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Northampton Academy
Northampton,
Group status: We meet for Book Chat and 'judging' every Monday break time.
For 2017 we have an awesome group of Year 7-8 students reading their way through the shortlist. Everyone is enthusiastically reading, reviewing and AR quizzing. All shadowing students meet in the library every Monday break time for Book Chat and biscuits!

Mrs Sullivan

Salt to the Sea by Jessica
Salt to the sea is one of my favourite books so far! It is written from four perspectives, which was quite confusing at first because it was difficul . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Izzy
I have now finished all the shortlisted books and I think that I saved the best until last with reading Salt to the sea. From the very beginning, th . . .
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Beck by Becca
I am reviewing Beck, this was my last book to read and I really enjoyed it. I was thinking it would be hard to review compared to the others especiall . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Daniela
I started reading this book near the start of the Carnegie award but I stopped because I didn't really like it. I've now just finished the book after . . .
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Beck by Daniela
At the start, the book seemed the quite depressing and like the boy had no hope but I gradually grew into the book and learned to love it. The charact . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Elisa
Salt to the sea was the first book I read and my favourite yet. I like that each chapter shows a new point of view from one of the four main character . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Becca
I am reviewing Salt to the Sea. I really enjoyed this book and I wish that there was a sequel to it. I cried at 3 points during this book and I think . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Becca
I am reviewing The Bone Sparrow. I really enjoyed this book and I wish that there was a sequel to it. The way the story is constructed and the element . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ilhan
The Smell of Other People’s Houses is written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. It is a book written in the past in the 1970’s. It’s written from each o . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Izzy
I had never read a book before that is written from four people's perspectives but I think Hitchcock achieved this very well. (I think that writing fr . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Izzy
I really loved this book! The Bone Sparrow is about a boy called Subhi who is a refugee that was born inside an immigration detention centre and has n . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Daniela
I found the book 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' amazing because of the amount of detail and the atmosphere that is created through the main character, Al . . .
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Beck by Ben
I thought Beck was a very emotional book and the main character had a lot of bad things happen to him but some parts were good. I think the imaginatio . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lauren
I think that The Stars at Oktober Bend was a well written, gripping book. I like the way that it didn't tell you exactly what had happened in the past . . .
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Railhead by Daniela
I really enjoyed this book and definitely a lot more than I had expected to because I'm not usually into science-fiction. I liked Zen's character beca . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jessica
This book is based around the strange relationship between a young boy called Prez – who doesn’t speak - and a mind reading dog/human called Sputn . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Daniela
The book is about a boy called Prez who meets an alien from outer space but the other humans see him as a talented dog. Together they search for ten t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Megan
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a really thoughtful book. It is the same story, but coming from two different points of view. Alice Nightingale is 15 yea . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jessica
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a great book! It looked interesting just from the front, and the back cover didn’t give too much information away, so . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Becca
I am reviewing Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth and I wasn’t sure I would like it. I was one of the last in my group to read it and all my friends . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Becca
I am reviewing Wolf Hollow and I don't really know what to say! The book as a whole is really gripping and you don't want to stop reading! Annabelle's . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Becca
I am reviewing the Smell Of Other People's Houses and I am really happy to review this book as I enjoyed it through out! I love it when authors use mo . . .
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Beck by Becca
I am reviewing Railhead and I don’t know where to start! I was ready for a negative reaction and that is what I was expecting as I hate sci-fi. Howe . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Nicole
When I first started reading this book I wasn't very hooked in but after reading a couple of pages I was delightedly surprised that the book wasn't as . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Izzy
Wolf hollow is about a girl called Annabelle who lives on a farm with her family. Betty starts new at her school but is known for causing trouble. Whe . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Izzy
Alice is a girl who has had a brain injury and finds speech difficult. Alice lives with her grandmother and her brother and her family is seen as rath . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lissy
I found that Sputnik’s guide to life on earth was a great read. It might have been a little low for my reading range but it was fun reading somethin . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ilhan
I really enjoyed this book it had a nice plot and it wasn't as hard to read as I thought but I didn't like the ending though and wanted something diff . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Paula
