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Group status: Without any doubt, readers are leaders at Burnt Mill. The most popular book appears to be Things a Bright Girl Can Do.
Most of the people in the Group are currently in Year 10, but we have decided to make this a whole-school activity. Teachers from across the curriculum are also enjoying reading the shortlisted books.

Asa Fletcher-Snow

Bone Talk by Mr Nichols
The story takes you back to a completely different time and place not usually explored within fiction. The setting of the tale in the Philippines is w . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Valentino
This book creates a very sophisticated character who goes by the name of Evelyn. She is presented with a range of ethical, social and general challeng . . .
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The Poet X by Shreyas
This fascinating book is structured in an incredibly unique way, and follows the main protagonist who seems to be having problems and has a unique way . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Libby
A gripping story following the young female protagonist as she travels far to get revenge and find her family. The story is set during the English Civ . . .
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Rebound by Ramone
This book was good because it had a boy that wanted to get into basketball because his cousin was into it and she wanted to play in the NBA and at the . . .
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Rebound by Klary
'Rebound' by Kwame Alexander. The story follows two twins Josh and Jordan Bell's father, Chuck Bell, a basketball star who died young. I found the st . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Asa
This book gives a brilliant historical insight into the world of the suffragettes as well as maintaining an engaging story-line. I enjoyed reading thi . . .
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Bone Talk by Olly
I liked the book Bone Talk as it's an adventure book with a interesting setting and character. I read quite slowly, I also liked that Samkad had to pr . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Jordan
This is an important book which tells the story (fictional) of women and girls who were part of the Suffragette Movement before and during World War O . . .
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Bone Talk by Shreyas
This book, despite being fictional, has a deep rooting within the tribes that inhabited the Philippines over 100 years ago and explores many themes su . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ms Ferguson
A perfect pre-teen book (I’d recommend for age 11/12) for someone who has an interest in spiritual ways and beliefs. Just the right mix between fantas . . .
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Rebound by Ms Hedger
This book is a very interesting read, and really enables you to explore the life of the protagonist. The book is written in a mixture of prose and com . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Asa
'I have initially found 'Things a Bright Girl Can Do' very interesting and the manner in which the book is written creates a more complex story line. . . .
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The Poet X by Abbie
I am in the middle of reading this book and I think it is interesting how the book is written in poetry form telling the story of a young girl and her . . .
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Long Way Down by Qin
This book is great for people who dislike long, boring stories. I also think that the author does well at portraying the challenges for young men in t . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Morein
I personally enjoyed this book however, I must mention that it took me a long time to read it as it didn't really grab my attention or interest. I wou . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lauren
This book was well written however I found it very hard to get into and I felt as though this book would have been better for a younger age group. I b . . .
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Rebound by Ruby
I didn't really find Rebound all that interesting. The style and register of the book make it rather hard to follow, and overall it became quite frust . . .
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Rebound by Teddy
Rebound was a cleverly-told story of a boy whose father has recently passed away and how he 'rebounds' from it. This is through the sport of basketbal . . .
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Rebound by Jo
This is yet another story which begins with the theme of grief. The main character is sent to live with his grandparents for the summer. Somewhat pred . . .
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The Poet X by Chloe
After reading Poet X I feel that it was one of the most interesting books I have read so far. It was quite intriguing and it made me want to read on. . . .
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The Poet X by Isabel
I enjoyed reading 'The Poet X' because it was easy to relate to, considering the main character was a young girl of similar age to me. She experience . . .
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Bone Talk by Brooke
Personally, I didn't enjoy the book as I found the story line quite boring and I thought that there wasn't much to it. . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Niamh
This is a book which is set in the English Civil War, the central character travels on a number of adventures and the book and the theme concern socia . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ruby
The House with Chicken Legs is certainly an interesting read. I really liked the entire premise of the book, however, as the book progresses it become . . .
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The Poet X by Klary
'The Poet X' by Elizabeth Acevedo I would definitely encourage someone to read this book. I like how the book is written in verse in conjunction with . . .
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Bone Talk by Oscar
This book is about a young boy who seeks to become a man and has to go on an adventure. The book is set in the Philippines 100 years ago. The boy, nam . . .
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The Poet X by Isobel
I have to admit its not a book that particularly interests me, however it is a book that is easily understood so I can understand why someone else wou . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Miss Veneman
This is an informative and engaging novel about the suffragette movement and the masses of people who were affected by it in Victorian England. The st . . .
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Long Way Down by Shreyas
Written in a unique style, this book describes the journey of a boy named William who wants to avenge the death of his brother. Interestingly, the ent . . .
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Rebound by Qin
This story is the struggle of a young man turned into a professional basketball player. I really enjoyed the way this is written because it is intrigu . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Jo
This is a bit of a romp; set in the times of The English Civil War the protagonist has many adventures rising from scullery maid to being accepted at . . .
