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At the wonderful Barnet Carnegie Event

So here we are again, the St James Book Bugs! We have been shadowing the books shortlisted for the Carnegie award for about 12 years. We meet to read and discuss books every Wednesday at break and lunch time. We also take part in an annual event to meet up with other shadowing groups to discuss books and do activities together.


The Bone Sparrow by Aisling
United, not divided That's what my sister says. But her actions don't match. Starting riots, mouths sewn up. Is that the way to be recognised? . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Janeeta
The Bone Sparrow Backstory This is a truly beautiful story based on real life,hope and love.Zana Frallion wrote this book because she wanted the w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Savannah
This is a book about a boy who wants to save the world and he bumps into a boy called Prez. To be honest I didn't thoroughly enjoy the book I felt lik . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Savannah
When I read the book I was confused at first but after going through the book slowly I got into the story and I could understand what was going on. Th . . .
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Beck by Anne
A topical gripping read but sadly one only suitable for older readers. . . .
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Railhead by Anne
I just could not get to grips with this book at all-you would have to be a fan of dystopian novels to get into this -sadly not for me . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anne
Another show stopper of a book-Ruth Sepetys never fails to produce a gripping page turner-my favourite book of the year! . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Janeeta
This was an amazing book based on courage,friendship and hope.The book is about a group of five and they are trying to escape from the war to somewher . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mary
The Bone Sparrow and Salt to The Sea are wonderful examples of quality historical fiction and I learnt much from them both. The pitiful lives of the R . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Aoife
I was not particularly into this book at all the first time I started to read it, but then I decided to restart the book, and I'm so glad that I did! . . .
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Railhead by Aoife
I thought this book was brilliant, however I think that opinions on this book will vary . If you love finding out new things, being on the edge of yo . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mary
I was drawn to this book by the really catchy title but I must say it took a little time to warm to the characters; time that turned out to be well sp . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aoife
This is an amazing, inspirational book. I love the idea for this book and have never read anything like it before. I adore the concept and how this is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Erica year 7
I actually think this book is art. The story line is amazing. It really is inspirational it makes you look back on your life makes you grateful for th . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily Yr 7
An absolutely amazing book! It is really inspirational and makes you really understand the terrible things that are happening. The Bone Sparrow has a . . .
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Railhead by Aisling
Unfortunately found this book highly uninteresting. I believe there was no real introduction to the story which made it confusing and not easy to unde . . .
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Mill Hill Library Children Reading Group
Mill Hill County Readers
Stanmore, Middlesex
St Josephs Junior School
Title: Bog Child
Author: Siobhan Dowd
Winning Year: 2009

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds something that makes his heart stop. Curled up deep in the bog is the body of the child. And it looks as if she?s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the troubled world around


Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Grey. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical musi . .