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Group status: To our Shadowers: You have been brilliant. 224 reviews written. Excellent party. Our overall favourite chosen as the winner (with The Smell coming a close second). Sad I have to wait another year for more amazing Carnegie adventures.

Party time - we are a-maz-ing readers!

Fortismere's Carnegie Group is made up of Year 8 students. We meet once a week just to touch base and have a chat if we want. Let's see if we can beat the number of reviews posted in the past couple of years - 184 in 2014 and 250 in 2015, 234 in 2016...

Mrs Ward (as she is the most responsible member of the group...)

The Bone Sparrow by Amelia
Looking back, I'm glad I chose to read this last. Had I read it earlier, any remaining books would have paled in comparison. The Bone Sparrow is the m . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maddie
I found Wolf Hollow a sad but very well told story, creating many strong emotions within me for each of the characters. Hatred grew for the cold heart . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maddie
Although the book was quite childish, I enjoyed the simplicity and humour within it. It was refreshing to read in-between the "deeper" stories in the . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maddie
At first, the style of Alice's writing was hard to get to grips with, however as I progressed I started to understand and empathise with each struggle . . .
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Beck by Liza
Beck is a book not for all, but like many novels it is about a journey. I'm not sure if I liked the novel but it wasn't bad. It starts in England, whe . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lois
Wolf Hollow was an interesting book with a good setting and fun characters. However, I thought that the plot was a bit predictable, and the main chara . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lois
The Smell Of Other People's Houses was my personal favourite book this year. I found the way that the four storylines intertwined throughout the book . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maya
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a great story about a fifteen year old girl named Alice Nightingale who has an acquired brain injury that impacts the way . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Edward
This book was one of my favourites as it has an interesting plot twist. The main character Subhi is always full of adventure and is loved among family . . .
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Wolf Hollow by
A beautifully written story about bullying in all its guises. Both Betty and Toby show how appearances can be deceptive and others quick to judge on t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Asher
This is by far and away my least favourite out of all the books> I just feel the author is trying to be edgy and unique but utterly fails.The book in . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Liam
The Bone Sparrow is one of my favourite Carnegie books.It has an interesting story line and was a good book. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Roxanne
Unsurprisingly, I didn't enjoy Sputnik's Guide to Life On Earth. The book is about a young boy - Prez - who's grandfather isn't able to look after him . . .
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Beck by Mimi
Beck was brilliant. You follow Beck a black orphan boy who grew up in Liverpool and was then taken, by ship, to Canada. Whilst living with brothers (m . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lois
I really enjoyed The Bone Sparrow, it was a well-written and interesting book driven by good characters and a cool setting. I'd give it a 9/10! . . .
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Beck by Lois
I found Beck to be an interesting novel, but I didn't like it very much. I found it a bit too dark and drawn-out for it to hold my interest for long. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Melisa
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was OK. It was fun to read because it is a very simple and funny book. the story was interesting and very adventurous . . .
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Railhead by Melisa
The world that Railhead was set in was described in intricate detail and was a very beautiful setting. I think that the setting completely matched the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lauryn
I thought 'Sputnik's Guide To Life on Earth' by Frank Cottrell-Boyce was a very childish book, however it was gripping at times and descriptive. I thi . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by mia z
Wolf Hollow is a book that captures your attention. The title sounds slightly creepy which made me want to know what wolf hollow was about. I like the . . .
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Railhead by Lauryn
I thought that Railhead by Philip Reeve was a boring book, as I don't like sci-fi book. The characters were not very well described, also the beginnin . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by mia z
Bone Sparrow is an emotional book that is full of detail. Zana Fraillon adds a lot of description about the setting which really shows the difficulty . . .
