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Working through the Short List
Nearly there and so far I am impressed with the quality of books on the 2016 Short List. Two more to go until I can let you know my favourites
Posted on: 05 May 2016

First Impressions of Liar and Spy
The start of Liar and spy were ok. I thought it was a bit of a unusual way of starting a book. The characters of the first chapter are quite normal, but on the back of the book, the blurb shows a few strange names like Safer and Mr X. Even though the start is a bit unusual, it is interesting. I look forward to reading the rest of Liar and Spy! Posted by Emily B
Posted on: 17 Jun 2014

Midwinter blood
This book was very interesting, and I found it exciting and constatly making me read on -even after I'm supposed to be asleep- At some parts I found it very confusing but soon after it explained it. At first I thought it wasn't going to be that good. But I thought that it was spectacular and i dont say that about books. I would deffiantly reccomed this to someone who likes history had enjoys a bit of love. I deffiantly give this a thumbs up and a 5 star rating!
Posted on: 13 Jun 2014

Poppy's Hero-Book Review
I read Poppy's Hero which was about a girl and her dad was put in prison. Poppy and her friend Will, plan to get Poppy's dad out. Then they meet Angel, a boy who knows all about prison. I thought this book was quite good, but it was boring, as it included details that were not very important. The ending was average, but not the best ending. Posted by Emily Brokenshire .
Posted on: 15 May 2014

Greyhound Of A Girl
I am reallyenjoying this bookso far it is great to read and it is a bit scary to read. If you enjoy scary books then this is for you. Bethan Pook
Posted on: 15 May 2014

Lets get reading!!!!
I am ready to read and I love it already. Bethan Pook.
Posted on: 15 May 2014

Our group
Our shadowing group is amazing , we all enjoy reading all sorts of books . This will be a lot of fun Victoria ✨
Posted on: 07 May 2014

Invitation to Launch event
You are cordially invited to the Inaugural Meeting of the Carnegie Medal Shadowing Group on Thursday 1st May at 1.30pm in the Library.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2014

Living Archive on the move
Year 10 students are encouraged to try a title from the living archive, or a long-listed title. Prizes for the best reviews will be available! Go to for more on past winners.
Posted on: 10 Oct 2011

2011 Carnegie Shadowing group alive and well
Hello all! It's back, the annual reading fest of Carnegie Shadowing, always a favourite in the School Library calendar, not least because we eat cake as we discuss our favourites. Working out how to attack the book we've been allocated for the presentation event in June will be a challenge as we have Monsters of Men, the third in a series of good but BIG books by Patrick Ness
Posted on: 24 May 2011

2010 - new shortlist out now
On your marks, get set, and start reading! No vampires in the shortlist but some say that's a good thing. Come to the Library to find out more about this year's selection. Our book for the Schools Presentation is "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Posted on: 12 May 2010

Cosmic Hele's School anyway
We voted as a group today and Cosmic won by miles. Second place went to Black Rabbit Summer with a tie for third between Airman and Bog Child
Posted on: 15 Jun 2009

Northern Lights - a classic
Miss Kinrade votes for Philip Pullman's Northern Lights as her favourite title from past the Carnegie Living Archive; " a complex and intriguing storyline with unexpected twists"
Posted on: 21 May 2009

Simply Cosmic!
I managed to read the entire book in one afternoon! A modern day Charlie & the Chocolate factory - but without the factory or Charlie! Lots of despicable characters and weird events. Hilarious and captivating - a must read.
Posted on: 21 May 2009

Past winners - Owl Service wins it
Dr Kent has nominated the Owl Service by Alan Garner as his fav past Carnegie winner - " A Celtic masterpiece"
Posted on: 21 May 2009

Millions is my favourite Carnegie winner
“Fantastic yet utterly believable, frantically tense yet somehow comfortingly familiar: Millions is exciting, imaginative and funny with some snappy dialogue and characters you’ll be glad you met.” posted by Mr Tucker
Posted on: 21 May 2009

Success! I've read the lot now!
Hurrah, professional pride can be saved as I've now read all the titles on the shortlist for this year's award. I was going to tell you what me current best book was, but I feel that might stifle debate...if anyone wants to nominate their favs, please do. I shall just say that I think last year's Carnegie winner would be beaten hands down by this year's contenders... posted by Mrs Wolf
Posted on: 20 May 2009