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2017 Shadowers

We meet at the start of every Monday lunchtime to discuss what we have been reading and to swap our books. The first Abingdon area Carnegie event this year was the Tea which was held at Larkmead School. We met Carnegie Shadowers from the other secondary schools in the town and ate cakes!

Railhead by Anna
I really enjoyed this book as I felt it was an awesome representation of what life could really be like in the future and got me all fired up, wonderi . . .
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Railhead by Amelia
Railhead is a brilliantly humorous and richly imagined book set thousands of years from now all over the universe. I would recommend it to anyone over . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rose
I thought that this book was a thrilling account of the sinking of a very important ship in history. It actually sunk more people than the Titanic, bu . . .
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Railhead by Rose
Wolf Hollow is the story of 12-year-old Annabel in her journey to learning how to lie. It explores the issues of bullying and judging others. The book . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Rose
Wolf Hollow is the story of 12-year-old Annabel in her journey to learning how to lie. It explores the issues of bullying and judging others. The book . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eliana
When I started this book I thought it was going to be one of those really boring books that have the age suggestion of 7+, although it wasn’t quite . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Talia
The bone sparrow carries a deep but meaningful message. The book captures the story of many rather than just one. Subhi has spent his whole life in a . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Leonara
The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon, is all about the life of Subhi and Jimmy. Subhi and his family live in a refugee camp which is kept in order by th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lucy
Ruth has a secret that she can't hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is t . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lucy
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new st . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lucy
Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has a brain injury, the result of an assa . . .
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Beck by Anna
Wow! This was quite a read. This shocking story is about a mixed-race boy called Beck. It is set in the 1900s and his story starts with the transport . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Anna
This is a fast-paced book set in Alaska in 1970. It is about the lives of four very different people; Ruth who lives a rather unglamorous life but ha . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Anna
It made me happy. It made me sad and then it made me cry, just a bit. It is the eye-opening story of Subi a young refugee from Burma who is born and . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Josie
I didn't really like the way this book was written. Mainly because of the weird poems that were just fragmented sentences, arranged so they would fit . . .
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Wolf Hollow by May
Wolf Hollow was an interesting read, with a mostly believable storyline and relatable characters. By the end of the book I was taking bets on what wou . . .
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Beck by May
Beck was hard to understand, difficult to read and had an unusual plot that was full of holes. The book dragged on a little in places, and was a bit . . .
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Railhead by Josie
Zen Starling is a thieving boy from Thunder city, until he meets Raven, not quite human, not quite guardian, but one thing he is is a thief and a liar . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Anna
I’m going to start by saying how much I loved this book. It is very well written. The characters and setting are carefully described which draws the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Josie
Joana is from Lithuania, and was branded a deserter when she fled her homeland in 1941. Florian is a Prussian, who is carrying a priceless piece of s . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Peony
Wolf Hollow is about a girl called Annabelle and her family living in a rural part of Pennsylvania, Wolf Hollow, during the Second World War. Their li . . .
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Salt to the Sea by May
Salt to the Sea is a beautiful book, telling a devastating story in an excellent way. It is one of the few books that have ever made me cry, and I fe . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by May
I was not disappointed by Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth. I wasn't expecting much and I didn't get much. At all. The repulsive cover, off putting ti . . .
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Railhead by Eliza
Railhead is set in the future in a universe run by guardians. Zen Starling is a thief. He has been all his life, but only now is he truly put to the t . . .
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Railhead by Sophie
Imagine a new world: a world of Motorik’s, the robots with a conscience; a world of over 900 different networks, all connected by the system of “k . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sophie
The Bone Sparrow is a very emotional book about Subhi, a young boy who was born in an immigration detention centre. The conditions of the detention ce . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sophie
This is the best book I have ever read! It is mainly about a nine year old girl called Annabelle who lives in Wolf hollow. she lives a normal life un . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Madeleine
Salt to the sea is about four young people, living during the Second World War. They meet in different ways and write their own chapters. I liked the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lucy
