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Lancaster Royal Grammar School
Lancaster,
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Our challenge to 9G - read as many books as you can from the shortlist. We will then have a discussion and you will vote for the book you think is the best.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Daniel
Beyond the Bright Sea Right from the start, ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ captivated and delighted me. I thought the way in which the personalities of th . . .
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The Hate U Give by Peter
THUG was a book of racism and segregation. Starr is a resident of Garden Heights, a black neighbourhood. She witnesses a murder of her best friend at . . .
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Where the World Ends by Jack
This is a book about a bird called Quill who gets sent to an island with his team to find new birds and eggs. The birds on the island were forgotten a . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Harry
'Saint Death' is a book based on the life people have to live on the Mexico/USA border. It shows Arturo make ends meet until his old friend Faustino a . . .
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After the Fire by Wong
This book talks about the themes such as survival, family and control. It is an abosolute thriller and it is a girl. I liked it as he story is split i . . .
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Saint Death by Joel
DEATH.One boys journey to break the cycle of poverty and violence in Anapra,Mexico. This book is fast paced and also improves your Spanish at he same . . .
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Release by Varun
"Release" by Patrick Ness is an interestingly written book which is quite fast paced. However, I felt that the plot was very complicating. It wasn't a . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Alex
I didn’t enjoy this book as it was really patronizing and confusing. It felt as if it had been written for an audience of six year olds by a four yea . . .
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Release by Roan
I found ‘Release’ to be quite an interesting book as it was completely different to what I normally read however after I don’t believe this book lived . . .
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Saint Death by Daniel
Saint Death As with ‘Release’, my thoughts on this book are still conflicted. The style of writing was incredible – the description at times both h . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Josh
Beyond the Bright Sea is a book that tells the story of a young girl trying to find what happened to her in the past. Despite having a good concept, t . . .
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Rook by Josh
Rook was a short but sweet book that I enjoyed. The story involves a short segment of a teenage boy’s life where he finds a dying rook. The book is re . . .
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The Hate U Give by William
Starr Carter is a black girl, trying to get through life in an impoverished neighbourhood, while attending a private school in a white neighbourhood. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Samuel
"Beyond the Bright Sea", by Lauren Wolk, is about the discovery of Crow's parents. Crow is a twelve-year-old child, named after the bird for her intel . . .
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Where the World Ends by Sam
This book is about Quill and a group of boys who have been sent out to an island to collect harvest birds and eggs. Only they are forgotten about and . . .
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Saint Death by Tom
Saint Death was alright because of how it showed real world problems going on around the world; based on the Mexican-American border. But I personally . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Varun
The only thing I really liked about this book is the overall idea for the story. However, it wasn't conveyed very well and this made it feel as though . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Wong
There are very close relationships between characters and they work hard to find where did Crow actually come from and who her real dad and mum are. T . . .
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Release by Peter
Release was a book that not many people in my class liked due to the main character being LGBT but I found this only making the story more compelling. . . .
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After the Fire by Sam
This book is based around a siege in Waco, Texas and takes us into the accounts of brain-washing cults. Moonbeam, who has lived there all her life, is . . .
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Rook by Varun
This book is amazing. I love how it talks about problems which children at Nikky's age might face. I also love the characters and how their relationsh . . .
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Where the World Ends by Tom
Where the World Ends for me started off a little slow and didn’t really pull me in but as I got further in I was sucked into a great book. The fact it . . .
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After the Fire by Josh
After the Fire is a fantastic book that I really enjoyed. It is the story of a teenage girl retelling the traumatic story of her past. This story hold . . .
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Saint Death by Alex
This book explores what life is like for the people living in the slums of Mexico. The main problem is that the plot is a bit convoluted and the messa . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Daniel Goody
Wed Wabbit As a children’s book, I thoroughly enjoyed Wed Wabbit. I thought the plot itself was both excellent and unusual, and had me captivated fro . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Luke
"Beyond the Bright Sea" is an amazing book where a young girl washes up upon an island as a baby with only a few cryptic clues alluding to her origin. . . .
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After the Fire by Seb
I really enjoyed After the Fire. It is about a girl called Moonbeam who is in a group called the lord legion. However, a fire happens and the governme . . .
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Where the World Ends by Seb
Where the World Ends is a decent book that is about people in a survival situation. For example, a religious group forms to try and pray for their sa . . .