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Railhead by Daisy
I hated Railhead. I found it so boring because the storyline wasn't interesting at all. I am really happy that I never have to read the book again. No . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Olivia
This book was quite different from the others in the best way possible. It was a simple story but heart warming never the less. It was told beautifull . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Olivia
This was definitely one of my favourite as it was very detailed helping you picture every scene. It was also very passionate with every character, rea . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Nina
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses is a very well written and moving book which I would recommend highly. Throughout the book you become more and more . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Olivia
I really enjoyed reading this book because you really got to know the characters which is something I really look for in a book. The events that happe . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Nina
Salt to the Sea is my favourite book out of all of the shadowing books. This is because it includes perspectives from lots of different characters wh . . .
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Railhead by Lois
Railhead was an entertaining and thoughtful book with an interesting plot line and well-thought-out worldbuilding. I found it very fun to read! Howeve . . .
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Beck by Grace
Beck was a really good story though I didn't like the ending because I thought that Grace didn't love him. It was emotional and hard to read at some t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Grace
I liked The Bone Sparrow a lot, it had a moving plot and was a truthful insight into life as a refugee. The plot was at times slow but I loved the cha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lois
It surprised me a bit that one of the books that I enjoyed most was the one mainly aimed at younger readers, but Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth is a . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by tyler
this is a strange book about a group of kids who all have problems and have to find a way to keep it together. loved the book really recommend it. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Tito
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a very descriptive book which explains how people are kept in refugee camps. The story narrates how a boy,Subhi, . . .
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Railhead by Lilli
this is a futuristic book and also different to a lot of the other topics explored in the other chosen books which i liked as a change. i would not us . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lilli
i don't think i would of chosen this book by myself but i found it descriptive and gripping once i got into it. it think it was a comical book and pro . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Manus
The Bone Sparrow is a beautifully creative and moving book. Hopefully it will inspire more people to write books like it. I give it 9.001/10. . . .
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Railhead by Amelia
I have mixed feelings about this book. Phillip Reeve has managed to create beautiful settings and brilliant characters, and the casual diversity is un . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Abi
I really enjoyed this book however I don't think is was as good as a couple of the other books. However I really enjoyed the plot and characters. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amelia
I'm not really sure how to write this review. This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. It made me want to cry more than once, and for more than one . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Abi Denner
This book is one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. I really felt in touch with the characters' emotions and stories. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Oscar
Today I am going to be reviewing Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth. I thought the book was ok, but very immature and for much younger readers because i . . .
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Beck by Oscar
Hello today I am going to be reviewing Beck. I thought the book was sad and depressing because it is not always pleasant to read, I read to go into a . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Asher
*SPOILER ALERT* Overall I really enjoyed this book and thought it was relatively interesting.The suspense it caused was good as the plot twisted an . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Tara
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses was a lovely read which just like Salt to the Sea, diverts between the point of view of four different characters: . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eva
Bone sparrow was an amazing book that revealed some of the horrifying truths of what it was like for a refugee. this book was sad, tragic but at the s . . .
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Beck by Lilli
Beck follows the life of a young orphan boy named Beck and his experiences in life and how to survive it. beck was a very descriptive book and grippin . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lilli
*WARNING: no capital letter alert*!!! ((MrsW) the bone sparrow follows the story of a boy in a refugee camp who meets a girl who lives outside it. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lilli
The smell of other peoples houses is a book following the lives of four different people who at the end of the book all become connected. It explores . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eva
The smell of other people's houses had a tragic and very well written beginning. Furthermore, the whole book was full of emotional moments as you indu . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maya
I think that 'The Smell of Other People's Houses is one of the best books in the carnegie shortlist because it is a very creative, interesting and bel . . .
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Wolf Hollow by william
*SPOILER ALERT* I. found this book thoroughly engaging. The story was interesting and it was a great idea for a book. The book is written from the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Isabel
I loved the layout in 'Salt to the Sea' every chapter focused on a group of four people, all their stories are very unique, in backgrounds and persona . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Liza
This book is unique in its own way, and while the authors intentions are original and abstractly real, this book let me down. Its backstory is good bu . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Liza
Sputnik's guide on Earth isn't a bad plot or even badly written, I simply believe that this adventure about an unlikely friendship, that is made to sa . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Claudia
The Stars at Oktober Bend had a slow start but became more interesting as it continued. It is about a girl named Alice who was attacked when she was t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Claudia
I enjoyed Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth. It is a great and funny book, particularly the character of Sputnik. It is a very good read, however I thi . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mimi
Although this may be an unpopular opinion, I enjoyed this book thoroughly.You follow Alice a girl stuck in her 'twelveness' and find out more about he . . .
