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Attleborough Academy Norfolk
Attleborough, Norfolk

Final Thoughts
The blog has taken a bit of a back-seat this year unfortunately, however Book Club has been meeting every week to talk and read :) Last week's session was a chance to pull our reviews and tracking sheets together to do final scores for our reading barometer and for each student to give their individual winners. It was really interesting to hear the range of thoughts on the titles and I have to say that, this year, there isn't a consensus about who we think will win - students have their particular favourites but there is no overall favourite. This will make it really interesting to see what the judges have been thinking!
Posted on: 18 Jun 2018

Shadowing 2018
We are now halfway through our shadowing of the CKG awards and there is real excitement and excellent discussions happening about the shortlisted titles. This year we decided to look at the Kate Greenaway books as well as the Carnegie, to broaden out the reading material but also to make it more accessible to our younger members as we have put age restrictions on some of the Carnegie titles. I think this has opened some eyes as to the possibilities of illustrated books, and the idea that they are not all necessarily for younger children. The format of most of our (lunchtime) sessions is myself - the librarian - introducing 2/3 of the shortlisted titles to the group, giving them a taste of what it is about, showing them other work by those authors that we already hold, and giving some context to the stories, e.g. the Black Lives Matter movement and The Hate U Give. Students then either read independently, talk to their friends about the books, or complete book reviews/update their tracking sheets. We also have a display with a barometer, where we can move books up and down depending on the ratings given - similar to the feature on the shadowing site. Our Year 8 students have been racing through the books, and have rated Wed Wabbit, Where the World Ends and Beyond the Bright Sea highly. We also have a number of Year 11 members, however due to being in the midst of GCSEs some of the Carnegie reading has taken a bit of a back seat! However, as half term is approaching, let's hope that gives an opportunity for lots of reading to happen :)
Posted on: 17 May 2018

Reading, Writing, Drawing
This week, as we are all at different stages with our books, we had the choice of either reading, writing up reviews/answers to the 'Talking Points' questions, or designing an alternative front cover for one of the shortlisted books. We had some lovely and imaginative ideas for 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' and 'The Stars at Oktober Bend.' As we are finishing books, we are giving them a rating out of 10 - currently the positions stand at 1) Railhead 2) Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth 3) Salt to the Sea. I wonder whether this will be the order at the end? Stay tuned!
Posted on: 16 May 2017

2nd May Meeting
It was the first day back after the Bank Holiday weekend and we had a good turn-out for our Book Club meeting! We spoke about The Stars at Oktober Bend, and how I enjoyed it after struggling at the beginning due to the style of the text. We talked about persevering beyond the first few pages of a book, as 2 students were both finding it difficult getting into The Bone Sparrow. We decided that the first author video we would look at would be by Zana Fraillon - hoping that the author's perspective would help these students understand the book a bit more....we'll see if this worked next week!
Posted on: 03 May 2017

Carnegie Shadowing 2017
Before Easter our Book Club started preparing for the Carnegie shadowing. First of all, students looked at the front covers of the shortlisted books and voted for their favourite, then again after having read the was interesting to see how some opinions changed! We also looked at previous Carnegie winners and talked about which we had read and enjoyed, which brought back some fond reading memories! After having the Easter Holidays to get started on our reading, the overall feedback is positive across the board. Some students have only read some of their chosen book, while 2 students who both finished 'Rail Head' gave glowing reviews!
Posted on: 21 Apr 2017

The Last Post
We had a fantastic day yesterday at UTC in Norwich meeting with their Carnegie shadowing group, as well as those from Wayland Academy and City Academy Norwich, talking about the shortlisted books, taking part in a quiz and watching the award being announced via the live screening as we enjoyed lunch. Our group, based on an average of the ratings given, had judged ‘There Will Be Lies’ as our favourite with 9.8 points, ‘Lies We Tell Ourselves’ as 2nd with 8.6 points, closely followed by ‘One’ and ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’. Just as when we took an overall poll yesterday, there was no one runaway title but many of our group were very pleased to see ‘One’ take the accolade. They found that the free verse structure of the book meant that it flowed and you were drawn into the story, they liked the relationship between Grace and Tippi and thought the fact that they were dealing with everyday teenage issues as well as being conjoined was a positive aspect. We really enjoyed our Carnegie shadowing experience 2016…bring on next year!
Posted on: 21 Jun 2016

6 weeks in...
I can't believe we're already six weeks into the shadowing! Happily, our group has now read a good selection of the shortlisted books which is allowing for more discussion and comparison of thoughts. It is interesting to note that there has been a bit of a staff/student divide over some of the books, with for example The Ghosts of Heaven receiving a 9/10 and 10/10 from staff but only a 3/10 from a will be interesting to see what those going on to read this title think.
Posted on: 17 May 2016

