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Ernest Hemingway once said “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Hemingway’s opinion of books really does apply to our enthusiastic shadowing group! We meet weekly to discuss the books, and this usually ends in a heated debate as to where they will be positioned on our leader board.

Mrs Kaur

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs Kaur
This is an interesting and thought-provoking novel, and is well-written in a lyrical poetic style. The basic theme is families supporting each other i . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Isabel
I really enjoyed 'Salt to the Sea'. Not only was it engaging and interesting but it was clear that the author had put in a lot of work to research in . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Kaur
The Smell of Other People's Houses alternates first-person narratives of four teenagers: Ruth who lives with her strict grandmother and younger sister . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Shannon
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I really loved how it represents refugees different to the usual stereotype; it was very enlightening to see their st . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by James
Bone Sparrow has been the best book on this shortlist, and it has taught us how much we take things for granted. However bad you might feel that your . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Kaur
This novel is simply delightful. Its poignant story and effortless writing style made it a memorable reading experience. The story revolves around a y . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by James
I think this book was okay but I found it quite depressing with the event that occurred at the beginning. Even though it is quite decent, i do not thi . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sam
Wolf Hollow, when I picked it up, I thought it would be about wolfs... Well I was horribly wrong! The title is the location... So I thought "OK, this . . .
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Railhead by Gabe
I really enjoyed this book, it is about a boy who steals to keep his family from going homeless. However, his life soon changes, when one day a man of . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sam
Personally, I thought so far the books have been quite bad and the Smell of Other People's Houses carried it on for me... The book, set in 1970 Alaska . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Shannon
I thought this book had a very good plot, however, I found it wasn't particularly appropriate for my age group. It's definitely more suited to someone . . .
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Railhead by Thomas
The book is about a boy named Zen who travels through space stealing things. Then, one day he meets Nova who helps him with the theft of an artifact w . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Gabe
This novel had a very good start with a sad middle but great ending. It is about a girl who lives in Wolf Hollow and a new girl arrives in her area an . . .
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Railhead by Shannon
I really loved this book, right from the beginning it engaged me with the thrilling character of Zen. The description in the book is incredible and re . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Thomas
This book was set in 1970 Alaska just after it became a state. This book frequently changes the point of view which creates an experience unlike most . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Shannon
I really enjoyed this book as it was very engaging. At the start however, I found the plot hard to follow as each character only had about two pages e . . .
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Beck by Isabel
Our teachers believed that 'Beck' was too graphic and therefore we weren't allowed to read it. The topics it covers, which include rape, are not suita . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Shannon
I didn't think this book was particularly engaging, however, it was an easy read and the plot was easy to follow. I liked the fact that it covered rel . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Kathryn
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a book heavily focused on a teenage audience. Although it wasn't my favourite book, I can appreciate that it may appeal t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Kaur
Prez is a child in care because his only close relative, his grandfather, is suffering from dementia. When Prez is fostered out for the summer to the . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sam
This book was really not for me, it was too mushy and romantic for my liking, not to mention the poor grammar which really got on my nerves. This book . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Kaur
Born in a refugee camp, Subhi has never seen the outside world. At night, he dreams that the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual t . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sam
I found this book really realistic. It showed the sheer brutality of war for refugees. The book is set in WWII and revolves around four characters. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by James
This was an incredible book which follows through perfectly with the style of the book and the backstory of the characters and shows how hard some peo . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Thomas
This book is set in a refugee camp. The main character, Subhi, was born and mistreated in a refugee camp in Burma. His dream is to see the world from . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sam
I personally, found this book enjoyable. That was until I thought about it, and maybe I over thought it... Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is about a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Gabe
I enjoyed this book because it was nice to read a fun book after a few gloomy ones. It is about a boy who is taken away from his grandfather and taken . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Gabe
This book is an interesting novel about a girl who has a terrible condition. Everything is slurred but she can speak normally in pen. I didn't like th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs Kaur
Another extremely well-researched master piece by Ruta Sepetys. Weaving fact and fiction together seamlessly, this is the story of a group of WWII . . .
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Railhead by James
Railhead is a great book that gives a shocking piece of information at the end of each chapter to grab the reader's attention. The plot of the story i . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Thomas
Personally, I found Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth extremely entertaining and funny throughout the book. The plot is about a boy who can see a human . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Joe
In my opinion Sputnik had a hilarious start! The writer also managed to convey the sadness of his grandfather's cancer in such a melancholy way that i . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Kathryn
Personally, I found this book extremely engaging. Although younger readers may find certain elements of the plot slightly disconcerting, for older rea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Kyle
I found Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth extremely funny and entertaining. I liked how in the beginning it listed everything that technically happened . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Shannon
I didn't particularly enjoy this novel. Initially, I was intrigued by the plot, however, the manner in which it was written didn't engage me. I think . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Gabe
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it is a very emotional book with an interesting twist about a boy who lives in a refugee camp. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sam
This book, was amazing! I really enjoyed the parts that left you asking questions such as "Where are they?" and "Why are they there?" You want to know . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Miss Howden
A stunning historical stand alone, it's no wonder this book has been nominated for, and won, multiple awards. Beautiful (and harrowing) descriptions c . . .
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Railhead by Mrs Kaur
Railhead is set in a future in which humanity has left Earth and settled many worlds. Interplanetary travel is not achieved by starships but by a netw . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by James
This is a great book about two boys (one from a different universe) who try to save the Earth. It is a superb piece of literature that keeps you inter . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Shannon
I really enjoyed this book because I love romantic genres.The structure of the book is very engaging because it shows the story from the different per . . .
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Railhead by Sam
Railhead, personally was not a book for me and I thought it had quite a slow start, however there were a few questions that you could ask about what w . . .
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Beck by Miss Howden
A harrowing but arguably informative book, Beck really does bring to light the issue of what age actually constitutes as 'young adult' literature. The . . .
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Beck by Mrs Kaur
Beck is most certainly not a children's book, and should therefore have not been shortlisted for a children's book award. The majority of children . . .
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Walsall,
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Title: The Bunker Diary
Author: Kevin Brooks
Winning Year: 2014

16-year-old Linus Weems has woken up in a low-ceilinged rectangular building, made entirely of whitewashed concrete, with no windows and no doors. The lift is the only way out. But this time when the lift comes, it isn't empty.
 

 
 

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 . .