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Beck by Tara
This was a beautifully written novel , though a rather grim and depressing story at times. Enjoyed the beginning however to me the plot seems very fas . . .
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Railhead by Roxanne
First of all, I have to admit that the description in Rail Head was beautiful and unwavering throughout the whole book. But, the story line and charac . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Roxanne
Salt to The Sea is and enticing book that always leaves you wanting more. It's about 4 people in the II world war and how all of their lives depend on . . .
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Beck by Roxanne
Beck is an emotional book which focuses on the struggle of African-Americans during the 19th-20th century. This book will take you on an emotional rol . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Roxanne
The Smell of Other People's Houses is an intriguing book which entails 4 different stories which tie together in different ways. I think this book is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Roxanne
The Stars at Oktober Bend is probably one of my favourite Carnegie books. It explores the taboo subject in our society of mental health whilst breakin . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Roxanne
I feel like everyone should read the Bone Sparrow because it shows life from a perspective we should all be educated on. I've never read a book about . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Fredric
'The Bone Sparrow' is an emotional story about a young refugee named Subhi. It follows his thoughts about the camp that he was born in and lives in an . . .
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Beck by Maya
Beck was a very intriguing read full of interesting characters, great description and creative ideas. Although I enjoyed the book, I feel that some sc . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lois
While I really liked how this book started off, I was quickly confused. Alice's writing is very hard to read, probably due to the lack of capitals and . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Melisa
The Bone sparrow was a very good book. I found it interesting to read about the experience of peoples lives, like subbi's, in detention centres and ho . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lauryn
I thought that The Bone Sparrow was an unpredictable plot. I really enjoyed reading the life of refugees as it was moving and very interesting. It was . . .
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Salt to the Sea by tyler
This is a really intense and sad book about 4 young people stuck in a war trying to get away from all the fighting to go back home and see some loved . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Oscar
I am going to be reviewing Salt to Sea. I thought the book was Incredible because it is interesting and emotional. It makes the reader really think a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by tyler
I really liked this book because the story seemed so important but they always messed it up in funny way. but i also found this book to easy so I sugg . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Owen
I do not know how this book got into Carnegie. This book might of been funny when I was younger however I found his story to have a bizarre story lin . . .
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Beck by Owen
I think Beck was a depressing story about a boy who would have lived a normal life if he was white however Beck was black therefore he was mistreated . . .
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Railhead by william
This book took me longer than it should have to read. I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other books I have read so far, but it was still an int . . .
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Salt to the Sea by william
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever read. Salt to the Sea is based on a true story of the sinking . . .
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Railhead by Mimi
Railhead is boring and unimaginative. The characters, especially Zen Starling, are stereotypical . However, the description of scenery and imagery, is . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Fredric
'The smell of other people's houses', is an extraordinary book set in 1970 Alaska. It follows four children, Ruth, who wants to be remembered, Dora, w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mia
Sputniks Guide To Life on Earth had not the most exciting or ingenious plot , or to me at least. With that I draw attention to the age recommendation . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Liza
The Bone Sparrow's beginning is slow, but it's surely slowly unwinding without much movement at first. It is set in a detention centre in Australia, . . .
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Beck by Manus
Beck is one of my favourite books with moments of surprise, sadness and happiness. It's about a boy searching for a home. I give it 4.81 stars out o . . .
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Railhead by Manus
Railhead is a beautifully written, action packed book that keeps you wanting more. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I give it 4.78952 s . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mia
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a touching story about a girl named Alice, who was a victim of a horrific assault, and as a result has serious brain dama . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Liza
I think that this is probably my favorite book, it has many point of views, which makes it similar to salt to the sea, yet they are completely differe . . .
