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Carshalton High School for Girls
Group status: We are a group of Y7 - Y10 students shadowing the Carnegie Medal 2017. If you enjoy reading, having lively debates about what makes a good book and enjoy biscuits then you are very welcome!

2016 Reading Group minus the photoshy

Everyone's opinion is valued, - but we do love to disagree! We discuss the Carnegie shortlist - and many other things. We eat cake and biscuits. The group is open to all students. You do not need to read all shortlisted books and most are available in audio version. Carnegie Reading Group meet every Thursday lunchtime, Pink Wafers are a must. We will end with a "....and the winner is" party on the day the winner is announced. Will we agree with the announced winner?........ probably not! :)

Group activity. Share nicely girls!

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lizzie
The smell of other peoples houses is a book which throws a lot of unexpected dilemmas leaving you clinging to your seat for more. It has vocabulary th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Laura
This book was amazing. Its not one I will easily forget. It's one that sticks with you and you can't stop thinking about it long after you've finishe . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Joyce
The split narration between the main characters follows the lives of four young people and their different opinions and stances of the war. It's 1945 . . .
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Beck by Mrs Young
I loved this book! I felt so much empathy for the main character as you follow Beck's story from a child to a young man. A harrowing but informative . . .
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Railhead by Victoria
A pure sci-fi (not dystopian ) story, brimming with invention and intrigue which subtly asks some big questions along the way. Zen, a young thief turn . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Silvana
Wolf Hollow is a book about Annabelle, the main character, and Betty the school bully that she finds herself in difficulties with during World War II. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lizzie
The bone sparrow is definitely a must - read. It gives you an understanding of how life is for people who have been held in concentration camps. It hi . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Young
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird but without the race storyline. It's about a community of people, most not wanti . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Kassy
Imagine being born in a refugee camp . . . You know nothing of the world outside the chain linked fences. Subhi's imagination is vast. He reads st . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sarah
Prez is being raised by his grandfather, but when his dementia worsens Prez is sent to Children's Foster care and then out to a family on a farm. Whil . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amber
This is a bright funny story that gives a reminder how important family is. Get ready to be taken away on an adventure with a quiet boy (Prez) and a g . . .
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Beck by Alice
In 'Beck', Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff create an amazing story about the life of Beck, a mixed-race kid who goes through many traumatizing times, but does . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amber
Wolf hollow is a story full of twists and surprises, terrible truths and dangerous lies. Annabel is just a girl living with her family, when suddenly . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Young
Prez lives with his Grandad and now his Grandad is becoming ill. He is getting forgetful and saying strange things. The social workers come and put . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Young
An enlightening and revealing read about the possibilities of life in a current day refugee camp. A boy is born inside the camp so knows nothing abo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Katy
The Bone Sparrow is the best book because it follows the lives a people in a refugee camp. The main character is a boy named Subhi. He was born in the . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Miruna
This book is mainly about a girl called Ruth who goes through a series of tragic events, first she loses her father in a plane accident , then her mot . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eloise
The stars at Oktober bend is certainly an unusual book, half being written in poetry and with NO capitals! It’s about a young disabled girl who trie . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alice
The Stars at Oktober Bend was fantastic and unique. You grow to love each character throughout the book and learn the interesting pasts and trauma the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anum
It was very interest. An informative tale about young people's lives during the war from different perspectives. All of the characters have a back sto . . .
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Beck by Kira
(I am only half way through Beck) I think that this is a great book, and I completely would recommend it to other teenagers. It is a very gripping boo . . .
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Railhead by Mehak
I read the Carnegie book Railhead. I didn't really like. Its Science Fiction, and I don't normally read Sci-Fi. Zen Starling is a teenage boy, a pett . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Zunaira
Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth was a really good book. An alien comes to earth and looks like a dog to everyone else but Prez. Prez is a young boy wh . . .
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Illustrator: Lauren Child
Winning Year: 2000

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