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Group status: 35 Eager members are off, on what promises to be a thrilling ride through this year's varied shortlist.



Backwell's Carnegie Group has been running for 15 years now! The Library Ladiez are thrilled to welcome so many enthusiast new members. We have got to know one another a little now and are ready for the off! We meet in the library, where readers swop books, exchange views and grade the titles they've read. We have a refreshments rota to sustain all this activity!

Mrs Gibson

Salt to the Sea by Ava
This has been my favourite book so far! I found the plot was really dense and twisting, so I couldn't wait to get to the next bit. My favourite charac . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Megan
When I first started reading this book, I had no idea about the huge emotional impact it would eventually bring on me. I read the first few chapters, . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Imogen
The multiple perspectives in this book was a very clever idea and as the book continued seeing where each character fitted into each others stories wa . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Imogen
I enjoyed this book a lot and found it very moving at points although as I got towards the end it started to drag. I loved the different perspectives . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alba
Ruta Sepetys has put to paper the story of four young people united by war who all share one hope: to board the Wilelm Gustloff a ship born of death.. . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Grace
I really loved reading 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' and really enjoyed exploring the characters and their storys. The Stars at Oktober bend is about . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Zoë
I didn't partially enjoy this book because it seemed slightly too childish. Sputnik is about a boy who doesn't talk and meets an alien that needs his . . .
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Salt to the Sea by alex
This was probably one of my favorite books on the shortlist, although the ending was really sad. The story and all the characters were well written wi . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Leah
Salt to the Sea is a amazing story that focuses on four young people and their backgrounds and how they are living through the war. In Winter 1945, al . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amy
Salt to the Sea - A beautifully written and emotional book that wonderfully tells the story of a tragic event that is hardly ever heard of. I really . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amy
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth - This book was overall good, the characters were relatable and well rounded, the overall story idea was good and it . . .
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Salt to the Sea by George
I love this book it made me cry and made me laugh. This is probably the best book I have ever read! In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in Ea . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Sienna
Salt to the Sea was an enjoyable, intriguing read that didn't let me put it down until I'd devoured the very last page. This book is not something . . .
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Salt to the Sea by George
I love this book it made me cry and made me laugh. This is probably the best book I have ever read! In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in Ea . . .
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Wolf Hollow by James
Wolf Hollow is a beautifully written novel that was so good I stayed up until 1:00 to finish it. The story follows Annabelle, who's life is disrupted . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Erin
The Smell of Other People’s houses is one of my favourites from the books I have read from the shortlist. I like how the novel is written from four . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Caitlin
I like Salt to the sea. It is a mix of stories and points of view. I didn’t mind that point of view change I particularly like the first few chapter . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Ruby
I really loved this book and I was truly captivated by the story, I couldn't put it down! It is so beautiful how Glenda Millard tells the story of a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Elizabeth
Salt to the sea was one of the best books i have ever read! I thought it was very clever how each chapter was a different person, because it really h . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rosalie
The Bone Sparrow was a heartbreaking but magical book. It filled me with joy to see the unity of two children who live right next to each other but ha . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bekky
I really enjoyed this book because it gave me an insight into what life is like in a small village where everyone knows everyone. My favourite charact . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ava
The Bone Sparrow was heartbreaking! I thought it was an intriguing story, which carried a very important message. I had no idea there were still peopl . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Ella
The Bone sparrow is my favourite Carnegie book so far. I thought this was a very effective and harrowing read shining light on the things the media us . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jennifer
I loved this book from start to finish. I thought it had a very well written story line and even though I thought there could have been more to the st . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Emmie
I loved this book so much ! I thought that is was really well thought out and written . I liked how the story was told by Annabelle as she is the same . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Rosie
This is a delightful book full of life and soul. It is joyous and uplifting, and it has some the most lovely characters I've ever known. it is about a . . .
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Salt to the Sea by argentine
This is a great book, at the start it was a bit confusing and it took me a while to get my head round but you kind of get used to it after a while and . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Emma
So far this has been my favorite book.I love how the author manages to make the the text flow in such a simplistic way and the structure of the book i . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jack
the capital letter is an extremely important part of english punctuation. it helps distinguish between various different word types and meanings, and . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Jack
Well wasn't this predictable. My first thought when writing this review was to write it as a satirical piece, replicating the predictability this b . . .
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Beck by Jack
This book's start is... well... unconventional. Yes; that's the word we'll use. Unconventional. The book continues. And we have some more scenes that . . .
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Railhead by Jack
This is a wonderful sci-fi story. It captured my attention from the very beginning, and kept it throughout. However, that is not what makes it such a . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by sylvie
This book is a shockingly brilliant story of two people trying to find themselves.Joined together by a powerful poem will Manny find himself lost in . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Lois
I really enjoyed The Stars at Oktober Bend and I found the almost poetic style in which Glenda Millard wrote very unique and fitting for Alice's chara . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Helen
The Stars at Oktober Bend The book, although I use the term loosely, is written by Glenda Millard and (no disrespect to her) is quite possibly the . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Christian
I loved the humour in this book, the way with everything when you have read the instruction Manuel it can do anything. it was a good book and was set . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Molly
This novel is based on the complex, but somewhat predictable lives of four teenagers living in Alaska in the 1970's. The novel is relatives short, . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Christian
I really enjoyed this book, it only took me a day to read as i was glued to it. It was a really sad book, which will probably stick in my head for a l . . .
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Clevedon School
Clevedon School Book Club
N Somerset,
Clevedon Community School N. Somerset
Clevedon,
The reading corner
Bristol,
 
Title: Flour Babies
Author: Anne Fine
Winning Year: 1992

Our librarian, Mrs Gibson was on the adult panel in 1993 when this won the Carnegie. She still loves the book which is funny, sweet and uplifting. Laugh/Cry? The antics of the boys looking after their sacks of flour will make you do both!
 

 

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