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The Hate U Give by Samuel
"The Hate U Give", by Angie Thomas, strikes deep at the heart of the injustice of the American Police System, and how it is weighed against black peop . . .
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Saint Death by Samuel
A tale of human struggle and sacrifice, "Saint Death", by Marcus Sedgwick, is an incredibly moving book set to the South of the America-Mexican border . . .
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Release by William
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, an upsetting incident at . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Jacob
Overall, this well acclaimed novel by Lissa Evans was (in my opinion) very tedious throughout. I must acknowledge the powerful messages Lissa has trie . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Harry
When 10-year-old Fidge is sucked into a different world, she later realises it is her little sister's imagination. She has to solve many puzzles to fi . . .
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Rook by Jacob
Yet another spectacular novel written by Anthony McGowan, Rook is a story about a teenage boy and his struggles in life. I thought it was well written . . .
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Wed Wabbit by James
Wed Wabbit, for me, is my least favourite Carnegie book that I have read so far. Not only because of the boring and silly content but because of the w . . .
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The Hate U Give by Finlay
I think ‘The Hate U Give’ really appeals to a teenage audience. This book relates to the reader and it starts out at a big party and has a modern aspe . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Sam
‘Web Wabbit’ follows the story of two sisters and their cousin Graham who have become attached in a magical world, ‘The Wimberley Woo’. Only Fidge can . . .
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Rook by Peter
Rook was a brilliant book full of twists and turns that always caught me by surprise. It tells of two brothers who try to help a injured rook. Nicky h . . .
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Where the World Ends by Jacob
Yet another fantastically acclaimed novel by Geraldine McCaughrean which, in my opinion is one of the best fiction books I’ve ever read. The true stor . . .
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Saint Death by Jack
I have just read Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick. In this book there were two best friends, Faustino and Arturo. Faustino owes £1000 and can’t find a w . . .
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After the Fire by Varun
"After the Fire" is a fantastic book filled with amazing twists and turns. The main character, Moonbeam, has a mysterious past which leaves her scarre . . .
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After the Fire by William
You are in the middle of a battle, of a fire. The Government is involved. The narrator’s family are under attack, and she has to save the children. Ne . . .
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Rook by Tom
I think Rook was a brilliant book as it suited our age group and was really relatable to real life. The fact it was about a kid being bullied by older . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Tom
I personnely didn’t really enjoy Wed Wabbit at first as it started out quite childish. But as I got into it improved. Getting funnier the more it went . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Matthew
'Beyond the Bright Sea' is a great book full of mysteries. Lauren Wolk is an amazing author and she throws in many twists and turns into the book. Cro . . .
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Where the World Ends by Luke
"Where the World Ends" is a book based on a true story where a group of fowlers go to the Warrior Stac to hunt birds, but no-one comes to take them ba . . .
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Saint Death by Peter
Saint death was a engaging book of friends and family. It tells of a young man named Aruto who is trying to save his friend. Drugs, Guns and Gambling . . .
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Rook by William
When Nicky and his learning-disabled brother Kenny come across a rook being attacked by a sparrowhawk, they chase off the predator and rescue the rook . . .
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Saint Death by Edward
I think that Saint Death is a very realistic book that shows the real life in Mexico. It does this by following the horrific life of Arturo. He does n . . .
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Where the World Ends by Tyron
'Where The World Ends'. Is a brilliant book about a bunch a lads who get stranded on one of the stacs of St Kilda when the boat to collect them failed . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Jack
I read this book and I wasn’t too impressed. Fidge has a sister called Minnie and Minnie has her favourite toy, Wed Wabbit. Fidge got annoyed and kick . . .
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After the Fire by Alex
After the fire is an interesting book which explores the effect of radical religious beliefs on young children and how it effects them in the future o . . .
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Rook by Joel
After two boys Nicky and his disabled brother Kenny find rescue a Rook, Kenny decides to nurse it while Nicky doubts the bird will make it and is con . . .
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Release by Joel
Another stunner by Patrick Ness as he explores the theme of teenage sexuality and the toughness of coming out. Adam Thorn the son of a small towns . . .
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The Hate U Give by Joel
T.H.U.G Powerful and enticing book by Angie Thomas based on an increasing epidemic of black hate crime. Who is responsible for the death of 'drugde . . .
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After the Fire by Harry
Personally, I think After the Fire was a gripping read and I love how Will Hill has merged the events of before the fire and after it. Moonbeam is a v . . .
