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Fortismere
London,
Group status: I've submitted the name of the group's favourite Carnegie book for the Shadowers' Choice Award. Because first and second choice were equal, I had to make up a convoluted points system which gave one the edge. See the Barometer...

Too many shadowers to fit into one teensy picture!

Fortismere's Carnegie Group is made up of Year 8 students. We meet once a week just to touch base and have a chat if we want. Let's see if we can beat the number of reviews posted in the past couple of years.

Mrs Ward (as she is the most responsible member of the group...)

Rebound by Lucy
I really loved Rebound. I thought the book was full of emotion and subtle life lessons about perseverance and taking the shot. I actually really liked . . .
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The Poet X by Lauren
I did not enjoy this book at all. It was not unique and it was very boring. Although it was emotional, nothing interesting happened. It was the right . . .
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The Poet X by Lucy
This was by far my favourite book on the list. I really enjoyed the style of writing. Xiomara was a wholesome character and i loved her personality an . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Megan
Lots of my friends said that they did not really enjoy this book, so I was very hesitant about reading it. But when I actually came around to it, I fo . . .
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Rebound by Freya
This book was amazing! I loved how it was written in poetry, the story line was intriguing and I didn't want to put it down. You really fell in love w . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Freya
This book had a very creative story line and it wasn't similar to anything I have read before. I didn't enjoy it as much as the other books but I woul . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Isabelle C.
The house with chicken legs is a very good read. It explores family and destiny. My favourite character is Marinka because she is bold. i really think . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Siri
The house with Chicken Legs presents a topic which is usually difficult to use effectively, death. At the beginning I found it interesting but as the . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Sian
I thought this book was a bit childish for our age group so may not be enjoyable for everyone. It covers the concept of loss from a close one but the . . .
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The Poet X by Biba
When I began reading this book, I thought I wouldn't bother picking it up again because of some of the criticism I have read in reviews, but I was sur . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Lily
This book succeeds in putting the reader in Marinka's shoes, and I, for one, did enjoy it. There were sharp twists in each chapter, and as soon I felt . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lily
I am confused by who this book is trying to reach. There are plenty of quite sinister undertones, such as sibling death, (how cheery), but the overall . . .
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Bone Talk by maya
Whilst it was my least favourite of the 8 I still liked its plot and the way the author expressed the characters feelings throughout the book.I would . . .
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The Poet X by maya
Amazing ,climatic and sad at times this book is a great read,(and a good companion for long journeys) It keeps you on your toes and is very emotional. . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by maya
such a sweet ,witty book thatís full of imagination and discovery. The book transports you to a faraway place and is almost warming to read. Very cr . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Maya
A hard book to get your teeth into but once you get into it itís really hard to stop.It has a unique and magical plot that uses such deep descriptions . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Elliott
This book was good but it felt like it was aimed at a completely different person to me so it was hard to enjoy it but I could see why other people wo . . .
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Long Way Down by Elliott
This book was amazing and left me stunned. It was a quick dose of excitement but the ending felt like it was supposed to be interpreted and not read.I . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Elliott
I thought this book was near perfect but it just went on too long.The messages in the book are still relevant today and the characters were written am . . .
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Rebound by Elliott
I really enjoyed the begging of this book and I couldn't wait for a climax.Sadly,the climax never came leading to me being dissapointed. I liked the w . . .
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Bone Talk by Ben
Bone Talk was a very interesting book. The book made you feel uneasy because you never really new who to trust, it kept giving you different people t . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Zeynep
The Land Of Never Endings was a truly magical book. It brought me back to the times when I imagined up little adventures for my toy teddies and it was . . .
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Bone Talk by Sadie
I have never read a book on the Philipines before and I didn't know much about it at all. I feel like this book taught me bit about the culture there . . .
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Long Way Down by Sadie
Long Way Down is a really original book. Firstly, the fact that it's written in verses is effective, because the pauses make it so sad and impactful. . . .
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Rebound by Harry
I loved this book and read it one day. The plot was gripping especially as I love sport (basketball in this case) which made it particularly interesti . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Harry
This book was quite interesting about the history of the English civil war. I was also intrigued by the idea that some people have a space inside them . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lara
I found this book a bit boring and unhappy. I personally donít like reading sad books when siblings die so this wasnít the right book for me. I liked . . .
