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Anne Fine talks about writing Blood Family
Video: Anne Fine talks about writing Blood Family Over the coming weeks, we'll continue to introduce you to some of the fantastic authors and illustrators nominated for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards this year. In this video, Anne Fine, shortlisted this year for her book Blood Family, talks about: - Her inspiration for the book - The thinking behind her characters and some of the key themes - Advice for young readers wanting to write themselves Watch series of videos profiling different authors and illustrators >>
Posted on: 03 Apr 2014

Liar & Spy
I've just finished reading 'Liar & Spy' by Rebecca Stead. I think it's a fairly good book but it didn't really live up to my expectations. I didn't find it very enthralling, it's pretty exciting and fun to read the first couple of chapters but then I realized that nothing ever really happens. The charecters of the book, Georges and Safer, don't find any new information about Mr.X, who they're spying on, so then it becomes a little boring. I didn't like the twist at the end, it was a big disappointment but other than that it has fantastic build-ups and I really like the author's structure and language in the book. /Rebecca R
Posted on: 02 Apr 2014

All The Truth That's In Me
So, after reading half of this book (page 98, chapter XXII) I stand astonished. While being more like poetry than a regular book, it brings up serious subjects, as rape or sexual harrassment. The main character's mute, but as we follow her we learn she have much to say. She has been away from her town for two years, but not far away. She's been a prisoner - and while you follow the story you get to know more about her past. When I first got to know about her love for Lucas, I wanted them to get together so bad. My back was aching of her feelings for him, and it's a feeling creeping up and down my spine - and it isn't even mine! There's three characters you need to remember, due to being the most important ones in the story. I. Simple enough, isn't it? To remember the person that tells you the story. You. The boy she for so long loved, but never dared to tell. Lucas. Him. The person that kept her prisoner. That cut off her tongue. That stabbed her whole world in the back. **SPOILER ALERT BEYOND THIS POINT** As for being mature for my age, this didn't put scars in my soul as it would've for someone younger, less experienced reader than me. After reading the pages that tells you more about her two years away from her family, with Him, my body was shaking. To wake up, with someone stroking your leg or touching your breasts or even kissing you, is beyond what I'd manage. Especially since it's Lucas father. I still have pages to read, stories to get completed. But I will remember this book for a very long time, I already can tell. If you're ready to read a darker book, I believe this is a good recommendation. I love it. /Vendela D
Posted on: 01 Apr 2014

The Bunker Diary - Not For The Sensitive Reader.
Hey IEST Readers, I have just finished reading 'The Bunker Diary' and I thought that it was a very interesting book, but if you are a younger reader, or a sensitive reader, then this book might not be a good choice for you. It is dark, disturbing, and contains quite a lot of swearing (there is less bad language after a while, after one character tells another to stop swearing). There is some violence too.
Posted on: 28 Mar 2014

Which Book Should I Read Next?
I have read Ghost Hawk and The Bunker Diary so far, now I need to decide what to read next. What are you reading and do you recommend it?
Posted on: 28 Mar 2014

Questions about Ghost Hawk **WARNING: SPOILERS**
Have you read it yet? I would recommend it, it is full of action and drama, and is set in an interesting period of history. I would love to discuss it with a few other readers. Why do you think that Little Hawk 'hangs around' for so long after his death? Why is it so important for him to be reunited with his Tomahawk, do you think? How come his spirit doesn't leave the earth when John dies? Do you think that it was necessary for Little Hawk to die, or do you think the story could have worked with him and John becoming friends when he was alive?
Posted on: 28 Mar 2014

Who's Reading GHOST HAWK?
Is anybody else reading Ghost Hawk? I started reading it at the weekend and have almost finished. It's pretty easy to read and is an interesting insight into the life of the Native Americans when the white settlers first arrived in America. As I don't know very much about this period of history, it's interesting to read more. There's loads of exciting drama and action, and the main characters are likeable, but there is also a villain or two. I won't say too much about the book here, but there is an unexpected twist in the story, which took me completely by surprise. I can't wait to see who else has read it and what you think about it!
Posted on: 25 Mar 2014

The aim of this group is to read all of the shortlisted Carnegie titles of 2013-2014 in a small reading group run by by your favourite English teachers! In this group you will read some great books, share your favourites with your friends both in school and in other schools, you can even write reviews on our funky website right here! What are you waiting for? Join up now!
Posted on: 12 Mar 2014