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Welling, Kent

Curtsies and Bows
The award process has come to an end; presentations have been presented, scripts have been read and words said aloud. As for our plucky little group, we have retired for this year, with hopes of taking part in the scheme the following year. For those that remain unaware, the winner was the book 'Where The World Ends' by Geraldine McCaughrean, who won the award overall. Different to last year, Bexley Grammar did not predict the winner, and nor did Bexley! We chose do a presentation on 'After the Fire', a stunning novel by Will Hill. Despite the fact it was chosen by Bexley also, it didn't make it to London and we were left shell shocked, given that we had predicted it correctly last year, and were very confident this year. Nevertheless we congratulate the winner and thank all those who read our weekly blog and helped make this award possible. A big thanks goes to Mrs Carey, who helped organise our group, as well as providing a library to read in, the books to read. But most importantly of all, a big thanks to Mrs Carey for providing snacks. (You really think I'd go a blog without mentioning food!?) Thanks for every crisp, chocolate chip cookie, cake and crumb that we devoured in our weekly meetings. But enough of the snack talk, because now as the final blog comes to a close, I hear you ask yourself, but what for my favorite Carnegie Group? Well, I'm not sure, you'll have to ask them; but for us, thank you loyal readers, we'll see you next year! - Olivia
Posted on: 26 Jun 2018

Lights! Camera! Action!
This week we finished our videos for the chance to be present at the London award ceremony, with the winning author. We?ve entered two videos, discussing our groups meetings and the books that have been nominated. We munched on some crisps as we worked, and are all happy with the final results. Despite all of the outtakes, we?ve sent in two humorous, informative videos that we hope will get us all a seat! That?s all for now, we?ll make sure to keep you posted! - Brook & Olivia
Posted on: 17 May 2018

The story continues...
The votes have been casted, the tallies have be totalled and our 'First Impressions' votes results are out! In tied last place is 'Wed Wabbit' and 'Rook', with 27 points. Then, 'Saint Death' with 34 points. Now, 5th is 'Release' with 41 points, and then 'The Hate U Give' with 44. Third is 'Beyond the Bright Sea' with 45 points. Bringing up the rear is 'After the Fire' with 50 points. Finally, in the lead is 'Where the World Ends' by Geraldine McCaughrean with a grand total of 56 points! This week, similar to last week, we munched on some cookies. The newest poll on our website is: If you could be a mythical creature, what creature would you be? So far, Vampire is in the lead with 7 votes! This week we got into groups to discuss the books we'd read, and made cards, giving details of our favourite characters and scenes, and a star rating, out of five. That's all for now, we'll see you next week! -Olivia
Posted on: 23 Apr 2018

The First Chapter
Hi everyone, a warm welcome back from the food blo - sorry - book bloggers, Olivia & Brook. As begin the first chapter (get it?) of the Carnegie Awards, we spent the first week with a fitting task; doing some first impressions! We used the blurbs and front covers of the shortlisted books to guess which one will win. Last year a number of us got our guesses right, and hope for the same result this year! This year we aim to make our page better than ever, with more reviews and updates now that we?ve done this all before. Don?t worry though, we know what you?re all thinking, the answer is yes, snack updates will be a factor of the blogs. This beginning week we munched on a range of biscuits, including Oreos, Maryland?s, and Digestives. Good luck to any other participants (and of course the contestants) and we hope to see you soon! -Olivia
Posted on: 23 Apr 2018

A Quick Update...
This week we planned our presentation. We began by brainstorming our presentation style, and by the end of the meeting we came up with a final plan. We based it around the most popular book, Salt To The Sea (by Ruta Sepetys), and we hope it impresses everyone who see's it. We look forward to meeting all of the other schools at the award ceremony who also took part in the award. We also look forward to seeing what they have produced, and can't wait to see the winning book and author. We wish the best to all the books in the running, especially Ruta's! This week we had some brilliant biscuits, with an array of: custard creams, digestives and bourbons. The inventor of all these treats must be one smart cookie! Next week w- Oh crumbs! Got to go! (See what we did there...) -Olivia
Posted on: 07 Jun 2017

An update on this week
This week we started planning how we were going to be presenting our presentation on our favorite book at the Carnegie meeting we will be attending on the 19th of June with all of the other Bexley schools who have participated in judging the award.There we will hear the winner of the competition as well as seeing the other schools presentations, so we will see you then! Oh- we almost forgot, this week we had some yummy bananas and iced buns, as well as chocolate filled brioche! -Olivia
Posted on: 24 May 2017

We skyped Ruta this week!
As the title suggests, this week's meeting was very exciting, as we got to Skype with Ruta Sepetys, the brilliant mind behind one of the nominated books "Salt to the Sea". We hope you enjoy this extra long blog to make up for missing last week! The members of the group are having trouble deciding what they like better, the author or the book! Ruta was very helpful and answered all of our questions, some related to the book, others not so much... ("If you could be any book, what book would you be?") Those who have read the book discovered how all the tiny details fitted into place, from digits marking Hitlers birthday to real life cases being documented into the book. Those who hadn't were prompted to read it even more. Now that we are quite far in, we have read quite a few of the books, and were able to warn Ruta that she has some tough competition! In terms of snacks, we had caramel and chocolate doughnuts with crisps. Guess Ruta isn't the only thing with competition! Next week could provide a new entry in the competition for our favorite snack choices, so we'll see you then! -Olivia
Posted on: 17 May 2017

What we've done this week :)
This week we continued working on our videos from last week, which, only if we can keep a straight face, should be posted soon. As usual we reviewed the books we had read that week, and our page allowed people to show their support via our poll. Up until the third of May Salt To The Sea was winning with a total of 6 votes, however, since then The Smell Of Other Peoples Houses has taken the lead. We have posted a few reviews on our page also, written by members of our group, and we imagine the number will grow soon! However, on a different note, snacks this week consisted of muffins, strawberries and blueberries, with cookies hinted for next week (yum!) We'll see you then! -Olivia
Posted on: 04 May 2017

What we've accomplished so far!
Thanks to everybody's hard work and enthusiasm towards the meetings, we are proud of how much we have accomplished, and demolished in terms of food... This week we began working on new videos which will be appearing on our page soon. These include some interesting acting, some funny interviews and some hilarious impressions. Not only this but we have made a huge improvement in the food department thanks to the online poll (doughnuts, strawberries and bananas this week, yum!) We will continue to keep you posted for the weeks to come, so see you then! -Brook & Olivia
Posted on: 26 Apr 2017

What do we do?
We regularly hold meetings in our school library where we discuss the nominated books we have read and then review them. We aim to read a new book every week, which is very easy as all the books are page-turners! Every meeting is full of exciting book talk where we share our opinions and love of the books. Everybody involved shares one thing in common; a passion for books (and cake) Our meetings are very exciting and involve all kinds of treats :) So basically, all BGS Shadowers meetings involve a lot of yummy food... oh yeah and a tiny bit of reading. -Brook & Olivia
Posted on: 19 Apr 2017