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Dame Alice Owen\'s School Library
Potters Bar,

2018 Shadowing starts here
23 May Some fantastic reviews so far, they all deserve to be Review of the week. Jess and Lauren should really share Star review this week. First post The shortlist for the Carnegie medal was announced yesterday so we are awaiting the complete set of books. We do have some of them in the library already so if you have read any of them do post a review. Last year we had a record number of reviews, lets get even more this year. Rewards for posting.
Posted on: 16 Mar 2018

Fantastic 20 reviews posted
The DAOS Book Club is really aiming high this year with a fantastic 20 posts so far. The reviews show a real range of comments from the highly positive to quite critical, but all well justified. Lets see if we can get some people to post on all of the books. So far we do not have a clear favourite.
Posted on: 26 May 2017

Posted on: 26 May 2017

Posted on: 05 May 2017

5th May 11 reviews so far
We have 11 reviews posted so far which is the best ever. I hope it is not just for the chocolate!
Posted on: 05 May 2017

Fantastic reviews
We are now building up a wonderful collection of reviews from our shadowers showing how thought provoking reading the books on the shortlist can be. Some members of the group have now posted 3 or 4 reviews which is brilliant. All posts will be rewarded with chocolate! keep the reviews coming in, they do not have to be long, just thoughtful and showing what you think.
Posted on: 28 Apr 2017

Posted on: 28 Apr 2017

Posted on: 20 Apr 2017

Easter eggs for posting reviews!
The first members of our shadowing group to post reviews were rewarded with an Easter egg; there are still some waiting to be claimed for more posts...
Posted on: 20 Apr 2017

Carnegie 2017
First meeting of the Book Club since the announcement of the Carnegie Shortlist last night. Our sets of books have not arrived yet but the titles that we had anyway have been borrowed.
Posted on: 19 May 2016

Excellent reviews
We are starting to get some excellent reviews from the Book Club members. Take a look and see what they think.
Posted on: 19 May 2016

Posted on: 01 Apr 2016

Posted on: 01 Apr 2016

Carnegie 2014
This year the group has readers in Years 7, 8,9 and 10. The younger members have been reading Rooftoppers, Liar and Spy and Ghost Hawk. Some of these keen readers have already posted reviews. With the possible exception of Ghost Hawk they don't think they have found a real winner yet, although they are enjoying the books. The older members have been concentrating on the books aimed more at their age group, and have been impressed by these more controversial stories which offer a challenging, often uncomfortable story line. They have yet to add their reviews.
Posted on: 19 May 2014

First complete set of reviews
I am really thrilled with the response this year, one student has read and reviewed all the books and others are not far behind. I think the shortlist this year has real quality and is accessible to evryone. It will be hard to decide which one should win as they all have such good characteristics. Not long until the announcement on Thursday. I am at the school librarians conference this weekend so lots of interesting discussion.
Posted on: 08 Jun 2012

Trash leads with reviews due to availability of the books
As we had several copies of Trash from previous shortlists this has made it the most widely read book so far, it does not mean it is the favourite. We now have more copies of all of them so I hope that we will gain momentum as shadowers read more than one book.
Posted on: 13 May 2012

First reviews
I was thrilled to find that over the bank holiday weekend we had our first four reviews posted. It looks as if this year there are a lot of strong contenders and I am looking forward to some really good discussion about the books. Our reviewers come from a range of students from Year 7 right up to Year 10 .
Posted on: 07 May 2012

Gathering momentum
After a slow start we are now getting going with reading the books on the shortlist. More copies of Between Shades of Grey and A Monster Calls came in the post this morning and were issued by lunchtime. All members were encouraged to add a review to the Carnegie site.
Posted on: 04 May 2012