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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: We're just trying to squeeze in the last few books. Happy reading, everyone!

Us with our books!

We're all really looking forward to finding out who this year's winner will be - good luck to all of the amazing authors on the shortlist!

Beth & Elliot

The Bone Sparrow by Maddy
This wonderful book truly unearths the real lives of people and children who have survived war and poverty, just to be confined again. Simple and effe . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sputnik'sWorstEnemy (Hannah)
After being persistently reminded of Frank Cotrell Boyce and his supposedly admirable language, I declare myself disappointed by the waste of space in . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alex S
'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' was a blemish in the history of literature. It was a disastrous and pitiful attempt at a book and should be . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Anna
I have heard many very bad views on this book, and I was uncertain about it at first, but overall, I did like this book. The story line may be unreali . . .
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Salt to the Sea by
Ruta Sepetys' writing skills prove to be stunning throughout this book, with her beautiful language captivating its readers within the first sentence. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alex
'The Stars at Oktober Bend' is a truly unique and different novel written by Glenda Millard. It explains the hardships of two similar character . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maddy
Wolf Hollow was certainly a deserved shortlist. Although it wasn't my favourite, it still delivered a worthy and beautiful read. Annabel (a young, int . . .
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Railhead by Alex Collins
Railhead was a very unique and adventurous book. The story consists of a teenager called Zen who is a thief who lives in a universe, connected by spac . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Hannah
Creative and clever, Glenda Millard has written a unique tale of loss, pain and beauty. She has taken the classic story of a young person unable to fi . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sid
This book was a very interesting read. Hitchcock has effortlessly blended the stories of the four different narrators into the book, without making th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maddy
Being the last book of the 8 I read, I was already decided on my favourite. But I was pleasantly surprised as I reached the end of the book, as the in . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Alex
'The Smell of Other People's Houses' was a story written during the times of the statehood of Alaska. It tells the lives of a variety of childr . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maddy
Out of all of the books, I'm sorry to say I enjoyed this one the least. Despite funny scenes and heartwarming characters, I felt it simply didn't belo . . .
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Railhead by Alex
Railhead was an uncanny and mysterious novel written by the renowned author, Philip Reeve. I am an avid science fiction fan and critic and I th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sid
This was an amazing book. It is brilliantly written and documents an event that is almost unknown by the public. The way it is written, using multiple . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Anna
Alice is fifteen years old, and it has been three years since her head injury. She struggles to speak words, but she communicates her problems and dre . . .
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Wolf Hollow by James Carrington
A great and wonderful read (Spoilers) This is about a girl who is working in a farm in the middle of WW2 but her life is changed when she meets a man . . .
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Beck by Sid
I enjoyed this book enormously. Mal Peet's stark, beautiful writing perfectly describes the plight of 'coloured people' in Prohibition-era Canada. Pee . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jake
I really enjoyed this book because it explored in detail into people's lives and makes you understand the challenges in life some people have to go th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ruby & Fran
Salt to the Sea was a moving story about how war changes the lives of so many innocent young people. Hearing the war from a young person's perspective . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sid
This book is a humorous but childish read. There are aspects of comedy and generally silly events throughout. However, this is not enough to offset th . . .
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Railhead by Sid
I really enjoyed this book. I will freely admit that I am a huge fan of Philip Reeve's writing and am therefore somewhat biased. However, this book is . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alex
'Salt to the Sea' is a truly thrilling and sensational novel written by Ruta Sepetys. It tells a story of a group of civilians fleeing Nazi Germany ( . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lizzie
I have heard many negative reviews about this book however this review won't be negative! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it funny an . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jake
I found this book really engaging, and this is coming from someone who doesn't tend to enjoy books. I could really put myself in the story. Parts were . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jake
This funny book follows a boy called Prez during the summer, as he stays at a temporary home for 6 weeks with a family called the Mellows. During his . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ben
‘Salt to the Sea’ told the tale of four different characters, who were all destined to travel on ill-fated MV Wilhelm Gustloff during the Second W . . .
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Railhead by Hannah
Philip Reeve's 'Railhead' is an innovative and incredibly creative addition to any children's library, its humour and unpredictable plot line attracti . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Anna
This book is set in America, during the Second World War. 12 year old Annabelle lives in the peaceful town, Wolf Hollow, a place which has seen war bu . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ben
‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ was a book told from the perspective of four different people, who were all linked to each other in one way . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Anna
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (published 2016) This book is set in America, during the Second World War. 12 year old Annabelle lives in the peaceful t . . .
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Railhead by Maddy
As a big fan of sci-fi, I loved it! The alternate universe that the very gifted author has created is revolutionary - combining new technology and wor . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ruby Layton
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was somewhat slow to start, when the stories were all separate, and I struggled slightly to remember the . . .
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Beck by Ben
‘Beck’ was a book that followed the journey of an orphaned, mixed-race boy (funnily enough called Beck), through Canada, and his encounters with m . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by alex collins
I think The Smell of Other People's Houses was a mindful gentle paced story which cleverly incorporated 4 characters whosE lives interact in unique a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maddy
Of all the ones I have read so far (6, not including Railhead or The Smell of Other People's Houses) it has been the most enjoyable and well written b . . .
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Railhead by Jake
I enjoyed this book because it was very creative and farfetched. It was written in a way where you can interpret the illustrations yourself. I would r . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Elliot
I thought Sputnik was a lively free spirited book with a good amount of humour, but even though it was funny I do think that it could have been more i . . .
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Beck by Alex Collins
So far I have read roughly half way through the story Beck and I have been quite surprised about the language involved in the story and some of the to . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ruby
I have not finished the book yet, however I am thoroughly enjoying the poetic nature of the language, especially in Alice's chapters. My only wish is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Madeleine
I started off thinking, 'hmmm is this going to be good?', but the book proved magically that the answer is yes! Once you get past the no capital lette . . .
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Which of the years books do you like the most so far..

The bone sparrow
1% (6 votes)

Salt to the sea
40% (179 votes)

Sputnik's Guide to life of earth
1% (3 votes)

The smell of other people's houses
2% (9 votes)

Beck
0% (2 votes)

The stars at Oktober Bend
4% (19 votes)

Railhead
3% (14 votes)

Wolf Hollow
48% (210 votes)

   
 
Title: Each Peach Pear Plum
Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
Winning Year: 1978

Familiar nursery-rhyme characters, such as Mother Hubbard and Baby Bunting, sneak their way into the gentle drawings. Even young children who might not know all the fairy-tale stars can find them lurking in the cupboard, on the stairs or deep in the woods
 

 
 

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 . .

 

 

Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group

Chobham Academy Book Group