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Railhead by Liza
To be honest Railhead was a sheer pain to read. The whole plot is desperate to sound futuristic and unique, basing this world on trains, but their is . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by asher
Possibly one of the funniest books I have ever read.The randomness in which the book is written means there are so many laugh out loud moments.As well . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jonah
The Smell of Other People's Houses was my favourite Carnegie book and one of the best books I have read recently. Like my other favourite Carnegie boo . . .
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Railhead by Ines
Although there was a good range of descriptive vocabulary, the words linked to the dystopian future were confusing and unnecessary. The plot was borin . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Daisy
Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth wasn't an enjoyable read. It was really slow and really boring. I didn't find the story interesting and the writing w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mimi
It is hard to fault the plot and ideas for Sputnik's guide to life on Earth, however I believe it is aimed at an age range lower than mine. The vocabu . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Evie
Before I read Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk, I heard lots of negative comments about it, which in my opinion are completely untrue. I thought the novel . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lilli
I thought this was a really gripping book full of mystery. It is about a girl and her relationship with a mysterious personality. I think it was clear . . .
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Railhead by Eva
I thought that Railhead was slow and confusing. The style of writing was dull and although there was an action filled plot, the author tried to pack t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Owen
This was a sad and touching story about an autistic girl who is unable to go to school and many other everyday activities due to being autistic. Her f . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Marcus
The Smell of Other People's Houses By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is a brilliant book filled with friendship and trust that creates a small and easily access . . .
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Railhead by Jonah
Railhead is an interesting sci-fi book. It follows Zen, a thief, who is enlisted by the mysterious Raven to steal a mysterious object known as the Pyx . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Tara
Overall I really liked Salt to the sea.I liked the way I was written, switching between perspectives each chapter and meant that I was never tired. Th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by mia z
Salt to the Sea is a journey which bursts with drama and emotion. It is a gripping story that really captivates you, pulling you into the scene. Ruta . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lauryn
The Stars at Oktober Bend, by Glenda Millard, was a slow paced book. I personally did not enjoy this book as the beginning was boring and it didn't en . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Melisa
I personally didn't enjoy this book to much. It was quite a slow book and it didn't really draw me in. Some parts in the book confused me as they were . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lauryn
I thought Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk, was a well descriptive novel. I really liked the plot of the story because there was a mystery which was solved . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Melisa
Wolf Hollow is a really captivating book. As soon as I started to read it I was completely drawn in. It was sad and happy at the same time which made . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lauryn
Salt to the Sea,by Ruta Sepetys, is a very gripping book with many emotions. The World War 2 plot and is based on some true events, meaning the book i . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Melisa
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys was one of the best books i have read. it was very gripping and excellently captured the experience of the of war thro . . .
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Beck by Jonty
Beck is an interesting book. It tells the reader the story of a young orphan called Beck; while also showing us how coloured people were treated in th . . .
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Railhead by Fredric
If you love sci-fi (which I do) and even if you don't, this book is an amazing read. For all ages this book is bound to take you whizzing into another . . .
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Beck by Fredric
The story of, 'Beck', is a story about a black orphan who doesn't know his father and who's mother died when he was very little. Since then he has bee . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Owen
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses I found was a slow moving book about different people's lives in Alaska. In this novel the different characters link . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Owen
This was a sad touching novel about different Germans and other Europeans trying to escape the threat of war. The story tells us how their lives were . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Owen
This was a great read for me with a unique story line with lots of twists.The plot thickens and becomes more exciting as the story goes a long. In thi . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Grace
I did not enjoy this book. First the story line was quite boring and what the family knew versus what the police and everyone else knew was often con . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Oscar
I didn't really enjoy this novel. Despite it's clever storyline and very realistic characters, it took a very long time for the plot to become interes . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jonty
Before I start, I would just like to say that this book is one of the best. It is on the same level as my other favourite Carnegie book, Salt to the S . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Maya
The Bone Sparrow is a very moving and eye-opening book which I really enjoyed. Although it was a bit hard to get into at the start, it became more int . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Fredric
Salt to the Sea is an emotional journey following a group of people trying to escape the terror that is the red army. It follows the journeys of Joana . . .
