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Big Wood School
Warren Hill, Nottingham

2 weeks to go...
Today, Jaime-Lea has been too busy writing her Carnegie reviews to update the blog, so Mrs Moore is taking over for now. Everybody has been typing away to try and get the books they have read reviewed and on the site before the awards are announced. Our group have a few more books to read before we decide on our overall winner. It looks like The Child's Elephant and Rooftoppers are lagging behind at the moment as these are the ones that have recieved the worst reviews. However, all of this could change before the big day. We have a short break next week, so the next time we type will be after our Carnegie Celebration.
Posted on: 09 Jun 2014



It's 3:00pm, that's all I know.
The headline we used this week is inspired by THE BUNKER DIARY's opening sentence: "10.00 a.m. This is what I know." For the short time Mrs Moore was with us, we have decided to read the first paragraph of a new book. Currenlty we all are burying our heads into a new book. We are now refreshed from our half-term break, and are determined to finish the books we are now reading. We now feel little pressure to read the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. Hopefully we will finish more books by next week! :D
Posted on: 02 Jun 2014



What makes a man?
Today we were talking about Ghost Hawk, which is a book not many of us have bothered to read yet as we are fascinated by Liar and Spy or The Bunker Diary. We've been discussing Chapter 3, which is where the character is just about to leave to go into the woods for 3 months, so when he comes out he'll be a man. But the question we were asked for our task today was what makes a man? We came up with answers such as: knowledge of the world, mental knowledge, brave, faster, stronger and hunter. We compared this to what it takes to become an adult today. We decided there were still some adulthood tests, such as getting a job and moving out of home. As a group, we have started to upload our reviews. This week has been a point when we started to talk about one speficic book, which happened to be interesting and full of debating. We ended debating about whether women and men can sometimes switch roles, which finally we agreed it is possible. As it is half term next week, the blog won't be posted for a week or two. So I guess for a while, this is goodbye!
Posted on: 19 May 2014



Carnegie Book Club Booklet
This week, we have received a booklet which will help us review the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. So far, many of us are very competive about the word search. As a group, we are feeling very excited and keen to get on with the books. Many of us have completed the books, so we are excited for you to hear our opinions on the books. This is only a quick blog, but next week we can promise a longer one full of more updates of what we are currently doing. But til then.... Keep reading!!!
Posted on: 12 May 2014



MOST HATED AND LOVED BOOK
We've been meeting afterschool every Monday, and as a group we all get along and we are a very loud group! But we have been able to make good new friends having in common a great love for reading. As a group, we have agreed that Rooftoppers is the book that we find the hardest to read. Some find it too slow, and eventually it gets too boring to read. However on a lighter note, the people who have read Liar & Spy say it's the one to read. Elli (a member of our group) said: "It's weird in a good way, because it's different to what I normally read." Also, the boys in our group are very fond of Bunker Diary. As a full group, we are keen and very determined to finish the books we are currently reading. Hopefully, we will be able to post some reviews in the next two weeks, as there's a bank holiday next week,. But til then, goodbyee!!!
Posted on: 28 Apr 2014



Coming to an End
We have been frantically trying to finsih reviews before our Carnegie party next Wednesday. The end is near...so its party time but we'll be back very very soon so all you non readers read! "...or I , the cookie monster , will throw cookies and books at you! Thank you for listening." Quoted by the one and only cookie monster (otherwise known as Luke) We will post party pics next week, bye bye til then!
Posted on: 13 Jun 2013



Party Planning
The Carnegie Club 2013 is coming to a close, with the person who is going to be crowned Carnegie Winner 2013 just over a week away. As as a group we have decided to throw a party.We have talked about having vegetable samosas and cake, and with our second member of the group finishing In Darkness (Ryan) we have discovered that In Darkness is probably the most difficult to stay commited to. Mrs Moore has tried to read the book once or twice and has lost interest in the book. With us fastly approaching reading all the books shortlisted for the Carnegie award 2013, this will truly be an interesting debate to see who we think the winner should be!
Posted on: 06 Jun 2013



How to get motivated!
Recently, to get people motivated to read In Darkness, as Mrs Moore said she found it difficult to read. So as Jack has a odd craving for Oreos, to get him to complete the book he would receive a packet of Oreos. He has now finished the book, and has got his Oreos. Also that has encouraged Ryan to finish off In Darkness so now it's a competition to finish the book and receive Oreos! We've always been motivated to read but because In Darkness is hard to get into something had them motviated. We are currently enjoying to books we are reading now, and would strongly recommend them to a friend. Also don't forget to take part in our poll about your favourite books!
Posted on: 23 May 2013



What we discovered about our poll about biscuits!
In our recent poll, we found out that Oreos are the favourite to win- with 643 votes. However in second place with 547 votes was bournbons. Probably the only reason behind the victory of oreos was because several people voted for oreos about 100 times each... Not mentioning any names- Jack Lambert! We now have a new poll about what book you're enjoying the most, so feel free to take part in our poll.
Posted on: 16 May 2013



Getting started
Our first meeting was in the Library. We sat around a big table and helped ourselves to biscuits. The shortlisted titles had been wrapped in brown paper and were on the table in front of us. We had to read the blurbs that were stuck to the front of the books and then decide which one we wanted to read, before unwrapping them. Then we watched the introductory videos by the shortlisted authors and decided if we had changed our minds. We all took a book home with us.
Posted on: 25 Apr 2013



Getting started
Our first meeting was in the Library. We sat around a big table and helped ourselves to biscuits. The shortlisted titles had been wrapped in brown paper and were on the table in front of us. We had to read the blurbs that were stuck to the front of the books and then decide which one we wanted to read, before unwrapping them. Then we watched the introductory videos by the shortlisted authors and decided if we had changed our minds. We all took a book home with us.
Posted on: 15 May 2012



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