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St Mary's School

Group status: we're excited to be shadowing the award this year and as our girls continue to read through the shortlist more reviews will be posted. Back soon!

Philip Morant Book Group
Colchester County High school for Girls
The Stanway School
Colchester Royal Grammar School
Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Winning Year: 1996

Junk is the most controversial Carnegie winner yet. It unflinchingly tells the story of Tar and Gemma, who run away from home, move to Bristol and meet up with some squatters. It is superbly written, with a subtle character development achieved through a