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Rook by Roan
Rook is a story about a boy called Nicky who when out walking with his brother finds a half dead Rook lying on the ground and takes it as there own ho . . .
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Where the World Ends by Roan
Where the World Ends is a book a about a group of boys who set off on trip to search for birds on a small rock island. It is a very interesting book t . . .
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Release by Angus
This story is very wierd as it has two story lines and they dont quite match each other. Secondly, the book is full of stuff that I think people at ou . . .
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Rook by Sam
Rook is a book about a teenage boy, Nicky, who manages to save the life of a young bird that was brutally attacked by a hawk. Nicky’s disabled brother . . .
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Saint Death by Sam
Saint Death is a book set on the US-Mexican border. Arturo and his best friend, Faustino, seek to escape the violence and conflict deep within the cit . . .
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Rook by Angus
I find this book quite interesting as it has the criteria of romance, care and generally some humour. This book tells us how a bird can bond the fami . . .
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Rook by ?
I find this book quite interesting as it has the criteria of romance, care and generally some humour. This book tells us how a bird can bond the fami . . .
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Rook by Jack
Rook is a great book. In this story there are two brothers, a disabled one called Kenny and the other, Nicky. One day the two brothers were walking th . . .
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Rook by James
Rook, for me, is the definition of “Short and sweet”. This book follows two brothers ( Kenny and Nicky) who lead different lives and have different pr . . .
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Where the World Ends by Josh
Where the world ends is a non-fiction book adapted as a story. The Author did amazingly at setting the scene of the story and really focusing on the h . . .
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Wed Wabbit by ?
Wed Wabbit starts off in the life of the average eight year old but after a horrible accident things start to go wrong. A classic start to a wonderful . . .
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After the Fire by James
After the fire is a brilliant book with a very interesting format. It tells the story of Moonbeam ( a 17 year old girl who has spent her life in a Chr . . .
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Rook by Samuel
"Rook", by Anthony McGowan, starts off a bit dull, and most of the writing is condensed into small bite-able chunks that do not sufficiently explain t . . .
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Where the World Ends by Samuel
"Where the World Ends", by Geraldine McCaughrean, is a strong book detailing the adventures and mishaps of an 18th-Century foraging party stuck on the . . .
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After the Fire by Samuel
Wow. "After the Fire", by Will Hill, is a very well-written novel that covers the emotional impact of your world falling down as the USA government de . . .
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Release by Samuel
"Release", by Patrick Ness, has two plots that appear parallel until the last chapter. The first focuses on a teenage boy named Adam, who, along with . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Samuel
"Wed Wabbit", by Lissa Evans, is comedic story set within the world of the Wimbley Woos, rhyming characters designed for young children. Watch as Fidg . . .
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Saint Death by Roan
I Personally thought Saint Death was a good read although it did have it's weaknesses. I enjoyed how this book kept on a constant rollercoaster with y . . .
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After the Fire by Peter
"After The Fire" was a fast paced book with the reader jumping from past to present. The main story follows a 17 year old girl recovering from a horri . . .
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Saint Death by Luke
"Saint Death" is a book set on the Mexico-USA border where the protagonist must risk his own life to get his friend across. The book gives an amazing . . .
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Where the World Ends by William
Every time a boy went to the St Kilda stacs, he came home less of a boy but more of a man. If was able to make it home. In the summer of 1727, a bunch . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Mrs Denwood
Another hugely enjoyable read from Lauren Wolk, who was shortlisted for 'Wolf Hollow' last year. I enjoyed that but this is even better. It's a beauti . . .
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Release by Mrs Denwood
As a huge fan of Patrick Ness' 'Chaos Walking' trilogy I was looking forward to reading 'Release' but I was disappointed. Adam is a boy with problems; . . .
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Rook by Matthew
‘Rook’ is an amazing book with a fantastic storyline. Two brothers, Nicky and Kenny, find a rook that is slowly dying while they are out on a walk wit . . .
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Rook by Luke
"Rook" is a fairly short book which can be read quickly, but that does not hinder the writer from creating an amazing book. In the book, a boy and his . . .
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Release by Sam
I think ‘Release’ by Patrick Ness was well written and the characters were thoroughly developed. I believe the writing is rather poetic which enables . . .
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Release by Daniel
Having completed the book ‘Release’, my opinion on it remains conflicted. I thought the way the book was written was excellent - the plot was captivat . . .