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Railhead by Mia
Personally I don't enjoy Sci-fi books as I find that they don't enthral and excite me and I find it hard to get absorbed into an often unrealistic wor . . .
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Railhead by Grace
I liked this book a lot, I thought it was an absolutely brilliant idea. I found the fictional terms and names in the book were sometimes hard to reme . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Devon
The Bone Sparrow is definitely a contender for my favourite. A real eye opener which makes you makes you evaluate and think about what you actually ha . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Devon
When I began this book ,honestly, I was dreading it. The lack of punctuation was very frustrating, but once you get past that it is a very moving book . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daisy
I liked The Bone Sparrow because of how the book raised awareness for people who are in the same position as Subhi but I lost interest in the book at . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Devon
I enjoyed The Smell of Other People's Houses but I thought it ended quite abruptly. I thought it was written well and although quite predictable, the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Olivia
I liked this book as it was simple but exciting at the same time. I liked all the characters in it an the relationships between them because they were . . .
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Beck by isaac
Different. This book is definitely different.The plot drags on more than it should. I think the author is too in control of the plot, it makes everyth . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Abi
I thought that Salt to the Sea was amazing because of the emotion in the book. The book takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster and it makes t . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eva
I would recommend Salt to the Sea because I thought that it was interesting and the constant jumps between different people's points of view meant tha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jonty
Sputnik's guide to life on earth is an interesting book. It is based on a boy (Prez) that is living with his granddad. Suddenly he finds himself witho . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mimi
Wolf hollow is a relatively good book. However it is very slow to start. The story takes place in a small village, named the same as the book, where B . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by william
Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is a great book, definitely worth reading again. It was funny and entertaining but it was also quite heartwarming whi . . .
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Beck by Marcus
Beck by Mal Peet is a well written book but at points can be slightly upsetting to read because of the nature of the abuse suffered by Beck, however t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Tito
Honestly, I did not like this book. The story was overly far-fetched; an alien dog is not too bad, but when he starts reading minds, eating caravan wh . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Minal
This book compared to the other two I have read so far was quite slow. You needed to wait to the end for it to get a little more interesting. I didn't . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Minal
It's a sad and meaningful book behind the reality of some refugees. I did enjoy reading this book, though it had scenes that would make you cry it was . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jonah
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a great example of how your feelings about a book can change as you read it. At first, I disliked it. The lack of capital . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maddie
Like 'The Smell Of Other People's Houses', 'Salt to the Sea' is separated into 4 different perspectives which entangle in different ways. The book was . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Daisy
Salt to the sea was the best Carnegie book so far. I loved it and I couldn't put it down. I loved being able to see the Second World War through the e . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Daisy
Salt to the sea was the best Carnegie book so far. I loved it and I couldn't put it down. I loved being able to see the Second World War through the e . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by ines
The Stars at Oktober Bend had an interesting plot line, but I don't think it was told very well. The tone was boring and the two narrators had 'broken . . .
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Beck by Mia
I feel that if you spoke to the next person they would tell you that Beck is a gripping read full of adventure and plot twists because,well, it is. Ho . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mia
This book was packed full of raw emotion and reality of life in a refugee cam, and absolutely broke my heart. With the extra layer of Subhi and Jimmie . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amelia
While this book had great imagery, I feel like it was slightly rushed and didn't explain things fully. In the author's haste to maintain an element of . . .
