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Sidcot School
N Somerset, UK
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Carnegie shadowers 2015

2015 is the twelfth year that students from Sidcot School have shadowed the Carnegie award. This year all Year 9 English groups will be reading and reviewing the books on the shortlist.There promises to be a great buzz about books and reading over the coming weeks.

The Fastest Boy In The World by Millie
Everything about this book works, from its gloriously hot-coloured cover, to Peter Bailey's delightful line drawings to the beautifully crafted story . . .
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More Than This by Harry
I really rate this book because the story kept me gripped even though its a long book. The start lacked action and was difficult to read but the end w . . .
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Tinder by Nina
‘Tinder’, by Sally Gardner, is a stunning fantasy/historical novel. Based on the fairy-tale of the Tinder-box, by Hans Christian Anderson, this gorgeo . . .
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Tinder by Archie
I think Tinder is a very good book. It draws with More Than This as my number one. I really like the story where a man wakes up in the forest and stra . . .
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When Mr. Dog Bites by seb
This book is about an 11 year old boy called Soloman he is Ethiopian. He goes and visits the Capital. Soloman loves to run and dreams of being the fas . . .
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The Middle of Nowhere by Sofija
This is the best book that I have read for some time. It says in the introduction that she wrote the book after visiting Australia but anyone who read . . .
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When Mr. Dog Bites by Adam
When Mr dog bites is a book about a 16 year old boy called Dylan mint, who has Tourette's. he attends a school for people with problems and disorders . . .
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Rules of Summer by Eddy and Oliver
Rules of summer is a book with complex and detailed illustrations. It is slightly impressionist and is muted, apart from one of the last pictures, whi . . .
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Ana and Lolly
WE LOVED THIS BOOK, WE REALLY LIKED THE STYLE AND THE DRAWINGS WERE VERY DETAILED. THE STYLE OF THE PICTURES IS CARTOON. IN OUR OPINION WE THINK THAT . . .
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Storm and Gabriel
A realistic fantasy with lots of detail and compassion. We feel it’s very effective and complimentary to the story. His pictures are so detailed th . . .
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Shackleton's Journey by bertie and tom
The style of this book is quite realistic and factual and it includes lots of diagrams to give the reader a feel of what was there. The colours are a . . .
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Dark Satanic Mills by Tobi and Alex
They are realistic drawings but slightly cartoony in the good way they have lots of detail and includes lots of different styles within The illus . . .
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Jim's Lion by Daisy and Maisie
The style of the Jims Lion is very dark and is quite dull. It fits into the storyline well and the lion drawing was very good. Its almost comic like i . . .
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The Fastest Boy In The World by Emma
The fastest boy in the world is a quick read, but it has an interesting storyline. Solomon and his Grandfather travel to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Aba . . .
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The Fastest Boy In The World by Emma
The fastest boy in the world is a quick read, but it has an interesting storyline. Solomon and his Grandfather travel to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Aba . . .
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Apple and Rain by Savina
I enjoyed this book because the drama between Apple's family built up tension which enticed me in. It made me want to read on to know what was going t . . .
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The Middle of Nowhere by Marcus
I think this book is not good. The internet said that it was very interesting, but I don’t think so. When I started the book, I didn’t know what was h . . .
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Apple and Rain by Issy
Apple and Rain is a very interesting book, and the start is very enticing. The story about a teenage girl called Apple. Apple lives with her Nana sinc . . .
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Tinder by joe
Tinder is a very intense but very exciting. It is about a man who gets sent on a magical journey by a half man half beast and finds love along the way . . .
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Buffalo Soldier by Alex
Buffalo soldier tells the story of a young slave girl who is freed by the Republican army during the civil war. With nowhere to go and everyone that s . . .
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The Middle of Nowhere by Thomas
The Middle of Nowhere is a very interesting book but the first few chapters didn’t make much sense to me. This may be a personal opinion but I will al . . .
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The Middle of Nowhere by Edward
The middle of nowhere overall is a good book but not one of my favourites. At the start I find it very confusing and had to re-read it. Also it takes . . .
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When Mr. Dog Bites by Hema
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny with an interesting story line about Dylan Mint and his tourette's. It covers the serious issue of Dylan su . . .
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Apple and Rain by Robyn
The book is about a girl called Apple whose mum left her at a young age to go to New York to seek fame. Her dad left them and started a new family, so . . .
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The Fastest Boy In The World by oscar
I was disappointed with this book after I had read it. After the first couple of chapters I was pleased with the book and I liked the way the writer . . .
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Tinder by jack
Tinder is a very intense and exciting book about a man who gets sent on a quest and on the way he meets a girl who he falls in love with. He then los . . .
