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Charles Thorp Comprehensive School
Tyne and Wear,

Carnegie Party
We had great fun at our winner's party yesterday. We had cake, talked about books, reflected on what we had read and what we liked and didn't like about the shortlist. The students loved the Greenaway list this year but didn't find the books on Carnegie very interesting apart from Rooftoppers & Bunker Diary. Jade YR 9 was thrilled that her interview with Kevin Brooks through the Guardian went live on their site just after his winning book was announced so all in all a very enjoyable and exciting afternoon!
Posted on: 24 Jun 2014

Thoughts on Carnegie Shortlist 2014!
The carnegie shortlist was actually pretty dissappointing this year, most of the books seem pretty average with only a few truly amazing books. The Child's Elephant was the only book that really jumped out at me. I think the main reason why the shortlist wasn't great this year is because the opinions of actual students wasnt taken into consideration.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2014

This is not my hat
'This is not my hat' is d' bomb. It's got great illustrations and i was literally crying because i was laughing so much by the end. It was one of the picture books that i genuinely enjoyed. The actual reading books disapointed me, the shortlist was very poor
Posted on: 23 Jun 2014

Parkhead RIOT Reader
Layla picked Where My Wellies Take Me by Michael Morpurgo and spent the whole meet browsing through it, reading the poems and looking at the illustrations. She loved the tree page most of all and and liked how some of the pages felt different and some were like tracing paper.
Posted on: 10 Jun 2014

Parkhead Riot Reader
Maddison chose The Day the Crayons Quit to read and laughed so hard while reading it especially at the Peach crayon.
Posted on: 10 Jun 2014

Parkhead RIOT Reader
Emile browsed almost all of the Greenaway shortlisted books including Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond and thought the Gods were boastful and lazy and it was the children who have the best ideas. The Dark by Lemony Snicket and loved the feel of the pages and the way the dark was illustrated - making you feel like there was something to be afraid of. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen was strange at the end because he was looking for the little fish!
Posted on: 10 Jun 2014

Year 7 session
A great first session with 7T2. We read The Day the Crayons Quit and really loved it. Then reviews were written and quizzes were taken. The students looked at the other books for both awards and took home a picture sheet for the book read to hand in for the gallery.
Posted on: 05 May 2014

Year 7 Carnegie/Greenaway awards group
As well as the Carnegie with Millennium RIOT Readers and Greenaway with Parkhead Primary we are also for the first time shadowing the awards with one of our full year 7 English groups. We will be starting after Easter with Mr Turnbull's class and are really looking forward to it!
Posted on: 06 Apr 2014

Parkhead RIOT Readers
I am really looking forward to starting our Greenaway awards group with Parkhead Primary after Easter. The first book we are going to read off the short-list is The Day the Crayons Quit. We can't wait to get started!
Posted on: 06 Apr 2014

Initial reader's cover reactions to The Wall by William Sutcliffe
I am looking forward to reading this because the cover seems appealing because of the picture it could represent a person who has been abandoned - also because the title "The Wall" suggests barriers and coinfinement and somebody who has been deliberately segregated.
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Initial reader's cover reaction to Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
I am looking forward to reading this because i've never seen a cover illustrated like this before and it looks really interesting.
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Initial readers cover reactions to Roof Toppers by Katherine Rundell
I am looking forward to reading this because I think the storyline is going to be good. The picture looks very good as well. I am looking forward to reading this because I have already read a little bit of the description and it sounds extremely good.
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Initial readers cover reactions to The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
I am looking forward to reading this because i have had so many recommendations for books by Kevin Brooks. I am looking forward to reading this although It is a simple cover it is still very effective and tells a lot about it without giving too much away. I am looking forward to reading this because it looks really intriguing and I love the use of the passage from the book, it sounds very dark. I would love to find out what it is all about and see if Kevin Brooks is as good a writer as everybody tells me. I am looking forward to reading this because it has a strange intriguing title and it is by Kevin Brooks which automatically makes me want to read it!
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Intital Readers Cover Reactions to All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
I am looking forward to reading this because it sounds so mysterious and interesting! I am looking forward to reading this because the title sounds interesting and it seems as if this would be a creepy mystery. I am looking forward to reading this because the title is very interesting, the cover is intriguing and doesn't give much away about what the book will be about. I am looking forward to reading this because I like the title and the woodland background of the cover.
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Intial Readers Cover Reactions to Blood Family by Anne Fine
I am looking forward to reading this because it was recommended to me and it is apparently very good! I am looking forward to reading this because it looks mysterious and was highly recommended. I am looking forward to reading this because the cover is daring but looks mysterious!
Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

