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Carnegie Closes...
I'm not sure if you will be checking our Blog page much again, but I just wanted to say again a big Thank You for all your efforts with the Carnegie Group this term. It really has been fun working with you and I do hope you all got something valuable out of it:) It is now, sadly, time for you to return your books to school, unless of course you wish to 'extend' your loan on them until the end of this term? For those of you in Year 8 who will be partaking in the Battle of the Books at Teddington School next Wednesday 3rd July, please come and see me first thing tomorrow morning, during registration! Thank you all once again and maybe see some of you for more Carnegie fun next year... Mrs B x
Posted on: 25 Jun 2013

Thank You Everyone!
Hi guys! This is to say how much I have appreciated your dedication to the Carnegie group over the last six weeks or so. Considering the fact that you have all had so much going on: school exams, sporting events and your extra curricular commitments, you have all done remarkably well to read at least a couple of books from the list and then to have written such fantastic reviews for them! I am so pleased that most of you have enjoyed the Carnegie books - a couple of you haven't and that is absolutely fine. You need to be able to express your 'yay' or 'dismay' on here;) Well, it does look as though 'Wonder' might be topping the polls tomorrow, but this will be discussed and of course voted for at our Celebration Breakfast in the morning. Please do try to get in early if you can (well, 8.15am!) and we will get things set up and hopefully we can finish before the end of registration... That's all for now, folks. See you in the morning for our FINAL meet up and let's see who wins!!!! Xx
Posted on: 18 Jun 2013

Carnegie Coming to an End
I am really sad to say that Carnegie is coming to an end. It has been a fantastic, enjoyable, exciting experience. I hope that all the other schools that have taken part in Carnegie have had as brilliant a time as we have. I think that Wonder will take the crown, even though i didnt get time to read it xx Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!! qwerty13 xx
Posted on: 18 Jun 2013

One Week To Go!!!!
Good day to you all! We have just One Week left until the Winner of the Carnegie Medal is announced. In the meantime you all need to be reading furiously (well not literally - reading should be a joyous activity;-). Please try to have read at least two of the books on the shortlist... This will help you when it comes to voting for our favourite book next week... So, on the morning of Wednesday June19th I am planning to hold a mini-celebration/voting for Carnegie Breakfast in the library with you all during morning registration. You may be aware that there will be an exam taking place in here later on that morning and therefore we will need to make sure we leave the place in an orderly way (no crumbs!) before we leave. The idea is just to get together, eat lots of lovely pastries and say 'cheers' to one another with a glass of OJ and then put forward our nomination for the Carnegie Medal. Sound OK to you? Please let me know if you have any funky ideas for voting... I think a standard slip of paper in a hat would be fine:) The Winner will be announced later that day, but I'm not sure of the exact time. I guess we will learn from the news in the evening!! I will be very excited to see if our nomination was correct!! So far, it looks as though RJ Palacio's 'Wonder' as at the fore, but could be pipped to the post by Weight of Water or Code Name Verity.... What will it be?????!!!! See you all on Tuesday 18th in the morning for our final reviewing/blogging session and Thank You ALL for your fantastic contributions, once again:0) Have a super week, Mrs B X
Posted on: 12 Jun 2013

Go Carnegie!
Carnegie is an exciting challenge. The books are amazing and the vast majority of them (with the exception of In Darkness) deserve to win.
Posted on: 11 Jun 2013

:) maggot moon
what if you all read maggot moon :) what if everyone enjoyed it? what if everyone read every book:) "as you can see what ifs are as boundless as the stars"
Posted on: 11 Jun 2013

Carnegie Thank Yous
I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Carnegie. You have been amazing people and have helped me learn many important things. Good luck to you all :0 A special thank you to Mrs Burton for being an excellent Carnegie leader, and for writing a lovely blog post :) xx
Posted on: 11 Jun 2013

I have started to read Code Name Verity and it is awesome! Everyone should read this book!!
Posted on: 11 Jun 2013

Countdown to the Carnegie Medal!
Well guys it's now only 2 WEEKS until the Carnegie Winner will be announced. You have all read at least a couple of the books from the shortlist which is fantastic and don't forget to write a review for each book, whether you enjoyed it or not! The reviews I've read so far are brill and very well written. I really do hope the authors will take a look at them;) We need to start thinking about what we would like to do on the morning of June 19th. I would like to host a little party in the School Library, possibly starting at around 8.15am where we could have cake, juice, biscuits... oh, and getting down to business we could also discuss which books we think will be up for the Big Prize that day! Stags, have a good think about how you would like to vote for your favourite author as a group. Bear in mind ('bear'!) that not everyone will have read the same books so it might be that we vote for an author that someone else hasn't yet read... Does that sound OK? I have really appreciated all your efforts and enthusiasm for this and you really are a lovely group of people to be working with. Have a fantastic rest of the week and see you on Tuesday 11th June during morning reg for the next session:) Til then, keeeeeeeep reading! Mrs B x
Posted on: 05 Jun 2013

awesome so far!!!
The book that I am reading is greyhound of a girl... Think that it has been reasonably enjoyable so far and I am really having fun with reading it!!!! It's a book that touches the heart and really speaks out and I think that it may, just may have a chance!!! :) :D
Posted on: 05 Jun 2013

