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Five Children on the Western Front
At our most recent meeting in Prologue (Thursday 21st of April) we discussed our views of the book Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders. We talked about how the character Jane was protesting for women’s rights since back in the First World War women did not have many rights. During the book, the Psammead from the book Five Children and It by E. Nesbit returns to the children, in need of repentance. We also discussed which shortlisted books we would explore this year; the next book we have started is called The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. This is about a girl who is trying to figure out how her father dies; she comes across a tree which you feed with lies and it reveals the truth.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016

The Discussion of Nowhere
We have recently finished The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean and there were some differing opinions among our group. We are having an e-discussion on the interesting points of the book and are expressing our views and delving into the plot. We have also read two amazing poems, which I highly recommend, 'Bora ring' and 'At Cooloolah' by Judith Wright, about the Aboriginal beliefs and the outback. We are really enjoying diving deep into this book to excavate interesting pieces of plot and stories. Really enjoying this, bye!
Posted on: 08 May 2015

And they're off!
This week we have been exploring 'The Fastest Boy In The World'. We have been having an e-discussion about what we think of this book - the first shortlisted title we've read this year - and pondering some questions that each of us raises. We have all watched the interview with Elizabeth Laird, and read some of the Ethiopian stories that Elizabeth Laird wrote. Next week we plan to read 'The Middle Of Nowhere', and carry on our e-discussion. Can't wait!
Posted on: 19 Apr 2015

On Thursday 8 May we all met up at The Spectrum in Guildford to discuss Liar and Spy. We all had different opinions! Annabelle liked it, Joseph thought it was “brilliant!”, Greta thought it was “good”, Sam said it had a “bad beginning but got better” and Matthew thought it was not the best book ever but “ok”. Guinevere really enjoyed it. I thought it was really good. For the projects we made inspired by the book, Annabelle made a tongue document, showing us the different parts of the tongue and tastes. Greta, Joseph and I all designed a sweet for Candy, a sweet-loving 10 year old. Matthew made a ‘camera thing’, and Guinevere made rules for an imaginary spy club. After that, Kate laid out some words to do with the book and we all picked one and talked about it, for example, “friendship”, “family”, “things hidden”, and “perspective”. I chose friendship because it was quite a big part of the story, between Georges and Safer. By Lila
Posted on: 04 Jun 2014

Greyhound of a Book
Today the sun is shining (hooray!) while we discuss a Greyhound of a Girl which we think is a real contender for the medal. It truly deserves to be on the shortlist. The Epiloguers
Posted on: 25 Apr 2013

Back again!
Today we Epiloguers are back again to shadow the Carnegie and have been jazzing up our web page. We can't wait to get our hands on these super stories!
Posted on: 18 Apr 2013

Solomon Crocodile and Puffin Peter
We read Puffin Peter and Solomon Crocodile. I was a crocodile and I was also a puffin. I liked Solomon Crocodile and I am going to get a copy for home. I enjoyed most the crocodile game we played. Ollie, 6
Posted on: 19 May 2012

Welcome to our 2012 Carnegie Shadowing blog! Right, we’d probably better start with why it’s called the “Carnegie” Medal. Well, this Scottish-American chap called Andrew Carnegie came along in the 19th century and made buckets of money out of the American steel industry. He then gave a lot of money towards making libraries free (up until then you had to pay to borrow a book). In 1930 the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) created the Carnegie Awards in honour of Andrew Carnegie. History lesson aside, in our first lesson we discussed MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond, and laid out a plan for which books to read when. We also redesigned this webpage. This being my first session with the group, I found the discussion very interesting, and enjoyed sharing my ideas about books. By Alfred
Posted on: 27 Apr 2012

Rowan & Chains
Hi everyone! Hilda here... this is only my second EVER blog post! :) Just a rather late report on the last meeting where we discussed Chains and Rowan the Strange. I myself loved both the books, however everyone else in the group seemed to think Chains was boring and tedious. Rowan the Strange however was an all round favourite! There were some good projects; Renn wrote a story about the Christmas Truce, Merina wrote something on The Nazi Euthanasia Programme and I wrote a note from Dorothea... after the end of the book. (for those who haven't read it I can't give much away ;D) Anyway. We then went off to read The Ask and the Answer and Revolver. I was lucky enough to be reading them on a little greek island! :D I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks of them! That's all from me for now... Hilda Glitz xxx XD
Posted on: 07 Jun 2010

