Somaliland get a proper home? And; Will Zaynab keep fighting for climate change?

I would definitely recommend this book to you and once voting opens, I would definitely vote for this book.

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Newhall
Anthea
February 10, 2022 1:48 am
Reply to  Naimah

Thank you! Maybe there will be a sequel… Zaynab will never give up!

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Isabel
February 9, 2022 9:58 am

This book Burning Sunligh by Anetha Simmons was a book that if you start reading it you just need to keep going, you can’t stop! I think it gives out a good message to stop the climate emergency and it is in the hands of young people. It also makes you feel like single parents can loose the connection with their child if a loved one is lost. The way she finished the book off it can go two ways, just a cliff hanger or into a new book. I can’t wait to find out.❤ I loved this book so much and can’t wait to see if she writes another phenomenon.

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St Clere's
Anthea
February 10, 2022 1:49 am
Reply to  Isabel

Lovely review, thank you! See if you like Lightning Mary, too…about the young Mary Anning, fossil hunter!

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Liam
February 20, 2022 4:38 pm

I really enjoyed this book as it felt grounded in the real world and unlike a lot of depictions of the way kids act in books in this it was realistically shown! I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it as a break from full on fantasy books. 

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Davenant Foundation School
Anthea
March 2, 2022 5:30 pm
Reply to  Liam

Thank you… it was important that it felt that way. Climate emergency is real!

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Ahadu
February 22, 2022 8:05 pm

Ahadu,
Wilbury Primary School
I read the book “Burning Sunlight” and I loved it because it talks about a serious matter but still keeps it within an interesting and gripping story. By switching between the perspectives of Lucas and Zaynab, the author truly captures the two characters’ feelings in first person. It shows that big companies aren’t always what they seem, and you should make sure you aren’t hurting Earth. Zaynab and Lucas talk about many ways that may seem pointless, but make a BIG difference. It really makes me want to do more to save the planet!

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Wilbury Primary School
Anthea
March 2, 2022 5:30 pm
Reply to  Ahadu

Good for you, Ahadu. I am glad you feel motivated to do more!

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Deanna
February 24, 2022 5:19 pm

It was brilliant I love it when there is so much action and the adventure was really good

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Newhall
Anthea
March 2, 2022 5:31 pm
Reply to  Deanna

Thank you, Deanna. Glad you enjoyed it!

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James C
March 4, 2022 6:37 pm

I am not the James C that posted before me, but still love this book as much as he did! As an avid reader myself, this book lost me in a world of fiction but underlined an important issue along with it. The original title drew me in, and from the first page, I knew that soon, I would get to love these books. I want to become an author, but I started to go off it. This book gave me the spark of energy to get writing about a boy and a girl who fall in love both with eye cancer; just like the amazing writer’s idea to mix in real-life issues and a made-up storyline. This should and I hope will in the prize nad the author to carry on writing more and more fantastic books!

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KEGS
Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:58 am
Reply to  James C

Great to read that you want to be an author! Go for it! And thank you for the lovely review.

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Benyamin
March 7, 2022 2:50 pm

I like this book because it is all about how to stop climate change and I really enjoyed it

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Wilbur primary school
Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:59 am
Reply to  Benyamin

Thank you, Benyamin!

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Emily
March 7, 2022 3:03 pm

Burning Sunlight is a great book. I liked Burning Sunlight because the way that Anthea Simmons describes the characters and their emotions makes me picture them in my head. When I finished it, I wanted to do something about climate change. Burning Sunlight encourages some people that read it that climate change is a real thing and it is an issue in the world today.

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Wilbury primary school
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:00 am
Reply to  Emily

Thank you! It’s great when a book comes alive!

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Ella
March 7, 2022 3:06 pm

I loved this book the most, it’s one of the not very many books about human impact on the environment, and it did a fantastic job! A very detailed story on top of that, truly gave me goosebumps and really convinces us to start helping the environment. Deserves more attention.

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Wilbury Primary School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:03 am
Reply to  Ella

Great! I hope it does get more attention!! Thank you!

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Ana
March 7, 2022 3:08 pm

This book was amazing. The emotion and the perseverance that Zaynab has shown ever since she moved back to England especially when she broke her leg was inspiring. How Lucas stood up and told his father about how he was working to stop climate change was absolutely incredible (especially when their relationship wasn’t the best). This whole book is about climate change which I think is an incredible thing to write about. The author has persevered as much as Zaynab to inspire us children that we can make a difference. Because the real truth, is that we can make a change, and this book tells us that. It was an absolute pleasure to read it..

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Wilbury primary school
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:02 am
Reply to  Ana

Thank you. I can tell you will try to make a difference, too.

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Abdifatah
March 7, 2022 3:10 pm

I love how Zaynab cares about the climate so much and also how Jacob decides to help her and make more people realise how bad climate change is.

If you love to read books about climate activists then I would really recommend this book to you.

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Wilbury Primary school
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:02 am
Reply to  Abdifatah

Thank you!

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Diego
March 7, 2022 3:11 pm

This book was OUTSTANDING! Honestly, it was one of the best books I have ever read!!!
It was a rollercoaster ride for me full of different things that happen to be affecting the world in a negative way.
On the bright side, people are starting to realise what tragedy they have done and are starting to take action!
I’ll give this a 9.7/10.I loved how Lucas and Zaynab started to form a great friendship to protest and fight to save the Earth.
My favourite character was (it was a tough one) Zaynab because when she came to England she made a big difference to a vast amount of people and now they realise that it is time to act.
I really wanted to read more but as always, a story has an ending.
Keep up the good work Anthea Simmons 👍👍👍

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Wilbury Primary School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:04 am
Reply to  Diego

Really glad you liked it! Thank you!

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Uchenna
March 7, 2022 3:18 pm

I loved that they included climate change within their book, global warming is serious and to include that in a story was amazing. It also put me through a rollercoaster of emotions during the time i read the book. Plot twists that surprise you 9.2/10 Great Book!

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Wilbury Primary School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:05 am
Reply to  Uchenna

Thank you! Yes, global warming is VERY serious!

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Diego
March 7, 2022 3:27 pm

This book was OUTSTANDING! Honestly, it was one of the best books I have ever read!!! It was a rollercoaster ride for me full of different things that happen to be affecting the world in a negative way.On the bright side, People are starting to realise what tragedy they have done and are starting to take action! I’ll give this a 9.7/10.

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Wilbury Primary School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:06 am
Reply to  Diego

Thank you! So glad you rate it so highly!

