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Summer 2017
Here we go again... I'm disappointed that there are eight books on the shortlist again - it is too many to read in the summer term. However, I am looking forward to reading the books and discovering new authors.
Posted on: 25 Apr 2017

Posted on: 23 Apr 2014

I'm not sure I like younger people with their completely crack-pot opinions invading this page with their reviews of Wonder being the best book ever (it's ending is Cliche with a capital C) and the Maggot Moon ening being so cliche and it being terribble and boring (you think that ending is cliche?! You guys completely misunderstoon it, obviously) And give Code Name Verity a chance, it won't win but it's a good book that educated, mature people can really enjoy. But I have to agree about A boy and a Bear in a boat. It was.....not exactly good. Yeah, fine for a junior reader wanting to read an adventure but with a dseep philosphical meqaning? No. Not that I could see (but evidently none of us are genius enough to be able to see it). A come on, MidWinterBlood-it's amazing! (Gotta love Marcus) Go MidWinterBlood for the win! But, even so, despite the cover and the beginning and it being really slow, In Darkness is good, really really good. Not Monsters of Men good, but GOOD. You should read it ((if you have a month-it's not long, it's slow) You just have to keep going, you can't give up after 3 chapters, you have to keep reading to half way and even then keep reading becuase it completely gets better (I really want to read Hostage 3 by him- can we get it?) I haven't read the other 2 but I've read the rest so I think that my opinions have a certain authority and thus should be listened to, noted and obeyed.
Posted on: 17 Jun 2013

Sheds, barns and outbuildings
I have barn envy. But at least I have read 4 of the Carnegie books so I'm ahead of Miss Barn, Miss Outbuilding and Miss Threesheds so I have to take some comfort from that.
Posted on: 19 Apr 2013

I have never heard you say 'but hey' but hey, you have now! (I think we are finally into the intial process of making you us). Strong Language? Seriously? I'm not a fan of swearing-you would have never guessed-( I haven't read it, it's just a bit unexpected from that....hmm...I think I like the Red Necklace and The Silver Blade by her more. But I'll give it a go.) Anyway, loving your short reviews ME-especially the boy with a bear in a boat thingy. (Sounds like a weird version of the life of Pi and the cover makes me want to scream YOUNGER AUDIENCE not young adult!!) If you really want to read a book aimed at 8ish year olds that is actually good, read Peter and the Shadow Thieves-it's actaully really good (I read it last week). Completely unpatronising and has some nice pictures. Over and out.
Posted on: 17 Apr 2013

Cakes, maggots and Marcus
Well, so early on and we're already distracted from the books by pretty pictures of cakes. And also by the rather disturbing pictures of flies and rats which run throughout Maggot Moon. A book which looks very childish but actually has some really strong language in it which no one was expecting. But hey - I'm sure there will be more surprises (and more cake) in the following weeks...
Posted on: 17 Apr 2013

Striped cake
On looking at the Learn to bake book by Mary berry, Jam is wondering how it is possible to make a cake with stripes of choclate and average sponge. We don't know. Apparently the cupcakes-in a cup (inventive)-are cute. And Amy and Rachel agree that a scone is pronouced scone. NOT scooooooooooooone (posh). Also, the easy chocolate macaroons look good. I prefer brownies. Y9ou may think this is absolutely nothing to do with the Carnegie shortlist, but we are in a library and talking about a book and it's rude to discriminate on the genre (even if pizza is not strictly speaking featured in any of the shortlist books....maybe in Wonder?!). The iced buns look cool. Yum. For Jam, this is a blog post and it is written by serious people about serious stuff (aka. cakes looking good). If I was on tumblr now, I would insert a gif. I'm not. ANYWAY. (Amy loves making pavola, it's so fun, Jam doesn't like Lemon meringue pie, drop scones are the best and Jam just likes looking at the pictures). ANYWAAAAAAAAAAAY, we all agree here, having read it and not much else, that MidWinter Blood is the best and should win. 'Nuff said.
Posted on: 17 Apr 2013

Here we go again!
And.... they're off! A hefty 8 books on the shortlist this year - 6 would be better I feel. I'm sure not many of us will manage to read all 8. But we'll try our best.....
Posted on: 16 Apr 2013

Well done!
I Just want to say well done A Monster calls for winning. It was my favourite book. It thoroughly deserved to win! From Amy. P.S well done Patrick Ness
Posted on: 25 Jun 2012

I said GOODNIGHT CARNEGIE. (There's this thing called email, btw ;) )
Posted on: 20 Jun 2012

why thank you too.
Thankyouplease Imogen, you are so kind aren't you. I made 3 mistakes only-I counted-so huh. You've made more than that before. I don't complain. *death stare* AnywayS (that capital WAS on purpose) you should SO read A Monster Calls-you'll love it. :)
Posted on: 19 Jun 2012

Please tell me you had a broken keyboard or were suffering from a condition which meant both your spelling and grammar temporarily died?? AND WE WERE RIGHT! A Monster Calls. Best book (I haven't read)...Goodnight, Carnegie
Posted on: 18 Jun 2012

