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Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
Group status: We're excited that it's "That time of year again" and have quite a number waiting to read the shortlisted books. Some of us have read several of the longlist already... We will begin meeting after Easter by which time... who will have read them ALL??

Happy winners... sorrowful losers

Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School is in Ramsgate, Kent. Come and join the fun! Read the books, do the quizzes, get involved in the group meetings... and enjoy the party at the end.

Mrs Myhill

The House with Chicken Legs by Anya
I thought this book was a refreshing take on the fantasy genre, using Eastern European mythology as opposed to the often overused trope of dragons and . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Asha
This was by far my favourite book of the shortlist this year. Although it is one of many stories based on the Votes for Women Movement, it is a unique . . .
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Bone Talk by Sara
I found the book "Bone Talk" was very intriguing. The author both satisfied my expectations and allowed me to learn about the history of the Philippin . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Kirsty
I think the story started out kinda boring but it progressed as the story went on. The 2 person narrative was interesting although I usually see it us . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Karen
The book was interesting. It covered subjects being or relating to the concept of death and the legend of Baba Yaga. It focuses strongly on friendship . . .
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Long Way Down by Kirsty
The "lack of plot" in this book, in my opinion, suited the book, as I think that it helped focus on what was happening. I found the whole story moving . . .
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Bone Talk by Preyanha
This book was very interesting and educational, it taught me that there are many cultures people follow. . . .
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Rebound by Kirsty
I enjoyed the plot and found the poetry suited the book well. I also liked the comic strips and I think that it was creative. . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Preyanha
I liked this book because it was imaginative and unusual. I like most of the book but some parts were annoying because of the choices the characters m . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Larisa
I chose 'The Land of Neverendings' because when I read the blurb, I immediately had a question. Like all young readers, I had an urgent desire to answ . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by MrsM
Although I enjoyed reading this adventure story/race against time, and appreciated the skill of the author in sensitively confronting various forms of . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by MrsM
This was an interesting idea and an imaginative expansion of an old Russian legend, but I felt it lost its way partway through and never satisfyingly . . .
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Rebound by MrsM
At first I found the poetry style forced and getting in the way of understanding, but this soon settled and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. There were . . .
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The Poet X by MrsM
Another book written in poetry form! A real theme on the Carnegie lists this year... but at least this one is also about poetry. Its American setting . . .
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Dane Court Grammar
Wellesley House
CDS Shadows
Christ Church Critics
Ramsgate, Kent
What makes a good book for you?

Really well-drawn 3-D characters
An exciting and/or well-developed plot
Well-written; good vocabulary
A stand-out cover
Recommendation by friends
Similar to other books I've really enjoyed
By my favourite author
Title: The Borrowers
Author: Mary Norton
Illustrator: Diana Stanley
Winning Year: 1952

Pod, Homily and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They dread cats and being "seen". They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the 'human beans' who don't e


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Candy Gourlay is of Filipino heritage, and began her career as a journalist for the opposition press during the People Power Revolution before becoming an author. Her debut novel Tall Story won the Crystal Kite Award in 2011.