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St Helen and St Katharine
Abingdon,
Group status: We are all reading and reviewing..

2018 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!

Mrs Gray

After the Fire by Lucy
After The Fire is a heart-breaking story about a girl called Moonbeam who is part of a religious camp called the Lord's Legion. She has been part of t . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Grace
The plot is emotional and well-constructed. The author is definitely in control of the plot and all the events are all believable within the limits se . . .
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Saint Death by Isabella
Arturo was alone for many years, he was living peacefully under the roof of his shack, when an old friend turned up. Arturo didn’t know what was going . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Alice
The plot is well constructed and dramatic. It’s about a girl called crow and her trying to find her family. The author is really in control of the plo . . .
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After the Fire by Beattie
The plot for this book is enhancing and gripping. I was shocked by the storyline but liked how it all came together perfectly. Although the book was v . . .
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The Hate U Give by Isabella
Starr is an ordinary, young girl, who lives in a town called Garden heights. Garden heights are full of drug dealers, gangbangers, protests and riots. . . .
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Where the World Ends by Grace
I began reading where the world ends thinking that it wouldn’t be very good as that was what all my friends had said but I really enjoyed it. The plot . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Beatrix
Beyond the Bright Sea was an enchanting book right from the first sentence. It drew me in quicker than most books do. The storyline was exciting and u . . .
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Saint Death by Anastasia
This exciting and dramatic book, written by renowned author Marcus Sedgwick, follows the challenges the main character (Arturo) faces and the risky ga . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Chloe
Beyond the Bright sea is a book which is about a girl called Crow who was sent away in a skiff with a ring and a letter from her mother (which unfortu . . .
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After the Fire by Niamh
‘After the fire’ by Will Hill was one of the best books I have ever read: full of action, twists, tragedies and triumphs. It felt as though I was the . . .
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After the Fire by Anastasia
Wow! After the Fire is a stunning and thought-provoking book written by the experienced author; Will Hill. Father John (one of the big influences) al . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Asastasia
Wed Wabbit is a funny adventure story, about a girl called Fidge. Fidge had always despised her younger sister Minnie’s favourite toy: Wed Wabbit. Whe . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Chloe
Wed Wabbit is a book about a girl called Fidge and her sister’s toys and her cousin Graham who are in a magical world with a prophecy that must be com . . .
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Rook by Charlotte
When Kenny and Nicky rescue an almost dead rook, Kenny is determined to keep it alive. Nicky doubts the bird will make it but then again there are oth . . .
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Rook by Cora
Rook was a short but sweet book about bullying, fear, first love, teenage embarrassment and a whole lot of things going wrong. I loved the style of w . . .
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Where the World Ends by Charlotte
Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on the remote Warrior sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one comes to take them home. Has e . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Charlotte
Fidge is having a bad day. As usual, her younger sister has brought all her toys shopping and when she sees a new Wimbly Woos book she forgets everyth . . .
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The Hate U Give by Amelie
THUG was exciting and scary and I read it very quickly because I did not want to put it down. Starr is a teenage girl who finds herself the only wit . . .
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Where the World Ends by Anna
I really enjoyed this book, although most of my peers had the opposite opinion. This book is set in the early 1700s, in St Kilda. St Kilda is a . . .
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The Hate U Give by Cora
I loved this book so much. The way it was written really appealed to me and the story line was fantastic. This book was very emotional and when I . . .
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Saint Death by Amelie
This book is not for the faint hearted. There are some scary, edge of your seat parts and some uncomfortable realities of life highlighted. Set in . . .
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After the Fire by Isabella
After the Fire had a structure that I have never seen before. The whole book is basically an interview, and it is really cleverly written, as the i . . .
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Where the World Ends by Beatrix
This book had a really good story line, although it went on quite a lot. A few times I thought it was the end of the book, and I didn’t really get int . . .
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Rook by Kaajal
It’s not the first time Nicky and Kenny have saved an animal. A rook was sniffed out by Tina (their dog) and was left in the care of Kenny and Nicky. . . .
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Where the World Ends by Issie
This book was very emotional and made me think about what used to happen nearly 300 years ago and the kind of perilous journeys men and boys had to ma . . .
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After the Fire by Isabella
“After the Fire” by Will Hill, was inspired by the Waco Siege in Texas in which 82 people, from a religious sect, died in a fire when under siege by “ . . .
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Saint Death by Cora
Saint Death is one of very few books that I have not enjoyed the Writing style did not appeal to me and I felt the story was rather boring. My overa . . .
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Rook by Grace
The plot is well constructive and simple and the author appears to be in control of it. The events are not only believable in the limits of the book b . . .
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Rook by Lucy
Rook is a simple but beautifully written story about a boy called Kenny and his first experiences with falling in love, bullies and a complicated fami . . .
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Rook by Jeevika
Rook is written by the author Anthony McGowan. This book is a story which could happen in real life. To expand on that point , I like this book a lot . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Jeevika
Wed Wabbit was written by Lisa Evans. The book was a very imaginative and creative because there are many different problems going on at the same tim . . .