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Cuckoo Song by Immy
Cuckoo Song is a creepy but complex book about a young girl who wakes up in her bed, surrounded by adults she cannot name, unable to recall what her n . . .
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Cuckoo Song by Lucy
Cuckoo song is a mysterious and exiting book full of plot twists. It is all about the adventures of Triss, a young girl who woke up feeling ill. She s . . .
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Tinder by James
After reading Sally Gardener's book Tinder, I came to the conclusion that I was a good and easy read. It was action packed with battle scenes and mome . . .
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Apple and Rain by Ani
I think Apple and rain is a very touching book because it shows that even a child who has been rejected can still find happiness. But also it tells us . . .
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Tinder by Emma
The plot for Tinder is magical, it is a dark twist on the story 'The Tinderbox'. Otto Hundebiss was in the army since his family was slaughtered at th . . .
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Tinder by Clara
Tinder is a clever, twisted fairytale, based on the Tinder Box telling the tale of Otto Hundebiss, a young man whose fortunes have turned for the wor . . .
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Buffalo Soldier by Emma
The plot of Buffalo Soldier is very unique, it is about a girl who joins the USA army, who then falls in love with an army scout. The main character i . . .
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The Fastest Boy In The World by Peter
The fastest boy in the world is a book written by Elizabeth Laird, and it's about 11 year old Solomon, who lives in Ethiopia who loves running and has . . .
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Tinder by Yan
This book is an exquisitely written new novel inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale,The Tinder Box.A young soldier,a captive prin . . .
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Tinder by Sofija
This is a novel about a soldier, who wanted to survive after war. In my opinion it is a fantasy book. It had a lot of unreal things in there. This . . .
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Apple and Rain by Nina
I enjoyed the book “Apple and Rain”, by Sarah Crossan, as it was a light, engaging read, set in a seafront town, and narrated from the point of view o . . .
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Apple and Rain by lucy
Apple's mother arrives back home after she left eleven year ago, Apple feels whole again, she had finally found someone who understands what it's like . . .
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Apple and Rain by Cara
This book has been made to take you into another world. This book hooks you in and makes you feel the emotions as if you there, experiencing what they . . .
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More Than This by Archie
"More Than This" is a distopian future. A teenage boy wakes up with no memory apart from his death, which is drowning.The main characters are the teen . . .
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The Fastest Boy In The World by lizzy
"the fastest boy in the world" is a book which has won several awards. it was written by Elizabeth Laired.It has two main characters:- Solomon and his . . .
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When Mr. Dog Bites by Seb
When Mr Dog Bites is a book about a teenage boy called Dylan who has a problem called Tourette syndrome. He goes to a school for only certain people w . . .
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The Middle of Nowhere by Tulsi
When Comity’s mother, Mary Pinny, dies after she is bitten by a tiger snake, Comity is left with her father who is the operator of the remote telegrap . . .
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Buffalo Soldier by Adam
This book is called 'Buffalo Soldier'.It is written by Tanya Landman.'Buffalo Soldier' is a book about a girl in America when the civil war is going o . . .
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When Mr. Dog Bites by frida
Dylan Mint has tourette's syndrome. He is consistently trying to stop the swearing, ticks and worst of all, the growling. When Dylan and his mother t . . .
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Buffalo Soldier by jacob
Buffalo soldier is about a young girl living during the American civil war. It tells the tale of how a young African American girl who is to fend for . . .
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When Mr. Dog Bites by Harry
There was an exciting first chapter setting the scene very well. I like the theme of the book, a boy with Touretts who is going to die and he doesn't . . .
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Cuckoo Song by Nina
“Cuckoo Song”, by Frances Hardinge, is a captivating and utterly enjoyable read. The story takes place in the aftermath of World War One, and it plays . . .
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Tinder by Ryan
The book Tinder has a very interesting mix between a world at war to a realm of dark magic and mystery. Otto Hundebiss, a soldier since the age of fou . . .
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Apple and Rain by Emma
'Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan' The plot for Apple and Rain was interesting. It it is about a girl, Apple, whose mother leaves when she is little a . . .
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The Middle of Nowhere by Clara
"Middle of Nowhere" wasn't for me. I found it lazily written, and generally a little uninteresting. It follows the story of Comity, a young girl livin . . .
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Which is the best cover?

When Mr Dog Bites
Apple and Rain
Tinder
Cuckoo Song
The Fastest Boy in the World
Buffalo Soldier
Middle of Nowhere
More Than This
 
Title: This Is Not My Hat
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Winning Year: 2014

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper, which happens to fit him perfectly, trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what
 

 
 

Tanya Landman
It was great fun when Tanya Landman came to work with students at Sidcot. Her voice rings out of Buffalo Soldier.

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