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Some of the Literary Detectives!

We are the Literary Detectives. Meeting every Thursday lunchtime to chat about and read the shortlisted books. We have all ages from 11-17 but share one thing in common - our LOVE of reading (though the biscuits might be an added incentive). This year's shortlist has pulled together an interesting, but surprising, range of books. We look forward to debating our favourites!


The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maariya
The Smell of Other People's Houses was a book that I greatly enjoyed; it was mostly based on family problems and this is a subject that I find interes . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Shreya
When I first saw this book I was very curious about it. Seeing the stars and its stunning cover design, I picked it up. The stars at Oktober bend was . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Tooba
This book was quite good. The main character is not directly shown and you don't expect him to be so involved. This book, I think was good but I thoug . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Tooba
Salt to the sea is an amazing book. Its story line is very gripping and realistic with many suspenseful moments. The book is written very well and has . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Prashi
Firstly, I would like to start of the review by dedicating a few words of thanks to the author Zana Fraillon. Speaking up against things takes courage . . .
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Railhead by Maariya
I started Railheads hoping that it would be a book which would take my breath away- seeing as it was written by Philip Reeve. However, a chapter into . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Reece
The book was unfunny and unengaging. The plot was stale and was not at all exciting. It had a generic plot about an alien coming to earth and only o . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hayden
A very well written book which focuses on real life issues in life. It has a very good style and it switches between viewpoints of different people th . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Humairah
This book contains a lonely little boy, who misses his grandfather and wants nothing more than to go home. Then enters a daring hero in the form of a . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Rafay
Very touching book. Very good plot and turn of events. Made me cry. . . .
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Beck by Prashi
Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff is an amazing portrayal of the hardships and difficulties faced by a person who doesn’t quite ‘fit in’ in our co . . .
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Burnham Grammar School
Burnham, Buckinghamshire
Baylis Court School
our lady of peace junior school
Slough, Berkshire

Alex Rider
Tris Prior
Harry Potter
Greg Heffley
Katniss Everdeen
James Choke
Percy Jackson
Harriet Manners
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 ju


Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Grey. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical musi . .