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Oakgrove School
Milton Keynes,

Lucky 7
This is the seventh year of shadowing for Oakgrove and we are very pleased with the selection of books this year. There is something for everyone and we are already having lively discussions with very different opinions on the books we have enjoyed so far.
Posted on: 24 Apr 2013



Interviews continued by Ellie
Our journalists definately looked the part - many of us nerdy girls adorned with glasses, scribbling frantically in reporters notebooks, whilst our interviewees broke down in passionate tears as they described the death of their favourite characters. Finalyy, as the next lesson drew closer, and Lottie brushed the sandwich crumbs out of her eyes - as result of Elisabeth's explosive laughter, the question barrell ran dry and partners once again began to gawp at each other like fish.
Posted on: 24 May 2012



Hard line Carnegie Intereviews In The Library
Blog by Ellie After assigning the roles of journalists from Fleet Street, we sat in two rows facing each other - and after sitting awkwardly and avoiding each others eyes for a few minutes, we were finally told the purpose of the exercise! The library began to buzz and interview questions were fired at each other accross rows..........
Posted on: 24 May 2012



Movie Magic
Soooooo very excited - the group video has been uploaded. This is the first ever video for Oakgrove which has made it on to the group page. Starring three wonderful shadowers who bravely volunteered to tell us all about their favourite books so far. :)
Posted on: 14 May 2012



Hot Seating!
Today we had an extra long meeting of our Shadowing group so that we could make our video and try some new ideas. We called in our techy experts to hook us up with a projector and screen in the library and we all got comfortable and ready to watch and listen to our favourite Carnegie authors talk about their books. Ooops, Mrs Sharpling our librarian had forgotten to order speakers so we could only see Patrick Ness's lips moving with no sound at all! Undeterred we moved on to our hot seating where we took turns in "selling" our fav book to the others in the group. Dominic and James took turns as camermen and hopefully you can see our results in the video. Kara had been busy making notes and has blogged the opinions expressed during the hot seating. We then swapped books and talked about them at length. Overall a great meeting and the consensus is that the books are super this year. :)
Posted on: 10 May 2012



Favourites of The Award
Trash: An interesting story that you love or not, filled with sadness and desperation. This story is a great example of Friendship and that in the worst of situations you can still get rewarded. "Loved it, my favourite. I connected with the characters." - Teacher, "Couldn't get into it" - Student. My Name is Mina: It is a strange, but wonderful story. About a girl whos dad died and everyone round her thought this was why she was strange. Although this is not why she is so. "Likes it so far" - Student, "About her dreams and life" - Student. A Monster Calls: This book has been selected for both awards for its drawings. And yes, the illustraions are great. Although, many love this book it is classed as "My Second Favourite". "I would recommend it" - Student, "Its really Sad at the end" - Student, "Really Good" - Student.
Posted on: 10 May 2012



Between shades of gray
I thought between shades of gray was so good and so likely to win that I went out and bought it before the price went up with the award. Good luck Ruta Sepetys. Luke.
Posted on: 10 May 2012



Sorry about that last blog.
o i didn't understand it well. Bye Dominic
Posted on: 26 Apr 2012



Second meeting after the second meeting... or something like that???
Miss just took a picture of me!!! I HATE photos. this is an interview'ish of 'A Monster Calls': I thought it was slightly cofusing but Francesca didn't at all. It had really cool and amazing pictures. Plus I noticed that the picture with the horse, there was someone killing someone else under a YEW TREE!!! When I was reading it, I dipping in and out s
Posted on: 26 Apr 2012



Carnegie is Catching!
We've just had our second meeting and have been discussing the Book we chose and how far we've got in it.The meetings are great and everyone is really nice. I am really enjoying the book I've been reading.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2012



Oakgrove Carnegie Shadowers First Meeting
We have to hold two meetings as our year groups are split in to two half hour lunch slots. The first group consisted of 14 members - 8 Year 9's and four brand new shadowers from Year 7. It was a lively start with a lucky dip to issue a short-listed book to each member, and to elect our first weekly student blogger. Devon and Dominic will kindly blog next week for us. The second group of Year 8 students totalled 8 and after a struggle to open Luke's soup flask, shadowing got underway! Unfortunately four students are bookless at present so I am powering my way through the brilliant Trash so that I can hand it over. Watch out for our group photo next week!
Posted on: 19 Apr 2012



2012 Blogging starts!
I am the group leader at Oakgrove school and have just read and enjoyed "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys. I couldn't put it down and was so very moved and involved with the story. This was my first encounter with this author. Now what to read next????????
Posted on: 16 Apr 2012



