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Wyedean 2018 Words of Wisdom
Gloucestershire,
Group status: D Day has finally arrived and we will be waiting with bated breath for the big announcement at lunchtime! The books this year were challenging emotionally and some will stay with us for a long time! THANK YOU to all our dedicated shadowers and all the "wo

We love our weekly meetings and all this reading reading reading!!!

Hello everyone We are a group of about twenty intrepid book lovers (not everyone made the photo shoot!) but we have been convening in G4 weekly for the last few weeks to discuss the Carnegie shortlisting combination with the UKLA long list. They are both such interesting and varied lists so why not join forces and combine all our shadowing activity into one big book fest. We love how we have had such varied opinions on some of the book titles (particularly Where the World Ends and Wed Wabbit!) but variety is the spice of life and it would be boring if we all loved the same books! We hope that you enjoy our selection of reviews and huge thanks to Mrs McManus for the fun we have had at our meetings and giving us the chance to read these unmissable books! May the best book win and may the library continue to supply us with these brilliant books to enhance our studies.

After the Fire by Lucy
A thrilling read from start to finish that shone light on a little known or understood issue surrounding the fanaticism of cults and their leaders and . . .
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Where the World Ends by Fran
I was completely captivated by the isolated world Quilliam and the boys and men found themselves stuck in. The historical context had me hooked; I can . . .
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Saint Death by Freya
'Beyond the fence lies America, the Land of the Free. But freedom doesn't come cheap.' Arturo is good at gambling, usually, but Saint Death is watc . . .
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After the Fire by Eleri
I loved every minute of After the fire as it was told at two different times: Before and After. After the fire was a very gripping read; with dark . . .
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Rook by Alex
This book is about a rook which is about to die when it is saved by two twin brothers who are determined to keep it alive. This book is quite good, bu . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Noah
This is the tale of a girl who is trying to find out where she came from. This is a beautiful tale of danger and adventure. I recommend this for anyon . . .
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Where the World Ends by Lucy
This is a superbly written book based on a true story. The characters are believable and the historical element is awe inspiring. I particularly enj . . .
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After the Fire by Noah
This is a great book about a girl who is in therapy/custody and is telling her therapist about her experiences in the compound oh wait I'm not allowed . . .
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Where the World Ends by Matthew
I really liked the book and the way people coped with the world ending. Some people reverted to a puritan-like lifestyle whilst others tried to build . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Alex
I did not really like this book because I felt the writing style a bit to young for me and the storyline was a bit too boring. It was also annoying wh . . .
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Where the World Ends by Ffion
Very real. This book was very good as there is no defined "good character", but a main one who was neither good nor bad. There were of course some g . . .
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Where the World Ends by Miriam
I think Where the World Ends is good because of the use of suspense with them getting put ashore and then no one arriving to take them home. . . .
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Where the World Ends by Noah
I liked it as it keeps you in suspense with not much happening to make it overwhelming but not so little to make it boring. I recommend it for 9-12 fo . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Angela
This book is beautifully crafted and the description of island life is so realistic it could only be written by someone who has direct experience of i . . .
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After the Fire by Eleri
I loved 'After the fire' as it kept me in suspense and wondering what happened during the fire. I like the way Will Hill uses the two different chapte . . .
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Rook by Matt
The first chapter was quite original but the rest was boring really. It was well written, it's just that nothing really made it stand out. I also foun . . .
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Rook by
The first chapter was quite original, but the rest was just a bit boring. I also found the main character annoying sometimes. . . .
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Where the World Ends by Angela
This book is like no other book I have read and it is not one that I would have expected to enjoy and admire so much, but I really loved it and finish . . .
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The Hate U Give by Angela
Similar to Saint death we are drawn into a world of gangsters and drug lords and the author very successfully conveys the mounting tension and racial . . .
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Saint Death by Angela
This is an enormously powerfully told story which cannot fail to move the reader.It is set on the US/Mexican border and we enter the shady world of dr . . .
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Rook by
I really liked this simple yet powerful little book. As the book opens we get some lovely description of the rook cameo, and the world of nature is ni . . .
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After the Fire by Angela
This book impressed me enormously as I have never really read anything about what goes on inside religious sects and it really revealed the insidious . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rose
This book is so wonderfully moving. You can really get into it and feel what the character is feeling. The language is amazing, I would definitely rec . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lucy
I loved this story. It was well crafted and exciting as we discovered what was 'beyond the bright sea'. It was well paced and full of interesting deta . . .
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The Hate U Give by Lucy
Fantastic! Such a brilliant story and full of believable and interesting characters. The novel took the reader on a journey into something far from my . . .
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Saint Death by Lucy
A brilliant, brilliant read. This held me from the moment I started and contained some unforgettable passages of tension. Definitely one I couldn't pu . . .
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Rook by Lucy
A brilliant first chapter which was full of beautiful imagery and very well crafted writing. I wanted more of this central metaphor to be played out t . . .
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Release by Lucy
Definitely one for older readers due to the sensitive content. Whilst I found the central character and his situation engaging, the sub-plot was a dis . . .
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Will Hill

Will Hill worked as a bartender, bookseller and in publishing before quitting to write full-time. His first novel, Department 19 – the first in a series of five – was published in 2011 to widespread acclaim. He lives in Londo . . .