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Fakenham Academy Norfolk
Group status: Great set of books. We have had mixed reactions from our shadowers who have read Beck but we feel it is a very strong contender and one or two other titles are standing out, although not all the books have been read yet so we are reserving judgement.

Mrs West

Railhead by Alanah
This book is amazing. I became immediately attached to the characters, and the whole concept of the book's universe is intriguing. I don't want to spo . . .
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Railhead by Sally
I am not a fan of Sc-Fi generally and found the book hard to get into at the start. However I continued to read on and eventually picked up the thr . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sally
Yet another super read with a storyline to rip at your heartstrings. As with so many of the other titles this year it is based on real life and topic . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sally
It was nice to read this after the intense reads from some of the other Authors. A lighthearted, funny book, very well written . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sally
What a wonderful storyline, very well written. It was easy to connect with all the characters. As the story unfolds it becomes clear why the book . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sally
Yet another amazing read. Bit slow at the start, but as the story unfolds and the fact it is built on a real life wartime tradgedy makes it a book . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sally
Yet another gripping read. I like the way the book gave chapters to each character, letting them tell thier part of the story. Such a hard choice . . .
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Beck by Sally
This book kept me captivated, however, I feel that some of the content may be more suited to older readers. The book tells a difficult story and in . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sally
A gripping story line, I was hooked from the very first chapter. I shall be reading more from this author. A strong contender. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alanah
This is a heart-wrenching book, unlike any I have read before. Alice is an amazing character. She is by far my favourite. She is inspiring and very po . . .
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Neatherd High
Dereham, Norfolk
Litcham School
King's Lynn,
Reepham Primary School
What do you think of this year's short list

All good reads
Mostly good reads
Only some are worth reading
One title stands out from the rest
I did not enjoy any of the books
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


Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and three sons. She worked as a primary school teacher before having children, and has had picture books and middle grade fiction published in Australia.

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