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Carnegie 2017
I am getting excited about the Long List Announcement. What books will have made it on there this year? There have been so many great books released this year.....
Posted on: 09 Feb 2017

Posted on: 09 Feb 2017

Longlist 2013
Anyone else looked at the 2013 longlist? Lots of interesting titles, and I am in the process of looking some up. Familiar authors such as Eva Ibbotson and Theresa Breslin- both of whom have books on our Ranelagh Readers 2012-2013- so it will be nice to read the books if they are picked for the shortlist! Also, Skulduggery Pleasant! Never thought that it would appear! ~Katie
Posted on: 13 Nov 2012

This may seem very immature, but considering 'A Monster Calls' won, I think I can get away with it:
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012

I think that 'Trash' was a good book. But that's all it was- 'good'. It wasn't an original concept, as many books have the main characters finding something that changes their lives dramatically, and a lot have been more interesting and cleverly written. I don't think that it was better than good, and able to compete with the other books, though it was better than 'Everybody Jam' and 'Stuart'. (placed 6th/8) -Katie Burdon
Posted on: 15 Jun 2012

So far, I have read every book, with exception of 'Trash', and here is a simple breakdown of my leaderboard. In 7th we have Everybody Jam, which was just a disappointment- I never stop reading a book once I have started, unless I really dislike it, and I stopped reading that one... In 6th, Small Change for Stuart: aimed for a younger audience, but still moderately enjoyable. In 5th, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece: my thoughts are in a recent review. In 4th, My Name is Mina, and my thoughts are in the previous review. In 3rd, we have The Midnight Zoo, which is very good. In 2nd, Between Shades of Gray, which is amazing and would win, had it not been for the one book who is currently first..... A Monster Calls tops the chart as it is mind blowing and a truly brilliant and emotionally fantastic book.
Posted on: 26 May 2012

My Name is Mina
I finished 'My Name is Mina' by David Almond yesterday in English. It was an interesting book, as the portrayl of characters was good and there were different ways of writing within the book. It didn't have a definitive plot-line, but it was a journal style, but for once, I didn't mind it too much. It was a good book, although not written in a style I am fond of, but it didn't hook me. I wasn't gripped from the first paragraph, page or even chapter. Parts felt flat and boring, as they were just repeating the same things. However, it was a good book- just not good enough. I would rank it around fourth at the moment. -Katie Burdon
Posted on: 26 May 2012

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece
I recently finished 'My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece' by Annabel Pitcher. It was alright, but not the best book ever. There were several typos and a huge amount of grammar and punctuation problems (for example- whenever someone asked a quuestion in speech, there was never a question mark). The plot line was ok, and some of the characters were good, but overall it was a very disappointing and boring book. 'A Monster Calls' is still the front runner for me. -Katie Burdon
Posted on: 26 May 2012

Between Shades of Gray
Personally, I thought that this book was amazing. I laughed; I cried; and I adored the characters. It was a brilliant plot and the characters all had their unique personality traits, which made the book even more interesting. It was touching, yet haunting, and I think that it has a fantastic plot and would be a worthy winner. However, I did think that 'A Monster Calls' set a bar so high that it would be difficult to reach, and I have been proven right- 'Between Shades of Gray' by Ruta Sepetys was great, but I still think 'A Monster Calls' should win (but this should come second!). --Katie Burdon--
Posted on: 22 May 2012

Favourite book so far...
This is open to everybody (remember to post your name when you edit the blog post). Out of the ones you have read so far, which is your favourite? --Katie Burdon-- 'A Monster Calls'.
Posted on: 15 May 2012