Yeah alright.......but only for the glitter
Posted on: 12 Jun 2012

Nice One Cyril!
Wow - congratulations! Obviously I will shamelessly try to let Book Club take a teeny bit of credit for your writing skills because we all want some glitter to fall on us from your success... We will sing songs in your honour when the exams are over...
Posted on: 11 Jun 2012

Umm, yeah.....
Hi guys. Hi Miss Edmonds. Anyway-don't you STATUS me. I'm sorry, I'm just forgetful-you know that thing when you have thought about doing it so much you think you've done it-well that's hwat I had. it's up but it's pretty lame-please change it! I'm sorry Miss Edmonds with not blogging about books but it doesn't actually mention anything about them on the page-just: 'Group Blog, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Dorset' and 'edit/add blog post' (please don't point out the Shadowing site title which does mention books) Sorry! yeah, his words are fun in Stuart but *groan* not cool. It's cheesier than a cheese sandwich. I agree about the frustrating thing-Hindle!!!! You are so annoying sometimes! (love you) WOW! Miss Edmonds-you get to read a book, for ADULTS?! I think we should get someone to check that out seeing as it seems an improbable, if not impossible statement-question. Have you read the Book Theif yet???? Just wondering. :( no, you are a young adult in your late 20's...:)....NOT 40-sorry, my sister is a impertient rude (and joking I hope) girl at times, so you are allowed to read adult books. i prefer teenage myself. *meh* (as IMOGEN would go) No bookclub...sob....actually, that is quite good as we have all 3 Frenchs' in the afternoon so REALLY need to revise for that-good luck in your ipad training (it's alright for some, isn't it) the weather is...'il y a du mauvais' (I think) but it's really good for revsion becuase you're not distracted by the sun. Don't wory, I ramble LOTS. As, if you scroll down, you can see. Oh, hey Imogen as well! Um, about the chosen one know where those cookies are made right? *whispering* I don't know if it's true...*normal* Actually, as I am about to revise for RS 'humans are the pinnacle of creation, God's chosen people' and 'everyone is special and chosen in the eyes of God' or something. Post it if you want. Might take a long time though-depends if you want people to steal it...might be safer to send to Miss Edmonds but your choice! [Barry the Hedgehog]
Posted on: 08 Jun 2012

Hmmm, that piece of knowledge was very insiteful (I probably spelt that wrong but heyho, as you like it!! That was a double quote) But seriously, you HAVE DOGS!!! I never knew. Anyway, I didn't know i had to revise Japanese?! :O (by the way, I have changed our status so please look) xx [Fred Optimus Prime Cooper]
Posted on: 06 Jun 2012

Exams are looming ladies!
Well yes, I have to agree about the boats.... The first 12,397 were quite enjoyable but then it became a bit tedious. And as for the concert.... Oh dear... It really wasn't great was it? So thank you for keeping me amused - I thought I'd have a quick check, not expecting any more posts because of those pesky examy things... but hey, lots of posts! and jolly entertaining they are too. I look forward to seeing the Beech Tree write up, but yes, beware the editor! So then - BACK TO THE REVSION!! x
Posted on: 05 Jun 2012

I'm sorry, you think MY post was confusing??! Inbetween all the random Shakespeare & HH quotes and random brackets and Spanish (which I understood were bored a mountain!? Idiom) But, I have to admit to Good Omens references (Crowley & Aziraphale)............................................ It's definitely more fun than emails! How lucky is the world to be able to read all of this in real time? We're so damn WAESOME that it should feel honored to. And I'm writing this on a partially broken laptop in my bed even though i was supposed to have started revising at 10:30 and it's now 11:40 and I haven't got up yet. Yes, I *am* enjoying my holiday, thank you very much for asking.
Posted on: 05 Jun 2012

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Some Other Day (aka never)
D: Rach! Horrible Histories! How could they?? I think I watched maybe 2mins total of wet boats and even that was enough, but if I had known about HH! I mean, srsly you guys (BBC)! Mr./Mrs. BBC: We both know that you will never, EVER do that again, because if you do, the wrath of all HH fans will come down upon you forever more. And in further rain-related news, I spent 3 ours at the Shaftesbury Abbey in pouring rain sat on a wet blanket outside to watch my dad perform at a Shakespeare thingy in 'authentic' costume which included tights. Yes, I spent my Saturday night watching people sing while wearing tights. So much for beng supportive. ANYWAY, I need your help because (as some of you know) I have to write a story for The Beech Tree and 1. I'm at a major plot turning point 2. It's currently a page and a half and I'm not even half way yet 3. (thankyou?)pleasepleaseplease will you all be my proof readers? (yeah, I know I'm kinda making a big deal of this but I wwant it to be perfect because I liked the beginning so much I don't want to ruin it!) If it ever becomes a best-selling novel, I'll make sure everyone knows you guys read it first ;) And I'm sorry for any missing 'd's, but the d key on this computer is kinda...............well, basically broken. Oh, and PS: Rach, to read my last post Clue 1: search 'binary translator' in google an choose the first result; Clue 2: look at the name of the post; Clue 3: look at the names of the codes (on the translator). if you need a Clue 4, then I have seriously underestimated your intelligence. [~Death The Kid]
Posted on: 04 Jun 2012

I just wrote A WHOLE LONG POST and then the computer decided to delete it instead of posting it. [~an unhappy bunny]
Posted on: 04 Jun 2012

