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Wolf Hollow by Eleanor
Wolf Hollow is a great book it is about a girl called Annabelle who discovers her life is about to change when Bettie moves to town. I would recommend . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ivy
Wolf Hollow is a book about about a girl who lives on a farm and goes to a small school, soon in the book a new girl arrives at her school and changes . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Iona Briody
Salt To The Sea is a beautiful story that explores a wide variation of genres including : adventure, romance, mild horror and history. It is about a g . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Archie
I found the characters a bit strange. Firstly you had Prez who almost never talked throughout the duration of the book. Then you had Sputnik, a crazy- . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Daisy P
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a gripping book about a girl who suffers a terrible accident and is trying to go through her life. But with a gran stuck . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlotte
I think that The Bone Sparrow is a thrilling read but it can sometimes be quite dismal and sad at times. Despite this, it was a heart moving novel tha . . .
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Railhead by Enya
I absolutely loved this book, even though I hate sci-fi. At the beginning I thought that I would struggle to read it without giving up, but after the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Xantia
Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth is incredibly funny and is bound to make you want to read on. the character of Sputnik is mischievous and a little bit . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ivy
The Bone Sparrow is a heart-warming book about a boy who lives in a detention centre, where nobody is treated fairly. I think that it's a great book t . . .
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Railhead by James
It is an amazing book taking you on a thrilling journey. It is inventive and has another story hiding near the end. . . .
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Railhead by Eleanor
Railhead is a good book it is sci-fi and is about a boy called Zen he is a thief and rides the trains through the K-gates but when he meets a man call . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Jack Paul
Great book with a unique style and storyline with intriguing characters and setting. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Archie
I found the book a little stale. The plot moved too fast for me to fully understand and enjoy it. Probably my least favorite from the list. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Imogen
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is about a young boy that makes an unlikely friendship, he unites with an alien to save the world. I thought that . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Florence
This book was OK. It had charm and characters you can relate to. The communication between all the characters was a bit unbelievable because the boy i . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Archie
Great plot, kept me reading throughout the whole book. From Betty's evilness to Annabelle's kindness, the characters kept the story moving and interes . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Matt
This is an interesting book that you can not predict what happen next. It is well written and very imaginative. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Caitlin
I feel that Sputnik was very easy to get into and was easy to understand. Although it was simplistic ,the moral of the story was inspiring and also sl . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ruby
The Smell Of Other Peoples Houses is a book about four people who all have different paths in life. The book is very deep and has a very realistic sto . . .
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Railhead by Daisy P-W
I really liked Railhead, and thought it was very interesting. At first I thought it was quite hard to get into but after a while I couldn't put it dow . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ciaran
I really liked it because it had a engaging story line and made you really understand the character's points of view. . . .
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Railhead by Daisy P
Railhead is an amazing book written in a wide universe full of fear and trains, the book is quite slow to start with but it definitely is a fast paced . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Charlotte
I found this book a beautiful read with lots of twists and turns placed in a creative yet cunning way. As soon as I got into this book, it gripped me . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Enya
I really enjoyed reading this book, I became very attached to the characters and couldn't put the book down. At the start the story-line was confusing . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jessica
I really liked this book because it was full of surprising little tweaks and twists in the story line, yet it was believable at the same time. If I h . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Florence
This is a very lovely book. The characters are very believable and the story will make you cry. I liked the fact that the main character was just a li . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Eleanor
The Smell of Other People's Houses is another really good book with 4 narrators who each tell the story of their lives that get entangled with one ano . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Enya
I enjoyed reading this book as it was quite funny and I loved the characters, they led different lifestyles but were somehow very similar. However I f . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Eleanor
The Bone Sparrow is a really good book it is about a boy called Subhi in a detention centre who meets a girl called Jimmie from outside the fence who . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Matt
It was a good book most of the time but sometimes it was slightly boring. It is unique and imaginative. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Charlotte
I found this book enjoyable to read, though I found the plot quite confusing, seeing as there are quite a few different characters doing different thi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Caitlin Atkins
The plot and setting of this book are amazing even outstanding. The characters were not as great but I very much enjoyed it. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Eleanor
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a good book it is funny but also has a hint of serious action. Although it is good, it is for younger readers. Spu . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Caitlin Atkins
Wolf Hollow is very realistic and I could imagine this happening to anyone. I feel that some parts, you need to look at twice to really understand. It . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ciaran
It was good and funny at points however not all the time. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ivy
The Smell of Other People's Houses is a slow-paced book with a great ending. The start is very hard to get into and the style of the book isn't great, . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ethan
The book is set in WW2 and is about tough love and has a message to not believe every thing you hear. Over all it is a good book and I would recommen . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Charlotte House
I thought that Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was funny and interesting.I really enjoyed all the adventures that Sputnik and Prez have together and . . .
