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'Wonder' Review
I'm not surprised 'Wonder' is on the shortlist. A heart-warming tale of an extraordinarily brave young man, who faces the world despite those who would rather he not. On some levels a classic bully/victim story with a twist, but so much more than that besides. I'm a big fan of multiple narrative voices and this one didn't disappoint. I felt that the multiple voices added depth and humor to a complex set of emotions. Because although 'Wonder' has a serious front, has warm and funny characters at it's heart. Mrs Still
Posted on: 12 Mar 2013

Has it really been so long...
Logging into our Carnegie blog I can hardly believe it's been two years since our last post. What were we doing last April/May to miss out on all of the excitment?, Never mind- we're back and although they'll be no Book Thieves this week (snow), we can stay connected and get our teeth into the newly annnounced short list. Mrs Harrison has already bought two of the short list (she has an eye for a good book) and I have just purchased two more, We'll be able to get them out to Book Thieves soon. But for now, I'm going to write a review for 'Wonder'- it's nice to be one step ahead this year... Mrs Still
Posted on: 12 Mar 2013

Judd, Lewis, Mya, Ellens thoughts on 'The Prisoner of the Inquisition'
We believe this book will get better but it has started quite slow and boring. We like this character (Zarita) because she seems very kind and generous. The book is hard to follow because there are a lot of things going on at once. Also there is a lot of hard to understand language. The concept of being rich and poor is spot on as it is mentioned a lot. The rich people are exactly how they should be as they are very snobby. We don’t know much about the characters yet because we haven’t yet read the whole story.
Posted on: 26 May 2011

A new book... 'The Prisoner of the Inquisition'
Kathryn: I think that this book has an amazing start because it has a dramatic start that draws you in and you just want to read more. I would give this book 5 stars.
Posted on: 26 May 2011

A new book... 'The Prisoner of the Inquisition'
Jessica: I think this is a very good start to a story because it makes me want to read more. Also it is almost like a book I have read before, but that one is set in Venice. I would give this book 5 stars so far!
Posted on: 26 May 2011

Book Thieves join the debate!
It's less than half an hour before the next 'Book Thieves' meeting. We'll be holding it in room 4, so that we can all add to the webpage and get our campaign off the ground. I've just added my review for 'The Vanishing of Katharina Linden'. I'm looking forward to adding a review for a book that's truly got me excited. 'Chains'- is fantastic. That’s all I’ll say for now. I may sit in the corner and read all book club!
Posted on: 07 May 2010

Shame on Miss Brown
It's been over a week since my last blog post! Shame on me. I have been busy reading though. Today I finished reading 'The Vanishing of Katharina Linden' and I had finished 'The Graveyard Book' last week. I hope that Lauren has been enjoying Neil Gaiman's book this weekend. How is everyone else doing? On to 'Chains' next- highly recommended by Richard.
Posted on: 03 May 2010

Short list announced
Book Thieves today was alive with the excitement of the Carnegie shortlist. We really liked the look and sound of a number of the thrilling titles. The title I think that has intrigued mist is ‘The Graveyard Book’. I must admit that I too am keen to get my hands on this one. Speaking of getting hands on books... I’d better get myself to the shops so that I can start reading. I managed 4 books last year, I want to make it more this year!
Posted on: 23 Apr 2010

Still Reading...
It's Friday...and at another book club, we have found out that we have NOT won the Competition for the Best Group page. There is still next year though!! We are all still reading our hearts out, not letting anything dampen our spirits. We are looking forward to the winning book being announced - only 2 weeks! Preparations are already underway for promoting the book club. I think a whole day of reading sounds like a good idea!
Posted on: 12 Jun 2009

Ostrich boys
This is great! It's so much better than I expected as I can really connect with the characters - I can imagine me and my mates doing some of this stuff - or wanting to. I'm on p 150 and am wondering what they gonna to get up to next. Nate!!
Posted on: 18 May 2009

bog child
At first I wasn't that keen to read 'Bog child' because some of teh other titles sounded more interesting. But after I started, the opening was much better than I expected and when I looked back at the tagline I suddenly became much more interested. I can't wait to read more. Ashleigh
Posted on: 18 May 2009

Thursday Morning: 6.45
I had to stop reading 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' this morning before any of my tears dropped into my cereal. Books often make me cry, but it is a testament to how connected I have become to the characters. Poor Todd. Less than 100 pages to go now. Miss Brown
Posted on: 14 May 2009

