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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: We've restarted the Carnegie Shadowing Group this year with a fresh set of eager Year 9 students!

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Our Year 9 Shadowing group members have exclusive access to the shortlisted books. In our meetings, we discuss (without spoilers!) what we have read so far and exchange our books. We have each read at least one book so far.

Salma Berriche

Salt to the Sea by Maddy
Salt to the Sea is a emotional read as it provides insights​ into one of the greatest tragedies of modern history and different people's perspective . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Hattie
Salt to the Sea was very moving and gave a new insight into the stories of those who lost their homes and lives to World War 2. At the start, I wasn . . .
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Beck by Salma
This was my last book on the shortlist to read, and there was a lot of controversy surrounding it regarding the child abuse scene. However, I think it . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Genna
The Smell of Other People's Houses was a good book. The way that it is told from two pairs of opposing views, enhances the story and gives more insigh . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Genna
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a truly emotional book which touched my heart. The way that the book switches between two people with very different vie . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sameera
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a humorous book where a supernatural alien comes from space to save the planet. However, he appears to look like a . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Maddy
I found the story a bit slow and felt that the plot could have moved faster, especially at the start. Whilst I enjoyed the book I do think that it did . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maddy
I found the book rather hard to get into and I found the plot difficult to understand, the reader had too many questions at once. Whilst this can be g . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Hattie
If I were to sum up Sputnik it would be interesting. It isn’t a book that I would regularly, especially seeing as one of the ways it was described w . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Salma
This was my penultimate book to read on the list, and I have realised by now that many of the books on the shortlist have stories told from multiple p . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Hattie
Wolf Hollow had a very touching story but was a bit disappointing. It did have some very good aspects and shows how the the Atticus Finch (You never r . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Zainab
‘The Stars at Oktober Bend' is a beautiful book with a captivating and powerful story about the female protagonist Alice, who suffers mental health . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Genna
'Salt to the Sea' is the saddest and most beautifully written book I have ever read. It details a tragic event from the view point of several characte . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Genna
Wolf Hollow is such an eye opening book, in terms of coming of age. It delicately mixes beautiful descriptions of the countryside with the harsh reali . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Haaniyah
I felt as though this book took a bit long to get into the plot, and, like Wolf Hollow, I could not read much at a time. However, I could relate to Al . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Haaniyah
Despite its glowing reviews, I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Although it was good nearer to the end, I thought that the author . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Haaniyah
I found this book a really entertaining read. After hearing some not-so-good reviews, I did not expect much of this book but once I started reading it . . .
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Railhead by Salma
Although I enjoyed ‘Railhead’, I would not say that it has been my favourite so far- the futuristic universe was difficult to get my head around u . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Zainab
'The Smell of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is an interesting book which tells the story from four different perspectives. We feel so . . .
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Railhead by Anila
Railhead written by Phillip Reeve was an entertaining book, though I'm not sure it encouraged me to read more of its genre. Despite having a structure . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hattie
The Smell of Other People’s Houses was a beautiful and heartwarming story. It helps the reader have a feel for what it's like to be in other people' . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anila
Salt to the Sea is en emotionally powerful book written by Ruta Septeys. Set during 1945, the time of the second world war, the book revolves around t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Hattie
The Bone Sparrow is a very emotive book and it shows one of the biggest international issues in a different life. It is a must-read and leaves the rea . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emily
This is a book that I just could not put down. After reading Salt to the Sea I was adamant that that would be the most amazing book I would ever read, . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Emily
I really enjoyed this book, however when compared to the other Carnegie books its average reading age must be a lot lower. However, it was an enjoyabl . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Salma
I wish ‘The Bone Sparrow’ did not have to be written - no human being should have to go through what the refugees in the ‘detention camp’ went . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Anila
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolfe is a fantastically well-written book. Following the life of Annabelle, Wolf Hollow tells a tale of hardship and struggle, . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Anila
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by is Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a good book. It the follows the life of Prez, a kid in the temporary,who has been place . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Umma
The Bone Sparrow is one of those books that everyone should read, as it contains humour, it moves you emotionally and raises awareness of current issu . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ife
I loved reading this, and think it a beautifully written book. I especially liked how the author told the narrative from the perspectives of four diff . . .
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Wolf Hollow by ife
I found this book to be a captivating,and well-written read. It was interesting to see the story unfold, through the eyes of the main character Annabe . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maddy
This book is really captivating in just how honest and realistic it is. I enjoyed it but did find the way the story was written and the back-story con . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Nayantara
Coincidentally, 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' was one of the books that I'd been most excited to read, yet it ended up being the last I read in the Carn . . .
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Beck by Maddy
Beck has to be one of the best most beautiful books I have ever read. The story of human suffering but also of pleasure is a truly powerful one. The b . . .
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Railhead by Maddy
I found the first thing that hit me about 'Railhead' by Philip Reeve was just how futuristic it actually was, despite this you still feel you understa . . .
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Beck by Emily
This book was a very refreshing change after reading some of the other shortlisted books that are maybe aimed at slightly younger readers. I enjoyed t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Nayantara
'Sputnik's Guide To Life on Earth' was, once again, a book I'd never pick up on my own accord. Initially, the age indication had me worried. I was con . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Kanakdurga
“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys is one of the most captivating books I’ve read. Dealing with a dark time of human history, it is presented poi . . .
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Railhead by Shreya Shyam
Though the sci-fi genre has become rather cliche in today’s world, Railhead takes a refreshing and exhilarating look at the idea of a future world. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Shreya Shyam
