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Birmingham,
Group status: 2017 CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Awards Ceremony, Upper Library lunchtime, Monday 19th June!

The Carnegie shortlist 2017

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The Bone Sparrow by Shakira
Before I describe the story, I would like to say how vivid and unforgiving this book truly is. It does not slow down for people to carry on with ignor . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Mariyah
Annabelle is the only person who makes friends with the loner Toby with his black boots, black hair, beard and three long guns. Yeah he's one word - s . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Taiba Naz
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It includes drama, sadness and delight. It is a heartwarming story following the lives of Joana, . . .
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Railhead by Fatima Z
Railhead is about a young boy called Zen who steals for his family. One day a mysterious man called Raven gives him an offer which is to steal a box c . . .
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Railhead by Manal B
This book was amazing! At first glance of the blurb I knew that this book would blow my top! Zen Starling was a petty thief, stealing and pick-pocketi . . .
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Railhead by Mariyah
This is a book full of adventure and thrill. For once the main character isn't really good which I personally loved about the book. It was scary at ti . . .
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Railhead by Amna T
I find it admirable that Zen steals just to support his little family of his mother and sister. However I find it silly that Zen trusted Raven enough . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mariya I
This book was really emotional and I recommend that you read it. This book is about a boy called Subhi who is a refugee that has never been on the oth . . .
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Railhead by Rita
This book was amazing. I wish I could go to space and live there as well and travel from planet to planet. Zen and nova were amazing characters. The w . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amna T
I found The Bone Sparrow really tear jerking and emotional. Subhi has encountered so many horrible events in his life and was left slightly jarred and . . .
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Beck by Mariyah
Beck is a boy that has always lost people that he ever loved and cared about yet he still keeps hope and searches for a place he can fit in. This book . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Rita
This book was really funny. I loved Sputnik's character and the way he was so weird and oblivious. At first I thought this book would be childish but . . .
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Beck by Amna M
An amazingly written book about love, hate and abandonement. This beutifully written book takes you you through the reality of racism, sexual harrassm . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Ayza
This book was one of the rare pieces of literature that actually hooked me on from the first page and refused to let go until I read the last sentence . . .
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Railhead by Leila
I like this book because of the mystery. I also liked how Reeves set the time in the future and how they called the time we are now in the 'Old World' . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Haniyyah
The title is catchy and the cover will be remembered!! This book is set in Alaska in the 1970s. It is narrated from four distinct point of views. It . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Haniyyah
Subhi was born in detention. He knows nothing of life beyond the wire fence that borders the real world but he likes to dream of a night ocean that br . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sakeena
Before I read this book I was hesitant. No matter how good my friends would say it was, I didn't listen. Finally I read it and I loved it. It was a re . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Safa
The Smell of Other People's Houses is set in Alaska, 1970. It tells the tale of four people: Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank and how their stories interwin . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Fatima B
Sputnik's guide to life on Earth is a very light-hearted book. Practically every chapter makes me smile and brightens up my day. I adore the character . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Leila
I like how the writer made Subhi a boy who was born in a detention camp. I also liked how she made Jimmie ill at the end and someone saved her by brea . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Aaliyah
Throughout this novel, I felt as though I have felt ALL the emotions. Happy, sad but mostly emotional. I was moved by this tragic yet real account of . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sakeena
I don't normally cry when I read sad books. I find it stupid. But I was crying so hard, it was as if someone had just turned on a tap. My favourite ch . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Samiyah
This book is full of emotions, however the most important lesson it teaches us is that no matter what background we come from, we are all equal. It al . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Fatima B
The smell of other people's houses is very interesting. It talks about rather sensitive and sometimes grown up situations yet still makes it fun to re . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Aizah
It is about war torn Germany amongst them are four young people with four dark secrets. It is set in winter, 1945 where an overcrowded ship is the fin . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Leila
I like the humour and the excitement. I also like how Sputnik whisked Prez away on adventures. My favarite part is when Sputnik rebuilt the wall. I li . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Safa
Prez is a boy who used to live with his only close relative, his grandad, who is suffering from dementia. Unknown to Prez, his granddad gets taken to . . .
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Beck by Ayza
Beck is about a mixed race boy that has had to travel from country to country in order to seek a better life in the 20th century world, because he is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ayza
Immediately after reading the blurb and first page of the book, I was drawn into this unique personification of a girl named Alice. She was different . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Muna
This was a unique tale set in Alaska 1970 which had the similar alternating chapters between 4 young adult different perspectives with their hopes and . . .
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Beck by Ayza K
