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Palmers Green High School
Group status: Let's get going - Carnegie Shadowers of 2017!

Yes, we're all absorbed in the shortlist!

Palmers Green High School is a small independent girls school based in North London. We are a group of keen readers from Years 8, 9 & 10 and we meet each week in the library to discuss the books on the shortlist, write reviews and ultimately pick our winner!

Rhianna, Jacqueline & Tessa

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Tessa
Out of all the books I have read for Carnegie, both this year and last year, ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ was the strongest competitor f . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Tessa
‘Wolf Hollow’ is, in my opinion, one of the best books any reader will be able to find on the Carnegie Shortlist this year. I was speechless when . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Tessa
I am an advocator of books and poems written in Non-Standardised English because it exposes us to a wider variety of reading. However, ‘The Stars at . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mrs Conlon
This book did take a little getting into and it definitely benefited from attempting to read for longer periods of time so that it didn't become too d . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rebecca
‘The Bone Sparrow’ is written from the point of view of a young boy named Subhi who lives and was born in one of Australia’s detention camps. He . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sophia
You have to read it. It's not just about reading a book, enjoying it and shoving it to the back of your mind where it will eventually be forgotten abo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lottie
At the start I found the four alternating perspectives very confusing. I had to flip back and forth to remind myself of who the characters were and wh . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Julia
‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ is a book about 4 very different teenagers (Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank) and their different perspectives on . . .
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Railhead by Tessa
I am an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy and adventure so this book was exactly in my wheelhouse; however, what I did not expect was to so thor . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jacqueline
'The Stars At Oktober Bend' is certainly a riveting read. The story, whilst a bit hard to get into due to the style it is written in, is carefully con . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rhianna
The Bone Sparrow is an It brings light to a situation that is disturbingly true. It is upsetting, traumatising, and heartbreaking to rea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Rhianna
"Comedy Gold for seven plus readers" Maybe so, but don't let that put you off. Honestly, I've told everyone I know that I hated it and that it w . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Laura
Although I quite enjoyed the book 'Wolf Hollow', I had expected more. Whilst many things happened in the book, as I read I realised that I had been ex . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Tessa
When I first picked up ‘Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth’, I did not think that the book would be one that was a serious contender to win the Ca . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mrs Conlon
So, I've just finished my first book from the shortlist and it didn't disappoint! Wolf Hollow is a wonderfully atmospheric coming of age story with t . . .
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Which Carnegie Shortlisted Book is the most out of your comfort zone???

100% (5 votes)

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something ju


Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband and three sons. She worked as a primary school teacher before having children, and has had picture books and middle grade fiction published in Australia.

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