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The Carnegie shortlist 2019

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Leila Riaz

A Skinful of Shadows by Diamante
!! In this review there are spoilers !! This was the best book of the 5 Carnegie books I’ve read; there are many reasons, but I won’t explain all of . . .
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Bone Talk by Asma
Bone talk is a story set in the Philippines during late 19th century. A young boy named Samkad is desperate to become a man. He dreams of becoming a w . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Safa
Let me get straight to the point - I didn’t especially enjoy it. It was just overly cliqued and just boring. I really hated the relationship betwe . . .
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Long Way Down by Safa
I have to admit, Long Way Down was interesting. It’s about Will (a teen with emotions so bloodthirsty they're on parallel with Eren) and how he wants . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Huda
The Original: The Land Of Neverendings is a great book and is my favourite book so far. It is about a girl called Emily who was lost her sister Ho . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Annabel
Wow. That is one of the things that I have to say about this book, Wow. I really love it. Ghosts are fascinating to me but I wouldn't like to have one . . .
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The Poet X by Allina
This book is now one of my favourites because of the emotion in this book. Poet X is about a girl called Xiomara who tries to tell her mother that she . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Elisheba
This book was okay. So the concept/idea of it was great and intriguing. The beginning was great but it started to drag on. To be honest, it was basica . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Huda
The Land Of Neverendings: The tale is about a girl called who lately lost her sibling (Holly). She then finds a mysterious and charming land where . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Laveza
Nights go by and more dead are going through the gate, but Marinka feels sad and isolated at home because all she wants is to turn over a new leaf and . . .
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Long Way Down by Ushna
“A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer. A tool for Rule No. 3.” Or a gun. That’s w . . .
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The Poet X by Asma
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a novel written in verse. This book follows the journey of a young Dominican-American teen named Ximora. Ximora who . . .
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Bone Talk by Zainab
Personally, I’m not the BIGGEST fan of historical fiction books, so this honestly didn’t really amaze me. However I can appreciate the way in which th . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Romeesa
This book begins with a sad beginning. Emily (a girl) has just lost her only sister. Her sister was left with a disease in a wheelchair and a breathin . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Guldana
OK this no doubt the WORST book I have read in my entire life after this book that I forgot the name of. Reading another few pages would literally kil . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Evie
Introduction The house with chicken legs centres around a young girl named Marinka who longs to be able to interact with people her age. However, s . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Guldana
this was beautiful book,its covers quite interesting with the different shadows and colours.The cover made me full of curiousity and made me want to r . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by maryam
Things a bright girl can do is, in my opinion, a phenomenal contemporary novel that voices modern issues in a historically accurate way. One of th . . .
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The Poet X by Haleema
The book is told in complete poems which not only helps to reflect part of Xiomara's story but also the author, Elizabeth Acevedo, who is known to do . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Evie
Introduction: This Novel follows a young girl named Emily who has recently lost her sibling and seeks out the fantastical realm of Smockeroon, an I . . .
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Bone Talk by Safa
This is a story of a boy who wants to be seen as a man, a girl who also wants to be seen as a man and a village who are extremely sexist. Something . . .
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Rebound by Safa
Rebound is a story of how, apparently, basketball changed a boy’s life. To be honest, I think his life actually changed because he spent more time pla . . .
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Bone Talk by Khadijah
Bone Talk by Cnady Gourlay I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bone Talk as the plot was quite easy to understand and the story was quite interesting. Samka . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Laveza
I loved this book because it was as if it was filled with magic. This book made me feel sad and happy. I think the writer is trying tell the reader th . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Annabel
The land of Neverendings is amazing, it is the best book I have read our of all the Carnegie books i have read so far. It combines imagination and chi . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Annabel
Overall I found this book really good as it teaches about the sufferigists and sufferegests, It tells the story of 3 girls- May Nell and Evelyn. May i . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Allina
A skinful of shadows was quite a mysterious blood-curling book.The way Frances Hardinge wrote this story made me horrified and fascinated as Make-peac . . .
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The Poet X by Alvina
The Poet X was similar to Long Way Down. The style was informal in both books, it was written in a style of a poem. 'Gave me a place to collect my tho . . .
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The Poet X by Leila
First of all, i would like to focus on the cover. One word you can distinctly make out is the word 'stereotype'. i find this very amusing because of t . . .
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Long Way Down by Saira
The book long way down was not an enjoyable book I didn't like it the story was not very good it's just about a boy who brother gets murdered (Shawn) . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Aqsa
I did enjoy this book because the world it brought was really imaginative. I wasn't sure from just reading the title, but it was extremely creative. T . . .
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Bone Talk by Sheyma
Samkad is a young boy that lives in Philippine in the nineteenth century, he has never seen people or places around the world as he is living in a tri . . .
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The Poet X by Christine
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: I can not even describe into words what reading this book felt like ; even if I tried , I would simply not do this . . .
