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Tadcaster Grammar School
Group status: The Carnegie Shadowing Group meets every Tuesday.

The ILC at TGS

We are a group of Year 7s, 8s and 9s, many of which have taken part in the Shadowing Scheme before, therefore our discussions often take us back to previous favourite and not so favourite books. As we come to the end of this year's shadowing we have had many a heated discussion about the books - a couple of marmite titles on this year's shortlist. Our top three places were hotly contested, but everyone agreed on their least favourite - a bookish clue to our least favourite - the fault is in the stars!

Railhead by Joe
At first I didn't really like this book at all. I thought it was a bit slow to get into and didn't have a story to keep you wanting to read more, also . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Joe
I really didn't like this book at all. I got 30 pages in and stopped reading it; the book was just far too confusing and it didn't seem to make sense . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mrs Brett
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a light read with regards to vocabulary and sentence construction, and yet with emotional depth in its storyline. You . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sam
Wolf Hollow is a great book. It starts of a little slow but soon gets going. It has so many twists near the end that it is completely unpredictable. I . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sam
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is the page-turning, always-something-happening type of book. With its fast-paced plot it is the perfect book for chi . . .
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Beck by Joe
I thought that altogether this was a really good book. I enjoyed the plot and I thought that the story was really captivating and gripping. I thought . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Joe
I thought that to begin with this book wasn't quite my style, it was a bit too childish for my liking but as the story picked up it became more intere . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Joe
This book is great. It does start off a bit slow but as the story progresses, it sucks you in and never lets go of you. The plot is brilliant and the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amy
'Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth' is about a little alien coming to Earth and saying that the world will be shrunk unless he can find ten things wort . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amy
I really enjoyed this book. There is just the right amount of tension to make you not want to put it down. The intriguing and mysterious character of . . .
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Beck by Mrs Brett
Read this first due to the 'warning' letter. Not sure who this book is aimed at, too old for KS3 and too simplistic, in some ways, for KS4. I found . . .
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Airedale, Castleford
St Urban's
Upton Primary
Which book cover on the list shouts 'Read Me'?

The Stars at Oktober Bend
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
The Smell of Other People's Houses
The Bone Sparrow
Salt to the Sea
Wolf Hollow
Title: Bog Child
Author: Siobhan Dowd
Winning Year: 2009

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds something that makes his heart stop. Curled up deep in the bog is the body of the child. And it looks as if she?s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the troubled world around


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