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Glossopdale Community College
Glossop, Derbyshire
Group status: 2017 - Year 8 group - The challenge is on...

We are all up for the challenge...

Hello from Derbyshire! We are a large split site comprehensive in the small town of Glossop, on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park. Our keen Year 8 students are making their way through the shortlist and posting some very interesting reviews. There is plenty of debate about the merits of the titles but we are all finding it hard to measure the titles against each other in the bid to choose a winner. They are so varied in genre and content - all agreed it will be very difficult to decide!

Mrs Ellyard

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Madison J
"The Smell of Other People's Houses" is an incredible book from 4 points of view. The story was told from Ruth's, Dora's, Alyce's and Hank's view. Eac . . .
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Railhead by Jacob
Rail Head by Philip Reeve Review Zen starling is a young, daring, small-time thief, but most of all he loves riding the K-bahn. He is a 'railhead'. . . .
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Railhead by Olivia M
'Railhead' by Philip Reeve is a very interesting novel that is all about life in the future world and how humanity has left the earth and gone to othe . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Alex P
Wolf Hollow is the type of book that you can really relate to. The characters have well detailed personalities and physical features described in crea . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sarah
"The Stars at October Bend" by Glenda Millard is a beautiful yet unusual book. It is about a teenage girl named Alice who has a brain injury. Because . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emily K
The novel 'Wolf Hollow' tells the story of a girl named Annabelle, who has grown up in the shadows cast by two wars and ever since she was little has . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Tyler.T
'Wolf Hollow' is one of those books where you have to get into the book properly before you can enjoy it. I did enjoy it as it brings you closer the c . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sandhya K
This novel has a good structure and plot. It’s about a 15 year old girl called Alice Nightingale who has a hard time trying to express herself becau . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Emma B
‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ is very well written book which starts off with you being introduced to Ruth, a 16 year old girl from Alask . . .
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Wolf Hollow by 奧德修斯 or Οδυσσέας
'Wolf Hollow' is a book based around the little town of Wolf Hollow in Pennsylvania, and is set during the second world war. One day, when a young . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jack H.
I found the 'Smell of Other People's House's very boring and thought that it dragged out the same problem the whole time and it just meant that people . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Harry S
The Bone Sparrow is a well written and intelligent book, giving us a glimpse into Australian refugee camps. The book follows a child born in one of th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sam.H
Although 'Salt To The Sea' is a fantastically written book, I did not enjoy it. With switching stories every chapter I found it hard to link them up a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Dan C.
'Salt to the Sea' is a well written book yet, at the beginning can come across as quite a difficult read. It gradually gets easier to follow and under . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Charlotte L
Salt To The Sea. Four teenagers, four different lives. I love the way each character is completely different. It adds tension and excitement to the s . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Olivia M
'Wolf Hollow' is an amazing novel by 'Lauren Wolk. It's all about a young girl called Annabelle who lives in the gorgeous village that is Wolf Hollow . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jake A
Salt to the Sea - what a book! It keeps you blood pumping and your heart beating. Salt to the Sea is an emotional roller coaster. The story is told by . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Nadia P
I like this book because it's entertaining and catchy with all the chapter cliff hangers. I also like how the book has been written about how a girl n . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Nadia P
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' was not my favourite book that was shortlisted. The central character is Prez who goes to stay with a family becaus . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Emily K
The book 'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' is based around a boy named Prez who is a very independent and quiet boy who lives in his own little bubbl . . .
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Railhead by Emily K
Railhead by Phillip Reeve is a fascinating novel set in the future where humanity has left Earth and settled on many other worlds. To travel there and . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Johan K
“The Stars at Oktober Bend” has some elements in the storyline that are wonderfully thought through, whereas, elsewhere in the story, there were p . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sarah
"Wolf Hollow" is an interesting book, written by Lauren Wolk. It is about a young girl, named Annabelle, who lives in a beautiful,tranquil village: Wo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Madison J
"Salt to the sea" was an incredible and emotional story. The plot consists of 4 main characters who are all refugees and are fleeing from the war t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jacob
The book "Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth" is about a child from temporary accommodation, also referred to 'the temporary kid', called Prez. Prez is . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Dan
"Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is" is quite a childish book but, a very enjoyable read. It is about a child called Prez who is from the 'Temporary' . . .
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Railhead by Nadia P
'Railhead' is really interesting and exciting but sometimes a bit confusing. I really enjoyed the story line. Overall, I really liked this one! Someth . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emma
'Wolf Hollow' is an extraordinary novel, and it tells the story of a young girl called Annabelle. The story is written by Annabelle who tells us about . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Hannah
'Wolf Hollow' is a page turning novel about a twelve year old girl, Annabelle. Annabelle has always lived a calm and peaceful life surrounded by l . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Tyler.T
'The Smell Of Other People's Houses' is an amazing book which starts you off by being introduced to Ruth, a 16 year old girl from Alaska,and as you re . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Johan K
