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Plashet School
London,
Group status: Carnegie Club is back for 2017! Join us in the South Library at lunchtime on Fridays!

As part of our discussion of 'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' we made bottle rockets!

The Carnegie Club are aiming to read and review all of the books on the shortlist for this year's Carnegie Medal before the winner is announced in June. We meet on Fridays at lunchtime in the South Library and each week we take part in fun activities to help us think about the themes which feature in the books we're reading.

Mrs Clifford-Smith

Salt to the Sea by Fatema
Oh. My. Goodness. Just when I thought the Carnegie books this year couldn't get any better, it most certainly did. Whole heartedly, I did not regr . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sirin
This book caught me into it immediately. The story line was moving and the author did not disappoint in creating emotive and believable characters - e . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Adeebah
This is a great book that is full of suspense and drama. The plot was very interesting, surrounding the main characters: Annabelle, Betty (the bully) . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Adeebah
At first I found it quite hard to get into the book and follow what was happening but after a while, I began to really enjoy reading it. I like how th . . .
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Beck by Taniya
This was one of the most sorrowful books I have ever read. The story of Beck has horrific events happening to him in every single page. Every single . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Taniya
This story has shown many lives within the detention centre. At first I thought that this was a dystopian book set in the future but it was not. The B . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sirin
This story is about the intertwining of four completely different lives. The author fitted in elements of 1970 Alaska into the book and so I learned t . . .
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Beck by Sathana
Black. Abused. Victim or racism. Son of a prostitute. Grace. Beck who has been tortured by the Catholic Brothers, discriminated by others too, finds l . . .
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Railhead by Khadijah P
Personally I don't like anything Sci-fi so this book did not really appeal to me too much. I did not really find it interesting in my perspective and . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Khadijah P
I thought that this book was a good read. First of all I wanted to get started reading this book as the title gripped my attention. The way the au . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Khadijah P
This is a book about a boy who is a refugee and faces very hard times. I thought that the cover of the book was quite simple but I really thought . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ghajana
Annabelle lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still damaged by the two world wars. When teenage bully Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's . . .
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Beck by Khadijah P
Personally I did not enjoy this book whatsoever. I thought that it was not for the younger audience and it was inappropriate. I am not saying that I h . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Khadijah P
I really enjoyed this book and the perspective it was written in. It is about a girl called Annabelle. A bully has entered the class and is now bullin . . .
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Railhead by Ghajana
The novel is set in a future in which humanity has left Earth and settled in many worlds far away. Space travel is achieved by a network of mysterious . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Khadijah P
Personally I really enjoyed this book. It was written in an interesting way by having not one character but four. This made it really fun and enjoyabl . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Fatema
I, surprisingly, quite enjoyed this book. It was humorous, childish and such a fun read! I believe that the story was well construed and EXTREMELY eas . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Farihah
Wolf Hollow is something I would really like to read again as it has an intriguing storyline along with a likeable protagonist, Annabelle. Betty losin . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Farihah
Salt to the Sea is quite a good book as it shows how the world war affected the average person. There were some gruesome descriptions which I didn't r . . .
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Railhead by Farihah
I haven't seen many sci-fi books made for kids so this book was quite original compared to the rest of the options. I loved the fact that this book wa . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Farihah
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a book about Alice's trouble about her brain injury and how she has forgotten basic life skills like how to write properl . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Farihah
The Smell of Other People's Houses is a great novel about 4 teenagers, whose lives just intertwine with each other which I find quite cool. Everyone's . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Farihah
The Bone Sparrow is about a boy named Subhi, a refugee that was born in an Australian detention centre. This book explores ideas about the harsh reali . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Farihah
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a light-hearted and funny book. It had a child-like charm to it throughout the book which I quite enjoyed. The pro . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Matt
The lack of capital letters and scattered punctuation distracted from the actual story. I found it quite dull. I didn't really enjoy it. The grammar r . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Matt
I LOVED IT!!! Definitely my favourite so far. It was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I really hope it wins. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Matt
It was a really good story. I found it gripping and genuinely enjoyed it. It was really sad at times but it was very real and just really good. . . .
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Beck by Matt
Beck was an interesting story. It started off alright. It then shot from 0 to 100 with 'the bath scene' *shudders*. Other than a very disturbing bit, . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Haniah
