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The Warwick School
Redhill, Surrey
Group status: We're busy reading!
This will be The Warwick's seventeenth year participating in the Shadowing Scheme. This year, we shall have one Year 8 and one Year 7 class and the Library Book Group shadowing. Past activities have included reading and discussing the books; a secret ballot and. attending meet-the-author sessions (along with other Surrey students). We have only once come to the same decision as the official judges!

After the Fire by Caitlin
This is definitely my favourite book so far! The characters are solid and their personalities don't waver and change through out the book. It tackles . . .
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Where the World Ends by Holly
I thought this was a good book. From the descriptions, I could picture the stacs in detail but also the birds, which was a bit disgusting. The ending . . .
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After the Fire by Erin
After the fire has been an amazing journey of sadness and joy. I love how the book was based on true events. It made me cry at the end of both joy and . . .
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Saint Death by Ben
I thought that Saint Death would be a compelling read about two vulnerable boys fighting for freedom, no in reality its a slow, boring and downright c . . .
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After the Fire by Ryan
I LOVED After the Fire. It was an interesting read with gripping moments (especially towards the end). At first the 'before' and 'after' chapters we . . .
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Release by Joe
Really Good book but it has a disappointing ending. The book follows a day in the life of a teen-age boy called Adam. there are two kinds of chapters . . .
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Saint Death by Aboubacre
I enjoyed reading Saint Death as it used lots of short sentences to contain the suspense and tension when there were life or death moments but I also . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ezekiel
I enjoyed the story as it has a good plot and good characters but I dislike that the story is quite childish as if it was more for my age, I might hav . . .
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Release by Freya
I think that this book outlined the difficulties of being gay with non accepting, religious, homophobic parents. It was a very well thought out book b . . .
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Release by Caitlin
I loved this book! I liked how realistic and believable each character seemed, it was as if you could meet them in real life. My favourite character w . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Caitlin
I didn't like this book at all really. It was far too childish for my taste and I didn't like the changes of font and text that would happen so often . . .
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The Hate U Give by Caitlin
This was a brilliant book that highlights the downright fear of African Americans today in the media. It is all from Starr's perspective, which height . . .
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The Hate U Give by will
There was no real plot to this story and any pieces that were meant to be important seemed bland and just blended into the rest of the book . . .
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Saint Death by Will
I did not enjoy Saint Death as the plot moved slowly and there was no particular story. . . .
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Rook by Chloe
Rook is a good book. It is a short book and is about two boys, Kenny and Nicky, who rescue a rook. However, in this book, it is mainly about Nicky who . . .
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After the Fire by Chloe
I thought After the Fire was a very good and interesting book. It is about a 17 year old girl called Moonbeam, who learns to trust outsiders after eve . . .
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Where the World Ends by Erin
Where the world ends is a very good book and I loved the ending. However some of the bits disturbed me a little. I loved how I could picture the stac . . .
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The Hate U Give by Paige
This book hooks the reader into the story line. It's based upon the view of a black girl (Starr). Starr witnessed the shooting of her unarmed best fri . . .
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Rook by Aboubacre
I really enjoyed reading Rook as the author allowed you sympathise with the main character and it gave you an opportunity to feel like the character. . . .
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Saint Death by Ben
I thought the book took too long to get into anything tense or important to the story other than that it was a very well written book, I liked the sty . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Ezekiel Ndhlovu
I think this book has a good idea for the plot but an unoriginal one as I have read many books with the same plot. Also I find the build-up very slow . . .
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Rook by Aboubacre Niang
Rook is very good as it allows you to sympathise with the main character and it is the most relatable as it could be to the real life situations that . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Chloe
I really enjoyed Wed Wabbit. It was a very intriguing book. It is about a girl named Fidge, who is trapped inside a mixed up world. In the world with . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Caitlin
In my opinion, Beyond the Bright Sea was a book that had great potential but it wasn't pulled off as well as it deserved. I found that you are told ba . . .
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After the Fire by Freya
The blurb of this book is extremely entising but the book,in my opinion,is a complete and utter letdown. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Ezekiel Ndhlovu
The book is quite predictable and the plot is a bit unoriginal. The build-up is quite slow and in my opinion I found the book very boring and I strugg . . .
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Rook by Freya
This is an all round great book and I would recommend it to all people who are taking part in this event. It has got some fantastic characters and a v . . .
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Rook by will
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was well paced and well written. I recommend this to anyone who likes reading . . .
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Wed Wabbit by will
I did not enjoy reading this book because the story moved slowly and the story arc was dull . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Chloe
Wed Wabbit is an intriguing book and it makes you want to read on. Fidge is trapped inside of a mixed up world, with a dictator who cannot pronounce h . . .
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After the Fire by Holly
After the Fire is a great book and I really enjoyed it. There were many surprises throughout the book that I did not expect and I found it very intere . . .
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Where the World Ends by Archie
After a child gets a vision from God, that the end of the world has happened,surely no one will come to get them off the island? An extremely good . . .
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Rook by Caitlin
Rook is an uplifting story where all actions have consequences and that makes the characters some of the best I've seen! Once you learn why some peopl . . .
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Release by Will
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The story was told well although it could have survived without the ghost story arc. The sex scenes were graphic and u . . .
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Saint Death by Caitlin
As soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb of Saint Death I was hooked. The story was very compelling and the ending was very satisfying for me. Ar . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Archie
When you read the book everything makes more sense as you get further into the book. However, near the end it gets a bit confusing,when you get stuck . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Chloe
Beyond the Bright Sea is an amazing book. It is interesting and I couldn't put the book down. It is a mystery and about a girl named Crow who has wash . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Aboubacre
I find this book very interesting as it has a decent range of vocabulary and it gets to the action quite quickly and it keeps you wanting to read it. . . .
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Rook by Ezekiel N
This book lacks lengthy description which I like as it cuts to the chase. With interesting views from the character, it has a decent range of vocabul . . .
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Merstham Chatterbooks
Merstham,
St Bedes School
Redhill, Surrey
Warwick School Carnegie Group
Redhill, Surrey
 
 
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

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Anthony McGowan

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