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Dame Alice Owen's School Library
Potters Bar,
Group status: Our 2017 Carnegie Shadowing Group is part of the Book Club which meets on Friday mornings at Break in the Fiction Library. Break is not very long so Book Club members are allowed to eat in the library during break while discussing books.
A very enthusiastic group of readers from Years 7 to 11. We meet on Fridays, in the library, at break to talk about what we have read. Some of the older shadowers are doing it for the third or fourth year running. We now have a lot of really excellent and thoughtful reviews on our site making it very difficult to choose a star review as they are all so good.

Mrs Compton, Librarian

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ibtihaaj
This is such a beautiful book and I wish it never ended. When I read books they all manage to somehow get under my skin. But this book didn't just get . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Max Prevezer
I thought the Stars at Oktober Bend could have been a great book with a strong plot and deep characters but something did not seem right while I was r . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Helen
Salt To The Sea is a really good book, even though it is quite sad. It is a book about refugees who travel miles to get away from the Soviet Army and . . .
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Railhead by Helen
Rail head is an action-packed science fiction set over two thousand years into the future. I loved this book as it made me feel as if I was really the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by David
I have started Sputniks guide to earth but am not too griped as the plot isn't very gripping.If I had to say something good I would say there would be . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Max Prevezer
I thought the smell of other people's houses was a beautifully written book with likeable characters and a moving plot. Each character has their own s . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Max Prevezer
Personally, I did not like Sputnik's Guide to life on earth because I felt sputnik lacked any plot that was clear through out the story. Such as the w . . .
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Railhead by Max Prevezer
Railhead is a well-crafted book with a rich universe with deep law. Its character's are realistic and they feel very human (even the ones that aren't) . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Max Prevezer
Salt by the Sea is a touching book which follows Joana, Florian, Emilia and Alfred as they try the evacuate Russia on the Wilhelm Gustloff. I liked it . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by David sleeman
I have started this book and it is well written and I enjoy how they change the style of writing for both the characters and how it is very poetic, ho . . .
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Railhead by Ranjana
Railhead was a very thrilling, mysterious sci-fi story, and it deals with the themes of love, trust, adventure and is almost entirely based of futuris . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Freya
This tale is told through the voices of young adults trying to reach their dreams and overcoming obstacles, such as home life, longing and duty. I fou . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ibtihaaj
This was a great book! Even though the actual plot (the world is under threat and the protagonist has to save the earth) isn't very original, the char . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ibtihaaj
This was a great book! Even though the actual plot (the world is under threat and the protagonist has to save the earth) isn't very original, the char . . .
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Railhead by Oliver
Although this book is well written and with many imaginative views on what a parallel of our world could be, I personally believe that it follows a ve . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Freya
This tale is told through the voices of young adults trying to reach their dreams and overcoming obstacles, such as home life, longing and duty. I fou . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Freya
This book is, as the reviews suggest, a significant story which everyone should read and anyone would enjoy.Told by a young boy in a detention camp, i . . .
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Beck by Max Prevezer
I think Beck is a great book , a beautiful book with characters that I felt were realistic and well-crafted. Despite the fact that the beginning is a . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Zoe
I was sceptical of this book at first. I did enjoy it, however as I am not very good at paying attention to the information at the beginning of chapte . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Zoe
This is an amazing book - well written and a lovely story. I don't usually read this genre and so for me to enjoy it was a surprise. The characters we . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by David
This is a very emotive book, when I first started, I expected it to be slightly cliche, however, It was refreshingly original. The story revolves aro . . .
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Railhead by David
Railhead is a fast paced book based in the future when humanity has spread to outer space, centering around a poor theif named Zen Stirling. The autho . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Zoe
It was a very good book - interesting concept and a powerful ending. Within the book Alice and Manny, the main characters, sort of play a game of cat . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Max Prevezer
The book wolf hollow is a disappointing book which promised so much but failed at every turn. It had a good beginning and middle but failed at the las . . .
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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
 

 
 

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is the author of acclaimed YA novel, Between Shades of Grey. Born and raised in Michigan in a family of Lithuanian descent, Ruta now lives with her husband in Tennessee. Ruta was a highly successful promoter of classical musi . .