New books to read Yay!!!!!
We have looked at the shortlist and are delighted to see Kevin Brooks on there. He is a well loved author amongst our group anyway and we love reading his books. Blood Family is really good as some of us have read this already. We are picking our books up next week and can't wait to start reading and reviewing them!
Posted on: 20 Mar 2014

Fantastic Reviews
There were some fantastic reviews at group last night and obviously Wonder is still going strong as all copies taken again today without even hitting the pile. Weight of Water is definitely still up there as second choice and Boy and a Bear and a Boat still third. We have all enjoyed reading the shortlist and some of us I know will read a few of them again in the future. We are all looking forward to the Pizza Party next Wednesday and are all VERY excited to here the winner announced so fingers crossed! (for Wonder) Mrs Khalil Millennium RIOT Readers
Posted on: 14 Jun 2013

Can't wait
I can't wait for the party and but i'm not looking forward to missing cooking boo hoo apart from that i am raring to eat the pizza and am happy that i finshed the books early it is a nice feeling. Steven Farnham
Posted on: 13 Jun 2013

Last meet before the announcement
We have our last meet on Thursday and it is still Wonder which is our top choice as there are more and more positive reviews being handed in every day. It is so popular that it has now been passed to staff and students who are not even in the group and everybody is talking about it! We have all read at least 2 or 3 of the shortlist with some of us now having read nearly all of them. We will be posting our final reviews and blog updates on Thursday and creating our "Magazine" to be distributed across the school and on our website. Beth
Posted on: 10 Jun 2013

Book Meet
We had a good book club meet before half term with reviews being added to our page. Wonder is still going strong as our favourite choice but Weight of Water has pushed itself into our second choice ahead of Boy, a Bear and a Boat. We have just over 2 weeks left to finish the books and we have enjoyed most of them with very mixed opinions between the group. We have our last meet next Thursday before the party the following Wednesday.
Posted on: 03 Jun 2013

Carnegie by Ben D
Good choices for the Carnegie Book Awards. Good mix of genres and stories. Looking forward to pizza party :D -Ben
Posted on: 23 May 2013

Book Meet
We have our next book meet on Thursday after school and it will be interesting to see how the readers are getting on with their books. We will be reviewing and blogging on here before our discussion.
Posted on: 21 May 2013

The books I want to read and the small matter of pizza
I am looking forward to reading some of the books mainly Maggot Moon and Greyhound of a Girl. I am looking forward to Maggot Moon because it is about one boys' struggle over an opressive enemy and Greyhound of a Girl because I like ghost stories. I am also looking forward to the pizza party because I like pizza and should be fun to get out of lessons for the afternoon. Steven
Posted on: 20 May 2013

Another thumbs up for Wonder this morning. The book came back and went straight out again. I have rarely seen a book so highly recommended or passed round as much. Everybody so far has really liked it and it is definitely pulling way ahead as far as our group is concerned.
Posted on: 20 May 2013

Awesome Wonder!
Another thumbs up for Wonder this morning from Ellie. This is by far our favourite book within the group as we all love the story and appreciate what Auggie has to go through. We all have our own favourite characters from the story as well so lots of discussion is taking place. A Boy, a Bear and a Boat is our second favourite so far with Roddy Doyle coming up in 3rd place.
Posted on: 14 May 2013

