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Sir Harry Smith Community College
Peterborough,
Group status: Reading...shhh...
A new group... The books have arrived....Happy readers! Only a few have completed the Carnegie Challenge before, so for most this is our first time! We meet once a week in the library to discuss the books and share our thoughts (and sometimes our sweets!). We are hoping for many lively debates in the weeks to come!

The Hate U Give by Olivia
The issues of police brutality and institutional racism in the USA are extremely current in today's society. The repeated incidents of police officers . . .
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Saint Death by Carissa
Saint Death left me confused and frustrated. The story is very dark and depressing, and the ending left a million and one questions unanswered. The . . .
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Saint Death by Isabel
Marcus Sedgwick took a great opportunity to make an influence over young people and i can definitely say that it payed off. The book starts of on a ha . . .
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Rook by Ben
This book is rewarding and redeeming for many many reasons such as: Anthony McGowan has been very brave and has a metaphore in the story, Nicky is the . . .
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Release by Zara
Release was a good book. However, it did not make a lot of sense since there was two different stories happening at the same time. I didn't really und . . .
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Saint Death by Lucy
Saint Death is depressing and scary but does have a positive side to it. It is a wake up call, or it was for me anyway. It hopefully will re3mind peop . . .
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Saint Death by Mitchell
I didn't really like Saint Death because it was jumbled up throughout the story and I found that parts of the book were horrifying and personally woul . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Olivia
Many of the books nominated for the Carnegie prize this year have been topical, brilliantly depicting current issues such as racism; 'Beyond the Brigh . . .
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Saint Death by Ocean
i actually really liked saint death because ( like thug) it relates to real life problems. i could not find the secret plot twist but i think they cou . . .
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Rook by Caitlin
Rook is an intriguing book that I majorly enjoyed. I would definitely recommend reading it.Rook was by far my favorite book out of the Carnegie. Its . . .
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After the Fire by Mitchell
I really liked the book because it showed the truth behind cults in America and how far they go in terms of religion. I would have liked to see more . . .
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Where the World Ends by Danny
This book is not very entertaining as it doesn't explain about the island enough and can't give a very detailed explanation about life back home. It b . . .
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Where the World Ends by Ben
"Where the world ends?" more like "When does this book END?" It is a never ending book with over 300 pages with a plot that seems like salad, no one i . . .
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Release by Olivia
After previously loving many of Patrick Ness' novels, I had high hopes when I realised that 'Release' had been shortlisted. This happiness was short- . . .
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Rook by Ruby
Rook is an overall good book. There`s both good and bad parts for me. For example, the ending was not really an "ending" because it finishes with happ . . .
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The Hate U Give by Nathan
The Hate U Give is probably my favourite book in Carnegie this year, and although it had swearing on pretty much every line, the storyline really stru . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Callum
i really enjoyed this book because of all the adventures contained inside the covers. (SPOILER ALERT! ) crow go's on a journey to find her brother as . . .
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After the Fire by Henry
This was 100% the best book I've read in a long time! It has everything that i love in a book like action and mystery. It was like a detective police . . .
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The Hate U Give by Emily s
This book has replaced after the fire as my favourite in the competition. It has all the qualities I like in a book, such as a female main character,a . . .
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The Hate U Give by Matthew
The Hate U Give is a thrilling book about a girl named Starr and her appeal against police violence and racism against black people. This story convey . . .
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Rook by Lucy
Rook exceeded all of my expectations when I read it. It was dramatic and you felt empathy and sympathy for the characters, Nicky and Kenny. Rook is a . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ben
The beginning was how you sway "Dramatic" for a childwen's book within the fwirst ten pages, Minnie gets wan over and this is The "Butterfly effect" a . . .
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Rook by Emily H
Rook was an intriguing book but i feel that it ended to quickly and there could of been more emotion. However the story line was good and a quick read . . .
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Where the World Ends by Emily s
I like this book for its bleak descriptions of the northern islands and What ive learnt from it about sea birds. Though this is based on a true story . . .
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After the Fire by Annie
This is one of the best books I have ever read! I love it so much! I really like the storyline, as I think that it makes a very interesting book, and . . .
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Release by Keaton
I did not enjoy this book as I found some parts a bit confusing and it was a bit jumpy at times. Although I read a lot of the book I stopped because I . . .
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Release by Annie
This book was OK. That's all the praise I can give it. Adam's story was vaguely interesting, but I don't understand why the book had to include the gh . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Isabel
