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We're a group of Year 9 and 10 students who want a reading challenge

Mr Halpin

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Willow
The Stars at Oktober Bend is my favourite book. I love the relationship between Alice and Manny. My favourite part of the book is how you can see the . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Willow
This book is one of my favourites because I love how real the characters feel and how their stories touch in the smallest way. Also, I like how the bo . . .
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Beck by April
Beck is one of my favourite books because it shows how people got treated differently because of their race. Beck at the book got abused in so many un . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by April
I found the bone sparrow really emotional because there is this boy called suabhi and he is in a refugee camp and all through the story he finds out w . . .
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Fantastic Foxes
Exeter, Devon
What's the most important thing in a great book?

That it's really gripping and un-put-down-able
That the characters are believable and '3D'
That it teaches you more about yourself or the world
That the writing itself is beautifully crafted
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something ju


Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he wrote his first story at the tender age of five about a spaceman called Spike and his dog Spook. He is a talented illustrator and writer, and he has illustrated several titles in the Horri . .