The book was great. At first it was hard to read as in the beginning many horrific events had occurred to him. However, as it neared the end he found . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Amna T
This book was amazing! This book blew my head off! It was really emotional and I kept on reading throughout the night. It is about four people, whose . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Ayza
Annabelle, Betty and Toby. A loyal friend, a treacherous liar and a forgotten soldier. Three very different people with three very different morals wi . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Manal
This book was AMAZING!!! I have never encountered a book as mysterious and full of suspense as Wolf Hollow. The suspense was killing me but I lived th . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aafreen
"Sometimes at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean." Probably the best start to a book. We are always taught about freedom and rights . . .
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Railhead by Safa
Railhead tells a story about a young boy called Zen who steals to support his family: his mother and his sister, Myka. One day a mysterious man called . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Leila
I like this book as the writer made the story twisting and turning like a river. Also like a river the writer joined the chacters together in a compli . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Shakira
It is your life, but not only your story counts. I rate how well books are by how they make me feel and what they teach me; that is what The Smell of . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Shakira
This book is funny in a way that does not only appeal to the 10 year-old boy that the cover attracts, but all audiences. I now know how to find succes . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Taiba
I think the Bone Sparrow was a really good book but it hasn't made the top of my list of favorites. When I first got the book I didn't think that it w . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Muna
The bone sparrow was a moving special story which strongly emphasised the unfortunate truths of the lives of millions of refugees lead through vivid i . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Arzoo
When I first started reading the book I didn't quite get what was going on, but after a few chapters I was so into the book I could't put it down. Th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Mariyah
Ruth, Alyce, Hank and Dora are four teenagers with messed up lives. Lives they want to runaway from. Many people said that the structure of this b . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Manal
This book threw me off the hook! I was amazed that something like this could actually be written. I didn't want to finish the book quickly so I took m . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Taiba
I really liked the stars at oktober bend because it is really sad at the end so prepare yourself if you are going to read it. When I first read the bl . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Taiba
I really liked Sputnik's guide to life on Earth because it made me laugh out loud and I would recommend it to everyone who likes funny books. When I f . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Muna
A good twist of comedy with the regretful story of a boy in care who encounters Sputnik in his adventures to find his grandad- a dog/alien/thingamajig . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Fatima Z
One door answered by Prez and his life is twisted and coiled up in the second. Would you like to laugh out loud? To get away from life's daily worries . . .
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Railhead by Fatima Z
Adventure. Fantasy. Friendship. Mystery and theft; all packed into one within this action packed packet of words, all worth reading. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Fatima Z
This novel is about a girl called Annabelle who's life is turned upside down by a new student called Betty, a manipulative and cold hearted bully. Th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Fatima Z
"Four teenagers. Four secrets." This story is a memerable one filled with tragedy, lies, hunts from different homelands. It allows you to empathise . . .
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Beck by Fatima Z
A sad adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America, Beck is a book that has made me question the world today. Depression is experienced . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Fatima Z
I have no words to describe this ethereal novel. Full of love, magic and tragedy, I find this tale to be part of me for a long time. The most vivid st . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Haniyyah
A powerful, captivating story about Alice and Manny. Alice wants to express herself but with her slurred speech she can't, so she writes her words, sh . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Aaliyah
'Before you start anything, make a list'. This opening line immediately pulled me in and I definitely do not regret it. This novel is about a boy name . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Somaya
Salt to Sea is a very very good book. I like how each chapter is in a different persons view. This is a very memorable story. I love how they all end . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Samiyah
I have only read 9 chapters of this book but I can't lie and say I have found this book funny. Many people say this book is really funny but so far I . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Safa
This book is about a refugee boy called Subhi who was born in an immigration detention centre. He dreams of the life behind the fence. But one day, he . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Fatima B
The Bone Sparrow is a very emotional book that tugs at my heartstrings. It is another roller coaster ride of emotions. I really like how it switches u . . .
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Salt to the Sea by FatimaB
Salt to the Sea is a very beautiful book. I like how it switches views between each chapter. I also like how they end up meeting. It is a true roller . . .
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Beck by Wahida
Beck is a book about a boy who has a rough past and moves to Canada to start his new life. The best part about this book was the character. How we go . . .
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Beck by Manal B
About fifty pages in something very disturbing happens and i thought I couldn't carry on reading, but i did and it became very exciting at the end. Th . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mariya I
Very funny and entertaining. This book is about a dog called Sputnik who takes his friend Prez on a journey to write his book about earth. I would rec . . .
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Beck by Amna T
