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The Hate U Give
It's a powerful book that addresses issues that have derived from racial inequality. It places on-going conflicts in America into context and makes it easy for people who have never experienced these to understand. I thought Angie Thomas gave her characterisation and plot equal weight. Giovanna
Posted on: 11 Apr 2018

After the Fire
I'm in the middle of reading this and it's really making me think. Rose
Posted on: 11 Apr 2018

The Hate U Give
I think it was a really well written and well thought out book. It's really relevant today especially in parts of America where there is a lot of gun violence. Even though you might not experience anything like that you felt really connected to Starr, the main character and her family and their struggles. Aine
Posted on: 11 Apr 2018

Where the World Ends
A spectacular book with great personification throughout which made me feel seasick at one point. From the moment the book begins you can't put it down. There's always a mystery about how the boys are stranded and you want to research the period to know more. The plot is so engaging it makes you want to read it again. The fact it's based on a true story makes it feel all the more real. My favourite characters include Davy, Mr Farris and Quill as they all have different story arcs and display different emotions at every turn. I hope it wins the Carnegie award and that Geraldine keeps writing more cool books in the future. Joshua
Posted on: 10 Apr 2018

Carnegie 2018
We're all excited about the stellar long list so no doubt the shortlist will be phenomenal. Titles that are appealing to students here include 'The Hypnotist' ('addictive and slightly sinister'- Rebecca' / "It had better be on the short list or I will be very disappointed!"- Giovanna), 'The Call' ("One of the best books I have ever read"- Rebekah), 'The Hate U Give' ("It is very powerful. It had better be on the short list"- Giovanna), 'Out of Heart' (emotive), 'Black Light Express' ("It kept my interest and did justice to 'Railhead' as a strong sequel"- Giovanna), 'After the Fire', 'Where the World Ends'(atmospheric) , 'Encounters' (cleverly plotted) and 'Wed Wabbit' (crazily anarchic). The group is pleased with the wide scope of topics and range of genres covered.
Posted on: 12 Mar 2018

Carnegie Classics
Our Carnegie Club are reading Carnegie classics at the moment including Tamar, The Scarecrows, Northern Lights, Monsters of Men, Postcards from No Man's Land and Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents. Tamar was a hit with Debi and Giovanna because of its compelling plot, clever time shifts and romance. Rose likes dystopia so she's just finished Maggot Moon, Zac enjoyed The Machine Gunners and Aine liked The Little White Horse. Rebecca's favourite is 'Here Lies Arthur' because she loves mythology, legend and historical fiction.
Posted on: 16 May 2017

Adopt A Book- Tamar
Mal Peet’s 2005 winner offers electrifying twists and turns. It engages in temporal shifts from 1979 to 1995 then flashes back to 1944/45 Holland. Present day Tamar is left after her grandfather William Hyde’s suicide with a box of clues. With her cousin Yoyo she sets off on a journey to explore the secrets of the past by following her namesake, the river Tamar. The 1945 Tamar is a British spy attempting, like many others, to end an unjustifiable war and protect his one true love Marijke from what he thought was an external threat but turns out to be closer to home. Dart, his Radio Transmitting Officer, is conflicted on whether he should focus on his job as a code breaker or whether he should follow his heart. As the danger mounts, who can be trusted? This book was rightfully awarded the Carnegie Medal because it is expertly written. Mal Peet explores the past while linking it to future events with a killer twist the reader doesn’t see coming. Then he ties up all the plot strands with a golden bow. Giovanna and Debi
Posted on: 10 May 2017

One slippery, giggly game of Twister later and we're into the long lists. Overall our group is happy that it is an eclectic mix but there have naturally been some disagreements. Giovanna loved 'Wolf By Wolf' and Joshua and Debbie are mourning the loss of 'Six of Crows'. I can't wait to read them all. REBECCA D
Posted on: 21 Feb 2017

1000 Nights
Magical, mystical, exotic. DEBI
Posted on: 03 Feb 2017

The Stars at Oktober Bend
Emotional, poignant and lyrical.DEBI
Posted on: 02 Feb 2017

Orbiting Jupiter
I read this in one night and cried. It was emotional, intense and realistic. DEBI
Posted on: 01 Feb 2017