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Rielle
March 7, 2022 3:41 pm

This book caught my eye straight away. This tells a lot of people how brave they can be and change the world by doing one little thing. I know when I grow up this will be a book to remember. I love how it had 2 sides of the story Zaynab and Lucas. I rate this book a 8/10.

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Wilbury Primary School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:06 am
Reply to  Rielle

Thank you. It’s nice to think of you remebering the book when you are older.

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Hermione P
March 8, 2022 11:12 am

Burning sunlight follows a young girl fighting for climate change and empowering young people everywhere. The author contradicts the common belief that children cannot make a change and displays the opposite. 
The writer constructed very realistic characters from the struggles of the main character, Zaynab, to the apprehension the parents had for their children taking a stand. As well as the theme of climate change throughout the book, the readers are educated about the battles people of all ages face when coping with the loss of a loved one and reveals the reality that many women and children face through the character Zaynab telling their story as well as her own, while being slowly accepted at her new school. 
The relationships between the characters highlighted how far you can get with another’s support, specifically to reach a certain goal. How friendships can form with people you wouldn’t have expected when you all have one passion, and for these characters, it is to make sure that they, and generations to come, have a future. 
When reading the book, you are given a whole new perspective and you become aware of the damage a single person can do to our environment as well as being entertaining, ‘Burning Sunlight’ raises awareness and encourages all readers to be more eco-friendly. 
The book is a very fun read but also shows younger people that they can do things now, they don’t have to wait to grow older to be heard. Children and teenagers can speak up, whether it’s about climate change or otherwise and ‘Burning Sunlight’ by Anthea Simmons clearly shows that 

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:07 am
Reply to  Hermione P

Thank you for this sensitive review. And, yes, your voices are important!

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Sadhana
March 8, 2022 1:41 pm

Burning sunlight is an amazing book. it emphasises a particular topic that is very serious in the world. I love the way Zaynab stands up for what she believes in! Lucas was great to support her. I loved all the protesting and I felt it was very brave! I want to be like Zaynab and stand up for what I believe in when I grow up! I loved this book and I hope that anyone who has read it loved it too!

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St Cedds School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:08 am
Reply to  Sadhana

Great! We need more Zaynabs!

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Lina
March 8, 2022 2:14 pm

Burning Sunlight is an amazing book! It made me realise the importance of climate change and that the countries who do less harm suffer the most from it. It emotionally really touched me and also I admired Zaynab’s determination a lot!

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St Cedd's School
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:08 am
Reply to  Lina

Aww! Glad you connected with the emotion,

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Ashley O
March 8, 2022 6:49 pm

This book has a dual narrative of two characters named Zaynab and Lucas. Zaynab moves from Somaliland to Devon. Whilst, still grieving the death of her mother. Lucas has lived in Devon his whole life and unfortunately his father’s prejudiced opinions towards Zaynab due to her background has taken a toll on their relationship. However, Lucas does not encourage his dad’s opinions and instead defends Zaynab and proves to him that he was misjudging Zaynab. Zaynab feels strongly about her father’s choices and Zaynab decides to take matters into her own hands and become an activist for climate change. This event then escalated and somehow Zaynab at the age of 12 can stop a corrupt member of parliament from deceiving the whole world. 
 
Zaynab was heavily impacted by her mum’s selfless acts to help vulnerable communities in Somaliland and discovered her own passion and drive for climate change and helping others through her mum’s influence. Zaynab was very close to her mother, so her death has only left Zaynab with a shattered heart. However, Zaynab channels that energy into campaigning for climate change. Although, a lot of guilt is conveyed throughout the book, for instance when she did not communicate to her dad as she felt he left everything her mother worked for and left the people of Somaliland. 
 
She formally meets Lucas in school and together they are unstoppable. Therefore, promoting climate change in various ways through school and public events although Zaynab was discouraged she persevered even when in doubt. 
 
Zaynab becomes the voice of Somaliland and stands up for justice for those suffering. She becomes a huge activist for climate change with the help of her best friend Lucas and others. Proving that no matter what age and country you come from, if you use your voice correctly you can make a change anywhere. The most significant event in this story strengthens Zaynabs and Lucas’s bonds with their fathers. This event took her mind off her mum and mended her guilt and heartbreak. Overall, this book helps us look at how we are poisoning our own world and we need to use this as an opportunity to make a change for our planet. This book emphasizes climate change and informs the reader as how we can un-knowingly contribute to climate change. 
 
Overall, I believe that this book should be read by everyone as it is a topic everyone should be aware of as we live in a world that suffers from climate change. Additionally, the writer’s word choice and vocabulary strengthen the book itself as it entices you to continue the book and follow the ways of Zaynab. 

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:10 am
Reply to  Ashley O

Thank you. Lovely review. I hope the book does get read really widely because the climate emergency is the biggest challenge we face.

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Kelly O
March 8, 2022 6:50 pm

Burning Sunlight is a book with a twin narrative book where two completely different people meet and try to encourage climate change to end. Zaynab and Lucas are on a mission to change the planet for the better. Where Zaynab comes from (Somaliland) is not very known by the people in Devin, England. Her father is a well-known Professor and works for a company to help improve humanity, Zaynab and Lucas continue to encourage everyone to help the environment. Will they be able to discover the main plot before it is too late? That’s for you to find out! 
 
First, I really enjoyed how enthusiastic Zaynab is about climate change. She was influenced by her mother that used to help those in Somaliland struggling to provide for themselves and their families. Zaynab and her mum had an amazing relationship whereas Zaynab finds it hard to communicate with her father. I do believe some of the readers may relate to this as some people do find it easier to speak to one parent than the other. The main theme for the book is to promote climate change. It is a very smart idea for the author to have written about climate change because all of us as readers can relate. We all need to contribute to stopping climate change. Zaynab is so passionate about it that she can persuade adults to try. 
 
Zaynab herself is the main lead in the book. For such a youthful age being able to speak up for adults is just inspiring, she reminds me of a current climate change activist (Greta Thunberg). Lucas, being Zaynab’s best friend, supports her and it is a good trait to have even when your family discourages you from making friends with so called “troublemakers.” 
I did not have any dislikes towards the book. The topic/theme is a very current topic so reading about the slight changes that people are making has encouraged me to start helping the environment. 
Overall, the book was an inspiring, engrossing book. If I were to recommend this book to a certain age group, I would say (again) 10-13 years. Yet again because the context may be hard for young readers to understand as to what is happening out in the world 

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Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:11 am
Reply to  Kelly O

Thank you for this thoughtful review. The climate emergency is our greatest challenge and I am trying to do my bit to raise awareness.