Well hello there!
Hi hi hi, people! This is my first time on this blog, so bear with me. This Monday just gone (May 10th) we all met in the library for our first Carnegie book discussion!! We had all just read Fever Crumb (Phillip Reeve) and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) and the group was divided over both of them. The Mighty Battle Maid (I hope I'm getting these pseudonyms right) hadn't yet finished The Graveyard Book and wasn't liking it. Myself and Merina thought it was brilliant, and I think the others liked it but I don't think all of us are rooting for it to win. Oh well. And now Fever Crumb. Half of us loved it, half of us were indifferent. We all agreed that it helps to have read something by Phillip Reeve before, as some of us (those who haven't read anything else by Phillip Reeve) weren't prepared for the somewhat abrupt, not-very-happy ending. He doesn't really do happy endings. As for winning, the overall opinion is that it might win, and if it doesn't, will definately be in the top three. At the meeting we also took our blog picture (epic fail for me) which was AWESOME, but if you've read the Mighty Battle Maid's last blog post, our site isn't likin` the new picture. Which is annoying. We will be doing the video soon, I think, so stay tuned!! Well, that's enough from me. I think I'll be doing the blog posts from now on, so I'll probably be back in two weeks for the next post, when we will have discussed Chains and Rowan the Strange!! I'm in the middle of Chains at the moment, and I'm not too impressed, but more of that in a few weeks!! Seeya all soon, Renn Quinn xx
Posted on: 12 May 2010

This week it was actually my job to upload the FAB photo we took on Monday of us all looking completely crazy (as usual), BUT the stupid Carnegie sight DOESN'T LIKE IT. WHY IS THIS?!?!?!? I don't know. If I did know, I would tell you. But it is INCREDIBLY annoying. Apparently, the file size is too big. But it doesn't tell me how to make the file size SMALLER, or why the LAST photo was fine... So, in short, this is RUBBISH. I will keep trying, but in the meantime, if anyone has a brainwave of how to get my computer to co-operate without KILLING IT, please tell me. Thank you! The Mighty Battle Maid :P
Posted on: 12 May 2010

Carnegie 2010!
Epilogue has just held its first meeting for Carnegie 2010!! The shortlist this year looks fantastic, which we're all really excited about – looks like some real gems to read through. Personally, I'm really looking forward to reading Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, as I found his My Sword Hand is Singing riveting, a great read. We're also really pleased to welcome our newest member (drum roll please).... Renn! So that brings our little group up to six: Hilda Glitz, Harriet, Merina, Renn, Mina (me!) and... the Mighty Battle Maid! We've decided to meet at a favourite coffee house (hot chocolate and cookies to fuel our fevered brains!) every other week for discussion; Fever Crumb and The Graveyard Book to be read this fortnight - it looks as if we'll be reading the books pretty much in age order. Hilda Glitz has been put on film duty again and Mighty Battle Maid will be uploading a picture of us all – so look out for those! We'll be updating the blog as frequently as we can - Renn's next on the rota I think. I'm off to get reading Fever Crumb, so happy reading and bye for now! Mina x
Posted on: 27 Apr 2010

The Book Explorers Book of the Year Award
Hello hello people! Well, as you may have guessed by the title, we are holding a Book Explorers Book of the Year Award. Each of us have submitted one book (with the exception of me, the Mighty Battle Maid, and Mina, who submitted two because we couldn't decide!!). Therefore the shortlist consists of: REBECCA, by Daphne du Maurier the whole TWILIGHT series, by Stephanie Meyer ELSEWHERE, by Gabrielle Zevin THE BOOK THEIF, by Markus Zusak MAGICIAN, by Raymond E. Fiest and..... NOUGHTS AND CROSSES, by Malorie Blackman So yes, we're all reading away this list, and we'll hopefully meet again some time in the summer to discuss the books and decide on our WINNER! Each person gets 2 votes, because then they can vote for their book that they nominated (if it's still their favourite) and another book. And it means we're not stuck trying to decide on one!! Hopefully our result will be more satisfying than the Carnegie result! I for one am still mourning for little Manchee!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! *sob* Hokey dokey. Glad that's all done. We'll keep you lot posted with our Award. The Mighty Battle Maid :-)
Posted on: 30 Jun 2009

