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St Helen and St Katharine
Abingdon,
Group status: We are all reading and reviewing..

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We meet at the start of every Monday lunchtime to discuss what we have been reading and to swap our books. We are all looking forward to the first Abingdon area Carnegie event of this year which will be the Tea which is going to be at John Mason School. We will meet Carnegie Shadowers from the other secondary schools in the town and eat cakes!

Mrs Gray

The House with Chicken Legs by Frida
I really enjoyed 'The house with chicken legs'. At the start, I thought the main character, Marinka, is longing for a companion. She experiences joy, . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Annie
This has been one of my favourite Carnegie books. I think it has a well constructed plot and it all fits together well. I was a little bit confused at . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Isabelle
This book was enticing for me. I think that this is probably one of the best books I have ever read. As it contained original ideas and moving charact . . .
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Bone Talk by Honey
Samkad is desperate to become a man. But when his time finally comes, matters that stretch far beyond his world collide with his plans. The book be . . .
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The Poet X by Honey
Xiomara loves to write poetry. She bundles her unheard feelings into her poems, all without her family’s knowledge. Xiomara’s mother is obsessed with . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Poppy
Marinka lives with her grandmother in a very unusual house – a house with chicken legs. Every so often, the house will decide to travel to a new place . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Eleanor
This book is about a girl whose house is no regular house.it is quite the opposite......... A girl called Marikna lives with her grandmother baba y . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Poppy
Emily is heartbroken and grieving when her disabled sister, Holly, suddenly dies. Without Holly’s teddy, Emily feels like she has nothing to remember . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Isabelle
I liked this book because it created a mix of the harsh reality of death and the worlds of imagination and fun. I particularly liked the way that the . . .
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The Poet X by Eleanor
This book is about young girl in Harlem who discovers poetry as a way to understand her mother's religion and her own relationship to the world. Xioma . . .
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Long Way Down by Frida
'Long Way Down' had a very emotional main character William (Will) and showed how he was feeling and his thoughts. It was very powerful at some points . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Abi
For my fifth book I chose to read the Land of Neverendings. The land of neverendings is about a young girl who has lost her disabled sister and her si . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Tabitha
The author appeared to be in control of the plot, and it was well-constructed. The events that took lace were believable, although, at first, it was h . . .
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Bone Talk by Tabitha
Bone Talk is set in 19th century America. The main character, Samkad, lives in the village of Bontok, in the Philippines. He is wants to become a man, . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Eleanor
This story is based off many well-known Russian folk tales starring Baba Yaga as one of the main characters. Essentially, each Yaga’s life duty is to . . .
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Bone Talk by Eleanor
This book has a really powerful storyline. It is about a Bontok boy called Samkad who wants to be a man. He wants to fight and prove to everyone that . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Tabitha
Set in the Edwardian era, Things a Bright Girl Can Do is about three girls fighting for the right to vote. Even though all three are either suffragist . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Eleanor
“Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.” A girl call . . .
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Bone Talk by Abi
Bone talk is about a young boy who wants to become a man. He is desperate to be powerful and strong with his own weapons like his father and friends a . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Frida
Things a Bright Girl Can Do is set in 1914. It is about the Suffragettes and their struggle to get the vote. It has three main characters, Nell, May a . . .
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Long Way Down by Abi
For my third book I chose to read Long Way Down because it looked intriguing and a different genre to those I normally read. It looked to me like a mu . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Annie
I really enjoyed this book because I like the way the author portrays the characters. The book is written in first person with the main character (Mar . . .
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Long Way Down by Kya
It’s all about the rules 1 - no crying 2 - no snitching 3 - always get revenge. This was a very deep, slightly creepy and out of the ordinary book . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Tabitha
The House with Chicken Legs is based around the myth of Baba Yaga, a Russian fairy tale character, except with a twist. In most stories about Baba Yag . . .
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Rebound by Eleanor
Rebound is a very interesting book it is written in verse and the storyline is about a boy who is trying to stay out of trouble.one of the reasons I . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Eleanor
What if there Exists a world beyond imagination? Emily knows the answer to that. ever since holly, Emily’s sister, died holly bedroom was like an empt . . .
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The Poet X by Kya
For starters this book was very well written and the characters do come to life and grow throughout the book, though the style did not particularly ap . . .
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Long Way Down by Iona
Long Way Down (by Jason Reynolds) is all about Will trying to find his brother Shawn's killer. He was going down in an elevator but every person who g . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by iona
This book, at first, seemed quite boring. However, as you got through the book, plot twists made it more interesting. Marinka is a young girl who live . . .
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The Poet X by Iona
The Poet X is a moving, gripping book. It is about a young girl named Xiomara who loves writing poetry. As this book is written in verse, you think th . . .
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Rebound by Abi
Rebound is about a young boy who’s mum believes he’s having a hard time after his dads death so decides to send him away to stay with his grandparents . . .
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Rebound by Annie
This is about a boy whose father has died recently and he is struggling to cope with this. He gets in trouble a lot at school, mostly with a friend ca . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Isabelle
The House With Chicken Legs is an unusual book, far from the common ideas, miles away from those same old stories, retold a thousand times. It has tha . . .
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The Poet X by Tansi
Rebound by Kwame Alexander is an excellent book! The book is written in first person whose point of view is coming from the main character: Charlie Br . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Frida
I enjoyed 'A Skinful of Shadows' because I thought that the main character, Makepeace, was written so that you could clearly see her characteristics, . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Kya
For starters I thought this book was awesome and very moving, it was full of imagination, sadness and happiness. The opening chapter of the book was r . . .
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Bone Talk by Frida
