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Kirkham Grammar School
Kirkham, Lancs
Group status: Lots of reading and discussion this year with some books provoking strong reactions

Our 2010 reading group

KGS is an 11-18 co-educational independent school. The number of readers grows each year and 2013 is no exception. Teaching staff (and their own families!) are involved and our student reviewers come from every year group. It is great to have such a diverse mix of readers and to welcome new readers. The quality of this year's shortlist is not as high as in 2012 but they are as diverse as ever and the differing views are proof thatr reading is alive and well here at Kirkham!

Carr Hill High School
Kirkham, Lancs
Title: His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights
Author: Philip Pullman
Winning Year: 1995

An amazing book - a modern classic which will never date. When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are determined to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the i