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Chobham Academy Book Group
40 Cheering lane, London
Group status: Our 2017 Group are eager & enthusiastic to read the shortlisted books.The books will no doubt be spat out or held in high esteem! Students are travelling along their journey of discovery, reading for pleasure. Are you?

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Elise and Megan

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ginny
When vibrant and beautiful Alice Nightingale met dark and handsome Manny James, a friendship formed. A friendship that became more than a friendship. . . .
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Railhead by Pippa
I think Railhead is a very good book, because it's full of description and mystery. Notes of sci-if are tangled into the mix. It's the story of a lone . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Stefan
Bone Sparrow is a book about friendship, family and love. It is a very emotional book with many unexpected twists and turns. Subhi is a boy who was . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Meg
The Smell Of Other Peoples Houses depicts the life of four teenagers (Ruth, Alyce, Hank and Dora) each have their own problems to deal with. Ruth has . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Courtney
"War-Torn Germany. Four People, Four Secrets" Salt to the sea is all about four people; Florian, Emilia, Joana and Alfred surviving World War 2. Emil . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Yasmin
Wolf Hollow is a slow but sad book. Throughout this book there are uncovered mysteries. The main character is Annabelle. She makes her family happy, h . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Liam
Bone Sparrow is a story about friendship and desperation. In the book a boy called Subhi is in an immigration detention centre and he meets an impatie . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ketra
It was a very strange book, it started off as an ordinary sort of story but it ended up as a very strange and adventurous novel. It is about a boy, an . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lara
This book is about a girl called Alice who was abused and raped by two boys at the age of 12. After the attack, she is left at the age of 12 forever . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lara
The Bone Sparrow is about a boy who is born in a refugee camp and has never experienced anything outside of the camp, but he meets a scruffy girl from . . .
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Railhead by Holly
Zen, a young boy who lives in a poor family is a robber and when someone tells him his own past to then pretend to be someone else in order to rob som . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Holly
Annabelle is a young girl forced to make friends with a girl called Betty who she really doesn't like. Betty is actually a Bully but blames everything . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Daniel
Germany, World War 2, 4 people, 1 aim. To get to the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that will give them a chance of survival.But it takes a long time to get . . .
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Railhead by Edward
"Come with me, Zen Starling" she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name? The Great Network is a place of drones and andro . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Courtney
"Annabelle has lived in Wolf hollow all her life; a quiet place, still scared by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, A . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Elise
Wolf Hollow was incredible. I can't even describe how much I loved this book. It was about a girl called Annabelle and she got bullied by a girl calle . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Meg
This book was horrible but in the best way possible. It was heart wrenching and made you feel like you wanted to read the book and never put it down. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Meg
It tells the story of four individuals in World War II who make their way to the ill-fated MV Wilhelm Gustavo. The story also talks about the disappea . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Meg
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses is a story that depicts the lives of 4 children each of their tales is thrilling and devastating. I really enjoyed r . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Elise
The Smell of Other People's Houses was a brilliant book. It was about 4 people's lives. Ruth wants to be remembered, Dora wishes she was invisible, Al . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Elise
The Stars at Oktober Bend was about a girl named Alice who had a bad injury to her head, hence, this is why the book is written in lower case with no . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ginny
Salt to the sea is an enjoyable yet brutally truthful book, that puts on display the ruthlessness and terror of war. The book follows the lives of th . . .
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Railhead by Daniel
Stealing comes easy for Zen Starling. He does it everyday to support his family. You could say that he is the best thief in the whole of Cleave (his h . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lucy
This book is great, but very confusing sometimes. Keeping up with 4 separate people is fairly easy but when they start getting intertwined (which, may . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lara
Wolf Hollow is a book set in a village in world war 2. It follows the story of a girl called Betty harassing a village by blaming horrific actions on . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lara
Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth was a funny and comedic book about a boy called Prez who’s only dream is to move back in with his Grandad, but can . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ketra
It was a very enclosed story about longing for freedom and grabbing at every chance to get it. All in all it was a very interesting book. . . .
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Railhead by Ketra