I really really really really really really liked this book. (Too many reallys?) Anyhoo, I really liked how so many peoples' lives join together hecti . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Haniah
The book was ummmmm OK? I dunno, couldn't finish it. Wanna know why? The SPAG was TERRIBLE! TERRIBLE! WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THAT!!! I KNOW THAT THE MAI . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Adeebah
This is an absolutely amazing book about a young boy - Subhi - and his life in a refugee detention centre. The trials and tribulations he faces are ho . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Fatima I.
I loved this book very much. It was so interesting to read and the cliff hanger endings of the chapters made we want to read ahead. I loved the plot a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Fatima I.
I liked reading this book a lot. It combined history with fiction and made me want to read more and more. It gave me a new view of how much people rea . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Fatima I.
I enjoyed reading this book very much, some parts of the book very funny and the plot was very interesting. It made me want to read ahead. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ridita
This book is about discrimination and prejudice, it is emotional and touching. It is set during the war so there is some truth behind some aspects of . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ridita
This is my favourite book on the shortlist because the story line was amazing and the ending was very moving. I really the characters in the book beca . . .
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Railhead by Ridita
I found this very enjoyable and I really liked the setting and different things in the book (such as the trains with personalities). This book has a v . . .
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Beck by Ridita
I do not think this book is appropriate and it tackles very uncomfortable topics. This is why I didn't enjoy it at all and I wouldn't recommend this t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ridita
This book is very touching and painful, due to what Alice is going through and Manny's experiences. This love story is very heartfelt and moving, sinc . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ridita
This is a thrilling and interesting novel because it is about how the lives of four different people are intertwined with each other, where the secret . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ridita
I liked the main character in this book, who has never been to his homeland before but has dreams about the universe he really wants to live in. This . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ridita
I really enjoyed this book because of the protagonist who had an ill grandfather, which made me feel sympathetic towards him. Also, I found the fact t . . .
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Railhead by Haniah
I really found this book a bit boring. I don't even remember what really happened. But one thing I liked was the other worlds and how to get there. I . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Haniah
I really liked this book. I thought it was really brave of Annabelle to go after Betty after her bullying. I would be a bit hesitant to do that actual . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Haniah
Personally I found this book quite uplifting and amusing. It was a really good book and I really liked the idea of an alien dog. My favourite was the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Haniah
This book was really an amazing book. It really shows you the meaning of hope. Subhi has hope that one day his father will save him. During that time . . .
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Railhead by Wahida
Railhead is a fantastic futuristic book where everyone can travel through galaxies to other planet by trains. My imagination is running wild thanks to . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Wahida
Wolf Hollow is beautifully written by Lauren Wolk which has been perfectly put together. The story grabbed me on the first chapter and the cover is al . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Wahida
This book is about four different teenagers with their different lives. The cover of this book is very catchy as well as the title 'The Smell Of Other . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Wahida
The Bone Sparrow was a very emotional and moving story. After knowing the history about the detention camps I found this book very passionate. The Bon . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Arundhathi
This book was not bad but it wasn't great as I found it not very engaging and I had to drag myself to read it. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Arundhathi
I love books where stories of different characters link and the author has very cleverly done this. So I found this book quite interesting. . . .
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Railhead by Arundhathi
I found this book quite boring but I have to say I did enjoy it more than I expected as there were many action scenes when he was on the run. So I was . . .
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Beck by Arundhathi
From the cover it looked very eye catching and I thought I would love it but once I read the first few pages, the content was a bit inappropriate for . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Arundhathi
The book wasn't too bad but it isn't what I personally like reading and therefore, I give this book a 2.5/5 as it wasn't very intresting for me. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sirin
The author brilliantly constructed the story, bringing together nicely all the elements of the detention camp. Having the perspective of a child, rea . . .
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Beck by Fatema
Beck was a beautifully written book set in the 1900s, Canada. It is about a mixed race boy who is on a journey to find his belonging. After being orp . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Fatema
This book left me absolutely speechless. Honestly, I have never read something quite like this before. But I'm glad I did, it was certainly worth the . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Fatema
Sadly, I’ll have to admit that I am the type of person to judge a book by its cover, AND title. I know. (*Ugly cries in confession*.) So my first im . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jashandeep
