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Group status: Having a great time reading the Carnegie books and critiquing the Greenaway books!
We are the NDAllstars from North Durham Academy. A group of older students and some staff are our Carnegie Allstars. Our Literacy intervention groups from Years 7, 8 ,9, 10 and 11 make up our Greenaway Allstars, critiquing the illustrations, describing the artwork using high level vocabulary by using a thesaurus to help create a vivid interpretation of the pictures.

Mrs. Jackson

The Journey by Surapat. Year 7
On the cover we see a lot of luggage. We also see lots of birds in flight. The dark character is scary, it looks like it is grabbing at the fleeing fa . . .
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Wild Animals of the North by Anna, Jordan, Philip and Riley Y7
We think this book would be suitable for children age 10+We liked the geometric shapes used by the illustrator to show the tone and accuracy. The maps . . .
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Tidy by Jessica and Natasha Y10
We think the cover would appeal to children 4+. The cutaway detail will make them feel they are going into the story, entering the forest. The stark w . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Adam, Nathan and Paige Y7
Straight away we said little kids would like the cover because it is brightly coloured and it shows a little girl cuddling a soft toy just like they w . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Kershearer and Malik Y7.
We think the cover would be attractive to children aged 6+. The shiny gold catches your eye and the brushstrokes of the shaggy coats of the kids make . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by Cameron and Kyrin Y8.
The bright colours on the cover and the little girl in her wellies and duffle coat, cuddling her toy panda would attract little children age 3+ becaus . . .
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The Wolves of Currumpaw by Hope, Morgan, Kieran and Dylan y11
The cover is eyecatching and colourful. We think it would attract kids 8+. Native Americans patterns and Western style feature heavily. The vast, ba . . .
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Stanley library
Stanley, Co Durham
North Durham Academy
Stanley, Co. Durham
South Moor Library
Tanfield School
Stanley, Co Durham
Has being part of the schemes changed your reading habits?

No, I still read the same type of books.
17% (17 votes)

Yes, I have tried new genres of fiction.
14% (14 votes)

Yes, I now read a lot more!
3% (3 votes)

I'm not afraid to tackle more complex vocabulary now.
66% (66 votes)

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 one of our favourite ever books- Between Shades of Grey. There was a fight to see who would get to read her latest shortlisted book, Salt To The Sea, when we had the books delivered! It didn't disappoint!