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Hockerill Anglo-European College
Hertfordshire,
Group status: The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists have caused a real buzz in the College. Everyone is sharing their views on the books and we have a great display outside the Library with our Carnegie reviews as they come in. There is no clear winner yet!



We have already started reading this year's Carnegie Shortlist and were interested to see that one of the titles was also nominated for the Essex Book Awards which we shadowed earlier in the year. Our Books and Biscuits reading group is shadowing the Kate Greenaway shortlist. We will all come together in June for afternoon tea in the Library to discuss and vote on the shortlists, and reveal the medal winners to our shadowing groups.

Our Librarian, Mrs Ballard along with help from all!

Railhead by Suzanna Y7
Railhead is an amazing book, set in the future. It is a really gripping read but at the beginning the story is quite confusing. It is about a boy name . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Wilson - Parent
An enjoyable and unusual read. The lives of four teenagers intertwine in unpredictable ways in 1970s Alaska. . . .
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Beck by Mrs Wilson - Parent
Compelling in parts, but not entirely successful. I don't think the two parts work as a whole, although the style is sustained. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Pauline Francis - author
I am blown away by this book. The voice is amazing. It has stayed with me. This will win. (I hope!) . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Pauline Francis - author
I liked the tension of this novel; but I found the characters rather sketchy and clich├ęd. Still a very poignant and well-written book. Might win. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Pauline Francis - author
A poignant story with a very strong sense of place. A young protagonist supports the innocent 'underdog' and has to confront the reality of the brutal . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs Bruce - staff
A book that tears at the heart, as Alice and Manny try to overcome catastrophic events from their past. Alice is so traumatised, both mentally and phy . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Bruce - staff
A story told from two perspectives - one inside and one outside an Australian refugee camp. Subhi, a young boy who was born in the camp develops an un . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Bruce - staff
A story of teenagers growing up in the tough state of Alaska in the 1970s. They tell of their struggles and dreams against a background of hardship an . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Bruce - staff
A powerful story, told from the perspective of eleven year-old, Annabelle. She recounts her battle to stand up to the vindictive Betty, and the chain . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs Ballard - staff
A powerful story told with passion and humour. Unusual and unforgettable! . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Ballard - staff
Beautifully crafted and haunting story set in a refugee camp in Australia. Recommended! . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs Bruce - staff
A touching story about a little known maritime disaster. Movingly told from the perspective of four young characters whose lives intertwine. Short ch . . .
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Railhead by Mrs Ballard - staff
Set in the future, this science fiction story is a thrilling adventure. A page turner! . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Ballard - staff
Unforgettable story about growing up and dealing with prejudice and fear. Set in 1943 in Western Pennsylvania. Beautifully written. . . .
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Beck by Mrs Bruce - staff
This book is quite difficult to read, especially at the beginning, because of its upsetting content. However, the story unravels as we follow Beck thr . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sofia Y7
This book was quite confusing at the start because it was difficult to remember and understand which story went with which character, but after you st . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Ballard - staff
Original story about the importance of home, told with humour and compassion. An easy to read adventure! . . .
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Railhead by Mrs Bruce - staff
A sci-fi adventure, where the only way to travel is by train. Action, adventure and a hero who is an underdog. Not my usual choice of genre, but the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs Ballard - staff
A tragic and heart-breaking historical story told in four different voices. Short chapters keep the story fast-paced. A good read! . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Bruce - staff
A fun story for younger readers, but with a deeper message about the things that are important to us. Will Sputnik and Prez find what they are lookin . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Ballard - staff
Interconnected stories of four teenagers growing up in Alaska. Excellent debut novel! . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sofia Y7
At first Wolf Hollow was hard to get into, but when I got further into the book it began to get better. I like the ways the characters' personalities . . .
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Beck by Mrs Ballard - staff
Posthumous, hard-hitting novel written by Mal Peet with co-author Meg Rosoff. Shocking content about sexual abuse. Excellent, but for older readers! . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Suzanna Y7
Wolf Hollow isn't a book I really enjoyed as I think it lacks action. It is about a girl named Annabelle who gets bullied by another girl. The first h . . .
