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Northampton Academy
Northampton,
Group status: We meet for Book Chat and 'judging' every Wednesday break time.
For 2018 we have an awesome group of Year 7-9 students reading their way through the shortlist. Everyone is enthusiastically reading, reviewing and AR quizzing. All shadowing students meet in the library every Wednesday break time for Book Chat and snacks!

Mrs Sullivan

The Hate U Give by Nicole-ann
The Hate U Give is a brilliant book and it is full of emotions. This book is about a teenage girl called Starr and she is in two worlds, Garden Height . . .
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After the Fire by Leah
After The Fire is one of the best books on the shortlist. My favourite part of the book was the layout as every before and after section left you on a . . .
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Rook by Jessica
Rook looked really dull to me; the front cover wasnít very interesting and didnít make me want to read it! Funnily enough, this book wasnít that bad! . . .
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The Hate U Give by Daniela
The Hate U Give (THUG) was a brilliant book to read and was very believable and amazingly written. The main character, Starr, was the only witness to . . .
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Release by Daniela
Release was a really interesting book to read as I surprisingly enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put my book down once I really got into the plot . . .
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Rook by Daniela
For me, Rook should not have been placed in the short list. The book has some interesting points as the main character goes through his struggles as a . . .
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After the Fire by Daniela
After the fire is personally my favourite book in this yearís short list. I couldn't put my book down once I had started reading it. The book instantl . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Daniela
I enjoyed reading Wed Wabbit. The book grabs your attention and the plot line is very memorable, making it all together a very good book to read. From . . .
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The Hate U Give by Emily
When I first saw the blurb of this book, I was really excited. It was my type of book. Angie Thomas bases this story on the murder of Emmett Till in 1 . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by xena
'Beyond the bright sea' By Lauren Wolk, is the book that strikes me the most... and it may not be in a good way. This is because this book has a good . . .
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The Hate U Give by Xena
The hate you give is a book that really tests your emotions and thoughts on realistic experiences that occur throughout this generation and continue t . . .
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Saint Death by Erin
I didn't love this book... -SPOILERS- However it was intriguing to get an insight into life in poor, crime-ridden area's such as Anapra, which I did . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Erin
I loved this book! Written by Lauren Wolk, it was captivating, involving and descriptive, I especially loved how it was set in 1925, and from the poin . . .
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Where the World Ends by Jessica
This book looked really interesting. However, it wasn't. I think the idea was really unique and if written the right way it could have been interest . . .
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The Hate U Give by Jessica
The Hate U Give was a very well written, interesting book. I couldn't put it down! The moral is very important in this story and I'm happy it is gett . . .
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After the Fire by Jessica
Even though I finished this book a while ago, I'm still so surprised at how amazing it was! Everything fit together perfectly! The storyline was so d . . .
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After the Fire by Lissy
After The Fire is a compelling book with lots to love. The action-filled life of Moonbeam had me hooked from beginning to end. Will Hillís powerful wo . . .
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Release by Jessica
When first introduced to the 2018 shortlist, 'Release' didn't really stand out to me. Now that I've finished reading, I think it was quite a good book . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Leah
Wed wabbit may look childish to some people but the detail of the writing is excellent. I have to say this isn't one of my favourite books on the shor . . .
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Rook by Leah
Rook was a good book as the story line was amazing but the only thing I would say needs improvement is the mention of the rook. Most of the book is ab . . .
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Release by Nicole
I really enjoyed reading Release! Seeing as this book is a 16+ and has some bits that definitely put it under that age group, despite that I thought i . . .
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Saint Death by Nicole
Saint Death is the first book I read in this yearís Carnegie Shortlist. As I have never really read this kind of book, I was quite pleased to enjoy it . . .
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The Hate U Give by Leah
The Hate U Give is about a teenage girl called Starr who lives in two worlds, Garden Heights and the suburbs. The author focuses on racism which is a . . .
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Saint Death by Nicole-Ann
This book is really interesting. I liked how it was like real life on how people join gangs for money to help their families. When I first found out h . . .
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Saint Death by Leah
Saint death is great! My favourite part is how it highlights why some people need to join gangs (for money to support their family etc.) At first you . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Jessica
When I first saw this book and read the blurb, I thought I was going to really dislike the book. It looked really childish so I wasnít looking forward . . .
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WFPS
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Tussler Tales
Northampton,
Kingsthorpe College
Northampton,
Learning Resources for Education - Northamptonshire's School Library Service
Riverside Park,
Do you think books should carry age restrictions and censorship in the same way as films?

Yes
No
People should be able to make up their own minds
 
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