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Railhead by Olivia
It took me a while to get into this book but once I had I enjoyed it a lot. The characters where very unique compared to most and the relationships we . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Amelia
This book combines interesting settings with wildly different people, who, when tied together by the strings of fate and storytelling, create a beauti . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lois
When I first got around to it, I was quite excited to read this book. I'd heard a lot of good things about it, and historical fiction is one of my fav . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Nina
This book is not my Favourite out of all the books but there are very good parts and the Author is very creative. The lack of punctuation did annoy me . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amelia
This book is my favourite of all the ones I've read so far. I loved all the details about the landscape and life on the farm, as well as the mystery e . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amelia
It was highly amusing and made me want to read to the end in one sitting. Despite how fast paced it was, jumping from conflict to conflict, I thought . . .
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Beck by Amelia
An extremely emotional and gripping read. The theme of home made the book very exciting and on the whole it was a thrilling adventure. . . .
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Railhead by Jonty
When I started Railhead I was thinking about all the comments my friends had made on the book. Some said it was slow paced and a bad book. But I disag . . .
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Beck by Tito
This is a great, yet terribly tragic, book. It narrates the story of a black boy, Beck, who leaves Liverpool after his mother's death and travels thro . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Grace
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is great. It makes a sad story warm and funny. Truthfully I was not looking forward to reading this book but I was su . . .
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Railhead by Oscar
Railhead: A review Railhead is a science fiction novel written by Phillip Reeves. The novel is set in a universe where people travel through gatewa . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eva
I thought this book was very good, it was very interesting to read two perspectives that are completely different from your own. This meant the book u . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Leith
Sputnik's guide to life on earth is a fun and ridiculous journey following a boy named Prez, a sensible child visited by a boy who claims he is from o . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Fred
Salt to the sea is an interesting historical novel regarding refugees in the second world war. It follows the journeys of 4 refugees: Florian, Alfred, . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Owen
This is a unique story about 4 people who have different lifestyles but live in the same area in Alaska they go on their only adventures and end up me . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Owen
A touching story about a boy in a refugee camp where refugees are treated badly and his aim is to build a life and try to get out it is unique and gri . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Liza
With a slow beginning set in 1943, this novel accelerates once a bully moves into Wolf Hollow, Annabelle, a twelve year old girl learns to lie. Starti . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Liza
A captivating read split into four point of views, which quickens the pace of the story,yet letting you understand everyone's opinions of the war. You . . .
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Railhead by tyler
This book was about a young boy being controlled and shows how he reacts to orders and how he controls his own destiny no mater what anyone else tells . . .
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Beck by mia z
'Beck' is a very challenging and involving book to read and to have an understanding of. The novel is an emotional story about an orphan who battles t . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by mia z
'The Smell Of Other Peoples' houses is a very intriguing book that takes lots of strange and unexpected turns. It is also unusual in that it's told fr . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jonty
At first I despised this book. I found it boring and I could not stand the style that the author wrote the book in. The book was from the point of a g . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jonty
Salt to the sea is one of the most emotional books I've ever read. It is packed full of characters that you come to love. And all these characters : J . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Marcus
Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys is excellently written book with emotion, drama and action set in the second world war. The characters have dark secre . . .
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Wolf Hollow by isaac
he author is constantly and thoroughly in control of the plot yet more so with knowing the readers thought process. by leaving questions without answ . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Bobbi
I liked 'Wolf Hollow' although the story had a lot of loose ends and sub plots that didn't tie together at the end of the book. The story line is all . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Daisy
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses was a very interesting read, I loved how a story was told from loads of peoples perspectives but slowly all of their . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daisy
Wolf Hollow is my favourite book so far. It constantly had new action and I couldn't put it down. I loved how the story built up and how everything wa . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Daisy
I really enjoyed The stars at Oktober Bend because I liked how the story was from the perspective of two troubled children. The book kept me reading b . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lilli
This was an interesting book about a girl named Alice and her relationships between her and her brother, a boy named Manny and her grandma. I liked ho . . .