'Salt to the Sea' is an extraordinary novel, and tells of a covered-up story during World War Two. The story is told by 4 different people who each ha . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Nadia P
I really enjoyed experiencing 'The Bone Sparrow' as reading it from the perspective of a young boy with that sort of lifestyle really opened my eyes t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jake A
I came into 'Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth with grand expectations seeing as it is Carnegie shortlisted. However the book for me didn’t meet wh . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Thomas.R
'Salt to the Sea' was an interesting book for me as it told about a real story that I had never heard about - the Wilhelm Gustloff - and it was great . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lucy R
"Wolf Hollow" is a mysterious book that centres around a young girl named Annabelle. She lives on a quiet farm in Wolf Hollow, with three generations . . .
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Railhead by Ody
'Railhead' is a book based in what I guess must be the future and could be classed as a sci-fi adventure novel, and is where the main source of transp . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Harry S
The Smell of Other People's houses was a strange book, but not actually as bad as I was expecting. Not to say this book was great, but well worth a re . . .
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Railhead by Alex P
A book where your imagination can conjure up anything you tell it to while skimming your eyes across the words of the future... 'Railhead 'is an in . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlotte L
'The Bone Sparrow' is a very interesting read full of fun and sad events. This book really plays with your emotions. When I first started to read thi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs Ellyard
Rarely have I read such a well-crafted story and been so affected by the horrors of it as they unfold. The connection to real events and the fact that . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Olivia M
The novel 'Salt To The Sea' by Ruta Sepetys was just a book that I fell in love with straight away . I have always loved reading books about the world . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lucy R
"The Bone Sparrow" is an eye-opening book set in a present day Australian refugee camp. It is told through the view point of Subhi, a naive young boy . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Freya R
I enjoyed this book as it was quite interesting. I liked the way the writer wrote the book because she wrote it as the events that happen towards the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily K
"The Bone Sparrow" written by Zana Fraillon is a beautifully crafted and emotional book. It tells the story of a young boy named Subhi who has been ra . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Madison J
"Wolf Hollow" by Lauren Wolk is an incredible, eye -opening book. The plot consists of the main character, Annabelle. Annabelle meets a girl named . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily Mae
'The Stars at OKtober Bend' is an amazingly beautiful book about Manny and Alice trying to find them selves, connected by one of Alice's powerful poem . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Οδυσσέας
'Salt to the Sea' is an emotional novel with quite a lot of death, loss and hardships. It follows the story of 4 different people and shows you every . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Nadia P
'Wolf Hollow' is a novel about a young girl 'living in rural Pennsylvania' who has a comfortable life in a nice home with amazing family. Over all lif . . .
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Railhead by Thomas R.
'Railhead' was a very unusual book for me and I think it is one of my favorite and most entertaining reads yet. However it could have been improved at . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Johan K
'The Bone Sparrow' is a very emotional book, and it shows the life of a young refugee living in a detention centre. Subhi is the protagonist, but my f . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sarah
"The Smell of Other People's Houses" by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock has by far been my favorite Carnegie novel, this year. This book contains four separate s . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jonny M
'Wolf Hollow' is a very interesting book set on a farm. The main character is a girl called Annabel who is just an average girl living on a farm w . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily B
Glenda Millard's novel; The Stars at Oktober Bend is written in a style I have personally never read before. Its creative wording is unique from other . . .
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Railhead by Harry S
'Railhead' is a bit rubbish for my taste. The basic background for the story is intriguing, with the different planets and mysterious guardians. In fa . . .
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Railhead by Sam H
'Rail Head' in my opinion is a terrible book. Although it is very imaginative and doesn't lack in ideas, it is way too futuristic for my liking. I fou . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lily H.
I really enjoyed 'Salt to the Sea', though war books are not my first choice. This book had something about it that just drew me in. I loved the fact . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Isaac W
Before I start, know that I did not enjoy reading this book. Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth is a story about a boy named Prez. Prez's granddad is " . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sandhya
I think 'Wolf Hollow' is a good starting book for the Carnegie challenge. At first I was quite intimidated by the novel as I thought I might struggle . . .
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Railhead by Dan C.
'Rail Head' is about Zen Starling who lives with his mum and sister but they are very poor. Zen gets the K train to other universes and planets so he . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jacob D
'Wolf Hollow' is about a girl called Annabel that lives on a farm with a lot of her family, in Wolf Hollow. Her life is peaceful, that is until Betty . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Ellyard
This is a hoot. Not my usual type of book AT ALL, but I know so many kids who would love this comical story. It is sweet, heartwarming, fast-paced and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Ellyard
I think 'Wolf Hollow' is my favourite Carnegie book out of the four I have read so far. It is full of well-drawn characters and I felt lots of differe . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Olivia M
The'Bone Sparrow' is a very gripping book which is all about a young boy who is a refugee, called Subhi. He was born in a immigration detention centre . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Madison J
