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John Port School Reading Team
Etwall, Derbyshire
Group status: Making our way through the shortlist

Looking very happy with our books...

We are a group of students who all love reading. Our school is in South Derbyshire. We have volunteered to read the novels in our own time in preparation for a Carnegie Discussion Afternoon, when we will get together with students from other local schools to discuss the books and vote for a winner. We meet on Wednesday lunchtimes in the school library.

Ava and Chandler Bing

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Emily
It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but when I did, I really enjoyed it. I thought that this book helped the reader understand someone wi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Connie
I love this book so much. I want this book to win Carnegie but don't think it will because it doesn't have everything the judges look for. I would rec . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jessica
I loved this book. I found the main character very relatable and I liked how some of the small details that were given at the start linked to the endi . . .
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Railhead by Eva
I thought this book was AMAZING! The creation and imagination is insane and the amount of detail was perfect!! The characters are fantastic and you re . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Emily
This book reminded me of the story line of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', but a modern day version. The fact that the boy was born in the camp and . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Lauren
Nothing much happened in Bone Sparrow. But it does show some issues that need to be talked about. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Lauren
I didn't enjoy this book. A bit boring. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Lauren
I didn't really enjoy this book, nothing happened. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Lauren
I kept getting confused which person the chapter was about. Everything came together in the end. . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Lauren
I enjoyed reading it, it was really funny. It's easy to read. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Connie
I did like this story but it isn't something I would normally read. I like the different fonts for the different characters and the no capital letters . . .
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Telling Tales
Williams Wonders
Ripley Junior School
Ripley, Derbyshire

Winshill, Burton on Trent
What is your favourite children's book?

The Gruffalo
The Day the crayons quit
snail on a whale
That is not my... series
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


Glenda Millard

Glenda Millard is a highly respected author of books for children of all ages, who deserves to be better known outside her Australian homeland. Her novel A Small Free Kiss in the Dark was the Winner of the 2009 Queensland Premier's Award . .