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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: Carnegie here we come! Our group meetings start on the 26th April and we are looking forward to some lively discussions about the shortlisted books.As usual, we will be joined by Mrs Holland, Mrs Murch, Mrs Lang and Miss Boote and we hope to recruit some

Appleton Readers

We have a full group of 25 students this year and we meet in the library each Wednesday for lunch and book chats. Our debates can be quite lively and we have very different opinions on which book should win! We have also chosen to shadow the Greenaway awards with some of our younger students and their reviews will feature on the website as well.

Mrs Parr

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Henna
I really enjoyed The Smell of Other People's Houses, the unusual setting in Alaska created a new world for me that I haven't explored. I particularly . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Alyssa
At the start of Wolf Hollow, I struggled to get into the book and found it quite boring. But as the story properly started, I was unable to stop readi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alyssa
I really liked Salt to the Sea and the many characters in it. I thought that the different characters and their stories were interesting and kept the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alyssa
I didn't like Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth very much. I thought that the character Sputnik was quite annoying and oblivious to anything happening . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Alyssa
I LOVED The Smell of Other People's Houses!! The main reason I enjoyed this book was because of how all the different stories joined together. I also . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alyssa
I thought that The Bone Sparrow was an amazing book which tackled more problems in today's society . I found both stories about the two characters ver . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Henna
Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book a lot! At first, I didn't really want to read it, the cover and blurb seemed more suitable for 11 year olds. However . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Henna
I enjoyed The Bone Sparrow, it was a beautiful story and very relevant. I liked Subhi, I found his character was well-explained and realistic. Unfo . . .
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The Journey by Mrs Parr
A really well illustrated book. The use of colour to reflect mood was beautifully done. A sad subject with a very serious message for children so youn . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Mrs Parr
Year 3 loved this book. Lots of laughs and silliness! . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Parr
A little bit disappointed after opening this book. The cover is amazing and leads you to believe the book will be. Whilst I enjoyed it, I felt it real . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs Parr
A very well researched book told from various perspectives. I feel the author struggled to tie the characters together and it did bore me slightly. . . .
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Railhead by Mrs Parr
I really didn't enjoy this book at all. Much better dystopian fiction out there and really not sure how it made the shortlist. . . .
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Beck by Mrs Parr
Really not sure what all the fuss is about with this book. Yes, the mistreatment of Beck is harrowing but is dealt with in a sympathetic manner and is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs Parr
Once you get past the lack of punctuation this book is wonderful. This writing style really allows you to empathise with Alice and the gradual improve . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Parr
This book successfully takes you to Alaska through wonderful descriptive pieces about deer hunting and fishing. The characters were all interesting bu . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Parr
A really fun book to kick off this year's Carnegie. I really don't think it will win but will appeal to our younger readers. The relationship between . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Parr
Surely this book will win this year! A wonderful story of a friendship between a girl and an outsider and her complete faith in him. Descriptive writi . . .
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The Marvels by Henna
I really enjoyed The Marvels, the pictures for the first half of the book were stunning and the detail in which you could piece a story together was a . . .
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Which book would you choose to read if you were sitting in the dark with only one candle?

Beck
Rail Head
Wolf Hollow
Salt to the sea
the stars at oktober bend
Sputnik's guide to life on earth
The Bone Sparrow
The smell of other people's houses
 
Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Winning Year: 1996

Junk is the most controversial Carnegie winner yet. It unflinchingly tells the story of Tar and Gemma, who run away from home, move to Bristol and meet up with some squatters. It is superbly written, with a subtle character development achieved through a
 

 
 

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick graduated from university with the intention of becoming a theatre set designer. However, after spending three years bookselling and designing window displays for a children's bookshop, he was inspired to create picture books of his . .

 

 

Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group