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King Edward VI Grammar School
Group status: Looking good in this year's photo, gentlemen!

Some members of our group

Students from Years 7 to Year 13 are shadowing the award this year, and several staff members are also championing different titles, so we can chat with them about what we thought of the book when we see them around school.

Rook by Sahil
This book is very beautiful. At first, looking at amount of pages of the book. I felt that it was not going to be that interesting. But it was much be . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Faraz
This book was very hilarious from all of the mispronunciations (I understood what they all meant though!, but it was tragic about one little thing tha . . .
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Where the World Ends by Sahil
This book is a very thrilling book. It had a great plot and it had a lot of suspense. I just couldn't put the book down. It made me wonder about the d . . .
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Rook by Faraz
This book was quite short but I enjoyed it and liked how there was a development of character and how the protagonist gained confidence. . . .
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Rook by Justin
Rook, by Anthony McGowan is a book that reflects reality in a very literal way. It talks about how someone's actions can be altered by a bully. We are . . .
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After the Fire by Sahil
After The Fire is a book with very strong feelings. The book was very gripping and I felt the same feelings as the characters felt. After reading the . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Sahil
This book was exciting and full of twists and turns. By looking at the cover and reading the first few chapters I felt it was a childish book and that . . .
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Where the World Ends by Faraz
This book was a good one - I enjoyed the struggle of the children in a place they could not escape from and how there was a use of different language . . .
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Saint Death by Faraz
This book was quite a special book about how gambling was used in a desperate attempt to survive and save someone else. It really was amazing and I th . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Justin
This extremely touching novel will grab the hearts of all Wolk's audience. It shows the complete and unbroken relationship with three who aren't relat . . .
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The Hate U Give by Faraz
This is my favourite book in the collection with After the Fire - both of these share an important method, but this one has a much more powerful messa . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Justin
Wed Wabitt looks on the outside to be a book for infants, but even the most grown-up will enjoy this book. A girl leads her sister into an accident . . .
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After the Fire by Faraz
This book was a very powerful book with lots of religious imagery that links to Christianity - I felt the battle for rights and the message conveyed i . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Faraz
This was the first of the eight 2018 Carnegie books that I read and I found it really amazing about how the protagonist has no memory of her biologica . . .
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Saint Death by Matthew W.
Marcus Sedgwick usually appears on the Carnegie shortlist and this is definitely the most normal one to appear recently. The book cleverly adopts Mexi . . .
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Rook by Matthew W.
Rook is the first book I have reviewed on this years Carnegie Awards, but is my third book. The story is slightly lacking but this is retrieved by th . . .
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SJP Shadowers
St John Payne School
The Boswells
Which is your favourite book just looking at the front cover?

After the Fire
Beyond the Bright Sea
The Hate U Give
Saint Death
Wed Wabbit
Where the World Ends
Title: Shackleton's Journey
Illustrator: William Grill
Winning Year: 2015

In the last days of the Heroic Age of Exploration, Ernest Shackleton dreamed of crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica, a place of ferocious seas, uncharted mountains and bone-chilling cold. But when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the deadly


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 . . .