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Impington Village College
Cambridge,
Group status: We read the books, debated, wrote reviews, met to eat cake and argue some more. And we voted, overwhelmingly, for 'Salt'to win. And it did! We actually agreed with the judges!



Mrs Gage

Salt to the Sea by Zoe A
Where do I start? Salt to the Sea was, undoubtedly, my very favourite Carnegie book. Unlike many novels based on World War II, it is inspired by hi . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily
This story was about a girl called Alice overcoming problems in her past; I enjoyed this book because it was written in the way she spoke and thought . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emily
This was a mystery story based in a small town during the war; I really enjoyed this because mystery stories are one of my favourite book genres and I . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Emily
This book was about 4 peoples lives in a small town in Alaska. I found this book really moving and it brought me to tears near the end because you cou . . .
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Railhead by Emily
This book was about a boy who is living in the future; I really enjoyed this book because it was an adventure story and I really enjoy adventure stori . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily
This story is about a boy called Subhi who is living in a detention centre and how he makes friends with a girl called Jimmie. I thought this book was . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily
This book was about 4 different refugees and their journey to try and escape Germany. I found Salt to the Sea really moving and it brought me close to . . .
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Beck by Ryan
Beck is a brutal book showing awful things happening to a boy who doesn't deserve them. It centres around Ignatius Beck a young black orphan who is se . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ryan
The Smell of Other People's Houses is a fantastic book with merging plots. It is set in 1970's Alaska and it centres around four characters Ruth, Dora . . .
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Beck by Mr Conan
Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff have both won the Carnegie Medal. They have also both written much better books than this one. I worry that the judges might d . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mr Conan
It is 7 months since I read this book. I remember, obviously, the emotional power of it and the author's courage in using a book written for children . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mr Conan
To begin with, I thought I might become rather irritated by the device whereby Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred were introduced to us as being hunted . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mr Conan
Having heard others describe the plot of this book, I felt less than enthusiastic about reading it. Within two chapters though, I knew I had been wron . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Shanti
I thought this book was AMAZING! I loved how the author gets into the head of Alice and writes from her perspective in the way she thinks. Also I real . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Shanti
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested the whole way through. I loved learning what life is like in a refugee camp and from now on I will d . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Shanti
I liked this book mainly because of the 'out of this world' theme. This is also a heart warming story- I smiled when Prez's grandad recognised him. I . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Kirsty
I found this book very hard to get into due to the fact that there were four different perspectives, and you have to work out who is who and where the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Toby
'Salt to the Sea' is an amazingly written book, with such a strong storyline that I couldn't put it down! Set in Nazi occupied Europe towards the e . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Freya
I was concerned that this book might be for younger readers and I was right. It was nice to finally read more of a sci-fi, fantasy novel (a rather wei . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Toby
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses is a thought provoking read about love and hope, despite the gloom of the situation. The book is set in four char . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Freya
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses is set in 1970s Alaska and is narrated by four different characters. I liked that Hitchcock took inspiration from he . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Katie
I found The Stars at Oktober Bend quite hard to get into as I felt that nothing significant or full of suspense was happening. I didn't find this book . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Katie
I loved The Bone Sparrow. After a few chapters it really got me trapped and brought me into the life of the characters. It is a very well written b . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by James B.
Simply hilarious... In this world-turning imaginary book the world is about to be shrunk to the size of a golf ball... Unless Prez Mellows can show . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by James B.
A shockingly interesting book! In this multi-plot book there are 4 main characters: Ruth, Alyce,Hank and Dora.They are all separate Alaskans whose . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Freya
This poignant book is all about the second world war and the effects it had on different people. The interchanging chapters are narrated by four diffe . . .
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Beck by Toby
Beck, a book of suspense, disgusting details and a general depressing tone through out (until the end). A book that will disturb the weak-hearted, . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Zoe A.
The Stars of Oktober Bend is a beautiful book about overcoming differences and gaining courage in facing the world. It tells the story of Alice, a fi . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Freya
This book intrigued me. I felt excited, firstly because of the German spelling of the word October. And secondly, the prospect of reading a book which . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Emily
This story was based around a boy (Prez) and an alien (Sputnik) saving the world from being shrunk. I found this book quite funny as Sputnik did some . . .
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Wolf Hollow by James B.
A spectacular marvel of a book! Almost a film! This action-description packed novel is about a girl called Annabelle living in America in a place c . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms Goodbrand
When I first opened the book and saw it was narrated by different characters, my heart sank a bit; I realized that I had to really concentrate to reme . . .
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Railhead by Ms Goodbrand
Like 'Mortal Engines', Reeves sets his novel in the future but this is a world where trains are living and jump through K gates that take them to diff . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Toby
Wolf Hollow is a story with a strong moral about telling the truth and honesty. Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow (a quiet place in the American . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Toby
The bone sparrow is a heart-breaking tale about hope and change. Subhi is a refugee, who was born in an immigration detention centre. All he has ever . . .
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Salt to the Sea by James B.
Not just jaw but also book-dropping with sadness, happiness and hope. This book is about a group of refugees who are fleeing from heavily under-att . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by James B.
An extremely powerful example truly illustrating the real world. This is a book about a refugee called Subhi. He has known nothing but this camp as . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ms Goodbrand
'Sputnik's guide to Life on Earth' has everything: humour, tears and the reader goes on a real voyage of discovery during this novel - we find out lot . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Kirsty
I'm not really sure what to think of this book. The first thing I noticed, and the thing that bugged me throughout the book, was the lack of capital l . . .
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Beck by Shanti
Beck knows nothing of his parents and is shipped, along with other orphans, to Canada where he is expecting a fresh start. But when he arives a windin . . .
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Railhead by Toby
Railhead is a fast paced thriller that never fails to excite you. When Zen Starling, a petty thief who steals to support his family, is captured by . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Zoe W.
This was the first book I read as part of the Carnegie shadowing this year and definitely one of the most powerful books I know in teenage fiction. I . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Toby
Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth is a heartwarming tale that shows the importance of family. Its main character, Prez, is a sensible young boy who d . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Kirsty
The Bone Sparrow is touching and unforgettable. It is way too easy to forget that even though we live lives of privilege, not everyone does. Not every . . .
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Railhead by Kirsty
The first thing that hooked me with this book is just quite how different it is to the usual futuristic, technologically advanced worlds that many boo . . .
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Which of the 8 books are you most looking forward to reading?

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
The Bone Sparrow
The Smell of Other People's Houses
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Beck
Railhead
Salt to the Sea
Wolf Hollow
 
Title: His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights
Author: Philip Pullman
Winning Year: 1995

The greatest of the great.
 

 
 

Ruta Sepetys
Ruth first came to wide attention for having a novel make the Carnegie shortlist in the same year as a notorious book was published with several of the same words also in its title. Her ability to take historical events and add her own richly imagined ch