Stories can bring us hope during difficult times

Inspired by the true story of the Oxford soup peddler, this is an uplifting tale dealing with homelessness, cancer and the idea that one small act of kindness can result in a huge change.

An emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end which will hopefully result in a pandemic of kindness!

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King Edward VI Grammar School

The Soup Movement is an impeccable book. It was so hard to put the book down. I loved every page of it and at the end of the book I cried. It is the best book I have read so far.

Dena Stock Habs Girls

This book is the best book that I have read so far. It was so moving and I couldn’t stop crying. I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down- my little sister had to drag me away from it so I could have something to eat! I thought that it was funny and moving at the same time and it tackles a very important issue, so I now know more about this subject. It shows that you shouldn’t be predudiced and people automatically assume things when they see homeless people. It was so perfect when everything came… Read more »

Rosie, Moulsham High School

This book is fantastic! The back story is woven into the story but the story gives no hints to the hints about the back story. It’s great how he helps the community and I feel a lot of people at the moment want to be famous on social media. It was also very emotional.

A question to the author is can you relate to any of the characters? If not, which is your favourite character?

10/10 recommended.

Emily, Moulsham High School

I really like this book because it shows the reader that you should be mindful that homeless people aren’t as priviledged as some of us, so we should try our best to be kind. I haven’t finished this book yet but it’s really enjoyable to read and it spreads awareness about a few different matters in the world. My question to the author would be How did you come up with this storyline?

Rosie, Moulsham High School

This book is extremely good! Whenever I had the chance to read this book, I would. I especially liked the beginning of the book with the hospital vlog. The characters connections are really good too and there are a mixture of feelings.
Question for Ben:
How do you connect with the readers when you write?

Emily, Moulsham High School

I loved this book! It was really enjoyable and made you want to read on. I enjoyed this book soooo much that I read it in 2 days and read it in break and lunch at school.

It is about a boy that begins a soup movement. It is really gripping and makes me think about this situation and how the homeless must be suffering. A lovely tale, really emotional.

Ms Adams, Moulsham High School

I loved this book! The characters felt very genuine and I warmed to them instantly. The hospital blog describing his friendship with Rio I found very emotional and at times I’ll admit there were more than a few tears! This book teaches that even as one person you have the power to make a difference, but when you come together with others with a common cause, you can achieve great things! There are messages of hope, of resilience and of kindness throughout this book, and these could not be more timely. That it is inspired by the true story of… Read more »

Rahni Haberdashers Askes School for Girls

This book was absolutely impeccable because it made me think about the everyday problems homeless people have to face. The soup movement has everything. It will make you laugh, cry and appreciate the situation you are in. This book was very emotional and I like how the author made everyone connected like one big family. The soup movement has inspired me to reach out and help those in need. As the pages went on I became part of the story, sitting on the edge of my chair screaming advice to the characters as if they were right there. This book… Read more »

Maya from Haberdashers Askes School for Girls

The Soup Movement I was once told that good books should do three things to a person: It should make you laugh; it should make you cry; and it should make you think. I am pleased to say the soup exceeded all my expectations. As a person who is passionate about homeless peoples rights, I feel like this book really showed the reader how important it is to respect them. The plot was told in a non-chronological order. We are told two separate stories at the same time, and as they both unfold, we learn more about Jordan and his… Read more »

Kylesh A, KEGS

This book is written from the perspective of a young boy called Jordan and it is about spreading joy across the country. He shows one act of kindess (or a mitzvah) to one person and everone across the country starts performing mitzvahs as well! It is a heart-warming, emotional story and I would rate it 10/10.

Sushant L KEGS

True, out of all the books I have read, this one made me cry the most. A very emotional and excellent book in fact, I found it so hard to keep the book down.

Olivia M @mhs

WOW! What a heartwarming book with a great message behind it! It is always nice to see a book which relates to the local situations and tells a story to inspire others to do something about it. This book is a 10/10 and even made me cry. This novel really makes people aware about poverty and illnesses and how unlucky some people are. My question to the author would be what inspired you to create the characters life story many thanks Olivia

Sophie, Great Easton Primary School

This is a book that highlights homelessness, cancer and taking a stand to do what is right. An emotional piece of work, it made me cry and wonder why not everyone takes an opportunity to do something right. I don’t like this book, I love it!

Solan I KEGS

I would highly recommend this book! It is a great combination of tragedy and suspense, with some subtle humorous moments as well! The bond between Rio and Jordan is incredibly emotional, filled with immense affection, and when tragedy strikes, they still have each other! In addition to this, there are several noticeable lessons and morals we learn by the end of the story; help others as you do not know what they could be going through, be confident and take things in your stride when in tough times and finally, kindness always overpowers hatred. The feeling of suspense is conveyed,… Read more »

Emma MHS

WOOOOOOOOOOAAAAH!! one of the best books ever! it warmed my heart to see how Jordan, who was struggling with his heath could have been selfish and seeked attention but chose to help people who needed the simple things more than him. it broke my heart when Rio died. this book inspired me to try my hardest and be my kindest wherever i could! defiantly would recommend!

Vihaan G, KEGS

The story revolves around heart rendering, real life hurdles. I am quite amazed that the author has astoundingly described the ever-pressing tragic events using unique creativity to enforce imagination in the reader’s mind.  I felt this book very depressing and melancholy to read because of the never ending, devasting episodes.  Despite all the gloominess and sadness, the book is extremely inspirational and motivational and teaches you to become a fighter and to never give up under any calamitous circumstances. I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone needing inspiration. 

Gabriel from Great Easton Primary

The Soup Movement is an outstanding book and I couldn’t put it down.
All of the gentleness of the characters was very touching .
It is a story full of gratitude and love, Ben Davis is a very inspiring author.

Oscar, KEGS

This story, written by Ben Davis, focuses on two aspects – the problems the main character, Jordan (but who Rio refers to as Ollie), solves for other people, and his own problems. This book is gripping yet really moving and, to be honest, quite emotional!
I like the few plot twists hidden in a few different places, and the link between Jordan’s ‘Hospital Blog’ and the main storyline really interconnect well. 10/10!

Katie clayton hall academy

I loved this book it was so heart warming and sweet. I would recommend this book because its the right balance between happy and sad. And focused on some issues in todays world like homelessness and cancer long story short 10 OUT OF 10 i will recomend this to everyone 😄😁

Sofia moulsham high

this book was amazing it guided me through tears, laughter and excitement. overall a brilliant read. the characters were really well developed too!