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noah
March 10, 2022 12:56 pm

An energetic and holding book, about the significance of going to bat for what we put stock in, of not making decisions about others, of permitting each other to learn and develop, and the force of fellowship’ JUNO Magazine Zaynab is from Somaliland, a country that does not exist considering governmental issues and may before long be something like a desert. Lucas is from rustic Devon, which should be a world away. At the point when they meet, they find a typical reason: the environment emergency. Together they conquer their disparities to construct a Fridays for Future gathering at their school and battle for their entitlement to dissent and have a genuine effect on the nearby local area. In any case, when Zaynab reveals a plot which could obliterate the climate and individuals’ lives back home in Somaliland, she will remain determined to uncover it. Also, LUCAS HAS A BAD LIFE AT SCHOOL AND ZAYNABS MUM DIED . 
 
ND THAT SHE CAME FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. That about burning sunlight. The title of the novel, ‘burning sunlight’, is revealed in conversation between characters to refer to the burning of fossil fuels and peat in particular. There are timely parallels with environmental activism in the text and the rise of youth-centred environmental movements globally in the last few years. Staged ‘die-ins’ at science museums take place in the text, with the figures of the Red Brigade of Extinction Rebellion being used symbolically, as well as literally, by Simmons. A brief look at media coverage of would reveal just how timely Simmons’ novel is at tapping into that the zaynab was mums dead from cancer Zaynab, the main protagonist, uproots her life following the loss of her mother in Somaliland – not Somalia as she is at pains to point out! – and journeys with her climate scientist father to arrive in Devon. There, as the ‘outsider’, she attempts to find a sense of belonging in a new school, culture and environment. She embarks on an emotional journey, trying to make sense of what she sees as her father’s betrayal of her mother’s memory, as well as finding a sense of belonging and identity. 

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:12 am
Reply to  noah

This is a very perceptive review. Thank you. You’ve totally got it!

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Clara L
March 10, 2022 12:57 pm

This book Burning Sunlight is written by Anthea Simmons and was originally published on April 2021 another well known book written by her is ‘Lighting Mary’
This story is about Climate Change. This is unusual because this topic isn’t written a lot until the past year or two and even so not a lot of people do anything about it. It all happens during the course of a few months. The story begins in an abnormal way because it started as a fast forward from near the end of the book making readers very confused on what is happening. The events of the story follow on from one another by switching perspectives between Zaynab and Lucas.
 The main characters are Zaynab and Lucas, two 13-year-olds who are passionate to stop climate change. I would describe Zaynab as a confident and brave person since she mainly leads the group of people to do protests. The other character, Lucas, is quite shy and artistic as he mainly does the designing work like the banners. The author described them in great detail. For example, ‘she was tall, taller than me anyway, slim, almost thin, with a narrow face and sharp cheek bones and really big eyes with long black lashes…’. The character I liked most was Zaynab because she is very passionate about climate change and won’t back down no matter what and that’s the kind of people who we need to make a change. I did not like Lucas’ dad because he didn’t accept Zaynab because she was an immigrant and he didn’t like that Lucas is following her to protests. The main relationship in this book is between Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe them as a love-hate relationship because they argue sometimes especially when Liban is involved but when Zaynab hurt herself on the moors she only wanted Lucas to go on the ambulance with her. The characters that changed during the story are Lucas, Zaynab, Liban, Lucas’ dad and Mrs. Baldwin. This is what happened, Lucas got more confident than the old Lucas, Zaynab becomes more resilient and gains more friends, Liban is prouder of Zaynab and gets along with her more, Lucas’ dad gets along with Lucas more and approves Lucas being Zaynab’s friend, Mrs. Baldwin approves some protests and some of the ideas Zaynab and Lucas has offered her, she is also very proud of what Zaynab, Lucas and others are doing.
The story is written in a dual perspective (point of view from more than 1 person). This is important to the story because the book switches between Zaynab and Lucas to see their different perspective on things. The setting is described in great detail, for example, ‘I could see a storm coming in from the sea, miles away, heading for the moors like a massive army of black and grey fighters.’ How the characters felt and behaved were described in great depth, for example ‘I felt anger growing inside me, spreading like a poison.’ It was a good story because it was described in great detail and it shows different parts of life like, meeting people, death etc. Also, climate change is a very common topic at the moment. I would like to have changes the flashforward at the start because it makes it very confusing for readers.
I think the writer wanted to tell this story because climate change is very important topic right now and she wants to raise awareness. The book made me feel very motivated because Zaynab acting on climate change was very motivating. It made me think about my own background because I was just like Zaynab, an immigrant who didn’t really want to move countries but was forced to move to the UK with my dad. It also made me think about what I could do to help climate change considering Zaynab and Lucas is just one year older than me. I think it is important to say that the book is loud because I felt like this is a real story and it is speaking to me in a way. I would recommend this book because it is very motivating and it spreads awareness about climate change. 

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:15 am
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What a powerful review. Thank you. I am so pleased that the story resonated with you. I hope you are happy to be here, now!

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Imogen S
March 10, 2022 12:57 pm

Burning Sunlight is a thrilling, amazing novel with action and interesting, complicated characters. I couldn’t put it down. It is in the genre of Cli-fi (Climate fiction). The story is an intriguing, exciting and is about two young adults who want to change the world and make a difference. They are determined to help prevent the awful effects of Climate Change. Over the course of, four months, there go on many adventures to stop the Climate Emergency. We learn about the challenges these characters overcome. It starts of in a despondent, tragic, inciting way as we learn about how, the protagonist (Zaynab) has been “uprooted” from her home and how she has lost a pivotal figure in her life, her mother. These two experiences, protests accidents, to get environmental justice.

The two protagonists- Zaynab and Lucas who have contrasting personalities- become activist about the Climate Emergency. The two best friends are very different, Zaynab a empowered, motivated, confident girl, she is fiery and knows exactly what she wants and how she will achieve it. Lucas, is artistic, shy sometimes, and compassionate, he wants to protect the environment, but is afraid to shout what he wants to say. There two different personalities, make them great friends. Throughout the book, their personalities shine through, we receive a great taste of who they are. They are described in great depth, as the go along through this journey. We know that Zaynab is “taller” than Lucas, as Lucas says, “She was tall, taller than me anyway, and slim” All the characters, develop in this excellent story.