Railhead is an interesting sci fi adventure sort of novel. It started out like it was just one world but it turned out to be many. Overall it was very . . .
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Railhead by Stefan
Railhead is a very good book. It is a science fiction book set in the far future. Humanity has evolved a lot and some things have got very weird! I lo . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Stefan
The Stars at Oktober Bend is an ok book. It's about a girl who likes making lists. Lots of the book has absolutely no capital letters. This is extreme . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Daniel
Have you ever read a book that you think is going to be good, but it really isn't? That's my view of this book. I absolutely hated it. The lack of cap . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Courtney
When Alice Nightingale, with fiery red hair, met handsome Manny James they immediately became friends but that friendship grew stronger. Much stronger . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lucy
This is not an ordinary, too-soppy-for-kids romance novel. It is about love, trust, frustration and fear and the characters have a story of their own. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lucy
This book is brutally honest. It delves into the life of a refugee and, after reading it, I would bet money that anyone who read it will think about i . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Yasmin
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses was an okay book. However, I did not enjoy it due to the fact that nothing interesting happened and there was no mys . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Stefan
Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth is a great book. It's about a boy called Prez who meets an alien called Sputnik. It's a very emotional book as Prez ha . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Barnaby
Bone Sparrow is a story about a young boy who finds friendship in a place of desperation. Subhi is a young boy who befriends Eli, another prisoner of . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Barnaby
Sputniks is a children's book about the friendship of a boy and his space alien dog. I have one problem with this book. It is far too similar to Hitch . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Liam
This book is about a girl that was seriously injured and hooked up to wires and seems a bit robotic but a boy sees one of her poems that intrigues him . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Elise
Salt to the Sea was an amazing book. I loved how it was told from 4 different people's point of view. It was set in World War 2 and was about 4 people . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Liam
This book is about a dog who came from space. Well every one sees him as a dog except one and they need to save the world. This book has mystery an . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Yasmin
The Bone Sparrow is a great book where a boy waits for his dad with his ma and sister in a refugee camp. He has a creative imagination and a heart ful . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Pippa
I think Sputnik is an alright book but definitely not for 12 year olds. In the plot a small alien (Sputnik) meets Prez a temporary kid staying at the . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Pippa
I really enjoyed this book because it's written in four different perspectives from the main characters, Ruth,Dora,Alyce and Hank. Each has their own . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lara
The Smell of Other People’s Houses is about 4 people who are all linked in one way or another. The story is set in Alaska in 1970. It is all about p . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ginny
This book is so unpredictable it’s predictable; the events that take place are impossible and unbelievable, yet even then the book is still average . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Edward
There it is!!" "Just a bit further!" "Come on run!" These are the calls of four lost stories, four hopeful, desperate news breaking survival stor . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lucy
This book is the perfect balance between humour and wisdom. The title might make it sound like any other sci-fi book... but it isn't. I seriously reco . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Yasmin
Wolf Hollow is a very good book, throughout this book there are mysteries that are found and it also contains the worst bully: Betty. However, Annabel . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Yasmin
Salt to The Sea is a great book with love, mystery, and secrets. In this book different characters with different backstories meet together and create . . .
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Railhead by Elise
I didn't really enjoy Railhead that much. It was set on a railway and in trains. It was about a boy named Zen who was a thief. He got asked to steal s . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Elise
Bone Sparrow was a very good book. I found that it had mixed emotions throughout the book and I even cried in places! Its about a boy named Subhi who . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daniel
All is quiet in the small town of Wolf Hollow. The small town is still recovering from the damages of war. Then suddenly, it all turns upside down for . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lara
Salt To The Sea is about 4 people called Florian, Amelia Alfred and Joanna. It is set in WW2, Germany and surrounding countries. I really liked how al . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Daniel
The Smell of Other People's Houses is about 4 people living in Alaska. The book starts off when Alaska had just become a state (when all the character . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ginny
Prez, a boy who's lost the ability to speak; Sputnik, an alien from outer space who most people believe is a dog. Put them together and you get a book . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lara
This book is about a girl called Alice who is abused by 2 boys at the age of 12. After the attack she is stuck at 12, forever standing still. Her atta . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lara
