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Group status: There are 28 of us in our group so far this year and we are very excited to have started reading the books. It seems a really interesting short list this year with lots to discuss.

Ely College Readers

It is always exciting to find out which books have made it to the shortlist and we have all started reading avidly. At each of our weekly meetings we will discuss a different element of the judging criteria. It is really interesting to share our views.

Aren Clark

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eloise
I think it's a brilliant book. I definitely recommend reading it. It's very different to any other book I've read before. There's lots of lives that g . . .
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Beck by Rose
Beck was a moving and disturbing novel with the two authors merging well. However, it could have been deeper if it was either wholey a child's or adul . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lillian
Overall, 'The Bone Sparrow' was OK, however it had some gaping holes in the plot that were a bit off-putting. I don't care how good you might be at br . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Hannah
This book had an ok story line however I feel the plot and characters were not expanded on enough and the ending was not good. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Aren
This was the first book I read for Carnegie 2017, and it didn't disappoint. I love war stories, so this book was instantly a big hit. The plot is grea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by william
I think that Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth has a very confusing story line.At the beginning you can't tell who is who.I would not recommend this boo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eloise
Brilliant book. Great characters and storyline. It's full of tense, scary cliffhangers. My favourite character was Annabelle because of her personalit . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Gemma
This is a wonderful book that is on my top 10 books I have read. It really made me think how lucky I am since the main character (Subhi) is in a refug . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jennifer
I thought this book wasn't very good because I didn't really feel any connection/attachment to the characters. The plot was good but I wish the charac . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rose
This was a brilliant book which kept me glued to every page! The ever shifting narrative kept me intrigued and engaged and in touch with every charact . . .
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What do you look for when you pick up a book?

A great title
A great front cover
A great blurb
A great start
A great plot line
Everything above
nothing in particular
Title: The Other Side of Truth
Author: Beverly Naidoo
Winning Year: 2000

This is a moving and topical story of a Nigerian brother and sister fleeing oppression and seeking asylum in the UK. It was written at the time of the killing of the radical journalist Ken Saro-Wiwa by General Sani Abacha. It skilfully blends fact and fic


Glenda Millard

Glenda Millard is a highly respected author of books for children of all ages, who deserves to be better known outside her Australian homeland. Her novel A Small Free Kiss in the Dark was the Winner of the 2009 Queensland Premier's Award . .



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