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St Augustines Catholic College
Wiltshire,
Group status: We are reading!
We are a group of enthusiastic 19 Year 9 students who are reading the books and reviewing the books . We meet once a fortnight with our librarian, Mrs Daniel. We are looking forward to finding out which book/s won the Carnegie/ Amnesty awards. We will be celebrating watching the ceremony and championing our choices.

Wolf Hollow by Judetta
Wolf Hollow is the story of a young twelve year old girl named Annabelle McBride who lives a simple life after two world wars. However, her life becom . . .
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Beck by Catherine
Going into this I really wasn't sure what to expect. Early reviews on the Carnegie Shadowing site seem to be focusing on the inappropriateness of this . . .
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Railhead by Catherine
Aren't you curious? Don't you want to know what's beyond that gate?" This is a book for the curious. This is for those readers who get excited by p . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Catherine
This book was horrible...in the best possible way. It's super easy to live in oblivion if you have a privileged life in Australia. The refugee crisis . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Catherine
With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika, the fi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Paige
Wow, it’s been a full 10 minutes since I finished reading this book, and I’m still speechless, trying to find words to describe this amazing story . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Yasmin
I found this book enjoyable to read,because there was a simple yet deep meaning to it. I could say it was "easy" to read,but this is purely because th . . .
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Railhead by Yasmin
Railhead is an exciting, and futuristic read, I really enjoyed reading it as it allowed my imagination to explode. Throughout the book, surprising twi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jack
This book has a very gripping sense about it and grabs you from the first page. I enjoyed the way Ruta Sepetys started each characters' introduction w . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Judetta
Salt to the Sea is a story about four teenage refugees named Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred respectively, who are on a journey trying to make their . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Paige
The Stars at Oktober bend is a tragic tale of a girl, Alice, who gets attacked. The attack leaves her physical body unable to age, leaving writing and . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sammy
The book is about two characters who both come from difficult backgrounds and meet in the same town. Alice Nightingale, the main character, was attack . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Yasmin
It is obvious that this book is designed for a much younger audience, the main characters are portrayed in a way which I disliked, but younger childre . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Evie
This book was not my favourite. While it was funny, inventive and original, it was also quite boring, and I struggled to get to grips with the storyli . . .
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Railhead by Alexandra
Creative. Exiting. Here are two words I think that surmise the book 'Railhead'. Although I didn't think that I would enjoy this book, as I don’t nor . . .
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Railhead by Dominic
WHAT A BOOK! I started the Carnegie in what is in my opinion one of the best books I have ever read. It is a real gripping thriller right from page 1 . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Dominic
I found this book quite hard to read, it is obviously it aimed at teenagers and more at younger readers. However, this book does have a good plot line . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Elizabeth
I loved this book! From the very first page of this book I was enhanced and enraptured. Every word brought me closer to the characters inside, making . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jack
The Smell of Other People's Houses is a book about four different people's lives and how they end up get entangled together. Books that have four diff . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Paige
Wow, I hate this book. The characters are confusing, the story-line makes no sense, and the prologue made me want to chuck the book in the bin and for . . .
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Railhead by Peter
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Railhead as it was a book which I sensed was destined to be an extremely gripping novel. The whole futuristic . . .
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Railhead by Heidi
I didn't expect this book to be that good if I am being honest! Looking at the front cover and then reading the blurb I thought it would be one of tho . . .
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Railhead by Alfie
Railhead, by Philip Reeve, is the first book in the trilogy. The novel is set in a future where humanity has left Earth and gone to the stars to settl . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Heidi
This book was a really different read compared to the others so far. It was a very fast read and suitable for younger children. The plot of the stor . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Evie
As much as I liked this book, it wasn't very interesting at the beginning. It took me a while to get to grips with all the characters and how they are . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Evie
This book was really good. It was written from the perspective of a nine year old boy, and this was really well done, as it didn't sound immature or c . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Heidi
"The year I turned 12, I learned how to lie,” Annabelle, the main character, tells us as the story opens. Wolf Hollow is a pretty average book! Whe . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Nicole
In 2016, the refuge crisis has plummeted up, due to conflict increasing around the world. Zane Fraillon decided to write the book "The Bone Sparrow" t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daisy
Overall, I found this book slow to read with an average plot. I also thought that the plot was quite predictable, therefore I wasn't curious to find o . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alexandra
Beautiful. That is one word that I believe sums up the book for me. Although, there was an occasional moment of sadness the book was written in a beau . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Elizabeth
An incredible book unlike any I have read before... Wolf Hollow tells the story of an ordinary girl called Annabel, whose world is nothing but stea . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Heidi
"To those who refuse to be blinded by the glare, or deafened by the hush, who are brave enough to question, and curious enough to explore. To those wh . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Heidi
I was really excited to read The Smell of Other People's Houses,the cover particularly interested me. The title also intrigued me as it it quite odd. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Elizabeth
I loved this book more and more as I became a part of it, and felt as though I really knew the characters inside. Salt to the sea follows the fleeing . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Alexandra
I twirled a stem of hay between my palms. “Can I ask you a question, Toby?” He laced his fingers. "You just did." I saw his mouth twitch again w . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Heidi
An amazing story about Alice and Manny who find love and healing throughout differences . Alice is fifteen and broken with a brain injury. her word . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alexandra
After reading this book I enjoyed how it was light hearted and found the concept of how most people saw Sputnik as a dog amusing. However, overall I d . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Yasmin
Salt to the Sea is a novel which reviews what circumstances some had to face during World War Two. This book is unlike any other book I have read. Al . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Yasmin
This book transports you to the life of a lonely girl on a farm, who does not seem to experience anything out of the ordinary. Interestingly, this boo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Paige
Wolf Hollow is a well-constructed book that greatly expresses the concepts of truth and lies, and whether you should follow your mind, or heart. The p . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Yasmin
Bone Sparrow is a deceivingly simple book, wonderfully written and extremely thoughtful. The “simple” format of the book makes it a very accessibl . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Alexandra
"Four very different lives are about to become entangled" This is the end of the blurb of 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' and summarises the stor . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Elizabeth
This is an incredible book, which tells the story of a 15 year old girl trapped in 'twelveness' as a consequence of a tragic injury that has left her . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Evie
I thought 'Salt to the Sea' was a really good book. It features four main characters, each with an interesting backstory. My favourite character was t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alexandra
This book follows the story of two young people, each leading unusual lives and leaving behind pasts they want to forget. Alice I a girl stuck in perm . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Catherine
Salt to the Sea is a pretty average book, really. It’s full of the typical horrors of war and depicted a lot of suffering and death of the time, som . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alexandra
"Guilt is a hunter". These are the first lines of 'Salt to the Sea' and the first lines of the next four chapters start in the same way "...hunter". T . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Heidi
This book was really interesting and really helped me to understand the differences in culture. A group of teenage refugees meet on the road in the c . . .
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St-Laurence Readers
Kingsfield School
Bristol,
Which cover appeals to you most as a reader?

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
 
Title: Bog Child
Author: Siobhan Dowd
Winning Year: 2009

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds something that makes his heart stop. Curled up deep in the bog is the body of the child. And it looks as if she?s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the troubled world around
 

 
 

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he wrote his first story at the tender age of five about a spaceman called Spike and his dog Spook. He is a talented illustrator and writer, and he has illustrated several titles in the Horri . .

 

 

St Laurence School

The John of Gaunt School