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One had a decent storyline however it did not make you feel for the character

That later dies! Because of this you do not feel sad like Crossan intended. This book is not helped by its fractured structure making it difficult, and even painful, to read. The chapters are short to frequently making them lose all effect. An example of these short chapters is called improvement. Making it as short as she did has no effect but makes short chapters that would have been affective worthless.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2016

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Review

By Thomas Clark

The Rest of us Just Live Here was a really great book, which covered lots of difficult issues in a funny, entertaining, and heart-warming fashion. This is a book to make you smile.

The Basic premise of the book is that while your classic fantasy, saving the world story is happening, there are other, ‘minor’ characters just trying to go about their daily lives. This book focuses on those characters, really showing Patrick Ness to have finesse and heart in his writing. The lack of a majorly empowering story that he gave himself means that the book focuses more on characterisation and development than on developing storyline. The two or three families that are actually involved in the main plot of the book all have their own trials, tribulations, and struggles, allowing a reader to see deep into their lives and hearts. Of course, Ness does all this with humour as well, meaning that this is a great all round book. It has something for every reader, you can reread it endlessly, and it has a profound message as well.

This definitely deserves to win

Posted on: 20 Jun 2016

Five Children on the Western Front Review

By Herbie Callow

‘Five Children on the Western Front’ was a very good book, as it showed mythology within real life, and deep feelings being expressed. It also felt a little emotional through different parts of the story, and was very interesting. I think this book was very good, but not winning material.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2016

The Lie Tree Review

By Fynn Honeyman

The Lie Tree is Frances Hardinge’s 7th book and, oh boy was it a good one: Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . . I found this book an amazing read. The pace at which it blossoms and reveals is exciting and gets increasingly enticing. I found the plot of this book extremely clever, containing life threatening situations for the star of this book - Faith, giving you a murder or suicide situation (this was illegal at the time). Faith has to prove her father’s death as murder by using a tree that reveals truths. The mendacity tree reveals its truths by feeding off lies. The tree blossoms fruit as a result putting you into a trance and giving you key information you need. But remember the bigger the lie, the bigger the truth. Hardinge’s use of lies is spectacular, giving consequences to go along with every rumour Faith spreads. The several ideas she puts in the book really adds something for Faith to fight for other than her father’s justice. Some of these ideas involve sexism towards women’s’ mental capacity and evolution of the humans. All of this totals up to make a great book. Although the start is slow I’d still give this book rating of 5/5 stars giving it the capability to win the Carnegie award.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2016

The Ghosts of Heaven Review

By Herbie Callow

‘The Ghosts of Heaven’ was a bit of a disappointment to many, as there was a lot of confusion that followed the story. It was very hard to understand, and much of it did not make sense to several readers. I do not think this book will win the Carnegie, because it was hard to make sense of, and was not as good as the other books I read.
Posted on: 20 Jun 2016

Tinder By Sally Gardner
TINDERIn Tinder, Otto Hundebiss defies Death and finds himself on a journey to a realm of dark magic and mystery and meets Safire as life unfolds...
"A very slow start, but starts to grip rapidly all the way to an exciting climax." FYNN HONEYMAN "It was very good, yet confusing." MATTHEW PHILLIPS
"It took a while to start, but it had an exquisite ending." RORY AKBAR

Posted on: 10 Jun 2015

The Middle Of Nowhere By Geraldine McCaughrean
The middle of nowhere is set, funnily enough, in the middle of nowhere. A telegram station in the Australian outback is home to a girl called Comity (name meaning peace), and her parents. However, when her mother dies from a snake bite, her life changes. She befriends the aboriginal Fred, and is glad she has a friend when Quartz Hogg arrives...
The vast majority of us didn't like the book, apart from fierce advocates Tom C, and Matthew.

Posted on: 10 Jun 2015

Apple and Rain By Sarah Crossan
All that read the book enjoyed it, apart from Mat! He found it "out of place and hard to follow."
In Apple And Rain, Apple's Mum returns from Amercia after eleven years of showbiz. But her Mother wasn't the only thing that returned. That thing was Rain.
"Although Mat found it hard to follow, I found it a very gripping story." FYNN HONEYMAN
"I enjoyed reading the book." TOM CLARK
"Apple and Rain is one of the best books I've read EVER." RORY AKBAR
"I thought it wasn't alive." MATTHEW PHILLIPS

Posted on: 05 Jun 2015

The Fastest Boy in the World By Elizabeth Laird
We finishedTHE FASTEST BOY IN THE WORLDand we all enjoyed the moving storyline and all related to the characters. The author worked in school connected to the University of Addis Ababa so the Ethiopian theme was very accurate and well written. Some of our reviews are:

"I found the story...exciting" Thomas Kelsh
"I loved the book." Rory Akbar
"I enjoyed the book"
"I think it was good."Fynn Honeyman

Our favourite parts were --SPOILER ALERT--
Solomon "beating the bus".
"A novice to an outstanding runner"
"A very ... interesting ending"

Our only bad points were that the ending was a bit sudden.

Our overall score is 9/10 so the other books will have to be a high standard to compete!

Posted on: 15 Apr 2015