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Five weeks to go! Many books read but we are all looking forward to half term so that we can get lots of reading done. So far opinions are very varied, no outright favourite but, as usual, Patrick Ness is thought to be a strong contender. Everyone loves 'Lies We Tell Ourselves', but we're not committing to our winner predictions just yet. We've booked a trip to the Hay Festival, we have tickets to see Patrick Ness and are all extremely excited - we've even bought him some of his favourite biscuits!
Posted on: 17 May 2016

Liar & Spy Review
When I picked up this book I didn’t expect anything. I didn’t expect a story so real and genuine that it’d swallow me down. Neither did I expect a boy with a voice honest that I now believe that there is a twelve year old living in Brooklyn named Georges. Liar and Spy is a book about Georges who is quite an average twelve year old, although, he has just moved into a new apartment. In that apartment he meets Safer – another twelve-year old who is a self appointed spy. Together they spy on the elusive Mr X. But as cracks start appearing on the surface; is Safer a real friend or is it just a tangle of lies? Being a ‘Carnegie connoisseur’ (I jest!), I’ve noticed a pattern. Each year I have participated in this award, the Carnegie would usually have mostly older teenage books and then one or two books aimed at twelve and younger. Usually I disliked or didn’t read those, as I found with ‘The Death-Defying Pepper Roux’, (Carnegie nominee 2011), I found it a bit ‘meh’. But, thankfully, not with Liar & Spy. Rebecca Stead’s book is brilliant for all ages, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the real sense of mystery in this book, as many questions are slowly answered throughout the course of the novel. I suppose this is what really enchanted me; a book which is set mostly in one square mile in Brooklyn that had so much mystery and so much appeal. Even the spy undertones had quite a magical vibe. I thought Stead’s writing was very realistic and I especially loved being in Georges head – the thoughts and conversations he had were so engrossing. This book is a definite 5/5 for me. So grab a copy and read ‘Liar & Spy! -Lucy
Posted on: 10 Apr 2014

Bunker Diary Review
Linus is a 16 year old living on the streets when he is kidnapped. Put in a bunker with six others, they hope for a way out. I enjoyed this book, as I usually do with quite ‘gritty’ reads, and I found Linus’ voice intriguing. I liked the mystery of the bunker, and the mystery of the kidnapper. However, despite my love for the plot and Linus, I don’t think the ending was constructed very well. I don’t cope well with endings that just leave me hanging. There was no hope, nor answers. I enjoyed this Lord of the Flies-esque story, but for me, the ending was bleak and fell flat. -Lucy
Posted on: 10 Apr 2014

A very excited group!
We've had our first 2 meetings and the amount of excitement in the library is amazing. We've got such a big group this year that we don't have enough books to go around! A few people have completed books but it's too early to start voting for favourites yet. Next week we hope to start posting reviews and maybe even some photo's. Watch this space........ Mrs Harris
Posted on: 27 Mar 2014

Our winner...
After much careful consideration and some (occasionally heated) debate, the group decided that our clear winner was 'Chains'. Although many of the group thought that the subject of the book was disturbing and very sad, we all agreed that the book was very well written and the character of Isabel was one that we all admired. We're very excited to learn the identity of the winner, and can't wait to take part again next year! We would also like to thank Angela for her help in leading our discussion today.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2010

Although I think Nation is very interesting, I am not very far through the book yet, and it’s very hard to get into. It is at a slow pace and can get confusing at times. It introduces characters poorly making it hard to grasp personalities and what relationships there are between people. I haven’t really read much of this book yet, but I hope I don’t get too bored and quit reading it!!! Beth
Posted on: 21 May 2010

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Once you have got past the beginning it is a good book. The first line is very funny and makes you want to read on. The beginning is quite boring but the rest is great. Some of the words are written in German so look at the back of the book for a glossary! Elizabeth and Megan
Posted on: 21 May 2010

Posted on: 21 May 2010

This book is really good. It grips you at the start and I didn’t want to put it down. It really involves the reader. It has a good suspense to it, which makes you want to read on. It can be a bit confusing at times because it jumps time zones. It is set in the past and the characters are quite involved, and it is quite realistic for the time zone that it is set in. Alex
Posted on: 21 May 2010

I really enjoyed this book – it is a very good story about a boy named Sig, whose father dies by freezing to death, and a man who has come to continue his agreement and take what is rightfully his. A fast paced action thriller: I would definitely recommend this book. Elliott
Posted on: 21 May 2010

Latest reviews...
We've all enjoyed reading the shortlisted books so far, although 'Chains' seems to be emerging as an early favourite.... Check out the first reviews written by members of the group!
Posted on: 21 May 2010