Kid’s Book Review: I Am The Minotaur

Kid’s Book Review: I Am The Minotaur

About the Book and Author

This is a gritty yet touching story of one teenager’s struggles with bullying and isolation, written by Carnegie Medal Winning author Anthony McGowan and published by Oxford University Press in partnership with Barrington Stoke.

Matthew is 14 and is struggling to fit in – something that’s extra hard when you’re taking care of your mum, being bullied at school, and have earned the nickname Stinky Mog because of your poor personal hygiene. On top of all that, he wants to catch the attention of one of the coolest girls in school, Ari. Ari doesn’t walk: she floats, like mist on the water. And she’s as sporty as she is cool. When Ari’s brand new bike is stolen, Matthew spots his chance to make a good impression by getting it back for her…

I am the Minotaur
Anthony McGowan author

Anthony McGowan is a multi-awarding winning author of lots of brilliant books for children, young adults and grown-ups! The best place to find out more about him and his writing is to visit his website.


Book Review

It is a gripping story that keeps you hooked from start to finish; it is dramatic and made me feel emotional

I Am The Minotaur, is a touching story about a young boy living in poverty who refers to himself as the minotaur because he feels rejected and unloved.

He is bullied and called ‘Stinky Mog’ because he cannot afford new clothes. In order to impress a girl named Ari, he decides to find her stolen bike and return it to her.

It is a gripping story that keeps you hooked from start to finish; it is dramatic and made me feel emotional.

Even though I don’t usually read books like this, I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it for people looking for new things to try.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Alexandra
  • Age: 12 years
  • Likes: reading, cats and Minecraft
  • Dislikes: vegetables and walks
  • Favourite Book: Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Favourite Song: Satellite of Love by Lou Reed
  • Favourite Film: Guardians of the Galaxy