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Beck by Mr Jackson - staff
A fascinating book - very different to what I was expecting. It's a challenging read, but reminds me that life is hard for a lot of people. I'd recomm . . .
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Beck by Matthew Y10
I think the book is an explicit book which can be perceived in two ways. Personally, I enjoyed it, especially in the beginning and the introduction of . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sophie Y10
I enjoyed this book as it was intriguing and exciting the whole way through. The story is about difference and acceptance. It was very interesting tha . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Florence Y7
The war has begun - people thought the war would be over soon but each person has a story more tragic that the other. Can their ID help them get past . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sophie Y10
I would recommend this book to readers 13+, rather than a younger audience, as it is a little dark. This is, however, an honest representation of the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sophie Y10
This book is a little more light-hearted that the other books nominated, but it still carries meaningful messages of acceptance, looking after others . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eniola Y7
This books is brilliant for little children and in some parts it made me laugh. I think you have to have the mind of a small child to enjoy it. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sofia Y7
Salt to the Sea is a really good book which made me see a whole new side of the war. At first it was a bit tricky to understand and hard to get into, . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Florence Y7
This book is about Subhi, born a refugee, and not knowing what there is in the outer world. He has know nothing other than life in the unfair camp unt . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eniola Y7
Bone Sparrow, I think was the best for me. It was very sad but had a happy ending. 9/10 . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eniola Y7
I really like this book because it was very heartfelt and the ending was heart-warming. 8/10 . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Pauline Francis - author
Quirky, engaging and fun. Illustrations too young for the text? Good to see our world through alien eyes. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Olivia Y7
The Bone Sparrow took me a while to get drawn into, but after the third chapter I couldn't put it down! It is a heartfelt story of love and friendship . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Pauline Francis - author
Four narrators each with a very strong voice. A wonderful sense of place. Excellent dialogue from every age group. Well balanced structure. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eniola Y7
I didn't like The Stars at Oktober Bend because it was really confusing. It only made sense somewhere in the middle and at the end. 2/10 . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Pauline Francis - author
Heart-breaking detail of life inside a detention camp. The horrors are lifted by humour and hope. A wonderful read. Amazing detail. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maisie Y8
This was a very interesting and moving book. I found that because it was written from the perspective of four different people, it was slightly confus . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Florence Y7
This is a great book about a girl called Annabelle. She gets bullied but the bully does more than just bullying. The first half was not as good as the . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Florence Y7
It is a very confusing book. I never really know who is talking and if their lives are somehow joined. I did get a bit bored, so lost focus quite a lo . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Florence Y7
This book was very confusing so it was quite hard to enjoy it, until the end when it got a bit more interesting. I started to understand it a bit more . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sophie Y10
I really enjoyed this book. It is a touching story of how people's lives are connected. It was shown through four different perspectives and gives a d . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emma Y8
Though it was a little confusing and it took me a while to understand what was going on, I think that this book has a beautiful, unique style. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emma Y8
This book is more 'standard' than the others but is nevertheless quite interesting. The story is 'slower' than some of the others but that doesn't spe . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emma Y8
This is my favourite book so far - I love the use of different perspectives and the way that their stories connect. It is very detailed but not confus . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emma Y8
'The Bone Sparrow' is, in a sense, similar to 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' but with a completely different plot. It shows you events that we all k . . .
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Railhead by Sofia Y7
Railhead was a really good book. It was really interesting because the trains were talked about as if they had feelings and the trains' personalities . . .
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Birchwood High School
Bishops Stortford
Herts & Essex High School
Birchwood Bookworms
Bishop's Stortford
Bishops Stortford College Prep School
Bishops Stortford,
Which book has the most appealing front cover?

Wolf Hollow
the stars at oktober bend
Salt to the Sea
Beck
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
The Smell of Other People's Houses
Railhead
The Bone Sparrow
 
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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