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Ermysted's
Skipton, North Yorkshire
Group status: Some have already finished and many are over halfway, well done Ermysteds!

Most of the wonderful readers

We have a record number taking part this year with over 80 participants! The boys have shown great enthusiasm and despite having the books for less than a week so many have already finished their first book - and some are on their fourth or fifth.

James Copeland and his slave

Wolf Hollow by Keiran
I knew that Toby was a nice guy and I was sort of glad that he died because he then he had sort of let go of the stories that he had held up for so lo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Thomas
A book that tells you about the life of a refugee living in a detention centre. The way refugees are treated is horrific and the book really showed th . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Thomas
I didn't really enjoy this book as I never really grasped what was going on and I got muddled up between the two characters as it switched between cha . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Thomas
A book that I wouldn't have picked up to read but it was surprisingly good. It teaches you not to judge people for who they are and because they might . . .
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Railhead by Gabriel
I didn't really enjoy this book because it was quite boring and not really my genre. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Gabriel
I don't really like this book because the way the book is written is very confusing and I couldn't really understand it. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Gabriel
This book started out good for me but then started to get very depressing because of the death of some people, but the description used was really goo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Gabriel
This was a good book because of the description the author used but it got confusing when there were six different stories, but in the end the six sto . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Gabriel
This is a really good book but it does not really fit in with the rest of the Carnegie because it is very childish compared to the other books. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mattie
This book started off as a disaster. A setting that I thought would be tedious and annoying with a plot so dull I'd rather reread 'Ghosts of Heaven' b . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mattie
Hands down my favourite book of the scheme. I don't like war books. I should stress that now. However this book did not follow any cliches of the g . . .
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Railhead by Mattie
Brilliant! While this is not my favourite book in the scheme, I loved the setting of the world. I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi, but that's probably b . . .
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Beck by Mattie
I had low expectations of this book. Despite me liking most of Meg Rosoff's work, the story, setting and characters didn't interest me at all. If you . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mattie
Just as side note, I will be referencing 'Salt to the Sea' throughout this review. This book did not look great when I first picked it up. The set . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mattie
Where to begin! While this book is likely targeted at a lower audience than most nominations, I enjoyed it thoroughly. While it is not my favourite . . .
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Wolf Hollow by James
Not great but alright, I was glad when Betsy died. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by James
Amazing, but really harrowing. I would have preferred it if Emily survived. . . .
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Railhead by James (the admin)
The best book, a clear winner. Amazing concept. Sci-fi is my favourite. And this was a star among them (no pun intended). . . .
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Salt to the Sea by keiran
This book was good it was a bit like "the smell of other people's houses" but unlike this they all linked together at the start instead of at the end, . . .
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Beck by James
Really good. I loved this, I normally hate this style of book, but this was brilliant. The characters were well developed and realistic and the story . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by James (the admin)
Even worse than "the smell of other people's houses". Here is my example of a general sentence in it: 'hi my name is alice nightingale and i have a sp . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by James
Not good, really. It was a good idea, but just did not work. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by James
This was my second favourite book, realistic yet told well. Overall brilliant. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by James
I enjoyed this book, the literature was very good, but there were some errors in the illustrations e.g.in one scene, Sputnik was displayed as a dog in . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Andrew R
This book was good, and I liked the plot, although it was a bit childish. I felt sorry for the temporary kid as his granddad didn't recognize him. I t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Andrew
This book was very entertaining and predictable. It was nice to read an easy plot so you can really understand what was going on. I really liked the f . . .
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Railhead by Michael
"Railhead" is probably the best Carnegie book ever made since it is actually fun to read. Zen is a really good character name. The girl in the red coa . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Keiran
This book was alright in the fact that it was like "salt to the sea". I like it though because it was a unique book about a special boy who I felt sor . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alfie
This is a brilliant book! It's fun and wacky from everything from the characters to the plot itself. My favourite part had to be when Sputnik explaine . . .
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Beck by Thomas
I didn't think I would enjoy this book because it is not the type of book that I would read normally read. This book taught me about what adventures s . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Andrew R
I liked this book even though it was about a dreadful tragedy. I thought the way it was written was a bit confusing, with all of the different viewpoi . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ben
