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Kennet Carnegie Group
Group status: We meet every Thursday lunchtime to discuss the Carnegie books

KCG@CKG group ready to read

For 2017 Shadowing our Year 8 and Year 9 Reading Group - 'The Bookologists' are shadowing both awards. One of the highlights of the year is the Carnegie Conference held at our school. This is where pupils from other schools join us for the day to discuss the shortlisted Carnegie books, and try to convince other that their favourite should win. This is done through teams creating various presentations about their chosen book. In previous years we have had everything from drama productions to working models - all created in about 2 hours! We get to meet new people, have fantastic discussions, plenty of fun and CAKE! But will the others be able to make us change our mind? We also visit our local Primary school Francis Baily and read and discuss the Kate Greenaway books with them. Before we go we practise reading aloud and holding the books so that the pupils can easily see the illustrations, this usually send us into fits of laughter as we read aloud, it adds to the fun of taking part in the award. Some of us practise reading to younger brothers and sisters at home.

Park House School
Cheam School
Newbury, Berks
The Downs School, Compton
Newbury, Berkshire
Saint Bartholomew's School (Greenaway)
Newbury, Berkshire
How important is the 'blurb' when choosing a book? Which Carnegie 'blurb' is the most appealing?

Salt to the Sea
Wolf Hollow
Rail Head
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
The Smell of Other People's Houses
The Bone Sparrow
Title: Mr Magnolia
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Winning Year: 1980

Mister Magnolia has only one boot - he has an old trumpet, two sisters, a pond, green parakeets, some fat owls, a scooter, a swimming pool; he's a juggler, a general, the owner of a dinosaur... But only one boot - until a wonderful parcel arrives with th