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Our Lady's Abingdon (OLA)
Abingdon,
Group status: Let the reading commence!

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OLA shadowers are a group of keen readers from Years 7 and 8. We are doing some joint activities with other local schools: a Launch Tea Party and a day-long Forum.

Salt to the Sea by Cressida
Salt to the Sea is set in Germany during the Second World War. It follows four main characters and tells the story from each of their perspectives. It . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Tofarati
The plotline of this book was very very confusing. The SPAG punctuation and grammar made it even harder for me to continue reading this book. I reall . . .
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Railhead by Tofarati
I usually don't like sci-fi futuristic novels, however I did like the human realistic side to Rail.I love travelling and this book transported me from . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Cressida
Wolf Hollow is set in America during the second world war. Annabelle is happy living in the quiet countryside until she meets Betty, who hurts her. Th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Dominic
An element of this book I cherished was the way that Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, the writer, wove the stories and troubles of the four main characters into . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sophie
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a very emotional book. It follows a girl called Alice and her life. Alice was tragically injured when she was attacked. A . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Emily
I don't really know what to say about this book as in some ways I really enjoyed it but in others I found it a bit young for me. Really, it is a good . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lottie
This was a surprisingly atmospheric I felt I was with the characters. The book expressed themes I have not looked or really researched before. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sophie
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is and funny and enjoyable book. Every year the Blythes take in a kid from the Temporary. This year it's Prez's turn. . . .
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Railhead by Lottie
It was OK, not the best book but it was fun to read and added to all six books in a positive way. I would recommend if you like sci-fi. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lottie
I liked this book although some bits were a bit childish. As it is aimed at 7+ I found it hard to get into the book and briskly read through it and it . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ellie
My first impression was that it would be a book I would rather enjoy, as I have read another in the series before, this proved to be true. Prez liv . . .
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Railhead by Sophie
Railhead is set in the distant future. Zen Starling steals things and sells them to provide for his family, but one day, things were about to changeā€ . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lottie
I was very taken aback by this book as it was nothing like I thought it would be, but it was a good book and very interesting even if a bit strange. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ellie
My first impression was that I would really enjoy the book, but in the end I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Toby is a loner that everyone . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ellie
My first impression was that it would be an interesting story about two children trying to escape their past. I was mostly right. Alice Nightingale . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lottie
This haunting diamond of a novel that begs not to be forgotten is, I think, the best book I have ever read. It sucks you into the story and is one of . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Tofarati
Like many of the other Carnegie books I loved the cover but it's not nearly as good as Bone Sparrow or Wolf Hollow. The book itself was great. It gav . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Tofarati
WOW! I love this book, I couldn't even put it down. I finished it overnight. I really love the front cover. This book is a roller coaster of emotions . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Tofarati
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is an interesting sci-fi themed book. It made me laugh a lot, however it also made me cringe as I love science and th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ellie
My first impression was that I didn't really know what was going to happen, but I was excited to read it. When I started reading it I couldn't stop it . . .
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Railhead by Ellie
My first impressions were that it wasn't going to be very enjoyable for me, which proved to be true. Zen Starling is a thief, stealing to support his . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Carenza
Bone Sparrow is a beautiful story told from the perspective of Subhi, a child living in a refugee camp in Australia. The story is about Subhi meeting . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily
I wasn't expecting this to be particularly good so, when I began to read it, I was very pleasantly surprised. It is a well-written book that explores . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily
This book is very different and it is also thought-provoking. The story is told from two viewpoints - Alice Nightingale, who is a girl who finds it di . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sophie
Salt to the Sea is a very powerful book, seeing the different side of the Second World War. Normally when you read war books, they are based on people . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sophie
At first, I thought I wouldn't enjoy it because it sounded depressing and its first page is very metaphorical, talking about the 'Night sea' and the g . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sophie
Wolf Hollow is an amazing book set in the Second World War in America. Annabelle lives on a quiet farm in the country where she is happy until a new, . . .
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Railhead by Emily
I didn't have very high expectations of this and unfortunately I wasn't hugely surprised by how good I thought it was. It was better than I expected, . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily
I was expecting Salt to the Sea to be an enjoyable read as some of my friends had read it before me and raved about it. I was not disappointed. Salt t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Dominic
At the start of the novel, I was frustrated immensely by the non-existent capital letters, during Alice's point of view. However, as I read on, I warm . . .
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Railhead by Dominic
Railhead captivated me from the start. My favourite element of the novel, carried through the book, was the variety of hidden meanings, which helped m . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Carenza
The Stars at Oktober Bend is about Alice Nightingale, a girl with words inside her that she can't get out. Alice suffered a head injury a few years ag . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Dominic
Wolf Hollow is a thought-provoking book that I enjoyed very much. I really liked the first line: 'The year I turned 12, I learned how to lie.' . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ellie
My first impression was that it would not really be the book for me, as I thought it would be quite depressing, but as I got into it, I found it was a . . .
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Railhead by Carenza
Railhead is quite unlike anything I have ever read before. An important thing to remember when reading this book is that it is hard-core sci fi and se . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Carenza
Wolf Hollow follows Annabelle as her world is shattered by the arrival of loud, brash Betty Glengarry. Betty makes Annabelle's life a misery, and pers . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Dominic
I must say, my first impression of Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was that it was the odd one out of the shortlist, as it was rated a 7+ compared to . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Dominic
Subhi's story is enthralling and I enjoyed it from the first page. It is superbly crafted and I felt by the first page that the author, Zana Fraillon . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Carenza
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a light-hearted book. It follows Prez, a boy who used to live with his granddad but can no longer as his grandfath . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Dominic
I love books with maps. That was my first impression of Salt to the Sea, followed by me hoping I would love the rest of the book. So I picked up the b . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emily
I wanted to read Wolf Hollow first because of its great front cover and first line. It is a book about lies and truth, love and trust, courage and br . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Carenza
Salt to the Sea is set in war torn Germany. It follows four young people and is told from their four different perspectives. It is a work of historica . . .
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Dunmore Primary School
Abingdon, Oxon.
St Helen and St Katharine
Abingdon,
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Courtenay, Oxon
European School Culham
Culham, OXON.
Which is the dominant element in your reading of a good book?

Plot?
11% (19 votes)

Characterisation?
9% (15 votes)

Style?
2% (3 votes)

The overall experience of pleasure and satisfaction of having read something memorable
78% (132 votes)

 
Title: Tamar
Author: Mal Peet
Winning Year: 2005

This is an enthralling and multi-layered novel that traces the story of two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two. It looks at the negative impact that war has on those involved and on succeeding generations. Guilt and its ramifications lie