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The Hewett Academy Norwich
Norwich,
Group status: Getting to the end now..... Will Eric be the first to read them all??? :)



We're shadowing again for the 8th year running, and pretty excited about this year's titles. (They smell good too!) This year's Shadowers are Leah, Louise, Fatou, Ellie, Sheniz, Molly-Jay, Tegan, Phoebe, Tilly, Eric, Ash and Rosie - but who will be first to read the whole shortlist??! Year 7s Maisie, Cassie, Harmony, Ella, Elizabeth, Zubair and Max are also shadowing the Kate Greenaway: first impressions of the books are very positive.

The Bone Sparrow by Sheniz
Subhi is a boy, born in a refugee camp and his entire life is kept behind one fence. His 'family' are the brutal guards who only know him by a number. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eric
Salt to the Sea is a shocking, distressingly raw book. Set during WW2, SttC follows four main characters, each in first person organised into indiv . . .
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Railhead by Becky
Railhead has its ups and downs. If you put it down and leave it for too long, you could get lost and forget the plot because it can be quite complicat . . .
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The Journey by Sam
I think this book will win. It is unique and the images have lots of meaning, particularly in the light of current events. The symbolism and personifi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ellie
A tragic story but it was beautifully written. I definitely enjoyed it towards the end, but I was quite confused at the beginning, since it was told b . . .
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There is a Tribe of Kids by Summer
I enjoyed reading this book because although it is short it has a range of different text styles and has clear and easy to understand illustrations. I . . .
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Railhead by Phoebe
Railhead is an adventurous book, including lots of futuristic activities. I found the book quite confusing and a bit boring as it was about trains.Bu . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ash
The smell of other peoples houses is a very interesting book to say the least. To me personally the book was very confusing but good. I do think it dr . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Rosie
This book is oddly different to all the rest because it is written in such a clever way that you feel like you're her and you are there living her lif . . .
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The Journey by Anasztazia
When I first read this book I felt sad and I nearly cried because the story was really sad and I liked the artist's drawing because the artist made th . . .
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The Journey by Zhana
I think this book is good for 9 or 10 years old because they would understand the story.My favourite picture is the one with the birds because they l . . .
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Beck by Eric
Beck is a shocking, brutal story, killing little hope with every plot twist. Like the book's name, Beck is the main character. He endures many hardsh . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Louise
I think this was an amazing book. I don't usually like more than two points of view in a book because it can get quite confusing but it worked perfect . . .
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Railhead by Louise
I didn't understand this book. There was always something new going on and it became quite crowded. The plot was really good, and the characters, but . . .
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Railhead by Fatou
In my opinion, Railhead was really boring and put me off reading it.It was really confusing and difficult to read and I needed to go back to the begin . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Louise
This book was really well written and because of this I could understand the characters despite it being written from several points of view. It portr . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Fatou
'The stars at oktober bend' was very emotional and hard to read, for example, the fact that there was two points of views while reading the book real . . .
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Beck by Ellie
Personally, I really enjoyed reading 'Beck'; however in parts of the book it can become a bit too detailed. This is why I would recommend it more for . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ash
'The bone sparrow' was a very depressing and sad book. The ending was heart breaking and very emotional. The plot was interesting and very gripping. T . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ash
I personally found this book amazing and very interesting:the plot was very sad and I felt betrayed by the whole novel. The ending was very confusing . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Fatou
While reading 'Sputnik's guide to life on earth', I found it absolutely hilarious. It's perfect for any age despite its 'babyish'front cover. The way . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Eric
A bittersweet tale, Wolf Hollow has a saddening plot mixed with dramatic irony and a depressing ending. A girl named Annabelle lives with her exten . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms G
I think this might be my favourite so far: I like the simple old-fashioned feel of it, although it is also extremely gripping, tense, atmospheric and . . .
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Beck by Molly-Jay
I think Beck was boring. Because of the language used, it was hard to understand: that's why I didn't like this book. I think also that this book is . . .
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The Journey by Cassie