I found this book quite dull because at the beginning I didn't understand anything (I thought she was a robot puppet and Bear was a teddy friend). The . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by George
It is a nice book which has been well written, a bit confusing though because of the amount of characters in the book. It has good suspense though and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by George
This is a terribly boring book that makes you zone out and lose track of what page you are on. There was only one part of the book which I liked but i . . .
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Beck by Charlie
I didn't like this book at all. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlie
It was very depressing and I didn't like the story line. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Charlie
I didn't enjoy this book because it was very childish. I also found the illustrations annoying and distracting. . . .
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Railhead by Faaris
I did not like this book because I didn't understand it and it was confusing. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Faaris
It was depressing but it was a very good book. . . .
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Beck by Faaris
I enjoyed this book because it was based on historic events that actually happened and it was a good book. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Harry G
I really liked this book because of the imagination that Sputnik could actually talk to Prez and they had to reunite Prez with his grandfather whilst . . .
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Beck by Niall
I hate this book vehemently. It is the worst book I have ever read and it is beyond awful. It is a disgrace to literature itself. It was extremely bad . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Niall
I dislike this book a lot and I really would struggle to find something good about it. To start off with it was virtually impossible to understand wha . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Niall
I disliked this book greatly and I thought it was a truly awful book that should have never been nominated in the first place. The plot was weak and b . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Niall
I found this book rather shocking as it showed the appalling nature of how refugees are treated around the world. I like this book a lot as it was gri . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Niall
I liked this book a lot as it was funny and light hearted, without any of the death destruction and sorrow found in the rest of the books that have be . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Andrew
Overall, a novel containing a beautiful story-line. However, it seemed to be prolonged and dragged out of the majority of the book, but seemed somewha . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by keiran
I found this book annoying because it kept changing the persons view on the book and I kept getting lost in the book where I was and what was happenin . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Pétur
It took a long time to get going but a really good read. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Pétur
A really sad and emotional story, well written but a confusing ending. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Pétur
A really funny book that kept up the comedy all the way through. . . .
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Railhead by Felix
Railhead was a fascinating book with an interesting and intriguing plot line. I found Zen an unusual character as he seemed to be troublesome yet so i . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Andrew R
I didn't like this book because the style was a bit odd and it came to an abrupt end. I thought the story line was a bit poor and there wasn't a lot g . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ben
This book was extremely sad and as I read the author's notes I found out the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustoff is a true event. After reading "Sputnik" i . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Tom H
I thought that this was a unique book and was not my favourite book; however other people may like it. . . .
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Railhead by Thomas
I really enjoyed this book because I thought that the way he imagined the future is really clever and so is the way he imagined how the whole k-networ . . .
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Wolf Hollow by tom h
This was a very intriguing book with interesting characters and a good story line, I would recommend it. . . .
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Railhead by Andrew
I couldn't think of a more suitable name for this rollercoaster book. Despite being a bit complicated to follow the story line in some places, it open . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by James
A funny book about aliens, dogs, and saving the world. A bit underage compared to the other books. A poor ending. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Andrew R
I found this book really upsetting to think of all of those people stuck in the detention centre and being treated in that way. I liked Eli as a chara . . .
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Railhead by Harry G
The main character is called Zen who is a small-time thief who steals to provide for his family who live in a place called Cleave. This is until he me . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sam
A very thought-provoking book, that, although some people might not enjoy it, it would be hard for nearly anyone to deny it did not, at a bare minimum . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ben
This book was a great break from all the other tragic deaths and endings of most the other Carnegie books. It was a very joyful book that kept making . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Benedict
At the start, I wasn't too keen on this book, but it slowly grew on me. The characters were each unique and very relatable and likeable. The setting w . . .
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Railhead by Keiran
I found this book a very entrancing book but at the point where Nova died I felt that the book suggested that Zen would take the money and clear his p . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Adeel
I didn't really like this book as it was really boring and the storyline was very confusing as it has four different story lines and they kept changin . . .
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Beck by Adeel
I think that Beck was a really amazing book. I don't think that it is suitable for children but it is a very interesting book. Some pages are really d . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Joshua
