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BMS (Books, Munchies and Squash)
Group status: We have just got the books in and have started reading!
Keen readers mostly in years 7-9, meeting on a Wednesday lunchtime with a challenge to read all the books (except Beck) on the shortlist!

Ellen Faysse

Railhead by Daniel
I feel as though Philip Reeve has dug deep and has returned with a very interesting plot line and setting inhis exciting new narrative; Railhead. Rail . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jhanvi
The Bone Sparrow is a very touching story. It is filled with good humour but great sadness too. Subhi seems like a very imaginative and kind boy. He h . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ellen Faysse
I can honestly say that I absolutely loved this book! The book had me utterly gripped from the first page and I found it very difficult to put down. I . . .
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Railhead by Ellen Faysse
This is not something that I would usually be inclined to read and started the read expecting not to enjoy the book due to the genre. However, I was v . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ellen Faysse
This told the story of a fifteen year old girl, living in a situation that none of us can begin to imagine. I did find Alice's voice slightly odd to b . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ellen Faysse
After a slow start, I ended up enjoying this book but I strongly feel that the second half of the book is much better than the first. For me I felt t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ellen Faysse
This was an interesting read, to say the least! I finished "Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth" in one sitting and considered it to be rather a chaotic . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ms Chumbley
A light-hearted but rather hectic and jumbled book for younger readers. Not a contender in my opinion. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ms Chumbley
I read this in one sitting which I recommend. The voice of Alice, one of the two first person narrators, is a little strange to start with, and the th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ms Chumbley
We read this when it was up for the Guardian award; it didn't win then and I don't think it will win now. Having said that, I personally quite liked i . . .
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Railhead by Ms Chumbley
Where does he get his ideas? What an imagination! Trains with attitude zip across time and space, in futuristic galaxies populated by civilisations ex . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms Chumbley
A cracker. Alternating between the perspectives of different characters, the novelist brings to life a little-known tragedy within WW2. Educational an . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms Chumbley
This was a surprise to me. After a slightly slow start I was completely absorbed and transported back in time. The novel has the quality of a classic . . .
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Beck by Ms Chumbley
Having read this after spotting it on the nominated and longlists, I was really disappointed to see it make its way onto the shortlist. What are the j . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Bethany Lunnon
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was a book that surprised me. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was different to my usual type of book(romance or murder . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ellen
Whilst commencing reading this book I was unsure on what to expect and was intrigued by the blurb. The book follows the lives of four teenagers living . . .
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Goldington Middle School
Text & Talk
Mad Hatters
Bedford Girls School Shadowers
What do you think about the inclusion of a book for which the advisory reading age is 16+?

I think it's unfair - I'd like the chance to read all the books
92% (66 votes)

I think it's a bit silly
3% (2 votes)

I don't mind - we should discuss sensitive things
3% (2 votes)

I don't mind, so long as it doesn't win!
3% (2 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 . .