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Murray Park School, Mickleover
Derby,
Group status: we're reading fast and furiously.
We are a group of extremely dedicated readers from Year 7, 8 & 9, who meet during Tuesday lunchtime to discuss and rate the nominations for the Carnegie book awards. The group is run by English teacher Miss C Redfern and Librarian Mrs L Hodgetts. Already our group think this years shortlist are looking to be a great selection. Get reading!


The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mrs H
I really enjoyed reading this book. Quite probably my personal favourite from this years selection. The 4 stories are skilfully interwoven - the char . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Catherine
A lovely story of lives that end up intertwining. I enjoyed that the setting was different from the majority of other stories as it gave you a differe . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Qamar
Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth is the kind of book which is entertaining yet slightly challenging to understand. The banter between Prez and Sputnik . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mrs H
A very moving book even at times heart breaking. The stories of the inhabitants of the camp are harrowing - the deprivation, cruelty and everyday mat . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Mrs H
Whilst this is very well written, beautifully descriptive and very moving - I don't think it will appeal to everyone. Harrowing, uplifting and upset . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Holly
I really enjoyed this book but at the start it took some getting into, I was confused as to why they didn't use full stops or any punctuation. I'd rec . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Hodgetts
I read this story in 2 sittings - a very gripping read indeed. As the story unfolds, the lies emerge and the truth about all the participants slowly . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs H
Despite my misgivings as to the appeal of this book - I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Whilst simply told, the story is also very moving, hig . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Zainab Yousif (11)
Lauren Wolk kick-starts the action, never lets up on the gas, balances gains and losses with a sure hand, and expertly sets up the climatic result wit . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hind
I liked this book a lot. I think it is very sad at the start but otherwise it was amazing. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Hind
I found this book very funny and mysterious.I would read this book again because I would understand it better because at the start it was very confusi . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Hollz
I really enjoyed this book, I think the plot was fantastic and the characters really suited the novel. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs H
Absolutely loved this book - but you will need tissues!! The interwoven stories of Alice and Manny, with all the problems and issues they face is so . . .
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Railhead by Mrs H
Whilst I don't think this book will appeal to all students - I have to say that I did enjoy reading it, the story is a very interesting concept - the . . .
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Beck by Mrs Hodgetts
A beautifully written book - but also very harrowing with regards to some of the content - but very descriptive and movingly told. This book gripped . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Tina
This book had an amazing concept! I loved this style of writing and the story was carried out beautifully. Furthermore, the poetry is inspiring and th . . .
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Title: Monsters of Men
Author: Patrick Ness
Winning Year: 2011

The third and final volume in the "Chaos Walking Trilogy" finds three armies marching on New Prentisstown, each intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle with no chance of escape or, it seems, of stopping the fighting. But
 

 
 

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 . . .