Year 8 Book Club review: ‘Buffalo Soldier’

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To kickstart the first Year 8 Book Club of the year, Miss Grant selected Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman, with a much-appreciated recommendation from Dr James. Tanya Landman visited St Mary’s to talk to us earlier this term, so it was interesting to read one of her award-winning novels. 

We were given until just after Half Term to finish the book to ensure ample reading time at a leisurely pace. We then gathered in November to share our thoughts (and yummy food) on some of the themes and issues raised in the book, along with our opinions of the book itself.  

Set at the end of the American Civil War, the novel follows the plight of Charley, a freed African-American slave, who disguises herself as a man and joins the US Army who are fighting Native Americans. A tale of horrors and suffering, but also love and compassion, Landman asks the question: What does it truly mean to be free?  

Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience   –  both reading the book and the discussion – and I would recommend that all MIV come along , even just once. The ratings given by all the girls were very high and Buffalo Soldier was described as emotional, extremely memorable and a book not to be missed.  

We have selected Radio Silence by Alice Oseman as our next Book Club read: please contact Miss Grant if you would like a copy of the book, and to join us for our next meeting after Christmas. 

By Alexandra, MIV (Year 8)