In Burning Sunlight, there was a bundle of engrossing characters who have many issues in their life. My favourite character was Aoife because she was ambitious but fun, she desires Climate Action, she wants to change things. My least favourite character, even though the only appear in one chapter is, Ella Chambers, she was a racist and an evil girl, she was a bully. I like how her character reflects the behaviour of some people in real life. This novel has many relationships that develop and blossom, like Zaynab and her father, I think this to me was very powerful, but the main relationship is between Zaynab and Lucas.  They have a beautiful, relationship and become very close. At the end of this incredible novel Lucas begs Zaynab to stay in England. This proves how close they are. “Stay!” I think this is a gorgeous passage. I like how this novel reflects real life issue and relationships many people have experienced. Many characters changed but the character who developed, changed the most is Lucas. He is an interesting character, as an introvert, at the start of the novel, it was intriguing to know how him and Zaynab relationship would bloom considering there very different personalities. As an introvert, it was hard for him to speak out, nevertheless, they became friends. Lucas had found a great friend in Zaynab as she taught him to be more confident, to shout about his views, opinions. This made it easier for the friends to protest about the major issue Climate Change. Zaynab made him more dominant, strong. He spoke out about his thoughts. It was enchanting, appealing to see him become like Zaynab. Him to have a part of her that makes her want to fight.

Burning Sunlight (written by Anthea Simmons), the chapters are written in the perspective of the two protagonists. This is not a usual thing for an author to do, to me this makes the book better. We experience their own, unique thoughts about the same moment. As well as that, we see their thoughts, for example, Zaynab thought” I was angry with Lucas. He had no business interfering with my father.” In some books, as an audience we don’t always know the burning emotions that the characters feel, because it is written in first person, or dual perspective, we know how they feel. This as an amazing effect to the story. It is a crucial part of this book. Otherwise, we don’t always know the characters emotions.

In this novel, the characters are described in great depth. Throughout, the story they are described by their own actions. As the do things, we see what they are like, Zaynab says this beautiful, truthful speech and I know what see is like, “Who pays as you burn sunlight? My people. We pay. Women and girls, in particular, we pay. Rape, trafficking, slavery, exploitation. These are all consequences of climate injustice. You carry on with your pollution and we pay the heaviest price of all- we pay our lives. This powerful, I know that Zaynab is a wonderful, ambitious human being. There are many key themes in the book, loss, poverty, climate change. In this speech, I see all the themes, in this passage.

Burning Sunlight is a good story, it reflects real life issues. As Zaynab has to move from her home Somaliland, which is being destroyed, damaged by the actions of us and Climate Change adds to the story to make is better. It is a story, but it was written in such a realistic way, it could have been non-fiction. The protagonist (with some help) wants to stop many actions that make Climate Change worst, unfortunately there are obstacles such as Lucas’s father, I wish I could change his behaviour towards Lucas at the start of the book. It was dis-respectful towards, Lucas. “Hah!” “Why?” Because you don’t like sausages. Fussy. That’s what you are!”  I find that is rude towards how Lucas feels.

I am thankful, that this story was written as I really enjoyed it, it was hard to put it down, and not be ion ore of the power Zaynab had, how she made a difference to this troubled, sometimes tragic world. I think Anthea Simmons the author wanted to write this book as she is passionate about Climate Action, I think this book is a way to make people take action and become activists. I was empowered by this book, I was motivated to make a difference, to act upon this issue.  It influenced me, to change things. I thought about the issues in this world, how it is not perfect, how there are many serious issues. Most people in this country are living a privileged life but our actions are affecting others, in a horrific way that we could only imagine, but it is real!

This book was inspiring! It hooked me in right from the start. I would
 recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Climate Change, I think though that may be attracting to anyone, even if they are not interested in Climate Change.

I would give Burning Sunlight 4.5 stars. Out of 5.

“It doesn’t stop until we stop the planet from Burning Sunlight!”

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:18 am
Reply to  Imogen S

Wonderful, perceptive review. Thank you.
I am glad you like the way Lucas develops.
Are you going to be a writer?

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Flynn M
March 10, 2022 12:58 pm

The story is about two children, Zaynab and Lucas. Zaynab has come from Somaliland and has moved to Devon. This is unusual because I had never heard of Somaliland before.
It happens over the course of 4 months. The story begins in an exciting way and builds up.
The main characters are Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe Zaynab as strong, brave and powerful because she was able to speak about her country and its problems. The other character, Lucas, is jealous of Zaynab’s bravery and how loud her voice is.
The author described Zaynab in great detail. For example, ‘she was tall, slim, with a narrow face and sharp cheek bones and really big eyes with long black lashes.
The character I liked most was no-one because I couldn’t really relate my personality to anyone but I still liked them all equally (good)
The main relationship was between Lucas and Zaynab. I would describe it as strong because when Zaynab was hurt and when people were being racist to her, lucas stood up for her and helped her.
The character that changed the most in the story was Zaynab’s dad. He changed from not having a good relationship with Zaynab, to having a good one, because he showed that he still cared about Somaliland and his wife.
The story is written in the first person and dual perspective. It is important to the story because it shows you two peoples perspectives and gives a greater description of the world inside of the book.

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:20 am
Reply to  Flynn M

Thank you for your review, Flynn. You’re right that Zaynab’s dad changes a lot..and for the better!

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Kamal O
March 10, 2022 12:58 pm

