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Group status: Here at Ely College we are very excited about starting Carnegie Shadowing. We have just received our first book and can't wait to start discussing them.

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

Saint Death by Lillian
For me, the book was not to my taste. The style was confusing, plot very basic, and Arturo, the main character, frankly dull. On the first point, the . . .
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Release by Lillian
Disappointing at best. As a huge fan of the previous works of Patrick Ness, I was expecting something marvellous. Instead what I read was a graphic st . . .
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After the Fire by Lillian
What an amazing first read. With everything that was going on, it was near enough impossible to put this book down. Just after you've read a new detai . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Eloise
I absolutely loved this book! I could read this a million times. I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and/or family stories. I would giv . . .
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Release by Ms Branch
Although I have read and enjoyed the challenging content of other Ness novels, I felt that this tried to tackle too many things at once. Given the Da . . .
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Rook by Mrs Shaw
Despite being a much shorter read than the other books, it has depth and gives the reader much to think about. The plot isn't strong, but the characte . . .
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The Hate U Give by Mrs Shaw
This book is not just an amazing read it is a whole life experience in one book. I have found myself thinking about these characters even while I am d . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Mrs Shaw
This was my first book of this Carnegie Shadowing experience and I LOVED IT!! I travelled Crow's journey of discovery about her origins every step of . . .
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Saint Death by Mrs Shaw
I didn't enjoy this book at all. I forced myself to continue to the end. The brief one page pieces didn't help as I didn't feel they added anything to . . .
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Release by Mrs Shaw
I was very disappointed in this book. I am a fan of Patrick Ness but the story line is weak and it didn't make me want to keep reading. . . .
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After the Fire by Mrs Shaw
This book definitely fits the Carnegie judging criteria. I felt like I experienced this book rather than just read it and I could not put it down. A d . . .
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Release by Aren
Quite disappointing really. You think of Patrick Ness and all of his previous books, some of which have been on Carnegie in previous years, and you ca . . .
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After the Fire by Aren
By far my favourite book of Carnegie so far. At first I was a little hesitant to get reading, but towards the end I couldn't put it down. It is very d . . .
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The Hate U Give by Aren
I enjoyed reading this book while only the longlist was out - I was lucky that it made it to the shortlist, and it deserves to be there. The plot is g . . .
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Where the World Ends by Poppy
'Where the world ends' is a great book with a great plot too. It is very believable because it is set in a real place and is based on a real book. Ití . . .
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What do you look for when you pick up a book?

A great front cover
11% (5 votes)

A great blurb
17% (8 votes)

A great start
40% (19 votes)

A great plot line
6% (3 votes)

Everything above
23% (11 votes)

nothing in particular
2% (1 vote)

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


Will Hill
Will Hill worked as a bartender, bookseller and in publishing before quitting to write full-time. His first novel, Department 19, the first in a series of five was published in 2011 to widespread acclaim. He lives in London



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