Rebel – A Book Week Scotland Book
Review – 4 Stars ****
It’s now half-way through Book Week Scotland. Anyone can be part of it, even if you cannot make it to one of the many events happening around the country. Within libraries, there is a FREE BOOK called Rebel by the Scottish Book Trust and is funded by the National Lottery. It is free and you can keep it. Rebel can be collected at your local library this week.
Blurb and Extra Info From the Book
Everybody rebels. It’s part of what makes us human: to occasionally do the things we know we shouldn’t, say the things we know will provoke a fight against things we believe are unjust. Rebellion incites opposition and change, allows us to find our own individual voices and inspires future generations to challenge convention and expectation.
These true stories give insight to the rebellious side of the people of Scotland and some of its most talented writers.
This book is a present to you from Scotland Book Trust in celebration of Book Week Scotland 19-25 November 2018. This book is unsuitable for those aged 14 and younger due to some of the mature content and strong language used in some of the pieces of
There are enough different ways of writing under this year’s theme Rebel to satisfy most people. The book is split into sub-groups or sections with between 5 and 9 pieces of small works in each. The book itself is 128 pages, so it’s nice and small for any reader over the advised age of 14. It’s a nice enough book that is well put together. There is a mix of fun, poignancy and issues that are all relatable to on some level or another in the writing, that is also interesting. It is good that the few Gaelic pieces have been translated into English too, making them more accessible.
Split into 6 sections:
- Yer No Tellin’ Me Whit Tae Dae (You’re not telling me what to do)
- I’ll Show You a Rebel!
- Patter (Banter)
- Whit Did You Ca Me (What did you call me)
- Am I a Rebel
Each section has between 5 and nine pieces of work within it. Each piece is only a page to a few pages long. There are a number of true stories, some pieces make a real statement about what is going on now with the closing of libraries and how they need to be supported. Other pieces are pure fun. There’s a real mix of story and poetry, all which are true all telling what Rebel means to the writers who have contributed to this book.
10 of the best pieces in my opinion, in no particular order, are:
The Cold War by Michelle Frost.
The book actually kicks off with this. It isn’t Cold War as you may initially think. It actually takes place in a classroom. I love the thought, descriptions and analysis given within this, especially of a teacher mentioned within it. You really get a sense of the atmosphere.
Rebel Boots by Amy Moreno.
A poem about her big clunky boots and how to fashion can be rebellious but changes as we age, and yet there’s still a little bit of that rebellious, stubborn side to stay young within all of us
Fairy Cakes by Zoe Sutherland.
A paragraph of relatable fun of making fairy cakes. It’s cute and sweet, just like fairy cakes.
Rebel by Sara Sheriden
It’s about being a reader and a writer and well…. she tells of doing something rather different from using words to make a point. It’s a very well written quick read. It sets the scene well, the imagery well and gets to the point fast. There’s also an interesting sentence that let’s readers get a short glimpse at the type of books she writes and doesn’t write.
Rover by Todd Sharkey
Sometimes stuff happens in life, even if you’re a guy and it is okay to show emotions and it’s okay to be supported is the message that comes across. This is very well-written from the usual male response of being fine to the issue to the willingness to want to support a friend. It’s an important read for any male (and even females). The descriptions of the setting and scenery are vivid and brilliantly well-conceived. There’s a real poignancy about this piece of writing.
Hell Bent by Jayne Baldwin
A quick story about clothing and trying to go out. Read the story to see if Lizzie, who has heard all the disapproving comments before about her attire and find out if she goes out dressed in a particular way or not and if it is really outrageous! It’s written with action from the beginning and runs with it until the end in a way, most will find familiar.
The Revolt of the Socks by Jo Clifford
I love this title. It’s quirky and fun. It has the most fabulous, most important message contained within it and that is: To Be Yourself. This made me smile. (This isn’t in the story, nor the book, but just came to mind. There’s a fabulous, well-known quote I take with me through life by Oscar Wilde that is “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken”. That’s what popped into my mind as soon as I finished reading this.
The Book by Kathleen MacDonald
It’s a short poem that has as a sense of humour.
The Right to Read by Angie Walker
It reflects on what is going on with library closures. It gets the point about why libraries are so important very well. It’s a quick read that leaps off the page. It is after all something that not just Scotland, but the whole of the UK faces daily and has been for a few years now.
Let’s Build a Morgue by Professor Dame Sue Black
It is about exactly that. This is an interesting piece about a morgue and how the mortuary became fully funded with the assistance of crime writers like Val McDermid. The first Theil cadaveric facility in the UK came into being in Dundee University and has many accolades now attached to it and is used as a training facility for surgeons. It’s a fascinating quick read!
There are of course many more stories and poems within the 128 paged book, all tackling the main theme of Rebel for readers to explore.
Title: Rebel by various authors
Publisher: Scottish Book Trust
Purchase Point: Free to pick up at your library and keep.