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Where the World Ends by Peter
"Where The World Ends" was a fascinating book based on a true story. It captures the power of loneliness with engaging narrative and developed charact . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Josh
Wed Wabbit has a fun and interesting storyline that I personally enjoy. It really focuses on one big plot instead of lots of smaller ones, something I . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Peter
While I was reading "Wed wabbit" I found myself thinking that the book was written for people younger than me. The plot goes as follows; every night F . . .
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Where the World Ends by Alexander
‘Where The World Ends’ has an interesting story that explores the relationship between friends when society’s rules no longer matter. Some of the char . . .
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Rook by Daniel
I found ‘Rook’ a both exciting and captivating story. I don’t usually like short books, as I often find it hard to form a connection with the characte . . .
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Saint Death by William
Arturo, who is the main character. Must gamble not just for money, but for himself. All because he can save his friend’s freedom. They are on the boar . . .
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Where the World Ends by Varun
"Where the world ends" is a brilliant book set on a sea stac in St Kilda. Based on a true story, this book is very exciting. I love how the characters . . .
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Release by Luke
"Release" is a book by Patrick Ness. In the story, the protagonist, Adam, comes to terms with his family, friends, future and emotions as the ghost of . . .
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After the Fire by Luke
"After the fire" is a book by Will Hill. The main character, Moonbeam has been rescued from "the base" which was her home for her entire life. She re . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Luke
“Wed Wabbit” is a book by Lissa Evans. After a twagic incident in her family, Fidge is sucked into her younger sister’s book with her weally annoying . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Harry
I think Beyond the Bright Sea is a gripping book start to finish, the writing throughout is incredibly descriptive and it is a thrilling read. I love . . .
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Saint Death by Mrs Denwood
I'm a fan of Marcus Sedgwick. He's not one of those writers of series where every book is virtually the same. The Mexican setting of this book was int . . .
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Rook by Mrs Denwood
A touching and beautifully written short novel by the brilliant Anthony McGowan, author of the 'The Knife that Killed Me' and 'Henry Tumour'. The ope . . .
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Where the World Ends by Mrs Denwood
This is absolutely my favourite so far. I liked the idea of it and have always been interested in the idea of existing on the fringes of a civilisatio . . .
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After the Fire by Mrs Denwood
'After the Fire' did bring to life the reality of being trapped in a cult and it is loosely based on events in Waco, Texas, in 1993. It was a good rea . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mrs Denwood
Books involving fantasy and magic usually leave me cold and I loathed both 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Wizard of Oz'. I enjoyed the first few chapt . . .
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The Hate U Give by Rayan
THE HATE U GIVE IS A BOOK WRITTEN FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A TEENAGE GIRL CALLED STARR.THE LANGUAGE USED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK POSSIBLY APPEALS TO TEENAG . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by William
Crow was washed up on an island, with only a birthmark, a ruby ring and a soaked letter. She is raised by Osh, a young gentle man, who protects and lo . . .
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Saint Death by Varun
"Saint Death" is an action thriller book set on the US-Mexican border. This book is action packed yet and quite exciting. The story is fairly interest . . .
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Saint Death by Josh
Saint Death is a book that has an interesting storyline and is well-written. However, the book contains little character development, and is cluttered . . .
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Wed Wabbit by William
This is a story going from hate to love. A slightly surreal story but has sorrow and heart. Lissa Evans is a very clever writer. There are so many lit . . .
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Release by Josh
Release is a well-written book that has two different storylines that link at the end. Patrick Ness did a fantastic job at linking storylines of diffe . . .
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Rook by Edward
Rook is a short story about the struggles of life of a teenage called Nicky. Having a crush on his bully's sister proves bad for him and leads him dow . . .
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Ripley St Thomas C E Academy
Lancaster,
Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
Lancaster,
Do you think that the book voted for by the reviewers should win, rather than the one chosen by adult librarians?

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Title: Monsters of Men
Author: Patrick Ness
Winning Year: 2011

The third and final volume in the "Chaos Walking Trilogy" finds three armies marching on New Prentisstown, each intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle with no chance of escape or, it seems, of stopping the fighting. But
 

 
 

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written several young adult novels, including Hellbent, Henry Tumour, which won the Book Trust Teenage Prize in 2006, and The Knife That Killed Me which was adapted into a highly acclaimed f . .