Everybody Jam
Personally, I didn't enjoy 'Everybody Jam' by Ali Lewis. It was extremely difficult to get into, as it was plot-less (it just said about everyday life) and it didn't engage me, and I found it disappointing. I appreciate that it touched upon difficult subjects from a small boy's point of view, which can be difficult to do, but I was bored (and the Australian slang didn't help as I had to search what some things meant!). It was lifeless and flat, so I became tired of the book, and didn't want to pick it up (which is unusual for me, as I usually always want to pick up a bok), so in the end I gave up just over halfway through- but I only managed to get to there because I wanted to finish all the Carnegie books properly, but I really disliked the book. F0r me, 'A Monster Calls' is still front runner, but I am reading 'Between Shades of Grey' which is good too...- Katie Burdon
Posted on: 15 May 2012

My Name is Mina
I really enjoyed reading the book 'My Name is Mina' by David Almond. The book is definitly worth reading, I personally prefered it to 'Skellig'. I haven't read many of the Carnegie books yet so can't say which one I prefer and think should win. Emma Dorrington
Posted on: 11 May 2012

A Small Change For Stuart
'A Small Change For Stuart' by Lissa Evans was written for 7-10 year olds, but it had an interesting plot line. Stuart Horten- a very small boy whose name is not helpful when creating nicknames (S.Horten)- moves to the town of Beeton and is bored, as you can imagine. The identical girls next door are annoying him, especially when they write a newspaper article about him breaking into an old house that is going to be demolished. The house used to belong to his Dad's Uncle Tony, who was a magician. A web of puzzles (which I solved before the character did!) and mystery follows, with a strange quest and Jeannie, who is determined to get to Teeny-Tiny Horten's workshop first so she can sell it all. It is a good book, but was definitely aimed at younger children, as it seemed slightly childish for this competition. 'A Monster Calls' is still the front runner for me, but 'Between Shades of Grey' seems to be amazing too (according to Miss Beatty and Rachel), and there are rave reviews of 'My Name is Mina'. This could be a very good competition....
Posted on: 05 May 2012

In between shades of grey
Currently I am in the progress of reading " between shades of grey" so far I have to say it is an incredibly haunting and touching story about a girl and her brother in the soviet union. I have cried in at least 10 different places! It is incredibly touching and think you should all definitely read it. It is sooo in with a chance at winning Carnegie this year. - RachelHains
Posted on: 05 May 2012

The Midnight Zoo
I think that 'The Midnight Zoo' by Sonya Hartnett was a good book. There was some amazing description and tales in there and an original, yet historical, idea. I particularly loved the talking llama, as I am sure a certain other will too. Although it was a good book, in places it felt flat and empty, but in others it was great. Personally, I did not find it as enjoyable as 'A Monster Calls', which was a superb book, but 'The Midnight Zoo' was worthy of the shortlist- the Carnegie Award though? I'm not so sure... -Katie Burdon
Posted on: 03 May 2012

Anyone Agree?
Anyone agree with me when I say that 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness is awesome?!?! If you do then click 'edit blog post' underneath this entry, write your name and then your thoughts. Personally, I love it and has a definite shot at winning! --Katie Burdon-- RachelHains- I adored it and the layout was incredible ! I would definitely think it is in with a chance at winning Carnegie.
Posted on: 01 May 2012

The Book Problem
One problem I usually have to deal with is ending a book. I can't normally decide between two or three books that I have a burning desire to read, and I spend ages debating on which one to choose. The Carnegie has me sorted for a while, because when I finish one there are more to choose from, and the fact that some of the books will have been taken out, therefore narrowing down my choice so that it's not too difficult to make. I'm not sure if the next book I read can exceed, or even reach, the bar that Ness set with 'A Monster Calls'...
Posted on: 29 Apr 2012

Re: Childhood Stories Post- ED
I liked a 'Tiger Came to Tea' too! 'Dinosaur Rumpus' by Tony Mitton and 'Giraffes can't Dance' by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Also, 'Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!' by Candace Fleming, 'The Ravenous Beast' by Niamh Sharkey and 'Duck in a Truck' by Jez Alborough. -Katie Burdon
Posted on: 28 Apr 2012