I enjoyed 'salt to the sea'. It had good pace and made you want to read on. It helped recreate what it would be like to live during the war, and showe . . .
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Beck by Charlie
I feel that this book was heart-warming, but also heart-breaking at the same time. This book was extremely well written by both Meg and Mel, and I fee . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Andrew R
I liked this book and I thought that it had lots of mystery. I didn't like Betty as a character but I liked Toby because he seemed so secretive. I was . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Harry G
The main character is called Suhbbi who lives in a refugee camp with his sister and mother, he craves to be let free so he can explore the outside wor . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Benedict
This was a very good, very funny book to read, and I really enjoyed it. The pictures were a surprise, however they improved the book I think. My only . . .
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Railhead by Ben
The description in Railhead is amazing. The author creates a unique world with a mysterious past. My favourite part of the book was the train battle b . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Benedict
I didn't really get into this book until the last 100 pages, and if I hadn't have read the last 100 pages I would probably have rated it as 2/5. Howev . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Benedict
I didn't really enjoy this book as I did not really understand it, because the layout of Alice's writing was hard to follow. Despite this, Manny was a . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ben
This book had a great start that really made me feel for the character but the end felt rushed. It quickly explained what happened to the bully and wh . . .
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Beck by Ben
The book started off really well, but after Beck had his traumatic experience the authors took away his humour making the book quite dull. I felt that . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Andrew
One of the few conspicuous features about "The Smell of Other People's Houses" is that it is recounted from four different perspectives. These are ski . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Nathan
Sputnik is a very cool book with epic ideas of impossible feats. The lifting of the tree and flying over the sea are unusual ideas. It has a very stro . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Nathan
'The smell of other people's houses' is a confusing book that has a lot of characters for such a short story. The emotional story of Ruth and Ray is u . . .
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Railhead by Faaris
It wasn't a very good book in my opinion. I disliked the whole storyline mainly because of the genre. There were some good bits but they were very rar . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Faaris
It was an intriguing book packed with suspense, tragedy and adventure which are based on true life events. However it is a depressing book and if you . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Andrew
One of the most prominent parts of this book, I enjoyed the aspect of four different narrators. This gave an effect of suspense, resulting in you want . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Thomas
I really enjoyed this book but found it hard due to the exceptionally short chapters, because sometimes you got muddled up with who was who and what c . . .
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Railhead by Pétur
This is a story of how a common street thief is hired and steals one of the most powerful pieces of art in the future. On the way Zen (the thief) meet . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Pétur
This is set in 1970 and as the 4 different narrators tell their tales and somehow the author has magically merged the 4 stories and made the character . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Nathan
'Salt to the sea' is an unusual book of WW2 from the Germans point of view. It shows you what we did to that side in the war. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alfie
I thought this was a very interesting and it had a brilliant twist at the end that excuses the awful punctuation and spelling. Very depressing, not su . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by keiran
This book was a hilarious book at times but at others, it is very sad in a way that grandpa plays a trick on Prez by not remembering him and that spas . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by James
A sad book with an interesting set of characters. This book was very thought-provoking and it shocked me when I learnt how badly refugees are treated. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Adeel
I think that this book is okay but a bit childish compared to the other Carnegie books. The characters had quite a normal and simple personality. The . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Tom H
This was a very interesting book that highlighted the struggle for civilians on the other side of the war. Although it was not my favourite of the eig . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Andrew Clay
The Bone Sparrow is a truly powerful work of fiction with a truly powerful message. I enjoyed the incorporation of another story, narrating the love s . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ibrahim
This book was, in my opinion, the best by far. It had so many twists and turns it was like riding a roller coaster of lyrics. It was a very grim and d . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mattie
This book tugged on my heartstrings like I knew it would, however it wasn't because of the heart breaking twists or the depressing setting, no, it was . . .
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Railhead by William
Philip Reeve’s book Rail Head is about a petty thief, Zen Starling, who gets hired by a master criminal, Raven. Zen is on a mission to steal the pyx . . .
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Railhead by James
I had high hopes for this book, as it was written by Philip Reeve, who in my opinion is a very good author. This book lived up to my expectations, wit . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Thomas L
I didn't really enjoy this book but it was interesting how the author entwined the four peoples lives together. My favourite part of the story was whe . . .
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Railhead by Sam B