I found it very hard to get into the book and the story was very slow and I found it quite confusing. This book is about a girl named Alice who is str . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Keerthi
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a beautiful yet confusing book. It is the story of two separate people, both enduring separate problems, and are yet dra . . .
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Railhead by Taniya
Railhead was an ingenious, out-of-the-box book for me. Philip Reeve was able to think 'out of the box'. When I try 'thinking out of the box' I would a . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sirin
This book flows very well, very much suitable for children. As I delved into the story I realised immediately that this story will have a unique perso . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sathana
Joana Vilkas, Florian Beck, Emilia Stozek and Alfred Frick are the main characters. The funny thing is there was a poet, not in the book, called Wilfr . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sathana
Wolf Hollow is honestly a sad and yet captivating book. The ending can get you really melancholy because of the twisting turns and lies. I don't want . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Bushra
Personally, I thoroughly agree with the message of this book, and would encourage more people to read it as it will help them become more aware of wha . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jashandeep
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth (by Frank Cottrell Boyce) was an amazing book. I really enjoyed reading about Prez and Sputnik's adventures and the m . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jashandeep
I thought that the book was good as a whole, however there was too much death and there wasn't a good conclusion to it all. The characters were well w . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jashandeep
This book is very dramatic, emotional and not for the faint-hearted. It really does take you back to what it was like for the people in WW2. On the bl . . .
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Railhead by Jashandeep
SciFi is not my genre and I only read this book because it was on the shortlist. Railhead made me realise what I had been missing. I was engrossed in . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jashandeep
I liked the book but I found it VERY hard to keep up with all the characters and their stories and who was whose friends. This book wasn't really my t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jashandeep
I really enjoyed this book as when I started reading the first paragraph it wasn't a long introduction and it got straight into the storyline. The boo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Keerthi
When I first started reading this book, I thought it wasn't for me. I'm normally the sort of person looking for a laugh in the books I read. Boy, was . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Keerthi
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is the epitome of all things funny and all things weird. I mean, yeah you've heard of dogs. And aliens and slightl . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Taniya
This book I found was quite appealing to me, with the plotline and sympathy towards Alice. The author had used a writing technique by using language t . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sirin
Ruta clearly structured this moving story of four different people, embedding historical facts very nicely into it. The descriptions in the story made . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Taniya
This book for me is somehow...confusing. Though the author had started off with a sad note about Ruth's parents it still gives a sense of confusion fo . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Taniya
After reading such a gripping tale, it had automatically became my favourite book. My eyes became watery at the part where it was announced that Toby . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Wahida
This book is a very funny and an adventurous book. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of humour and friendship. This book is about Prez, . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sathana
This is such a mesmerising book and I read it for hours without realising I did... Alice has gone through so much like her family members leaving her . . .
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Beck by Khadija I.
The book is well constructed in regards to the flow of the plot and how well thought out it was. The events were sometimes shocking and gruesome but t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Arundhathi
This is a very enjoyable, childish book which manages to inlude many mature concepts such as difficulties children face whilst living in a foster care . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Arundhathi
This book is set out a very long time ago during the time of WW2. Annabelle has a pretty normal life until a mean bully enters her class and decides t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Arundhathi
The moment I saw the cover I knew that there was something different about the book. The use of colours, spelling and other factors made me think that . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Nishat
To start off, I sped through this book a lot and I may have forgotten some aspects of it, but damn was the emotion there! Salt to the Sea is a WW2 . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Khadija I.
There are a couple of plot lines running through this story and the way they entwine and entangle is quite well thought out and well constructed. The . . .
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St Bonaventure's School
Forest Gate, London
The INA Shadowing Group
Eastburu Comprehensive School
Barking,
Newham Libraries
London,
Our Carnegie Celebration will be taking place on Monday 19th June. We need to know how many people would like us to provide food for the event.

I'm fasting and so I won't be eating
22% (4 votes)

I want food!
78% (14 votes)

 
Title: Maggot Moon
Author: Sally Gardner
Winning Year: 2013

A ruthless regime is determined to beat its enemies in a race to the moon. But when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, it is up to unlikely hero Standish, his grandfather, and a small band of rebels, to confront and defeat the ever-present opp
 

 
 

Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and three sons. She worked as a primary school teacher before having children, and has had picture books and middle grade fiction published in Australia.

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