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Bone Talk by Evie
Introduction: Bone Talk is a novel which follows the story of a young boy called Samkad and his struggle into manhood. The story is set 100 years ago . . .
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Rebound by Huda
Rebound Review: Rebound is the story of Charlie Bell struggling with the loss of his father while facing many other difficulties along the way. It is . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Fatima
I'll be honest, this is probably one of the most enjoyable reads in this shortlist. I know you probably think I'm exaggerating but I'm not. I may not . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Safa
Her whole life, Marinka has been separated from other people, doomed to live a life of soul-guiding. She just wants a normal house, a normal grandma, . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Annabel
Overall I found this book really good as it teaches about the sufferigists and sufferegests, It tells the story of 3 girls - May Nell and Evelyn. May . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Diamante
In this review there are spoilers! “The Land Of Neverendings” is a book of which I was unsure: the beginning seemed fine, to me, then, when many . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ammarah
This story is about a young girl named Marinka she wishes to have a normal family and a normal house but instead, she has a house with chicken legs an . . .
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Long Way Down by Huda
Long way down is a collection of poems all with an overarching story that follows the life of Willam, an adolescent who is planning on following the r . . .
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Long Way Down by Romeesa
My expectations were quite high for this book but it was a bit confusing at stages in the elevator. Besides that, it was ok to read. It was a very emo . . .
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Bone Talk by indigo
What happens when two cultures meet head on? It is 1899, in the Philippines. Samkad is nervous; his journey to the Tree of Bones is not smooth; his l . . .
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Long Way Down by Huda
Long Way Down Review: Long way down is a collection of poems all with an overarching story that follows the life of Willam, an adolescent who is plan . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ushna
Wouldn't you love being able to travel the world? You could go anywhere, see everything and wouldn’t even have to leave your house! It would be live l . . .
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Rebound by Asma
Rebound by Kwame Alexander is a prequel to The Crossover. This prequel explores the life changing summer of teenager Charlie Bell, the father of the t . . .
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Rebound by Sharon
"It was the summer of 1988 when basketball gave me wings and I had to learn how to rebound on the court A . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Evie
Introduction: A Skinful of shadows is a fiction novel following the story of Makepeace, a young girl who grows up in the midst of a raging war betw . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Fatima
Looking at this book, I immediately had some doubts pop up. (I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover however I couldn't help it!) I im . . .
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Long Way Down by Amna
This book was amazing. It is one of some books which i found both interesting and saddening because Shawn (the brother of a boy called will) was kille . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Huda
Things A Bright Girl Can Do is a great book. This is because the story is great and i think it might be a true story. The genre of this book is Histo . . .
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Bone Talk by Romeesa
Bone talk mainly establishes a young boy called samkad who lives in a small village AND who is desperate to go into “manhood”, to carry a shield, to h . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Amna
This book was good. i didn't like the character Marinka because i thought she was selfish because later on in the book her baba jumped into the gate . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sheyma
I really liked the idea of the story that explains the job of a "Yaga" and how it's a very effective fantasy story. I also like the theme presented th . . .
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Bone Talk by Sharon
There are three reasons why I absolutely love this book: 1 - it's short 2 - the plot is really interesting 3 - did I mention the book is short? . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Leila
The House with Chicken Legs. I never knew a book could annoy me so much. The main character, Marinka, has to be one of the most annoying, selfish and . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Haleema
12-year-old Makepeace suffers from nightmares which lead to her waking up almost every night screaming. Makepeace and her mother live in a little vill . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by indigo
All Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. The house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek unlike any oth . . .
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Rebound by Evie
Rebound is the story of a young boy struggling with the loss of his father while facing many other complications along the way. It is set in the year . . .
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Bone Talk by Aqsa
After reading the first few pages, I was starting to become more interested in the book and about this "cut" that the main character wanted to receive . . .
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The Poet X by Safa
The Poet X follows a girl called Xiomara who is dealing with her poetic hobby and her first love, whilst trying to keep her religious-obsessed mother . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Safa
The Land of Never Endings is a comedic tale of a girl named Emily who is working with some friends and some toys to fix the broken door to Smockeroon . . .
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The Poet X by Zainab
This book definitely hits close to home for a lot of young women living or being brought up in a cultural environment. Sometimes our parents share dif . . .
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Bone Talk by Fatima
Before I actually start this review, or rant, or whatever this will end up being, I just want to mention how gorgeous the front cover is. I mean, alth . . .
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The Poet X by Saira
I really enjoyed reading the poet X because it wasn't just another book about love it was so much more like it includes some of the stuff that some te . . .
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Long Way Down by Ammarah
I liked the book a lot but ,to be honest, I don't think it is one of the best books I have read. This book is about a boy, an elevator,and rules. No c . . .
