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Books Still Arriving!
Today we were happy to receive four new books, two each of: 'Everybody Jam' and 'Trash'. Whilst we liked both front covers, the general consensus was that 'Everybody Jam' had a slightly more interesting cover. We decided that looking at the cover generated more questions than it answered, which impressed us and made us want to delve in and read. Although we liked the cover of 'Trash' and thought that it was bright and bold, we didn't think it was as good. Sarah said she thought that is 'gave too much away about the plot and the setting' which left her feeling as if she didn't really need to read the book to know what it was about! Simeon was adamant though that 'A Monster Calls' has the best cover by far as 'the darkness of the cover is in contrast to most covers, which are bright, and therefore makes it stand out more'. We've checked the books out of the library and will soon be heading home to read them over half term. Watch out next time for our video diaries explaining our opinions of the books.
Posted on: 31 May 2012

This week we have spent our meeting time reflecting on the books, our opinions on them and what we have read so far. We discovered that 'A Monster Calls' has a popular front cover and that so far, nobody really likes 'My Name is Mina'. We were also suprised to see that our poll had gathered over 200 votes! We wonder if our next poll will be as successful?
Posted on: 17 May 2012

A Fresh Start!
Today we have spent our time updating our shadowing page. We hope you like it! We have tried to create a page that appeals to all of the group. This was quite a difficult task, as we are a mixed group who all like different things! We are looking forward to seeing the results of our poll in two weeks time. Please make sure that you vote before you leave our page.
Posted on: 19 Apr 2012

Back up and Running!
Well as the shortlist announcement is now less than a week away, I felt that it was important to to get things back up and running again. Those of you who have visited our site before, will notice we've gone for a new look this year to reflect our new members. We felt that the black, white and red appealed to both boys and girls and was suitably striking to catch people's attention and make them want to read more. Our group is slightly bigger in size this year and, I'm glad to say, it's also more of a mix of both boys and girls. We are all enthusiastic readers and fans of a range of genres. I hope you look forward to reading our blogs and reviews and joining us on our reading journey.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2012

A slow start.
Well so far our shadowing has gotten off to a slow start, with some of our books taking a long time to arrive and some of our members having to miss meetings due to unforseen circumstances. We are hoping to be back on track next Wednesday though with a heated debate about the books so far and a plan for recording some review podcasts for the school website.
Posted on: 06 Jun 2011

Front Covers and First Impressions
I know that they always say 'never judge a book by it's cover', but at this week's meeting that's exactly what we did! As there were 6 of us at the meeting (not including the staff- afterall they don't count ;p) and only 4 books from the shortlist had arrived there was always going to be a tussle over who got to read what. To avoid arguments, and to get everyone involved we started by looking at the front covers of the four books and discussing our first impressions. One of the group was scared by the cover of 'The death defying Pepper Roux' suggesting that the red lettering reminded her of blood and the white background of bone! Yet once we'd read the blurb and the 1st page we were all hooked! When looking at 'White Crow' we talked about the possible symbolic use of colour e.g. black for evil and white for good. Most of the group thought the cover was a bit dull but were still interested in the story. Although, after the first page with it's mention of people rising from the dead one of the group declared it 'too scary' for her to read! 'Out of Shadows' received lots of positive comments - we liked the way the cover really captured the mood and feeling of Africa through it's use of vibrant colour. When we looked at the books on the website 'The Bride's Farewell' had proved a popular choice but on seeing it in person we were a little disappointed. One of the group summed it up when she said 'It looks like something my mum would read, not me!' 'A bit dull.' was another suggestion. Still that was only 1st impressions, who knows what we will think once we start reading?
Posted on: 12 May 2011