I loved that all the stories were completely different at the beginning but then became one.this was extremely well written and thought out. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Paula
I liked it,it was very well written and descriptive but it was a bit too sad for me.Other people might like sad stories though. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daniela
I really enjoyed this book because Annabelle , the main character, was bullied by a girl called Betty and she learns to stand up to her finally. But, . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daniela
I enjoyed this book because the main character, Subhi , was very naïve and didn't know much of the world around him because he was born in a detenti . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Daniela
I found the book very good and amazing in detail. It had great descriptions about the area around them and fit in with the atmosphere which was of ter . . .
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Railhead by Megan
I chose Railhead as my second book to read for the Carnegie shadowing programme after reading Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, and in all honesty I . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ilhan
I enjoyed reading this book because it is set in the past. I think the writer should've continued the story since it was really interesting. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ilhan
I really like this book because it is sad and has a nice storyline. I think it's one of my favourites. . . .
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Beck by Jessica
I originally thought that this wouldn't be the book for me, however I was surprised when I was finished. Beck led a very unique and interesting life, . . .
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Railhead by Molly
Railhead. I was ready to be disappointed with this book. But it worked out to be an awesome book! It took me awhile to read due to the only fact that . . .
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Beck by Izzy
After reading ‘Beck’, I feel that it is appropriate to need to have parents’ permission in order to read it because it might make some feel unco . . .
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Railhead by Izzy
I picked out this book with not much enthusiasm and prepared myself for disliking it, due to the fact that I do not like sci-fi novels. However, 'Rail . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ben
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses is a book that I would gladly read again as each perspective is very intriguing makes you want to read more and more . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs Sullivan
After a slow start I became totally drawn into this beautiful tale of Alice and her brave journey to becoming fifteen after being stuck at ‘number t . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jessica
I found this book unexpectedly good! At first, I didn't think I would enjoy it, however it turned out to be an amazing book written from the views of . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Sullivan
Some beautiful writing from the author as four stories intertwine & conclude much as I predicted. The characters lacked a little depth for me, as much . . .
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Railhead by Mrs Sullivan
Totally unexpectedly good! I'm definitely not a fan of science fiction and this book had the least appeal to me on the short list. Fast paced and quit . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Sullivan
The Bone Sparrow is an uplifting tale of desperation. Subhi is always full of hope despite his sad and deprived upbringing in the detention centre, an . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anastasija
I have finished 'Salt To The Sea' and it was amazing.There are four main characters that tell the story from their side.At first its hard to understan . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ben
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a great book for young children as it has great action and the original idea is amazing. It is very gripping as I . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Paula
Well written and descriptive, this story is both heartbreaking and joyful. I kind of love and hate that at the same time that she built up Toby's char . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rose
I have enjoyed reading Salt to the Sea. I loved how it was narrated by four people from four different walks of life and how that showed in their char . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Kaycee
In my opinion, Wolf Hollow is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story line is unique and has an amazing twist to a typical book. The author . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Sullivan
I read this book first due to its lack of appeal, but wow, it totally took me by surprise! This has such wide appeal with two stories cleverly intertw . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Izzy
In Sputnik’s Guide to life on Earth a boy named Prez and an alien named Sputnik attempt to save the world from being shrunk by trying to find a list . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Becca
I am reviewing the Stars at Oktober Bend. Since the beginning I thought I would really like it and it was going to be my favourite book out of the sho . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Molly
At the start I really didn’t want to read this book thinking it was aimed at 7 year olds not 12-14 year olds. I picked it first thinking “ohh I ca . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Megan
When I first saw this book, I thought I wouldn't really like it. But I'm glad that I did pick it up and give it a try because I ended up quite enjoyin . . .
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Kingsthorpe College
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Tussler Tales
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Learning Resources for Education - Northamptonshire's School Library Service
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Title: Here Lies Arthur
Author: Philip Reeve
Winning Year: 2008

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Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and three sons. She worked as a primary school teacher before having children, and has had picture books and middle grade fiction published in Australia.

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