This book is about climate change/justice, and this is unusual because people know about it but do not really talk about it and bring it up, but this book is based around it and is about stopping it and making young voices heard. It all happens during the course of a few months and the story begins quite slowly but mysteriously; it is mysterious because it begins by saying “I lay on the smooth marble floor of the natural history museum, staring up through the bones of the giant 3D model of the Ichthyosaur.”. It then says ”It was as extinct as humankind would be if we did not do something soon. I was playing dead, but my heart was beating as fast as a hummingbird’s wings”. It is mysterious because it starts by telling us he was playing dead but not why.
The events of the story follow on from one another from different perspectives because Lucas and Zaynab (the main characters) both talk for themselves between chapters. I would describe Lucas as artistic but shy and quiet and the other character Zaynab as confident and not afraid to express herself. The author described them in detail. For example, at one point of the story it said, ”The woman who had spoken stood in front of us. Big. Wearing a massive woolly jumper covered in some disgusting crusty stains and what looked like clumps of animal fur. She smelled of cigarettes and something that reminded me of wet camel.”
The character I most liked was Lucas because we are quite similar, and he is not too annoying. But on the other hand, Zaynab can be a bit and bossy when it comes to climate change like at one part where she was telling her friends to do something about the climate when she shouted, “We have to have an aim, a purpose, a message!” She has good intentions but is so determined that she sometimes does not account for other people’s feelings.
The main relationship was between Zaynab and her dad and I would describe it as an unhealthy and building relationship because ever since Zaynab’s mum died, she felt like her dad did not care and did not like that, so she did not like him
much but the further into the story we get, Zaynab realises that he did care but was trying to move on and not make it change his life.
The character I think most changed during the story is Lucas because he became more confident with Zaynab’s help. In the story, after Zaynab moved to London, they coincidentally went to the same school and after Zaynab overly expressed herself went to the same school and after Zaynab overly expressed herself, that is when their friendship began.
The story is written in first person from different sides and this is important to the story because it explores both sides of the story in a simple, and not complicated, way. The setting is also described in great detail, for example it tells us where they are and exactly how it looks like when is said “We followed her down a path and into a low, dark house that smelled of cooking and something else I could not identify.
How the characters felt and behaved were described in great depth, for example it tells us that Lucas likes silence and art and daydreams a lot and Zaynab is very prompt about climate change. It was a delightful story because it tells us about the problems on Earth and has a fun and interesting plot to it. I would like to have changed the front cover because I feel like the way the title was displayed was not too good because yellow (the background) reminds me of happy things but the title itself is black and does not make too much sense to me. I also like to imagine how characters in a book look like and the front cover shows a picture of Lucas and Zaynab which ruins my imagination of the two characters.
The writer (Anthea Simmons) wanted to tell this story because she wanted to raise awareness that climate change is a severe problem, and we need to do something about it before it is too late. The book made me feel sad because it reminded me that if we did nothing about climate change then countries could get too hot, a lot of countries could flood, and the human species could go extinct. The book made me think about what would happen to Earth if we did nothing about climate change and made me want to do something about it. It is important to say that everyone should read Burning Sunlight to know the problems in world. I would recommend this book because it tells us about climate change and its problems and has an interesting story.

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:22 am
Reply to  Kamal O

Interesting comments re the cover. The black is meant to be like oil dripping down.
Thank you for your review. I am glad you liked the book overall.

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Paradise
March 10, 2022 12:59 pm

The Burning Sunlight, this book is about climate change which is a big topic/event in the world currently. Therefore, I think it’s an amazing, interesting book that I recommend. The story starts in a slow way, the events of the story follow one another by having both characters sharing their side of the story. The main characters are Zaynab & Lucas, I would describe Zaynab as rebellious, determined and audacious because she stood out about climate change. However, I would describe Lucas in a quiet and shy way because he isn’t brave like Zaynab and is quite quiet.  
 
The author described them in great detail due to the fact that Zaynab and Lucas are opposites meaning the author used juxtaposition by telling the story. The character I most liked was Zaynab because she was very determined and confident about what she wanted, I did not like Lucas because he was a bit too quiet towards the start. The main relationship was between Lucas and Zaynab, I would describe it as a relationship that wasn’t so strong but then builds up to be quite a strong friendship. 
 
The characters that changed during the story are Zaynab and Lucas, Lucas got more confident and Zaynab built resilience through her struggles at the time. Zaynab explained how much she cared about climate change due to her protests. This was a good story because it talks about a subject very important to the world. If I could change one thing it would be if Lucas was less shy but overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s important to say that the book is very good and I’m proud to say that I’m glad it got chosen as a juniper book. 

i would rate the book a 4 out of 5

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:23 am
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Thank you! You’re right about Zaynab!

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Alexa B
March 10, 2022 1:00 pm

Burning Sunlight is a very touching story and will inspire a lot of people of a young age. I know that it has moved me as an 11-year-old. This book is very inspirational. The story is about 2, 13-year-olds who work together and want to make a change to the world. Zaynab is a confident, natural leader who cares greatly about the environment but on the other hand Lucas is shy, a little bit confident, artistic and can express himself in many ways. They are both very passionate about climate change and want to make a change the world. This book also represents true friendship and helping one another out and to be there for each other.

My favourite bit of the story was when it was Zaynab’s first day of school and she described to everyone in the classroom what it was like in her country (Somaliland). I think the writer (Anthea Simmons) wanted to tell this story because climate change is a very key part of our world and is affecting the world very easily and quickly. The book made me feel inspired and passionate about climate change and wanting to change the world and make better life decisions.

The book made me think about what true friendship is and helping one another when needed. I think it is important to say that the book is trying to make more people climate aware. The setting is described in detail, for example the moors are explained in greater depth. This is important story because we can see the characters thoughts throughout the story. The characters that changed during the story are Lucas because he became way more confident through the story. This is what happened, his father started and respected and believing in him. For example, it says ‘You know what? Great! Give the billionaires what for!’.

I did not like Mrs Baldwin because she didn’t believe that Zaynab and Lucas could achieve their goal. I think that the book is good and when other people read the book, it will be a joy for them because I enjoyed reading the book.

Overall I would give this book a 10/10

 

 

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:24 am
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Thank you for this. Yes, true friendship is a very important theme, as well as inspiring people to do something about the climate emergency.

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Lucy A
March 10, 2022 1:00 pm

Burning sunlight is about climate action, this isn’t unusual as climate change is currently a big deal. The story was set in the countryside in Devon. Zaynab stays in a country house, you can see the moors from her bedroom window.

This story is about two children, a girl named Zaynab and a boy named Lucas. The story starts in a tragic way because Zaynab is on a train to Devon after loosing her mum to cancer. The reason she is moving to Devon from Somaliland is because her dad was offered a job with Jurassic oil and gas. On the train ride she ignores her dad because she feels he wants to erase her mum from their lives. After the train ride, Zaynab and her dad are in a taxi and they almost runs over Lucas (but she didn’t know that yet). On their first day of school Zaynab officially meets Lucas and they both have an interest in climate change, this is the start of their close friendship. Lucas and Zaynab organise a Fridays for future climate strike but this doesn’t last long because of their head teacher Mrs Baldwin. Mrs Baldwin let her and fifty other students go to a climate strike in a mall. At the strike Zaynab gives a speech telling people the affects of climate change in her home country. She discovers Jurassic oil and gas aren’t who they say they are. She creates a plan to expose them to the rest of the world.