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne is such a good writer. I thought this book was surprising, disturbing and exciting. GIOVANNA
Posted on: 01 Feb 2017

A Blend of Books
Hi. I'm Joshua. I read 'Sputnik's Guide to the Universe'. It was funny, bizarre and different. I liked the scene with the light saber at the birthday party. I'm currently reading 'Six of Crows' which is taking ages but keeps you intrigued. It takes a while to understand all the characters' back stories but it's worth it.
Posted on: 31 Jan 2017

What Will I Read Next?
Hi. I'm Debi. I've decided to choose 'Orbiting Jupiter' as my next read because the blurb looks intriguing. I like that the story is told by Jack who is recounting Joseph's turbulent life. I think the Carnegie Nominations list is class this year because of the great mix of genres exploring every weird subject you can think of.
Posted on: 31 Jan 2017

Just A Few Words
Hi. I'm Giovanna. I've been reading the Carnegie nominations for 2017. I can't borrow them fast enough. It will be difficult to choose a long list from such good books. My favourites so far are: Wolf By Wolf- Intense, dangerous, gripping. House on Hummingbird Island- Exotic, unexpected, mysterious. The Serpent King- Emotional, Hard Hitting, Cool Cast of Characters. Railhead- Addictive, Transporting, Random. Six of Crows- Exhilarating crime caper with a supernatural twist. The Other Life- Multi-dimensional, poignant fantasy. The Girl in the Blue Coat- Perilous, Daring, Insightful. The Other Alice- Creative, Mind Blowing, Adventurous. Illuminae- Rip Roaring Rollercoaster Ride.
Posted on: 31 Jan 2017

So Many Books, So Little Time...
Hi there, It's now 2017 and the nominations are in full flow! This year there are more nominations than ever with 114 nominations for the Carnegie and 92 for the Greenaway- I pity the judges! As with prior years, the list has several key themes across the books: war refugees, the environment, mental health and friendship. Which intrigues you the most? Personally. all of these intrigue me but it's down to the tricky matter of choosing what to read... Do I choose Salt to the Sea; a harrowing tale of Eastern European refugees fleeing the damage of World War two? Do I read Pax; a tale of friendship between a boy and his fox? Or what about the eerie and enthralling Max; about a boy born to be a Nazi Soldier? REBECCA D
Posted on: 12 Jan 2017

Up coming Shortlist
The Carnegie Shortlist will be announced soon. I really hope 'The Shepherd's Crown' will be on it. You don't want to upset a Feegle or there will be 'Crivens' to pay! REBECCA D.
Posted on: 11 Mar 2016

The Earth is Singing
Emotive and well written. GIOVANNA
Posted on: 07 Mar 2016

There Will be Lies
Amazing; full of twists and turns with plenty of plot twists REBBCCA D
Posted on: 07 Mar 2016

One by Sarah Crossan and Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine
ONE It is hard to find words to describe how good this book was. I'm still processing it because I enjoyed it so much. It is emotive and clever and very well written. GIOVANNA FIRE COLOUR ONE I liked this book. It used really good language and had an interesting plot. I can't believe an artist exists who actually painted with fire! BEN
Posted on: 02 Mar 2016

The Art of Being Normal
We were disappointed that 'The Art of Being Normal' didn't make the long list as we felt it was a relevant topic for teens today. The characters were great and it was well written too. We liked the author's different use of fonts for the two narrative voices and the shocking revelation about Leo. It was a great read. Rebekah , Becca and Eve
Posted on: 25 Feb 2016

“The Big Lie” vs “A Song for Ella Grey”
So we’re at the long list stage and whilst I’m mainly happy with the choices, (mainly with 'The Shepherd’s Crown') I’m EXTREMELY unimpressed that 'The Big Lie' didn’t make it on to the list. I feel it would be better in place of 'A Song for Ella Grey'. I thought 'The Big Lie' deserved to be on the long list as it is from a fledging genre and in a little explored area. It looks at what might have happened if Nazi Germany had won WW2 and adds an LGBT element. I thought 'The Big Lie' was very well written and gripping whereas 'A Song for Ella Grey' was downright confusing in parts. REBECCA D.
Posted on: 25 Feb 2016

Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Vs Book
I was really disappointed that 'Book' was put on the Long List instead of 'The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow' which was exciting and adventurous. 'Book' doesn't have much of a storyline. BEN G
Posted on: 24 Feb 2016

Carnegie Long List
I'm disappointed 'The Big Lie' didn't make it and that 'A Song For Ella Grey' did but overall the list has good choices across a wide range of genres. REBECCA D.
Posted on: 23 Feb 2016

One by Sarah Crossan
One is a really interesting book as it is written in poetry. It is quite sad but very engaging and I really enjoyed it. Laoise
Posted on: 23 Feb 2016

The Rest of Us Just Live Here
I enjoyed the characters but I couldn't read the short blurbs at the start of each chapter because I hate spoilers. I thought the start of the book was confusing and didn't feel the book drew me in as much as some of Patrick Ness' other books. -Zahra (Guest Blogger)
Posted on: 23 Feb 2016

Jessica's Ghost
I really enjoyed this book and think it deserves being in the long list. It had a lot of interesting turns in the plot which I thought made it even better. Molly (Guest Blogger)
Posted on: 22 Feb 2016

Carnegie Long List 2016
The Carnegie Long List has arrived Shadowers. What do you think? Did your favourites from the nominations make it? Which ones would you like to read next? Book by John Agard Song for Ella Grey by David Almond One by Sarah Crossan The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis The Door that Led to Where by Sally Gardner The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge The Imaginary by A.F Harrold There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norris Panther by David Owen The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett. Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle
Posted on: 18 Feb 2016

The Shepherd's Crown-Terry Pratchett
A fitting end to the Disc World series as we know it, with great characters, an amazing plot and a generous helping of Nac Mac Feegles. REBECCA D
Posted on: 12 Feb 2016

There Will Be Lies
Exhilarating read offering a thriller style narrative juxtaposed with a dream world. Even the minor characters are well developed. Lake's writing style keeps you hooked. REBECCA D.
Posted on: 09 Feb 2016

The Lost And Found
This book is a very interesting book. I love the quote on the front of the book. Although the story behind this book is very predictable and you know what is going to happen. The rating of this book I think should be 7* out of 10*. BEN
Posted on: 04 Feb 2016

The Lie Tree
A riveting historical read about gender equality and the power of standing up for yourself. Definitely one for the shortlist. Rebecca D
Posted on: 03 Feb 2016

Looking Glass Girl
For me nothing beats 'The Lie Tree' or '5 Children on the Western Front' but this was a good read. It is creative, linking 'Alice in Wonderland' to teen troubles in the real world. GIOVANNA
Posted on: 03 Feb 2016

Long list 2016?
I am really excited to see the long list in February 2016. :D I have only read two of the books but I am hoping to read more, I have read: The Art of Being Normal and One. I loved them both so much and I am hoping they will both be on the long list. <3 RR
Posted on: 01 Feb 2016

The Big Lie
A truly terrifyingly honest 'what if' version of the Great German Reich - what if Hitler had won the war? What if England was no longer? Giovanna
Posted on: 22 Jan 2016

The Mystery of The Clockwork Sparrow
Action, adventure, adorable dresses, what more can either gender want! A thrilling read jam packed with historical detail. Rebecca D
Posted on: 19 Jan 2016

A brilliant read investigating the difference between ADHD and normal teen behaviour. Definitely one for the long list, at LEAST. Rebecca D
Posted on: 19 Jan 2016

Fire Colour One
A good Read involving materialistic mothers, supercilious step-dads and a mysterious painting. Rebecca D
Posted on: 19 Jan 2016

The Lie Tree
A thrilling book, where lies lead to hidden secrets which then lead to the eruption of old grudges, leading then to the truth which seems to be an island in the middle of a sea of dangers. Amazing. GIOVANNA
Posted on: 19 Jan 2016

My Name's Not Friday
A great read which outlines the importance of reading by using a very persuasive argument in a historical context. Rebecca D
Posted on: 12 Jan 2016

