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Dartford Grammar School
Kent,
Group status: We started our Shadowing Group on Wednesday 28th March.



This is the fifteenth year we have taken part in the scheme and our group consists of 12 boys from Year 7 and two members of staff. We meet weekly, to read, discuss and vote on the books, and post reviews. Our event will conclude with a shadowing party, when we will all get together, announce our own winner, and find out which book won the Carnegie Medal.


Saint Death by George
Saint Death is by far the best of all the books competing for the Carnegie Medal. Although hard-hitting, especially at the end, it is also intriguing . . .
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Rook by Adeleke
Rook is a short and sweet book that's length doesn't make it any less fulfilling to finish. It is a book that is quite relaxing even though there are . . .
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The Hate U Give by Adeleke
The Hate U Give is a book with a very engaging story. It tackles the issue of racism and depicts how an event and a decision can change the atmosphere . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Robert
Unengaging is the word to describe the book as it is very boring. The first third of the book was utterly boring so all the good content in the book i . . .
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Rook by Robert
Rook is a very awkward book which just feels really messy and the layout is not great either. Still I am puzzled why they even called the book Rook. T . . .
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The Hate U Give by Robert
It is a very engaging book to read as you feel like you are watching a programme so it doesn't intend to include you in the story. The emotions are no . . .
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After the Fire by Luke
This book is fiction based on a true event but the style of the author made it difficult to believe that it was fiction. The main character has a real . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Luke
Wed Wabbit is a book that would make a great bedtime story for a five year-old child. I thought that the humour was also aimed at a younger audience s . . .
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Where the World Ends by Chris
The book is so interesting as it is based around the life of Quilliam, who is travelling with a group of men to St.Kilda, where they are looking for s . . .
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After the Fire by Chris
After the Fire was a very interesting book , and it was based on a true story. It was about a girl known as Moonbeam, who is one of the survivors of t . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by David
Beyond the Bright Sea is a very mysterious book that focuses on a girl called Crow who is trying to find out where she comes from even though she is h . . .
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Rook by David
Rook was a very interesting book to read and it manages to fit a lot into such a small book. It has very interesting and well written characters. I th . . .
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Saint Death by Kingsley
In almost every paragraph/page there is an emotional sector where someone is either getting hurt, being described as a friend or a bad person or even . . .
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Where the World Ends by Kingsley
This book was partly slow based but quite mysterious throughout the book. It was very informative and I could tell that the tone of the book would sou . . .
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The Hate U Give by Chris
It was a very interesting book and I loved reading it! The story line was really thrilling and action packed. The author was really clever with her id . . .
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After the Fire by Robert
This is a very captivating story which may be seen as pure imagination but it's not. It has shown to be a very good book with many positives prior to . . .
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Wed Wabbit by George
Wed Wabbit is a good book with some excellent original ideas and, although rather silly and unbelievable at times,easy enough to follow and understand . . .
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Saint Death by Chris
Saint Death is a very inspiring book, featuring a story situated in Mexico. It is a very heart-hitting story, with tragic and scary events. WARNING: . . .
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Where the World Ends by George
Where the World Ends is an intriguing and exciting book with some good characters and descriptions. The original idea was excellent, although I felt t . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Luke
Personally, this is my favourite book so far. The plot is very creative and the author did well to get the reader involved. The main character was eas . . .
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Saint Death by David
Saint Death is about the main characters' friend asking him to gamble for money to save his life from a Mexican gang that he works for. His friend use . . .
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The Hate U Give by David
The Hate U Give is one of the most interesting books I have read. It is not based on a true event, but it's just as meaningful because it is based on . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Jude
Wed Wabbit,in my opinion, is an intriguing book perfect for children ages 10 and 11. It is a piece that children can relate to in the way of not prono . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ayman
In my opinion Wed Wabbit is a really unique and enjoyable book as it takes very childish characters and plots and turns it into something very serious . . .
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Rook by luke
Rook was straight to the point. As soon as you start reading, the main event (which the story revolves around)happens which makes it hard to put down. . . .
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Where the World Ends by luke
In my opinion, Where the World Ends is a good book for people who like reading about real-life events. This book is based on a true story but it bring . . .
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Saint Death by Adeleke
Warning Spoilers- only a few. Saint Death is a book that not everyone will enjoy. It was a book that didn't shy away from depicting poverty and bru . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Brendon
In my opinion, Beyond the Bright Sea was a very good book because it slowly reveals information to you and this is what makes you want to read more as . . .
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Rook by Chris
Rook is an interesting book, enabling us to experience the life of a boy through the pages of a book. It has a very good storyline, with a pleasant en . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Chris
'Beyond The Bright Sea' is one of the most intriguing books, I have ever read! It is a slow-paced book with a surprising twist towards the end. The st . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by tici
Twelve-year-old Crow may have to look BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA when a bonfire on a nearby island sparks her curiosity about who her parents were and wher . . .
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After the Fire by Will
This book is thrilling and captivating. It is about a cult in Texas, America and after the members that survived escaped the terrifying grip of the l . . .
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After the Fire by David
The book is based on a true story and the author has attempted to tell us how someone who had been lied to their whole life and have their life fall a . . .
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Rook by George
This is an exciting, action-packed and credible book which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading. It is easy to read and not too long so read . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Robert
Wed Wabbit is a thrilling story which is a joy to read. The manipulation of reality and mythic is superb allowing the author to broaden the descriptio . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Chris
This one of the most amazing books, I have ever read! I cannot praise the author enough (Lissa Evans), she has turned one of the most funniest and sil . . .
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Leigh City Technology College
Dartford, Kent
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
Kent,
Books with Biscuits 2018
Royal Readers
Kent,
 
Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Winning Year: 2017

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stori