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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: We have two reading group, both meeting at lunchtime on a Wednesday. There are more than 30 of us altogether. We watched the awards ceremony live in our school theatre and we were all delighted that 'Salt to the sea' was the winner!

The Balla Bookworms with the Carnegie books

We are the reading group from Ballakermeen High School on the Isle of Man. We meet every Wednesday at lunchtimes. This year we are shadowing the Carnegie awards, and the Greenaway as well. We think we might be the only active shadowing group on the Isle of Man. We have made a couple of videos, but unfortunately we have been unable to upload them! We have really enjoyed reading the books, and we will keep meeting as a group even though the winners have now been announced.

Ros

Railhead by Mika
Railhead, by Philip Reed, turned out to be rather disappointing in my opinion. The book had a promising start, in which the mysterious introduction . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Diya
I think this book was a magnificent book that really gave the reader an insight on the incredible journey people had to go on to board the Wilhelm Gus . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Arran
My opinion of this book is that it is terrible, it doesn't make sense; it is the worst of the shortlisted books and the worst book by Frank Cotterell . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Xander
This book was full of heart and made me laugh a lot; at the end it got very emotional as his journey to find his granddad continued. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Cayden
My opinion is that Sputnik was very long because it doesn't make any sense! There was no point in Sputnik finding 10 good things about earth when he d . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Xander
Amazing! At first I stopped reading it, but when I read it again I really appreciated it. I liked how each character had a secret which was revealed o . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aurelie
This was a very good book. I finished it in just 3 days! Wonderful and adventurous, I enjoyed it very much. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aurelie
This book was good, but not as good as the other books I read. It was similar to Salt to the Sea, but not as good! . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Aurelie
I loved this book; it was funny, sad and adventurous. I love all the characters and how the story is told from different points of view. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms C
An absolutely stunning story. Beautiful descriptions, musings on morality, complex characters and an ethereal setting. Tragic, heartfelt and very movi . . .
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Railhead by Ms C
I loved this book. It really surprised me as it's not my usual genre but I was hooked until the very end. A real adventure story. Intriguing and exhil . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ros
I liked this book very much. It has a very clear 'voice' in the main narrator, and the language is quite beautiful. The lack of capital letters is a l . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ms C
An interesting story with complex characters. The author weaves together the stories of each character really well but I still found it quite hard to . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ms C
A book for younger readers with lots of laugh out loud moments. Simplistic but heartwarming. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ros
I found this book a little confusing at the start, trying to remember which character was which, but as I read on, I found it more and more compelling . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mika
Sputnick's Guide to life on Earth, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, is a rather funny but very simple book. Sputnick's Guide to Life on Earth is about a y . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ros
This book captured my imagination from the first. The fact that it is based on a true story made it interesting before I had even picked it up. Once I . . .
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Beck by Ms C
Definitely one for the older readers. Very harrowing at times but life-affirming too. This is a tale of a difficult journey with many bumps in the roa . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ms C
I found this difficult to get my teeth into at first and I restarted it several times but really enjoyed it in the end. It is an unusual but interesti . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ms C
A very relevant story with lots of links to what is going on in the world at the moment. I loved that it was told from a child's point of view, which . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms C
Definitely my favourite so far. It is beautifully written and the story just weaves together perfectly. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. . . .
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Railhead by Ros
I would not normally choose a book like this, as sci-fi/fantasy is not really my cup of tea... BUT... I am so glad I read this! The imagined world is . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rhian
Salt to the Sea was the first book in a long time that I read within a few hours because I simply couldn't handle not knowing what was on the next pag . . .
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Railhead by Xander
Railhead was quite an interesting book, as it had technology which we have now, but also technology that we do not have now. I particularly liked the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mika
'The Bone Sparrow', by Zana Fraillon, is one of the most heart-wrenching but gripping books you will ever read. It is a story about a boy called Subhi . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Erin
The smell of other people's houses, although an intriguing title and frightening beginning, has left me confused and at a loss. Some of the character . . .
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Beck by Erin
Beck was an amazing story, packed so full of various powerful emotions. Beck's story is a compelling path full of twists and turns and I distinctly re . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frances
I loved this book. It was very clever and witty. Lots of the humour in it was perfect for eleven and under, but, if you enjoy books that are easy to g . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Charlotte
This book is interesting,it has a plot that is different to most other books.However it takes a lot of getting in to,I feel like this book would be be . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rebecca
A lovely tale with a bit of adventure! . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ros
A very moving book with great resonance at the moment, dealing as it does with refugees and asylum seekers. Although set in Australia, it is really a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ros
I liked this book very much. the idea that an alien might appear in different forms to different people is an interesting one. There is a lot of humou . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Rebekah
I loved the book, I really got hooked. One of the best and most interesting books I've read. It made me very curious for a while ... I liked it a lot . . .
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Title: Flour Babies
Author: Anne Fine
Winning Year: 1992

When the annual school science fair comes round, Mr Cartright's class don't get to work on the Soap Factory, the Maggot Farm or the Exploding Custard Tins. To their intense disgust they get the Flour Babies - sweet little six-pound bags of flour that mu
 

 
 

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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 . .

 

 

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