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Saint Death by Jeevika
Saint Death was written by Marcus Sedgwick. The first thing that caught my eye about Saint Death were the yellow pages. I think this book could win “ . . .
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Rook by Issie
I really enjoyed this book and I love the way each chapter ends with you wanting to know what happens next. I also found this same feeling at the end . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Kaajal
I think we all need a book like Wed Wabbit. It’s a bit crazy and goofy and can leave you in hysterics! Fidge is having a bizarre week. A complete pa . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Kaajal
On its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a skiff and got washed onto a shore of an island. Osh had been walking by and held her in his larg . . .
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After the Fire by Kaajal
“What if the only way out of the darkness, is to light a fire” Moonbeam, 18, had been living inside the base for all her life. Everyone inside the b . . .
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Saint Death by Matilda
This book is not for the faint hearted. If you like unicorns and fluffy things, this book is no for you. This book interested me as it gave me an insi . . .
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The Hate U Give by Jeevika
THUG was written by Angie Thomas. This author has done really well even thought this was her first novel as she has won multiple awards for it. It inc . . .
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Saint Death by Issie
I really liked this book and it was certainly different from the first Carnegie book I read (Wed Wabbit which was targeted at a younger audience). Sai . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Issie
I think this book is very good because the plot is well constructed and planned and keeps your interest from start to finish. At the end of the book m . . .
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After the Fire by Chloe
A fire has occurred at the Lords Legion and Moonbeam has witnessed her mother being banished 3 years ago. Moonbeam is having therapy lessons and is te . . .
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Where the World Ends by Megan
“Three men and nine boys climbed aboard it” a boat set for Warrior stac four miles from Kilda, Quilliams home. Quilliam also known as Quill is the mai . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Megan
Minnie loves Wimbley woos and her many toys including “Wed wabbit” as well as the books about the Wimbley woos. Fidge (Minnie’s older sister) hates th . . .
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The Hate U Give by Charlotte
‘What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent?’ Starr lives in two very different worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born . . .
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Saint Death by Lucy
Saint Death is a beautiful and gripping read and constantly puts you on the edge of your seat. It is set in Anapra, which is like a single leaf, in th . . .
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Rook by Isabella
Six months ago, a baby rook flew the nest; he had yet to experience the whole of life, and what it had to offer. He had flown with his flock, to a lus . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Isabella
Minnie, the four-year old sister of Fidge, is obsessed with Wimbley woos. Minnie has many soft, cuddly toys, which she loves to play with, but her all . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Isabella
A baby is washed up, onto the shore of an island in the Elizabeth’s, her name is Crow. The only thing that remains as a reminder of her family, is a r . . .
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The Hate U Give by Grace
The Hate U Give is a very emotional read and the plot is well constructed. The plot is very complicated and a bit confusing. The author seems to know . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Grace
Wed Wabbit is an amazing reworded book. It really took you into Fidge’s world throughout the book. The plot is really interesting and keeps you on the . . .
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Where the World Ends by Isabella
I found 'Where the world ends' quite interesting, because it's not the sort of thing I would normally read, so it was very unusual for me. The style o . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Cora
I really enjoyed the story Wed Wabbit and all the characters were very interesting. My favourite character was Graham because he was the character th . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lucy
Beyond the Bright Sea is a gripping read, about a girl called Crow who had lost her way in the world because of her past. The three main characters in . . .
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After the Fire by Anna
This book was incredibly heart-wrenching and interesting. I had trouble putting it down. Even though it is one of the longest b . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Beatrix
The plot is a clear fantasy, with elements of humour. Although the plot is very unrealistic as lots of unusual things come to life, it has realistic e . . .
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After the Fire by Charlotte
‘The things I’ve seen are burned into me like scars that refuse to fade.’ This book really moved me. It’s a gripping tale of survival, it’s thrilling . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Amelie
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans is a humorous book with a good message about overcoming your fears. The main character, Fidge, finds herself in a different . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Niamh
Wed Wabbit was both heart-warming and a little creepy at the same time. I loved how the main characters (Fidge and Graham) change throughout the book . . .
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The Hate U Give by Anna
I have a problem with books where I always loose them for a while before they turn up. This one I never lost. I have never read a book quite like it, . . .
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Where the World Ends by Matilda
I enjoyed reading this book as there was always had something happening. Whatever place you were in the book, you found yourself reading about somethi . . .
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The Hate U Give by Chloe
The hate you give is a teen/ pre-teen book about a girl called Starr and how she witnesses her best friend being shot by a police man also her two sep . . .
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After the Fire by Evie
After the fire is a story about Moonbeam, who lives in a very closed community where Father John controls everything and everyone. She has grown up to . . .
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The Hate U Give by Evie
The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, whose best friend gets shot by a policeman and she was the only witness. Starr knows he was murdered but how . . .
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Saint Death by Charlotte
