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Cranleigh Carnegie Club

Group status: This week we have been: eating donuts, discussing our favourites so far and writing our reviews!

The 2018 launch party!

The Cranleigh Carnegie Club is made up of a team of avid readers from years 8-10 who follow the shadowing process along with a band of willing staff bookworms. The club meets on Tuesday lunch times in the senior school library to swap, discuss and review our books. Top readers and reviewers will be rewarded at a special event to coincide with the announcement of the 2018 winner in June.

Mrs. McGougan

The Hate U Give by Rula
I liked this book at the beginning because the plot moved quite quickly and it was interesting, however, towards the middle it got quite tedious an un . . .
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Rook by Mrs Andrews
Great book! very short and easy to read, but tells a heart warming story of the two brothers... I enjoyed the look at bullying and the presentation of . . .
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Saint Death by Heidi Andrews
My personal response to this book is that I didn't like it at all! I didn't like the cover, I hated the fact it was written in the present tense; I fo . . .
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Rook by Beatrice G.C.
-Very homey -A quick read, only 123 pages, good for going on vacation- read on the plane, etc. -Nice correlation with the bird and the plotline -D . . .
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Rook by Beatrice G.C.
-Very homey -A quick read, only 123 pages, good for going on vacation- read on the plane, etc. -Nice correlation with the bird and the plotline -D . . .
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Where the World Ends by Beatrice G.C.
-Rather boring -Dealt with much more adult issues than I was expecting -Markets itself as a survival book, IT IS NOT. There is almost no description . . .
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After the Fire by Beatrice G.C.
-Fascinating -Highly disturbing -Really interesting -Too many characters, it’s a bit hard to keep track of them all -The book flows seamlessly bet . . .
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The Hate U Give by Beatrice G.C.
-REAL CHARACTERS -Provides a good insight into this so-called ‘world’ that is almost never represented in media in the optimistic light that it was h . . .
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Release by Beatrice G.C.
-Two stories twisting together into one, which can often be annoying- however here it was well written & interesting. -Nice threads throughout the e . . .
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Saint Death by Beatrice G.C.
-A fascinating insight into the world of Central American drug gangs -Amazing relationships and world building -Interesting, consistent recurring th . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Beatrice G.C.
-Definitely written for a younger audience- ages around 8-10 -Terrible world building -Some character development, but only with one of the side ch . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Beatrice G.C.
-Rough and tumble -Leaves some unanswered questions and side plots that are mentioned but not fully explored -Good world building -Easily predictab . . .
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Release by Mrs McGougan
I love Patrick Ness's work, he is never scared of tackling difficult emotional subjects in new and interesting ways. This book is certainly no except . . .
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The Hate U Give by Noelle
Angie Thomas’s first novel, The Hate U Give describes 16 year old Starr Carter’s difficult balance between her two different lives; her black and poor . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Heidi Andrews
This was my favourite so far of the ones I have read ( I have read 4 and part read 2). It is a great adventure/mystery story, beautifully written, par . . .
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Where the World Ends by Heidi Andrews
LOVED this book! I keep on thinking about those men and boys stuck for all that time on a pillar of rock, stranded in the sea. It had very strong appe . . .
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After the Fire by Heidi Andrews
This was a great book: It has really made me think about brainwashing and power, and to understand how what WE think is 'normal life' can seem scary o . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Heidi Andrews
I really enjoyed reading this book. I admit, to begin with I found it a bit childish and annoying, but once I got into the story, it was just such gre . . .
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Saint Death by Kaiwan
Saint Death is a captivating book that gives you a peek into the real world, the happenings of today. The style in which it is written is incredibly u . . .
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Where the World Ends by Mrs McGougan
A moving and atmospheric story. Like a Scottish version of Lord of the Flies, but based on a true story which made it all the more engaging. I thoug . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mrs McGougan
I loved this book! Great for younger readers, but clever enough to keep older kids and adults interested. At its heart it is a tale about family, love . . .
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How many books will you aim to read from this year's shortlist?

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All 8 of them!
 
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
 

 
 

Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She studied Creative Writing at Belhaven University, where she was one of the only black students – a theme visited in The Hate U Give, her debut novel, which is currentl . . .