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Carnegie and Cake
Group status: We're meeting every Friday lunchtime to discuss all the shortlisted books and eat lots of cake and biscuits!

Our 2017 Carnegie group!

This is the 6th year Ratcliffe College has shadowed the Carnegie Medal and once again we have an enthusiastic group of Year 9 students who are avidly reading their way through all the books on the shortlist. Our meetings have been very lively, with all the students keen to share their opinions on the books, and we anticipate a lot of heated debate when it comes to choosing our winner! For the third year we have continued our partnership with Moat Community College in Leicester,meeting with with them in April and June to share our discussions and make new friends.


Salt to the Sea by Dani
This book really blew me away! I have never read a historical fiction like it. I really appreciated how much Ruta Sepetys researched for the book and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eleanor
Wolf Hollow is an interesting book that I really enjoyed reading. I thought the book engaged the reader straight away by using phrases that would mak . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Tilly
I usually love historical fiction and this was unlike anything I'd ever read! First, despite there being four characters and four different perspectiv . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sophie
At first, I found this book hard to read, because of the unorthodox and unique structure and the lack of capital letters. However, I thought that this . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sophie
I LOVED this book. I didn't know much about refugee camps before reading it, but I found that it really opened my eyes to what's actually going on the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sophie
In some sections of this book, the storyline was slow, and too childish for my age group, in my opinion, but overall it was a heartwarming story of ho . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Harry
I really liked Salt to the Sea, I thought it was really well written, and I thought the plot was amazing. It was also very interesting how it was base . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rebecca
I really like that this book is based on true events and interlocks with real characters that lived at the time. It really explores the brutality of W . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Tilly
i loved this book! The overall theme and plot were so relevant to issues going on in the world today. I liked how the characters were so interesting a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Harry
I thought that Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was a really good read. Even though some people might say that the book was too childish, I found it v . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sophie
I think that this book has a good chance of winning.The first few chapters were quite compelling and the author used cliffhangers effectively. At firs . . .
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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 ju


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 . .