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Beyond the Bright Sea
"Beyond the Bright Sea" is an action packed book based around the unknown past of a young girl. The stunning journey of how she finds out all about her life is the main focus of the book and it will leave you wanting more the whole way through. You should definitely read this amazing book.
Posted on: 22 Jun 2018

Wed Wabbit By Milly
I think "Wed Wabbit" was good and it was surprising at times, for example, when Minnie got the new Wimblie Woos Book about Dr.Carrot and Ellie Elephant. But at some points in the story, somethings came across as a bit random. It was a very creative idea. The book was good but I think that it's at bit childish at some points. It's not one of my favourite books but I would recommend it.
Posted on: 08 Jun 2018

So far...
Recently me (Rio) Millie and Hannah have been working on a book trailer for "After The Fire". Currently, it's all going quite smoothly with no specific problems other than saving. We're planning to meet up again (I presume it would be the last time) to polish it off. Working on this has been a fun experience and I hope to do something like it again.
Posted on: 08 Jun 2018

Chat Show video
Tom and I are making a video all about "Beyond the Bright Sea" where Crow is the main focus of the show and all the questions are asked about her. The video is a humorous, interesting and knowledgeable animation that will get you wanting to read the book and solve the mysteries of Crow's life. "Beyond the Bright Sea" is an amazing book that will have you wanting more from the start and will constantly leave you on a cliff hanger.
Posted on: 25 May 2018

After the Fire iMovie By Milly
So far me (Milly), Hannah and Rio have started to make a book trailer on "After The Fire". We've annotated the blurb and started to pull the trailer together. We are planning to meet again and carry on making the trailer. So far it looks really good, it's very intriguing and eerie. Soon we will be adding some music or fire crackling.
Posted on: 18 May 2018

Lately, I have been reading "After the Fire" by Will Hill, so far I really like this book because it's so dramatic and mysterious. It's like there's danger round every corner and existential religious/cult issues. From the looks of it Father John (the antagonist I think) is very controlling and doesn't like people breaking his rules. One of his main rules (mentioned in the blurb) is that they're not aloud to talk to outsiders under any circumstances. The cult/religious area is in the middle of the desert, therefore, one person has to go out of the village to get food, water etc. I am really liking this book so far and would recommend it to anyone who has nothing to read.
Posted on: 18 May 2018

Really enjoying the books!!
I have already read three of the eight books; "Release" by Patrick Ness, "Rook" by Anthony McGowan and "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. I'm on my fourth already, "After The Fire" by Will Hill and can't wait to dive into the other remaining books. (Ellie)
Posted on: 17 Apr 2018

First Book!
I have just read my first book (Release) and I really enjoyed it! I have completed my first book review online and in my booklet. I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance but also likes a bit of a spirit story (not spooky though). I really want to read "Beyond the Bright Sea" next.
Posted on: 03 Apr 2018

Saint Death
So, I (Tom) am here on my second week of shadowing meeting and I've picked out the book I shall read first. The title of this blog gives away what it is, "Saint Death". My expectations for this book are high as I am very interested about immigration and this book is about this. I cannot wait to begin reading it. I obviously expect Death however, I expect very good characters as well.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2018

2nd Meeting today!
This is a second meeting of the group and we have all chosen a book that we would like to read this next week and over the half term. All of the books look really interesting and I can't wait to dive into the pile of amazing books we have been offered to read over the upcoming weeks and months.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2018

Second Meeting!
Today was the second meeting of the new Alsager LRC shadowing group. We've all received our first book from the shortlist ready to read over the Easter holidays! We're all looking forward to being part of the Shadowing Group and discussing what we have read together and via this blog.
Posted on: 23 Mar 2018

Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

The Journey So Far...
Shadowing has been fantastic! I have loved reading books of all different types. I don't think I would have picked up a few of these books to read unless I was asked to. However, I have discovered a variation of books to read that would be strange for me to read usually. I really liked most of the books though! Unfortunately, I didn't get through all the books that were shortlisted but the ones I did read were very interesting, varied and enjoyable. There was only one book that I didn't enjoy too much [it shall remain unnamed] but I am sure that other people would love it. I have benefited lots from this amazing experience of shadowing. :]
Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

My time shadowing
During my time in the shadowing group I have read many new books I would not have and I have thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and reviewing books . I would like to say thank you to Mrs Downey who organised this for us. (:0D
Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

An Emotional Reenactment of Salt to the Sea
James, Hannah, Ted and I (Amber) have done a drama video of our favourite scene in Salt to the Sea. As we all loved the part when the boat sinks after being hit by a torpedo, (Spoilers!) we decided to act out that part, but as it was in the middle of the ocean, we performed it in our school pool. We had costumes, props and even a toy doll to play baby Halinka. We had lots of fun practising and filming it and I am sad now it's over. However, we all had fun doing shadowing this year and can't wait to find out which book wins.
Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

