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Oxted, Surrey
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Oxted School's Carnegie Shadowing group consists of around fifty avid readers. We meet every Friday lunchtime to share ideas and to pass judgement on the shortlisted books. .............................................................................. This year's books are giving us plenty to talk about! Check out the reviews to see what we think! .............................................................................. Our Work Shops during lunchtime are to cover many topics this year, including refugees, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, child abuse and student opinions of the best teen read . ..............................................................................

The Bone Sparrow by Sam
The Bone Sparrow is a truly incredible book. The characters, emotion and sentence structure all help to create an amazingly emotive atmosphere. Set i . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Teah
An okay book,quite a slow start but a great heart-wrenching twist at the end . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jacob Nasta
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is about an alien who tries to save the world by writing a list of ten things to see and do on Earth. I thought it wa . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sam
I thoroughly enjoyed Salt to the Sea. Most books, I find, are quite difficult to engage with to begin with, but this book had me from the first page. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by aimee
I found this book slow and boring until about the last 12 chapters this book was ok but I wasn't too interested in it though. I wouldn't recommend it . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by aimee
this was a funny book that was fun to read and easy to follow I would recommend to younger people I found it enjoyable . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amber
I really enjoyed this book as when I started reading the first paragraph it wasn't a long introduction and it got straight into the story line. The bo . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Emmie
It is really good book and has a good contrast between being very funny and a bit sad when his Grandad doesn't remember him. Although it was good it w . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aimee
A sad book about migrants and belief in a freedom that never comes the book has sad topics with the themes of loneliness and I would recommend this bo . . .
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Railhead by Aimee
This book was fun to read and made you want to carry on reading more after it finished also I suggest reading this book if you like magical trains . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Aimee
A sad book that had a dark meaning but was well written and a mystery with a good twist . . .
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Beck by Sam
Beck, by Mal Peet, is a heartwarming book about a dark-skinned boy and his journey throughout North America, looking for a place to belong. It definit . . .
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Railhead by Olivia
I love reading this book, i thoroughly enjoyed it! . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by eleanor
This book was ok and I enjoyed reading it. . . . .
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Railhead by Matthew
I thought Railhead was a very good book for people who like science fiction and trains. Sometimes Railhead can be a bit confusing; however, on the who . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Matthew
Sputnik's Guide to Life On Earth is great for readers who like humour and enjoy reading books with an element of science fiction. I enjoyed the specia . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Olivia
I really enjoyed reading this book. I never enjoy reading about the World War books but this one i really like it. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Olivia
This is a really good book to read, I really enjoyed it! It had a good twist at the end . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Annabelle
A touching story. A little confusing with the fire seemingly unprovoked or unexplained, but a beautiful story and an insight into the life of a refuge . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Annabelle
A rather strange book with quite a sudden beginning. Ruth's story is a little disturbing and unfortunate. Other than that a good book . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Annabelle
A good book, but with a very confusing beginning. The lack of capital letters also makes it a little confusing too. However,I think the author was ver . . .
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Railhead by Sean
This a story about a boy who is a thief and a massive fan of trains but in this time they go through portals that were created by the Guardians. I . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Benjamin
The Bone sparrow is about a refugee boy named Subhi living in a immigration detention centre whilst he is waiting for his Ba (father) with his sister . . .
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Railhead by Eleanor
Railhead was a really gripping book. It was very interesting and I was surprised I enjoyed it so much. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eleanor
This book was quite sad but it was really good too. It was very interesting to read. I enjoyed it because it was set in the war. . . .
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Railhead by Sam
Railhead,by Philip Reeve, is a fantastic book based in an incredibly detailed future. The characters are all relative, including the world-travelling . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Aimee
It's an interesting book that is well written and has 4 characters version of the story it's also quite sad but heart felt . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Harry
I thought it was a really well-written book and in my opinion the best book that Frank Cottrell Boyce has written. I like the way he managed to add tr . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Melissa
A great book, I really enjoyed reading it, it made me laugh and really made me think at times. Prez Mellows lived with his Grandpa until his Grandpa . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Melissa
A truly amazing book! When you read the first few chapters of the book it may seem confusing but they all meet up in the end and you are able to read . . .
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Railhead by Teah
A great book,I loved the whole universe and everyone in it. Can't wait for the next book. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jacob Nasta
This book is about four very different peoples worlds coming together in a thrilling novel. Ruth loves being acknowledged, one side of Alice wants to . . .
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Railhead by Ailsa
It was really good. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Freya
Wolf Hollow is a very interesting story about a girl who becomes involved in the many mysteries that appear in Wolf Hollow, where she lives. It was ve . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sophie
This war time tale is an amazing read that involves you in the story as if it is really happening as you are reading it. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sophie
This is an amazing book told from different people's points of view. It is brilliantly written and I would definitely recommend it. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Muntaha
Reading this book was not fun or pleasant. The story is too harsh for my taste. At first it made a different impression, the description was promising . . .
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Railhead by Muntaha
I enjoyed this book off and on. The story focuses on a poor kid named Zen Starling who lives in the future where space travel is done on trains throu . . .
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I enjoyed this book off and on. The story focuses on a poor kid named Zen Starling who lives in the future where space travel is done on trains throu . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Muntaha
This was quite a gentle read for me. I really liked the way we were introduced to all the characters through the eyes of Annabelle and I found her a r . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Olivia
This is a very emotional book to read, however there was swear words in the book, I would think is better for older students. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Annabelle
A very good book. However, the beginning was slightly odd and it was hard to grasp the concept (or what it was leading to/ where it was going). By the . . .
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Beck by Aimee
a good overall book but sad in some chapters but is still good at building tension and surprising you. There is also a lot of older parts of the c . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sean
This is a book about a group of people who all meet together at various points in the book and tells their individual stories, they are all trying to . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Bethany
A very interesting and sad book. It makes you think of the world as it is and makes you realise all the things that happen today that are unforgivable . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Bethany
Truly a gripping and inspiring book! I loved the way it was written and enjoyed it very much - I wish all books were this good! . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sean
This a book about a group of children who are all destined to meet but there are a lot of problems on the way like Hank running away and Ruth having l . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sean
One summer the main character, he meets a boy at the door then a whole load of crazy stuff happens to him. I enjoyed this book a lot and would like . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ella
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is an amazing book,showcasing the raw will to survive when all is lost. It follows the story of four unique youths all . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Muntaha
A heartfelt and honest depiction of love and loss, this story was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was a beautifully executed story that rea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Muntaha
Sputnik Mellows set himself a mission – to discover whether Earth exists. Now he's found it, he needs to prove it should exist and, to do this, he e . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Muntaha Nadeem
Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred are four young people from four different European nations ravaged by the second world war. The book follows each . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Muntaha Nadeem
In an Immigration Detention Centre a boy named Subhi is a refugee born in the Centre and all that his life consisted of was being behind fences. He . . .
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de Stafford School
Surrey,
Carnegie Group
Biggin Hill, Kent
Warlingham School
Warlingham
How do you choose a great book? (Tick favourite way)

Attractive cover
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Reading Award
Recommended by friend
The blurb
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Internet
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Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Winning Year: 1996

Junk is the most controversial Carnegie winner yet. It unflinchingly tells the story of Tar and Gemma, who run away from home, move to Bristol and meet up with some squatters. It is superbly written, with a subtle character development achieved through a