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Pembroke Bitten by Books
Group status: We're madly circulating the Carnegie shortlist titles between us and are enjoying our weekly meetings (aided by cake & a cuppa) to discuss and debate our favourites, and not-so-favourites!

Mrs S (while exams are going on...)

The Bone Sparrow by Erin
This book was brilliantly confusing and extremely enlightening. The plight of refugees worldwide was clearly shown, and the child's perspective of the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ella
This is an excellent story of refugees, set in an unconventional era, telling of a disaster that appears to be otherwise overlooked. The narrative tol . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Naomi
I like the way that the book has four different characters that are all linked together in a way. I also like the way in which each of the characters . . .
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Railhead by Ms C
Zen Starling, a petty thief and liar, is the unlikely hero of this fantasy adventure in which people can travel between universes on a supernatural ra . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sally
I love the way Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank are the 4 main characters but are all linked together! The book is very enjoyable and I would recommend it! . . .
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Beck by Erin
This book caused serious controversy within our book group as we tried to decide whether to allow the youngest members (11 year olds) to read this. T . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Smith
Told from the viewpoint of Subhi, this thought-provoking novel gives a powerful, moving and shocking insight into the harshness of life in a refugee c . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Smith
A fun and entertaining read, with deftly handled serious notes about friendship, belonging and how we behave towards one another. One of its strongest . . .
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Pembroke Family of Schools Greenaway Shadowers
Llanmiloe cp school
Llanteg, Pembrokeshire
Dyffryn Taf
Milford Haven Shadowers
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire
Which of this year's Carnegie shortlist has the most effective and enticing cover?

Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys
100% (1 vote)

Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Winning Year: 1996

Junk is the most controversial Carnegie winner yet. It unflinchingly tells the story of Tar and Gemma, who run away from home, move to Bristol and meet up with some squatters. It is superbly written, with a subtle character development achieved through a


Lauren Wolk

After graduating from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in English literature, Lauren Wolk spent a year as a writer with the Battered Women's Project of the St. Paul American Indian Center, and then worked as both an editor and an English tea . .