The main characters are Lucas and Zaynab. Zaynab is outgoing, determined, confident and a little impulsive. On the other hand, Lucas is open minded, artistic and shy. These two work well together because Zaynab wants to get things done no matter the consequence but Lucas calms her down and makes shore her plans work without getting in that much trouble. The author describes them in great detain when Lucas says, “She was tall, taller than me anyway, and slim, almost thin, with a narrow face and sharp cheek bones and really big eyes with long dark lashes.” The character I liked most was Zaynab because she is a determined girl who has big ideas to change the world for the better. I didn’t like Mrs Baldwin because she used Lucas and Zaynab for the fame of the school. The main relationship was between Zaynab and her dad because he forced her to move to the UK but Lucas helped Zaynab forgive her dad and that strengthened their relationship. Lucas changes a lot during the story because he was shy and had no friends until he met Zaynab. After he became friends with Zaynab he opened up more and came out of his shell.

The story was written in first person because it tells the story from personal experiences. The story was written from two perspective this is more effective because we get to know how both characters feel. The way the characters feel was described in great detail because we knew Lucas had family issues because his dad never really respected his decisions.

I think the author wrote this book so people would know about how some parts of the world was affected by climate change. This book is inspiring because it can give people the courage to protest. This book makes me think about how we ruined peoples lives by driving to often or drilling oil. I would recommend this book to other people because she related her book to the real world.
7/10 stars

My favourite quote: “We have an aim, a purpose, a message” – Zaynab 😊

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 1:26 am
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Thank you for this perceptive review. You really got the message about what we do here having consequences elsewhere. Great!

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jean g
March 10, 2022 1:00 pm

Burning Sunlight is written by Anthia Simmons. The main characters in this book are Lucas and Zaynab. This is a very odd story as it Is                  written in dual perspective (form more than one person’s point of view). This is a very rare way to write a story. 
I didn’t really enjoy Burning Sunlight as there were many parts of the book that were not interesting at all as those parts of the book were not capturing our attention. Although I didn’t enjoy the book, it was very interesting that the author wanted us children to realize that pollution and climate change is destroying our planet and for us to act, as what we have done is not Environmentally friendly. 
This book is also about love and feelings about family, for example Zaynab’s family is detailed in great detail as the book says that her mum died from cancer and that her dad does not care, this makes Zaynab very mad as she cares a lot. We see this when she is on the train to move to England when she remembers all the good her mom had done. She hates this as she will be forced to leave Somaliland which is where all her mother’s memories and herself lie. 
Zaynab has been uprooted from her home in Somaliland to live in Devon as her dad has found a job there. Greiving for her activist mother, Zaynab decides to take a stand against the awful climate crisis. 
Lucas is a very reserved person at the start of this story, but as the story progresses, Lucas decides to take a stand, and this turns out to be a great decision as he becomes independent and sure of what he wants to do.  
 The start of this story is very confusing as it is after the end of the story. But then the story goes back in time and starts again. 
I think the writer wanted to write this story to get a point across that climate is getting worse and might be an even bigger problem. 
Now that I have explained everything I want, to sum up what I am saying, I think that this book is not my favorite but it is ok and I would like to recommend it. 
 

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:57 am
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Thank you for your review. It’s good that not everybody is crazy about the same books!

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Maya C
March 10, 2022 1:01 pm

Burning Sunlight book review 

 

Buring Sunlight begins with a mysterious atmosphere and the main characters are Zaynab & Lucas. It is a book about climate action, activism, friendship, and loss.  

In this book you get both perspectives, and you see approaches towards their action and emotions not just one person’s emotions but two this is called dual perspective. The setting is nicely explained and written in great detail.  

I would recommend this book to people with a love for the Earth and to tell younger people to fight for what is right. The characters have been described in great ways and each of the characters have a unique personality.  

I would have changed when Lucas and Zaynab met because Lucas was in the way of the car and got told off and whilst he was being shouted at, he saw Zaynab. 

Anthea Simmons can capture the characters very well and describe their emotions in great depth. She also captures Zaynab and Lucas’ relationship in great ways, making this fantastic duo. Both of them support each other and can keep each other on track, their friendship has developed over time, and they now have a stronger friendship. 

Zaynab is a strong young lady and wants her voice heard unlike Lucas who is a little less confident and would rather draw but still fights like Zaynab. These two different personalities complement each other in many ways, making them a great pair.  

 Personally, the book made me feel like I can also help to change but with the smaller things first. When Zaynab explained her feeling/emotions she is quite powerful and knows exactly what she wants when she wants it.  

I did not like Mrs. Baldwin because she tried to stop their protest and was not trying to help them. I also did not like Liban –Zaynabs dad- because he left his daughter to grieve on her own, but he does finally know about how Zaynab feels throughout them moving. 

 I did like Zaynabs mum –Fran- because she sounded fierce and strong and like Zaynab on top of the world when she is fighting/protesting for climate change. I also liked kitty because she was a firecracker and was little like Zaynab and kitty also carries a lot of power and wants her voice heard. 

 It was a delightful story because Anthea Simmons made it unique from other books with the climate action plot. It was a little boring at the start as there was not as much action, but it was a subtle way to start the book. I think the writer to tell this book to tell all people to start helping the Earth even from an early age.  

It is important to say that this book is amazing and is important to all people and it is an inspiring book with loads of climate action-packed pages.  

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:55 am
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I love Kitty! Glad you did, too! Thank you for a lovely review.

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Clover VB
March 10, 2022 1:01 pm