Bog Child WON?!
I'm sorry but, what?! Bog Child should NOT have won the Carnegie Medal - it's one of those books that a teacher would probably make you read for a school project. There's no denying it's well written but that's no reason to make it win above the other books which A) are also well written and B) have a better story line! *composes self* There. I've had my little rant about it now. It was rather interesting to look at the shadowing sites favourites and Bog Child was NOT on the top three so it seems the judges ignored the kids views and just plowed on with the award. That's all very well but really! (All this ranting it due to the fact that Bog Child was at the very bottom of my list of favourites!) *sigh* Well, let's hope that next years winner will be more interesting. This is Hilda Glitz, signing off.
Posted on: 26 Jun 2009

Our Third meeting! (Wow, how cool is that?!)
Hi, I'm Hilda Glitz! Our third meeting was mainly us discussing what an amazing book The Knife Of Never Letting Go is and Mighty Battle Maid and I mourning Manchee. . . eeeeeeeeeeeeeee. . . . . . . . We also were showing everyone our lovely projects. I did a map of New World (which is actually impossible - I made a river run along the top of a cliff. . .) and Harriet showed us her brilliant Cosmic poem and menu. So, our next mission is to read and finish Creature of the Night and Black Rabbit Summer. And do some projects and review them. And then. . .the winner is announced. . . I will tell you now, that, at this stage we are all backing The Knife of Never Letting Go for the medal! (see the reading barometer) That's all for now, Hilda Glitz, Merina, Harriet, Mina and Mighty Battle Maid
Posted on: 11 Jun 2009

Carnegie Library in Scotland, Tain, Ross-shire!!
Hello everyone!! I forgot to say this at the last meeting, because I'm a bit of a bozo banana brain, but while I was on holiday in Scotland, my dad persuaded us to go to the Glenmorangie malt whiskey distillery in Tain, Ross-shire. We were a bit early for a guided tour so we popped into Tain to have a mosy around. And guess what I spotted?! A Carnegie Library! I have a picture of me in front of it holding up Cosmic, but we can't have more than one photo at a time on the webbie, so I won't upload it. Everyone agree? Instead I'll email it you you lot. Anyway, on the library entrance, above the door, it says '1903 CARNEGIE FREE LIBRARY'. How fan dabbie dozie is that?! Ok, I don't want to steal your thunder, Hilda Glitz, so I'll pop off now. The Mighty Battle Maid
Posted on: 08 Jun 2009

Activities inspired by the books
Hi! I’m Harriet, from the Book Explorers shadowing group. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reading the Carnegie shortlisted books, and at the moment we’re on our fourth book. So far we’ve read Airman, Cosmic, and Bog Child, and our next book is The Knife of Never Letting Go. You can read our reviews on our web page. We've also been doing some fab activities inspired by each book. We started by writing a Newspaper article about the Carnegie Medal and what it represents. After we'd read Airman some of us made a holiday brochure about the Saltee Islands (the setting of Airman), pretending that the history and events in the book were real. Some of the projects for us to choose from for Cosmic include building a model rocket, designing a glider, writing a menu with names like Banana Divided (Banana split), writing a speech about the value of online multi-player computer games in preparing a teenager for life, devising a newspaper front page for the day of the first moon landing, making a collage of space using odd things like newsprint... Once we've finished reading Bog Child we can choose activities including designing an Iron age bracelet, writing a press report about the discovery of Mel, writing letters between Fergus and Cora, writing what Fergus would say about what he did over the summer, mapping the places in Ireland that occur in the book. We're still reading this book so nobody's done any activities yet. Our next book is The Knife of Letting Go; when I know what projects we’re doing inspired by it, I’ll let you know!! By Harriet
Posted on: 18 May 2009

Second Meeting
A big hello to all avid readers! Today we had our second meeting at Guildford Library - we were looking at each other's Airman projects, uploading our reviews for Airman and Cosmic then discussing the story contents, trying to figure out if we were all on the same wavelength. We all agreed that Airman just didn't do it for us, Cosmic on the other may just be our choice! We'll have to wait and see what our assessment of the rest of the shortlist will be - Bog Child next. All of us have been set loads of exciting and fun activities to be completed for our next meeting in three weeks' time, when hopefully our video will be working! Happy reading, until then! Love from the Book Explorers: Mina, Hilda Glitz, Merina, Harriet and The Mighty Battle Maid x
Posted on: 11 May 2009

First Meeting!!
Hello everyone! We had our first meeting on Monday in Guildford Library!! We were all really excited, and have spiced up our page (as you can see!). We have also decided on what order in which to read the books, and will read Airman first. Can't wait to get started! Hilda Glitz, Merina, Harriet, Mina and The Mighty Battle Maid !!
Posted on: 01 May 2009