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Bone Talk by Lara
I didnít enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I liked the beginning but towards the end I found it a bit boring. I didnít really like the plo . . .
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Rebound by Lara
I enjoyed reading this book and found it interesting. I feel as if it could be a relatable story for people around the same age as the main character. . . .
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Bone Talk by sian
I really liked this book, it covered an interesting topic that I haven't seen in many books, it was as well a really good read and I would definitely . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Grace
Things A Bright Girl Can Do was an amazing book! Before I started reading the book I thought that I was going to think it wasn't interesting and I tho . . .
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Rebound by Biba
Charlie Bell is going through a rough time after the tragic death of his beloved father. Since this incident, Charlie Bell has made some bad decision . . .
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Rebound by Lauren
I really enjoyed this book because of the character relationships which made the story more interesting.At first when i saw the cover i thought the th . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lauren
This book is especially well structured as it highlights female empowerment by also educating the reader about the experiences and historical events t . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Megan
I was really looking forward to reading this book because it was my kind of novel and it definately lived up to my expectations! This book had a reall . . .
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Rebound by Lily
I must say this is very unlike the other books nominated. The layout is unusual for a 'teen novel'. In some ways, it reminds me of a Rupi Kaur book. I . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ben
This book put you in a scene that was very unlike the real world and yet managed to have morals and human emotions in it which made the book amazing a . . .
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Rebound by Amelia
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting and fun read for the holidays. I found the style of writing very nicely presented and effective on the . . .
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Bone Talk by Eve
Bone Talk was exceptional at boring me. I wasnít at all engaged in the characters and the story was at an incredibly slow and long pace. The only char . . .
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Rebound by Eve
Rebound was not as good as the other ones in my opinion. It barely engaged me with some mildly funny moments and good language. Overall the story wasn . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ella
When I was reading 'The House with Chicken Legs' I found the beginning quite intruiging since there was rich descriptions and you could imagine a viv . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Leni
This was my last book and I saved it until last. I thought it would be my favourite but then i thought it was aimed at children of a younger age. The . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Adrian
[SPOILERS][WARNING] I really liked A Skinful of Shadows right from the beginning, and really got stuck in. The characters were well developed in a . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Zakary
This book was by quite a lot my favourite Carnegie book. The idea was very original whilst also playing on a type of story that people are familiar wi . . .
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Long Way Down by Zakary
This book was actually surprisingly good because my friends did not particularly enjoy it. I found this book was excellent and really used free verse . . .
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The Poet X by matilda
I didn't really like reading this book because in my opinion it was quiet boring and didn't really have a good plot. I could also guess most of what w . . .
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The Poet X by Megan
I was a not really looking forward to reading this book as lots of my friends told me about it and I wasn't too keen on the storyline. However when I . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Zakary
I found this book quite interesting and really enjoyed it. There were a few twists and turns and quite a few unexpected moments throughout the book an . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by lara
I really enjoyed this book. It is an amazing fictional book I love how imaginary this book is, and how Marinca makes her choices even if they are the . . .
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The Poet X by lara
I found this book very intresting. I felt as if the girl in this book went through many emotions. I found the plot very detailed and it made it seem s . . .
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Long Way Down by Grace
Long Way Down for me is the best book I have read so far! I completely understood the plot and loved the way it was set out. The characters were reall . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Grace
A Skinful of Shadows was for me quite a hard book to read for a few reasons. One was that until near the end of the book I didn't really understand th . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Lal
The House with Chicken Legs is a fiction book. This book was really interesting and a fun read. I did not think that I would enjoy this book but it wa . . .
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Bone Talk by Amar-Jai
In Bone Talk i found it quite on the point and there weren't any twists and turn.I found this book a little bit inspiring because Samkad's father said . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Marlon
This book was very boring and didn't really fit into my age category, but I liked the genre they tried to write in. I liked some parts of it, because . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Marlon
I liked this book as it showed another culture in an interesting perspective. I also liked how it how it includes the dead, making reality impossible . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sian
I really enjoyed the House with Chicken legs. I thought it had a good story line and I would definitely recommend the book to somebody. . . .
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Rebound by Adrian
I really like this book, and even though it was written in the same free style way as Long Way Down was, the words have a much different impact. The s . . .
