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Now in our eleventh year. We sampled the long-list and are now engaged in sharing and discussing the short list.


Railhead by William
Railhead is a great book written by Phillip Reeve. The story is set in a dystopian future, when humanity has left Earth and settled on other planets. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maddi
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was a bit of a chore to read. However, it covers well, for younger readers, difficult aspects I prefer to read about . . .
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Salt to the Sea by lycanthrope
This is beautifully written, even though it is not my kind of book. Ruta Sepetys's account of this tragedy is truly magnificent and very moving. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by William
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a very difficult book to read. The poetry is a barrier, blocking understanding of the book and the storyline. After being . . .
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Beck by Alisha :)
Beck was incredible. The storyline - compared to other books I had read from the Carnegie - was different. The book tackles strong themes of violence . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alisha :)
I felt that while the storyline was engaging, the poetry made the book seem endless and made the storyline feel a lot more distant. Manny and Alice we . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by lycanthrope
This novel is a little bit childish but fun, perhaps for younger readers. It was written well, but I do think that it would be better for under 14's. . . .
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Railhead by Ms Mellor
Outstanding. Fulfills all Carnegie criteria. Memorable characters, inventive plot, brimming with fresh ideas and new creations. Winner. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Holly
It wasn't that exciting, the cover was better than the book. I didn't draw me in to keep reading. . . .
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Beck by Ms Mellor
A real challenger for this year's award. Mal Peet's writing has many strengths: humour, humanity, and truthfulness. In Beck, as in all his work, he do . . .
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Railhead by Lykeanthrope
Railhead is set in a futuristic world, where there is a dramatic difference between the wealthy and the poor. It is beautifully written, and very enga . . .
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Beck by NML
I really enjoyed the way this was written and the development of Beck's character throughout the book. Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff compliment each other's . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms Mellor
Engaging and well written. Good characterisation, evocation of landscape,and social divisions and prejudices. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms Mellor
Contender. Excellent writing, exploration of universal themes, character motivation, historical setting. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ms Mellor
Four deftly woven plots. Characters sufficiently engaging to propel the reader from strand to strand. This will be a satisfying read for YAs. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ms Mellor
Accessible exploration of a serious and important topic. Well drawn characters, realistic plotline. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms Mellor
Tension, pace, character development all admirable. Time and place evoked clearly and convincingly. Whilst the The Times review is too effusive, there . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ms Mellor
Storyline muddled, main character not sufficiently defined, ideas not very well developed. Disappointing, given Millions, and Cosmic. . . .
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Manshead Upper School Book Group
Caddington, Bedfordshire
The Challney Readers!
Queensbury Academy Carnegie Group
How many of the short-listed books have you read?

10% (4 votes)

12% (5 votes)

24% (10 votes)

12% (5 votes)

12% (5 votes)

31% (13 votes)

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


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 . .