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Beck by Lauryn
Beck, by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff, was an amazing, thrilling book to read. This book was a realistic story that could have happened to anyone like Bec . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Evie
The stars at oktober bend was an emotional, but a very long and slow, book. The story followed a fifteen year old girl named Alice who was beautiful a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ines
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was hard to get through though it was easy to read. The content was supposed to seem nonsensical and crazy but was ac . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maddie
I really enjoyed the way 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' was structured, from four points of view, as it gave me, the reader, a choice of which p . . .
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Beck by Maddie
Personally, although many of my friends thoroughly enjoyed the book, I thought there was no clear plot to the story. 'Beck' was written in a sophistic . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jonah
Salt to the Sea is a heartbreaking piece of historical fiction about one of the world's most forgotten tragedies. It follows four young people, Joana, . . .
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Railhead by Bobbi
It took me a while to get into Railhead but it is a very imaginative book filled with action and adventure. The concept of the world that Philip Reev . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mimi
The Smell of Other People's Houses is a great book. You see the points of view of four very different people (Ruth, Alyce, Hank and Dora) in very diff . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Marcus
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon is a tragic book that brings to light the problems of immigration and people fleeing war, poverty and the problems i . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Tito
Another very good book which I enjoyed reading. I found it gripping and it took me only five days to finish it. It is a book full of mysteries but I f . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Tito
This was an outstanding yet very tragic book. It is told through the eyes of four young people who are escaping from the Russian army from Poland and . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maya
Salt to the Sea is an incredibly moving wartime story told through the eyes of Florian,Joana,Emilia and Alfred. The use of different points of view no . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maya
Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is an awesome and imaginative novel full of originality that pulls you into the storyline. It has an exciting, flowi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mimi
This novel is brilliant! It highlights the current problem of refugees, while also showing you a child's views of the world, two children in fact. Nei . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Marcus
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is an excellent book about friendship and trust that is drenched with imagery and emotion that draws in the reader. There a . . .
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Beck by Melisa
Beck was a really amazing book. I enjoyed reading it a lot. The theme of the book (though to some may seem unpleasant), really interested me and drew . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bobbi
The author has a unique style of writing which makes the book seem more relatable. I liked the fact that all the different people had different lives . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Melisa
This book was amazing. I really enjoyed reading it. One aspect of the book that I really liked, was the fact that there were 4 people narrating th . . .
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Railhead by Marcus
Railhead is an excellent novel with lots of action and imagination that hooks you into the story. It has an exciting, well written and easily flowing . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maya
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is a fascinating story about 11 year old Annabelle who comes face to face with a problem bigger than herself. She evolves t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by tyler
I thought this was a very emotional book that shows that we don't know enough about our government and plight of the refugees. the author made this st . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Grace
This book I loved because it brought light to a maritime disaster that history forgot. It is incredibly sad and has developed characters with tragic b . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Tito
I loved reading this book and would highly reccomend it. It is about the lives of four teenagers who have economical and family troubles and live in A . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Bobbi
So far Salt to the Sea has been one of my favourite books on the list as I love books based on history. It gave me a insight about what it was like fo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lilli
I really enjoyed reading this book! I loved each character and learning the different feelings people have about war and reasons why they are trying t . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lauryn
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses was a intriguing novel, that was hard to put down. I liked that the story had four points of view which then all in . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by William
Although this wasn't my type of genre,I thought this was a thoroughly enjoyable book.It was set mostly from a young refugee called Subhi's perspectiv . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Devon
An emotive book. Well written but the lack of capital letters was frustrating. I also feel that there was too much build up in the start and the end w . . .
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Railhead by Maya
It was an original, interesting book however it was quite slow moving until the end and did not use a lot of imagery. I think it was quite a good book . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Bobbi
I really liked 'The Bone Sparrow', although after reading it I don't think 'like' is the right word since it's full of the hardships and struggles tha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eva
I thought ‘Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth’ was dull, highly predictable and poorly written. The book's plot at first seems as though it may have . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Grace
Absolutely amazing! Written with research and such care. I loved the settings they were incredibly original and beautiful. My only problem was how rea . . .
