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John Port 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

Where the World Ends by Emily
This book had a great original idea and the characters interacted with each other very well. The pace was quite slow throughout but this meant that y . . .
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Release by Emily
Release had an original idea and a great story line. I liked the way that throughout the story it would switch perspectives from Adam to the faun. T . . .
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Rook by Emily
This book was very believable and was quite emotional at times. There was a credible ending but it had a lot of words in it that didn't appeal to me . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Emily
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it had an original idea and had a good consistency. The characters interacted with each other very well and . . .
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Rook by Esther
Rook was a heartwarming tale about a bird. At the start of the book you think the book is completley different from what it is. I really enjoyed it. . . .
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Saint Death by Skyla
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick was a very emotional story with a terrible hidden truth, that reflects the real world in some places. It follows Arturo . . .
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Saint Death by Esther
Saint death was terrible. It wasn't very fast-paced and it just got more annoying the further into the book you got. It was realistic and cool at some . . .
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Rook by Elizabeth
It was an okay story however I did not think that the swearing was necessary and the whole story was written in an older style and I think that other . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Elizabeth
This book had a good plot but wasn't quite for me. I liked the story line and the action got better towards the end. A lovely book. . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Elizabeth
This book had a good plot but wasn't quite for me. I liked the story line and the action got better towards the end. A lovely book. . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Elizabeth
I think that Wed Wabbit was amazing! The idea was really good and the characters were relatable and consistent. I loved this book and will definitely . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Connie
Beyond The Bright Sea is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read! I was constantly intrigued and gripped in the plotline and never wanted to . . .
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Release by Connie
I didn't really like Release. I thought that the plot was very original and gripping and the characters were very believable however I fell that there . . .
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After the Fire by Emily
After The Fire was a great book and readers shouldn't be put off by the thickness of it. The pace was consistent and I loved reading it. I liked the . . .
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The Hate U Give by Emily
I loved reading The Hate U Give and it had me hooked from the start. It was full of action and the pace was great throughout. Some scenes were viole . . .
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Saint Death by Emily
Saint Death was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It had a great storyline and was an original idea but did seem to drag on a bit somet . . .
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Queen Elizabeth School and Sports College
Warwickshire,
Southglade Junior
Nottngham,
Loughborough CE Primary School - Yr.2
Loughborough, Leics
Greenfield Primary
Walsall,
What is your favourite children's book?

The Gruffalo
88% (149 votes)

The Day the crayons quit
4% (7 votes)

snail on a whale
1% (2 votes)

That is not my... series
2% (4 votes)

 
Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Winning Year: 2017

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stori
 

 
 

Lissa Evans

Lissa Evans has a background in comedy. Following a medical degree, she changed careers to become a comedy producer for radio and TV; her credits include Father Ted, Room 101 and Have I Got News for You. Her first . .