I really liked this book. It is written really well and has an excellent storyline. Also the setting the story is based in is really well described. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alex O
The story line was good and well thought out. It was well written and let you really think about the characters and their personality. The ending let . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Charlie
A heart-warming book, very enjoyable and thoroughly detailed. I felt like the characters were almost real too. I couldn't put it down. Again, this boo . . .
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Beck by Harry G
The main character is called Beck and his age ranges from 12 to 19 years old. His journey starts off in a care home in Liverpool when he was 12, he th . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Luke
I didn't enjoy this book as it was very confusing at the start because Alice kept talking about random things instead of focusing on the story. It als . . .
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Beck by Luke
I thought this book was quite odd and some of the scenes and description were unnecessary and fairly disturbing, though on the whole I enjoyed this bo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Luke
I really enjoyed this book even though it is from a genre that I would not normally read. The ending was quite sad as two of the main characters died . . .
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Railhead by Luke
Amazing. One of the best books I have ever read. Loved the twists and turns of the plot and how there were a large variety of characters from humans t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Luke
I absolutely hated this book. The things that they put on the list were pointless and random, like a TV remote. The plot itself was extremely boring a . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Luke
This was quite a good book that I enjoyed reading as it was interesting to follow all the different stories coming together. I felt that a lot of the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Nathan
The bone sparrow is a very unusual book. The idea of it being set in a first word country is very good for us to see. The conditions that they are liv . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Andrew
The title and cover page illustrations are very eye-catching, with lots of scope for different interpretations. 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' is a beaut . . .
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Beck by Benedict
This was a very good book. Despite the fact that the subject matter was quite an unusual one, it really was well written and well described. The twist . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ben
The beginning of this book is quite confusing since the author changed character quite often without a chapter stating this. However, once the charact . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ben
This book was quite sad and even though it is fiction this is what it is like for refugees staying at camps. I once saw a camp like this on the border . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alfie
This was a brilliant, well thought out story-line and I wondered whether the whole belief of a sparrow being in your house means death and..... I just . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Adeel
I think that Annabelle is a like a real life person as her emotions are very varied and she has a lot of feelings for people. She was very brave as sh . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Alfie
I thought Annabelle was a very dynamic character and showed real life thoughts especially when being threatened by the bully, Betty. I thought it was . . .
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Beck by gabriel
I really liked this book because I like the way the authors describe everything and the story line of it is great. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sam
Though this was a quite a childish book compared to the rest of the shortlist, Sputnik shouldn't be marked down just for that fact. I found it had qui . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Benedict
In short, this wasn't my favourite book, however the ending where Ruth and her gran "wipe the slate clean" was very moving and brilliantly written. Th . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Szymon
A book without a plot until the twist in the middle. Not much relation with the title. Interesting to see that some people still care despite the bull . . .
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Railhead by Szymon
Takes a while to read unless you read big chunks at a time. A book for the sci-fi readers. . . .
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Beck by Szymon
Very descriptive. But apart from that there is an evident plot. An easy read in my opinion. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Szymon
It is similar to 'The Lies We Tell Ourselves'. A bit of a confusing book if you skim read. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Szymon
Very descriptive despite the lack of punctuation. It could have a better plot to go along with it. A bit of a twist in the middle. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jamie
8.6 out of ten good book, but depressing - just depressing. . . .
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Beck by Tom H
This was a very educational book that highlighted the harshness for coloured people in the early twentieth century. It is very powerful emotionally an . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ibrahim
In my opinion this was the best of this year. It portrayed the need and desperation living in seclusion and living without modern day luxuries. Well w . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ibrahim
This book was probably one of the best-written books that I have read from different points of view and carefully planned characters. It captured the . . .
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Railhead by Ibrahim
I think this book was actually a very well thought out plot and I found it really interesting. However, the author failed to make it as futuristic as . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Charlie
I found this book interesting, but, quite tricky. This is because there are no capitals in certain passages of writing. The story line is easy to keep . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Nathan
Very good book. The emotional ideas about people being judged are very realistic. The relationship between Toby and Annabelle is very moving. . . .
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Railhead by Tom H
This was a very intense book full of awe and wonder. I found it very different to other books and it was probably one of the books that I was looking . . .
