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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!
-Emma,MHS

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!

Becky, Moulsham High School

This book is incredible! It is so motivational and moving, especially as it brings up a very common, however difficult situation, homelessness. It definitely gave me a better insight on what lots of people go through every day, and inspired me to do more about that. It shows that even when the worst things have happened, you can always make a change. I cannot say how emotional this was to read. One moment I was smiling and laughing at one of the humorous characters, yet the next page was making me cry! It is amazing how some words can make you… Read more »

Katie Eckington school

This book wad fantastic! I love how Ben Davis incorporates real life issues into the book (cancer and homelessness). I would definitely recommend this book but be warned! It is hard to put down!!

James KEGS

This is an exceptional book that is so well written I have to classify it as my favourite book. It is a heart-warming story that is about how tough life really is and that one boy doing one mitzvah can change the world forever. I can not stop thinking how words in a book can bring out a tough issue in such a way that makes you want to help. I have read the book a total of around fifteen times and cannot wait for Ben Davis to do more exceptional writing.
James

Patryk Hylands School

The Soup Movement is an amazing book that I really enjoyed reading. It has awesome characters and an inspirational message about homelessness. It’ll probably be one of my favorite books of all time. Thank you for this amazing experience!

Megan Hylands School

The Soup Movement is a great book, it shows struggles people are going through right now.

Karina, St Cedd's School

The Soup Movement is an amazing book, I really enjoyed it. I love the cover and the fact that the title is so much part of the story. I could not put this book down. I even asked my mum over and over again if I could go upstairs to my room and finish reading it and this never happens to me! I was sad when the book ended. Maybe make another book? Book 2? I recommend this book to everybody in the world! I really love this book, it’s fantastic!

Mrs Wheater, St Cedd's School

Funny and sad and fast and emotional, really emotional! I really liked the way this story jumps between Jordan being in hospital and his life at home and school. From Jordan’s frazzled mum to Abi the social influencer, to wonderful Rio. From illness to homelessness to social justice, this book was packed with big issues and big characters and I was with them all the way. If you liked this book I recommend The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf.

Sam, Moulsham High School

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it’s really inspiring and heartwarming .In some areas it almost brought a tear to my eye, and I thought it really shone a light on the goodness of peoples’ hearts .It’s quite relatable as everyone at some time in their life will experience grief. But if I could change one thing, I would probably link the paragraphs more as the hospital blog and the main story don’t have a smooth transition and you could get easily mixed-up about what part of the storyline you are reading, however I personally did not find trouble in… Read more »

Anna-Maria, Hockerill European Anglo School

The story is about a boy named Jordan that had cancer in the past, then he goes to school and the story tells about his life now and in the past when he had cancer. Later in the story, Jordan gives his soup to a homeless man named Harry because he feels silly with the soup that his mum made him then Jordan’s sister, Abi, starts a social media movement about this. This is not normal because usually Year 9 boys do not talk to homeless people. This story is told through out the time of one year. I think… Read more »

Seth Hockerill Anglo European College

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis This story is about a boy trying to help the homeless and trying to make a change. This story is normal because activism is constantly happening, especially in this day and age. The entire story happens over the course of roughly a year however the story begins in a slow way, interchanging between past and present. The main characters are Rio, Jordan, and Abi. I would describe Rio as quite funny and cheerful but can also be quite unlikable, which contrasts with Jordan who can be somewhat cynical at some points. I can retrieve… Read more »

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saphiya hockerill anglo european college

This story is about s boy who just came out of hospital after having cancer. This is normal because he got recognized. It all happens through the course of a year. This story begins in a slow way.  The main characters are, Jordan, Rio, Abby, Jordans mum, Harry. I would describe Jordan as a calm and shy kind of person. The other person Rio is someone with a very chatty personality. The author described them in detail. The character I liked the most was Rio as even though due to her illness she still has fun and does good even though she could pass at any moment. The characters… Read more »

Hockerill Anglo-European College

                             The soup movement      The story is about a boy named Jordan and how he begins in a new town where Jordan must start a new chapter of his life, he gets a flask of his mum’s wholesome soup but gives it to s homeless man instead, so his friend didn’t think less of him and made fun of him for carrying it around. Soon after his sister finds out. She stars a Social Media account about how he feed the homeless man. Next that small change kicked off and started a powerful movement called the soup movement. This was unusual as it’s not seen often that a child and homeless man have a relationship. It all happens during… Read more »

Gerda Hockerill Anglo European College

Soup Movement Book Review   The story is about a boy called Jordan, he had cancer and because of that his mum is very overprotective and she also always packs Jordan a flask of her home-made soup! Jordan didn’t want to eat it so one time when he went out at lunch with his friends, he gave his soup flask to a homeless man called Harry the story carries on from there. This is unusual because you don’t usually see a young child connecting with a homeless man and giving him food. It all happens during the course of a… Read more »

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William, Hockerill Anglo-European College

The Soup Movement is an inspirational book about small acts of kindness and how they can help change the world. It starts with a boy called Jordan who has just had cancer. During his time in hospital, he met a girl called Rio who told him about mitzvahs (small acts of kindness) and how they can encourage others to do good deeds as well. When he returned from hospital and went back to school, he was asked out to lunch with the ‘popular kids’, however when one of them started bullying a homeless person so he stuck up for the… Read more »

Elise, Hockerill Anglo European College

This story is about mitzvahs, cancer and generosity. It shows that a small act of kindness, can create a huge change. It’s about a boy named Jordan who recently moved to pond stead. Jordan goes to the hospital and meets a girl called Rio who is in a similar position to himself (Rio comes up with the main idea to start mitzvahs). I wouldn’t say this is a usual story because I don’t think I would come up with an idea to start mitzvahs or start giving soup to homeless people. This story happens over a course of a round… Read more »