Friendship and Bullies (Wonder part 1)
"Like a lamb to the slaughter" : something you say about someone who goes somewhere calmly, not knowing that something unpleasant is going to happen to them ... This is how August feels going to school for the first time. He's used to kids running away from him frightened in parks and playgrounds, so what will it be like in school? His sister Via won't be there to defend him. This story opens with a sense of good and bad; children who are open to being Auggie's friend and others using his difference to target him. So the theme is really just like in any school - there are those emotionally intelligent children who understand that all children have equal rights to be happy and then there are those children who only feel cool if they pick on others. Read on to find out who are the bullies and who are the truly cool characters!
Posted on: 30 May 2013

We are at the moment having our photos taken and I am really self conscious about me posture and who I have been paired up with.
Posted on: 22 May 2013

I am looking forward to reading Code Name Verity!
Posted on: 21 May 2013

Characters that have been introduced in A Greyhound of a Girl
Characters that have been mentioned in a Greyhound of a Girl so far: Tansey, Mary, Scarlett, Emer, Ava, Ava's mum, the Nurse, Scarlett's father and Emer's grandmother!
Posted on: 17 May 2013

Everyone should read a Greyhound of a Girl! It really is food for thought!
Posted on: 17 May 2013

Half way through!
I am half way through A Greyhound of a Girl. It is very unusual but interesting. It is about a ghost named Tansey, who wants to give her dying daughter one last adventure...
Posted on: 17 May 2013

A Greyhound of a Girl
A very interesting book about ghosts so far!
Posted on: 15 May 2013

The Weight Of Water Part 1
When I first saw the book I really liked it! I was surprised when I opened it and looked at the first page. the structure is very unique, its so cool how placing the words around the page can affect the readers thoughts on the book. Though its not very ordinary, I reccomend this book to anyone! This book is about young Kasienka and her mother on thier way to England, going through passport control, trying to make friends and genrally keep her mother from crumbling under the pressure of the family. A truly touching novel, and I've only read 10 pages! An emotional rollercoaster for adults and children. I'm glad that this book has been shortlisted! .<*PenguinSaysMeow*>.
Posted on: 15 May 2013

Everyone in the Stags Shadowing Group is really looking forward to doing the Carnegie!! Ready to Read and Ready to Rock :)
Posted on: 15 May 2013

I cant wait to start reading A Greyhound of a Girl! It looks amazing!! Me and my bffl are both going to start reading A Greyhound of a Girl, and my other bffl is reading the Weight of Water. My other bffl is reading Wonder (even though she has read it already!) qwerty13
Posted on: 15 May 2013

Judging a Book by its Cover
Code name Verity looks very interesting. The cover is intriguing, along with the blurb. From what we can tell from the cover, it is set in a warzone, most probably world war two and is about a female spy/agent who was captured by a german. The quote from the book 'I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what i do' makes you want to read it. The cover artwork looks great. I love how Its all grey and dark colours but then the red stands out in the rose and the circle around the title. There is a small war plane in the corner with smoke trailing behind. (We had a different cover to the one shown on the Carnegie short list) Overall it looks great, we cant wait to read it. dftba! (dont forget to be awesome)
Posted on: 15 May 2013

The weight of Water
I have just started reading my first carnegie book. It is called 'The Weight Of Water' by Sarah Crossan. This is a book about a girl called Kasienka and her mother moving to England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mothers heart is breaking; at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat...
Posted on: 15 May 2013

just started
I have read 3/4 of wonder and it is quite tough for august :( 'I wont describe what I look like. What ever you're thinking its probably worse' (that's on the blurb :0) the character Julian is mean!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 15 May 2013

Part 4
So far I am half way through my book. We are about to swap over so GG2 is reading the first half, and I (GG1 because I am the best) will be reading the start of 'A boy and a bear in a boat'. Wooo! Can't wait!! ~GeekGirls~
Posted on: 15 May 2013

First Book!!
Yesterday, we received our very first books!!!!!!!!!! I got A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle. I am super excited about starting it!!! qwerty13
Posted on: 15 May 2013

part 1
I am really enjoying Wonder so far and I hate Julian. He is a character in this book by the way he is not any one from school! *Raven*
Posted on: 14 May 2013

Can't wait!
TheSlicedBread and I can't wait to start reading! I'm most excited about A Greyhound Of A Girl, Sliced is Excited about any book he gets, we love reading way too much! (Wait a second is that even possible?!) .~*BreadBuddies*~. YAY
Posted on: 14 May 2013

Very Excited!!!!!
I am really not looking forward to taking part in the Carnegie Medal. I am especially looking forward to reading A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle and Wonder by R.J. Palatio. Roddy Doyle writes very thoughtful and interesting books, so I wonder what A Greyhound of a Girl will be like! The Stags Carnegie Medal Shadowing Group are definitely ready to read and ready to rock :) We all love reading!! Books are fantastic! qwerty13 xxx
Posted on: 14 May 2013

First Book
We (there's TWO OF US) have just got our (thats right- TWO OF US!) first book:Wonder! We love the cover because it has left us 'wondering' what the book is all about. The slogan has made us full of 'wonder'. The line 'You can't blend in when you were born to stand out' we think is 'wonderful'. ~Geek Girls~
Posted on: 14 May 2013

This website is really cool and we've already got the book Wonder by R.J. Palatio :) wondering if it is good! (even though I read it ages ago) Looking forward to reading The Weight of Water:) It looks good. -atomic apple-
Posted on: 14 May 2013

Very Exicted
Hi! I am very excited to be a part of The Stags Shadowing Group. I read the 2012 short list and looking at the 2013 short list I think the books will be just as good if not better! I am really looking forward to reading them and I like the look of Code Name Verity in particular.
Posted on: 13 May 2013