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Group status: Chiswick's Fantastic Carnegie Reading Club 2016

Carnegie Reading Group 2016

This year we have a Fantastic group made up of students from years 7 & 8's shadowing the awards process. We meet every other week in the library and discuss what we've read so far and write reviews. We are also really excited this year as all the books are on the Accelerated Reader programme which our Year 7 & 8's take part in.

Mrs Williams & Mrs Flann

Railhead by Olly
Railhead is about a young boy called Zen Starling who steals objects and sells them for money to feed himself and his family. However one day he m . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Zara
This book was absolutely brilliant! This is a lovely story for students to read. I found this book really interesting. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Zara
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others because I thought this book was a lot more confusing. I think that this was my least favourite. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Zara
This was an amazing book! I loved it! It was very enjoyable to read. . . .
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Railhead by Sarah
In the book,Railhead,you go on an emotional roller coaster with a young thief called Zen Starling.This story is good for the more adventurous people a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Seraphima
This book was full stop my favourite book to read. there was so much suspense and every emotion in this book. i loved it. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Seraphima
Wolf hollow was a wonderfully written book which made me feel warm and sad at the same time. Everything about this book was great. . . .
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Beck by Trisha
It is good book in my opinion and it really expresses about the problems we have in life. The book was realistic, which is characteristic in need in a . . .
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Railhead by Trisha
I don't like the book at all because it is a bit of a cliche to be honest we all hear these books about pick pocketing for example Oliver twist but th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Trisha
the story is a bit weird to be honest because the title is first of all 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' which is a bit weird. The characters are . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Trisha
I think it is a a good book but personally I did not enjoy it. To me it is too far fetched because they are trying to get the perspective from a girl . . .
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Beck by Selene
Absolutely brilliant! Beck is a heart pounding story. I loved it and found it so gripping. The fact that the author tells the tale boldly and . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Selene
The story line of this book is exciting and powerful however I found the style of writing a bit irritating (abstract adjectives used as nouns, so "my . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Selene
I enjoyed this but it is not my number one recommended. However it's definitely worth reading. It's exciting, especially when Dumpling ends up in h . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Selene
Amazing! Simply brilliant! This book captivated me from the begging and is probably the most memorable so far. I love the characters- except Alfre . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Tara chappell
I think that the smell of other peoples houses Is a very good and interesting book for all age groups as it has lots of different story's told from ot . . .
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Railhead by Sara
I thought that Railhead would be a story with a lot of parts I wouldn't understand. But I read it and now I pretty much think that it is so good it is . . .
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Railhead by Seraphima
Rail head is one of my favourite Carnegie books as the characters are so well described and everything is so dramatic and awesome. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Seraphima
Wolf hollow was a very hooking book andI enjoyed it a lot. There was so much drama and tension which made me want to keep flipping the pages for ever. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sara
Well the only words which can describe this book is wonderful, child friendly, adventurous, and cool. This is a book which I would recommend for young . . .
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Railhead by Mathilda
Railhead was an adventurous, phenomenal book. It is a kind of book that you read. and can't stop reading it! It gripped at my thirsty mind to never st . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sara
This book was a very weird and abnormal novel. Talking about how this town has people which only eat potatoes because they can not find other food. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sara
The stars at October bend was a nice and enjoyable book it was also very interesting and informative. Even though it was a 13+ and i might have not un . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Zara
Wolf Hollow was absolutely amazing! it reminded me of what really goes on in school. I think this book might be my favourite so far. I don't think the . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Madeline
This book was quite boring at first then it got intersting. BUt overall I didnt really find this book interesting. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Madeline
I found this book really boring and dull. I didn't actually finish it because it was so boring. . . .
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Beck by Madeline
Beck was a good book. but it was the incorrect age group because it had some inappropriate parts in it. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Avery
It was really good. However it was confusing and being written in poems and with no grammar made it hard to understand. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Avery
It was so good! I did not expect it to be so moving. I liked how it dealt with a real global problem . . .
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Railhead by Lucia
Rail head is about a boy who steals things to keep his sister and mother alive and well, until he is told to steal something very important and danger . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lucia
I thought the smell of other people's houses was a well thought of idea and was OK story-wise but I did not enjoy it as much as the other books.I give . . .
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Beck by Lucia
I hated Beck it should not be in the Carnegie scheme. It is old, and way to old for the people participating.It is Awful!!!I give it a 0/10 for all th . . .
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Beck by Sara
Beck was an interesting book to read i enjoyed most of the part that i understood. It was my first experience with reading a 16+ book it was good thou . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlie
This book was not my favourite, as I found it had a lack of action and adventure. Although it informs us greatly of how one would experience life in a . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sophie
In my opinion The Stars at Oktober Bend is a very moving story. I'm not usually a fan of romantic story's but this one is so sweet that i found myself . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Fatima-Zahra Yusuf
I loved this book as i am a big fan of books that educate children about the war,the entire story was incredibly touching and every chapter of the boo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Trisha
wolf hollow is a good book and I advise everybody to read this book. I like the way how it is set in the world war 2 and how it is from a child's pers . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Fatima-Zahra Yusuf
The book overall disappointed me,I disliked the cover and the entire concept of the book.As soon as a read a couple of pages,I instantly disliked the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Charlie
Personally, I am not a great fan of war books, but this one really intrigued me. I love that it's not a complete happy ending, but has the right balan . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mathilda
This book was a joy to read! It was sad, exciting and phenomenal! Each moment was a life changing experience for the reader and the book, how two peop . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Madeline
This book was very childish and was probably meant for a lower year group. It was funny it was a good book but it was very chlidish. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eva
I thought that this book was rather childish and thought it was slightly to young for the Carnegie shadowing scheme, years 7-9. It was quite confusing . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by seraphima stonelake
I absolutely loved this book and its such a page turner and uplifts your mood whenever reading. The idea of having Laika and the russian space dog, Sp . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by seraphima stonelake
I really loved the idea of the book and it gives the reader a very clear picture of how a refugee camp is really like. The most hooking part of the bo . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by seraphima stonelake
I felt that the first one hundred pages or so did not hook me at all, however as i read on it started getting better and was a great page turner. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Olly
Wolf Hollow is not the book I would normally read and sadly for some odd reason I started losing interest quickly during the middle of the book, becau . . .
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Beck by Alaa
A heart- breaking story: you can almost walk in the character's shoes . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mathilda
This book was a beautiful, loving experience! Glenda Millard did an excellent job in creating suspense, adventure and the excitement in the book. I al . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Olly
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a book which at first I sincerely disliked it but over time all the words and phrases make sense. This book is a book whi . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sara
The smell of other peoples houses book was a weird experience but it was also a 13+ book and I'm not a teen yet, it was also my first ever 13+. To be . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sara
This book as well was a quite an enjoyable book, interesting and entertaining. But it wasn't as great as the bone sparrow although the interesting p . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eva
I thought that this book was reasonably good and quite interesting, but really predictable. You could tell what was going to happen and who the charac . . .
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Railhead by Amos
Railhead was a thrilling book due to it being tense and suspensful. the whole futuristic idea was fantastic (k-gates,teleporting,dimensions,and a chas . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amos
Sputnik's guide to life on earth was an eventful book.This book made me laugh more than once as it is fun and witty and hs a quite deceptive and misle . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Olly
"A tragic, beautifully crafted and wonderful book" INDEPENDENT. Well they were not wrong there. The bone sparrow is a beautiful and compelling boo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Madeline
I thought Wolf Hollow was a great book it was powerful and it explained everything it didn't leave any unanswered questions. It wa a really good book! . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eva
I didn't enjoy reading this book as I found that it was rather boring and confusing. Also, I found that the main character had completely no relation . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Olly
Sputnik's guide to life on Earth, where do I start. The author of this book is an amazing author and has written one of my favourite books called Mill . . .
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Railhead by Frank
Railhead was a good book at times. However, at some points, it was a bit cliched. Nevertheless, the main plot of the story was quite good if, once aga . . .
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Beck by Frank
Beck is a very good book with an extremely interesting and intriguing plot. I felt like I was with the character the whole way through the book as it . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alaa
So captivating yet slightly boring. It is written in a slightly strange way and does not have a satisfying ending... I'd love to see this book or Subh . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Zara
Salt to the sea was a fantastic book. I loved everything about it. I liked how the characters each had interesting personalities,the time and place it . . .
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Beck by Zara
Beck was a very good story and I enjoyed it a lot but the only negative opinion from me is that it had some really inappropriate description which was . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Olly
Now I would like to start by saying that other people will have different opinions on my review so please don't go thinking "Oh yeah this book must be . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sara
In my opinion I think that the bone sparrow was quite an interesting book. The reason why is because of the way it opened up the story. It opened it u . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alaa
I love this book! From the gripping beginning to the tearful end, I felt like one of the many people fighting for their lives... Heart-moving and sad . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Zoe
This book was quirky, funny and very enjoyable, from Sputnik's odd choices on what was worthy of being in the Companion, to Prez's Granddad, who defin . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eva