This was a very well thought out and creative book. The plot is about a girl named Alice who suffers from brain damage after an awful incident when . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Joe D
'Salt to the Sea' was a enjoyable read and was very detailed. I wasn't that surprised by this book since I love wartime stories so in a way this book . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Olivia M
This upsetting but yet amazing book is all about a fifteenth year old girl called Alice Nightingale who has had a whirlwind of a life so far with an . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Chloe D
'Wolf Hollow' is a story about a twelve year old girl called Annabelle. Annabelle lives on a farm during 1943 where World War two is still in action. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lucy R
"The Smell of Other People's Houses" is an intriguing novel set in 1970's Alaska. This book is a fairly unique one and is quite different from those I . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily K
'Salt to the Sea' is a very gripping, powerful novel based on a real life tragedy during Word War ll. The story is seen from four different perspectiv . . .
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Railhead by Jake A
'Rail Head' by Philip Reeve (Contains Some Spoilers) Railhead was an adventure and a half it was so descriptive and creative and I was always happy r . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ody
'The Bone Sparrow' is a gripping tale of life in a refugee camp. The story's main focus is on a little boy called Subhi who is the first person to . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Charlotte L.
I think that Wolf Hollow is a very unique and interesting book due to the many plot twists which keeps the book exciting. I loved reading Wolf Holl . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alex P
'Salt to the Sea' is full of surprises as different accounts, from different people, from different countries, attempt to escape the destructive confl . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sarah W
"The Bone Sparrow" by Zana Fraillon is a wonderful story about a young boy named Subhi, who lives in a refugee camp in Australia. Unlike anybody else . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Nadia P
This book is set back in the 1970s in Alaska. Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank all live different lives but all have something in common. For example, Ruth . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emma Br
'Salt To The Sea' is a novel based on a real life disaster during World War 2. The story is told by four main characters: Alfred, Florian, Emilia and . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Freya R
I really enjoyed this book.However, I found it quite complex and confusing due to how many different formats were used within this book.This book is m . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Johan K
'Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth' shows the wonder in ordinary things, and is full of awkward scenarios. Prez is the protagonist – and also my . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alex B
'Salt To The Sea' is a well-written book full of unexpected turns and unique characters to make the story come to life. This book is about a group of . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Emily K
"The Smell Of Other People's Houses" is a book that challenged my emotions and gave many opinions based on certain scenarios. The book is set in Alask . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sarah W.
"Salt To The Sea" is an incredible novel based on a real life tragedy during World War II. It follows the stories of four main characters: Joana, Alfr . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Tyler T
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a book by Frank Cottrell Boyce about a young shy boy call Prez, who doesn't enjoy speaking. Prez is currently livi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jack H.
"May you forever bring us luck and protection and may you carry our souls to freedom" The Bone Sparrow is the long and twisting story of life as refu . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Johan K
“The Smell of Other People’s Houses” is a book that I found quite strange – a lot weirder than Wolf Hollow! The book is full of coincidences, . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Madison
"The Bone Sparrow" was a very genuine and shocking book. The story tells of a young boy named Subhi born and raised in a refugee camp. Subhi knows not . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs Ellyard
This is an amazing story set in Alaska in the mid twentieth century. It gripped me from the start and I enjoyed it. It is told from the point of view . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Thomas R.
"Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth" is an hilarious story of a girl that only appears to Prez, the protagonist, as a human girl and to everyone else, s . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily K
This is a very enjoyable yet emotional book. The storyline is based on a young girl named Alice Nightingale who suffers from a head injury and is so c . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Nadia P
Salt To The Sea is a novel set in World War 2. Four people are all fleeing war-torn Germany to the coast desperately trying to board a ship out of the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Johan K
Wolf Hollow is amazingly written, and is about Annabelle who lives in Wolf Hollow. She is a typical eleven year old who really wants to help others: c . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Thomas R.
"The Bone Sparrow" is an informative novel about refugees' lives in camps. It is probably one of the best books I have ever read and I love the myster . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs Ellyard
'The Bone Sparrow' is an unusual book - it took me a chapter or two to take to it. Then I had to work out what country and era it is set in. I would a . . .
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Beck by Mrs Ellyard
'Beck' is an amazing book, suitable for young adults. The content is chilling and hard to read at the start, but the story is very compelling and the . . .
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Helme School
Holmfirth,
Poynton High School
Stockport,
CHS Readers
OLDHAM,
The riders(home-educated)
Glossop,
Which is the most effective front cover design in 2017

Beck
3% (3 votes)

Rail Head
33% (31 votes)

Wolf Hollow
1% (1 vote)

Salt to the Sea
12% (11 votes)

The Stars at Oktober Bend
2% (2 votes)

Sputnik's Guide to Life
33% (31 votes)

The Bone Sparrow
7% (7 votes)

The Smell of Other people's Houses
9% (9 votes)

 
Title: Tamar
Author: Mal Peet
Winning Year: 2005

This is an enthralling and multi-layered novel that traces the story of two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two. It looks at the negative impact that war has on those involved and on succeeding generations. Guilt and its ramifications lie
 

 
 

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Grey. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical musi . .