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Hillhead High School 3A2

'Beck'
We were given the book ‘Beck’ by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff for the Carnegie Awards. This book is based in North America and tells the story of an orphan boy called Beck. Beck goes through a tough time growing up as he is sexually assaulted and neglected. This is a very good book as there is lots of description but it is slow to start and we wouldn’t have picked it ourselves. It is, however, better than normal class reading as we discuss it and are encouraged to finish it. We would recommend it if you had the choice of book as this isn’t the genre we would normally read. At the beginning it is quite confusing as we don’t yet know the characters but as it progresses it starts to make more sense. The time difference is a bit strange as he grows up so quickly but by the end he is a well-rounded character. Rebecca H, Iris, Morgan and Emma
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



Salt to the Sea
We were given this book, we wouldn’t have picked this book but we enjoyed it. We think it is worse than usual class reading because we would prefer to read a book we chose and would prefer to read at our own pace. However, we would recommend it to other S3 classes as it gets you out of your comfort zone. We enjoyed learning in the author video that Ruta Septys had researched and visited where these events took place. Rebecca S, Baillie and Johnny
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'Sputnik's Guide to Life'
We really enjoyed reading this book. We are glad that the teachers picked our books because he wouldn’t have picked it ourselves. We think it is better than usual class reading because we are all reading the same book and can discuss it with each other. We wouldn’t recommend it to other S3 classes because they might not be able to finish it on time and the chapters are very long. We think this book is aimed at younger children because the vocabulary is easy and the plot is easy to follow. It is quite easy to get through. Tassnem, Eva and Sarkwat
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'Wolf Hollow'
We were somewhat happy with the book we were given. At first it was quite a slow paced book but the closer we get to the end, the better it’s getting. We think that it is worse than normal class reading just because we were allocated a book by our teachers. Not everyone liked the book and if we picked it would be more enjoyable. We would definitely recommend the Carnegie Awards to other classes but there are a couple of things we’d like to change. The whole process of the awards was decent but we could change a few things such as choosing our own books and having a bigger and wider selection of books. We would also extend the time limit of the whole process as some groups are still behind whilst some are far ahead. Ciaran, Zaki and Marnie
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'Railhead'
We are all very happy with the book that we have been given and pleased that we have been chosen to be involved with the award. We are also happy that the books have been chosen for us as it encourages us to explore different genres which we may not have been interested in. We think it is better than normal class reading because you can read at your own pace. There are also opportunities to discuss the book with your classmates who are reading the same book. We feel like there is more involvement with the book. Odhran, Alice and Hannah
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'Salt to the Sea'
We feel privileged to have been given this book as it’s extremely interesting and very gripping. When we read this novel we felt that we were involved with the characters and could picture them and their surroundings. Not only did we enjoy reading this book, we also learned more about the history of WW2 and how lives were affected by it. It’s better than our usual class reading because we got to share and air our opinions. Nadja, Carly and Emil
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'Railhead'
We are very pleased with the book we have been given out of all the shortlisted books. We have enjoyed being given the chance to be part of the shadowing process of the CILIP Carnegie Awards. We believe it is better than normal class reading as it gives us a motive to read and finish the book. We recommend this scheme to other S3 classes, though maybe with books targeted to their reading ability. It pushes pupils to read and develop their literacy skills. We feel that Philip Reeves’ writing ability on the book ‘Railhead’ is superb. Daniel, Huey and Musa
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'The Smell of Other People's Houses'
'The Smell of Other People’s Houses' is relatively mediocre read that had the potential to be better. We enjoyed the subjects that Hitchcock tackle in this book and certain characters are vivid and lively. We have enjoyed being involved in the Carnegie Award but we would have preferred to pick our own book from the selection. The group reading has been enjoyable and we have been exposed to different genres that we wouldn’t have normally read. We would recommend this to future S3. Ava, Maddy, Maya and Claire
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



'The Stars at Oktober Bend'
We feel that the Carnegie Awards are a good idea but we feel that our book was not a good fit for some of the people in our group. Shadowing the Carnegie reading awards should be recommended to other classes as it gives a reason to read for the people who are not as keen on reading. The awards open our minds to new book genres that maybe we wouldn't consider before. We feel that the book too long to get to the plot but there wasn't a major plot or plot twist. The Carnegie Award is definitely a positive aspect in English to help persuade people to read more. Ria, Nayarah and Iman
Posted on: 06 Jun 2017



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