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Sputnik's Life to Guide on Earth
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is weird and funny yet still manages to keep our interest throughout. Frank Cottrell Boyce is known for his wacky style of writing and he has pulled this off successfully in Sputnik. Some of his techniques are unique and make for an entertaining read. The story is amusing but still has a deeper meaning of trouble and surprising friendship. Its real success is that it works on a number of levels; each reader takes something different away from the story. Highly enjoyable and suitable for all.
Posted on: 02 May 2017

Beck - An Unsuitable Book for Children
Our group as a whole was very disappointed with the selection of this book for the Carnegie shortlist. This is meant to be a collection of books for children, and a 16+ book has no place on this shortlist. I personally have not read this book, however two teachers in this group have, and their comments include: - 'contains very explicit and disturbiing content' - 'leaves you scarred for life' - 'well written and important, but not suitable for this list' I can imagine you are probably receiving similar feedback about this book from other groups. If we are expected to read this book, it should be available for most people to read. When a book with content like Beck is selected, it just makes it unacceptable for children to read. Please reconsider your choice.
Posted on: 02 May 2017

Carnegie Book Ratings So Far
Here is my table of all the Carnegie Books I have read. 1. The Lie Tree - great, impressive writing 1. The Ghosts of Heaven - a creative style complemented with good stories 3. There Will Be Lies - only just makes it into the top three 4. Lies we Tell Ourselves - a bit dull 5. The Rest of Us Just Live Here - indie kids are not necessary 6. Fire Colour One - bo-ring! 7. Five Children on the Western Front - WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK
Posted on: 03 Jun 2016

The Borrowers: A Review
It's me again. I am going to be using this blog to review the Borrowers, which I was previously told was a great book. It isn't. I really have not got a clue how this book reached the Carnegie shortlist, let alone won the Carnegie Medal. The story went nowhere - by the time they'd finished explaining everything we were more than halfway through the book - and the ending gave no proper clue to what happens. The concept of little people living in a house in interesting, but it really needs some improvement to change it from being too much like The Doll People, which my 5th grade teacher read to the class and which I really didn't like at all. This book would make more sense if it were part of a series, but it isn't. Mary Norton just decided to finish. The final chapter is hectic and you are left baffled. I would not recommend this, but if you are interested in that kind of thing then try it out. I want to see if someone has a different taste to mine. Signed, TheExtra
Posted on: 12 Feb 2016

Skellig: Chatterbooks' first blog post
This is the BBIS Chatterbooks' first blog post. I am just going to put a few short sentences about David Almond's 'fantasy in the real world' novel , Skellig. It is a fascinating book that features some well-used vocabulary and I would definitely recommend it. I will probably write a bit more about Skellig in another post (e.g. about the plot, the ideas behind it, the ending...). Signed, TheExtra
Posted on: 22 Jan 2016