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Chobham Academy Book Group
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Group status: There are two groups this year meeting on Wednesday & Friday Lunchtimes

Exeter School Carnegie Shadowing Group 2017

This year we have so many people wanting to join in that we have had to form two groups for the first time. We have 8 members of staff and 23 pupils mainly in Years 8 & 9. We had our voting meetings last week and the result is shown on our reading barometer. However, there was a tie for third place with Wolf Hollow and The Bone Sparrow gaining the same number of points. We will have a re-vote for third place. We are looking forward to hearing the Award result later today.

Katie, Beth and Joanna

Salt to the Sea by Eva
Salt to the Sea was the book I had my money on winning (and it did!). I loved the characters (for once a split POV that didn’t annoy me) the setting . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eva
Salt to the Sea was the book I thought would win (and it did!). The plot was engaging, the characters were well developed and the setting was vivid an . . .
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Railhead by Beth
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next in the series. It is about a futuristic universe in which people can travel to t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Beth
I really enjoyed this book and found it very touching. It is about a boy called Subhi who lives in a refugee camp with his sister, best friend Eli, an . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Beth
In my opinion, this was one of the best books shortlisted for the Carnegie award. I felt that I could relate to Annabel and I thought it had a good pl . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Katie
This is a really amazing book, and truly deserving of the Amnesty award. The Bone Sparrow captures the essence of grief and hope, captivity and freedo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eva
The Bone Sparrow is set in a immigration camp in Australia and tells the story of a young boy who lives there and who communicates with a girl living . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Beth
I really enjoyed this book even though I didn't think I would. I found it easy to read, which made a change from some of the other books, as well as f . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eva
The more I think about this book, the more problems I have with it. While reading it I thought it was pretty good and I think I did enjoy it but looki . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs KBF
This is a fascinating book which, as the title suggests, give an insight into the lives of very different families living in 1970s Alaska. At first it . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eva
Overall, I didn't dislike this book. I kind of enjoyed reading it and it was quite well written but when I look back on it, nothing really stands out. . . .
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Railhead by Ella
Railhead is set in a time when humans have migrated to lots of different planets in our galaxy. All these planets are not connected by space ships but . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Anna
Subhi has lived in the refugee detention centre all his life. He dreams of wandering past the fences that have surrounded him his whole life. Once his . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Beth
I really enjoyed this book- it was really well written and had a good plot. It was very emotional but had a happy ending. I also learnt quite a lot ab . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Chaplain
The real star of this book for me is the Shoe Poet. I could listen to his wisdom all day long. None of the other characters quite reached his heights . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Chaplain
I loved this book, my favourite so far by a long way. Annabelle felt very real to me: she is brave, but not unrealistically so; she is independent, wh . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by KBF
Written by Anna aged 7: Prez’s adventures to find his Granddad. On the mission he finds a morphing dog who makes all sorts of mischief. But they ha . . .
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Railhead by Toby
I really enjoyed this book; it is a easy and fun read. It is about the future and there are lots of different planets connected together by networks. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Toby
This is a good book, though it is very confusing at the start as there are no capital letters. I think it is good but the storyline is odd. It is abo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Toby
The Bone Sparrow is a very good and interesting book. It is quite sad a times but overall very good and thought-provoking making you think about life . . .
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Railhead by KBF
A truly fantastic book in every sense of the word! Enter into an imaginative world of space, cyber space and virtual reality through the eyes of anti- . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Anna
When I first started the book it was a bit of a shock as there was no grammar which made it difficult to read but when I got into the book I really en . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Liv
Even though the Alaskan terminology was a bit tricky to get my head around at first, I really enjoyed this book. The four different narrators each ha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Aidan
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a funny book and the plot was very well constructed. It all made very good sense and all worked well. The c . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by George
This book has really opened my eyes to the situation certain people are in in modern times. I really like these eye opening books even if they can be . . .
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Salt to the Sea by James
At first I was a little sceptical about the book because of the blurb and front cover. I thought it would be either unpleasantly gritty or unrealistic . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Toby
This is a very good book with interesting ideas. I found it very interesting involving cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter. I really like the cha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Daisy
Sputniks Guide to life on Earth is a book that takes a bit of time to get into and to who the characters are. At the start Sputnik is confusing and yo . . .
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Railhead by James
This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. At first it drew me in with a whole new universe which the writer described really well . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Aidan
This book was well written by the author and has very good description of the setting and the characters. The plot was also very interesting and made . . .
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Railhead by Eva
To initially state my personal opinion, I loved it. I don't think it will win, but I loved it. The reason I don't think it will win is although pretty . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Luca
Despite the cover, this book is truly amazing. It is about four young people who have been mentally scarred by war and the only way to reunite themse . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Toby
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was an extremely well written book with the right amount of humour and description making an excellent book. T . . .
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Wolf Hollow by KBF
A real page-turner about a brave girl called Annabel who stands up to the local bully, newcomer Betty, and stands up for outsider Toby. The heroine is . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by KBF
An interesting insight into life as a refugee in a detention centre. Life for the hero Subhi is rough, unrelenting and tough and yet he has a rich int . . .
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Railhead by EGT
I will probably make myself unpopular with our pupils by saying that this book just did not stand out for me. I have loved other work by Philip Reeve . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emma
Many refugees' only hope is a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, but not everyone will make it. When I started reading Salt to the Sea I was sceptical. It . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emma
Glenda Millard's extraordinary piece of writing cuts language right back to its roots and truly celebrates it. Alice's life was turned upside down wh . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Heather
I wasn't a great fan of Wolf Hollow. I feel that I would have enjoyed it a lot more when I was in Year 5 as the characters were more that age so I wou . . .
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Railhead by Heather
I normally do not enjoy sci fi books at all but once I got into this one I found it a thrilling story. I found the concept of the k-gates really in . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Heather
I have finished all of the Carnegie books and, along with Salt to the Sea, this is my favourite. I really enjoyed the book and I found that the tw . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Heather
A really enjoyable book set in the 1970's in Alaska. It is told by four people (Ruth, Dora, Hank and Alyce) and I really enjoy having different perspe . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Heather
The Bone Sparrow is set in Australia although it took me a long while to work it out. It is told by two people Subhi and Jimmie. Subhi lives inside a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Heather
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was an enjoyable book but rather like Wolf Hollow I felt that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I was around the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Heather
A few years ago I would never have read this book; I would have looked at it and said 'no' but it would have been a serious mistake because now that I . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by EGT
This was an engaging read providing an insight into the mind of a young refugee and into life in a detention centre. I felt warmly towards Subhi, who . . .
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Who is your favourite lead character so far?

Subhi
Annabelle
Alice
Zen
Prez
Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred
Ruth, Dumpling, Dora, Alice
 
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Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

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