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Woodroffe 2019
Lyme Regis, Dorset

My First Impressions of Things a Bright Girl Can Do, By Charlotte
I've read a few chapters of 'Things a Bright Girl Can Do' and so far I've quite enjoyed the book. I will not continue to read it as it is quite long and nothing has really happened of significance in the actual story. I like the characters and how they differ. Evelyn is a Suffragette who wants to go to Oxford but isn't allowed. May is a young and enthusiastic Suffragist who wants to get more involved with the Suffragettes. Nell is a poor tomboy who cares about equality but feels like an outsider because of her sexuality. I like how it illustrates different perspectives on the Suffrage Movement, not just in terms of women but men too. If you're a fan of the Suffragettes or enjoy feminist fiction, this book is for you. Otherwise, it's not a shame to skip it.
Posted on: 10 May 2019



We Have A Predicament - The Books
I have read a few of the books shortlisted for the award and overall, I am unimpressed. The books, whilst not terrible, have distinctly clich? themes which I am all too familiar with for the "teen novel". The books I have read would be good if they were not like almost every other book adults think teenagers and young people would like to read. I, personally, think that the books should be chosen by the age range at which the award is aimed for rather than a group of adults choosing what is "a good teen fiction". I understand that the theme for the majority of the books chosen is human rights but I feel that there are so many books out there that are unique about finding (or not finding) freedom. The books all had a rather happy ending however I think that more of the books should have been a little bit more brutal and honest because not everyone does find freedom or closure or happiness in themselves and I want (as well as a many people I've talked to about this matter) to see the darker aspect of human rights. The books all started out fairly forlorn and oppressive but they all had a moderately happy ending. I think the opposite kind of books should also have been included, such as books about losing your freedom or not finding help. I'm not saying that I want books with an unhappy ending, I simply feel that the majority of the books that adults deem "appropriate" for teens are very different to what we actually want to read.
Posted on: 10 May 2019



Railhead
I have just finished this book and written a review. Overall I did not really enjoy the book because I personally don't like the dystopian/science fiction genre. I rate the book 6/10 as there were parts I enjoyed and it seemed well written, just not the right genre for me.
Posted on: 07 Jun 2017



Just read chapter 10 of Railhead
I was a bit worried when I first started reading Railhead as the beginning had a lot of things happening with not much description. However once it got to Raven things started to get really interesting as he is an extremely mysterious character. So far he's revealed why he needs Zen. I like the book so far and am about to read chapter 11.
Posted on: 07 Jun 2017



Just Started Railhead
Not normally the genre of book I would read but I am now!
Posted on: 17 May 2017



Railhead so far...
So far I really like this book. It's set in a dystopian world full of different worlds and fascinating characters. However, when I first started the book it seemed to be a typical, boring and orthodox book that any bad author could write while eating macaroni cheese in a chilly conservatory. I thought the beginning over-described the characters in to much detail at the same time as forgetting to describe the setting. In my opinion, when you first start to read a dystopian novel, the reader has to be fully informed about the new, unfamiliar setting. On the other hand, as you read on the book begins to introduce a dilemma: a villain is following the main character of the book and this villain is unable to be caught . This way the readers attention is held throughout the book. I look forward to reading the rest of this fantastic novel!! :)
Posted on: 19 Apr 2017



Reviews-11/05/2016
We're all writing reviews and its gone very quiet in the cool place (the library)
Posted on: 11 May 2016



Getting Started-27/04/2016
We have driven Mrs Llamb-Wilson and Mr Waters insane XD
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016



More Than This-Patrick Ness
This book caught my attention in the first few chapters because the main plot is so fascinating and confusing which makes me (as the reader) want to read on and as I do, different stories unravel and unanswered questions suddenly become clearer with every page you turn. I enjoyed the characters in this book because their personalities are not stereotypical and I think that adds to the interest which I have in the book. The only criticism I have of it would be that I felt that some chapters were repetitive but it didn't affect how much I liked it. I would recommend this book to 14-19 year olds because it is a story which incorporates some of the things that teenagers think about as they grow up. Written by Grace Tate
Posted on: 10 Jun 2015



Tinder- Sally Gardener
The book is about a soldier, named Otto Hundebiss, who comes very near to death and he manages to defy him. The soldier falls in love with Safire, who he met wondering in the wood. I found this quite unique because it is entirely different to what I have read before and the vivid description adds more layers to the story. The images help you to interpret the book as well. By Elliot
Posted on: 10 Jun 2015



Apple and Rain - Sarah Crossan
I enjoyed this book, as it was full of various plot twists and was a very realistic story. The structure of the book told an emotional story and you could connect more with the characters towards the end. On the other hand I did find it slightly girly, as the book was told from the point of view of a girl in year 8 who was worried about a lot of childish things. By Morgan
Posted on: 20 May 2015



More Than This-Patrick Ness
We very much like this book and its plot twists. However, some of us found it lacked pace at the start. We liked the book's powerful simplicity and the development of the plot. John Green said 'just read it' and we couldn't agree more. By Zack, Katie and Anna
Posted on: 20 May 2015



Buffalo Soldier - Tanyan Landman
We have enjoyed what we've read of this book so far, we are up to Chapter 15. It hooks you early on and is easy book to read, as it's intriguing and has a sense of reality. From what we've read the idea reminds us of the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. We are looking forward to see what the future holds for "Charly". By Ben, Tom and Tristan.
Posted on: 20 May 2015



When Mr Dog Bites - Brian Conaghan
Don't get bogged down by the first chapters of this book because they are explaining carefully a different reality which is dominated by this medical problem. Don't give up on this book because there are surprising sub-plots that are unveiled near the end. It was a hard book to read but I got my reward at the end. By Grace Tate
Posted on: 20 May 2015



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