Cranleigh Carnegie Club
The Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Votes are in!
The Cranleigh Carnegie Club met this morning to discuss and vote for our favourite book on the 2017 shortlist. Using the judges criteria as a framework, there was plenty of lively discussion with students presenting back their thoughts on each book before casting our votes.
The Bone Sparrow by Zaina Fraillon, is the clear favourite so far, with Salt to the Sea in second place, and The Smell of Other People's Houses in third. Let's see if the Carnegie judges agree with our decision! If you missed the vote this morning, then you can still tell us which book was your favourite through the poll on the group home page.
Thank you to all the students and teachers who took part and devoted their spare time to working their way through this year's shortlist.
A special mention must go to Will Mathers-Jones for managing to read all 8 books, thus beating Mrs. Andrews who was finally thwarted by Railhead!
Posted on: 18 Jun 2017
Books + Pizza = Happy Cranleighans
Yesterday saw our first official gathering of the Cranleigh Carnegie Club. Bribed only with the promise of a piece of pizza, the 2017 readers met to check in on our progress with the books so far, meet their mentors and find out more about how to make the most out of the shadowing scheme.
The race is now officially on to become star reader and reviewer. Can we pick the 2017 winner?
Posted on: 25 Apr 2017
You've read the book, what's next?
It's great to see so many students actively participating in the scheme and working their way through the books. It's not just about enjoying the stories though, and the next step is to be more pro-active about sharing our views and opinions.
First up, there is a display board in the English department where we will be rating each book, and tracking our top readers (students and teachers!). Second, there are discussion threads for each book on the VLE where we can comment, debate and ask questions about what we have read. Third, we need to get writing reviews for the books we have read and posting them on our shadowing site.
Finally, and most excitingly, we will be meeting in the senior library at lunchtime on 24th April to formally launch the scheme, discuss all of the above and meet our mentors and fellow readers. Entrance ticket is a copy of one of the shortlisted books, and rumour has it that there will also be food on offer, so don't miss it!
Posted on: 18 Apr 2017
Back to School!
We're back after the spring break and hopefully everyone is busy reading the books they have been allocated. The mentors are all looking forward to discussing them with their reading groups and hearing everyone's views. We'll be in touch soon with more information on this. There is also now a Carnegie page on the VLE where you can take part in discussion forums for each book.
Posted on: 09 Apr 2017
Read all about it! The 2017 Shortlist is out!
Exciting news, the 2017 shortlist is out and the Cranleigh Carnegie Club is officially open! We're waiting to hear back from keen readers in years 8, 9 & 10 who would like to get involved in the shadowing process. Once we have all the permission slips back we'll be issuing everyone with their first book to read over the holidays, ready for discussion on our return for term 3.
Here are some top tips for where to find a copy of the books:
1. Try and get a hard copy of your book if you can, that way we will be able to swap the books easily between the groups.
2. Bookshops in the UAE that stock most of the shortlisted books, or can order them in for you are MaGrudy's in Al Wahda Mall and Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall.
3. If you are going back to the UK over the holidays or have someone coming to visit you, ask them to bring you a copy. It might be quicker then ordering it on Amazon to be delivered here!
4. Most of the books are also available on Kindle.
5. If you can't get hold of your book, speak to your mentor or the school library team and we will help you to find a copy.
This year's shortlist has a great mix of books and we are very excited about discussing them all with you. To get you inspired, you can read a synopsis of each of the books here:
Posted on: 19 Mar 2017
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