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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 Bone Sparrow by Rosie
I hope this book wins the award as it warmed and put sorrow into my heart.The warming was from Jimmie who came and cheered up the boy in a detention c . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Isabel
I expected to love this book, to find everything about it brilliant... I was left very disappointed. I do not hate many books, but I could feel my blo . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Liv
in this day and age, it is very easy for authors to craft what they think is an 'award winning story' based on the trends of the time. i can clearly r . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Abi
I read most of this book but found it really hard to get into it at first and didn't really enjoy it that much. I don't think this book should win. I . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily H
This book is amazing. Beautifully written. It has wonderful characters. I have always loved reading, but i never knew that i could love this book so m . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily A
I have just finished "The Bone Sparrow" by Zana Fraillon. "The Bone Sparrow" is about refugees that live in camp in tents. The idea of the book didn't . . .
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Railhead by Morgan
I enjoyed the first couple of pages, but after that I didn't understand any of it. This isn't the type of book I would ready and I didn't enjoy it. Ot . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rory
'The Bone Sparrow' is a very good book and I enjoyed it a lot. My friend hasn't read it and I think he is missing out on a great book. I liked all of . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amelia
I found that I had to try really hard to not put the book down as I just didnt connect to any characters and my favourite part of the book was when he . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ocean H
I loved this book. So much so I might vote for it!! It has a great story plot and I loved the character. I loved that it's not too deep, but still def . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Azura
I liked this book, but I was unable to remember what happened on the pages where Alice spoke and I ended up reading over the page a lot until I unders . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amy
At first, I didn't enjoy the book because I didn't like the lack of capital letters. Once I had read the first couple of chapters, I felt for Alice. I . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Liv
Yet another important issue was highlighted in 'The Bone Sparrow', the story line left me feeling guilty that I was not aware that such an injustice w . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emily W
I tried to read this and gave up not even half way through because I actually hated it so much. I didn't hate the plot or characters or anything I jus . . .
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Railhead by Abi
I didn't finish the book. I don't particularly like sci-fi books. I definitely don't consider this as one of my favourites. I don't think this is a wi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Azura
I unfortunately didn't finish this book and wasn't able to get into the book and connect to the characters. I did think it was odd how there was a ho . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Alfredo
I really enjoyed reading 'The Bone Sparrow'. I especially enjoyed how the story related to life and shows the treatment of people in refugee camps. It . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily W
I thought that I would like this book but I didn't. The format was good, and the story was technically good, but because the characters were not writt . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amy
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the others. My favorite character was the rubber duck. When I was reading the book, I had to keep stopping to . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Morgan
I really enjoyed reading this book, it made me feel quite sorry for the characters. I started to panic because you didn't know if they were going to s . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amy
I loved this book because I connected with all the characters. This book met all of my criteria: it made me cry and I thought about the situation that . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Morgan
I didn't really enjoy reading this book, I liked the first 20 pages, but after that I didn't understand it. It kept talking the rubber duck, but I did . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Thomas
I didn't seem to enjoy this book as much. I didn't hate it but I didn't seem to connect emotionally with the characters. I didn't feel sympathy for th . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily S
This book isn't a story but a wake up call to everyone reading it. Though it's not a true story the detention centres are very much real and though it . . .
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Railhead by Elise
I never got to finish 'Railhead' as it truly bored me! I gave it around 10 chapters for something to happen and it didn't! Some minor things got slipp . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Elise
Oh my goodness. 'The Bone Sparrow' - where to start? So far all the Carnegie books (well the ones that I've read, Sputnik is probably an exception) . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Nathan
'Salt to the Sea' has that way of writing that you feel that it's really happening even a week later. It is very moving and the empathy is very high. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Abi
First off I love the bird in the corner, but overall I like the idea of the book and it really makes me think about what is really happening in the wo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Isabel
'Salt to the Sea' is one of the rare books that you are hanging onto every word and emotionally connect with the characters on a whole different level . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Nathan
This book was meant to be a tragic and emotional story, but it was not until the end when I really felt emotion for the characters, and it wasn't unti . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Matthew
'Salt to the Sea' by Ruta Sepetys is a book of true emotion and a most amazing book. The story is set in Europe at the time of World War II and shows . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Nathan
This book is different to many books, in how it's written and what the storyline is about. In how people live quite an ordinary life, yet make it into . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amelia
This was my favourite book as it made me not want to put the book down and I felt very concerned about the characters and it made me very emotional. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Amelia
I didn't finish the book, but I got halfway through and really enjoyed the bit I read. I did not get the part about the whale though. . . .
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Railhead by Nathan
I think we all agree that 'Railhead' is strongly science fiction, based in a universe of suprises. Some of the characters and settings are quite uniqu . . .
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Railhead by Matthew
The science-fiction book 'Railhead' by Philip Reeve is an excellent and thoroughly intriguing book. It is futuristic and very descriptive. At first, i . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Annie
At the start of the book it was a bit slow, you didn't know where it all fitted in with each of the characters, and it just talked about how they want . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Liv
So far the Carnegie awards have introduced us to parts of history that are lesser know to many people, 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' was no dif . . .
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Railhead by Abi
I really hated this book because I found it really difficult to connect with the characters. The layout of the book made it much more difficult to rea . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Emily W
'The Smell of Other People's Houses' had a brilliant plot but was very badly written. Above all, it was underplayed. The events that happened (Ruth's . . .
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Railhead by Abi
I really hated this book because I found it really difficult to connect with the characters. The layout of the book made it much more difficult to rea . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Elise
