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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Daisy
This hilarious novel contains characters from an alien dog that can shake hands, to a senile grandad who believes he has travelled the seven seas! Jus . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daisy
The Bone Sparrow is by far one of the best Carnegie books I have read so far. At first, I thought that the plot was slightly boring because everything . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Klara
When I picked up this book I was slightly put off by the strange name but the actual book was brilliant. Similarly to Salt to the sea, the narrators a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Klara
This review is about Salt to the Sea, a heart wrenching novel set during World War 2. It is narrated by 4 different people who all have great secrets. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lucy
Salt to the sea is a heart-wrenching story about life for refugees during world war two. It stars four people - a Pole, a German, a Lithuanium and a G . . .
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Salt to the Sea by William
Ruta Sepetys' Salt to the Sea is a very hard book to talk about. Which is strange, as it's a long book with a lot going on. Similarly to The Smell of . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Georgia
One main thing that struck me about this book was the parallels to 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. In a way, I thought this was a good thing (To Kill a Mocki . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by William
The Smell of Other People's Houses is one of the worst titles for a book I've ever seen. It both sounds odd, doesn't fit the story and the concept of . . .
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Railhead by Jasmine
Railhead is a interesting book! I would really recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi, space and adventure. It is set in a world in which people trav . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eleanor
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a haunting book that demonstrated just how isolated illness or origins can make a person feel. It was written in a perfe . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Charlotte
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is a book about four people called Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank. They are all looking, . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jack
I liked Wolf Hollow. It was quite dark and had a deep storyline, the characters were well developed and we got to see lots of different emotions of th . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eleanor
This book was a hilarious mix of fantasy and sci-fi, resulting in a puzzling plot and many gripping characters. The main protagonist was repeatable an . . .
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Wolf Hollow by William
The cover of Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk, features the poignant image of a figure walking over a hill under the moonlight. A surprisingly powerful ima . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Georgia
This book did not feel like a chore to read. I thought that Boyce did a good job of keeping the reader's interest in a pretty easy book, and it didn't . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by ruel
The stars at Oktober bend is a very emotional and heart pulling story. It is a very complex story that delves deep into different relationships and wh . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jasmine
I think Wolf Hollow has a beautiful story line and I loved reading it. Annabelle, the main character, is being bullied by a girl called Betty. A war v . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Klara
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is, well... amazing. I would say that this is my favourite Carnegie book so far! Set in western Pennsylvania, just after th . . .
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Railhead by Charlotte
I don't usually read science fiction novels,so this was a bit of a change for me. The plot was slightly hard to keep up with and it was a bit confusin . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jack
I liked Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth. Sometimes it was slightly hard to follow, but I realized what was going on eventually. The characters were f . . .
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Railhead by Georgia
To start with, I have to say that sci-fi books in general aren't really my thing. I usually find them hard to keep up with, a bit one-dimensional, and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daisy
Wolf Hollow is a book that I would definitely recommend to older readers. It is set in World War II and it's about a young girl, Annabelle, who has so . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lucy
When I read the blurb of this book, I thought that it would be quite intense and dark, and although there was some of that in it, it was also full of . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Katie
Salt to the Sea is a beautiful book, narrated by 4 teenagers experiencing life after Germany's defeat in World War 2. Each narrator has a secret that . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jack
I read The Bone Sparrow over the holiday, and I really liked it. It could be a true story, as it was realistic and the author did lots of research abo . . .
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Railhead by Katie
I thought that this book was amazing - imaginative, weird and wonderful; I would love to live in Zen Starling's world! It combines beautiful descripti . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jess
Salt to the sea is an incredibly interesting book that is told from four different points of view which made it very fun to read. Though the ending i . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Klara
Sputnik's guide to life on earth is a funny, touching novel by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It's about a mute boy called Prez who has just moved in with a te . . .
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Railhead by Toby
From rags to riches- well sort of. This book follows Zen, a lonely boy living on an industrialised planet, stealing for money. His life continues this . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sophie
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected, and it was a shorter and easier read that the previous book. Annabelle's friendship with Betty was inte . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by oscar
The bone sparrow by Zana Fraillon is an amazing book that plays with your emotions through the main character staying alive for her best friend to die . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sophie
Whilst I was reading 'Salt to the Sea', it felt really long because I wasn't particularly enjoying it. Books about death and war aren't the type of bo . . .
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Railhead by William
When I read, I expect of two things. Either being shown a new perspective of our own world or being taken to a richly detailed new one. The last book . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ruel
This book is both hilarious and charming at the same time. The characters are easily lovable and are presented excellently with the star of the show b . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ruby
I found this book understandable but not really enjoyable for me. I regret to say that I don't mind this genre but I didn't like this book. It was abo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlotte
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one that I had read because at the start it didn't really draw me in. But I think it had a good messages . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sophie
I felt like this book was aimed at people younger than me, as it was a very easy read and had lots of pictures inside. The storyline was original, and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Charlotte
This book is full of adventure and I never knew what was going to happen next so it made me want to read on. One of the main characters Toby reminded . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ruel
Wolf Hollow is a strange yet gripping story. While it is a bully story it is done in a much different way. The characters are both lovable and easy to . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by William
Sputnik's guide to life on Earth, by Frank Cotrell Boyce, is funny and incredibly entertaining, not to mention original, and with a big heart to go wi . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lucy
I think that Sputnik's guide to life on earth was very amusing and funny. The book was very clever as it showed supposedly unimportant points of Prez' . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Klara
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon is a brilliant, heart-wrenching story. It is about a refugee called Subhi who lives in an immigration detention cent . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ruby
This book has a beautiful message and many of them. It looks at many different real life situations that would have been potential problems during thi . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ruby
I would strongly recommend this book as it is a great read and has a very surreal message, which is shown in an extremely clever way. It isn't so catc . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Imogen
I found the first parts of this book quiet slow. I preferred the second half and enjoyed discovering more about Toby although I felt there were a few . . .
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Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something.
 

 
 

Lauren Wolk

After graduating from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in English literature, Lauren Wolk spent a year as a writer with the Battered Women's Project of the St. Paul American Indian Center, and then worked as both an editor and an English tea . .