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Fortismere
London,
Group status: It's happened! That lovely phrase I hear every year but which never fails to make my heart sing! "I loved this book! I would never have normally picked it off the shelves but now it's my favourite book of all time!" Yaaaaay!

Just a few of this year's wonderful shadowers...

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.

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

Saint Death by Maddy P
I was a little sceptical of this book when I was first given it as none of my friends, who were also doing the Carnegie shadowing, had read it and it . . .
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The Hate U Give by Ori
The Hate U Give is a book which tells you some of the issues black people faced in the past and still today. Starr's life was normal until her friend . . .
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After the Fire by Naimo
I was very engrossed in this story and loved the way they told the story. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Naimo
I really loved this book. I thought the plot was interesting and liked the ending. This is definitely one of my top books. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Michael
Beyond the Bright Sea was a book that I enjoyed but didn't love. My main criticism would be that there wasn't enough answers to the questions the book . . .
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Saint Death by Michael
I really enjoyed this book. One of the main reasons I enjoyed it was because of how fast paced it was. Every single chapter ended on a cliff hanger wh . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Nusayba
This book is fast pacing book and amazing . I would recommend this book for 8+.This book had a lot of twists and I mean literally.I love this book and . . .
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Where the World Ends by Jay
My impression of this book is that it is quite boring and not much happens, it also moves very slowly I also don't think that the language in this is . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by annabelle
I really loved this book. It was interesting because I didn't know a lot about lepers. I love the character of Crow, and the way she was brave, courag . . .
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Rook by Abby
Although this is a short book, it was enjoyable and easy to read. I would suggest this book to ages 10 and up. . . .
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After the Fire by Abby
After the Fire was an amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It had lots of plot twists and I liked how it revealed secrets as the book went along. I . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Oliver
I thought Wed Wabbit was a very funny book because of how it shows a child's perspective on imagination.The Wimbley Woo world is related to real life . . .
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After the Fire by Nathan
I thought this book was amazing. It was very emotional and sad to see the the cult's impact on its members. I also thought it was written amazingly. T . . .
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Release by Martin
Release by Patrick Ness is a book about a single day in Adam Thorn's life. In general, I think it's a good book dealing with many issues yet some part . . .
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Release by Melissa
It was such an amazing book and I loved the ending of it. I would recommend it to friends and family because the plot of the book is so good. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Nathan
I really enjoyed this book. The plotline was brilliant and it was written amazingly. The idea of the officer assuming Khalil was a thug and drug deale . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Jasmin
I really enjoyed reading this over the holidays. I found myself not being able to put it down. I read it twice already and would definitely read it a . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Irshad
I really enjoyed Wed Wabbit. there was a lot of thought and imagination put into this story. However this book is aimed towards 8 to 10 year old kids. . . .
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Rook by jasmin
Well written and engaging although I found the story line didn't include enough action for my preference. I know some people who would love this book . . .
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Rook by Livia
I really enjoyed this book as it had an unusual plot which I found very interesting. I liked how the author managed to tie the rook into the storyline . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Benjamin
Beyond the Bright sea is undoubtedly a brilliant book. It has quirky, lovable characters and is beautifully written. The plot begins slow and at times . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Amelie
I quite enjoyed reading Wed Wabbit. It was a lighthearted, funny story. However, I found it a little bit childish at times so I would recommend it to . . .
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Release by Olivia
I think that Release is a very well written book with a strong message behind it. It has a great storyline although it is probably unsuitable for youn . . .
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The Hate U Give by Eva
This book has been my favourite so far, it was extremely exciting and I couldn't put it down. I loved the storyline and it dealt with interesting issu . . .
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Release by Eva
I really enjoyed reading this book and found it very interesting. I liked that it was all set over a couple of days, this allowed for the author to go . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Ori
