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Oakgrove School
Milton Keynes,
Group status: This year the Carnegie Shadowing Groups have been run by members of the English Department for the first time. The groups have met weekly and have really enjoyed the books.

Oakgrove School 2017

Hi Everybody, Welcome to Oakgrove School. This is our 10th shadowing year and we are already getting stuck in to the books.

Mrs Sharpling

The Bone Sparrow by Blessing
The Bone Sparrow was a very good book. It was about a refugee-born child who tried to remain positive in the midst of danger, death, disgusting food a . . .
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Railhead by Asad-Ali
I personally think that railhead is one of the best books I have read in ages. It is a science fiction novel set in the future which can be a very dea . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lily
This book is based on four different people’s lives in 1970’s Alaska. While the title doesn’t have much to do with the book, the actual content . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Hannah
This was a great book and from the moment I started reading it, I didn’t want to stop. It was silly and funny and I think this was the best book so . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Katherine
When I opened up this book I found that I had been very excited to read it but soon felt overwhelmed not by a great opening sentence or intriguing cha . . .
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Beck by Blessing
Beck was a very good book. It was sad and really showed the theme of Human Rights. However, it wasn’t really appropriate for younger readers as it h . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jiya
This book is written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. It is about 4 different people: Ruth, Hank, Dora and Alyce. I really liked the book as I like the way . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Dominic and William
This story is based on a spectacular adventure of Prez and his companion Sputnik (a mysterious character). Read it to travel with Sputnik and Prez in . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maddy
I’m still very unsure about the Stars at Oktober Bend. In the beginning, I really strugged to understand what Alice (the main character) was saying. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Beth
Wolf Hollow is a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The book gives suspense that fits the book’s storyline greatly. My favourite p . . .
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Beck by Kunaal
Beck was getting interesting at first but eventually it got really graphic and disturbing. It has got quite an important message that needs to be shar . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ayo
The Bone Sparrow is about a boy named Subhi who lives in a refugee camp. Subhi doesn’t know anything about the outside world as he was born in the r . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hannah
This was a good book as well as being quite boring. The first six or so chapters were quite uninspiring and made me not like the story very much. I pe . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Alistair
I think that Salt to the Sea is a fantastic read as it’s jam-packed full of different surprises and makes you want to read on. I would rate this boo . . .
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Oakgrove Readalots
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What do you look for in a Carnegie Nominated Book?

Teenage Hero/Heroine
Unforgettable characters
New author
Outstanding setting
Easy to read
Challenging read
Controversial content
Title: Just in Case
Author: Meg Rosoff
Winning Year: 2007

15 year old David Case thinks that fate is out to get him. There are so many things you could do in life such as reinvent yourself, change your name and the way you look; leave home and find yourself caught up in a series of strange misadventures and even


Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Born and raised in Alaska and a longtime journalist for Alaska Public Radio, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock spent ten years fishing commercially and raised her children on a boat in Southeast Alaska - bringing a rare authenticity to her writing about Americ . .