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Rebound by Libby
Rebound is a simple written story, good for beginning readers, it is a story based around the character Charlie Bell, who struggles with the pain of l . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Miss Hedger
This book is absolutely brilliant! The themes that this book discusses are fascinating, with ideas of gender, sexuality, and identity permeating the n . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lauren
This book was amazing! It is a dual narrative that follows the lives of girls involved in the suffrage movement. We see the different aspects of the m . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Morein
I'm amazed. This book was incredible. This book is based on a dual narrative that involves the lives of girls in a patriarchal society where women wer . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Asa
'The House with Chicken Legs' by Sophie Anderson is an interesting book about the experiences of Marinka. I found this slightly less engaging than oth . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Richard
Verrily a historical adventure yarn. The story certainly had its moments, yet, possibly over-long at 300 pages-plus, I feel it did not really go anywh . . .
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Rebound by Shreyas
This book is a fascinating read as it incorporates much more modern ideas such as comic books and as a result I believe I am able to relate to it on a . . .
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Rebound by Oscar
Rebound is a book about a boy Charlie who has recently lost his father and has to move to his grandparents over the summer and enjoys the opportunity . . .
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Long Way Down by Valentino
Long Way Down is a very interesting take on the representation of gang violence. A boy meets a long lost, but deceased friend who takes him through a . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Isabel
I didn't particularly enjoy this book because it was very supernatural. This is not my favourite book genre because I find it unbelievable and futile. . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Chloe
I think this book was quite boring because it didn't have anything in it that seemed to interest me and I couldn't get into it. . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ms Mills
This is such an inspiring novel for young girls and boys about the importance of gender equality. It very effectively uses historical events to demons . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ms Mills
This novel was an incredibly moving story that provided a very honest portrayal of grief from the perspective of a child. It was an incredibly moving . . .
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Bone Talk by Lauren
This book is a coming of age tale about a boy and includes a conflict between the Philippine and American cultures. Personally, this book felt quite . . .
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Bone Talk by Morein
Bone Talk is about a boy named Samkad going through the experience of growing up in a family from the Philippines. I personally didn't really enjoy th . . .
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Bone Talk by Isobel
Bone Talk is a book which delves into a life of another, you are able to see into another's life and experience its ups and downs. It also features a . . .
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Long Way Down by Oscar
Long Way Down is about a situation where a boy has to go down an elevator and it is a remarkable book if you like thrillers and its heartbreaking and . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Shreyas
Despite being a fantastic book, it is definitely not for everyone. This seems to be targeted to a much younger audience as it seems to revolve around . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ruby
I think that representation, especially in books targeted towards teenagers, is incredibly important. I was ecstatic at the fact there was a lesbian r . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Mrs Prior
An interesting novel with the central themes about inheritance and power. The protagonist has an unusual ability which makes her a valuable asset to . . .
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The Poet X by Richard
A story about the magical lure of poetry without too much poetry.This is a quite a conventional tale of teenage rebellion set in Harlem written from a . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Brooke
Personally, I didn't really enjoy the book, as I found the story line very unusual: however there were moments when I was engaged by the sudden and un . . .
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Rebound by Valentino
A quite enjoyable, easy read. I found this book to be quite interesting at around the second half. A boy taught by his family to play basketball turns . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Mrs Prior
I highly recommended this novel as it highlights the struggles of the suffrage movement from the perspective of three strong but very different female . . .
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Rebound by Mrs Prior
After getting into trouble, the protagonist is sent to his grandparents for the summer where he is introduced to basketball by his cousin. As a pr . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Morein
This book is exceptionally written. This has definitely been one of the most interesting as well as absurd books I have ever read in my entire life. E . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Lauren
This was a firm favorite of mine. It was a really heartwarming story about a girl, called Marinka, who feels like an outcast living with her grandma w . . .
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Rebound by Richard
An enjoyable, if a slight read also written in verse form. It does contain some droll humour, which helps. The main theme is grief - will Charlie get . . .
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Long Way Down by Ruby
The premise of the book is interesting and unlike anything else I've read before. Initially I was a bit put off by the structure of the book, since as . . .
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The Poet X by Lauren
This really is such a powerful coming of age tale that was an absolute delight to read. I feel that this book would really appeal to teenagers or anyo . . .
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The Poet X by Morein
I am speechless. I absolutely loved this book and I love the message behind it of speaking up and using your voice and not hiding against other's opin . . .
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Bone Talk by Ms Hedger
Bone Talk is a fascinating insight into the lives of two tribes in the Philippines. The ideas of racial divide that are explored are very interesting, . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Richard
Odd read this. I think it is literary Marmite. It captivated me at first and it does have charm, but I think it faded (pun) towards the end, somewhat. . . .
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Long Way Down by Mrs Hardy
I just didn’t get on with this book. The idea behind it is a good one – especially for young people to understand the hard hitting impact of gangs, cr . . .
