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King Edward VI Grammar School
Chelmsford,
Group status: Half way through and swapping those titles regularly ...

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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.

Railhead by Meera
Philip Reeve presents to us a remarkably credible, futuristic world in 'Railhead', where we follow our protagonist, Zen Starling, on what may be the m . . .
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Beck by Matthew
Beck is an amazing book about a journey, overshadowed by the rocky beginning which I believe is mainly unnecessary. It is interesting how the two auth . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Raiyan
I am actually quite disappointed by this book but don't get me wrong, the language is magnificent however in contrast, the structure becomes very conf . . .
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Beck by Raiyan
I think that Beck is a great book. It shows people the real truth about the past where it was difficult for orphan kids to live and survive as any oth . . .
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Railhead by Eashwar
A very interesting book and although it has a not interesting cover or blurb, the book was hooking me in right from the beginning with a futuristic se . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ravit
I really enjoyed this book as the different perspectives on the story made it more interesting. The story is quite dramatic as it features heavy topic . . .
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Railhead by Faraz
I quite enjoyed it because of how the protagonist changed from being a thief after meeting a female specimen and having to save her from danger of an . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Faraz
I found this book really amazing and it tells how the characters are interconnected although they were enemies and how the other two protagonists were . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by KEVIN
I enjoyed this book a lot as it is the type of genre that I like. This genre covers emotional violence which is in other words, a 1st person descripti . . .
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Railhead by Nandu
Railhead is a fascinating book that I really enjoyed. Firstly, the different universe is really well described and quite easy to imagine due to this, . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Nandu
Here was a great story in the making. However, it is marred by the fact that one can never remember who is speaking at one given point in time. Not a . . .
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Railhead by Raghul
Very fast-paced and gripping. I couldn't put it down after I started reading it! Excellent for those who love the thrill and enthusiasm of suspense. I . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Auronyo
This is a funny book with boring and happy settings, the only problem for a certain Prez being his grandfather’s dementia which after some events, l . . .
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Beck by Auronyo
Beck is a gritty story of a child/young man, unsurprisingly named Beck. Without giving away too much, it is his story of his survival as a black child . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Oliver
Salt to the Sea was a powerful, emotional book about the connected lives of four German and East European refugees fleeing from the Russian army in 19 . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Matthew
Bone Sparrow is a surprising and enlightening book about the global refugee crisis. Echoing The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and set in Australia, Subhi . . .
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Railhead by Auronyo
Railhead is fascinating book that I think can be summed up in the words, space train. Not just that, but the author has managed to give perfect backgr . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Faraz
I believe this is the best Cilip Carnegie Medal book for this year - it shows tragic events that link to our world wars and how the protagonist is res . . .
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Beck by Faraz
I found the book really good - it was wonderful about a man being ostracized and forced to be on the run. It really was good; I found the ending of it . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Matthew
This is an interesting new novel with a plotline that quickly descends into madness. There are obvious clues along the way and the story is cut short . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Auronyo
A compelling story of a real-life crisis that is affecting millions of people worldwide. This story shows Subhi, an imaginative boy that knows nothing . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Auronyo
A powerful historical novel with a set of intriguing characters that you soon grow attached to. The use of different perspectives allows for riveting . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eashwar
This book has an interesting twist on alien life and unfortunate children. I like the way that Sputnik is very unpredictable and everyone just thinks . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Vibi
Sputnik's guide to life on earth is hilarious book that I really enjoyed. It is really funny and its storyline is great. I would recommend this book t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Raghul
I have really been enjoying this book. Although the front cover portrays it as a childish book, it's like they say; never judge a book by its cover! I . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Matthew
This book immediately comes across as different, however it took forever to find out what is going on. The book has an odd arrangement of who says wha . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Vibi
I found the book very interesting and mysterious. It has a great storyline and is very imaginative. It shows how one lie could change your life foreve . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Nandu
This was an interesting book. There was no lack of action, however I felt that this storyline was more suited for a younger audience. There was nothin . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ravit
I have really enjoyed the book so far. I have read most of the other books by Frank Cottrell Boyce and I found this one the best by far. The story is . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Raghul
This book has been very interesting to read so far. It is very unique and I haven't read a book like this before. I can't wait to finish it and would . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Matthew
This cheerful book, is quite amusing and emotional. The question of a life form coming to earth, and is preferences is a wide one, and the plot is def . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Matthew
I found this a somewhat boring novel. From four different points of view, this book was full of cliché characters, irritating coincidences and chapte . . .
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Railhead by Oliver
Railhead was a thrilling read, with plenty of suspense and adventure. I liked how details of the future space-world were woven into the book, just eno . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Faraz
I enjoyed this book with the tale of four people interacting each other and helping each other and how Ruth is the protagonist and explains everything . . .
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Railhead by Matthew
Philip Reeve has written an amazing book that I will definitely recommend. In his optimistic future we can see that a lot could have changed when we v . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Faraz
I thought this was a wonderful book based on events that happen in real life - being separated from your family and loved ones - denied sanctuary; it' . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Matthew
Ruta Sepetys has written a moving novel about a world disaster of which I have never heard of before. She captures the people involved by rotating the . . .
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The Boswells
Broomfield
Broomfield,
St John Payne School
Essex,
 
Which book would YOU vote for if you were one of the judges?

Salt to the Sea
100% (1 vote)

 
Title: The Lantern Bearers
Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
Winning Year: 1959

The last of the Roman army have set sail and left Britain forever. They have abandoned the country to civil war and the threat of Saxon invasion. When his home and all he loves are destroyed, Aquila endures years of torment. He fights to bring some meanin
 

 
 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Millions, Framed, Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. He is also a successful writer of screen-plays and, along with director Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony . .