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Larkmead Secondary School
Abingdon,
Group status: Our 2018 Group are eager & enthusiastic to read the shortlisted books.The books will no doubt be spat out or held in high esteem! Students are travelling along their journey of discovery, reading for pleasure. Are you?

Larkreaders

We're reading and reading, and reading, and reading, reading and reading... Reviewing, reviewing, reviewing... Exploring, Reading and Enjoying!

Ginny and Annie

After the Fire by Ginny
Past. Present. Future. After. Before. Time doesn't matter to Moonbeam anymore; not after she's lived her whole life trapped in a fake world, only beli . . .
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After the Fire by Elise
WOW! After the Fire was incredible! I loved it! The beginning of the book got you completely hooked. It was exciting, gripping and so mysterious. I li . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Pippa
I loved reading this book, as it has the perfect mix of excitement, friendship, mystery and drama. It’s about a girl who was sent out on a old boat wh . . .
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Saint Death by Hannah
A fence that separates a real, happy life from a challenging horrible one. Arturo lives in Anapra, Mexico (a very tough place to survive) with no mo . . .
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The Hate U Give by Daniel
It was just another ordinary day for Starr. She was at a party when suddenly, gunshots. She ran out with her friend Khalil, hoping he'd protect her. T . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Ginny
Beyond the Bright Sea is one of those books without a happy ending. But it doesn’t have a sad ending either. It just comes to an end. This was the sam . . .
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The Hate U Give by Ginny
Every star is different. Just like Starr is different from everyone. She lives in two worlds; polar opposites of rich and poor, black and white; her b . . .
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Saint Death by Pippa
Saint Death the skeletal woman who welcomes everyone, even those who are evil. This story is about a young man, named Arturo who lives near the most d . . .
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Rook by Pippa
A heartwarming story about a teenage boys life, family, love and an injured rook. Nicky’s life is turned upside down when his crushes brother has an . . .
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Where the World Ends by Elise
I hated Where the World Ends. It was awful. I couldn't get absorbed into the book. I felt that there were too many characters to get a feel for them a . . .
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Rook by Annie
Nicky. Young innocent Nicky. Your average teenage boy, caught in the middle of family issue hopelessly in love with his bully's younger sister Sarah . . .
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Where the World Ends by Annie
Has your Mum or Dad ever forgotten to pick you up from school one day or maybe left you on a sea stack? Quill and his class were left alone on the war . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Hannah G
A baby washed up on an island in a skiff at just hours old. No one knows who it is or where the baby came from and there are only a few clues to the b . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Daniel
"Wead me Wimbley Woos!" exclaimed Minnie. It felt like the 100th time she had asked me to read it. Little did I know it would turn into the biggest ad . . .
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The Hate U Give by Lara W
The Hate U Give. THUG. It’s powerful, moving, real life. Starr is just a girl. A normal girl. Apart from the fact her best friend has died. She’s a . . .
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Where the World Ends by Edward
This book is set on a sea stac in the St. Kilda archipelago. It follows a group of men and boys who become stranded there when the boat from Hirta doe . . .
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Rook by Isabella m
Rook is a really good book, it's short but has a great story. It is about a boy that isn't very confident in himself. Lots of things in this book I . . .
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Rook by Elsa
Have you ever been bullied? Well Nicky has. It's a hard life for Nicky, his innocent brother with a slight disability, the almost dead rook on his t . . .
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Where the World Ends by Elsa
Crow was only a baby when someone pushed her out to sea in an old skiff. She had only three things on her. Travel with her through her life on Cutty . . .
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Saint Death by Barnaby
Yet again this year I have been dismayed with a book that starts out good yet drags out a plot way too much. I understand pages need filling, but 200 . . .
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The Hate U Give by Barnaby
The Hate You Give is a story with meaning but no story. It has a really good backing and idea, yet it is lacking in structure and motive. I really enj . . .
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The Hate U Give by Lara H
The Hate U Give: Little Infants Fucks Everybody: Thug Life. Starr is the only witness to a shocking shooting of her good friend Khalil, she is shoved . . .
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The Hate U Give by Mollie-Mae
Imagine being in two worlds at once. One poor and the other a fancy prep school. Imagine your best friend being shot for no reason and cops lying abou . . .
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Saint Death by Daniel
Imagine one day, your friend comes up to you and tells you you need to play a card game to save his, his wife's and his child's life. Well this is wha . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Edward
After an accident involving her younger sister, Minerva (known as Minnie), Iphigenia (also known as Fidge) finds herself plunged into the land of the . . .
