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St Clement Danes School
Group status: Some read for knowledge. We read for pleasure and review by being brutally honest!

A serious, dedicated reading group... or not!

Our little 'reading family' consists of passionate readers from Years 7 to 9. We meet every Thursday lunchtime to share excited reflections on what we have been reading (or grumpy groans, depending)! Some of us have been loyal members of the Carnegie shadowing group for three years now. We love the fact that it provides us with a space where we can express our opinions on books that we have read, and get ideas of other books to read or authors to 'follow'. Each year, we celebrate the selection of the winner of the award by visiting a famous library within England. Last year, we visited the Bodleian Library in Oxford, to see their 'Marks of Genius' exhibition, as well as to explore the city itself. Our librarian also sends us on a mission to choose new books for our library, so that we will never run out of exciting stories to read.

Patrick, Alistair J and Daniel W

The Bone Sparrow by Isla
I loved this book because it had an exciting plot, though it did take a little while to get in to. At the end it was jam-packed with engaging action. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Hannah
My favourite book yet! I love history and romance. This book was a great mix of the two. I really hope this book is the winner because its so exciting . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Hana
It was slightly hard to get stuck into the book at first, but eventually I was reading it whenever I could (including when I shouldn't!)A little sad b . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Hannah
I love this book, but it took a while to get into. It's very intriguing. I love it because it's up to you who is in the wrong. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daniel Wait
A brilliant book but without spoiling it has many gruesome parts involving the main characters friends and family. Spoiler Alert! A good book as lon . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Maryasha
I loved this book because it was really sad and sweet and I love books with romance. I wanted to find out what had happened to Alice and Manny before . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Alistair
An amazing book, about the view of a girl living in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, being introduced to urban life. It made me think, and it h . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Isla
There are 4 characters in this book, each chapter is told by one of them. At the beginning their lives are relatively apart, but by the end their live . . .
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Railhead by Patrick
Railhead was one of the best action/adventure books I've ever read. Fast-paced and exciting, this book draws you in with its amazing writing. It gets . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hannah
Its a really great book! I love how its lots of different stories of different people all coming into each others lives and making a big change to the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Charlotte
In my opinion I think that Wolf Hollow was a really good book. There were so many unexpected passageways. It is set in Pennsylvania, USA. Annabelle' . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Linta
In my own opinion it was a very good book and not very similar to other books I have read before.The main character is Alice.There is something wrong . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Casper
I really enjoyed this book as it was one of the funniest book I have ever read because of the wacky humor and the great characters. Sputinick was a re . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Isla
I thought this book is very unique, and I haven't read a book like it before. Alice, the main character, has something wrong with her brain which mean . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Hibah
This book is a historical, emotional story about a sinking ship of the Wilhelm Gustloff on January 30th 1945. There are four different characters and . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daniel
Wolf Hollow (so far) is a great book with shifts from past to present which blends together nicely. The character that I surprisingly know about the m . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Hannah
I really liked this book because it was all about refugees and how they are trying to get the message out about their life. I also really liked the wa . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Patrick
I thought this was an amazing book that was humorous as well as being fast-paced and exciting. The book created mysteries that were later solved; draw . . .
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