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Kiki Hockerill Anglo European College

My book review for the Soup Movement In English group 7C, we have been reading a book called the Soup Movement as our main subject for Unit 3 perspective. I will be writing this book review using four sub-headings, plot, characters, general and comments on style. These will help give me structure to my book review and set it out in a nice way. Plot This story is about a boy called Jordan, whom had recently been in hospital because of cancer, moved to a new town in the suburbs for more ‘fresh’ air. As lunch, his mum starts packing… Read more »

David Hockerill Anglo European College

Review of the soup movement This is what I like about the book and my thoughts. Plot This book is about a regular kid named Jordan and he has been through a lot, he was bringing soup to school from his mom, then ended up giving it to a homeless person this started a friendship between the two. His sister finds out this and starts the soup movement: giving soup to homeless people. After radical stunts for their homeless friends, they went viral, and a worldwide soup movement was started. This book has two unusual worlds with Jordan and Harry… Read more »

Ethan Hockerill Anglo European Collage

The Soup Movement Written by Ben Davis The story is about a boy called Jordan who had cancer at a really young age, he was only around about my age (12). He usually gives his homemade soup he does not like to the homeless man he befriended called Harry. Jordan does not like his mums wholesome soup. At the beginning of the story Jordan went out with his friends to the local fish & chip shop at the end of school, that was when he spotted the homeless man’s tent. Jordan’s mum found it very unusual and uncomforting that Jordan… Read more »

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Avani-Hockerill

The soup movement book review In 7C we have been reading the soup movement as a class and I have specially enjoyed this book. I will be writing a book review about the plot characters general and from my perspective. Plot The story is about a boy called Jordan whose mum gives him flasks of soup for lunch at school however he does not like them so one day when he goes out for lunch with his friends, he finds a homeless man and decides to give him the flask of soup which then spreads worldwide as an act of… Read more »

Chantal, Hockerill Anglo-European College

The story is about a boy, who had cancer, and he moved to another city to have more help in him Disease. When he moves, he met Rio, a girl with him same age and they became very close friends in the story. Everyday Jordan’s Mum give him a soup for lunch. One days Jordan was with him friends and see a tramp in the floor, and he give him soup to him. That was the first Mitzvahs who will do. It wasn’t a good story for me, because is not a book that attract you (that makes you read and read without crowing the reading), there is also no enthusiasm, I know it’s a book made… Read more »

Elodie Hockerill anglo European College

This book is about a young boy who made a promise to do good in the world and help everyone that he possibly can, and all of this happens over the course of just under a year. This book does start of quite slowly but as it goes on it speeds up by quite a bit. It is a good story that has a good bit of character development and you get to see stuff from their perspectives.   The characters in this story are, Jorden, Rio, Abby (Jorden’s sister), Harry, his homeless friends, Daria and her friends and William.… Read more »

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Louis, Hockerill Anglo European

Plot                                 *mitzvah= Jordan and Rio promised each other to help others.     The story is about a young boy called Jordan. Before, he was in the hospital as he had cancer and there, he met a girl called Rio. They both made a mitzvah*. Later on, Jordan’s mum makes flasks of soup, and Jordan gives his flask of soup to a homeless man that lives in the park in a tent and that leads to more and more friendship and love and sadness. This is unusual because children don’t usually help the homeless people, only adults do charities. It all happens during… Read more »

George Hockerilll anglo European collage

The soup movement book review The soup movement is a book about a boy called Jordan who has suffered from cancer at a young age and struggled to make friends. Jordan ends up giving a homeless person his disgusting soup that his my had made him. Him and the homeless man end up raising awareness of the homeless problem that is a problem everywhere (with the help of ‘social media’ star Abi (Jordan’s sister)) the one mitzvah turns into a whole host of amazing deeds the changes the world which ends up saving life. Indulge yourself into Jordan’s past and… Read more »

George Hockerilll anglo European collage

The soup movement book review The soup movement is a book about a boy called Jordan who has suffered from cancer at a young age and struggled to make friends. Jordan ends up giving a homeless person his disgusting soup that his my had made him. Him and the homeless man end up raising awareness of the homeless problem that is a problem everywhere (with the help of ‘social media’ star Abi (Jordan’s sister)) the one mitzvah turns into a whole host of amazing deeds the changes the world which ends up saving life. Indulge yourself into Jordan’s past and… Read more »

Danielle Hockerill Anglo European college

The soup movement book review                                     Today I will be writing a book review about the soup movement by Ben Davis.  The story is about a boy with cancer ( it has finished ) whose mother gave him soup all the time in the hospital and when he was realized from the hospital; on his way to school his mother gave him a flask full of soup however he did not want it so near school he gave the soup to a homeless man on the street. This is normal because acts of kindness are always normal. The story begins… Read more »

Phebe Hockerill Anglo-European college

The Soup Movement book review This review will say about the different detailed things in the soup movement. What was the story about? Throughout the story we see from the view of a boy named Jordon who has fought cancer and one day at school he and his ‘friends’ go to get some food but soon finds a homeless man’s tent. The others do not care expect for Jordon. Now as he forgot that his mum made him soup before school, he gave the soup to the homeless man. Later, they become friends they meet the other homeless people and… Read more »

Henry Kershaw Hockerill

English Book Review The story is about a young boy being extremely nice and generous to a homeless man (Harry), and that as the days go by the boy connects with Harry. Jordan gives Harry a warm can of soup everyday for a whole year. This is unusual because people don’t usually be this nice and generous to a complete stranger, it is quite unusual and wouldn’t expect it nowadays. The story begins in an exciting way, where the story begins in a hospital and the boy is laying down on a hospital bed. The stories are glued together using sentence… Read more »