Books Flying In
The shortlisted books have come flying back in to be swapped after we signed our reading pledge sheets on Thursday night. To be able to attend our pizza party we have to read as many of the shortlist as possible. There have been many heated discussions at the desk about what was liked and what was not liked and the waiting list for Wonder grows ever longer!
Posted on: 13 May 2013

Carnegie Meeting May 9th
We enjoyed our book meet and chose the next books on the shortlist to read. Steven chose Maggot Moon Sam chose Wonder Ben chose Midwinterblood Ryan chose Weight of Water Patrick chose Maggot Moon Emily chose Into Darkness & Midwinterblood Hannah chose A Greyhound of a Girl Jade chose Wonder Annie chose a Greyhound of a Girl Ellie chose Wonder Mrs Hodgson chose Wonder Mrs Khalil chose Midwinterblood Hopefully we will have read them ready to review by next meet. Wonder is our favourite so far!
Posted on: 10 May 2013

New Books to Read!
The Millennium RIOT Readers were thrilled to have another round of Carnegie books to read. We have started reading them and will be reviewing them on the page next book meet. We will be also adding to the blog posts as we go. As group leader I had mixed feelings about the book list. I have read 4 so far and i was very surprised to see Code Name Verity on the list as when we read this for The North East Book Awards we gave it the lowest score out of all the shortlisted titles. Wonder was absolutely brilliant, A Greyhound of a Girl was okay and The Boy and a Bear in a Boat was bizarre but pretty good. Every member who has read Wonder has loved it but there are mixed feelings about the rest of the titles so far.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2013

Readers Group
I am loving this programme which the library has introduced. It is fun when we talk about the books that we have read during our lives, we have argued hundreds of times over which book will win and it is going to continue. My favourite book is between shades of gray because and can really get involved and have a feeling that I have lost myself in the book and that I have stopped reading it where as the story continues. I have loved every minute of this and I am always going to be a keen reader through the whole of my life because this has inspired me to do so.
Posted on: 31 May 2012

Carnige book awards
I am SOOOOO excited for the carnigie book awards! it's an amazing experience to be part of it aswell! the books ( that i've read so far) have been amazing and i especially love ' my sister lives on the mantle piece' and ' between shades of grey. Though they are both written very differently they are completely captivating in theirt own way! I look forward to reading more and sharing my views. I also can't wait for the party-bring on the celebration!
Posted on: 31 May 2012

Riot Readers
just finished another week of our meetings-great fun debating about which book is best and which one should win. personally i think that 'My Name Is Mina ' should win!! i also think that next time a Doctor Who book should be shortlisted as they are really very(D.W reference:))good! the Girl with a Bow-tie and a fez, signing out! DontForgetToBeAwesome:D
Posted on: 17 May 2012

We have just updated our group page with our Carnegie book photo and our profile videos. We hope to be recording video reviews of our favourite 2012 Carnegie shortlist books in the next few weeks so watch this space.......
Posted on: 16 May 2012

Millennium Riot Readers Club
We have now had 3 meetings for our club and the discussions have been really interesting because we all read different genre's of books. We have created profile video blogs, had cake and sweets and jumped straight into the Carnegie shadowing 2012. We all have mixed feelings about the selection of books but because we all have different reading preferences it is very interesting. Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th May so i am looking forward to hearing the groups comments on the books so far......
Posted on: 12 May 2012

Read My Name is Mina because it is Awesome!
I read Skellig a good few years ago when it was first published and loved the story but even then Mina was my favourite character. When this came out i had to read it immediately because as a character Mina had stayed in my head all this time. From the very first page i was totally immersed in her head and how she sees the world in her own quirky intelligent way.... The story was so interesting around Mina's thoughts i read the whole book in one day. She is one of the best fictional characters i have ever met. Everybody who reads should read this and Skellig because they are truly wonderful books which i know i will read again and again...Thanks indeed to David Almond for writing them!
Posted on: 12 May 2012

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