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Railhead by Nathan
Railhead is a great book with a lot of scientific accuracy. The ideas are very cool and characters are very well designed. The problem with Nova shows . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlie
The Bone Sparrow is a masterpiece of a book, showing the heart of a refugee camp, and what they really experience. This book really gripped me and I . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Tom H
I think that this book is very cleverly written and thoughtfully created. It was very humorous and very unique. I didn't think that this would be my f . . .
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Beck by Andrew C
This read, written by Mal Peet and Meg Rossof, was very... disgusting, and very revealing of life's horrors. Beck's experience with Brother Robert in . . .
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Railhead by Andrew
I really liked this book because of the rails leading through space and the science fiction that could never happen. I think that the plot was quite c . . .
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Railhead by Zayyan
'Railhead' was not a good book as no mention of the glossary was made during it and I had to be told by my friend that one even existed. The very fact . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sam
If I was searching through a pile of books, and found one with the title 'The Smell Of Other People's Houses', it would spark a flame of curiosity, bu . . .
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Beck by Zayyan
Whilst 'Beck' was a good book in certain parts, overall it was about as good a read as a dead dog would be for finding a bank robber as the main chara . . .
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Railhead by Jack
This was an okay book but I feel it could have been better. I enjoyed the futuristic setting but the story line was hard to follow and therefore the b . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Szymon
Very easy read. It is interesting to see a part of World War Two from four peoples perspective. Overall the language used fits in really well with the . . .
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Railhead by Szymon
Suitable for someone who likes the science-fiction genre. It uses a lot of description and doesn't give much space for imagination. Has a few differen . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Szymon
A fascinating book if you manage to get your head around how all the characters link together. It is one of those books that becomes clearer the furth . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Szymon
It is an interesting book. He has thought it through well and tried to make it sad but funny at the same time. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Adam w
This book was very infuriating as all the chapters by Alice didn't make sense most of the time and had no capital letters. Overall the storyline wa . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Adam w
This book was very tricky to understand to start with as all the characters had different relations and I had a hard time remembering them all. The ti . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ishaan
This book is very interesting and has many twists and turns The book is laid out like diary entries with characters each telling their own story. It . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sam
I found 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' to contain quite a powerful message, hidden in Alice's moving narrative. The way her sections read at first we . . .
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Railhead by Benedict
Very good, funny in places, well written and the characters were likeable. The sci-fi world was well described, to the point you wanted to live there. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Faaris
It was a good, gripping book and made me laugh in some parts. It had mixed emotions throughout it and I would rate it four stars out of five. This is . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Benedict
This book was well written, and subtly funny in places, however it was just depressing. A book set in a refugee detention centre has not much potentia . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ewan
It was an okay book however there was too many characters making the book slightly confusing and hard to follow. Overall, however the book was still c . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jamie
Great book a bit confusing but you could get the message (confusing because of the many characters) depressing but great with an amazing twist at the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Adam W
This book was very interesting as it was sci-fi with a hint of real life. I liked how Sputnik, the main character was only humaneed looking for Prezzi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sam
This book offered insight into one of the most criminally overlooked tragedies, and managed to make an emotional and touching story. I found most char . . .
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Railhead by Adam w
I found this book very boring as when it started the scene was set very badly and I couldn't really understand it. It also went on and on as he had to . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Adam w
I loved this book and the emotions shown in it. The scene was set very well and it was sad when they could only measure themselves in triangles on the . . .
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Railhead by Sam
This book attempted to introduce the reader to a new world, but I believe it failed, and drastically failed- there was plenty of new terminology cr . . .
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What is your favorite book do far?

Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth
7% (28 votes)

The Bone Sparrow
5% (18 votes)

Wolf Hollow
0% (1 vote)

Salt to the Sea
1% (3 votes)

The Smell of Other People's Houses
3% (10 votes)

Railhead
84% (318 votes)

 
Title: Maggot Moon
Author: Sally Gardner
Winning Year: 2013

A ruthless regime is determined to beat its enemies in a race to the moon. But when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, it is up to unlikely hero Standish, his grandfather, and a small band of rebels, to confront and defeat the ever-present opp
 

 
 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Millions, Framed, Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. He is also a successful writer of screen-plays and, along with director Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony . .

 

 

South Craven School

Upper Wharfedale School