Spoiler alert- I am finding Beck a bit boring now but I have heard that it gets better. I feel sorry for Beck as being an orphan must be really ha . . .
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Beck by Rita
At first this book was boring but it gradually got more interesting and I started to enjoy the book. The characters were really different to the chara . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aaliyah
This book tells the interconnected stories of Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank, four teenagers with lives that seem similar but also very different. With . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Muna
I really enjoyed this book - it had adventure and tension and sadness at the end too as a true friend of Annabelle dies. It had the sort of ordinary s . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aaminah
This book was really amazing and made me feel really sorry for the refuges and what they had to go through. I like how Eli is really smart and brave. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aaminah
This is the best book ever!!!!!!!! I read it in one day I really enjoyed it I loved the whole plot and story line it is one of the books you can not p . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Taiba
I think that wolf hollow is a very good book and when I first got it I didn't think that it would be a good book but I was very wrong. Looks can be ve . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Safa R
Salt to the Sea is one of the best books I have EVER read. This story is set in WWII Germany and it follows four characters, a mysterious soldier, a y . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Somaya
I thought that the Stars at Oktober Bend was very heart warming, it was like an emotional roller coaster. I really liked the fact that Manny stayed wi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aaliyah
Subhi, a young refugee who has lived inside the arms of a refugee camp his entire life, has a wild imagination and is full of superstitions and belief . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Somaya
I really enjoyed this book when I read it I could not put it down I loved how each chapter was about a different character so you could see how they f . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Sakeena
I have just read the smell of other peoples houses and I think it's a great book. I love the story line but I think that it should definitely not be r . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Samiyah
I have only read a few chapters of this book and found it quite boring. I know you may disagree but my opinion on this book isn't that positive ad you . . .
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Railhead by Aizah
A fantastic ride to the future where the great network is a place of danger. It is full of rebels, adventure, heroes and enemies. About a small thief . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Leila
I like this book because it shows the views of two people. The structure is confusing as it is written in poem form sometimes, as well. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amna T
I am half way through this book and I find it very interesting. There is however one character I despise. Arrogant Alfred. I am not going to go into m . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Rita
When I started reading this book I was slightly confused. I was wondering how all the different characters would link together. But while I read this . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Manal B
Loved it. But the thing is, that when I pick up a book I know if it's going to be a book I like. However, sometimes books take me by surprise. Like Sa . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aafreen
Normally I'm not a massive book reader. But since joining Carnegie group I decided to pick up this book and I definitely don't regret it. This book is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amna T
So far I am halfway through the book and I am finding it a difficult read. I think it's because I'm so used to reading books with grammar and SPaG. Al . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mariyah
this is about a dog called sputnik who takes his new friend prez on a journey in order to write his book about earth. It's a great book and i woul . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mariyah
It follows the lives of Subhi and Jimmie, who live in totally opposite places. Every night Jimmie meets Subhi and he reads her mothers book to her . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Muna
This is a heartwarming story about a girl who dreams of flying and a boy who is forever running. Their paths intwine as they seek true friendship and . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Taiba
I think this is one of the best books I've ever read.That is how good it is.When I first saw this book I was intrigued by the title and when I read th . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Safa
This is a very mysterious book and it is all about lies. The lies twist into the people's lives, causing them to DIE. The plot did take me a while to . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Aizah J
A light hearted entertainment that talks about an unbelievable story and how the main character, Prez develops through the course of the book. I would . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maryam
The style of writing was very easy to follow and understand (it does not change characters perspective). The characters were different and captured my . . .
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Railhead by Muna
Meet Zen Starling: a common, ordinary boy; a slightly petty thief; a not so evil murderer and a sidekick to a villainous villain as he embarks on an o . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sakina
I loved reading sputnik's guide to life on earth. whatever mood you're in i guarantee that this book will automatically lighten your mood. it's a grea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Manal
At first I thought this book would be a typical kids book, with funny fart jokes and smelly socks! However, I was totally wrong. The moment i started . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ayza
When we were given the first page of this book to read, I was immediately intrigued by the thoughtful use of words that were displayed on the page. Wh . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Fatima B
This book is very inspiring and it makes you feel like you can do anything even after a traumatic experience. I love how Alice and Manny rely on each . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Manal
This book kept me awake all night. I was engrossed in the book so much that I hadn't noticed how late it was. I felt for Alice and Manny through out t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rita