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Long Way Down by Megan
I really enjoyed this book. I feel the character development was really well done especially taken into acount the fact that the books poetic structur . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by matilda
I really liked this book because I really liked the ending because was connected with the rest of the book and the characters really connected with ea . . .
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The Poet X by Eve
I loved this book. It was about a lot of thingís. First love, relationships, belief, freedom and obviously poetry. It tied all of them together perfec . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Eve
I found some parts of the book engaging and the language interesting. The political and historical context creates a deeper layer about fighting for y . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Biba
I did not enjoy this book as much as the others. I imagined this would be a book i would enjoy, but the truth is, half way through I gave up. I couldn . . .
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Bone Talk by Isabel
This book was not one of the best that I read. I found it relatively uninteresting and I hoped for more to happen. When my friends talked about it the . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Freya
The book was good. a bit long though but I liked the history element. The character development was very good and It was enjoyable to read. :) . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Elliott
This book was written well but didn't get to the point quickly enough for me. I enjoyed the world the book created but there wasn't a reason for me to . . .
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The Poet X by Freya
I loved this book! i couldn't stop reading it. The story line was very intriguing and i loved how it was written in poetry form to go along with the t . . .
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Rebound by Siri
Rebound is definitely one of my favourites. This book is about a boy called Charlie (Chuck) who is struggling to come to terms with a life which no lo . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ben
This was a brilliant book, there were lots of amazing themes to it and morals, for example you should always look after family, and story had you on e . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by matilda
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was full of surprises and I liked all the characters and how they interact ed with each other. The best . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lucy
I really liked this book. I thought it was empowering and insparational and very modern feminist-wise. Although this book is probably aimed at girls i . . .
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Bone Talk by Siri
Overall, I think that this is a good book. It includes a lot of relatable characters and encounters and is generally a very interesting book. However, . . .
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Rebound by Lila
Rebound, was an incredible novel based in 1998. It is about a young boy who has experienced a death in his family. Whilst trying to feel okay, he bala . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ella
I didn't enjoy this book. I think it was aimed at a younger age group. If I was younger I would enjoy the story and I would have liked the fantasy wor . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Isabel
This book was very strange to me as I carried on reading it. I had a very high expectation of what it was going to be like but I didn't think it was a . . .
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The Poet X by Nelle
This was a very good book i loved it it was a strait 9/10 the only thing that i didn't like was the writing technique of free verse. There were quite . . .
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The Poet X by Zakary
I found this book was actually quite good but was not for me. I did not particularly enjoy reading this book, even though I thought it was well writte . . .
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Rebound by Isabel
I thought this book was really good. It was very interesting to read at the start and continued to entice me as I carried on reading it. I would never . . .
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Bone Talk by Lily
I found this book to be rather enjoyable, but quite boring at times. I am a big fan of Candy Gourlay, however this was probably one of her weaker book . . .
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Bone Talk by Isabelle C.
Bone Talk is A very interesting book which contrasts the lives of native Filipinos and those of the Americans who come to settle in their land. The au . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Adrian
I really liked the house with the chicken legs, as it really caught my attention and was descriptive and interesting. I finished it within 3 days of p . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Zeynep
this book is very exciting to read however i think it could have been shorter and got to the point faster. i really enjoyed the main characters journe . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Isabelle C
This book is really interesting to read and it has very interesting plot twists and characters.My favourite character is Makepeace because of her kind . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Lucy
I liked this book because it talks about the afterlife which in many cases is difficult. The author interpreted the story while adding her own touches . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Amelia
In my opinion, overall it was a very slow moving though interesting book. It follows three individuals (Evelyn, Nell and May) during the war and shows . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Siri
The Land of Neverendings, I believe, a book for younger children. I did not particularly enjoy it. This book is full of imagination and unbelievable t . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Megan
You know that feeling when you're compelled to read a book because it is just so encaptivating? Well this book gave me quite the opposite. In fact the . . .
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Rebound by Zoe
The novel-in-verse follows Chuck/Charlie who is acting out as he mourns the death of his father. His mother's solution is to send him to spend the sum . . .
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The Poet X by Ella
This was my fifth book in the Carnegie book award. I really loved this book. I loved how it was written and the writing was really engaging. The Poet . . .
