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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 have reading clubs after College each day. 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!

Release by Rohana
An interesting book, following a story of release and sexuality. A teenager (boy) coming out to his parents whilst time is slipping through his finger . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Mrs Ballard - staff
A moving story of a baby adrift in the Elizabeth Islands and then searching for her past. An uplifting story more about the future than the past. A . . .
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Where the World Ends by Mrs Ballard - staff
Based on a true story, this is a story of survival on a bleak Scottish island. A bit slow and reminiscent of 'Lord of the Flies', but atmospheric wit . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Roslyn
I thought that this book was very funny and I really enjoyed it. But I also thought that the story went by just too quickly. . . .
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Rook by Roslyn
I thought that this book was very short and did not tell the story very well. I also thought that it didn't have much description either. . . .
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Where the World Ends by Roslyn
SPOILER ALERT! At the beginning of the book, it was rather hard to get into, but during the middle I started to understand the situation on the Stac. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Mrs Ballard - staff
Heartbreaking story inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Starr is a strong inspirational character seeking justice. Recommended for older re . . .
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Saint Death by Rohana
It was quite an emotional book. There were many surprising scenes and lots of the chapters included action and understanding. It's also quite an inten . . .
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Saint Death by Mrs Ballard - staff
Powerful thriller about the plight of migrants on the US/Mexican border. Well crafted, but younger readers may not enjoy the brutal reality of the sto . . .
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After the Fire by Rohana
A gripping story about a girl named Moonbeam, trying to find the truth about herself, her family and her leader. Much suspense was included. . . .
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After the Fire by Mrs Scott-Stevens - staff
A very entertaining and engaging read. An interesting topic to explore. A convincing structure and an authentic character. Definitely worth reading. . . .
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Release by Mrs Scott-Stevens - staff
An interesting story. I like the two different perspectives although I did feel, at times, that the story didn't work. Not the best Patrick Ness book . . .
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Where the World Ends by Mrs Bruce - staff
A 'heart in your mouth' tale of survival, reminiscent of 'Lord of the Flies' but based on a true events. The novel, set in 1727, does take a while to . . .
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Release by Rhiannon - parent
An extraordinary day in the life of gay teenager, Adam, at the end of which he breaks his father's yoke of evangelical, narrow-mindedness and disappoi . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Mrs Bruce - staff
A charming adventure story about wanting to belong and the true meaning of family. The characters are well developed and the reader feels great empat . . .
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Where the World Ends by Angelina
I am lost for words... This book is amazing, I couldn't put it down! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. I was eager t . . .
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Release by Lois - parent
A beautifully written book about a day in the life of Adam Thorn - and what a day it is! Adam is a 17 year old gay man and struggling with all the re . . .
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Saint Death by Sylvie - parent
A disturbing account of the daily violence and struggle faced by millions. Arturo, however, has a soul that moves us all. A powerful read. . . .
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Saint Death by Margaret - grandparent
I read this book and felt sad and angry. Sad for the futility of the lives of the young people, angry because governments do nothing to improve the co . . .
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Where the World Ends by Callum
It was a very realistic book. I liked it a lot. Towards the end it is quite sad. It is also quite factual. . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Callum
I liked this a lot because of the humour and one of the pathetic characters, Graham. As he progresses through the story he becomes less of a know it a . . .
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Rook by Xenia
I really enjoyed the way this story was set and described the feelings of freedom in humans and animals, but I found some things a bit stupid of the m . . .
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Release by Mrs Bruce - staff
A coming of age story about a young man struggling with his sexual identity and the expectations of those around him. Running parallel is a supernatur . . .
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Rook by Rohana
There are many funny parts that you enjoy, but also sadder parts that you don't really like. Also, sometimes you feel the emotions from the book and l . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Sophie
I really enjoyed this book. While it is aimed at younger children, the sense of action and adventure appeals to everyone. It had messages of family, d . . .
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Saint Death by Helen - parent
In my opinion Saint Death was a great thought provoking read. The way that the story, set in a Mexican shanty town, is interspaced with news clips, cl . . .
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Rook by Sophie
I liked this book, however, it seemed a little brief. I was a little confused as the large print and more simple text seemed to suggest that it was fo . . .
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After the Fire by Mrs Ballard - staff
Wow - what a book! Didn't want it to end. The characters felt real and the switch between 'before' and 'after' the fire made the story flow and unra . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Xenia
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was very funny and quite scary in some parts of the story with a very good sense of humour and structure . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rohana
It's a funny book and many times you just wished you could tell the characters something you know but they don't. I also think the character roles ar . . .
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Release by Mrs Ballard - staff
Coming of age novel exploring sex, shame and sexuality which is interweaved with a supernatural storyline. Recommended for older readers. . . .
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Rook by Mrs Ballard - staff
A gritty novella about growing up and family. Touches on bullying, neglect and learning difficulties and has a dyslexia-friendly layout and text. Enj . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mrs Ballard - staff
Surreal tale - don't be fooled by the title! Hilarious in places and a book to be savoured. Highly recommended especially as an audio book read by t . . .
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Saint Death by Jane - parent
I didn't like it. A few swear words, but that's not the problem. Violent scenes - disturbing and upsetting. It helps to raise awareness of the reali . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Rohana
It's a very intense and suspenseful book. You never see many of the surprises coming and Crow struggles to find something close to her. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Hannah
CONTAINS SPOILERS It's a lovely story and I suggest this book to people who like reading stories about finding their lost mother and father. . . .
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Rook by Hannah
A book about everyday life and then happiness at the end. I recommend this book to people who like to read short books and everyday life books as well . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Hannah
It's about a girl called Fidge and her sister likes this teddy, called Wed Wabbit, and she also like Wimbley Woos. Fidge drops Wed Wabbit to clean up . . .
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Where the World Ends by Xenia
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was really adventurous. The characters were really amazing because it showed how people could lose part . . .
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The Hate U Give by Mrs Bruce - staff
A hard hitting and relevant novel about racial injustice. A fictional version of all too current events, pertinent to the 'Black Lives Matter' campaig . . .
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After the Fire by Mrs Bruce - staff
A gripping page turner, telling the tale of Moonbeam and other young survivors of the Legion cult. The alternating chapters, of before and after the c . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mrs Bruce - staff
A modern day 'Alice in Wonderland' meets 'Wizard of Oz' which manages to deal with interesting issues, such as helicopter parenting, in a highly amusi . . .
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Saint Death by Mrs Bruce - staff
A tale of friendship, fear, sacrifice and suffering. The author informs and entertains in equal measure, with a heart-stopping story about the lives o . . .
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Where the World Ends by Rohana
It's a very intense book and has a few twists that you don't expect. It was hard to get into at first, but then became better and I wanted to know wha . . .
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After the Fire by Mrs Green - staff
The two strands of the novel are well integrated: the horrific end of the cult's 'family' and the subsequent efforts to help the young survivors come . . .
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Where the World Ends by Hannah
CONTAINS SPOILERS This was a tragic tale and sad. I would recommend this to people who like adventure and survival books. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Xenia
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so exciting and interesting for me to read. I really liked the way the story is set. It was a very p . . .
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Birchwood High School
Bishops Stortford
The Bishop's Stortford High School
Bishop's Stortford,
Birchwood Bookies
Bishop's Stortford
Bishops Stortford College Prep School
Bishops Stortford,
Which book has the most appealing front cover?

After the Fire
8% (1 vote)

Saint Death
42% (5 votes)

 
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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