Speed Voting!
We had a great meeting today with each shadower voting for their favourite book so far so that we could update our barometer. We each spent 60 seconds "selling" our choice for the top book to the reast of the group. It was great to see such passion amongst the readers, and it was a very close call between our first, second and third choices.
Posted on: 09 Jun 2011



Galloping through
The books are whizzing in and out of the Library, with Pepper Roux being the only one getting a general thumbs down. I have just finished Out of Shadows and thought it was brilliant. I think it could win adult awards too, the only shame is many of our shadowers are a bit too young for it........................
Posted on: 23 May 2011



Pepper Roux - SLOW DOWN!
Hot off the press many nutty oaks are finding the speed of the plot on the Pepper Roux toooooooooooo fast! The Patrick Ness book is great but what about those shadowers who haven't read the previous titles in this fantastic but lengthy series? Will they have time to read them all? Can a shadower review a book accurately if they have only read part of a series? I have finished Prisoner of the Inquisition and loved it but was disappointed with the ending. Just started Out of shadows and four pages in, I am hooked. What do you think?................
Posted on: 18 May 2011



New Group New Blog!
We have launched our group again this year with members old and new. We currently have 16 students in our group and 3 staff members. We have started reading the books and today Dominic posted his first review. We are meeting tomorrow in the Library and will have a group photo........................
Posted on: 04 May 2011



Half term is nearly here!!
Well we are all eagerly reading all the books and have some excellent reviews. We have discussed some very exciting characters and are looking forward to our next meeting this Friday.......
Posted on: 08 Jun 2009



Storming ahead
We are all really enjoying the reading and will meet tomorrow to discuss our most memorable characters, best setting, most intruiging plot etc.
Posted on: 04 Jun 2009



We're half way there
We had a quick meeting today to make sure we all have a Carnegie Book for the holiday. We also conducted a survey to find our favourite book so far and Bog Child came out tops. We have updated our barometer to reflect the results.
Posted on: 22 May 2009



What No Carnegie?
Shock, horror! I have run out of books as all ours are being read by the shadowers. I am normally a patient person as most librarians are, but have found myself stalking other readers, hoping that they will leave their copy of Bog Child, Cosmic or Airman unattended. I am off to Milton keynes Public Library after school today to raid their shelves.....fingers crossed.
Posted on: 19 May 2009



Group Video - Help!
We made a fbulous vidoe of our Greenaway judging session but unfortunately despite the valiant efforts of Mark our IT Technician (4 hours at home) we cannot play it. Never mind, undeterred we have had a great weekend reading, with five new reviews posted today. At our meeting on Friday we will start to poll our favourites and discuss their merits.
Posted on: 18 May 2009



Wandering with "The Knife"
I have just finished The Knife of Never Letting Go and it occured to me that this book had travelled far and wide over a very short space of a week! I have read it in school, at home, at my Mums, in a hospital, on a train (standing and sitting), on a bus and most exciting of all on a wall outside Westminster Abbey in London yesterday! Reading so so very versatile!
Posted on: 15 May 2009



We love GreenawayBooks!
Our group spent a blissful hour today looking at the Kate Greenaway nominees with the criteria firmly planted in our collective mind! We took it in turns to present one of the books to the group and we made our first video of the process - hope you like it! After much discussion we voted and our favourite to win this year is How to heal a broken wing by Bob Graham. We loved the intricate illustrations which supported the text beautifully, and the use of colour and light in the drawings. We could imagine a child finding something new and exciting every time they shared this book with a grown up or looked at it alone.
Posted on: 13 May 2009



Greenaway Gathering
At our Group meeting on Wednesday we will be exploring the Greenaway nominees. These books are truly delightful and we will be selecting our favourite keeping the criteria in mind. The Carnegie Books are whizzing round the group and we will be discussing these too. I am reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, and it is brilliant! I would never have chosen a science fiction book and that is the wonderful thing about shadowing, it opens the reader up to new genres and ideas.
Posted on: 12 May 2009



Exploring the shadowing website
Fantastic news the first books have been read and returned and some fantastic reviews are already posted on the website. We used our meeting time today to all log on as shadowers and explore the site. Georgina posted her review live on to the site whilst other members have e-mailed them to the librarian who has posted and checked them. Our next meeting is going to be fun as we are looking at the Greenaway books.
Posted on: 06 May 2009



Carry on Carnegie at oakgrove
This blog was written on 30th April. Today we had our first official meeting and we were all given a membership card which entitles us to borrow any of the limited stock of shortlisted books. We also had a group photo and spoke about the books chosen and chatted about which book we would like to read first. We all agreed that there is a fantastic selection of books and we can't wait to start reading them. By Sally
Posted on: 06 May 2009



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