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The Poet X by Lal
The poet X is also written in a poem-style. The poet X is about a girl called Xiomara who has a twin called Xavier (but she calls him twin). She comes . . .
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Rebound by Lal
Rebound is written in a poem-style. Rebound is about a boy called Charles (Chuck) whos father had just died and it is just him and his mum. Charles go . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Lila
A skinful of shadows, is an extremely haunting book. I personally don't read these kind of books, however I couldn't put it down. It takes you to a pl . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lila
Things A Bright Girl Can Do,is a lovely book. It is based in 1614 at a time when women were to abide by the rules, which were to do house work, take c . . .
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Bone Talk by Grace
For me I found Bone Talk a hard book to read. At the beginning of the book I thought I knew what the plot was about but as the book went on I felt as . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sadie
(Spoiler alert) The House with Chicken Legs is a book about friendship and escaping your destiny. The main character, Marinka, is destined to one day . . .
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Bone Talk by Adrian
SPOILERS I especially liked Bone Talk, with its insightful portrayal of 19th-20th century Philippines. The descriptions vivid and detailed, really pa . . .
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Long Way Down by Sian
I really liked this book, it was about an interesting concept and the style of how it was written was clever. It was a quick read as it as written in . . .
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Rebound by Amar-Jai
I found rebound a good book although at times it could get quite boring. This book for me was well structured and well presented. I found the characte . . .
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The Poet X by matilda
In my opinion I enjoyed the poet X because I liked the well thought out story line and all the characters. The plot makes sense and is also interestin . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Isabel
This book was very historical and it had me in different states of emotions every time a read a page of it. It was slightly hard to follow as it kept . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Zakary
I thought this book was aimed at a different group of people than me and I also felt that it was quite boring in parts. The overall story of the book . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ella
I found this read very serious and I think it could've been much shorter. However, I did find it very gripping as there were many dramatic points wher . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Isabel
I didn't enjoy reading this book because I thought it could have had more of a story line. In my opinion the book didn't really go anywhere and it was . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Isabel
At first I didn't like this book. As I read further I found it more interesting and it grabbed my attention and I wanted to read more. It was a great . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ella
This book didn't begin very well but as I progressed through the book I found it interesting and I was kept on the edge of my seat during many points . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by harryy
It was a decent book which was quite interesting but i would say that it is for younger readers. . . .
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The Poet X by Isabel
I really enjoyed this book because it was very unexpected. I had very different expectations of what this book would be like but it was a nice surpris . . .
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Rebound by Ella
I found this book very gripping from the first page. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. The book was very emotional and I had extremely . . .
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Bone Talk by Nelle
This was an amazing book i really enjoyed it it was a really good book i got very sad at the end i really felt for the characters at the end it was a . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Arun
This book is a book set through many different key characters view points that all have one thing in common : They are all campaigning for women's rig . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Zeynep
However much I find the topic of equality between men and women very interesting and important this book didn't really hit the mark for me. This book . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Polly
The Land Of Neverendings is definitely a memorable book . The toys and imaginary world come alive in the book and in your mind too.Unlike others who r . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Arun
This book was a fantasy novel about a girl who has grown up helping guiding the dead and living in a house with chicken leg. She dislikes her future a . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ben
I think things a bright girl can do is a brilliant book. The characters were very realistic and it mixed fiction with non-fiction very well.The langua . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Sian
A skinful of shadows was a good boo but I think the story was quite long and didn't really move forwards for a while. It is about a girl who comes fro . . .
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Long Way Down by maya
This book is moving, unexpected, raw and extremely evocative. Not only is this a lyrical, beautifully written book but it is also opening our eyes to . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by maya
First of all, let me start by saying wow. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions and it's so intriguing to see how the writer portrays early 20th ce . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Zoe
I loved this book because it reminds me of childhood memories, and I am sure it does the same for many. The story is so good because everyone can rela . . .
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Rebound by maya
This book was fabulous.it was an easy read with a lovely rhythm and I found myself genuinely sad when it was finished.i would recommend it to people w . . .
