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Raven's Readers
Rushden, Northamptonshire

Just keep talking...
We had an excellent discussion about the difficulties of being a refugee, in relation The Bone Sparrow. Many of our group didn't know about how the immigration process works in Australia and how they use detention centres. All of the students had different opinions about the rights and wrongs of the situation and it lead to a really good debate. We're hoping to gather together some objects that we'd send as a parcel to a young person in a detention centre. Looking forward to the next meeting :)
Posted on: 18 May 2017

New Year, New Group
We're back again and have already had some really good discussion sessions. We looked at Salt To The Sea last week and the idea of being forced to leave your home for a new one. We had such a good talk about how you would feel as a refugee and all of the group contributed to some really thoughtful and insightful discussion. Really looking forward to this week to see what it will bring...
Posted on: 12 May 2017

The Judging day is here...
Wow, how exciting. It seems as though we started our Carnegie journey ages ago and yet this day has come around so quickly. I watched the announcement of the winners and then gathered our Carnegie group together at lunch time to have a chat and then let them know who had won. Once we were settled I told them who I wanted to win and who I thought would win. I then asked each of them the same thing. Several of the group thought that 'Lies We Tell Ourselves' or 'The Lie Tree' would probably win, but wanted either 'One', 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' or 'Five Children on the Western Front' to actually win, so a few of them were very happy when I announced who the Carnegie medal winner was. 'One' by Sarah Crossan was the book we had focused on in our last meeting so it all worked out perfectly for us. We've really enjoyed these Carnegie meetings and I' really pleased with how enthusiastic the students have been about joining in and discussing the issues raised. I can't wait for next year when I hope we can do things even bigger and better. Well done to the worthy winners, especially Sarah and Chris- two of my faves from this years lists. Roll on Carnegie 2017!!
Posted on: 20 Jun 2016

Creating a Lie Tree
Getting ready for our next meeting where we are going to feed our Library tree some lies and truths and see what happens...!
Posted on: 27 May 2016

Deciphering ciphers cont...
What a great meeting. Everyone was really enthusiastic about trying to work out the Ghost of heaven cipher and we're all going to have a go and talk about it at the beginning of our next meeting. A lot of us have now read The Lie Tree, so I think we'll do something with that for our next gathering. Looking forward to it :)
Posted on: 13 May 2016

Deciphering ciphers!!
Just getting ready for our lunch-time Carnegie meeting and going to see if we can break the cipher at the end of Marcus Sedgwick's Ghost of Heaven- we'll let you know :D
Posted on: 13 May 2016

Next get together
Really looking forward to our next meeting, when we all will have read even more of the short-listed books. Already had a chat with a few of the group- The Rest of Us Just Live Here is getting a good response from the Shadowers. Think we'll watch the the Patrick ness video this week.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016

Judge's Visit
So...we were very lucky to be able to invite the East Midlands Regional Carnegie Judge, Tracey Frowhawk to come and talk to our group about her experiences of being involved with the Carnegie prize and of how we can talk about the different themes surrounding the books. It was great fun and we got some really good discussions going about what we look for or expect when we start reading a book. We were also able to talk individually about what we thought of the books we've read so far. It was a fantastic afternoon and really showed how enthusiastic our Shadowing group is.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016

Getting started
We're just in the process of getting ourselves organised and working out what we are going to do. We're hopefully going to have our regional judge come to talk to us after the Easter holidays, so we can make sure we're Shadowing in the best way we can, while having fun at the same time. Really looking forward to getting started, reading the books and having fun with some activities. They'll be more from Raven's Readers soon...
Posted on: 23 Mar 2016