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Queensbury Academy
Group status: Back again

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Now in our twelfth year. As numbers are so high, we have split into the Monday and Friday Groups, so it is interesting to compare views between the two. We have all sampled the long-list and are now engaged in sharing and discussing the short list.


The Hate U Give by Halle
This book is very moving, and is a relevant topic. As the author had based the book on her own experiences, it felt very real and not just a story. I . . .
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Saint Death by Keira
Couldnt finish it because it just didnt flow. I think there were better books that should have made the short list. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Ms Mellor
Exactly what a literary coming-of-age story should be. Beautiful evocation of place, with characters displaying depth and convincing motivation. Exqui . . .
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Saint Death by Ms Mellor
Convincingly evokes the poverty and misery of life in the gang oppressed slums on the Mexican border with the USA. Heat, dirt, menace, and desperation . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ms Mellor
I began this with some trepidation as the group members who had tackled it had written it off as "this year's Sputnik", and I didn't especially enjoy . . .
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After the Fire by Keira
I LOVED this book and the way in which it was told, moving from before to after. It helped that I already knew something about the Waco Siege. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Keira
Amazing book about racism and unequal rights. It starts off as a bit of a clich but as the story develops you are placed firmly in Starr's shoes. At . . .
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Where the World Ends by Halle
This book was different from what I expected. The author did an amazing job of describing the setting. I could picture it very clearly and I think tha . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Halle
The book was very good, it was an easy read and I read it in one day. I liked learning more about Crow as her character grew, and her relationship wit . . .
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After the Fire by Ms Mellor
A remarkable book. The "before and after" structure allows both the reader and the admirable Moonbeam time to reflect on and digest the appalling acts . . .
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Release by Ms Mellor
Polished and elegant writing as always but without the innovation and emotional impact of some of his previous work. The characters feel a little anae . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Holly
I only read half. It was so bad I had to give up. The cover is more exciting and vibrant than the actual book. It is more appropriate for 8 year olds. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Ms Mellor
Already a favourite with the group. A welcome and entirely convincing insight into the human cost of contemporary poverty and racial prejudice. We are . . .
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Rook by Ms Mellor
Charming, concise and effective storytelling. Characters well-drawn, with the convincing, and changing, relationship of the two brothers to the forefr . . .
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Denbigh Bookworms
Harlington Upper School
Lealands High School
How many of the short-listed books have you read?

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something ju


Will Hill

Will Hill worked as a bartender, bookseller and in publishing before quitting to write full-time. His first novel, Department 19 – the first in a series of five – was published in 2011 to widespread acclaim. He lives in Londo . . .