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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: We've just started reading - some of us are already onto our second book!



Our group is made up of nineteen Year 9 pupils, Mr Davies (our English Teacher) and Mrs Minter (School Librarian).

Salt to the Sea by Amelia
Salt to the sea is such a moving book, it brought me close to tears. The book has 4 main characters which all have a chapter every 4 pages. I loved it . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Minter
This book made me empathise with the life of a refugee in an immigration detention centre. The main character, Subhi, is a child who has only ever kn . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Vasco
Sputnik's guide to life on earth, is a very interesting book; It does't exactly have the suspense that an action book would have, but it also makes us . . .
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Salt to the Sea by MrDavies
I really enjoyed one of this author's previous books, so was looking forward to reading this. Like a number of the books on the shortlist, it seems t . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Gabe
I am currently three chapters into this book, I'm really enjoying it. I like the way that the book moves from character to character and they all will . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Vladimir
I think that the book is really interesting and when you get the tempo of the book it's impossible to stop reading it. The first several chapters are . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Benson
Spuniks guide to life on earth is a good book as i think it displays a number of clear emotions portrayed by the main character. Sometimes there is co . . .
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Beck by Sampson
So far I'm on page 109 and am enjoying it, however there have been some parts that were extremely unsettling like the part where Beck is raped. Other . . .
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Beck by Haris
This Review is Based on the First Few Chapters of the Book as I am a slow reader. Beck is definitely a great book for someone like me to read. From . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Freddie
The Bone Sparrow is a story that is based on a family in a immigration camp. The main character, Subhi is a refugee who is born on the refugee camp (i . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mungo
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Each chapter was related to a person and their lives, in the end, all collide. The writing was very descriptive and I . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Elin
The smell of other peoples houses by Bonnie-sue Hitchcock, so far has been an interesting read. It began with the story of a person called Ruth. Her b . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Vasily
I'm on chapter 4 of this book, show how people my age, live around the world as Ruth is quite poor but then she is at her friends house, she absolutel . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Luke
The book starts very unusually with a description of Prev’s grandfather and how he finds lists very important. It then goes into the first chapter o . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sophie
At the beginning of ‘The Stars at Oktober Bend’ the author compared the main character, Alice, to a bear as she references the stitches but all of . . .
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Beck by George
This books first few chapters were very surprising, yet I was thinking something like this would happen when the Brothers got involved and the childre . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Madeleine
The Smell of Other People's Houses is simple at first, but begins to get more confusing as the lives intertwine together. At times it is a bit hard to . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lily
Wolf hollow is a book set in Second World War America from the point of view of a young but sensible primary school girl called Annabelle. She is curr . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Leila
I have just started this book and I am about 1/4 of the way through. So far it has been very engaging and there have been a lot of interesting parts t . . .
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Beck by Olivia
I have not finished reading Beck yet but what I have read has been fabulously written.The auther has written it in such a way that I did not want to s . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Augusta
I am about a quarter of the way through this book and I have found it to be very intriguing from the beginning; because 'The smell of other people's h . . .
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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
 

 
 

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Born and raised in Alaska and a longtime journalist for Alaska Public Radio, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock spent ten years fishing commercially and raised her children on a boat in Southeast Alaska - bringing a rare authenticity to her writing about Americ . .