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Railhead by Ella
This book was very hard to get into and even then when you get into it, it was very hard to get your head around. I wouldn't recommend this book to an . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Megan
I think Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a fairly average, if not bad, book. The book lacks any sort of tension, even thought there is the threat . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Anna
Salt to the Sea was very engaging and action packed throughout. I loved the characters who were extremely believable and described in great detail. Th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Charlotte house
I thought that Salt to the Sea was quite tragic and memorable. The four characters Joana, Florian, Alfred and Emilia are trapped in wartime Germany ea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Enya
Although it was a bit young for me, I thought this book had an interesting and unique plot, and was extremely funny in some places. However, I thought . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Elisabete
Salt to the Sea was extremely engaging and eventful. I liked the way the story was set out with the different perspectives although I found it confusi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Daisy P
The Bone Sparrow is a moving story that is all about finding hope and a duck. The story is centered around Subhi and Jinnie, both are very different . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Daisy P-W
I thought The Smell of Other People's Houses was very good but quite odd in some places. Thought it was memorable, gripping and unique. I liked the fa . . .
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Railhead by Charlotte
Railhead was a good read but quite hard to get your head around. It is a different, unique, futuristic book that was very gripping. The main character . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Imogen
Wolf hollow was a very captivating book, the story developed well and the characters were easy to like. The book is a about a young girl called Ann . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Matt
This is a strange book and takes a while to get in to. When you get into it, it is very well written but could do with more events. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Florence
I really love this book because it has a great plot. I love how it is based on true facts and the characters are very believable. It has lots of twist . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Eleanor
Salt to the Sea is a great book that is based on real life events. It is written from the perspective of 4 people who tell their side of the story. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daisy P
I really enjoyed reading Wolf Hollow, it shines an often unseen light on people with PTSD and the effect of lies and deceit. I really enjoyed the vari . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jack
A novel that makes you want to turn every page until the end. An interesting setting in Pennsylvania near a hill full of dead wolves-unique. An easy r . . .
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Railhead by Jessica Watson
Railhead is a unique, fast-paced, and futuristic book full of surprise and adventure. The main character is called Zen and he is simply a petty thief . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ethan
The Bone Sparrow is a sad and happy book all in one and I would recommend it. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Eleanor
The stars at oktober bend is a great book that draws you into it. The main character is called Alice she is different to normal people but her brother . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ruben
This mind boggling unique book has a amazing storyline but isn't for the lighthearted . It is a great book and I would definitely read it again . . . .
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Wolf Hollow by James
Great book. It is highly mysterious and disturbing. Amazing description and detail on characters and settings. The story is built up slowly and is inc . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Caitlin
My three words to describe this book would have to be shocking,true,unsuspecting.I loved this book and would read it another 100 times.It gives you a . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ms M
Wolf Hollow is an atmospheric book that I enjoyed immensely from start to finish. This coming of age story is rich in character and setting. Annabel . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ms M
This book is a slow burner. It gathers pace as it goes and only really started to grip me in the second half once all the characters had been establi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ms M
This is a beautifully written book that shocked me, made me laugh and made me cry. Writing from multiple viewpoints is an effective way of exploring . . .