Salt to the Sea is really well written and very inspirational. The language is occasionally hard to understand but most of the time, with a bit of com . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lucy
Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, he has only . . .
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Railhead by Lucy
Rail Head by Phillip Reeve is about Zen Starling, a self professed 'Railhead', who is forced to steal and trade to support his mentally unstable mothe . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anna
I thought the plot of this book was amazing. I loved how I went from having to flick back to see which one Joana was to them almost becoming . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Leonara
I thought the plot of ‘the smell of other people’s houses’ was good. It followed the lives of different people whose lives eventually come toget . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maud
The Smell of Other People’s Houses is about 4 different people's live becoming entangled together. The book is written in the view of 4 different pe . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sophie
This book is mainly about Alice who is a 15 year old girl who is stuck at the age of 12 by a traumatic assault that scars her for life. She can’t go . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maud
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a book about a young girl called Alice and a young boy called Manny. Alice has wiring so she can speak, but it has gone . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Leni
This book is about Prez, a boy who lives in a care home. He used to live with his Grandad, who has dementia, but got taken to the 'temporary' after hi . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Josie
The structure is alternating narrative, but the author brings all of the character's stories together. A particularly memorable bit is when Ruth ente . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sophie
I think Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth is a surprising an interesting book about a young boy called Prez, who is from the Temporary, a place for chil . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Leonara
This book is written from the view of Annabelle, a 12 year old who lives at Wolf Hollow. Everything is very picturesque where Annabelle lives, and the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Leonara
This story is based on the tragic disaster; the Wilhelm Gustloff a ship which sailed in 1945 (WWII still going). Millions of evacuees travelled huge j . . .
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Railhead by Leonara
Rail head is the story of Zen Starling, a common street thief, who is suddenly caught up in stealing something like nothing he’s ever stolen before . . .
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Railhead by Anna
I saw this book for the first time at the tea held at Larkmead School. I looked at the cover, not my kind of thing; I read the blurb, really not my k . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Anna
This book surprised me a lot. I picked it up and looked at the cover and thought, “Wait, what age is this aimed at? From the outside the book looks . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Anna
I personally didn’t enjoy this book very much as there was always too much dead space in which the reader knew something the character didn’t and . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Anna
After reading this book, I sat up straight and thought ‘that is absolutely awful.’ I now believe this book has changed me, not just with the truth . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Leni
This book is in the point of view of four different teenagers; Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank, who become connected in different ways. It's set in Alaska, . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Maud
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is an exciting book about a young boy called Prez and his friend from the universe, Sputnik. Everyone sees Sputnik . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maud
Salt to the sea is a very emotional book about four characters escaping war in Germany. The book is about four characters, Polish girl Emilia, nurse J . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Josie
Subhi is a boy, born in a refugee camp, he knows nothing but his life inside the fence. Then one day a girl called Jimmy turns up on the other side o . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eliza
This 5-star book - published in May 2016 - is a beautiful book that is set in 1943 inside a village, scarred by one and now going through another worl . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eliza
Alice. A 15 year old girl with a tragic past that has left her scarred for life. She has brain damage caused by a vicious assault but that doesn’t s . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eliza
First Published in 2016, Salt to the Sea is a book set in WWII with four main characters, Joana, Emilia, Florian and Alfred. Joana is a young Lith . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Leni
This book is about Alice Nightingale, a fifteen year old girl who lives with her grandmother, her brother, Joey, and her dog, Bear. Alice *SPOILER AL . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Madeleine
The Bone Sparrow is about the life of a nine year old boy named Subhi, who was born in a detention centre, and has lived there ever since. I found the . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by May
The stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard was an amazing book that was written in an almost perfect way. Although it isn't the sort of thing I'd us . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by May
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon is a moving and different novel. It follows realistic themes and is an emotional read, describing the setting and c . . .
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Railhead by May