Burning Sunlight is a great book filled with emotion and interesting action. This story is about two children called Zaynab and Lucas. As they use climate protests to travel on an exciting journey together they change the world by putting their voices out there so everyone can hear there point on helping make the world great again.
This story is based on climate protests and action. I would say that this is more unusual as the book is about children protesting and it’s not considered normal for children to protest also I haven’t really seen many books about climate change so I was excited to finally get to experience reading a book about environment damage and protests. This story begins in a tragic way as we see that Zaynab is riding on the train just after her mum died. The events of the story follow one another as we see the change of perspectives between each character Zaynab, Lucas etc. The main characters in this book are Zaynab and Lucas who met on Zaynab’s first day of starting at a new school. I would describe Zaynab as a strong minded and willed individual who doesn’t give up easily. The other character Lucas I would say is open minded although he is sometimes negative and sees the bad side of things. In the book I would say that the author (Anthea Simmons) described the characters in not that much detail. For example she only described them a little bit and that was slowly throughout the book. The character I most liked was probably Zaynab because she was very determined and she cared for the planet just like I do. My least favourite character was probably Ella Chambers as she was introduced at the start of the book when she was being racist to Zaynab on their school bus about her hijab and her culture. The main relationship in the book is between Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe this relationship as a trust worthy close relationship as they can trust each other and Lucas helps Zaynab and Zaynab helps Lucas. The character that I would say that changed throughout the story the most is probably Lucas as at the very beginning of the book when Zaynab first met him he was really shy, then when he introduced himself and got to know Zaynab better he started to become more confident in himself and he started to speak up more.
This story was written in First person and dual perspective as it shows both perspectives of Zaynab and Lucas. The reason that the story being first person is important is because it really helps the story come together as
throughout the book both Zaynab and Lucas are shown through there perspectives. The setting of this story was in my opinion described in great detail as it describes that they are in Devon on a hill next to the moors. I think that the setting is one of the most important parts of a story because it puts that picture of what everything looks like clearly in your head and if you didn’t know the setting you wouldn’t really know what would be going on in the book. The feelings and behaviour of the characters were described in great detail for example the author especially described Zaynab’s feelings really well as throughout the book all her thoughts and insecurities were shown in her first person perspective. I feel like it was a good story because it has made me and probably other people more aware that the climate is in more danger than you think and that children are just as capable of protesting and putting there thoughts and concerns out there as adults. In the book the only thing I would’ve changed is the fact that Lucas and his thoughts and feelings weren’t described in as much detail as Zaynab’s and that would’ve made the story 10 times better than it is already.
I think that the writer probably wanted to tell this story because as I’ve already partly mentioned it makes people more aware and teaches them about climate crisis’s around the world so hopefully one day we can live on a healthy planet. The book made me feel sad because there was racism portrayed in the book and also excited because now people will hopefully listen more to what other people and there views have to say about varied subjects. The book made me think about racism as it’s at the start of the book and the reason I thought about this is that it’s really bad nowadays as people are becoming more disrespectful. It also made me think about how I can help defeat the climate crisis’s around the world. I think it is important to say that this book is very meaningful and interesting. I would recommend this author because I think she really knows how to write and intriguing story that could hook anyone in!

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:54 am
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Interesting comments re Lucas. I will bear them in mind n my next book. Thank you for your review! I am glad you liked the book overall.

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Boaz A
March 10, 2022 1:01 pm

Burning sunlight is about two teenagers called Zaynab and Lucas trying to stop global warming. This is unusual because normally teenagers wouldn’t be brave enough and as motivated as Zaynab and Lucas is.
It all happened during the course about four to five months. The story begins in a mysterious way that makes you curious about what is going to happen/ what has happened an the story follow on from one another by switching perspectives of the two main characters.
The main characters are Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe Zaynab as a risk taker, knowledgeable person since she had experienced what people normally wouldn’t and she always takes risks but they don’t always work out like how they’re supposed to be.
The other character, Lucas, is a balanced and open minded person since he doesn’t overdo anything but he is also open to new ideas.
The author described them in great detail. For example at the start when Lucas almost got ran over, the author described him in detail using Zaynab’s perspective.
The character I liked the most was Lucas because he thinks before he acts and he also has the same hobbies as I do.
I didn’t like Mrs Baldwin because she is stubborn and has a fixed mind set. She disagrees with Zaynab and Lucas about having to stop climate change but she also takes all the credit after the main characters did all the work.
The main relationship between Zaynab and her father. I would describe their relationship as strange and awkward because they don’t trust each other about anything and treated each other like strangers.
The character that changed the most during the story was Mr. Liban (Zaynab’s dad). At first, he seemed quite selfish and only cared about money and his own job. Over time, he starts to realize how Zaynab feels and starts to change for her.
The story is written in the first person. This is quite important because it makes us know how the characters feel. The setting is described in detail, for example when Zaynab and Lucas were on the moors, the author described what the moors looked like in great detail, like the three big heaps of rock and the trees.
How the characters felt and behaved were described in great depth, for example in the first few chapters, Zayneb felt ‘betrayed’ and was angry /mad with her father ( Mr. Liban ) and ignored him / didn’t talk to him on purpose.
This story was a good story because the story is very meaningful and taught us to be aware of climate change. It also taught us to be brave and the characters in the story were quite relatable.
I would like to have changed the last part where the new director of the oil company William was asking Zaynab and Lucas for advice because the main characters asked for many changes and even money and it made them look greedy.
I think the writer wanted to tell this story because she wants to help stop climate change and raise awareness of sexual abuse and global warming.
The book made me feel that we should care more about the environment and we should be brave and actually do something for the world and help save the earth. The story also made me think about the people in Africa or warmer countries that are suffering from thirst and hunger and how we could help them.
The book is about important things that affects our lives and it is very interesting at the same time. I would really recommend this author/book because the book/ burning sunlight doesn’t take a long time to finish but it’s so interesting that it makes you want to read it again and again.

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:53 am
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Thank you for this perceptive review. I am glad you enjoyed the book.

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Maria G
March 10, 2022 1:02 pm

Burning Sunlight is a very moving story about two thirteen-year-olds who work together to raise climate awareness. The protagonists are Zaynab and Lucas. Zaynab is a confident young woman, who has recently moved to Devon from Somaliland after her mother died of cancer. Lucas is a shy and artistic young man who, with the help of Zaynab, manages to gain more confidence and fights for what he believes in.

My favourite character was Zaynab as she was very enthusiastic about her role in climate change awareness and did not stop when people told her she could not help. My least favourite character was Ms Baldwin because she did not believe that Zaynab and Lucas could achieve what they wanted to, also, when Zaynab and Lucas were successful in their first protest she took all the credit and said that the school was extremely interested and aware of climate change. Lucas changed in the book as he was very shy at the beginning of the book and developed more confidence towards the end.

This story is written in the first person. This is important to the book as we can see the character’s emotions, thoughts, and opinions. How the characters behaved is described in great depth, for example, Zaynab is very enthusiastic about climate change and climate awareness, so she stood up and spoke for her country. If I could change anything in this book, I would change Zaynab’s view of her father as he really cared about her, however, Zaynab ignores him and thinks that he has forgotten about her mother.

The author wanted to tell this story because climate change is a noticeably big issue, and young people should be interested in standing up and making a change to prevent it from happening. This book made me feel terribly upset about how climate change is affecting different countries. It also made me think about the things that schools can do to try and prevent climate change from happening.

It is important to say that the book is inspiring young adults to learn and act more about climate change. I would recommend this book because it is remarkably interesting and allows us to learn more about climate change and what people are doing to prevent it.

Overall I think this was a very interesting and inspiring book.

I loved it and I would give it a 10/10

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:52 am
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Mrs Baldwin is my least favourite character, too! Thank you for this great review.

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conrad
March 10, 2022 1:02 pm

This book is about climate change, and it tells us how to do climate strikes without having to hurt anyone. The story begins in a mysterious manner.
The main characters are Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe Zaynab as a very brave and passionate person, the other character, Lucas, is a very shy and brave person as well. The author describes Zaynab and Lucas in detail. For example, in the text it talks about where Zaynab and Lucas came from and who they are. The character I liked most was Lucas because he was a genuinely nice and brave person. Also, he would do anything for Zaynab. The character I did not like was Zaynab’s dad because he took Zaynab to London and she wanted to stay in Somaliland. The main relationship was between Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe this as a friendship relationship. The character that changed less in the story was Lucas because he became less shy as time went on. This happened because he was part of more protests.
This story was written in the first person, this is important because then you can have two proximities. How the characters felt and behaved were described in great depth, for example, we find about their backstory and what happened in their lives. Burning Sunlight was a delightful story because it talks about climate change, which is an especially important subject. I would like to have changed Lucas’ shyness because I would have liked him to be a big part of the protests as well.
I think the writer wanted to tell this story because she is passionate about climate change. The book made me feel disappointed in myself because I have not thought much about climate change. It made me feel about the ice melting in Antarctica and the wildfires in Australia and the Amazon Rainforest. I would recommend this book to people who have a passion for climate change and think a lot about it.

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:50 am
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Thank you so much for your review. I am glad it made you think more about climate emergency.

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Donal O'c
March 10, 2022 1:03 pm

The story is about two teenagers named Zaynab and Lucas fighting for climate right .This is unusual because young kids don’t usually protest .It all happens during the course of 4 months .The story begins in a mysterious way because you want to know who Zaynab and Lucas are and why Zaynab has crutches .The events of the story follow on from one another by having two perspectives .

The main characters Zaynab and Lucas I would describe Zaynab as brave , adventurous , strict , bossy and daring .The other character Lucas is open minded , kind , careful and he finds positives in negatives .The author describes them in great detail . For example they would show Zaynab is important by people listening to her and obeying her . The character I most liked was Lucas because he made sure Zaynab didn’t do anything she shouldn’t .I did not like Mrs Baldwin because she wasn’t kind to much people and she was particularly mean to Zaynab .
The man relationship was between Lucas and Zaynab , I would describe their friendship as balanced because Lucas helped Zaynab and her dads relationship and in return Zaynab made him more daring .The characters that changed throughout the story Zaynab and her dad because at the start they were enemies and at the end they were a happy family . This is what happened , Zaynab and her dad ( Liban ) weren’t happy with each other because Zaynab thought Liban had forgotten about her dead mum and that he had erased her from his life . Then she finds out he hadn’t erased her and that it just hurt him too much inside .
The story is written in first person. This is important to the story because then you can be in both characters shoes . The setting is described in great detail , for example the writer makes you able to pictures the places in your mind like Somaliland or wherever they are in the U.K . How the characters felt and behaved were described in great detail , for example you would know Lucas felt sad and betrayed after Zaynab called him a wimp , you know this because he left the call instantly . It was an exciting and interesting story because you know how the characters feel and every time you have to put the book down it leaves it on a cliff-hanger so your looking forward to the next time you can read the book . I would like to have changed the bit where Zaynab chose to stay at U.K because it would have been good for a goodbye scene .
I think the writer wanted to tell this story because they wanted people to be aware about climate change and what’s happening in some of the poorer countries . The book made me feel a little bit worried about what’s happening to the planet but it also reassured me that people still care about the planet . It made me think about Greta Thumberg because this story is about climate change and Greta Thumberg is most well known activist in the world . I think it is important to say that the book is about a real problem because climate change is real and it’s ruining the Earth .
I would recommend this book because it is intriguing , exciting and you never want to put the book down .
Overall I give this book a 4 / 5 stars .
My favourite quote is “ We have an aim , a purpose , a message. “ by Zaynab . 

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:50 am
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Thank you for this excellent review. I was in two minds whether to send Zaynab back or not…I think I hoped there might be a sequel and Lucas would get to go to Somaliland, too.

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Dylan C
March 10, 2022 1:05 pm

i think this book is a good one i like the plot it just wow 10/10

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:47 am
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Thank you!

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Felix
March 10, 2022 1:08 pm

Burning Sunlight

This wonderful story book is about climate action and a few young children that are ready to act on making everyone know that it is a thing. This is normal because the climate is a big topic and needs to be spoke about more often. Everything happens in the story over a few months, the start of the story is quite mysterious and eerie because they start of roleplaying dead on the natural history museums floor. The events in the story follow by two different perspectives.
The main characters are Zaynab a confident young girl and Lucas a reserved young boy that is quite shy, I would describe them both as extremely persistent people that everybody should look up to. The dad is not mentioned very often because Zaynab feels like he has forgotten about her and her mother but further into the story he starts to open, and she realizes that he is mourning too.                                                                                         

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:47 am
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This is a very sensitive review. Thank you.

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Poppy Hooper
March 10, 2022 1:09 pm

BURNING SUNLIGHT 

 
The story is about climate change. This is normal because these things happen in real life. It all happens during a couple of months. The story begins in a slow way. The events of the story follow one another by having both characters share their stories. The main characters are Zaynab and Lucas. I would describe Lucas as a hard worker, and he always has his head down whatsoever. The other character, Zaynab, is confident and does wants best for the country. 
 The author describes both the characters in detail, for example, she describes Zaynab as very confident, and she describes Lucas as hard working, and he always has his head down. The character I most liked was Zaynab because she wants the world to be a better place and for everyone to help save the world from climate change, although she can be a little bossy its ok because if people don’t listen then you must be bossy to get their attention and to make things more serious than they already are. Maybe she doesn’t think of how her instructions come across. 
 I did not like Lucas that much, but I do honestly think he is a nice person and has a nice personality, but he didn’t help Zaynab by changing climate change and he was a little quiet but that might be because he is shy. The main relationship was between Zaynab and Lucas, I would describe this like at the beginning of the story they had a bit of a distance then at the end it had a good connection. The characters that changed in Burning Sunlight were both Zaynab and Lucas because Lucas got more confident when he met Zaynab and Zaynab was more resilient.  

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Anthea
March 19, 2022 12:46 am
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Well done for spotting how Lucas develops and for understanding why Zaynab has to be a bit bossy!

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