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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: Thursday 16th...shortlist is announced. How many have you read?

There's always time to look in a book...

A chance to meet and talk books - as well as other things. Anyone willing to read and share their views is welcome...

Mrs K. Barber

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs B
This is a book to stick with and get used to...and I wonder whether many teen readers will bother. From the outset, and for a good part of the story, . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs B
The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is possibly one of the biggest maritime disasters in history, and yet many of us will have never heard of it becau . . .
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Beck by Mrs B
Going into this I really wasn't sure what to expect. Early reviews seem to be focusing on the inappropriateness of this novel for teen readers, and th . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs B
A rather typical Cottrell Boyce story, full of good-humour and also packing an emotional punch that seems rather at odds with its cover. In this st . . .
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Railhead by Mrs B
This is a book that I can't help but feel doesn't do itself justice. The cover and blurb very strongly hint at its sci-fi/cyberpunk style, and I don't . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs B
This debut novel focuses on the stories of four teenagers living in Alaska in the 1970’s. Apparently, it began life as a series of short stories and . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs B
A book that will speak to adults and children alike, this is a timely reminder of our common humanity and the need to show compassion for others where . . .
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Which of the short-listed titles is most appealing to you?

Beck - Mal Peet
Railhead - Philip Reeve
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys
Sputnisk's Guide to Life on Earth - Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon
The Smell of Other People's Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The Stars at Oktober Bend - Glenda Millard
Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
Title: Buffalo Soldier
Author: Tanya Landman
Winning Year: 2015

Charley, a young African-American slave from the Deep South, is freed at the end of the American Civil War. However her freedom is met with tragedy after her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob, and Charley finds herself alone wi


Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff

Mal Peet
Mal Peet's first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestle Children's Book Prize; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the winner of the Guardian Children .



Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group