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CSI Peterborough (Carnegie Shadowing Investigators)
Peterborough,
Group status: Excited for the shortlist announcement tomorrow! 4 Year 7's, 5 Year 8's and 2 Year 9's are making up the group this year.
A mixed bag of year groups this year, Year 7, 8 and 9 are involved. Hoping to have a lot of fun as usual whilst shadowing the Carnegie Medal.


The Stars at Oktober Bend by Matthew
NOTE: I am reviewing this book solely on the few chapters I have read, as I have evoked my '100 page rule' on this particular book. I have unfort . . .
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Railhead by Matthew
First and foremost, Railhead was an incredible and exhilarating read. The style of the writing was unusually unique, and while the genre of the book w . . .
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Railhead by Charlie
An amazing, imaginative book which stands apart in the sci-fi or futuristic genre, as you come to realise that there isn't really any oppression, and . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Charlie
A very interesting historical novel, with the problems the characters face not down to war or other usual themes, but just general problems in the are . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by James
I have been reading The Bone Sparrow. It is Drama placed in an Immigration Detention Centre, written in narrative prose. It made me feel happy . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by James
I have been reading Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth which was meant more for younger children not for young adults. It is in the comedic genre of b . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Charlie
A great book, very well written and with a great plot. Unlike many other of the shortlisted books I have read, Wolf Hollow makes a great story from ju . . .
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Beck by Isla
Beck is a harrowing story about the journey of a mixed-race boy desperately trying to feel like he belongs somewhere. Beck faces many different situat . . .
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Railhead by Jamil
Railhead is a action/ sci-fi book. It is set way in the future where you travel by trains to get from one world to another. This book made me use my . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jamil
Wolf Hollow is by far my favourite book so far. It is a"who did it" type of book. It is set in WWII but the author makes it so it doesn't really affec . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jamil
Personally I really enjoyed reading Sputniks Guide To Life On Earth, although it is a book aimed at younger children. I think it was a bit humorous an . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Benjamin
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was a different book to what I usually read - it personally wasn't to my taste, but that's not to say it was a bad bo . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Charlie
An interesting and sometimes funny book for young children. I have heard many negative reviews, however I think this is down to these people being far . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amelia
"Salt to the Sea" is a really gripping story set in WWII, I really couldn't put it down. I think the book really shows how people can come together in . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Georgia- Rose
Wolf Hollow is not the sort of book I would usually read. Unfortunately, I could not finish the book because I found it too slow and confusing. I did . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Amelia
This was the first of the Carnegie books that I read and to start with a found it really confusing, although that got easier as I went along. At first . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mahitha
The Stars at Oktober Bend, was a difficult read for me, just because I did not really understand it. I just couldn't get my head around what was going . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Matthew
First and foremost, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author's way of writing was exhilaratingly unique, and it never failed to surprise me . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Charlotte H
I enjoyed "Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth" I thought it was an easy read as it is aimed at younger readers, despite this I still thought it was a ve . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amelia
I think that "Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth" is definitely good for the younger readers, although I found the book to be a bit silly and definitely . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Georgia - Rose
First of all, I personally thought that this book was confusing at times. I found it hard to understand what was happening to Alice in key parts of th . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amelia
I really enjoyed reading "the Stars at Oktober Bend". I like the way you can see Alice progress as a writer. The way the author gradually drops hints . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Rohan
I personally did not like Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth it might be because it was very childish and did not make much sense. The reason is that a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mahitha
I really enjoyed Salt to the Sea, because it really showed how people suffered in WW2. It was about 4 different people from different countries, comin . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Matthew
I adored this book. It had such interesting characters that all had massive character development in such interesting ways that, most of the time, you . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by James
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a truly magical book, Alice Nightingale and Manny James are amazing characters. However there are too many things to reme . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by James
I loved The Smell of Other People's Houses. It is a great book because it has a well thought out plot and characters, the plot makes sense and it was . . .
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Railhead by Benjamin
My imagination was working very hard as I read Railhead; everything was described in such a way that it was like I had a film adaptation of the book p . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Benjamin
Reading The Bone Sparrow was a different experience for me. I learned about a crisis I wasn't aware of, a people I hadn't heard of, and a level of inj . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Charlotte H
The Smell of Other People's Houses was a hard book to get into and very confusing at first. As you get to know all of the characters it gets a lot bet . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlie
A great, saddening and enlightening book unlike no other, which shows that persecution still is prevalent today. The deliberate and carefully chosen m . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Charlie
A captivating and interesting read. As I enjoy historical fiction, this was a good read, though at first I found it hard to keep track of the characte . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Matthew
Sputnik's Guide To The Galaxy is a very interesting book, and is funny. It has a random sense of humour, but if you get used to it and enjoy it, you w . . .
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Beck by Mrs Thomson
I took this book home to read over the weekend before our shadowing group actually commences. Although I had been pre-warned, by the advisory notice, . . .
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Ormiston Bushfield Academy
the King's School, Peterborough
Peterborough,
Englishcleverclogs
St John Fisher Catholic High School, Peterborough
Peterborough ,
Which is your favourite book cover from this year's short list?

Beck
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Salt to the Sea
The Bone Sparrow
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Wolf Hollow
Railhead
The Smell of Other People's Houses
 
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

Breathtaking, a perfect marriage of text and picture, in which the illustrations capture meaning and emotion completely. The depiction of light and shade is awe-inspiring. It made Mrs Thomson and Mrs Grinyer cry.
 

 
 

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