I think The Journey is an excellent picture book. It shows just how much pictures can portray events and things that are happening. Its clever, due to . . .
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The Journey by Harmony
The Journey is a really touching story about migration and can be reached to all ages to allow people to have a clear understanding about the strange, . . .
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The Journey by Maisie
I like how the illustrations show the reader more about the story than the writing does, and all the recurring images, like black, show that the war i . . .
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The Journey by Ella
I liked this book because I thought the illustrations were clever because all of the other characters were bigger than the mother and children as it's . . .
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The Journey by Elizabeth
This book is very heartfelt: it reaches all ages and explains what happens and what life is like for refugees. The story is about a mother of two stru . . .
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The Journey by Max
The Journey was an incredible book to read as a group. It has so much hidden meaning and the finest detail. So many intricate features for example, t . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Leah
This book is by far one of the best I've ever read! I was so enveloped in the plot it made me want to keep turning the pages. The way each character's . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Leah
Although this book wasn't one of my favourites, I found it particularly humorous. I think a young audience would have enjoyed it more. One part I did . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Tilly
I found this book extraordinary. From the story to the way it was written, The Bone Sparrow was one of my favourite books I've ever read. The thin . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eric
Sputnik's Guide is a fantastically creative book with some intriguing characters. It is centred around a boy called Prez (Preston), who has no fami . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ms G
Yet another wonderful read from FCB. This delightfully quirky, imaginative and heart-warming story entertains and makes you think- about home, family, . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Rosie
I loved reading this book. I don't know what it is but this book just drew me in with every chapter that passed. The best aspect of this story for me . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Molly-Jay
Wolf Hollow is a very good book but was hard for me to get into at first. It is a sad, happy and adventurous book. I found this book very good: some . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Sheniz
The stars at oktober bend is a compelling story about a girl in a hellish incident that changed her life. She was harshly affected, so much so that he . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eric
The Bone Sparrow is a brutally saddening book, managing to infuse realism with a fictitious storyline. Following a boy called Subhi and his friend, . . .
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Beck by Tegan
I found Beck a very engaging and unusual book, and it was very enjoyable to read. Some parts were more detailed than others... I recommend people 16 . . .
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Beck by Fatou
My opinion on Beck is that it can be very disturbing and distressing for younger readers but on the other hand it's very action packed and gripping. . . .
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Railhead by Ms G
An extraordinarily creative and imaginative story: what a brilliant mind Philip Reeve has, and what a strange, unique, but utterly believable world he . . .
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Beck by Ms G
Well written, and quite gripping. If you like a picaresque adventure, can cope with violence and abuse (I actually felt very uncomfortable with this i . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Phoebe
I found this book very gripping and powerful. I found that I did believe in the characters and my favourite was the 'shoe poet/maker': I thought his . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms G
Top quality historical fiction, expertly researched, humanely told. I found this book particularly poignant in the light of the current refugee crisis . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eric
TSOPH is a different, complex and detailed book, exploring alternate viewpoints along the varying plot. Occurring around the 1960s, the time Alaska . . .
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Railhead by Eric
Railhead is a thrilling book, with a tonne of imagery and an amazing plot. Based in the future, Railhead follows a boy called Zen Starling along hi . . .
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NDHS Chocolate Biscuit Book Club
Norwich,
Notre Dame Readers
Norwich,
Notre Dame High School
Norwich,
Norwich School
Norwich,
Never judge a book by its cover. But maybe just this once... Which is your favourite this year?

Beck
RailHead
Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
the stars at oktober bend
Sputnik's Guide to life on earth
The Bone Sparrow
The smell of other people's houses
 
Title: Maggot Moon
Author: Sally Gardner
Winning Year: 2013

One of our Y9 'Hewett Great Reads' this year. A ruthless regime is determined to beat its enemies in a race to the moon. But when his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, it is up to unlikely hero Standish, his grandfather, and a small band of
 

 
 

Francesca Sanna

Francesca is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer based in Switzerland. After she finished her studies in Cagliari, the main city of her beloved Mediterranean island (Sardinia) she said goodbye to her family and her cat (Berta) and moved to . .