The Bone Sparrow is about a boy called Subhi who is born in a refuge camp, and has never experienced anything outside of the fence. I liked the book e . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Meg
This story is a heart-warming tragedy filled with mystery and uncertainty. Life and death are one of the main focusses in this book, there are parts t . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Edward
Sputnik,s guide to life on earth is a book based on a young boy by the name Prez. Prez used to live with his courageous Grandfather, who unfortunately . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Pippa
As a whole, I really enjoyed Wolf hollow. With a plot about an adventurous, young girl Annabelle and her country life,helping her parents with farmyar . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Pippa
As a whole, I really enjoyed Wolf Hollow. With a plot about an adventurous, young girl Annabelle and her country life,helping her parents with farmyar . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lucy
This is such an amazing book. There is twist after twist (without it being overkill though) and you can actually picture the scenery perfectly because . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Virginia
The Bone Sparrow; a simple yet heart-breaking tale of hope, fear and love, that opens our eyes to the horrors in this world. The book focuses on a . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Courtney
"Ruth wants to be remembered. Dora wishes she was invisible. Alyce can't bring herself to leave. Hank is running away. Four very different lives are a . . .
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Railhead by Virginia
Railhead is a fast-paced, Sci-fi, visionary novel set in a futuristic world that follows the adventures of "Zen Starling," a petty thief who lives wit . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ketra
Salt to the Sea started off as a book that I found rather dull and boring, but then it got a lot more lively with many adventures round each bend(on e . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Meg
This book made me laugh at every sentence, it was enjoyable and funny. The whole idea of the book is quirky but very easy to understand. At the end it . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Meg
This book is touching and yet very true to life. I loved how this writer connected with the reader and made the plot enjoyable. I would read this agai . . .
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Railhead by Liam
This book is about a boy named Zen Starling who has to go on a mission to steal a box but no one knows what's in the box or how to open it except Rave . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Holly
Alice Nightingale is a girl with her own problems. Her parents are dead and she lives with her Grandmother and her big brother Joey. Her Grandfather i . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Pippa
Many might look at this book and think this sounds like a sad, maybe even boring old novel... but it's really very good; heart-breaking, humorous, ex . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Edward
Wolf Hollow is an incredibly tense and emotional story based in a small town during the second world war period called Wolf Hollow. Annabelle and her . . .
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Railhead by Lucy
Railhead is an amazing book for any fan of sci-fi. Some people may work out some of the many twists in the book; it's a fun read! I found that, once I . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Daniel
Sputniks Guide To Life On Earth is a story about a boy who meets an alien. Sputnik tells Prez that the world is going to be shrunk unless they can wri . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ketra
I really enjoyed Wolf Hollow because it had a sense of mystery, and it just draws you in. I had trouble putting it down. I especially liked the part w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Elise
I really enjoyed this book. It was about a boy named Prez who met an alien called Sputnik. They set off on a mission to save the world but also to fin . . .
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Railhead by Meg
Over these past few days I have been reading the book Railhead by Philip Reeve. In my opinion this could possibly be the worst book that I have ever r . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Barnaby
The Stars at October Bend is a teenage love story told differently - told differently, badly. The lack of capital letters makes it a frustrating r . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Courtney
"War-Torn Germany. Four People, Four Secrets" Salt to the sea is all about four people;Florian, Emilia, Joana and Alfred surviving World War 2. Emili . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Edward
The Bone Sparrow book is a package of mixed emotions. You start with the confused thought as the story begins with the main characters not being intro . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daniel
The Bone Sparrow is a story about a young boy born in a detention centre. Subhi is trapped in the family tent with his sister, his mum and his best fr . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Liam
Wolf Hollow is about a teenage girl called Annabelle being bullied by Betty who suddenly goes missing... I liked this book because of the mystery as . . .
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Which is your favourite

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
35% (15 votes)

Rail Head by Philip Reeve
12% (5 votes)

the stars at oktober bend by Glenda Millard
7% (3 votes)

The smell of other people's houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
9% (4 votes)

Salt to the sea by Ruta Sepetys
37% (16 votes)

 
Title: His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights
Author: Philip Pullman
Winning Year: 1995

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are determined to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice, witch-queens fly through the frozen skies and a team of
 

 
 

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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