This book was amazing. It really opened my eyes to what is going on in refugee camps. While I was reading this I felt sorry for the refugees and for w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amna T
I am half way through this book and so far I have found it amazingly hilarious. His weird foster family remind me a lot of my own family!😂 I didn't . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mariyah
still alice. no more. no less. alice nightingale is broken. she was twelve when her life fell apart and fear overcame her. she relies on her bro . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Amna M
Set in Alaska this wonderful book tells the story of four teenagers - Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank. Four separate stories eventually entwine with each o . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Humaira
I thought this book was very sad and I hated how Subhi and the other refugees were treated. It was so sad knowing how hard they were trying to get out . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Shakira
A good book intends to make you feel how the author wants you to, this book dangerously made me feel the preconceived hate for Betty to an extreme tha . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Rita
I enjoyed reading this book as it was exciting reading it from the perspective of a character who was broken. I loved reading the poems throughout the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Manal
When I read page 246 I cried. My heart bled for Subhi and his friend Eli who was like an older brother to him. Many things had happened to him in his . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rita
At first I didn't think this book would be so good. When I first started reading it i didn't quite understand what was going on with all the different . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Manal
At first I thought this book would be a typical kids book, with funny fart jokes and smelly socks! However, I was totally wrong. The moment i started . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amna T
I like this book as it's a historical mystery. Lots of time during the book I'm trying to guess what happens but I couldn't as it has lots of twists a . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Maryam
Feel your heartbreak as your read through the book. Let it open your eyes on the world and how you treat people. Then, consider the government's secre . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Samiyah
I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but I can't help it and I'm sure there are tonnes of other students who do the same. Oops!! Anyways, . . .
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Railhead by Taiba
I think that Railhead is a very good book because it has a lot of twists and when you think that you can trust a person, you find out something about . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amber
The book is really great in my opinion. When I started reading it I really didn't understand it at first but when you come to the middle the tension b . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Maryam
Feel your heartbreak as your read through the book. Let it open your eyes on the world and how you treat people. Then, consider the government's secre . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Leila
I like this book because I like how it shows different people's point of view. I also like how the different people manage to meet each other. The cli . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Aaminah
I thought the stars at oktober bend was a very heart-warming and touching book. It always made me wonder what happened to Alice and i love how it hint . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Muna
WAR TIME(1939-1945) and 4 paths converge on the run for freedom, survival and fabled safety. Their one and only hope-a lone ship: the Wilhelm Gustloff . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Priyanka
I have to say this book was absolutely amazing and really enlightened me. Not only was it hilarious but also serious. I was able to read this book in . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Fatima B
Wolf Hollow is incredible! It has beautiful moments between Annabelle and Toby. It is like a roller coaster ride of emotion : one moment everything . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Priyanka
I have to be honest here so here it goes. As soon as i was told this book was very similar to the famous book "To kill a mockingbird" i immediately th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Noor-Ul-Ain S
Where should I start... This book has all the qualities that you would wish for in a mind lingering book. It's full of excitement, drama and as it ha . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Safa
I think that this book is one of the best books that I have ever read. The way the writer changes the way they write when it is a different character . . .
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Beck by Amber
This book is full of ambition. We can see this when Beck moves onwards from places where he was getting abused. At the beginning we see that Beck had . . .
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Railhead by Fatima B
Railhead is a very fast pace, action packed book. I love the awkward romance between Zen and Nova. Also, I adore the futuristic theme. I like how you . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Aizah
A brilliant book that tells you about life changing experiences and how love and hate can clash to form a new relationship . It tells you how poems ca . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maryam E
I thought the book was amazing to read,. it was filled with brilliant plot twists, well-developed characters and good research. It was also good becau . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Leila
I would recommended this book as it shows if you show kindness to others kindness will be repayed. I like how it is set in the time of the world war. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amna M
A WORLD YOU WOULDN'T THINK EXISTS! A heartbreaking story that will surely bring tears to your eyes. Tells a story of a young boy called Subhi and his . . .
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Birmingham,
Camp Hill Shadowers
Kings Heath, Birmingham
Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College
West. Midlands,
Great Greet Book Worms
Sparkhill,
Which of the shortliste books should win the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal?

Beck
The Bone Sparrow
Railhead
Salt to the Sea
The Smell of Other People's Houses
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Wolf Hollow
   
 
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Winning Year: 2010

Swanshurst Library Carnegie group has adopted 'The Graveyard Book' for our #CKG17 anniversary celebrations. Our full top 10 of all time is to follow...
 

 
 

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 . .

 

 

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