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Keep Calm and Carry on Reading 2017
Burntwood , Staffordshire
Group status: We are reading our way through the shortlist!



We are a group of passionate readers from various year groups at Erasmus Darwin Academy. We also have teachers from the English department taking part. We are looking forward to meeting and discussing the shortlist and also inspiring others to read them!

Miss Pedley

The Bone Sparrow by Evie
I found this book very different to books that I would usually choose as it was very modern and focussed on global issues. This book really made me re . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Evie
I only have three words for this book. Shocking. Heart-warming. Tragic. For me, these are the perfect characteristics for a book.I found this book ver . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Evie
This book is amazing for anybody who likes a good mystery. Annabelle lives on a quiet farm and all is well until Betty turns up. Betty flips Annabelle . . .
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Railhead by George
Railhead was a good book but i didn't find it amazing, definitely one i would never pick up in a book shop. For me i prefer a sci-fi movie to a book a . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Hope
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a very confusing book for me to get into and I found it difficult to read even though I can get into books quite easily. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jacob
‘Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth’ is a great book based around a boy called Prez, a boy who comes from a Temporary Accommodation. One day he me . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hope
In 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' it is based on 4 very different people. The chapters are set out as each person, Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jacob
At the start of the book, there were no capital letters and the short phrases confused me and it was not easy to understand. But I found that once I g . . .
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Salt to the Sea by georgia
A really emotional read that makes you understand more of what it was like for the people in WW2. It showed you the story of how different people, lea . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Hope
I honestly can't believe how amazing 'Salt to the Sea' was. It gives you real life experiences through fiction and I really like that. I thought tha . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sinead
This book can be seen as many things but not typical. For a start there isn't much description only the odd parts you need to know, and further more t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Georgia
This book really makes people think about people with disabilities and lets you have an insight into what it is like for them and other people's react . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jacob
Wolf Hollow is an outstanding book based around the life of a girl called Annabelle in the time after Word War One. When new girl Betty arrives she i . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jacob
Salt to the Sea is a book everyone should read, it has been my favourite book so far. I enjoyed it much more than The Bone Sparrow. It is a great book . . .
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Railhead by Evie
This book was about Zen, a thief who has loved trains all of his life. When he is asked to steal one of the most precious artefacts of the galaxy by o . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Evie
This book is about Alice who is reaching out to express herself through her words and poems, and Manny, who is running away from his past. 'The Sta . . .
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Salt to the Sea by George
I really don't know where to start with 'Salt to the Sea', it is just an amazing book giving you true grit and real life stories that can stay with yo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jacob
At the beginning of the book, I found The Bone Sparrow hard to understand and I was not finding it interesting. However, after a while it became more . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by George
The Bone Sparrow is a very confusing book and i find it is very hard to understand the story. I found while reading that i often felt bored as the mai . . .
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Brownhills Bright Sparks
Walsall,
St James Primary
Walsall,
Book Chasers
Staffordshire,
Ridgeway Readers
Walsall,
Which book from the 2017 shortlist do you think would make the best film?

Railhead
67% (2 votes)

Salt to the Sea
33% (1 vote)

 
Title: Millions
Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Winning Year: 2004

Comedy is blended with real life drama in perfect balance, in this unique story of brothers Damian and Anthony who suddenly have to spend "millions" in seven days before the euro takes over from the pound. A gripping read with an exuberant plot that you