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Long Way Down by Jo
The setting is bleak: a violent neighbourhood in New York City. The focus is on revenge - should a brother avenge another by committing murder? The fo . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Jo
This is a fascinating read, which tells of the struggle that the Suffragette movement endured during the First World War. In many ways, it shines a li . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Mrs Hardy
I started this with much anticipation – a recommendation from a friend, a student and a colleague so was excited to start and it did not disappoint. T . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Katie
This book is an excellent and accurate look at the alternative side to the Suffrage movement. The alternative side to the Suffragette's is a lost piec . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Rebecca
At the beginning of the book, Hardinge writes about a girl who had horrible nightmares. She was called Makepeace and was very different from everyone . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Amy
I think that the start of this book was actually really good because I liked the way it started when it describes the setting and what had happened pr . . .
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Bone Talk by Asa
'Bone Talk' by Candy Gourlay follows the life of a boy from the Philippines in the late 1800's. It is centered around him coming of age and his journe . . .
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The Poet X by Brooke
Wow.This book is very emotive and very enjoyable. Personally, I really enjoyed this book about a teenage girl whose found her voice through poetry,and . . .
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Rebound by Isabel
Rebound is an interesting book based on family and the life of a 15-year-old boy, so I found it quite relatable. It also has deeper meanings about dru . . .
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Rebound by Morein
I don't think my eyes have ever been glued to a book so much. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone, having the layout as a fr . . .
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Long Way Down by Chloe
It was quite interesting but not my ideal book because it was depressing as it was about death. There was some dramatic tension. It is clever at the e . . .
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Rebound by Lauren
I really loved the layout of the book as it was written in free verse and I feel like the story was really well structured as it fed little pieces of . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Miss Sadler
Things a Bright Girl Can Do tackles important issues in a way that is accessible to people of all ages. Nicholls does not shy away from brutal reality . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Richard
Really, really enjoyed this. Appealing subject-matter, detailed social history, which involved a lot of research, and a low-key ending. I hope this bo . . .
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Long Way Down by Klary
'Long Way Down' by Jason Reynolds# The narrative follows the tragic aftermath of the death of the brother of Will. He writes to say that those follow . . .
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Long Way Down by Morein
I would say that this book really touched me like no other book I have ever read and that the message behind it was extremely powerful. I would defini . . .
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Long Way Down by Lauren
I feel as though the book had an interesting story line which helped bring around an understanding of grief. It had a really interesting layout which . . .
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The Poet X by Asa
'The Poet X' by Elizabeth Acevado is a touching book about the development of a teenager name Xiomara under the roof of her strongly religious and opp . . .
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Rebound by Brooke
I found this book very moving. The main character Charlie Bell found his lost confidence by playing a game he once lost interest in-Basketball. Person . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ruby
A Skinful Of Shadows is easily one of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading. It delivers an interesting and enticing plot for the reader, es . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Oscar
A Skinful Of Shadows is an interesting book that is about about someones who tries to defend herself against a ghost who tried to possess her in the n . . .
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Rebound by Asa
'Rebound' by Kwame Alexander is a touching book about the effects of grief upon a boy and his mother after losing the boy's father. The sport of baske . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Shreyas
Despite this book having an interesting concept revolving around Russian folklore, it heavily lacks any character arc as sometimes the main protagonis . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Valentino
The House with Chicken Legs is an interesting take on an old Russian folk-tale, with imaginative ways to describe the life of a young girl who was ado . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Brooke
A very intriguing book with a wide range of information on the suffragette' fight to achieve the vote. It demonstrates different views upon the First . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Isabel
A very interesting book about the history of the Suffragettes and women's rights. It also portrays multiple love stories, both homosexual and heterose . . .
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Rebound by Chloe
I think this was a good book and the short pages made it more enjoyable and how there was a bit of poetry. At the start it was a bit confusing but as . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Maggie
While this novel had a lot of potential as a work of sci-fi/fantasy, I found that it did not quite hit the mark. The focus on the otherworldly was bal . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Richard
Obviously, not being the target audience for this, I did find it an uphill struggle - the twee quality of the whimsy go to me at times. I was, however . . .
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The Poet X by Harrison
The Poet x made me feel a lot of things. Sad, happy, angry, but most of all it made me feel hope for Xiomara because the story and words are so beauti . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Harrison
Things A Bright Girl Can Do is an inspiring novel that is captivating and very enjoyable, it showcases the fight for the women’s right to vote in 8984 . . .
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Long Way Down by Harrison
Long Way Down, a novella by Jason Reynolds portrays a boy set by strict “rules” that consist of no tears, no "snitching" and murder. The plot consist . . .
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Long Way Down by Asa
'Long Way Down' by Jason Reynolds has been an emotionally powerful book despite me only having read half of it so far. The story depicts 'Will' as bei . . .
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Bone Talk by Richard
It was refreshing to read about a different historical and social culture - Philippines in the early 1900s. This is an adventurous yarn about the comi . . .
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Long Way Down by Richard
I was initially mistrustful of the free verse form of this book, not being particularly impressed from the ecological angle. But still. The concept be . . .
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Which is the most enjoyable book that you have read?

Long Way Down
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
The House with Chicken Legs
The Poet X
Bone Talk
A Skinful of Shadows
Rebound
The Land of Neverendings