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Elthorne Park High School, West London
Group status: We were born ready!

We are reading!

We are very excited to be reading the Carnegie shortlist again this year! We are a group of year 7, 8 and 9 bookworms and a librarian, and we'll be avidly reading and meeting to discuss all 8 books over the next 8 weeks! There will be biscuits and cake!


The Hate U Give by Raj
A - M - A - Z - I - N - G. This book is so good. I have so much appreciation for this book. The strongest aspect of this book is its social commentary . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Raj
Wimbley Land has been wun in a wegwettable way, but now the time of weckoning has come, wequiwing a bweak from the past and a cwackdown on tweats and . . .
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Rook by Raj
Rook is a book that I did not enjoy at all. The storyline was very bland. The main characters had very little development. There was the possibility o . . .
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Release by Raj
I don't really know how to describe this book, weird. It tackles the problem and the perception of the gay community. There could be more development . . .
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Rook by Carys
This is a short, heart-lifting story about a few weeks in a boy's life, after he and his brother find a rook and try to nurse it back to health. It de . . .
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Where the World Ends by Carys
'Where the World Ends' is set on an archipelago in the very north of Scotland in the 18th century. It follows a group of boys and men who travel to a . . .
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After the Fire by Carys
'After the Fire' is the story of a teenage girl who has been living in a religious cult all her life, but has been recently disillusioned with their t . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Noah
I really enjoyed Wed Wabbit, it may seem very random and silly, but it really has a much deeper meaning. . . .
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After the Fire by Noah
After The Fire was a really good book that gives you the story in non-chronological order to keep you guessing until the very end. . . .
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Release by Evie Law
Release is about a boy called Adam Thorn. Between his family and his own unreturned love for Enzo, his ex-ish, it seems as though his life is falling . . .
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After the Fire by Evie Law
After the Fire is a very engaging book about a look at life inside a cult and how it affects survivors. Father John likes rules, especially not to tal . . .
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Rook by Megan
I think Rook was a feel-happy short book that actually had a happy ending unlike many other of the nominees but that is also a downside as well. I thi . . .
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Rook by Claire
Rook is a very heartfelt book about two brothers, one of which (Kenny) is going through the awkwardness of high school and being a teenager and the ot . . .
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The Hate U Give by Claire
The Hate U Give is an incredibly hard hitting book which will make you question the basis of society. At times it will fill you with anger and frustra . . .
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Release by Claire
Release alternates between two viewpoints. The first is of Adam, a gay teen who is struggling to come out to his family, who are strict Christians and . . .
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After the Fire by Claire
I really enjoyed After the Fire because it introduces you to a whole new community in which you can see the strengths and flaws. I found the structure . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Megan
i think that beyond the bright sea is a beautiful book that shows life on remote island. one problem is it does not show what time period it is but t . . .
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Release by Hannah
When I first started reading the book I got a bit confused because I couldn't see how the two bits of the novel came together. I couldn't and still ca . . .
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The Hate U Give by Hannah
The Hate U Give is a book about being discriminated for your race and where you live. The genre of this book is young adult fiction and is about the c . . .
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After the Fire by Hannah
After the fire is an amazing book that makes you feel as though you are actually talking to the character. People will like this book if they enjoy fi . . .
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Saint Death by Megan
Saint Death was about the struggle to get into america by poverty ridden Mexicans.It is an interesting book but I found it hard to read. This might ha . . .
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Release by Megan
Release was a book I couldn't put down, it was always one more page which turned into a chapter and then the whole book. It was moving and showed how . . .
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After the Fire by Raj
This book will be remembered as a classic. The story line has a brilliant theme and is portrayed in a very understandable manner even though the two s . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Megan
The Wed Wabbit has a childish concept :that you could be transported into a children's book run by a evil cuddly rabbit who can't pronounce the letter . . .
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The Hate U Give by Megan
The Hate U Give is a book I enjoyed as it inspiring and realistic to the modern day in the USA. It also made me think about how much of a problem poli . . .
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After the Fire by Megan
I enjoyed After the Fire because the author hid information from Moonbeam's past which had a page turning effect. A problem I encountered was that eve . . .
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Hayes, Middlesex
Booktropolis Bookworms
East Sheen, London
Do you ever get dissed for loving reading?

Yes, but I ignore it as I love reading so much I don't care what others think.
Yes, it stops me reading as much as I might
Yes, but its good being in the Carnegie 'cos you know we all love reading
Yes, I could write a book about other kids' attitudes to reading.
No, it's never happend to me.
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something jus


Will Hill

Will Hill worked as a bartender, bookseller and in publishing before quitting to write full-time. His first novel, Department 19 – the first in a series of five – was published in 2011 to widespread acclaim. He lives in Londo . . .