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The Poet X by Lila
The Poet X is a beautifully written book by the author Elizabeth Acevedo. The novel is written in verse, a collection of short poems, creating a young . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Adrian
SPOILERS I really liked the Land of Neverendings, and the way it mixed fun with despair, silliness with seriousness. I liked how the tone could jum . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Sadie
I found the Land of Neverendings very imaginative, but I did not enjoy it much. The message was interesting and the plot was intriguing, but I feel th . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Eve
It had an interesting concept and lovely descriptive imagery. The main character was interesting and had understandable motivations. Overall, it was a . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Isabelle C.
"Things a bright girl can do" by Sally Nichols is a very interesting book. The plot is well developed an so are the characters. Nichols makes the book . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Nelle
I fell in love with this book almost instantly it is a very good book and i would recommend it to people of all ages. This book was full of surprises . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sadie
Things a bright girl can do was good and well written, but I found the ending unsatisfactory. . . .
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The Poet X by Sadie
This book was very clever and heartfelt and I enjoyed it. . . .
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Rebound by sadie
When I first picked this book, I didn't expect enjoy it as much as I did. I liked how it was all written in verses, because it worked with the story. . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by sadie
A chilling and exciting plot- I really enjoyed this book! . . .
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Rebound by Zeynep
i haven't read all 8 shortlisted books but from the ones i have read this is by far the best! I really like Rebound because Charlie is so determined t . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Zoe
I found this book a bit inactive at first, however further on I realised this was deliberate, to show the inactivity in Marinkaís life. I found it ver . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Leni
At first, I hated this book. The plot was boring and I didn't understand it. I hated the way it was told, but ,after a while, I grew to love it. After . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Leni
I really enjoyed this book. ' Things a bright girl can do' is about three different girls, Evelyn, May and Nell. It is set during the war when women d . . .
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Long Way Down by Georgina
***THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD*** Long way down is another book written in free verse that really captivates you the moment you open it. It is one . . .
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Rebound by Georgina
A unique way of conveying the character's thoughts is what makes you want to dive deeper into this book. Written in free verse, its use of graphic nov . . .
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Long Way Down by Siri
I think this is a good book. It is believable and relatable. I think one thing that could have made it better is if it was more clear if he killed Rig . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Arun
SPOILER ALERT The land of never endings is set in a small town where there are only 2 things that could make them associated wi . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Zaki
This is overall a very good and well written book. I found it clear and knew what was going on throughout the whole book and found it very engaging an . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Siri
The idea of the book was well planned but story was weak and trailed off in many parts of the middle of the book. The characters, however, each have a . . .
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Long Way Down by Zeynep
at first this book was really confusing, so many people were introduced and it was hard to tell at one part who was who. overall i like the concept of . . .
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The Poet X by Grace
The Poet X is a very interesting book. When I first started to read it I was a little bit confused to what the story line was and found it hard to con . . .
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The Poet X by Amar-Jai
In this book I didn't feel as if there was much too it. it was a little bit boring at times and had a few twists and turns not many. I don't really re . . .
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Rebound by Isabelle C
Rebound is a very interesting book to read. It is written in free verse and this gives the reader a deeper understanding of Charlie's feelings and act . . .
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Bone Talk by polly
this book is unique in so many ways and i have never read anything like it.the main characters perspective is like nothing other and i enjoyed gettin . . .
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The Poet X by Zeynep
this book is a really emotional and inspiring novel. it really puts life in perspective for me and makes it clear that nothing is going to come easily . . .
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Rebound by Zaki
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the way it was written in a poem. It was slightly confusing at the end as the characters changed but the rest of t . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by polly
the house with chicken legs does take a while to get started but half way through you'll be glad you stuck through as images come alive and the plot t . . .
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The Poet X by Zaki
I did not enjoy this book very much. I didn't like the structure and I thought it was a bit slow. i think the ending was very good but the way it was . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lucy
I really enjoyed this book. The author had a really nice style that can be understood by all ages. The main character was sweet and relatable. Also th . . .
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Long Way Down by MouLun
I didn't really like the book as it didn't really show much of the characters. It didn't have much of a storyline either, so it was quite boring. . . .
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Rebound by MouLun
It starts out confusing, but when you start to understand it more, you get the plot. I think this is a good book as it has a good storyline and some w . . .
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Long Way Down by Freya
I read this book a couple of months ago and I remember that I really enjoyed it. I liked how new people that the narrator knew came into the lift at e . . .