May already!
In today's group meeting we had an interesting discussion about the use of language in 'Lies We Tell Ourselves'. Set during the Civil Rights era of a racially divided America the way characters talked about and to each other was highlighted as uncomfortable reading. We discussed the idea of putting ourselves into the context of a book and what would be acceptable then compared to now. I love it when a book can spark off wider conversations about time and place :-)
Posted on: 03 May 2016

Week 3!
Now a few of us have read the same book we were able to have more discussion this week. There was a debate over the structure of 'One' by Sarah Crossan with some liking the free verse style and others finding it off-putting. Those who liked it thought it allowed the author to highlight key points or the character's thoughts by isolating them on the page, while those who didn't found it difficult to follow....all enjoyed the story though. There was also animated discussion over the value of judging a book by its cover and whether the 'Rest of Us Just Live Here' or 'There Will Be Lies' was best! Here's to more book talk next week :-)
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016

So it begins...
Today our group met for the second time, the majority returning from last week plus a few new faces. Some of us have started on a second book while others are still working their way through the first, but we were all able to share our thoughts on what we have read so far. For those who finished their books there were thumbs-up all round! Top tip of the week: keep on going. Some of us thought that the first few chapters of the books were hard to get into but if you persevered it was worth it in the end :-)
Posted on: 19 Apr 2016

Week 5
We agree that we are all disgusted by Maggot moon, a lengthy discussion about why we hate it has takne up most of lunch time. I doubt any of us are going to vote for this to win the medal. Iona has read us a disturbing extract, which none of us are going to be able to get out of our heads. Thanks! Apart from that, a lovely meeting! Happy reading Mrs P. x
Posted on: 06 Jun 2013

Week 4
Week 4 and although the numbers coming to our meetings is dwindling, we are still eagerly reading. Most of the students have read about 3 books. Students are finishing their character pictures and completing online reviews. We have begun to look at the books against the Carnegie criteria. Maggot Moon has been met with disdain for the confusing number of characters and its poor story line. More discussions abound! Happy reading. Mrs P x
Posted on: 23 May 2013

Week three- we're drawing
This week the students have been challenged to create pictures inspired from the books we have been reading. So no new reviews this week but we are busy getting to grips with the perils of drawing a fat bear and trying to draw August with very little description in the book! This activity is really helping us to think more about the characters, making a list of what we would ask the bear if we met him! Our favourite book this week is The Weight of Water and we are all keen to get reading again! Happy reading - Mrs P x
Posted on: 16 May 2013

2nd Meeting
A good turn out at our meeting today, and we are racing through the books now. A great discussion about A Boy and A Bear in a Boat, split down the middle with our oppinions! Those of us who have finished it, agree that The Weight of Water is a triumph! Busy submitting reviews now, looking forward to more reading over the week! Mrs P x
Posted on: 09 May 2013

First Meeting 2013
Last thursday we had our first meeting for the new group. Most of us have started or read at least one of the titles, and we already have our favourites! This year we have students taking part from year 7-10 and we were delighted that Mrs Graham was able to come along and join our discussion. At the first meeting we got to grips with the reviews section of the website, and sat around reading our books. We will hopefully have more discussion when we have all read a bit more. Second meeting today...hurrah! Mrs P. x
Posted on: 09 May 2013

week four meeting
So we met today for our fourth group meeting. To begin with, silence was the order of the day as everyone was siitng with their noses in books! gradually, we woke up from our reading haze to write reviews and create more work for our carnegie display. Most of us have now read at least 2 of the shortlisted books and some of us are well on the way to reading them all. Our leading book has not changed this week, we are still loving my sister lives on the mantlepiece. As the deciding day gets nearer we are all looking forward to a big debate over our favourites. But until then, Happy Reading! x
Posted on: 14 May 2012

Third Meeting
Hooray! we missed our meeting on monday because of the bank holiday, but luckily we were able to meet up on friday instead. today we are all busy posting reviews and some of us are creating new book covers too. We have all been busy reading lots of different books, and for the first time, Between shades of gray did not come out as our top book. we have started to research different aspects of our books, and look at the history behind them. Happy reading. x
Posted on: 11 May 2012

Second Meeting
Today we were one person down at our meeting, but we still managed to have a good discussion. Most of us have now read at least one of the shortlisted books so we were able to chat about our reading. We have all enjoyed the books, and our top book has changed to "Between Shades of gray". We also took part in activities thinking about what we have read, we designed new book covers and some of us submitted reviews on the CKG website. We are sad about missing aa meeting next week as it is the may bank holiday. Happy reading! x
Posted on: 30 Apr 2012

First get-together
We had our first meeting today of the new Carnegie Book club. everyone was really excited about the books and we all chose which one we though should win, based purely on the books covers. We are going to chart our oppinions throughout the shadowing period and se how they change, the more we find out about the titles. Had a lot of fun at lunch today, looking forward to next Monday's meeting now! x
Posted on: 23 Apr 2012