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Ballakermeen High School
Isle of Man,
Group status: We are enjoying the books very much, and some of us have NEARLY read all the books on the Carnegie list. Some of us have read 'Thornhill' and loved it. Yesterday we made a video, and we hope to post it onto our page very soon!

The Balla Bookworms with the Carnegie books

We are the reading group from Ballakermeen High School on the Isle of Man. We meet every Wednesday at lunchtimes. This year we are shadowing the Carnegie awards, and the Greenaway as well. We think we might be the only active shadowing group on the Isle of Man.


Wed Wabbit by Luka
Fidge is plunged into the world of the Wimbley Woos, small dustbin shaped creatures of varying colours that inhabit a magical land.But recently their . . .
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After the Fire by Luka
In the middle of the Texan desert lies the 'Lord's Legion', an intensely religious cult controlled by Father John. Moonbeam, having been there since i . . .
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Saint Death by Rebecca
I could not finish this book as it was extremely long-winded and I could not get into it and I was dreading picking it up to read. Not my style. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Rebecca
I feel this book could be amazing but I was let down by it. It could be so much different and better if written in a different style or possibly by a . . .
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Rook by Rebecca
This book surprised me with how good it was considering it was a really short book. Really well written but I don't think it can win because it is not . . .
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After the Fire by Rebecca
A really good book that made me realise more about what happened and then I liked how it was made more dramatic with the fictional additions. I really . . .
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Where the World Ends by Rhys
Where the World Ends is an amazing book full of mystery, amazement and plot twists. The book is about how a boy called Quill and his friends go out ev . . .
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After the Fire by Mika
After the Fire is a fiction novel based on the real events of a mysterious fire in Texas in a compound of a cult. It tells the story of a seventeen ye . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mika
I picked up Wed Wabbit thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy it. It looked like such a young, unsophisticated predictable book similar to the many oth . . .
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The Hate U Give by Ros
I read this book in one sitting, the story is very compelling. A young girl living in what some people describe as a 'ghetto' sees her friend killed b . . .
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Saint Death by Ros
This is a very tense and exciting story, and a very moving one. The story of a boy caught up in a drug gang, I found that I could not put this down. T . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Amy
The story is about a girl named Fidge who has had a terrible week which ends up with her staying at her cousin Graham's house.. But then something hap . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Jerad
The story is about Crow and the story of when she was a baby and someone pushed her out to sea. She then grows up with a man called Osh who looks afte . . .
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King of the Sky by Leo
The story is about a boy and an old man who races pigeons. Mr Evans gave the boy a pigeon with a white head. Mr Evans and the boy left the pigeon in R . . .
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Release by Ros
I expected great things of this book, since I have loved every Patrick Ness book I have ever read, and it did not disappoint! I was intrigued by the t . . .
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Where the World Ends by Ros
This is a very powerful story full of mystery, slightly otherworldly and supernatural. It is based on a true story which made me enjoy it even more I . . .
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The Hate U Give by Erin
This book was awful. I didnít even finish it because the writing was extremely bland and meaningless. Itís a very important message, but Iíd rather no . . .
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After the Fire by Ros
Wow! What a great story - I couldn't put this down. The story hooks you in from the start and I like the way the events are revealed in 'flashback'. I . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Rebecca
A beautifully written book that shows her full capabilities of writing. I found it a bit vague and long winded at the beginning, but a really good boo . . .
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After the Fire by Charlotte
This book is very unique, its chapters divided up into what happens BEFORE and AFTER the fire. This caused me some minor confusion as it was not alway . . .
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Release by Rebecca
An amazing book. Written in a really clever way. Could be tricky for some people to understand the inserts but when realised truly magnificent. . . .
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Rook by Ros
This short but very affecting book is a powerful story that crams all kinds of 'issues' in to its pages. The first chapter, describing the attack on t . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ros
I really enjoyed this book. There were parts which were really funny, and I greatly enjoyed the adventures they all had with the Wimbley Woos. But the . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Erin
Despite the beautiful cover art for this book, the rest of the pictures were not as gorgeous. Sadly the plot of the story was far too overbearing and . . .
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Town is by the Sea by Erin
This book seems as though it is building up to a dramatic end and I was biting my lip hoping my guess was wrong, so when I read the ending, I breathed . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Rebecca
It was very funny and told from a great perspective. I like how they were imaginative and used how little kids speak with their lisps. Really good. I . . .
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Under the Same Sky by Erin
This book has very beautiful, but simple designs. Itís in the mind of a child so all the pictures remind me very much collage. The animals are very si . . .
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Night Shift by Erin
This book, although very simplistic in design and language, has a meaning that is very intricate and deep. It feels as though youíre actually inside t . . .
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Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Winning Year: 2017

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stori


Will Hill

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



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