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Long Way Down by Elisheba
This is an amazing book, well poem, that will hit you, especially if you have lost a brother: or even a sibling, relative or friend. It also reflects . . .
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Long Way Down by maryam
Long Way Down is another book from the Carnegie shortlist written in poem form following the story of a young boy whose brother gets shot and his ment . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Christine
Things A Bright Girl Can Do: I absolutely loved this book! It is a strong representative for a message like this and although it is based around th . . .
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The Poet X by indigo
The book has many interesting key characters. Twin, who is Xiomara’s incredibly intelligent twin brother, represents the challenges that come with hom . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Fatima
To be honest, I had extremely low expectations when going into this book (especially with Leila trash-talking the main character so badly) so I wasn't . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Romeesa
The book 'Things a bright girl can do' is very inspiring and enjoyable . It was full of different emotions and different thoughts. I take a lot of int . . .
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Long Way Down by Diamante
Long Way Down DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET, it has spoilers!!! I found the book “Long Way Down” an awesome book, and . . .
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Long Way Down by Evie
Long way down is a collection of poems all with an overarching story that follows the life of Willam, an adolescent who is planning on following the r . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ushna
To live in a world that is governed by men-and leaves women with no rights, no say, no power- as a female wouldn’t you feel angry? Frustrated? And an . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Huda
This book makes the entire writing perfect. Of course, in reality, there is not anything precise in this life. Nevertheless, the book is about a tombo . . .
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The Poet X by iman
In this book, I like that there are so many plot twists that hit you out of nowhere because you can never just predict what is going to happen. I disl . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Huda
This book is one book with the things you need to make the perfect book. Of course, in reality, there is not anything in this world. Anyway, the book . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Amna
i liked this book because i found it interesting.a girl called Makepeace is sent every month by her mother 'To sharpen her stick' in a dark place with . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Khadijah
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls. I wasn't very keen on this book at first as it was confusing as I didn't know who the main characters . . .
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Rebound by Ume
This book was structured in a very weird way but I love how awesome this story was. I also love how in some parts, the characters seemed childish. It . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Ume
It was a very eerie book. It was mysterious at the end of each and every chapter. I love how the author gives suspense persuading you to read on. . . .
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The Poet X by guldana
BEST BOOK EVER! Out of all the books have read so far I found this the best. This book can actually make you feel all the emotions Xiomara feels and m . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ammarah
This book is full of emotion, towards the start. However, as the story gradually moves on, I started to see mischief, adventure,and even humour! It . . .
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Bone Talk by Annabel
This book was really interesting and even though it wasn't true it really felt as if it was. It was set in the Philippines around 100 years ago, with . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Alvina
This book was very interesting as it showed me that you don't have to follow in your family's footsteps. At the beginning the author showed was how Ma . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Allina
This story was creative,funny and interesting.The way Kate Saunders describes "Smockeroon" makes readers of all ages laugh,gasp and smile.It is uniqu . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by indigo
One day, Emily starts having dreams about Bluey her toy bear. And when Ruth, who runes an antique shop starts seeing her dead sons toys come alive, bo . . .
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Rebound by Haleema
Charlie Bell is a character who has been given the classic role of the 'misunderstood teenager'. The fact that Charlie had to have dealt with the loss . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Laveza
I like this book because it is about women having a voice and to use it equally and that their can be hard times in your life and your going to have t . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by saira
the book of the land of neverendings is a really good book i really enjoyed reading it. It did start of little bit boring but then it got better as y . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Safa
A Skinful of Shadows is yet another magnificent tale spun by Francis Hardinge, which is not only witty and comedic, but also clever and inspiring. It . . .
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Long Way Down by Aqsa
This style of writing isn't something I imagined myself reading, so the poetry layout was kind of new to me. I feel like this book was left for reader . . .
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Rebound by Christine
Rebound by Kwame Alexander Wow. Just so inspiring and eye-opening. I am completely lost for words because I did not realise how good of a book t . . .
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The Poet X by Huda
The Poet X is a book that I recommend to people who like poems. The format of the Poet X is similar as the book "One". The format makes the story more . . .
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Rebound by Ushna
When you are playing on the court, surrounded by your teammates, you can feel their determination to score. To win. The only thing that seems to matte . . .
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The Poet X by Fatima
I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, The Poet X is filled with uncomfortable moments that I felt were a little forced and on the other h . . .
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The Poet X by Evie
Sometimes, You come across a book so different You cannot help but read it An amazing example of this Is the poet X Poet X is a book convayed a . . .
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Bone Talk by Diamante
Bone Talk I really enjoyed the book "Bone Talk", mostly because it is written from another point of view: by the population that had been inveded rat . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Elisheba