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Railhead by Owen
It was a good book though I had read it before. Yet it was still quite good. It was a slow moving book until towards the end. It is unique and imagina . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Bobbi
I found this book is a bit more suited to a reader in primary school but is a good way to introduce kids to mental health issues. In the book the main . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jonah
The Bone Sparrow is a moving and inspiring book. It alternates between two different points of view, Subhi, a refugee born in an immigration detention . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Marcus
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a clever novel with lots of imagination. It has an easy flowing strong plot with clever twists and easy to follow . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Roxanne
Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk was enchanting to read. The description in the book, and intriguing storyline, pieces together something you've never expe . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mimi
A story of the biggest naval disaster in history. The tales of four young people from Germany and countries under its occupation. The story that is of . . .
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Beck by ines
I thought it was a really good, well written, insightful tale into the journey of a mixed race boy and his struggles with fitting in, in society in th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Kit
I chose this book because of the title, which I found eye catching and rather beautiful. Reading the book wasn't disappointing and I think this book w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Misha
I loved this book from start to finish, and in my opinion is a book to be read from age 5-13 because its a bit of a childish book, but not for myself. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Devon
Overall this book was quite fun and an easy read. Although I feel this book should be aimed at younger readers, it is a very clever book and written w . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by grace
Overall great book. I found the book got increasingly good as I reached the ending. Lack of punctuation was infuriating also I found no major events h . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Minal
Salt to the Sea is a sad but engaging book about four strangers seeking refuge. It's sad and has many deaths. There are a few scenes that can make you . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jonty
The Bone Sparrow grabs you from the moment you pick it up. One of the saddest books ever. The narrative switches between two characters. The idea of t . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mia
The blurb of Wolf Hollow enticed me in with promises of a gripping story full of lies and secrets. I was sold. However upon reading the book it was at . . .
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Beck by Eva
I thought this was a very great book that contained lots of good detail and used a style of writing that fitted the story well. I think this is a real . . .
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Beck by Devon
A harrowing book that that describes the scarred life of a boy who doesn't understand love because of the horrific abuse he suffered. A great read and . . .
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Railhead by Tito
Railhead is a great adventure/sci-fi book filled with mysteries, action and surprise. A good book for any fantasy fan. I liked it a lot but I do not t . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jonah
Wolf Hollow follows Annabelle, a girl living in the remote countryside, and her struggle with the truth after the cruel Betty disappears and the blame . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Evie
The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon, is definitely a contender for the spot of my favourite book. The reasons for this is because I just couldn't put i . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jonty
This book tells you about young Annabelle who lives in a small village in the countryside around the time of world war II . It shows the reader how yo . . .
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Beck by Bobbi
I think "Beck" is very well written and I really liked reading it. The storyline gave a very important message about what happened to children who wer . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mia
Good books are hard to find, and when one of my friends suggested it I was at first sceptical. How is it possible to write a truly original book abou . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Evie
Salt to the Sea is one of the best, and saddest books I have ever read. Ruta Sepety's idea of having four different narrators, who are in different si . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Bobbi
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Stars at Oktober Bend" it gave you an insight about what it's like inside someone else's head, especially since Alice had go . . .
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Tom Hood School
London,
ML's Tutor group
Bushey Chatterbooks
Watford, Herts
Woolmore Bookworms
London ,
You've filled in your voting slips and I'll reveal the group's favourite at our party. Which book was your number one?

Beck
The Bone Sparrow
The Smell of Other People's Houses
Wolf Hollow
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Railhead
Salt to the Sea
 
Title: Here Lies Arthur
Author: Philip Reeve
Winning Year: 2008

"There's nothing a man can do that can't be turned into a tale...". Britain. AD 500. Gwyna's new master Myrddin says he's not an enchanter, yet he works his own kind of magic. He turns Gwyna from a slave-girl into a goddess, a boy, and a spy - and A
 

 
 

Ruta Sepetys
WINNER 2017 WITH SALT TO THE SEA! HURRAH! . .