A truly beautiful book is hard to find. You need emotion but happiness; issues of our time written subtly so as not to swamp readers; characters that . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Elise
A truly beautiful book is hard to find. You need emotion but happiness; issues of our time written subtly so as not to swamp readers; characters that . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily A
I have just read "The Stars at Oktober Bend" and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The way it was written is very mature in a way that draws in the reader . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Thomas
I did not enjoy this book. The story line and topic didn't appeal to me and I didn't see the message it was trying to get across. I know that teenage . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Thomas
This book had such a moving story line. It is very difficult to be able to write a book aimed at teenagers that has such a terrible incident involved. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily S
This book is unlike any I've ever read before and I really like it. The characters are written in a way that gives the reader a real deep connection t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Hope
I really enjoyed reading 'The Stars at Oktober Bend'. I felt that the book touched on a topic that not many authors dare to do and for this reason I f . . .
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Railhead by Emily S
Philip Reeve unquestionably has an amazing imagination. The world he has created in 'Railhead' is unlike any I have ever read about before and that is . . .
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Railhead by Carissa
Railhead is AMAZING! It is a great book to read, anytime, anywhere. And although it's a bit slow at the beginning, the end will get you screaming for . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emily S
This book explores some deep issues in how we can perceive others. It shows how harmful other people's prejudices can be, even to the point of harm co . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Emily A
I have just finished "The Smell of Other People's Houses" by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. The story line was quite good however I felt that everything was ve . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hope
I recently read 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I felt that the book lacked excitement and the quick change of character . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Morgan
I really enjoyed reading 'Wolf Hollow', I thought the story line was great! The description was incredible. My favourite character was Annebelle, she . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Annie
I really enjoyed reading 'Salt to the Sea' because it's a really good book, and it shows you different peoples' opinions and point of views. I liked a . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Emily S
This book starts like 'Salt to the Sea' with four people so far apart it is hard to see how they will ever come together. As the story progresses the . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Alfredo
The story line was great, unfortunately it wasn't written in the best way. In parts it went into a lot of detail while in others it was lacking in det . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Azura
Now this story was fantastic, I love history books and that's probably why I liked it so much. At first I found it confusing trying to realise which c . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Azura
During this book I feel like I never connected to any of the characters. I didn't really enjoy this book because: the first line never met up to the e . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Nathan
'The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.' Wolf Hollow starts with a phrase that makes you think from the start that in some way, lying justifi . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Elise
'The Smell of Other People's Houses' could have been a fantastic book. It could have won this and many other awards quite easily, as it had an intrigu . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ocean H
I did not like this book at all. I just couldn't get into it. To me and probably a few others it was quite boring. It was not very dramatic at all it . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Azura
This book is amazing. At first I thought it would be boring but when I found one secret from one of the characters it made me curious and more intrigu . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily H
'Salt to the Sea' is one of the saddest books that I have ever read. However after reading it, it became my favorite book and Ruta Sepetys is now my f . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Emily S
This book is almost a polar opposite to 'Salt to the Sea' whilst the latter focuses more on darker topics 'Sputnik' is very silly whilst maintaining a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ruby
Personally, I think this book was interesting, however the character Alfred,annoyed me as he should give people privacy and it is rude to stalk people . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily A
I have read "Salt in the Sea" and I really like it. The language the author(Ruta Sepetys) uses really captures the horrors that happened during World . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Hope
I have read Ruta Sepetys' 'Salt to the sea'. I finished the book within a week and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading about the Wilhelm Gustlo . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ocean H
I think this is a GREAT book. How they incorporated information from the real life historical event into the book was really special. Some parts are r . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Thomas
I really enjoyed reading this book. It shone light on an incident that was severe and serious, but that was never talked or learnt about. I liked the . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amelia
I quite enjoyed reading 'Salt to the Sea' as it had great descriptions and imagery. I like how every chapter was written through the character's persp . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emily S
This book was unlike any other historical fiction I've ever read, in that it was written from various people's points of view. Having read other books . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Matthew
'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a hilarious book filled with imagination and creativity. Do you like books that make you . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Nathan
This science fiction book is a great book for someone to read if they love humour. Even better if they love stories that are completely random. I like . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Elise
This was an amazing book that will stay with me for a long time. It was the first of the nominated titles I've read and if all the books are this good . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Abi
First things first, I would like to say how funny this book is; the structure of the book is planned out very well. I felt like the characters were cl . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Carissa
I found this book very funny and enjoyable to read. I couldn't put it down for long. Prez and Sputnik are great friends and work together well and S . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Azura
First thing I would love to say is that reading this book has been such a pleasure. I found that I had connected to Prez and knew what he was going th . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Morgan
I really enjoyed reading this book, I liked how Sputnik was fascinated by normal human things. I really liked the storyline of how Prez and his Granda . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Rosie
This book was brilliant, random and thrilling to read. I enjoyed all of the book, including the illustrations which had just the right amount of them. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Liv
I had forgotten what it felt like to eat a story, to devour every page. Reading Ruta Sepetys' 'Salt to the Sea' was a hauntingly beautiful read that I . . .
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Hampton College
Peterborough,
Stanground Academy
Peterborough,
Which is your favourite so far?

Railhead
3% (1 vote)

Salt to the Sea
41% (13 votes)

The Bone Sparrow
47% (15 votes)

The Stars at Oktober Bend
9% (3 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.