This book is amazing. It's based on the Slavik folklore about Baba Yaga. However, it shows a completely different side to the once ferocious woman. Th . . .
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Long Way Down by Khadijah
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds I really enjoyed this book as it was interesting and structured differently to all other books I have read. The struc . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ruqaiyah
Marinka wants a normal life, with a normal house. Her grandmother is a Yaga guardian, who guides the spirits up to the the stars. Marinka is next in l . . .
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Rebound by Leila
Rebound. A book I honestly have almost no words to explain how absolutely amazing it is. It does have its downsides but I believe nothing is perfect. . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Khadijah
The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. This book is about a house with chicken legs and a girl called Marinka who is brought up with Baba Ya . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Sharon
A skinful of shadows is a very contrasting book - in a way that it leaves you on edge, but makes you feel a sensation of warmth at the same time. It i . . .
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Long Way Down by Allina
I found this book interesting because it was structured like a poem which intrigued the reader and relayed the words in a way children would be able t . . .
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Rebound by Alkhensaa salih ali
This was a really nice book about love and hardships. It was very interesting from the start and it shows the struggle of the main character charlie b . . .
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Long Way Down by Asma
Long Way Down is a story written in poetry and tackles real-life issues such as grief, gun violence, which is a major problem in America currently. Wi . . .
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Rebound by maryam
rebound: "a basketball term referring to a statistic awarded to a player who retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or a free throw" or to "reco . . .
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Long Way Down by Zainab
This book contains an array of heart-wrenching poems about a boy looking to avenge the loss of a boy named Shawn, whom he was related to. The entire r . . .
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Rebound by Fatima
Rebound is a decent novel which explores the way different people deal with grief. I especially liked the fact that both Charlie and his grandfathe . . .
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Long Way Down by iman
I have never cried while reading a book except for when I read this. I read this book at the time of 1 hour and I have never loved a book so much. Alt . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by iman
Once I open this book I can never seem to close it because of its absolutely amazing plot of Makepeace trying to get over the fear of ghosts crawling . . .
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Long Way Down by Alvina
The book 'Long Way Down' was very intriguing. It used vocabulary which made me feel as if I was there. The layout was different, it was layed out like . . .
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Bone Talk by Elisheba
Bone Talk is about a young boy, called Samkad, who wants to be a man through a cut, while his friend Luki, a girl, also wants to fight. It is set in t . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Evie
The first book I assigned myself as an official member of the Carnegie boom club was “fthings a bright girl can do.” This book exsperiments with the l . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Huda
The House with Chicken Legs is a great book and I recommend it to people who like adventures and odd stuff. This is because there are strange things t . . .
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The Poet X by Laveza
I love this book due to how it helps young people it helps them because it tells you as the reader, how its like to be in her situation. This really m . . .
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Long Way Down by Fatima
A Long Way Down is a very emotional novel written in a very unique way. Although it did take me a long while to get used to a book written in verse, i . . .
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Long Way Down by Haleema
I enjoyed reading Long Way Down because not only did it teach an important lesson but it had been worded in such a way that it was as if we, as the re . . .
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The Poet X by Romeesa
As a reader I enjoyed this book. It was very emotional and had many twists and turns in terms of feelings. I was fascinated by the layout of the book . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by iman
my opinions for this changed a lot throughout this book, just like my emotions. This book was a roller coaster that was taking me through so many feel . . .
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The Poet X by maryam
Before reading this book, I had heard that it is written in poems only. I thought that it would just be an anthology of poems with no real coherent st . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Guldana
This was a wonderful book. If you’re a history lover then I’ll defiantly recommend this book to you. And if you haven’t read the book and are reading . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Khadijah
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Land Of Neverendings' by Kate Saunders and it has become one of my favourite books. I really enjoyed it because it h . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Fatima
In A Skinful of Shadows, Hardinge is able to create this very chilling atmosphere around the Fellmottes that immediately makes you suspect something i . . .
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The Poet X by Annabel
The book tells us the views and thoughts of a young girl, who let her fists and body speak for her. She describes her life at home, school and in chur . . .
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Long Way Down by Christine
Long Way Down: Long Way Down is a very powerful book (which is written in free verse) that focuses on gun crime and the pressure it has on young pe . . .
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Archbishop Ilsley RC School
Birmingham,
HARBORNE HILL SCHOOL
BIRMINGHAM,
Holy Trinity Catholic School
Birmingham,
Queensbridge Reads
Which of this year's books has the best cover?

The Poet X
Rebound
The House with Chicken Legs
Bone Talk
A Skinful of Shadows
Things A Bright Girl Can Do
Long Way Down
The Land of Neverendings
   
 
Title: The Owl Service
Author: Alan Garner
Winning Year: 1967

"Something was stirring in the valley, something powerful and old. Something which had no place in the rational modern world." Gwyn heard noise behind him, and he turned. A lump of pebble-dash had come off the wall, and another fell, and in their pla
 

 
 

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Crea . . .

 

 

Swanshurst School Greenaway Group