I had high hopes for this book and I expected to enjoy it, unfortunately I was left disappointed. Lauren Wolk’s book “Beyond the Bright Sea” tells the . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Emily W
The front of this book says "Don't laugh" and I can assure you that I didn't. It may be because I'm 14, but I honestly thought this book was just . . .
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Saint Death by Isaac
out of all the books I've read, this is certainly one of the best. will definitely be a classic in the future! tell everyone! SPREAD THE WORD! . . .
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After the Fire by Danny
I reallly enjoyed this book and it is my favourite one out of all of the books on the shortlist. I think the characters were well written and the plot . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Peter
This book was very gripping but still an unexpected plot yet a very interesting one indeed. The characters have brilliant characteristics and make the . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Reuben
I found this book very enjoyable to read, it was slow at first but as the book progressed I liked it even more and more, Crow was grown up but her cha . . .
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The Hate U Give by Morgan
I loved this book, it had a great story line and showed the reality of what is happening in real life. I really liked Starr, she wasn't afraid to stan . . .
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Where the World Ends by Ocean
I haven't read the whole book but I just couldn't finish it. It was so tremendously boring. I had to literally force myself to pick it up and read it . . .
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After the Fire by Ocean
This book was hands down one of the best books I've read. It was incredible. The way it was written was just phenomenal. At the start the whole switch . . .
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Release by Ocean
Ok. Let me get something straight. Why is there so much intercourse in this book? I liked the concept of the boy trying to tell his parents he is gay . . .
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Where the World Ends by Kieron the greatest
I THINK THAT THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE! IT IS ALWAYS REPETITIVE! WHO CARES IF PEOPLE HUNT BIRDS??!!! IN MY OPINION, IT IS THE WORST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!! . . .
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Saint Death by Nathan
I loved this book. I just found that the mix between death, drugs, gangs etc. and Arturo's feelings and religion is a great contrast. I really liked t . . .
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Where the World Ends by Matthew
For me, Where the World Ends was a good book. Quill and some other boys went on a trip to a rock island with three adults. However, after months and m . . .
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Saint Death by Danny
I really liked it but everything happened a bit fast and the fact that they all did it for nothing as what happened to Eva just disappointed me a bit . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Danny
It was a good book, a bit slow to start, but overall a good book. The plot was a lackluster with little stakes at play. The bit that made it a good bo . . .
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Saint Death by Keaton
In the first few chapters of this book it was a bit jumpy and I got a bit confused at some bits. However, when it got to the train bit, it became a bi . . .
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Saint Death by Amy
This so far has been my favorite book. It is filled with excitement and has a huge plot twist that changes the story line completely. I love the chara . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lucy and Siobhain
Beyond the Bright Sea starts quite slowly and then by chapter 23 it got better. What annoyed us is that the storyline wasn't obvious or particularly g . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Keaton
I really enjoyed this book. It is my favourite book I have read so far. I think that some chapters dragged on a bit and some were a little bit boring. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Amy
Even though this book has a good story line, I found it quite slow and boring. I feel like some chapters were completely un-necessary. So far it has b . . .
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Release by Carissa
Release is supposedly about a 17 year old homosexual named Adam Thorn coming to terms with his sexuality. The actual plot is a teenage boy who is gay . . .
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Where the World Ends by Ben
I must admit; I'm currently writing my own book and this book is TERRIBLE, it makes my book look like it was written by Agatha Christie compared to Wh . . .
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The Hate U Give by Hope
The Hate U Give is one of my favourite books so far in the book awards. I think the theme of the book is relevant at the moment and it highlights the . . .
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The Hate U Give by Zara
The Hate U Give was not one of my favorite books, I liked the story and the meaning behind it and I liked how it referred to something that is still h . . .
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The Hate U Give by GRAMMAR...GRRR! (Joseph)
Good book, but I missed any links there were between events. The GRAMMAR was absolutely awful, and it made my blood boil just reading it. (Yes, I kn . . .
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Release by Hope
Release had the potential to be an amazing book if Patrick Ness had tweaked the story line. I found the book okay to read but despite this I think Nes . . .
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Rook by Emily S
This book wasn't the most dynamic book ever but I did like how it played out though it did seem a bit tidy. I like that a book suitable for people wit . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Henry
This book had a really weird story line. It went from a girls life that she doesn't really like to another world that is ran by a delusional toy rabbi . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Amelia
I hated RED RABBIT very much the grammer and the way w was written instead of r really really annoyed, personally I think the story line would be bett . . .
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The Hate U Give by Callum
