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Ballakermeen High School
Isle of Man,
Group status: We have two reading groups and we are now all set to read the shortlists! We looked at the Greenaway books this week and we loved them - especially 'the night shift'. Some of us have already posted reviews...

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.


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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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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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. Its 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 youre actually inside t . . .
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a day or less
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2 - 3 weeks
up to a month
depends if I am enjoying or not
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Title: The Borrowers
Author: Mary Norton
Illustrator: Diana Stanley
Winning Year: 1952

Pod, Homily and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They dread cats and being "seen". They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the 'human beans' who don't e


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 . . .



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