I officially want to kill the BBC. They spent more time talking about stupid 'GiGi' the dog that 'looked like a microphone' than on Horrible Histories. I'm sorry, from twitter I know that I was certainly not the only person who watched all 5 hours of wet boats for the Horrible Histories and there was literally only 2 minutes of it AND they missed out 2 sketched prepared specially AND martha howe-douglas had to have 4 hours of prosthetics for NOTHING AND the BBC didn't even apologise but all the cast did and it's not as if it's THEIR FAULT! Poor them-they were soaked for 2 minutes of live TV and must have been son upset-you can tell by this picture to be honest (don't ask me why Mat (aka.Charles 2) is smiling though! [ok, twitter isn't working but anyway, she was NOT happy.] Neither am I if you can tell. I wasted % whoile hours when I could have been revising!!! I think this sums it up for me: Dear BBC, May I firstly take the opportunity to congratulate you on your coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. In my capacity as a non-boat-lover, I’d like to thank you for the extensive coverage of the afore-mentioned water craft. I’m afraid, however, I’ve got a bit of a problem. Or two. Firstly, the nigh-on-constant references to the weather. Whilst I appreciate that it was raining and everybody was jolly damp (occupational hazard, no?)- and that the glitches were out of your control- a mention of something other than “it’s still raining” wouldn’t have gone amiss. Although I do appreciate that five hours is a ‘chuffin’ long time’. Goodness knows I’m a fan of the monarchy, but…well, one can’t help thinking that a couple more monarchies wouldn’t have gone amiss. I am, of course, referring to the much anticipated sketches by Horrible Histories. At the end of the day, 3 live sketches were promised. Laurence Rickard and Martha Howe-Douglas had to endure a good four to five hours of make up, and for what? Granted, Bob Hale got his turn; but no Queen Victoria. Fans of the show were well aware of the fact that the actors were looking forward to it, and cutting out 2 of the 3 sketches they put the time and effort into learning is out of order. I’m more than willing to acknowledge that on live television, not everything can go as planned, but not even apologising was, I believe, unacceptable. Don’t get me wrong; I like the Queen as much as the next person, and I know that the pageant was for her benefit more than anybody else’s- but I can say for certain that a fair few of the people watching the pageant were in it for the Horrible Histories sketches. To sum up? More London Philharmonic Orchestra More diverse coverage More Horrible Histories – or at least an apology Less about the rain (we’re English, we’re used to it) I know that it wasn’t compulsory, but I spent five hours waiting for 3 sketches and what did I get? Soggy boats with odd names, some bridges, a quick look at the bottom of the Shard and a fair few mentions about the weather. I hadn’t noticed it was raining. I’m sorry, but I honestly believe that that was badly played by the BBC. So yeah, I'm not amused. Ohohoh! the good thing is, Horrible Histories was trending on twitter worldwide and Bob Hale was the number 1 trend WORLDWIDE!!! Appreciation-congratuverylations Bob Hale!! [By the way, treading is when everyone is talking about it on twitter for thems not in the know.] Still angry. However, there is 5.30 hours of HH tomorrow so....but revision!!! ARGH! Anyway, Imogens' message confused me but she's awesome so it doesn't really matter. Rock on. [George II-the BAD one]
Posted on: 03 Jun 2012

Posted on: 03 Jun 2012

if only I spoke binary...I do!
Dick Turpin came over becuase we are so waesome and if he types then the postman won't know what his handwriting looks like so he won't die. He told me himself. And the fact that Imogen [George 4] is enclosed in a small SILVER cube on David Tennants keyring would explain alot-she is an escaped prisoner of Incarceron! Like Finn...I'm guessing in that case you're Attia but at the point I'm at she hasn't escaped yet....[I apologise for any readers confusion, you're obviously just not as cool as us. No, you just have to read Incarceron] As for the very last message, you are either speaking in binary or have a complete disregard for email protocol. [that was a twisted Horrible Histories joke] Well, unfortunately a)I don't have my tardis with me right now to translate it and b) babel fish only does foriegn languages, not computer speak. Your message is no one can understand it. Actually, just did a quick internet search so i do know what it means. Clever. Now mine (I am not stealing your idea,I just simply have to eply becuase you are so waesome Geroge 4) 01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01100110 01110010 01101111 01101101 00100000 01110111 01100001 01100101 01110011 01101111 01101101 01100101 01101110 01100101 01110011 01110011 00100000 01101111 01101110 00100000 01001101 01100001 01110100 01110100 00100000 01010011 01101101 01101001 01110100 01101000 01110011 00100000 01101011 01100101 01111001 01110010 01101001 01101110 01100111 00101110 00100000 01001000 01100001 01110110 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110011 01100101 01100101 01101110 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 01110011 01110100 00100000 01001000 01001000 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101110 01100111 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01100100 01101111 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00100000 01010010 01000101 01010110 01001001 01010011 01001001 01001111 01001110 00111111 00100000 01001001 00100000 01101101 01101001 01110011 01110011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100001 01101100 01110010 01100101 01100001 01100100 01111001 00101110 00100000 01011011 01101000 01101111 01110111 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01010011 01001000 00100000 01101101 01100001 01110010 01100001 01110100 01101000 01101111 01101110 00111111 01011101 Sorry it's so long. Enjoy! (this message is for imogen so do not read if not. Oh and: 01010000 00101110 01010011 00101110 00100000 01100110 01110010 01101111 01101101 00100000 01100001 00100000 01100111 01110101 01101001 01110100 01100001 01110010 00100000 01110011 01101101 01100001 01110011 01101000 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101011 01101001 01101100 01101100 01101010 01101111 01111001 [Sherlock Holmes]
Posted on: 02 Jun 2012

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Posted on: 31 May 2012

All the small things
I'm not actually here. In reality I am living within a different universe enclosed in a small cube on David Tennant's keyring.
Posted on: 31 May 2012

Heeeeeeelllp! It's the RSPCS
Hmmmm........I can only try to guess what Dick Turpin is doing writing on our blog...And how did you Escape, oh great Sapienti?? My study's always neglected - I'm pretty sure the RSPCS (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Study) will be knocking on my door any day now. And just saying, you have the best initials: I mean, my parents could have been a bit more creative than IRB, right?I've given up on the Carnegie books (although I will probably read 'A Monster Calls'), most of my reading seems to consist of a suspicious amount of Johnlock and Frerard fanfiction... [George 4]
Posted on: 29 May 2012

Finally and thank you
Thanks Sapienti Edmonds! I've been asking for a draw but Imogen wouldn't let me :( it's official-a TEACHER ordered it. Don't worry, I haven't neglected my study, although I have I plently this really was needed and extremely important so it's ok. yeah, and about the 'ME' bit you might be a bit confused....not really! I intended it to be M.E but was typing too fast. I've just finished Incarceron which is incredible and have started Sapphique!! It's cool. [Dick Turpin]
Posted on: 29 May 2012

It's a draw!
Very good - I hope you haven't both been neglecting your study to compose boast battles?!! And Rachel I just wanted to thank you for "I can sum ME all up in just one word-WOW! Thank you for the compliment, so kind. And don't think I didn't notice that you've stopped me being anonymous by adding my name to my blogs! So - how is the reading coming along? I have just started Stuart and it is OK so far - I like the use of language in it. [Sapienti Edmonds of Incarceron]
Posted on: 29 May 2012

You know my song was better.....I didn't feel that it needed explaining or boasting about after and I didn't rip off other people's characters/ideas to put in it :P
Posted on: 28 May 2012

Here it is
So let's clear the air, grab a chair, I got flair so you gotta care, I won't rip off your skin I'm no bad nightmare, still don't you dare, dis me-it's not fair, I maybe small but I'd still beware. Relax, face facts, a fight with you would be an anti-climax, when I go to war you betta watch your backs, look at me I'm tough, I'm not at all duff, I could say more but I've said enough so- BOAST BATTLE! have some grace shut yer face BOAST BATTLE! cos Im you're well off the pace. Seems to me that you're not even skilled, I could fill 10 books with the words I've spilled, I don't decorate my house with heads of men you've killed, I'd stop you right now but I'm trying to chill. Yeah you've got a heart but you've just got one, I got two in my chest cos I'm a timelord, John. Never rage, nor go ramage, I'll live until I die of old age. BOAST BATTLE! and I've only just begun, BOAST BATTLE! and I'm not even done. You're just stealing some sporks, that's lazy, I may be Sherlock but I'm not crazy, take off my specs and th world goes hazy, I'm 'naturalistic' and 'mogen likes daisies-but so do I...cos they're...waesome... Alright, alright. Stop, think a while, look at your style man, that's vile, you look like you've been dressed by an indie reptile, you're a retro punk, I'm dressed like a king, I wear red converse on my feet when I'm doing my pinging and on my t-shirt, I've got Dick Turpin, when I said I was cool I wasn't counting my bling, yeah! BOAST BATTLE! Oh and I don't like blue BOAST BATTLE! red's way way cooler 'et tu?' So much better than you that you ought to bow, I'd offer to fight you but you wouldn't know how, enough of the talk yeah, let's end this now, I can sum ME all up in just one word-WOW! ...not that I'm modest or anything! ;) so yeah, I think I win (I know I wanted to stop the argument but Imogen says it's fun so we're prolonging it right now.) because I have doctor Who, Sherlock, waesome, converse and Horrible Histories references!!! Pretty cool, huh! (oh, by the way, in a previous post I said 'Imogen is muy guay'-It is means Imogen is very cool/great.) But still, my boast battle totally wins. It's true. forgot to say, if you didn't notice, my rap was anti-killing. Like the Doctor. :) Go team go worzel!!
Posted on: 28 May 2012

I returned The Umbrella Academy. That deserves a whole post to itself.
Posted on: 28 May 2012

P.S the link Imogen! (so much better with black hair).
Posted on: 28 May 2012

....and back to the BOOKS!!
Whoooaaaaahh there! Some very good rhyming skills on display and glad to see you're researching things (although I don't entirely agree with the indie kid definition - it is all about the music really...) But anyway, back to the actual point of the blog: the shortlist. I finished The Midnight Zoo last night, after the comments from Rachel and Amy I was expecting it to be a bit disappointing. But I thought it was great. the talking animals weren't silly and childish - they worked perfectly as a way of expressing the horrors of war and the sadness and horror of being an innocent victim. The issue of cages - real and metaphorical - was very thought provoking and cleverly expressed. I actually thought it was an excellent book, far surpassing my expectations. And it is definitely a book I will continue to think about, which is, I feel, always a sure sign of a good book. A definite contender for the prize I think. [Miss Edmonds]
Posted on: 28 May 2012

LOL [aka.laugh out loud]
Ok, ok, I declare this arguement over what I can't even remember properly over. It's draw-I mean, it's getting a joke-your song was as waesome as you indie kid and I was laughing so much it was muy guay. Innit. Yeah it is. [quote, sorry] Oh, I just looked on the link and I couldn't agree more-plus it was funny too. Hey racoon hat girl if you're reading this! I love you're fox hat too! :) Seriously guys. seriously. Right, now, becuase otherwise I'll feel lame in comparison I'll have to do a boast battle...except it's really late so I'll do it tomorrow-sorry! i'll dream about it becuase I'm the greatest warrior that has ever lived! [this is not to provoke an argument, it is a) a fact and b) a boast battle quote. See ya!
Posted on: 27 May 2012

Oh Yeah....
Oh yeah, and the Tumblr cave is great, thanks, and your silly impersonations will NEVER surpass the amazingness that is Johnlock. Don't read 'Wintergirls' if you feel fat. Are you alone in thinking?: yes. "I wanna stay ugly" ~Gerard Way
Posted on: 27 May 2012 --Raccoon Hat Girl's reaction to y'all
So let’s clear the air, grab a chair, I've got flair, cos I don’t care: Gonna be a millionaire, you’re full of hot air So you’d better say a prayer, Look close, check out my awesome hair. Relax, face facts, a fight with you would be an anticlimax, When you go to war, you don't take an axe. Look at me I'm tough, don’t wanna listen to ya huff, I could say more but I've said enough so... Boast Battle! Have some grace, shut your face! Boast Battle! Cause yeah Rachy, girl, you're well off the pace! Seems to me that you're not even skilled, Can’t say that this fight has me thrilled. It’ll be too easy to get you killed, I'd stab you right now but I'm trying to chill. Yeah you got a brain but you ain’t won, Ya better watch out, be too easy to stun In a rage, on the rampage, I've killed more dudes than old age so... Boast Battle! And I've only just begun! Boast Battle! And I'm not even done! You're not gonna kill your enemy, you’re that lazy, I kill left right and centre, I'm that crazy. I go berserk and my eyes go glazy, I get so mad I could stab a daisy. (But I won't cause that’d be...sad) All right! All right! Stop! Think a while! Look at your style man that's vile! You look like you've been dressed by a reptile, You're a steaming pile, I'm dressed like a king. I wear a lightsabre round my neck when I'm doing my killing, And on my finger, I'm wearing a ring. When I said I fight cool I wasn't counting my bling! Yo! Boast Battle! Oh! Gonna paint ya blue! Boast Battle! That is way, way cooler than you! So much better than you, that you ought to bow, I'll offer to fight you but you wouldn't know how. Enough with the talk year, lets end this now, I can sum it all up in just one word... Kapow! [sorry, the lines aren't separated when it''s posted :( And follow the link!] And you missed a book off your post a while back: it's Generation Dead, ~Kiss Of Life~, and then Passing Strange, darlin'.
Posted on: 27 May 2012

It's Rachel again and I've just realised my last post was REALLY long so sorry. i can't help it really! You might as well read it since it took ages though. Thanks. P.S How's the tumblr cave Imogen? Sherlock fanfic measuring up to our Spanish lesson? [it's a long story]
Posted on: 27 May 2012

I am alone in thinking...
Am I alone in thinking that maybe we should stop this an d talk about...I don't know....BOOKS?! This is becoming an extreme version of book club! But with less cushions and more evilness. Ok, just to finish the arguement I think we should have a BOAST BATTLE to be honest. Are you up for it Imogen?! [note to readers who have never watched Horrible Histories and therefore have not lived, this is a song from series 3 of HH with 2 celts. Here is a link, please watch it!! it's amazing. Anyway, back to indieness [new word which I just invented] I looked it up and indie=someone whos heart lies with indie, rock, alternative, music like that. Indie Girls normally have wavy hair that looks bedraggled, and dress not a million miles away from the boys, just with more feminine styles. Indie Girls generally don't really care about their appearence that much. Indie girls wear any sort of jeans, comfy and casual t-shirts and the same footwear as the boys. In high school, Indie kids were/are a bit awkward, because they find it hard to communicate with those who don't have the same ideals. This doesn't mean that they won't talk to you. Conversation is well liked among the Indie, but their ever churning minds are rarely understood. Right...I think I get it now (and Imogen is definetly one! [in a good way :)] ) By the way, that was a smiley followed by 2 different kind of brackets. If you were confused. So, onto books I guess. I am reading 'Incarceron' by Catherine Fisher and it's amazing! Too much so unfortunately as I have lots of study. *groan* I also got 'Revolution' by Jennifer Donnely for my birthday and it's as amzing as ever (3rd read of it!)-I still can't believe it didn't get on the shortlist, it has my votes all the way. *sob* So yeah, what are YOU reading (the people on this blog can type and others can think)? Oh, and, for indie kid, what are you listening to? I am listening to 'Shakespeare and the Quills' by HH for series 4 episode 11. It's amazing and it's got loads of shakespeare quotes-'if music be the food of love, play on'-which, from English I know is from Twelfth Night and Count Orsino (the one Viola loves but is a wimp). If I've got that wrong I'll be extremely embarrased. Very. *gulp* Well, it's been nice and I hope the internet arguement is over for good becuase you need to 'relax, face facts, a fight with you (Imogen) would be an anti-climax.' Over and out.
Posted on: 27 May 2012

Press Release
The indie kid says you should go look up what it means, then appreciate her awesome, if not ~waesome~ -ness, and perhaps worship her forever more. [P.S. I think 'sar-chasm' sounds more like a bottomless pit you put those who dislike others who don't share their beliefs/taste in music, fashion, etc.......]
Posted on: 24 May 2012

Hi, writing this from a tiny corner of don't know where and won't tell as I have to keep my identity and wereabouts secret (it's Rachel by the way) because Imogen and perhaps Miss Edmonds are out to get me. ;( I'M BEING BULLIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [oh, and I'm also really confused with Miss Edmonds message-a) what does indie kid mean and b) what's all this about sarcasm?! I'm a teenager, come on!!!] Ok, so I better back up my things about Imogen and win this case before I can adjorn (great word). 1. *meh* is SO not your word-a certain person in Aus used it WAY before you in an email so there. 2. Ummm....isn't immodesty a SIN?! (but lets not get too religious because with Imogen it is a frustrating subject) 3. Well, you didn't put in in the urban dictionary and also I wasn't actually didding your use of the word-I think it's *waesome*. So there. :P 4. It is not your word, it is the guy who wrote Passing Strange and Generation Dead's word-you, you-WORD STEALER! Case closed.
Posted on: 24 May 2012

Words, words, words....
Well, I am enjoying the Duelling Wigglets style blogging here. But if you are going to tease our resident indie kid (and yes, she is cool), then perhaps the use of "(feel the sacrasm)" doesn't help your argument. What is sacrasm? Some sort of nasty skin disease? An Egyptian sacrifice? Tsk tsk....
Posted on: 24 May 2012

RACHEL! (this is ~Imogen~) You stole my everything!! 1. Meh is MY word (just go ask my parents) 2. Yeah, I'm SO DAMN COOL AND I KNOW IT 3. How'd you know I didn't put that in Urban Dictionary? Anyway, no one else knows the significance of my meaning... 4. Telepathetic is also my word. Quit stealing them and go find someone to get them from. For all those who didn't understand my last lines, it's clearly due to the significantly lower IQs you Earthlings have. Goodbye, I'm off to my home planet/coffin/Tumblr-cave, depending on who you listen to. (Oh, and just for the record, Cinna and Finnick are definitely better than the Edward/Jacob/Bella rip off main characters)..................And I've still yet to return The Umbrella Academy
Posted on: 21 May 2012

Ohohoh (not as in hohoho Father Christmas) I didn't have time to say before but for a certain celebration which I won't say because of being on the internet (internet safety and all that) I got a touch screen kindle which I definetly recommend to everyone. It is a lot sleeker than the old one and comes in a cooler box and also it's TOUCHSCREEN! and has the internet and can play music AND also has books! There are loads of free ones so get those and then if you like something else get a sample then perhaps go to your local library and kindly ask the librarian to buy it...not because you don't want to pay for it but because then other people can also enjoy it-see?! :) thanks Miss Edmonds! Ummm, that's all for now I think but a gold ticket is coming my way I can tell [cos I'm 'telepathetic'] so thank you in advance Miss Edmonds! Oh, and, BTW [by the way ;)] Mina may be pronouced Mee-na but it sounds better mi-na so stick with the incorrect pronouciation! Rachel P.S. The longest word in the dictionary isn't actually antidisastablishmentarism but: [drum roll please lets raise the tension] Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis....*gasp for air* Which is basically a lung disease caused by microscopic silicon thingies. Apparently.
Posted on: 21 May 2012

Rachel is speaking and I have just read Imogen's blog after a lot of encouragement and that is why my title is 'right....' because after I got over the Stratsburg Fever HH quote and laughter that is what i thought-especially about the last're so cool Imogen (feel the sacrasm). *Meh* [new favourite word] it was pretty waesome which actually is a word that Imogen didn't make up and is in the Urban Internet dictionary or something. Ok, books...well, I haven't actually read any more because SOMEONE has got 'Between shades of grey' out which is the last one for me to read. Well, at the moment I am actually reading 'Cold hands, Warm Heart' which is great!!! Read it! It has a heart made of 2 fingerfrints on the cover and is cool. The bell has just gone so I must ajorn to French (J'aime ca). Adios mis amigos.
Posted on: 21 May 2012

"And now, live from her Tumblr-cave...."
HELLO! It's Imogen..........loving how you've all got waesome fever! (Yes, I know that was unbelievably terrible....also Dance Fever in Strasbourg (?) [Rach, that was for you, sorry, not a very related reference]) I haven't read anymore shortlisted books....and I kinda gave up on 'Mina' (it's 'Mee-na', guys, grammatical rules state that it would have to be spelt 'Minna' to be said 'Min-a') was good, but just slightly frustrating due to the way it was written for a younger audience. I mean, I love younger books and all, just not that one! Glad you like The Umbrella Academy, I just found out that there's a) a sequel b) Bryan Lee O'Malley wrote a book before Scott Pilgrim called 'Alone At Sea' about an 18 year-old who seems to have LOST HER SOUL TO A BLACK CAT aged 14! So yeah........maybe just a bit desperate for those books in the library (- you listening Miss Edmonds??) Now, when I've finally mustered the strength to return it, go read the Umbrella Academy, and then Scott Pilgrim so I can justify making Miss Edmonds spending her precious library funds on those other books (and not on chocolate and cheese....we know what's in those massive boxes) because I guarantee you'll love them. Honestly! (UM is basically the definition of waesome...go look at the writer's name). And we need the School Of Rock! How can you not have that movie? Should be punishable by law...tut tut. And St. Trinian's? Maybe I should go hide on the internet before I spend your entire budget on stuff only I'll like...................*POP* [And just like that, she disappeared into cyberspace to forever watch HH, MCR, Sherlock and read Rookie before returning to her cave that was Tumblr.]
Posted on: 11 May 2012

I love this blog!
The personalities of the books and the personalities of the bloggers are very evident here... waesome indeed! Keep up the blogging Wigglets!
Posted on: 09 May 2012

I'm not alone!!
Hi! I will now have to actually say what my name is (Benoit-no, I'm joking, Rachel) because other people are entertaining me on this!!! I AM NO ALONE! (like the Doctor-I can't wait for the new series). So, first I will review other people's blog posts because they were totally waesome. (It should be a real word, seriously) Imogen...yeah, about the Umbrella Academy, the picture on the front may be...misleading (?) / ok... BUT from the first page or two I read it seemed pretty great (and I love graphic novels, everyone should read MAUS, it's in the library thanks to my pleading!;) ) And just to say, the band isn't actually rubbish like my whole class seem to say (which is mean). I prefer HH though [that is Horrible Histories to thre people who haven't lived-'not cool'] And plus, I am very happy that Imogen has been converted to Sherlock-yay! #believeinsherlock-just sayin'. I know he's not real but...well, wouldn't it be great?!! 'Super cool!!' Amy...short and sweet, like you! (I am joking) Seriously, don't be put off by my appalled review of A small change for Stuart-I want to be a writer so I guess I CAN over exagerrate a bit. I hated it. (ok, it just wasn't the best book ever) I really want to read between shades of grey!!! It looks WAESOME! (but only after THE FEAR!!! Thank you so much for getting it, I can't wait :D) Read the Enemy series by Charlie Higson-Imogen, you'll like it, they're about Zombies! Right, I've just realised I've written LOADS about, well, nothing. Why did I even decide to write a blog? I need to write more reviews really. Actually, I need to do my English study. Well, I guess I am on the convert you all. Watch Sherlock, Doctor Who and DEFINETLY NOT FORGETTING Horrible Histories!! (The last episode this afternoon was am-azing!) You are missing out big time if you haven't seen these. Oh, yeah, and reading's great too. Especially the Carnegie medal. ;)
Posted on: 04 May 2012

Shortlisted books and other cool stuff
Its Amy! Posting on the blog for the first time! Currently I have read My sister lives on the mantlepiece, Everybody jam, A monster calls and The Midnight zoo. (All of which I have thoroughly enjoyed). The only thing I want to say is- why isn't Blood Red Road on the shortlist. It was AMAZING! (I know Imogen, you don't agree with me). I really enjoyed it and think it should be on the shortlist plus the cover is waesome (that was for you Imogen!). Anyway back to the shortlisted books, I really want to read Between shades of grey. Small change for Stuart doesn't really look very appealing but ALWAYS REMEMBER never judge a book on its cover!
Posted on: 03 May 2012

Shortlists and Other Waesomeness
It's Imogen - yay! First ever ever EVER blog post! Hello internet and all that. Anyway, books. So far I've read one and started another: My Sister Lives On The Mantle Piece (read the review) and My Name Is Min(a), in that order. Rachel, how can you have read so many AND be reading other books too?? Mantle Piece is amazing - honestly, don't look at the cover and go read it right now; GO - and Mina....well not exactly enthralling so far. I'm carrying on (I'm only on chapter 3(?)) but really only because it's shortlisted. The rest of them I'm not sure about, but I've heard lots of negative/"it's-just-wierd" about them from everyone else (yes, I know, I always spell wierd wrong). Currently though I'm reading the Umbrella Academy (anyone who has spoken to me in the last two weeks will now groan - I may be marginally obsessed). Although it features a maybe nude violin lady on the front cover, it's really good! It's a comic book [EDIT: I've just been informed that I should have said 'graphic novel'. Sorry!] (they're good! And not just for 10 year olds!) about a disbanded group of superheroes who are all adopted siblings and mainly dislike each other, but are forced to re-form to save the world (no super hero cliches here at all...) from their sister who has been turned into a white violin supervillan who can kill people by PLAYING THE VIOLIN AT THEM. I mean, how cool? But it's kinda gory so...yeah. Maybe not for under 12s or older (depending on how squeamish you are)? Okay guys, I stopped talking about it now! Well done if you read all that - I'm impressed. Uh....maybe I should have talked more about the shortlist books. Nevermind, I'll just go read about violin people ending the world WHILE listening to the writer's band (yes, that is how I found out about it) WHILE possibly doing other non-obsessed things (like watching Sherlock: I may be converted). But I can't guarantee that. Yeah Rach - it's 'super cool' (say that with a French accent). Also: waesome ;)
Posted on: 02 May 2012