This book is one of the best I have ever read. It has so many cliffhangers and twists, resulting in me never putting it down. The story takes place on . . .
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Saint Death by Anna
This book was full of emotion and brutality. At first, I wasn’t sure that it was set in the present, but when I realised it was, I was shocked. I now . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Lorna
I found Wed Wabbit a very fun, lively book. It's very well-constructed and easy to read. You don't find out what the plot is until at least a quarter . . .
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Where the World Ends by Amelie
Where the World Ends is a fabulous book about what happens when 9 boys and three men are left stranded on a bleak stack off the coast of Boreray and S . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Amelie
This book had me hooked from the first page! Wolk unfolds the plot really quickly and I found the story really exciting and interesting. I thought th . . .
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Rook by Alice
This book was a good book. But not the best that I’ve read. The plot of the book is quite well constructed but with the subject of the book I though . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Matilda
I enjoyed this book because it was similar to a mystery story and I enjoy that genre very much. The book had twists that weren't always obvious which . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Matilda
This book reminded me of books that I read when I was younger. I found it quite easy and quick to read, ideal for a light quick read or a bus journey. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Lorna
Although this book was gripping, I did wonder what the point of reading it was. I really like reading books with a meaning, and a realistic setting. I . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Anna
Although this book was gripping, I did wonder what the point of reading it was. I really like reading books with a meaning, and a realistic setting. I . . .
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Rook by Niamh
Rook is a book I started with low expectations but after I read two pages I couldn’t put it down; the truthfulness of it was gripping, the story kept . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Niamh
Beyond the Bright Sea was more like a maze than a book - full of twists and turns - I found myself lost in the story many times, caring for the young . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Anastasia
‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ is an exhilarating adventure story about a girl called Crow. The first chapter describes how she washed up on a windswept isla . . .
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Rook by Anastasia
Rook is a thoughtfully written story that starts off from the viewpoint of a bird (a rook) and then changes to the life and thoughts of a human boy. A . . .
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Where the World Ends by Anastasia
I'm sad to say I found this book a big disappointment, although the description (mainly of birds) is phenomenal, the story line has potential to be th . . .
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The Hate U Give by Anastasia
T.H.U.G is a powerful read that looks deep into the ongoing problems of racism, love, death and many more subjects that we “don’t really want to talk . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Charlotte
When she was only a few hours old, someone put her in an old boat and pushed her out to sea. She washed up on a tiny, windswept island with two things . . .
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After the Fire by Grace
As I read this book I was on the edge of my seat for all of the book. I really enjoyed reading it because it shows life from different perspective. Th . . .
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After the Fire by Megan
“I sprint across the yard, my eyes streaming, my heart pounding in my chest." As soon as I read that sentence I wanted to read on. Why was she sprinti . . .
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Rook by Megan
I don’t think I’ve ever saved a bird before; usually our cat gets to them before I do. That is why this book appealed to me, because Kenny and Nicky . . .
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Rook by Amelie
I found the beginning of this book quite slow but by chapter three I was hooked! I thought that the plot was well constructed – the author tells the s . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Alice
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The plot of this book is great. The author seems in control of the plot. The events of the plot are b . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Isabella
I really enjoyed 'Beyond the Bright Sea', because I found it well-constructed, and most of the events are believable, and I could really see how the m . . .
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After the Fire by Amelie
This book is a real page turner! Hill’s use of flash backs to explain the plot is really effective. They also help build the tension! I won’t spoil . . .
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Rook by Chloe
The first page is about freedom, friends, youth and happiness. For me this was one of the best beginnings that I have read because it is happy and fre . . .
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Where the World Ends by Alice
Although the cover makes the book look interesting it started a bit too slowly for my liking. Quill and his friends are sent to a stac every summer . . .
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Where the World Ends by Chloe
‘Where the world ends’ is a story about some boys and men who set of to St Kilda and what happens to them afterwards. I thought the start was quite sl . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Isabella
I really enjoyed 'Wed Wabbit' by Lissa Evans, as it had lots of humour, but it also had a strong message about overcoming your fears, and changing as . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Lucy
An exciting read, which will appeal to the child who never feels like the favourite. Fidge, an eleven year old girl in the story, is the responsible o . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Anna
I was browsing Waterstones, eager to spend a book voucher, when this book caught my eye. The cover was attractive, the blurb interesting, and it was b . . .
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European School Culham
Culham, OXON.
Dunmore Primary School
Abingdon, Oxon.
Larkmead Secondary School
Abingdon,
Abingdon Prep School Greenaway Group
Frilford,
Where are you most likely to be found reading a book?

School bus
In bed
School library
In the garden
In the bath
 
Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Winning Year: 2016

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends
 

 
 

Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans has a background in comedy. Following a medical degree, she changed careers to become a comedy producer for radio and TV; her credits include Father Ted, Room 101 and Have I Got News for You. Her first . .