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Saint Death by Adam
Wow. What a book! The brilliant present-tense narration carries you directly into Arturo's dark and dangerous world with true authenticity. This narra . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Adam
A terrific adventure story; I enjoyed it just as much a 'Wolf Hollow'. Great characters in a compelling and brilliantly described environment. As with . . .
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The Hate U Give by Lilymay Dawson
'The Hate U Give' is a brilliant roller-coaster of a book. It expresses the hardships of being discriminated against because of your complexion. Starr . . .
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After the Fire by Lilymay Dawson
'After the Fire' is a very gripping book. It explains the life of Moonbeam who was brought up in the Lord's Legion, with formiddable father John as he . . .
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Where the World Ends by Adam
Although this seems like an extremely bleak and brutal book from the blurb, that is only half the story; it is also full of imagination, and true spir . . .
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The Hate U Give by Adam
Overall, this is an excellent book, but it is a little uneven. The street/gang scenes are excellently drawn, and the action scenes are really well wri . . .
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Rook by Eve
This book is an easy read and totally charming. It highlights brotherly love, father/ son relationship and how families can pull together and come out . . .
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Rook by Lilymay Dawson
It is a mixed book. It includes illnesses and mental health that not very many writers mention. This is a gold thing as it spreads awareness of the sc . . .
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Release by Lilymay Dawson
It was a good book. The story-line was really good but it had a lot of swearing. I am quite surprised how it was a 13+. It had a lot of sexual interco . . .
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Release by Adam
After his brilliant 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here', I was really looking forward to Ness' latest work, but I do have serious doubts about it. I reall . . .
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After the Fire by Adam
Totally compelling. Not one for younger readers, mature Y9 and above, but full of humanity and insight into the human condition, and what extremes it . . .
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Rook by Adam
Don't be put off by the dark sounding title- there is no modern gothic here, but a really engaging piece of life writing- something which many readers . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Adam
Despite its rave reviews on the cover, I really didn't get this book; to be honest, I'm not sure whether the book knew what it wanted to be. The guida . . .
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Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
Langton Girls
Barton Court Grammar
Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Winning Year: 2016

I picked 'One', but I really wanted to highlight Crossan's shortlist entry from the previous year which should have won: 'Apple and Rain'. It is a truly enthralling and uplifting tale which sweeps you through the trials and joys of the characters' lives-