Now don't get me wrong but I haven't finished this book but from what I've read so far, I was a bit mad when they shot Khalil for his raise especially . . .
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Rook by Danny
I loved the story of how the Rook links in with the book and how they were all having their own problems like Nicky was being bullied and the family w . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Danny
I believe that this book would be perfect for a younger audience as it had an imagination of a very young child and I don't really like it of how it g . . .
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After the Fire by Matthew
I really enjoyed After the Fire. This book is about a cult that is led by John Parson, or Father John, and is based in a compound in the desert. It’s . . .
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Where the World Ends by Hope
I enjoyed ‘Where the World Ends’ quite a bit, I found the start was very hard to get into but when I got about half way through the book it got more e . . .
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Where the World Ends by Hope
I enjoyed ‘Where the World Ends’ quite a bit, I found the start was very hard to get into but when I got about half way through the book it got more e . . .
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Saint Death by Elise
Loved it. I nothing else but loved this book and want another one about Eva or Faustino, or even The Skinny Lady herself. It was eye opening and I tru . . .
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Release by Emily W
While introducing this book, our group leader said it was like an Indie movie. It's a book where you've read it, but you feel like nothing happens. . . .
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Where the World Ends by Elise
This was an odd book. Not in the plot or even the characters, they were all pretty ordinary; but in the way it made me feel little to nothing, and lit . . .
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Rook by Mitchell
I do quite like this book but I am quite confused about whether Kenny in secondary school or primary. I like this book because it tells you how people . . .
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Saint Death by Matthew
This book is an exciting story about a young man called Arturo who lives in a poor town run by gangsters and drug lords. It shows what it is like for . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ewic
I weally weally hated this book. when I wead it I was wepulsed by the howible grammar and the the ever-changing wevolting fonts. I thought this was a . . .
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Release by Emily S
I really don't like this book. To start with the story isn't very interesting. It only encapsulates a day yet it feels like the events have been over . . .
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The Hate U Give by Emily W
I love this book, and am now really stuck between this and After the Fire. It's unfortunately such a realistic situation, and I felt so much for Starr . . .
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After the Fire by Emily S
Of the books I've read so far this is easily my favouite. I love how it jumps around in time revealing information at strategic points which gives the . . .
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Rook by Emily W
This book was ok. It wasn't great, it wasn't awful. Mediocre at best. I read it in about an hour, but I did like that it was Dyslexia-friendly. I don' . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Emily S
This book is a very gentle read yet it still managed to keep the reader interested. There are enough plot twists and interesting events to make it eng . . .
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Saint Death by Emily S
This is the first book I've read in this year's shadowing programme and at first I was unimpressed. As I moved through the novel though, I found I lik . . .
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After the Fire by Nathan
After the Fire is one if my favourite books that I’ve ever read, and is definitely the best book that I have read so far out of the eight books. Moonb . . .
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The Hate U Give by Ocean
I loved this book. It was theme heavy but it had a great storyline and it got a really powerful message through. It was really emotional and makes you . . .
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Rook by Morgan
I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline was easy to follow and the author included description to describe the key events in the story. It n . . .
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Saint Death by Reuben
I found this book very interesting and it made me realise the conditions of Mexico and everything that is happening there even though this book is fic . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Nathan
Beyond the Bright Sea one of the two only books that Lauren Wolk has written. It is an intruiging story about a yong girl called Crow who appeared one . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ocean
I ’weally’ ’weally’ ’weally‘ hate this book. The grammar is like a knife digging into my soul. It’s so childish! So many reviews say it's funny but I . . .
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Rook by Ocean
I really liked this book because it wasn’t too theme heavy but it wasn’t too humourous either. It was a really quick read and the font was really easy . . .
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Rook by Gertrude
I have just finished the book Rook and I would like to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite being part of a series I think the book can be read by its . . .
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Saint Death by Emily
This book is about a 14 year old boy in a world of death and yet he believes that he can face it alone. But when he helps a friend but begins to nee . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Emily W
It was just kind of flat. I feel like not a lot happened, and it tried to end on a plot twist, but I don't have a burning desire to find out more. It . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Carissa
The story-line in Wed Wabbit is very childish, which did put me off it at first. Its structure is one that is seen in many books, for young children e . . .
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Rook by Rosie
When I was reading rook I didn't have much to say about it. It was a very easy read with some good characters, but I did find that there wasn't much . . .