Beyond the Bright Sea is a book which shows the fact that not all people are lucky to know where they came from. In the book, Crow goes on lots of dif . . .
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The Hate U Give by Kathleen
The Hate U Give was a unique and fantastic book. I loved how The Hate U Give actually meant the word "Thug" this is what made the book so unique. I lo . . .
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After the Fire by Amelie
I loved reading After The Fire because the story was so intriguing to me that I couldn't put it down! It tells the story of 17 year old Moonbeam who h . . .
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Rook by Bill
Rook is a short novel about a boy, Nicky and his brother, Kenny who find an injured rook and decide to take care of it. Nicky also experiences bullyin . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Katie
This book is a masterpiece. Destined to be a classic compared with the likes of 'Alice in wonderland' and 'Peter Rabbit'. A lovely story for children . . .
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The Hate U Give by Katie
I really loved this book, I thought it was incredibly well written and I couldn't put it down. It was very important and if everybody read this book . . .
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Rook by Rita
Rook was an enjoyable book to pass time with. To me this booked seemed as if it had pick-pocketed the most thrilling moment of a boys life, in this ca . . .
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The Hate U Give by Bill
The Hate U Give is a moving novel based around a sixteen year old girl, Starr who witnesses her childhood best friend, Khalil get shot by a policeman. . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Salka
I don't have a lot to say about this book, but that I really liked it. Although I wouldn't have picked it up if I could've picked which ones to read, . . .
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The Hate U Give by Rita
A beautiful book. One of the best I've ever read. The story shows true emotions and really make the reader feel as if the scene is happening right in . . .
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Rook by Amelie
I enjoyed reading Rook because I really like the unique style it is written in. The author writes in the first person which shows you how the main cha . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Salka
This book really amazed me. I developed an emotional atachment to some of the characters like Crow, Osh, and Miss.Maggie. I really liked how everythin . . .
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The Hate U Give by Daisy R
This book was SO good. I could barely put it down as I loved it so much. I’m so glad to have spent my time reading it. I loved the message it gave tha . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Olivia
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was full of character and adventure. It is well written and enjoyable due to the rhymes and the imaginative . . .
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The Hate U Give by Maddie
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It was gripping and the main character (Starr) was inspiring because of the way she found the courage to s . . .
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Rook by Esme
Although a small tale, ‘Rook’ by Anthony McGowan is a treasure. It is a down to earth story of a teenage boy who doesn’t have a lot, and explores his . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Esme
I really enjoyed Lissa Evans' 'Wed Wabbit'. It is a clever, imaginative, laugh-out-loud, heartfelt book that people of our age group can be entertaine . . .
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After the Fire by Maddie
I really enjoyed reading After the Fire. The way it was written made me feel like I was experiencing everything that Moonbeam described and put me in . . .
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Where the World Ends by Eva
I would not usually read a book like this but it surprised me. The book was well written but sometimes hard to understand as the boys spoke with Scott . . .
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Where the World Ends by Luisa
Usually, this would not be the sort of book I would choose to read myself but I actually really enjoyed it! I found it started slightly slow for my li . . .
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Rook by Katie
This book wasn't quite for me as i felt it would have been better if it had a more complex plot line.i enjoyed the bits about the rook however I didn' . . .
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Saint Death by william
The book was an amazing mix of politics and human sorrow and was an amazing story if not a bit cynical but that made it all the more in depth. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Nusayba
This book is an excellent book which quenches the thirst of people who crave adventure.I would recommend this book for 10+.This book had an excellent . . .
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After the Fire by Martin
After the Fire is a great book about one girl's recovery after the terrible events she witnessed in a cult. The book offers a different kind of read a . . .
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Saint Death by Olivia
I really enjoyed this book as it is written very well and has a very good storyline to it. It was very gripping and quite tense in places. I did think . . .
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The Hate U Give by Melissa
The hate u give was an amazing book. It was so addictive and I could not put it down. The reason I like the book is because it sends a very powerful m . . .
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Rook by Tallis
Rook started off dry and with no obvious meaning but after Nicholas gets expelled the book becomes rich with flavor and texture. However the ending of . . .
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Rook by Nusayba
This book is amazing in every way and even though it is short story it will still have more to say than any book with a thick pages.This book is extre . . .
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Rook by Naimo
Rook was a good book, easy to read and a very good storyline. . . .
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Release by Naimo
I just finished this book today and i really liked it. My favourite part of this book was the story about Katherine's spirit trying to find peace with . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Hanan
Wed Wabbit is an interesting book, with funny and relatable characters. It's a thrilling adventure through the Land Of The Wimbly Woos, and the extra . . .
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Wed Wabbit by jasmin
Wed Wabbit is an amazing book with a very creative plot line. I like how it is almost like entering a small child's imagination. The fact that the hum . . .
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Saint Death by Naimo
I found this to be a very interesting book. The start was quite slow but as I read on I was more and more gripped by the story. I was not expecting wh . . .
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Wed Wabbit by livia
I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it for children aged 8+. As it was quite young for me I think younger children would enjoy it more but overall . . .
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The Hate U Give by Naimo
I loved this book. It was moving and allowed me to understand the lives of the people who go through the trauma of losing someone to police brutality. . . .
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Release by Annabelle
I thought the book was great. The storyline gripping I would recommend this book to 13+. . . .
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Rook by Kwesi
It was good but there was quite a lot of swearing and it was short so I would prefer a longer book . . .
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Where the World Ends by Tallis
It was a boring run of 317 pages. Throughout the entire book it was predictable what would come next. The book was easy enough to understand but could . . .
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Release by Nusayba
I think that this book's like many books. It has good and bad things.One of the good things is that it starts well but the ending is amazing because t . . .
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Rook by Gracie
I really enjoyed this book because of the style that it was written in. It includes different perspectives which I think makes the book more interesti . . .
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Rook by Pixie-Lou
Although I wasn't attracted by this book at first because of its unattractive cover by the end, I was impressed. It started rather unusually (from a b . . .
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The Hate U Give by Rachel
I thought the book was amazing it was gripping and I couldn't put the book down. It was a great story and I would highly suggest to everyone. Its a gr . . .
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Rook by William
This book was very interesting and put light on bullies but I would have liked it the story was longer to give more time to get to know the characters . . .
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Saint Death by Nusayba
*** SPOILER ALERT *** This book is very good I liked the bit at the end where Arturo dies because it is a very good twist and an excellent way to . . .
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Rook by Salka
I quite liked the book, it was really interesting. It sort of showed me that when life gets tough, don't give up and keep going. I also think that it . . .
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Release by william
Amazing book. I really felt every moment of the book like I lived it. . . .
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Saint Death by Tallis
While Saint Death was a good book I thought that it was missing backstory. Saint Death tried to convey the histories of characters in too short a time . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rachel
I thought the book was great; it is a great book for 8+ years. It had a fast paced plot that keeps the reader turning the pages. Overall the book was . . .
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The Hate U Give by Nusayba
I really liked the book because it knew just the way to start a book.It also showed the problems of losing someone close to you and it was structured . . .
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Rook by irshad
I loved this book, I really recommend this book to ages over 10. It's amazing, it's really relatable, it shows reasons why bullies are bullies and why . . .
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Hornsey Chatterbooks Reading Group
London,
Highgate Wood School
London,
Martin Infants
London,
The Book Worms
London,
You're all steaming ahead with your reading and reviews. So where's your favourite place to read?

In bed
95% (18 votes)

In your "special place"
5% (1 vote)

 
Title: The Bunker Diary
Author: Kevin Brooks
Winning Year: 2014

The Daily Telegraph said this was "a bad and dangerous book". It was our shadowers' favourite in 2014!
 

 
 

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written several young adult novels, including Hellbent, Henry Tumour, which won the Book Trust Teenage Prize in 2006, and The Knife That Killed Me which was adapted into a highly acclaimed f . .