'Bone Talk' is set in the Philippines and is based on when the Americans invaded in 1899. I thought that it was well-constructed, as the events were e . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lucy
Emily, her sister Holly and a teddy named Bluey used to make up amazing and magical stories about an incredible land where toys go to play and stay if . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Erin
This book was about a fantasy world beyond ours. Toys lived in the world and it’s called Smockeroon. The plot of the book was clear although there wer . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Frida
I really enjoyed the 'Land of Neverendings' because it was very creative with its ideas and storyline. I thought that the main character Emily develop . . .
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Bone Talk by Iona
The cover of this book put me off and at first I didn’t want to read it. However, within the first paragraph, I realised that this book was amazing. I . . .
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Bone Talk by Eleanor
Candy Gourlay provides a very intriguing view of a past which not many authors choose to write about. Set roughly a hundred years ago in what is now t . . .
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Rebound by Frida
I thought that in 'Rebound' the main idea was Charlie starting to recover over the death of his dad. At the start he was very upset about his dad's de . . .
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The Poet X by Lily
Poet X is a book about a girl called Xiomara who is a very quiet girl at the beginning and has always kept her words to herself. Yet she has many secr . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Annie
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a land where toys and their owners are happy; toys can go there whenever they want, and the humans can join th . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Lucy
This book is about a girl Emily whose sister died. Her sister (Holly) was disabled and so Emily had to always have her life structured around her. To . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Tabitha
A Skinful of Shadows is set during the English Civil War. The main character, named Makepeace, lives in Poplar, with her mother, although in her aunt . . .
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Long Way Down by Poppy
Will is heartbroken when his older brother, Shawn, is shot in the street and living by the three rules passed down by generations, he sets out, a gun . . .
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The Poet X by Annie
This book is written in verse, and is about a girl called Xiomara who lives in Harlem which is in New York. She has a twin brother, but he is cleverer . . .
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Long Way Down by Honey
Long Way Down is a unique book. The emotional journey the character undertakes happens on a lift going down a few floors. Reynolds manages to pack a l . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Kya
The book is set between 1914 and 1918 focusing on the suffragette movement, the war and three very different main characters. Evelyn was 17, from a pr . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Tansi
I really loved every bit about this book. The book is set during the World War 2 period and it is about these three girls named, Evelyn, May and Nell . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Eleanor
While being a little childish, The Land of Neverendings is a beautiful story filled with kindness, friendship and teddy bears. Emily, the main charact . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Honey
Evelyn is young, rich and clever but her whole life is set out for her. She wants the same rights men have so she joins the Suffragettes on the fight . . .
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The Poet X by Darcey
This book is written in verse, narrated by Xiomara. Her poetry allows her to express her feelings, as her parents won’t let her live the life she want . . .
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Rebound by Kya
Firstly this is a very cleverly written book, annoyingly it did take a long time to get into the story but that is probably because it is very hard to . . .
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Rebound by Honey
Rebound is a very different book to any I have read before. The few words on each line gives each word more impact and its poetic style has contrast t . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lucy
Set in 1914 (the start of World War One), this book are the stories of two different people from different backgrounds, but both campaigning for women . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Iona
A Skinful of Shadows is an interesting book. The characters are well created, and all have their own personalities. I especially like how all the ghos . . .
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The Poet X by Poppy
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple Xiomara lives in Dominica, the Caribbean, raised in a strict, religious . . .
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Bone Talk by Poppy
Samkad is a boy desperate to prove himself and become a man. Luki is Samkad’s friend also wanting to prove herself but that is not possible as she is . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Eleanor
Things a Bright Girl Can Do is a fabulous read, particularly because the three intertwined storylines are extremely contrasting; the points of view of . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Iona
The Land of Neverendings is a funny, moving book. It is about toys coming to life after the door between the ‘Hard World’ and Smockeroon. The reason i . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Kya
The House With Chicken legs is a very fast paced fairy tale based on Slavic folk tales. Marika is the heroine of the story along with Baba Yaga, their . . .
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Bone Talk by Annie
Bone Talk is a book that is set a hundred years ago in the Philippines. It is about a boy called Samkad who wants to become a man and get his own shie . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Iona
I really enjoyed reading this book. Both the plot and characters were believable. All of the characters had different beliefs, from peace-loving May a . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Honey
‘Marinka dreams of a normal life’ but living in a house with chicken legs, a normal life isn’t going to be easy to find. Every evening Marinka and her . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Abi
I specifically chose this book for my first read as I believed it to be the one from the reading list which looked the least appealing. This would not . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Lucy
In a time when ghosts can seek refuge in people’s bodies, Makepeace is a scared girl, all alone. She is told that the ghosts are evil, but one day a t . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Poppy
Makepeace lives with her mother at her aunt and uncle’s house with her mum who will tell her nothing about her mysterious father. But she has inherite . . .
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Bone Talk by Maisie
I found Bone Talk a gripping coming of age book. From Mister William to Samkad to Little Luki, all the characters were really relatable and therefore . . .
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Bone Talk by Kya
I would not usually chose a book like Bone Talk as the synopsis did not appear to be that interesting. How wrong could I be! This was a very fast pace . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Maisie
I really enjoyed The House With Chicken Legs, even though it’s not the sort of book I would normally choose to read. After reading The House With Chic . . .
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Fitzharrys Shadows
Oxfordshire,
Abingdon Prep School Greenaway Group
Frilford,
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Courtenay, Oxon
European School Culham
Culham, OXON.
Where are you most likely to be found reading a book?

School bus
In bed
School library
In the garden
In the bath
 
Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Winning Year: 2016

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends