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Terrific Tweets and Awesome Alliterative Announcements

Our tweets might give the game away in some of the Carnegie books - yet again, they may also tempt you . . . (#Many remain anonymous)

Bunker Diary – horrible book. Doesn’t answer any questions. SP – everybody dies. You don’t know who kidnapped them. Overall a very sad book. (140)

All the truth that’s in me is about a girl without a tongue and how she lives without it. It is very good. (108)

Bunker Diary: it’s amazing, crying, dying – it’s perfect. Love the end, it’s so happy. AND - they ALL die and Linus eats Jenny. Surprise! (138) Rachel

Bunker Diary – not to read to your children at bedtime! It is very depressing, you will cry, otherwise you are emotionless. DO NOT READ! (136)

Blood Family – the story of a mentally disabled family. The boy is saved but then trashes his life. Follow Eddie through his ups and downs. (140)

Ghost Hawk – Little Hawk must go out on a 3 month ordeal in the wild to change him into a man. Will he survive? This is a must-read! (132)

Blood Family. Gripping book. Vunerable Eddie is terrified but saved. It looks like he’ll live a good life but he discovers drugs and alcohol. (141)

Blood Family woz a +good bk. I lik dis bk. Any1 who duzn’t agree is wrong. The bk was about Ed who had abusive dad. He bcomes alchoholic too. (140) Thomas

Bunker Diary – horrible book. Doesn’t answer questions. (56)

The 2014 attempt at Awesome Alliterative Announcements
Hmm, our efforts are shown up a little by last year's group. Maybe the Friday group can add some more?

Safer seemed scared. Saved, secure – sorted! (Liar and Spy)

Horrid, horrific house horror. Hideaway: humans have horrendous hours. (The Bunker Diary)

Splendid, suspenseful, sad, sorrowful. (The Bunker Diary)

Wicked witch West was withered, weasely, wimpy, wrinkled, wicked. (The Wizard of Oz)

Divergent does definitely describe Dauntless – daring, defeating. (Divergent trilogy)

Posted on: 22 May 2014

Jake's blog entry

Things I like about Carnegie Shadowing:

• You get to read loads of great books
• You get to discuss them with other people
• A stress-free break from homework
• The crazy online polls
• Writing reviews
• Fun games

Things I don’t like about Carnegie Shadowing:

• It only lasts for a few weeks every year

Posted on: 21 May 2013

Thomas' blog entry

Hi people, this is Thomas writing his first blog. As this is my 1st time it won’t be too long. Everyone has enjoyed reading at least one of the books so far. The general attitude towards “In Darkness” (the last book I had read) was that it was a good book but a hard read. That rounds everything of for now. Blog out.

Posted on: 15 May 2013

Two-syll able sentence ss-sss (it's harder than it looks)

Congratulations to all who didn't end up sounding like a caveman or a baby. Commiserations for those who did...

Twilight teaches awesome teenage children about dazzling vampires, furry, friendly werewolves, moany, sulky humans, Edward, Bella, Jacob, Charlie…

Wonder magicked alive fairy stories, telling about struggles against normal; Wonder wasn’t rubbish.

Wonder Egor likey, Alice likey – Wonder, Alice thinky witty.

Every person tasted In Darkness therefore sated every person’s desires.

Wonder wasn’t awful, instead wacky, as well really pretty.

Macbeth mirrored clever statements regards coming towards Macbeth’s sparkling, trailing, warring, mourning, wishful, greedy, wacky, murders.

Posted on: 13 May 2013

Awesome alliterative announcements

For posterity's sake, here are our alliterative statements, on the books we love or hate (or pretend to love or hate in order to make the sentence work properly). To be handed down, from generation to generation, to be cherished as wisdom:

Twilight taught true treasured tales to teenagers.

Midwinterblood made me merry, minding Merle’s monotonous mirage.

Wonder was wonderful whereas Worst Witch was witty.

Darkness died a depressing death: dark; dreadful; deeply dull.

My major misconception mirrored Macbeth’s minor mad monotony.

Posted on: 13 May 2013

Another year of Carnegie...

...and we're already two weeks in.

The group is currently reading their third book, either "Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick or "In Darkness" by Nick Lake. Having read both (like scouts, I have to be prepared) I certainly know which one I preferred: it wasn't a close contest at all. But I'm getting ready for disagreement from the group - after all, very few people agreed with me about "Wonder"!

Admittedly, I haven't quite finished the book which I don't like, as I am having to force myself to read it somewhat. So perhaps it will astound me with an amazing mind-changing ending. We shall see...

Posted on: 07 May 2013

Official winner announced!

For the second year in a row, Patrick Ness has won the Carnegie Medal.

Here is what the Rachel Levy the Chair of Judges said about his winning book, "A monster calls":
"an exquisite piece of writing. It is a beautifully economical, structurally brilliant and lyrically descriptive account of a challenging episode in one child’s life. One of our judges - bereaved at a young age - said she wished that she’d had 'A Monster Calls' to read then, because while it describes the nature of grief with an extraordinary clarity it also fills the reader with a spirit of hopefulness and a love for life that is profound and lasting."

Do you agree?

Posted on: 14 Jun 2012

Latymer's winner is voted upon
Thanks for all your votes, folks! Our most popular book is now officially "Between shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys (this was my second choice!) - a stark tale of deprevation and cruelty in Soviet Siberia. It was narrowly followed by "My sister lives on the mantelpiece" (my first choice! - not quite enough of you agreed with me!).
Posted on: 14 Jun 2012

Last meeting tonight!
It's sadly our last meeting of the shadowing scheme tonight, as on Thursday the official award winner will be announced. So tonight we'll be voting for Latymer's winning title. Who will it be? And will it be the same as the official winner?!
Posted on: 12 Jun 2012

No meeting this week :(
Sadly we don't have a meeting this Tuesday, as everyone's busy revising for their exams. I shall have to eat this week's supply of biscuits all by myself...a terrible shame.
Posted on: 21 May 2012

So far... by Shivani
So far Carnegie has been really fun and is going well. We have had 2 meetings and they have been great. The books are good and at the moment I am reading Midnight Zoo and I love it! This has all been really fun so far and I am really enjoying it! : ) Looking forward to the next meeting and the next book!
Posted on: 10 May 2012

*First blog post!*
So, the first shadowing meeting is tonight. I’ve just finished reading “My Name is Mina” in preparation. But you’ll have to come along the meeting to find out what I thought of it...

I’m looking forward to the meeting and everyone talking about the books. And I think (!) everything is organised. Fingers crossed I don't accidently lose/destroy all the books in a freak accident. The only hold-up so far is that we’re still waiting for the last book to be delivered: The midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett. I’m hoping the copies arrive soon, or we won’t all have time to read the thing. Will it be worth the wait? I’ve heard it’s rather dark - anyone know anything about it?

-- Ms Broadley
Posted on: 30 Apr 2012