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Brooke Weston Academy
Group status: Our group of eager readers meet during book club on Thursdays at 10.05am and the very eager are welcome to attend after school book club on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

BW Eager Readers!

We are a group of students who love reading and we are all looking forward to the BIG EVENT on Friday 16th June! We have been meeting every week for the past 3 months and have been trying to read as many of the shortlisted books as possible. On Friday 2nd June our reading group got the chance to have a Skype interview with Ruta Sepetys! Ruta was calling all the way from Nashville, Tennassee and it was amazing being able to see her and ask her lots of questions about her Carnegie shortlisted book 'Salt to the Sea' Ruta also told us about the new book she is working on at the moment which is going to be about the lost children of Francoism - a true story about the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, which started under Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco and continued up to the 1990s. On our group page on the Carnegie shadowing website you can view the book reviews that we have written and find out more about the shadowing scheme. We have been reading the shortlisted titles for the last three months and we will be joined by another 45 students from two other Corby secondary and two primary schools who will be attending the BIG Event being held in the Library on Friday 16th June.

Eliza and Lizzie

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Kirndeep
So, the first thing that struck me about this was the title - it's intriguing. This book is set in Alaska 1970s, Alaska has just become a state of the . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lana
The Stars At Oktober Bend is a compelling story about a young girl (Alice) who has suffered a brain injury and is living with her Grandma and brother . . .
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The Wolves of Currumpaw by Ms McCabe
My favourite Greenaway book. Based on a famous true story, the tale of a wolf called Lobo, which inspired a Disney film called the Legend of Lobo. Set . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daisy
The bone sparrow is a great book to read. This is a book exploring what it is like to be born in a detention centre and grow up and live as a refugee. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Kirndeep
I really did enjoy this book. The main character, Annabelle was relatable and very realistic. Wolf Hollow skilfully portrays that doing the right thin . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Seren
Overall I enjoyed this eventful book. Throughout the story there were many twists and turns that kept me in suspense. The author managed to hook me in . . .
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Wild Animals of the North by Lizzie
The book Wild Animals of the North describes all the animals in the Northern part of the world. It is a very simple book with lovely 3-D drawings and . . .
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Railhead by Kirndeep
This book creates an amazing world that takes the reader on an exceptional journey. The fantasy world is well crafted and Reeve creates vivid images o . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Kirndeep
Salt to the Sea is written beautifully, with wonderfully crafted characters. As the book continues small secrets are unravelled which breathes life in . . .
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Beck by Kirndeep
Beck is a book that is set in the 1900s about a mixed race boy who is on the journey to find a place for himself, a place to belong. Peet takes us on . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Isla
When I first started reading it, I didn't think I'd be able to get into it as much as I had for the other Carnegie books I had read, simply because I . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by emma
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a very interesting book but was also a bit confusing at first. As the story unfolded it made more and more sense. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ms McCabe
A beautifully written book about a girl called Alice who suffered a trauma when she was 12 years old and has been left brain damaged. Alice is a smart . . .
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Beck by Ms McCabe
A powerful but disturbing story set around the era of Prohibition in America. A story about a mixed race boy, Beck, who is on a journey trying to find . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Seren
I enjoyed how graphic the description was at the beginning, however, I fell out of interest when it got even more graphic which made me feel uncomfort . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eliza
Salt to the Sea is based on the true tragedy of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a not so well known piece of history. The story is told from four . . .
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A Great Big Cuddle by emma
A Great Big Cuddle is a great book. I read it to my little sister and she loved all the pictures and the poems. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by libbi
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was such a powerful story. I found it so interesting learning about what life was really like during Wor . . .
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Wolf Hollow by hollee
Wolf Hollow is a very interesting book. It was hard to get into at first because it is not the type of book I normally read. Once I got past the first . . .
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Railhead by joshua
Railhead was a good book with an interesting plot. The character Zen was an interesting one and he gets involved in lots of different situations. It i . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Kirndeep
A heartwarming story following a shy and quiet 'temporary' boy, Prez: who is a young carer and cares for his Grandad. Boyce takes the reader on a funn . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Isla
Salt to the Sea is based in Germany during WWI. I couldn't read the book in large chunks, but had to read it in smaller chunks because of the way the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms McCabe
An emotional book set during WWII which tells the story of Annabelle, a sweet young girl whose idyllic life is shattered by the arrival of a nasty bul . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms McCabe
A beautifully written piece of historical fiction inspired by the real-life, often overlooked, tragedy that was the sinking of the ship the Wilhelm Gu . . .
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Edward Boaden
The Kingswood School
Corby, Northants
Rocky Readers!
Where do you like to read?

The beach
6% (2 votes)

In bed
34% (11 votes)

In the bath
3% (1 vote)

In a tree
25% (8 votes)

In a library
31% (10 votes)

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something ju


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A graduate of the University of Falmouth, William Grill is an exciting young talent with a slew of prizes under his belt, including being the youngest Kate Greenaway Medal winner since 1960.

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