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Long Way Down by Harry
It was boring up until about halfway through. but it got better towards the end. the last page is very good. overall a decent read . . .
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Rebound by Leni
I loved this book from the very beginning. The book is about a boy who is sent to stay with his grandparents for the summer. At first he expects it to . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by maya
A fantastic book!Really enjoyed it a great read.Perfect for anyone who likes a good plot twist,would definitely recommend,great description and lovabl . . .
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Bone Talk by Leni
When I picked up Bone Talk, I didn't expect much. I thought I wouldn't like it because it was about a topic I didn't know much about, but it turned ou . . .
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Rebound by matilda
I think the plot is well constructed. The plot is controlled well by the author. Events make sense thin the theme. The ending makes sense with relatio . . .
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Long Way Down by Lauren
The captivating story of Long Way Down is irresistible and hard to put down because of the suspense and cliffhangers that lead up to the events which . . .
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Long Way Down by Amelia
In my opinion, Long way down is a compelling and interesting book to read. The style of writing is different though has a great effect on the writing . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Nelle
I found this book boring it is not the type of book i like to read and i found it boring. This book rated by me is a 4/10 i would not recommend this b . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Lauren
The House with Chicken Legs is a compelling book with an engrossing story-line and a gripping ending. The aspect of this book I enjoyed most was how t . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sian
Things a bright girl can do is a book that follows the stories of three girls as they participate in the suffragette movement. The book is set right b . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Adrian
SPOILERS At the beginning of Things A Bright Girl Can Do, I found it interesting and descriptive. Throughout the entire book I loved how effective . . .
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The Poet X by Arun
Spoiler alert The poet x features x the main character is a twin growing up in a Dominican family house hold where there is a big . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Arun
Skin full of shadows is a book set in king James's reign when there was a war between royalists and round heads and amidst this is Makepeace who has j . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Biba
Marinka's house is a festive place where she and her grandmother, Baba, hosts a grand party every night. There is food, drink and lively music where e . . .
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Bone Talk by Amelia
Overall, I found Bone talk a very interesting and well written book. It's plot is quite long and builds up to a very dramatic point near the end, alth . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Zoe
I did enjoy the book, however it is so far my leas favourite. I found the book very predictable, partyly due to it being based on real history, which . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Zakary
This was a gripping tale of a girl and ghosts with family inheritance linked in between. The fantasy interlocked perfectly with the real-life histori . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ben
I thought this book had a great story line with easy to understand characters. I enjoyed it but i would recommend it more to 8 - 10 year olds as it is . . .
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Rebound by Grace
Rebound is an amazing book. I have never read a book like this with this type of structure of page. The plot is very easy to follow and as soon as I s . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Zoe
An absolute amazing book written with an interesting mix of history and fiction. The story line is complicated, but easy to follow, and extremely clev . . .
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Long Way Down by Arun
Long way down is a 3 verse book around 300 pages long and each page is within an elevator. The main character lives in a neighbour hood with lots of s . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Amar-Jai
In the book 'The Land of Neverendings,' I found it quite childish but also imaginative in terms of how it is structured. They interact with each other . . .
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Long Way Down by matilda
the plot makes sense. the author does seem in control of the plot. events happen logically most of the time. i don't think the end of the book is that . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Nelle
I don't like this book the idea is great and it uses a load of literary techniques but it is not very interesting and the start was but then it got bo . . .
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The Poet X by Siri
I think this is a very interesting and emotional book. Everything in the book was very believable and the storyline was good. I like this book because . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lal
SPOILER ALERT The Land of Neverendings is a fiction book. The main character (Emily) has a disabled sister called Holly, who is in a wheel chair. . . .
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Bone Talk by Arun
Bone talk was a unique book about the life of a Philippine around 100 years ago. The story is told through the eyes of a Philippine boy who faces many . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by matilda
The plot is well constructed. the author is in control of the plot. the events make sense in the order they are in. the ending makes sense with the re . . .
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Rebound by Nelle
I believe that rebound is a decent book but could be improved it has a very similar layout to Long way down it is very rhythmical. In my list it s a 9 . . .
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The Poet X by Sian
'The Poet X' is about a girl who expresses her emotions about the world through free verse poems, about how angry she is wit her mum and how she has f . . .