Well, having read 7 of the books I suppose I should do a blog to express more annoyance and also enjoyment. (people with stress/anger issuses should so write a blog because it is so much fun and lets the anger out! ;) So, the chosen books....My Name is Mina (or my name is Min!!) This is amazing to put it frankly. It is so interesting and the fonts are awesome and the extradionary exercises are even more amazinger and it makes me happy every time I feel, in my mind, that there is a Doctor Who reference-Mina has favourite words and says and awesome word then goes 'lovely word'. YAY! She didn't mention Geronimo though. ;( Still, I think it may be even better than Skellig and MILES better than his other books which are wordy nonsense and not in the cool Mina way. A Monster Calls: I read this a bit ago and it is awesome as well, The story is really well told and an amazing plot but what really makes it for me is the drawings!!! Although people won't always admit it, we'll never grow out of picture books and when the illustations are this good you'll be completely engrossed (added to that Patrick Ness' great writing) Wouldn't it be SO cool if it won the teen and childrens award!! Super cool. (it's a Horrible Histories PJ) Trash: Some one, maybe Miss Watts (hint hint nidge nudge) said, as you can see in the video except we're all laughing, is that Trash is about trash and the cover is basically a pile of trash and it's about trash and the writing is written in trash!! Totla trash-except it's not, it's actually a good book, not the best but far from the worst. Plus, for those slightly non-readers it's really pretty thin and a quick, fun read. My Sister Lives on the Mantle Piece: Oh, I really like this book, it's awesome. I love how it's from a 10 year old boy's perspective and the thing with the Spiderman tshirt and blue tack ringsa and his cat and the goal and...yeah, it's really great. it says with you for ages (I read it AGES ago) and it is so endearing and funny but sad. The back of the hardback edition is SO COOL-that is why I read it in the first place!!You should seriously read it, there's something for everyone, even a really nice sister with pink hair and her green haired boyfriend! Everybody Jam-good cover, weird book. At times I was really into it and enjoying it and then I was thinking, 'sorry, what is the actual meaning and idea of this story?' Sure, I love the camel buthow random is having a camel in Aus and riding it to save the day-obviously he's going to.(sorry, spoilers!!) It's ok but just a bit too...I dunno...Australian-no offence to Australians, my Uncle lives there and your accents are awesome! A small change for Stuart-I think you should go to the page and read my review to be honest. To sum it up I thought it was: -aimed at 9year olds -boring -rubbish puzzles -patronising I didn't like it. X( The Midnight Zoo-this was pretty good and interesting but it's kind of like Dr Dolittle in that the animals talk and the ending is okay but a bit 'oh, everythings all right now that she's here!' and they don't even know her! I would have prefered it if they did mopre journeying and had to scavenge more with more earlier meories, those were the bits I like best. I haven't read 'Between shades of Grey' yet but it looks really good. I'm currently reading 'Before I go to sleep which is good but LONG. I wouldn't read it if you were under 13. Hhum. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the group video, it is very embarrasing though! The song at the end is Charles II, King of Bling rap which is AMAZING in real life and is by Horrible Histories-look it up! It was filmed at Hampton Court and I've stood where it was filmed!! Super cool.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2012

I can't believe it. :(
Hi-it's Rachel again (after a whole year). So, I am writing in utter angry disbelief-I mean, come on!!! How could some of my favouritebooks NOT be on the shortlist?! Take Revolution by Jennifer Donnely: this is my favourite book second only to The Book Thief. (which I am currently rereading for the 3rd time.) For those who haven't had the immense pleasure yet to read it Revolution is just....incredible, breathless, gripping, beautiful, thought-provoking, life changing...I actually (for once!) am almost lost for words it is that good...however, I guess it is the Judges at work, not me. Also, what about Flip?? this almost equally brilliant book is utterly thrilling and a fast page turner of a read. Plus, it is the form of our phrase 'Flip flup' aka. Philip is full up. you have to read the book and have been at my house to get it is you are looking a bit bemused. Oh! And lets not forget Tymes End which tangled me in its many beautiful charms-the blurb may not be exactly how I would describe it but the inside is well worth an enjoyable read. Seriously, you will fall in love with it. (I did) unfortunately, I am not a judge in this award but if I was...well, you get the picture. So, out of the short listed I have read Trash, Everybody Jam, My sister lives on the Mantle Piece and A monster Calls. The last two fully, in my opinion, deserve their place, but Trash and Everybody Jam, though good books in their own right, are not my personal choice for the short list. :( I will surely be proved wrong-again.
Posted on: 28 Mar 2012