Shed a Tear...
I finished 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness this morning, and I can honestly say that it was uniquely amazing. The concept was great; the characters were fantastic; and the plot was genius. Conor's development as a character was incredible, and the tales told by the Monster himself were fascinating. I laughed at the humour shown by the Monster and Conor; I shedded several million tears regarding his Mum (those of you who have read it will understand); and then I thought. I thought that the 4 tales weren't simply words on a page, but they were valuable life-lessons. Life-lessons that we can receive with open arms and learn something from. I did. Without a doubt, 'A Monster Calls' is worthy of being given the CLIP Carnegie Award. If you haven't already read it, then do, as it is one of the most inspiring books I've read for a long time. -Katie Burdon
Posted on: 28 Apr 2012

Childhood Stories
What story did you enjoy the most as a toddler? Mine has to be 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'! Love that book so much! And 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes'! :) Emma Dorrington
Posted on: 28 Apr 2012

A monster calls
I have just finished "A monster calls" by Patrick Ness -( if you havent read it yet you must!). I absolutely adored it as a book and definitely think it is worthy of being awarded the CLIP Carnegie award. The question in my mind is what to read next??? Ending a book is always difficult as then you have to decide what to read next so i am absolutely overjoyed that there are many more carnegie books to choose from! - Rachel Hains
Posted on: 28 Apr 2012

Finishing books
I've just finish one of the nominated books, 'My name is Mina', and i've always found trouble knowing what to read after finishing a book, and it can be hard to find a new book, (as I'm a bit of a picky reader) but with the Carnegie books its really great because as soon as you've finished a book, there's something new to read! - Abi Harding
Posted on: 28 Apr 2012

Paper - the best friend in the world
Books are very individual things - almost like people. They say different things and have opinions about almost everything. They make you laugh, cry, smile and get mad about things. They are all unique each one telling a new tale with new people and places. But the best thing about paper is it never grows old. Stories can live for thousands of years, wether in our minds or hearts. So next time you look at a book think about all the people who'll read it - and cherish the way it makes you feel and where it takes you. Because when life gets you down there is always a book to pick you back up again x so read all you can because there is sooo much literature in the world and we won't get to read it all in our lives so enjoy reading what you can ! And read read read!- Rachel hains.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012

My bookie wook
For my first carnegie book, i am reading The Midnight zoo by Sonya Hartnett, it really good so far and i was hooked when i found out there was a talking llama in it (i am reading for other reasons as well!), the books i read consist of drama, romance and adventure, i feel this book is great for people who have a taste for books about drama as the main plot line is about war, but i guess i have to finish it first to say if it gets my vote!!! - Katy Byron-Guest
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012

'Skellig' and 'My Name is Mina'
I've just finished reading the book 'Skellig'. I knew that it was supposed to be really good, but I wasn't personally that bothered about it. In the end Mum persuaded me to read it . . . I'm so glad she persuaded me! Such a good book. Perfect novel: easy to read, short, great plot and description. Haven't read a book like it before! If you enjoy this you'll love the prequel 'My Name is Mina' . . . well I hope :) Emma Dorrington
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012

What books are we all enjoying at the moment?
What books do you like at the moment? I like the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Also, the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter is amazing! The 5th book 'Out of Sight, Out of Time' recently came out, and I can't wait for the next one! I'm loving 'A Monster Calls' too! - Katie Burdon
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012

Books, books & more books!
Most people will agree with me when i say that reading isn't everyone's favourite thing to do - but for us at ranelagh we love it! So we were overjoyed to begin reading this year's new nominees. Each of us currently have selected the first of the books to read. I think it is safe to say that we are allready enjoying this year's fine selection of stories. I, in particular have begun with "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. Anyway good luck this year and enjoy reading! - Rachel Hains
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012

Carnegie Midnight Zoo!
What do you think so far of Midnight Zoo? Looks goooood! - Emma Dorrington
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012