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Long Way Down by Eve
Long Way Down is creative in the way it presents itís story. It takes place in one elevator yet it feels bigger. The ghosts, though not given much dev . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Grace
I found this book quite hard to get into as the plot was quite slow and I wasn't sure what the book was about. However, as I got to around the middle . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Eve
The Land Of Neverendings manages to be ridiculously silly and incredibly sad at the same time in a good balance. The way Smockeroom works is very well . . .
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The Poet X by Isabelle C
The Poet X is a very meaningful book. It is well-constructed and its use of free verse deepens your emotional connection with Xiomara and other charac . . .
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Long Way Down by Isabelle C.
Long Way Down is an excellent book for older readers with graphic imagery used. It has believable characters, who's struggles with grief and other di . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Siri
I think the plot was well constructed and creative. The storyline was slightly repetitive but very believable. The time in which it was set reflected . . .
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Long Way Down by Nelle
My review of this book is that it quite a good book it isn't the best book i have read but is in my top 10 i would rate it 9/10 as it could use a bit . . .
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Long Way Down by Lal
***SPOILER ALERT**** Long Way Down is a book written in a poem-like style. The main character (Will Holloman) lives in with his mum and older br . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Lily
I, personally, really did not like this book. There is nothing different about it that sets it apart from other books of the same genre. If you enjoy . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Megan
The house with chicken legs is a book which constructs the idea of identity and belonging, as you read through the book. Despite being a fantasy stor . . .
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Long Way Down by Zaki
I extremely enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. I really like the way it is structured and how every time there is a new floor a new . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Isabelle C.
The land of neverendings is a very good book and the theme of dealing with grief is well-explored and simplified for younger readers. It has a well c . . .
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Rebound by Zakary
This book was a refreshing take on both the sports writing genre and just books in general. The free verse format made the book a quick read but did n . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Nelle
In my opinion Things a bright girl can do is one of the best books I have read it is an amazing story of the struggles that women had getting the vote . . .
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Long Way Down by Leni
This was the first book I read on this years shortlist and it was a real page-turner. The whole story is told through one trip down an elevator and is . . .
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Rebound by Ben
I think this book's plot was amazing and managed to have lots of different twists and turns on what happens in the book.The characters are very relata . . .
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Long Way Down by Adrian
SPOILERS Long way down really had an impact on me, and is one of the most interesting and page-turning books I've read. The way that the words were . . .
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Long Way Down by Zoe
Long way down is a particularly thought provoking novel,and I found the anagrams particularly interesting, sending out a powerful message that shows t . . .
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Long Way Down by Amar-Jai
***Spoiler Alert *** The book I was reading was called Long Way Down. This book was really fascinating and an enjoy to read! In my opinion, the a . . .
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The Poet X by Zoe
This beautifully written book is very unique, particularly in the structure - written in verses - with a very strong message conveyed throughout by al . . .
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Rebound by Arun
The book rebound is a 3 verse, realistic fiction about a boy (Charlie Bell ) whose father has just died. To relieve both Charlie and his Mum from the . . .
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Bone Talk by Zaki
I thoroughly enjoyed Bone Talk it was interesting to see through the Bontok's perspective how the Americans came to the Philippines, not the other way . . .
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Bone Talk by Zoe
An extremely captivating book. Very easy to follow and informative, allowing me to understand their culture, and to learn about the wars. Very interes . . .
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Bone Talk by zakary
This book was extremely good and offered an interesting insight into a part of history not touched on very often. The story was very compelling and sh . . .
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The Wolfe Pack
Dotted Olives
Martin Infants
London,
Greig-arious Readers
London,
Which is your winner? Who will you be rooting for at next week's party??

The House with Chicken Legs
Bone Talk
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
The Land of Never Endings
Long Way Down
The Poet X
A Skinful of Shadows
Things a Bright Girl can Do
 
Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Winning Year: 1996

Junk is the most controversial Carnegie winner yet. It unflinchingly tells the story of Tar and Gemma, who run away from home, move to Bristol and meet up with some squatters. It is superbly written, with a subtle character development achieved through a
 

 
 

Kate Saunders

Kate Saunders is a full-time author and journalist and has written many books for adults and children. Her books for children have won awards and received rave reviews, and include future classics such as Beswitched, Magicalami . .