Railhead by Phillip Reeve was an intensely exciting book, told perfectly and following a gripping story. It was perfectly paced and the description w . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amelia
Salt to the sea is a beautifully and smoothly written, deeply moving historical fiction book set in and around Germany in late World War 2. I would re . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Madeleine
This book is about a boy named Prez, who lives at the temporary. He goes to live with a family on a farm, and that’s when his life starts to change. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amelia
Stars at october bend is a charming and slightly challenging book to read. It's challenging only in the random sentence stops that reflect Alice's con . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Josie
Sputnik is an alien who comes to earth searching for 10 things to put in his guide of things to see and do on planet earth. If he doesn't complete hi . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Josie
Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life, but things take a dramatic turn when new girl Betty turns up at her school. Toby, a gentle loner wh . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Rose
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is the story of a troubled boy called Prez meeting Sputnik, a mischievous alien who has travelled from his imploded . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rose
The Bone Sparrow is the story of a Burmese refugee called Subhi, written in his own words. He is living in an Australian detention centre and has neve . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Rose
The Smell of Other People’s Houses is about the lives of 4 very different teenagers in a small community in Alaska in the 1970’s. Before reading t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Rose
The Stars at Oktober Bend is the story of Alice and Manny who have both had troubled pasts. When they meet, they have a strong connection and form a l . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Hannah
I really enjoyed this book and the way Alice describes. I found that the poems throughout the book are quite rhythmical and could be the one's she pla . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eliana
I found that this book was very similar to another book that I just read ‘The Tulip Touch’ by Anne Fine which was chosen by my English teacher. It . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amelia
Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is a brilliantly humorous and witty book; cleverly combining si-fi and animal tales into an incredible children's sto . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amelia
Wolf Hollow is a lovely smooth read that grips you just enough to want you make you read more but not enough you can't put it down which is nice if yo . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Madeleine
This book is about four teenagers, whose paths unexpectedly cross. The characters are described very vividly, and their emotions are distinctly shown. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lucy
Sputnik’s guide to life on earth is about a small boy named Prez and a genius alien named Sputnik. When Prez’s grandfather is sent away, Prez is s . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amelia
The Bone Sparrow was a lovely easy book to read but it still had an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot that was beautifully woven around . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Peony
The Smell of Other People's Houses is about four different people who are Ruth, who lives with her depressing Gran and chatty little sister, Alyce who . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anna
Salt to the Sea is a touching story of how some unlikely friends fight for their lives to escape war-torn Germany in 1941. We follow six main charac . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hannah
The Smell Of Other People's Houses is a good, solid read. I found that the epilogue of the book was somewhat off-putting and miss-leading with the su . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sophie
Salt to the Sea is a gripping war novel about how the lives and secrets of Emilia, a Polish runaway; Florian, a German mystery; Albert a conceited ‘ . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Leonara
Prez- used to live with his grandpa. But after a misunderstood incident, Prez now lives in the temporary, a place for orphans or children without sens . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maddie
This book is about Annabelle, who lives in Wolf Hollow, still stricken by the First World War, when suddenly the Second World War breaks out. She, and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maud
Wolf Hollow is a book about a young girl called Annabelle, who lives in the countryside in the wartime. It is set over a few days and about how she i . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Anna
I began reading this book expecting the usual plot of: boy meets girl and they end up together. Not 100% correct. Alice is a girl. Manny is a boy. How . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by May
The Smell Of Other People's Houses By May Alder The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was an overall good book, but with a . . .
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Larkmead Secondary School
Abingdon,
John Mason School - Abingdon
Abingdon,
Fitzharrys School
Abingdon,
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Courtenay, Oxon
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School bus
In bed
School library
In the garden
In the bath
 
Title: Tamar
Author: Mal Peet
Winning Year: 2005

This is an enthralling and multi-layered novel that traces the story of two men caught up in secret operations in World War Two. It looks at the negative impact that war has on those involved and on succeeding generations. Guilt and its ramifications lie
 

 
 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Millions, Framed, Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. He is also a successful writer of screen-plays and, along with director Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony . .