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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Kings Heath, Birmingham

So... Who's in the Lead?
We are currently about halfway through this year's Carnegie Shadowing Group's journey. At the moment, our poll is showing Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepety to be the favourite. Sci-Fi books such as Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth and Railhead aren't doing as well, possibly as we seek more meaningful and touching reads. From reading the reviews, it is clear we have all interpreted the books in different ways but all liked the challenging topics we have encountered in Beck, The Smell of Other People's Houses, The Bone Sparrow and Salt to the Sea. Despite this, we have weeks left meaning the winning place is up for grabs and the positions will be constantly changing. We will all keep our eye's peeled to see who is in the lead.
Posted on: 23 Apr 2017

Broadening Our Horizons
This year, the Carnegie shadowing group has been forced to venture outside of our comfort zones to read books of a variety of genres. From Sci-Fi in Railhead to romance in The Stars of Oktober Bend, we are all reading content we wouldn't usually opt for. Not only this, the target audiences range from young children (7+) to young adults (16+). This allows us to be exposed to harrowing topics such as abuse and discrimination but also more easy-going subjects such as friendship and love. This assortment of books gives us the chance to discover new genres and causes us to resist the urge to 'judge a book by it's cover.'
Posted on: 10 Apr 2017

5 Reasons to Read!
Nowadays, reading is a very controversial topic. Many youths seem to have forgotten why reading is so important so here are 5 reasons everyone should read! 1. Mental Stimulation Regularly exercising the brain not only keeps it strong and healthy but has also been proven to slow the progress and prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia. 2. Stress Reduction Channelling all your concentration onto a book can help distract you from your problems and keep you relaxed. This helps your ability to focus on one thing and block everything else out. Reading spiritual texts can help lower blood pressure as well as providing an overwhelming sense of tranquillity. Self-help books help those suffering mood disorders or mental illnesses. 3. Knowledge Every time you read, little bits of information are fed into your brain. These facts can be applied to multiple situations and are just all round good to know! 4. Vocab Expansion News words are always waiting to be discovered in books of any genre. These help you become articulate and well-spoken which are great life skills. This also helps you spelling which is vital everywhere especially writing in exams! 5. Memory Improvement By remembering and separating different characters, backgrounds, ambitions and relationships, you force your brain to create new pathways and strengthen existing ones. This helps short-term memory recall and mood stabilisation. So, apart from just being fun and exciting, books can actually benefit your well-being too! No matter what the genre, whether you like romance or crime, all books can help build on your life skills. Who knew some paper and ink could do so much?
Posted on: 03 Apr 2017

The Hunt for the Best Book has Begun
The Carnegie Shadowing Group for 2017 has officially started the search for the best book out of the eight shortlisted. We had our first proper meeting yesterday and many of us have finished multiple books already. Unfortunately, we didn't have the opportunity to discuss the contents of our books in case of spoilers but everyone has enjoyed what they've read so far! We can't wait to be able to talk about the exciting, shocking and surprising content we have read, but for now are just eagerly reading!
Posted on: 29 Mar 2017