The Art Of Being Normal written by Lisa Williamson
I recently started reading a new book to the library called The Art Of Being Normal. I don't exactly know what to say about it otherwise than it is AMAZING!!! I read the blurb and immediately wanted to read it, so i decided to take it out. I will not give too much information about the book, but it is about a boy called David who wishes he was a girl, who has the troubles of telling his parents who he really wants to be. It is also about a boy called Leo who has troubles fitting in and wants to be left alone until he meets David... What I love about this book so far is how it pulls you in, I haven't been able to put it down! :) I liked how the book was written in two points of view with different fonts for each. Rebecca R
Posted on: 07 Jan 2016

One by Sarah Crossan
I recently read 'One' and I'm finding it difficult to find the right words to describe it...It was amazing, that's one way to put it. I started and completed it in the same day, simply because I couldn't put it down. The book is in the point of view of Grace a conjoined twin, her twin sister's name is Tippi and the book is about their life in highschool. I believe that this book is a strong contender for the award. Eve.J
Posted on: 07 Jan 2016

Fire Colour One
The story of a girl who knows no affection from her mother and her mother's boyfriend. A girl who only meets her extremely wealthy father on his last days of life. A girl who neutralises the fire in her soul with a real fire. A girl who only finds out the truth when her father dies. A girl who was misunderstood. A girl who was called Iris. GIOVANNA
Posted on: 06 Jan 2016

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
The author who wrote this book is a class person. It is written brilliantly and the mystery in it is fantastic so I actually would read this book over and over again. BEN
Posted on: 05 Jan 2016

The Door That Led To Where
An amazing, imaginative account of the difference between two worlds. Brilliant historical detail. Rebecca D
Posted on: 05 Jan 2016

Shadow Cat
I think Shadow Cat should definitely be considered for the Carnegie Medal long list. I think this because it is one of my new favourites. The plot is intriguing and exciting. JANE
Posted on: 05 Jan 2016

One by Sarah Crossan
A beautiful lyrical account of two conjoined twin teens that really will make you think. I challenge you to persuade me that it shouldn't be on the shortlist. REBECCA D
Posted on: 04 Jan 2016

Five Children on the Western Front
The book highlights how much the Great War affected the lives of not only soldiers, but also their families. A magical sand fairy drags along the children to navigate with him through the process of repenting for his previous mistakes - not leaving out a bit of romance! It shows how the children keep on hoping that things will improve, even with two brothers at the front, and seeing students in their school who are constantly losing family members. It's a wonderful mixture of History and Fantasy, the adventure brought along with the fantasy neutralising the cruelty brought by the reality. A magnificent book! GIOVANNA
Posted on: 04 Jan 2016

The big lie
The Big lie is an amazing book set in a world where the question “what would have happened if the Nazis had won world war two and invaded Britain?” is finally answered. A brilliant novel from a fledging genre, it answered all my questions about what might have actually happened and is an insight in to Nazi society from the point of view of the present day. The characters are incredibly brave as the book deals with the trending theme of LGBT in young adult literature in a world where the very thought is enough to get you killed. REBECCA D
Posted on: 17 Dec 2015

blog for 2016
Yes that's right, its 2016 and we're still at the nominations stage. 82 books to read before the longlist can even be thought about. REBECCA D
Posted on: 26 Mar 2014

Time Travel-Past Winners-Graveyard Cool
I love reading because it is so random. I'm especially into Sci Fi and one of my favourite authors is Isaac Asimov. I thought The Graveyard Book was one of the best books I've ever read. It was mysterious so you wanted to know what happened next and it gripped me because every chapter kept me guessing. It followed Nobody Owens over the course of his childhood and I thought it had a cool and weird mixture of characters. I found it entertaining on a lot of levels as it had plenty of comedy and mystery. I also thought the illustrations were amazing, particularly the one of the spiky guy in Chapter 2, as they made the book come alive for me. When asked what flavour I thought it reminded me of, after laughing a lot, I decided it was spicy with a hint of chilli. What I liked especially was that Nobody had confused ideas about life because they were from a ghost's perspective. It was also really random and strange the way it moved between the worlds of the living and the dead. It definitely deserves to win the prize because I wished it could go on after it ended. Harvey Y.
Posted on: 10 Jan 2011