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Islington Carnegie shadowing 2014
Last week the EGA Reading Group took part in the Islington Carnegie Shadowing ceremony, held at Mount Carmel School. Every year, groups all over the country read the books that are shortlisted for The Carnegie Award, and vote for their favourite. In Islington, each school puts on a performance related to the books. The winning book in Islington this year was The Bunker Diaries by Kevin Brooks. The EGA group put on a presentation set in a bunker, with characters from each of the books arriving in the bunker. Abigail Dyson and Marjana Ahmed, 10L wrote a short piece for the year seven members to perform, which was based on The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson. This is a picture book, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. The event was very enjoyable and the winning books were ‘The Bunker Diary’ by Kevin Brooks, for the Carnegie award, and ‘This is Not my Hat’ by Jon Klassen.
Posted on: 04 Jul 2014

Carnegie shadowing 2014
This year we have a mostly new group of students shadowing the Carnegie, some year 7s, year 9s and one year 8. The former group are now in year 11 and are too busy studying to take part! We held our first meeting this week, in which I gave out our Carnegie reader's booklets (see photos) and we read the blurbs of each book and each student chose one book to read. I am reading Liar and Spy first, as this was left behind! This year we are going to look at the Greenaway list too, as This is Not my Hat, and the Day the Crayons Quit are already huge hits in the school library.
Posted on: 26 Mar 2014

Carnegie 2011
The group have been reading the Carnegie books on their Kindles as part of a pilot project with Kindles. It has meant that each student has all the books, which has made my life easier. The favourite so far is 'The Bride's Farewell' but I think it is about to be overtaken by 'out of Shadows,' as those of us who have read it are quite passionate about it. Today the group wrote some reviews and we chose 'Out of Shadows' for our presentation at the Islington Carnegie shadowing. This means we have two weeks to come up with a script and put it together!
Posted on: 13 Jun 2011

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
I loved this book! Initially I was attracted by the cover and the blurb, plus I liked the fact that it was set in Germany. The main character, Pia is a quirky little girl and I liked her love/hate relationship with 'StinkStefan.' Some of the older characters were delightful, in particular Frau Kessel. I also liked the use of German words with the glossary at the back. It reminded me of my own invented childhood adventures, featuring variuous characters from the local neighbourhood, but in my case they were only imaginary! The suspense builds up as the story progresses, particularly as Pia is running out of time before she will be sent back to England. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to older children and adults alike. By Ms Cheetham, Group Coordinator 04/05/2010
Posted on: 04 May 2010

EGA shadowing starts!
The 2010 shadowing group met for the first time this year on Tuesday; this initial meeting was just to choose our first book to read and set a date for the next meeting. About 14 girls from years 7 and 8 have joined this year. Wednesdays was chosen as the regular day to meet. Popular choices of book (mainly from the covers, I believe) were 'Chains' and 'The Vanishing of Katharina Linden.' Watch this space!
Posted on: 29 Apr 2010