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Where the World Ends by Emily W
This book is just so boring. The idea of the plot is alright, and maybe with a better author, it'd be great. Some of the things could've been develope . . .
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The Hate U Give by Joshua
I did not enjoy this book: the slang in it strained my head and it swore too much. I find it hard to believe a book with such rude language is conside . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Zara
My first impression to the book was that it was going to be aimed to a younger audience. The book cover gave me the impression that it was about a rab . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Joshua
This book was intriguing I believe learning the history of Crow, the leper colony, the doctors and the fake bird keeper .Allowing the history to be re . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Callum
This book has a lot of things that could be said about it, and not all of them are good,Firstly on the back of the book it claims that this book is 's . . .
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Rook by Eric
I like Rook! It sparkled with effervescent intrigue. It kept me reading, not because it was an thriller but I was so invested in the characters and th . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Morgan
My first impression of the book was that it would be very childish and aimed for younger children. I thought it would be a happy book where everything . . .
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Rook by Henry
The story line for the book was quite interesting as you followed a young boy called Nick through his ordinary life with a twist. It was something tha . . .
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After the Fire by Emily W
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Moonbeam is a broken girl who wants nothing more than to escape a world of lies and danger. I wouldn . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rosie
Wed Wabbit was the first book I read. I liked the beginning of the story when Minnie was in an accident as it was dramatic and was an important part o . . .
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Rook by Joshua
I believe that the scene at the beginning with the rook and the sparrowhawk really resembles the struggle between Nicky and Stanno I then think the ca . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Hope
'Wed Wabbit' is easily the worst book I have ever read. Although the book starts on a reasonably serious note, it soon turns into a ridiculous book wi . . .
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Rook by Kieron
I loved the way the writer described the scene where the Rook and the Sparrowhawk were fighting to live.I also like how Kenny and Nicky look after inj . . .
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Rook by Callum
I thought that this book was easy to read and could be a very touching book. It can be funny at parts but can be serious at other times.The main chara . . .
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Rook by Amelia
I really liked the story line of Rook as it showed a boy (Nick) doing things to give them a reason to hate him but it also gave you his opinon of what . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Gertrude
When given the book Wed Wabbit I was quite disappointed because I believed it would be boring and way too young for me to enjoy it, however after givi . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Kieron
I loved the way that all the "Wimbley Woos" ALWAYS speak in rhyme! I also like the way that Lissa Evans linked the real world to where Fidge and Graha . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Annie
I hate this book. This book is stupid. There are lots of things wrong with it, including the title. No, this book doesn't deceive you, it's a book for . . .
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The Hate U Give by Kieron
I think that the story line was great, but Angie Thomas needs to cut down with the swearing. . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Joshua
I believe this book was humourous and entertaining with you clearly being able to see the character development. The ideas of this show that you can c . . .
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After the Fire by Elise
Wow. This was an amazing book. The rate of information released was perfect, and even when not much was happening I was riveted. I've accumulated a . . .
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Where the World Ends by Joshua
This book was captivating and very descriptive; the story was amazing and you could really feel the rage. The author uses characters extremely well an . . .
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Where the World Ends by Joseph
I really liked this book and although I am awful for correcting grammar, I just about managed to put that aside - it was in Scots dialect after all! . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mitchell
This is quite a good book, but can get on your nerves at the start as the letter 'R' is portrayed by the letter 'W'. The book is also quite weird as i . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Joseph
I absolutely LOVED this book!!! It played fantastically on the stereotypical child's mind's-eye. The links between the beginning of the story (in th . . .
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Saint Death by Emily W
While this book isn't my favourite, that's not to say it isn't good. I loved the way the author mixed a different language (even though I was on Googl . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Elise
This book was much like Lauren Wolk's other title in last years Carnegie: 'Wolf Hollow'. It built more tension in the prologue than in the rest of the . . .
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Hampton College
Peterborough,
Stanground Academy
Peterborough,
Which book will win?

The Hate U Give
17% (233 votes)

Wed Wabbit
27% (376 votes)

Where the World Ends
3% (36 votes)

After the Fire
22% (300 votes)

Release
5% (67 votes)

Rook
7% (95 votes)

Saint Death
14% (189 votes)

Beyond the Bright Sea
5% (66 votes)

 
Title: His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights
Author: Philip Pullman
Winning Year: 1995

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon are determined to find him. Their quest leads to the North, where armoured bears rule the ice, witches fly through frozen skies and scientists are conducting experiments too horrible to speak about.