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a sad yet hopeful creation, which looks at the life of Alice, a young girl with brain damage, and Manny, a child soldier, . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Zainab
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon is a poignant and timely book that takes in the refugee crisis and the horrible conditions in the detention centres. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Zainab
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is an enjoyable and comical book. Although it is aimed at 9 year old children, I found myself reasonably enjoying i . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Salma
‘Wolf Hollow’ was another page turner for me. Annabelle, its protagonist, is a complex character with a unique viewpoint and a strong moral compas . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Salma
This book was extremely addictive to read, with its four different perspectives intertwined in a way that is only truly revealed at the end. A coming- . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Salma
Although the recommended age range is 9-11 years, I think that this book, with its meaningful final message, would be suitable for any age. It is witt . . .
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Railhead by Sameera
Railhead is the story of a young thief with an interest in trains; known as Zen Starling. He is a nobody to most who steals to support his hardworking . . .
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Railhead by Genna
Railhead is a white knuckle roller coaster ride of self-discovery and finding out where you belong. Set in the distant future, it tracks the journey o . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Zainab A
I enjoyed reading Wolf Hollow and it's my favourite book so far. The plot is very interesting. It is about a girl called Annabelle and she gets bullie . . .
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Railhead by Nayantara
'Railhead' by Philip Reeve is a book that I'd never pick up if I was looking a for something new to read; but I was pleasantly surprised with how much . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Zainab A
Salt to the Sea is an AMAZING book! I loved the way that the book was told by four different people, each affected by the war, Joanna, Florian, Emilia . . .
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Beck by Sameera
One of the most touching books I've read so far is definitely Beck. It follows a black man who is known as Beck's forever prolonged excursion on the r . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sameera
The Bone Sparrow is a must-read book that is extremely relatable, heart-touching and awareness raising. The main storyline is when two main characters . . .
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Beck by Hattie
I would be lying if I said fully enjoyed this book as it covers rather emotive issues and it addresses them in an unfiltered manner, that has left me . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Nayantara
'Wolf Hollow' by Lauren Wolk is an incredibly gripping book which made me experience a vast amount of emotions whilst reading. The book contains many . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Hattie
The Stars at Oktober Bend is fascinating and eye-opening. It raised my awareness of the discrimination against those with disabilities who actually ca . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Umma Kadiri
Salt to the Sea is definitely one of my favourite books that I have read so far. The thing that makes the book special is how the author manages to in . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Anila
The Bone Sparrow is written from two perspectives Subhi,a refugee born in an immigration detention centre, as well as Jimmie a girl from the Outside ( . . .
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Beck by Florence
Beck was a deeply moving book, with a sharp narrative and an evocative plot. I was intrigued by the book and was excited when I was able to read it; m . . .
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Beck by Anila
Beck is a wonderfully written book that follows the journey of a half-caste boy named Beck as he finds his place in the world. With him being an orpha . . .
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Beck by Nayantara
'Beck' by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff is a heart wrenching read that takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The story does not sugar coat that harsh ex . . .
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Railhead by Zainab A
I loved reading Railhead by Philip Reeve and enjoyed every second of it. When I first looked at the front cover I immediately found out that it was sc . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maddy
'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' is a comic and enjoyable book that is also fun and easy to read. Whilst it may seem a bit childish (especially comp . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Airin
The Bone Sparrow is quite an emotional read- that is if you get emotional easily! It depicts the reality of war, and the story is told through the eye . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Vedika
I think this book was an interesting read however the stop and start of the language styles made it difficult to follow and the story did not flow the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily
I really enjoyed reading 'Salt to the Sea' by Ruta Sepetys, and it has become my new favourite book. I love how the author told the story from four ve . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Abhi
Wolf Hollow, I have to say, is a remarkable book. Although I was reading the book for the sake of it throughout the first part of it, as soon as the p . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sameera
The Stars at Oktober Bend sends you on an emotional rollercoaster for a girl named Alice who is different from all others, in an individual way and al . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Airin
This book is an interesting read, mainly because it was not what I expected. Even though the age group is for 8+, it could be a good read for anyone.T . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Nayantara
'The Smell of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was yet another page turner. The book, similar to 'Salt to the Sea', another book in th . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Anila
The Stars At Oktober Bend written by Glenda Miller follows the life of Alice, who has a mental disability as a result of an incident which happened wh . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Anila
"The Smell of Other People's Houses" follows the life of four different characters: Ruth,Dora,Alyce and Hank. Each lead different lives whilst they wi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Nayantara
'Salt to the Sea' by Ruta Sepetys is what one would describe as a complete and utter page turner. From the very first line, I was hooked and was unabl . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Nayantara
'The Bone Sparrow' by Zana Fraillon was a very emotional read, which makes it's readers truly reflect on the situations happening in our world today; . . .
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Railhead by Shreya D
I found Railhead to be quite refreshing. Its genre fits in with Science-fiction but at the same time it is not stereotypical. Set in the future, it a . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Salma
I found this book really interesting- it raised my awareness of disabilities, specifically brain damage, with its unique writing style from Alice's po . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ruby
I really enjoyed reading The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon as it touched on a number of relevant issues in today's society. I gained a different insig . . .
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Which book do you think will win?

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
13% (6 votes)

The Bone Sparrow
9% (4 votes)

Beck
7% (3 votes)

Railhead
9% (4 votes)

The Smell of Other People's Houses
20% (9 votes)

The Starts at Oktober Bend
9% (4 votes)

Salt to the Sea
30% (14 votes)

Wolf Hollow
4% (2 votes)

 
Title: A Gathering Light
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Winning Year: 2003

This is a moving and unforgettable story of life in the Adirondack Mountains, in upstate New York at the turn of the 20th Century. The central character, Mattie, struggles to choose between family duty and her burning desire for education and a better lif
 

 
 

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 . .