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Group status: We voted on a name for our group and looked at previous shortlisted titles using the activity questions to help us understand the criteria for the award
Mrs Bell's 9H6 English group

Do you think that the books on the shortlist were chosen because they have characters of our age in them?

Yes, they have no imagination...
7% (5 votes)

No, it's just a happy coincidence!
1% (1 vote)

I don't know, pass me a Jammy Dodger!
48% (32 votes)

Title: The Machine Gunners
Author: Robert Westall
Winning Year: 1975

This is the favourite of the past winners, according to Mrs Shakespeare and Mrs Hunt (Miss Greenhaff!). Well worth a read, it focuses on a group of young boys in WW2 - definately one for "non-readers." Mrs H has taught it to three classes, all of whom a