I thought Salt To The Sea was an inspiring book that showed different depictions of the war. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it made me realise ju . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Zoe
This book, following the life of Subhi, a refugee who has lived in a camp where they are fed slops and never have enough rations, and Jimmy, a local g . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Damia
I didn't particularly enjoy this book, seeing as it wasn't my choice of book to begin with, and it wasn't funny at all. The fact that the talking dog . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Michka
I am not surprised that this book was shortlisted for the Carnegie book awards. This book was amazing. It was impossible to guess what happened next. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Michka
This book was very imaginative and had an extremely interesting story. I really enjoyed reading this book as it created several narrative hooks for th . . .
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Beck by Eva
I thought that this book shouldn't have been nominated as some of the scenes in this book were rather disturbing and the age range for the Carnegie sh . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eva.O
Wolf Hollow is a book about a girl called Annabelle who lives in a place called Wolf Hollow but then Annabelle's life is flipped upside down when a bu . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Trisha
In overall I think it is a good book but it wasn't funny. I know the genre was humour but to be honest it wasn't funny. I enjoyed the story line and i . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Madeline
This book wasn't my personal favourite. I found it kind of boring and it wasn't very enjoyable. I wouldn't read this book agin. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Claire
I think that Wolf Hollow is a very good book. It is mostly a mystery book but it is also sad. I liked it because you didn't know what was going to hap . . .
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Beck by Mathilda
Beck was an amazing book to read from! The reality of the war and how Beck is black, lonely orphan going through a rain pity and sorrow but also joy a . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Khadija
Wolf Hollow is an amazing book. There are many reasons to this. One of the reason is being shocked which makes it more exciting to read for example wh . . .
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Beck by Olly
Before I start going into the actual review I would like to say a few things. This book contains some very graphic scenes that are based somewhat on r . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amina
This book was very exciting to read as it was packed full of drama. The book contained shocking plot twists and a hint of sadness throughout. I think . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Esmee Donovan
The Plot: I thought the plot was good because there were different story lines for each character and sometimes they crossed. This gave you an idea t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Esmee Donovan
Plot: I thought that the plot was boring and I couldn't read the book for long periods of time because it didn't keep me gripped. I also found it a b . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lucia
salt to the sea was the second book I read and it was a page turner. It is about a girl who is saved by a german boy they group up with some other ref . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Olly
Salt to the sea is all about the 1945 German evacuation attempts when the Russians tried to invade Germany. This is a compelling and emotional book ab . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eva.O
Salt to the Sea is a really well written book. It tells you about the lives of 4 people that become entangled. I found this book really interesting an . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Manan
This was an amazing story. I have read many books based on the 1st and 2nd world wars and this was one of the best that I have read. I loved the stile . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Manan
I thought that this was a heart braking tale and I truly enjoyed reading it. The writer created an extremely strong narrative hook and i found it diff . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eva.O
The Stars at Oktober bend is one time read type of book. it is quite confusing because of the way that is is written and I hand to look up some of th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eva
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I thought that how the 4 different characters' stores overlapped and intertwined was rather clever. Also, I fe . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Claire
Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth is a book about an alien called Sputnik who comes to Earth to save it from shrinking. The book is very engaging and f . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Madeline
I FOUND THIS BOOK GOOD, IT’S INTERESTING AND IT’S BASED ON A REAL EVENT THAT HAPPENED IN WW2. USUALLY BOOKS THAT ARE ABOUT WW2 ARE BASED ON WHAT . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mathilda
'Wolf Hollow' was an amazing book, it is filled with adventure and mystery, creating an exciting and tense atmosphere. An amazing storyline with adven . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Omay
This is one of the best books I've read because it's so interesting and real! I would recommend this book for 11+ because there's such a good moral in . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eva
I found that the book took a while to get into and only became increasingly interesting the further into it I read. Although the lack of punctuation w . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lucia
Wolf Hollow is a story about a girl called Annabelle who fights for what is right even if it means to lie. I think that how Lauren Wolk describes Bett . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eva.O
I really enjoyed this book as it captured the feeling of the characters and they all had different views and ideas about thing. I also enjoyed the way . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maria
'the stars at oktober bend' is a really strange but interesting book. At the start I was extremely bored at how nothing was explained to the reader an . . .
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Beck by Zoe
This book was moving and emotional, making me feel all sorts of things for Beck, as he goes on such a painful journey, through such immense hardships, . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Zoe
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it was funny and engaging, but also powerful and very emotional. The four main characters, Dora, Ruth, Alyc . . .
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St Paul's Juniors Shadowing Group
London,
Orchard House School
London,
The Harrodian School
London,
Grove Park Reading Collective
Chiswick, London
 
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.