Salt to the Sea by Summer
I finished reading Salt to the Sea last weekend, and I am so glad that I decided to continue on with the book. At the start it was a little bit slow, as all the characters were just walking along a road and finding a place to stay for the night, but it started to get very exciting when they reached the Whilhelm Gustloff. For starters, Emilia was eight months pregnant when they boarded, and she gave birth to a baby girl named Helinka whilst in the ships' maternity ward. Then there was Florian, who was hiding in the funnel of the ship, and Alfred was bringing him food and information. Joana was the nurse, delivering the baby. The end was very emotional because the boat sank and nearly all of my favourite characters died. I would give it four out of five stars.
Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

Shadowing 2017- Magazine makers
By Georgie and Madeleine. We enjoyed making the magazine, and included the books, reviews we have done and how to find us on our website. We loved making the layout of the magazine and it should be around school by next Wednesday. We have had a great experience doing shadowing and we personally believe that it has improved and developed our skills in English, especially by looking at new books and also journalism as we made the magazine. Happy reading everyone!
Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

Railhead Interview
We (Jack, Ben and Ajay) have just finished filming our interview for the book Railhead! It will soon be edited and uploaded. We had Ben as "Zen Starling" - the main character, Jack as the interviewer and Ajay as the director and editor. We are happy to report that all went well!
Posted on: 16 Jun 2017

Reading meets Acting
Hello! I'm here to update you on the latest gossip about our small shadowing community. Some of us are currently filming clips about scenes in our favourite books, such as Salt To The Sea and Railhead.
Posted on: 09 Jun 2017

The Group
Alsager LRC Shadowing Group has been reading - obviously! We are currently designing a magazine, and writing scripts for roleplays of some of our favourite scenes from books. Amber, Hannah and Ted are currently working on a scene from Salt to the Sea, and have actually booked the pool for extra impact! I mean, it wouldn't really work on land, would it? The scene is about the characters on a boat... in the middle of the ocean... Well, I am excited to keep reading and updating the website with exciting news about our activities - and books! -Summer, who has turned into chief of editing the website overnight ;)
Posted on: 26 May 2017

The Bone Sparrow ;)
This book is very entertaining in many ways. At the beginning, you believe it is based in World War One. However, it is based in present day and completely mis-directs you. It makes you realize just how bad the situation is for foreign refugees in their chosen countries. We loved this book though and it is definitely one to read if you are into this kind of thing. It definitely makes you think about your position in life and the way in which you treat things and others around you. Will keep you updated on the latest gossip, Ted and Summer
Posted on: 19 May 2017

The Smell of Other People's Houses
We liked how the point of view changes in each chapter and also the setting of the story. We thought that the setting of the book was unique and reflected the plot line quite well. Also, we liked how the title was interesting, caught your attention and made you think. It was good how the families are very contrasting.
Posted on: 12 May 2017

The Smell of Other People's Houses
Me (aka Amber), Hannah and Georgie have had a discussion on The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. We discussed the positive and negative points of this book and came to a conclusion that, although it is a very good book, we didn't think it would win.
Posted on: 12 May 2017

I am about to start 'Railhead'. It looks very interesting even though it is not usually the sort of book I would usually pick.
Posted on: 04 Apr 2017

Finished the Bone Sparrow too
I loved this book but I hate how it ended without a proper conclusion. I wish there had been more of a summary at the end. Overall, I think that it was great and I am going to look out for more books by Zana Frallion.
Posted on: 04 Apr 2017

Today I finished reading "The Bone Sparrow" and I would 100% give it five stars. It was packed full of emotions and showed the true value of friendship. It also spread the important message that we need to start tackling the refugee crisis.
Posted on: 01 Apr 2017

I'm about a third way through reading "the Bone Sparrow" and I love it! The emotions vary in every chapter, and you are always in some form of suspense!
Posted on: 31 Mar 2017

The Smell of Other People's Houses
I love this book so much. It is not an anticlimax and the plot twists and turns.
Posted on: 29 Mar 2017

The Bone Sparrow
I was presented with several options in terms of reading material. Out of the options, I chose to begin reading "The Bone Sparrow" by Zana Fraillon. Just from viewing the blurb, I can tell that choosing this book was a great idea, because it sounds full to the brim with exciting events and drowning in plot twists. I can't wait to get a proper chance to sit down and indulge myself in reading this.
Posted on: 28 Mar 2017

So excited!
I have just started reading 'the stars at oktober bend'. I am actually quite excited to read on, because most books don't interest me, but this one suits my tastes pretty well! I read the blurb as well, and it kind of sounds like one of my favourite comics 'Space Boy'.
Posted on: 28 Mar 2017