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Railhead by Ms M
It took a good few chapters before I started enjoying this novel. Reeve creates a fascinating world in this science fiction story but I wonder if he . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ms M
The Bone Sparrow certainly lived up to its blurb. I found myself thoroughly absorbed in Subhi's story and moved that such a small boy is made to grow . . .
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Railhead by Ivy
Railhead is an exciting novel about a boy called Zen Starling who lives in a sci-fi universe full of imagination. During the novel unlikely friends ar . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Charlotte House
I think The Bone Sparrow is moving and gripping from the very beginning. The main character, Subhi is a refugee at an immigration detention centre whe . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Charlotte House
I really enjoyed The Stars at Oktober Bend I found it engaging and exciting. The story is about Alice who suffers from twelveness and Manny who has te . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jessica Watson
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a very slow paced book that takes a while to get going but is quite good when it does. It is about Alice, a girl with cr . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Megan
I think The Smell of Other People's Houses is an okay book. It is from the point of view of four different people and is split into the four seasons a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Matt
This book is very well written. It uses facts which makes it informative which is fascinating. As well as being informative it is written from four v . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Elisabete
Wolf Hollow was a very enticing book. The plot had many twist and turns throughout the book so it kept me interested the whole way through. The style . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Charlotte
Salt to the Sea was an amazing story. It was well constructed and it used very good characterization and style. I especially liked how the story built . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Anna
Overall, I think that Wolf Hollow was an enjoyable book. The style of the book was successful in conveying what life was like at the time it was writt . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Maisie
I found it quite confusing, but I liked how they all met each other. It had multiple points of view, so it was hard to catch up with all of their live . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amber
The Bone sparrow was a well constructed story with twists and turns. I thought it was very good that there was a story inside the story, it brought th . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Xantia
The Bone Sparrow is set in a refugee camp and the outside world around it. There are many characters but the main ones are Subhi, a refugee who was bo . . .
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Railhead by Charlotte House
I thought that Railhead was a bit confusing because there are lots of names and places to remember but the glossary really helps.I still really enjoye . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Enya
I absolutely loved the book, especially the change of narrator and the fact that it was based on a true story. Although it was very sad it also made m . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Florence
It's well constructed with a good historic style to it, the characters are very believable although they are described quite vaguely. The ending has a . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Daisy P-W
I thought that Wolf Hollow was easy to get into and enjoyable. I liked that way that it kept switching time, and explaining more as you got more int . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Jack
A unique book with fun characters, quite a funny book for younger readers(9-10 YEAR OLDS). The novel also deals with serious problems in a happy way. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ruben
It had serious facts in a funny way. It was a really immersive book and that made me keep reading. The characters were well designed and were really u . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Ethan
The book is very funny and is set in Scotland which is an unusual but interesting place to set a book. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by James
It is a great imaginative book with illustrations just when it needs them and it talks about something serious in a funny way. Great mix. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Caitlin Atkins
The Stars at Oktober Bend was a very gripping book after the first couple of chapters as at the start it had quite a slow pace. After the 100th page l . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Seth
A great book, with a great plot and with great characters. the book addresses serious issues, but in a light hearted way. Probably for 12 year olds. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Daisy P
The Smell of Other People`s Houses is a book represented in four different peoples view. I enjoyed reading it and seeing all of the characters storie . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ciaran
It was educational about what life is like in refugee camps. I think the plot was good and engrossing. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Charlotte House
The Smell of Other Peoples Houses is set in Alaska in the 1970s. The four characters tell their stories and eventually meet up. I thought that the bo . . .
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Beck by Ms Mallord
I too am cross and very disappointed that a book that has been deemed to be suitable only for readers of 16 and above should be shortlisted for a Chil . . .
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Which Book Do YOU Think Is A Winner?

Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth
The Bone Sparrow
The Smell Of Other People's Houses
The Stars At Oktober Bend
Railhead
Salt TO The Sea
Wolf Hollow
 
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something ju
 

 
 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Millions, Framed, Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. He is also a successful writer of screen-plays and, along with director Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony for the