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Weavers Academy
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Group status: Getting started with the first read!

Weavers Academy Shadowers 2017

We've got a fabulous group of year 9 readers for 2017, who can't wait for the challenge of reading the 8 shortlisted books. We're also happy to be linking with other local schools and swapping e-mails so that we can exchange thoughts and ideas before meeting up for the final celebrations. Hurrah for reading!


Salt to the Sea by Greta
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a fascinating story about the little-known sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II. I read it to the e . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Alex
This book is set in Alaska in the 1970s. I didn't like the book very much but I read it to the end. It shows how the journey of the four main charac . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Greta
I liked this book. I'd go as far as to say it was my favourite so far. It's set in Alaska in the 1970s and about four different characters. The cha . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Hannah
I read The Smell of Other People's Houses but didn't get to the end. In my opinion the book wasn't as gripping as some of the others. Although the bo . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Alex
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth has twists and turns where a child has to leave home because of carer concerns, then has to save the world. It's a b . . .
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Beck by Kauthar
I really enjoyed this book - more than any other that I've read so far. The storyline is realistic which helps us to understand the past. Also with . . .
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Beck by Hannah
Unfortunately, due to time constraints I didn't get to finish this book. However the descriptions really gripped me. The cover of the book looks real . . .
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Beck by Alex
I stayed up late to finish Beck by Mal Peet. It was set in Liverpool and Canada and Beck doesn't have a very good start in life. I think that this bo . . .
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Beck by Greta
Beck by Mel Peet and Meg Rosoff was a really touching novel. I enjoyed it very much. It showed the full spectrum of life's struggles and uphill batt . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Greta
The Stars at Oktober Bend is a type of psychological genre which is not really my type of book. I found it a bit disjointed due perhaps to the way it . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by sofia
I didn't really enjoy the genre of this story. It was more psychological than interesting. Even though I didn't enjoy it, it really made me think a . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Kauthar
I have only got half way through this book but I'm not enjoying it as it keeps jumping to different scenes. It's a really emotional book though. It t . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Alex
This book is very disjointed and jumpy. If you find that bad punctuation can set you off then you will find this book difficult, even if it's for a pu . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Megan
This book was horrible... in the best possible way. The refugee crisis literally makes me ill. This book is all about refugees and asylum seekers an . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Kauthar
I found the 'Wolf Hollow' very relatable. Bullies shouldn't need to bully people for no reason. So why did Betty start to pick on people. She was s . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Greta
Wolf Hollow is a rather interesting book - it covers many issues such as bullying and the effects on defenceless people who may have disabilities. The . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Sofia
I found the book very interesting because it had more of a storyline and it hooked me a bit more than the others. The book is about bullying and it m . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Greta
The Bone Sparrow really made me think of the global issue of immigration and how devastating some of the effects are. Although the book isn't a real . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Sofia
This book was very insightful and it made me feel more lucky than I thought I was. The cover was interesting and made the story more interesting and . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Hannah
I loved this book, The Bone Sparrow.' When I read it I could easily picture myself as Subhi and I loved how easy I could slip into imagining myself a . . .
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Beck by Jacqueline
Set during the Depression, first in England then Canada and later North America, Beck, a mixed race boy, who is quickly orphaned, suffers the terrible . . .
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Railhead by Jacqueline
I really need to re-read this novel. I read it very quickly and there's a lot to absorb. I quite liked Zen Starling though some of his methods were q . . .
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Railhead by Megan
Personally I didn't enjoy this novel. It was too slow-paced for me so it seemed to drag on. I quite liked the main character though, anti-hero Zen S . . .
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Railhead by Hannah
Overall, I don't think this book (Railhead by Philip Reeve) was for me. The blurb and first pages were not gripping enough and I feel like that is cru . . .
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Railhead by Arpana
Overall, I did not like the story or characters. I felt the plot was too confusing with too many locations. The introduction was not gripping enough . . .
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Railhead by Sofia
Personally I didn't like the book. The story drags on and the characters don't have much depth. The amount of place names gets confusing. The first . . .
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Railhead by Greta
Railhead by Philip Reeve addresses many social issues in today's society such as gender inequality and the development of artificial intelligence. Pe . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Jacqueline
Annabella, who is growing up in rural Pennsylvania in 1943 appears to be an excellent role model for young girls. She is a kind, thoughtful character . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Jacqueline
I didn't enjoy this story or find the characters of Alice or Manny believable, but I liked how the main protagonists were differentiated through their . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Jacqueline
The Bone Sparrow is about a very topical issue - immigration. Subhi is born in an Australian detention centre and knows no other life than that of ca . . .
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Wrenn Readers
Wellingborough, Northants
Wellingborough Senior School
Wellingborough,
Which of the 2017 Carnegie books is your favourite?

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Beck by Mal Peet
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Railhead by Philip Reeve
 
Title: Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams
Winning Year: 1972

"We've got to go away before it's too late." Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave the warren, and