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St Aubyn's School

Carnegie Spectacular
We had a fantastic time at the Carnegie Event at the Rose Theatre. Sally Gardner is such a great speaker and Sarah Crossan was so honest. It was interesting to hear a writer say that they often learn what the book is about from the reader. They are so close to the tiny details of the story so they can't always see the bigger picture and the themes. Fascinating.
Posted on: 03 Jun 2013

Exciting times ahead
We are all excited to be attending the Carnegie Event at the Rose Theatre next week. A well earned reward for all the reading we've been doing.
Posted on: 15 May 2013

Posted on: 03 May 2013

Our first Skype session
We've just finished Skyping with Woolmer Hill School in Surrey. There was excited squealing when the computer started ringing. Even from me and I'm meant to be a grown up. Wonder was picked out by them as a really great book. I wonder (excuse the pun) if it is such an enjoyable read whether there is anything that makes it an outstanding read. I haven't read it yet. But when we pick a winner, we're meant to choose the most outstanding, original book for young people. Does it fit the bill? Mrs Scott
Posted on: 03 May 2013

Finishing a book
Doesn't it feel just so rewarding to finish a book? I started Maggot Moon over the weekend and I finished it last night. It was such a quick read and now I am so happy that I've reached the half way point. Four books read. One I gave up on. So three left to go. Only now I'm wondering if I should go back and finish In Darkness. Keep up the hard work everyone! Mrs Scott
Posted on: 30 Apr 2013

Good question Hanna
"Why did Standish have one blue and and one brown?" This is a question Hanna still had when she had finished the book. I really enjoyed your review Hanna. Everyone have a think about this as they read Maggot Moon. Hanna, why don't you put through your question to Sally Gardner (the author) on the main Shadowing Page!
Posted on: 29 Apr 2013

Maggot Moon
No I dont think it's that offensive but the author only writes it like something bad had happened ''If Only The Ball Didn't Go Over The Wall.. Then Hector wouldn't have gone looking for it..'' and then it swears and moves on with the story -Hanna
Posted on: 28 Apr 2013

The challenge is getting harder...
Aaminah, I agree. It is getting more difficult to keep reading outside your comfort zone. I just couldn't get into In Darkness and it made me want to go back to the books I know I enjoy. Well, I did let myself read one off-task book (see even librarians sneak a bit of laziness now and then) but this weekend my challenge is to start Maggot Moon. make sure you check with me on Monday that I did so. Mrs Scott.
Posted on: 26 Apr 2013

The Carnegie Shadowing Challenge - Aaminah
So far I have read 2 books and I am now on my 3rd book so far I have not had a favourite book . So far the task has been ok but I have a feeling that it might get a little bit more difficult. I hope that we can all complete this challenge and enjoy the activities we do at every meeting
Posted on: 25 Apr 2013

Should we always finish a book?
The difficult thing about shadowing a book award is also the thing that's great about it. You read lots of books that you wouldn't normally read. It gets you out of your comfort zone. The trouble is sometimes the book is REALLY not your kind of book and reading it feels like wading through treacle. You think it will never end. You think "I have no idea what's happening here". well, in that case: you don't have to finish it. The book you really aren't enjoying is not going to be the one you pick as a winner. So there's no harm in stopping reading. If you've given it a go, then you've done a good job. Try the next shortlisted book and see how you get on.
Posted on: 25 Apr 2013

Maggot Moon
Hanna, what is your opinion about swearing in books for young people? do you find it offensive? Mrs Scott
Posted on: 23 Apr 2013

Maggot Moon -Hanna
Ive Started It Already and Guess What? There Was A Swear Word On The First Page -.- I'm Enjoying This Book But It Has Some Weird Names e.g. Standish. I'd Probably Finish By Friday
Posted on: 22 Apr 2013

Wonder By Haysam
Wonder is an amazing book. It is mood changing in certain parts when you read it. There are 5 Parts in the entire book, but I don't want to spoil it! All in all it is an excellent book!!
Posted on: 11 Apr 2013

Wonder - Aaminah
I think that wonder is a great book. The author is very clever by using different points of views. I as like at the end were all the puils sent there precepts to their english teacher. I would definitely recommend this book to other people. This book, in my opinion, is impossible to put down and also makes you feel like you are there, in the story. by Aaminah
Posted on: 09 Apr 2013

We're off to a great start!
I have read three books so far and The Weight of Water is my favourite so far. Maybe because it is so different to the type of book I would normally read. I also really enjoyed reading what Flora though of it in her review.
Posted on: 03 Apr 2013

Wonder By Hanna
Wonder Is Such A Sad Book Poor Auggie He Wishes He Were Normal I Think Even Though He Says He Is Used To The Pain Of People Staring At Him. I Think He Cant Still Take The Pain I Could'nt Put Down The Book Interesting Read ! And Quiet Sad -Hanna
Posted on: 30 Mar 2013

Welcome to Carnegie Shadowing
The challenge is set. We are going to attempt to read the 8 shortlisted books between now and Wednesday 19th June. Can we do it? Yes we can!
Posted on: 20 Mar 2013