Finally! I’ve finished ‘The knife of never letting go’ and just started ‘Black rabbit summer’, which was actually the book that I wanted to read first. Ness’ science fiction story was much better than I initially thought and, despite the (deliberate) bad spelling and awkward grammar, I actually became really engrossed and focused on unearthing the secrets. It’s definitely worth a read but may be too much of a commitment for some as it’s only the first in a trilogy. On to ‘Black rabbit summer’… It’s obvious from the first page, the first line in fact, that something is going to happen and it’s not going to be nice. The setting, characters and timings reinforce this – it’s an endless, sweltering summer and a group that has grown apart are getting together for one last evening. Even without all the fairly pointed warnings from the narrator, you would expect this to end badly. The tension and anticipation is impossible to ignore and it’s difficult not to just race through the book to find out what it’s all about.
Posted on: 10 May 2009

Friday 8th May
Ok, now on to the real reason I have visited the Carnegie site. Have a look at my review of 'Black Rabbit Summer', a book I thoroughly enjoyed cover to cover. A gripping, disturbing and well written novel. Brooks’ lack o description at the beginning of the book allows you to feel as much in the dark as Pete does. I highly recommend ‘Black Rabbit Summer’ to all, avid and reluctant readers alike. (Not for those with a weak stomach perhaps.) On Monday ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ arrived. I have to say that I was hoping to read ‘Ostrich Boys’ first, but that order still hasn’t come through. The first chapter really does contain the work ‘poo’ many times. Perhaps it because I have been very busy with SATs papers this week, but it has not been an easy task to get into ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ . The opening chapter aims to explain much and leave you with many questions; all at the same time. The way that Todd speaks is not grammatically correct, which, understandably, jars with my instincts ( I know Mrs Harrison feels the same). However, the book does have some outstanding reviews, from adults and teenagers alike, so I will persist with an open mind, get really stuck in tomorrow and let you know how I get on. If anyone would like to borrow a copy of ‘Black Rabbit Summer’ I am happy to lend you mine.
Posted on: 08 May 2009

Oh no! I've just been reading some reviews of 'Black Rabbit Summer' and of 'The Knife of Never Letting Go' and someone has mentioned part of the plot line, I would imagine a pretty significant part of the plot line. It is I think my own fault for reading reviews of a book I have barely begun. Silly Miss Brown.
Posted on: 08 May 2009

Friday 1st May
This week we have been mostly reading 'The knife of never letting go' and 'Black rabbit summer'. The opening of 'The knife of never letting go' is hilarious – mainly because of the word 'poo' is used repeatedly on the first page. (Lovely say Miss Brown and Mrs Harrison.) It’s a bit of a mystery – it makes you think of lots of questions. ‘Black rabbit summer’ seems quite similar in as much as it deliberately leaves us with questions. Let's leave these to marinade over the weekend and see how they taste next week!
Posted on: 01 May 2009

Thursday 30th April
BLACK RABBIT SUMMER. I really got my teeth into the book on Saturday afternoon and was instantly drawn to the sinister tone of the book; the sense that something bad was going to happen. When I had to put the book down, I felt quite disturbed. About a third of the way into the book, the style seemed to change and it became a real mystery. I’m still hooked and the mystery remains as unsolved as ever. I don’t even have any theories. I’ll just have to keep reading. Let me know if you have any idea what might be happening.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009

Sunday 26th May
BLACK RABBIT SUMMER: After a very pleasant first meeting we all set off to choose and buy our first read. I would like to read as much of the short list as possible, time permitting of course. So on Saturday I set out to Chatham to buy a Carnegie shortlisted book. I settled on ‘Black Rabbit Summer’ by Kevin Brooks. I liked the synopsis and the critics comments on the website: I really got my teeth into the book on Saturday afternoon and was instantly drawn to the sinister tone of the book; the sense that something bad was going to happen. When I had to put the book down, I felt quite disturbed. I think it's a sign of good writing when emotions stick with you even after you've finished reading. I hope it doesn't give me nightmares!
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009

The Voice
Become a Carnegie Critic Do you want to pit your opinions against the opinions of experts? Do you thrive on the best of new fiction for teenagers and young people? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, we invite you to join our Carnegie book club. The Carnegie Medal award is given, every year, to a book which not only provides a most enjoyable read but also invites us to keep thinking. The Carnegie Medal award has been giving young people the chance to read the cream of the crop of brand new, cutting edge and enthralling fiction for 73 years. RNS has set up a Carnegie homepage so that you’ll be able to follow the progress of the awards, write reviews, chat with friends about your favourite book as well as coming to meeting after school where we’ll discuss the books we’re reading and recommend other books from the short list to our friends. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 24th April, when we’ll have our first meeting after school, to share in the excitement of the announcement and you can decide which books you’d like to read. We’ll continue to meet and guess which book will be awarded the prestigious award on the 25th June. All students from years 7, 8 and 9 are welcome to join us on this exciting journey. For more information see Mrs Harrison or Miss Brown and watch out for updates on the RNS Carnegie homepage. Creating a culture of reading is an important part of RNS commitment to ensuring all our pupils succeed and find well being. We’re sure you will support us in encouraging your child to participate in this exciting opportunity.
Posted on: 30 Apr 2009