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Rook by Barnaby
Rook is a book with no unexpected plot twists, no real meaning. I found this an incredibly tedious and dull read, so thank goodness it was short. Th . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Barnaby
Wed Wabbit is a story of reform. A story of change, and also of freedom. Wed Wabbit may sound childish and in many ways it is. But once you read it yo . . .
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Rook by Samuel
I think that the title and the front cover is extremely misleading mainly because the book has a small amount written about a rook and the characters . . .
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Saint Death by Samuel
What I liked about the book was that it had a variety of genres within e.g love, tragedy, violence and politics. What I didn't like was the ending, I . . .
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After the Fire by Stefan
Imagine a world where all you knew was going up in smoke. Imagine a world where all the people you had ever known were either running away screaming, . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Stefan
What if you were stuck inside a book? Just a simple cartoon book. What if this was a book that you had read to your little sister since she was born? . . .
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Rook by Stefan
Rook is a short book, yet it manages to be full of such emotions. It is a book about friends, relationships, love, hate, weakness and struggle, freedo . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mollie-Mae
I found this book hard to grasp my interest. It didn't hook me in unlike other books and reading it seemed to drag. Its about a girl called Fridge w . . .
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Saint Death by Mollie-Mae
I couldn't put this book down, it was amazing! It never lost my interest and I always found my self hooked in. I was always intrigued to find out what . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Lara H
"It was such an ordinary evening, but every detail of it would matter; every detail would become vital." Gripping isn't it? Wed wabbit is about a girl . . .
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Where the World Ends by Ginny
The archipelago of St Kilda, 1727 A fowling party, sent out to hunt birds is left stranded when their return boat never returns. Left to fend for the . . .
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Rook by Lara W
Rook. What do I think when I hear this? I think of a bird who is strong and a fighter. That’s what Nicky is. He faces the bullies at school and even t . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lara W
Imagine a world where you didn’t know where you came from..... Imagine a world where you got washed up on an island one day with nothing else with you . . .
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Rook by Ginny
Although it may be small, Rook is a book packed with emotion. It follows the life of Nicky, as he overcomes relationship troubles, family divides and . . .
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Where the World Ends by Isabel
How would you feel if you were stranded on a clump of cliffs for nine months without your family? Happy, Scared, free? Well, young Quilliam experienc . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Yasmin
Crow was happy with her knowledge of her life, until now. She mysteriously turned up on a small island after drifting in the sea where Osh found her a . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Yasmin
How would you feel if you got trapped inside you younger sisters fantasy book with a bunch of `colourful dustbins`? This funny fantasy is about a girl . . .
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Saint Death by Yasmin
What if your friend asked you to gather 1000 American dollars to save his life? Arturo lives in Mexico while death continues to strike his home and ne . . .
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Where the World Ends by Hannah G
One island in the middle of the ocean and a group of boys who are stuck on it. Quill and his friends go to this island every summer to hunt birds. But . . .
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Rook by Ginny
Although it may be small, Rook is a book packed with emotion. It follows the life of Nicky, as he overcomes relationship troubles, family divides and . . .
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After the Fire by Isabel
Imagine your world being burnt down from an event that you think was your fault. How would you cope? In After The Fire that is exactly what Moonbeam . . .
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Rook by Isabel
What would you do if you found a baby bird dying right in front of your eyes? Take it home of course. Follow Nicky as he faces challenges of love, th . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Isabel
Red, mad and evil, Wed Wabbit is a force to be reckoned with. Although he is only Fidge's sister's toy rabbit his actions have put the whole Wimbley . . .
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The Hate U Give by Pippa
I really loved reading The Hate u Give as I found the characters easy to understand and empathise with. I thought the plot line was really different a . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Elise
I absolutely loved Beyond the Bright Sea. I loved every aspect of it. I felt you could engage with the characters really well and I thought the descri . . .
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Rook by Yasmin
Wouldn't it be great if life was perfect? The weather beautiful, lots of money, birds singing enchanting songs. Well, when Nicky, Kenny and their dope . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Daniel
Cast your mind back to when you were a baby. Your parents cared for you no matter what. Not Crow's parents. They sent her away on a raft when she was . . .
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Saint Death by Edward
Arturo lives in a shack near Mexico’s border with the USA, with no tangible hope of a better future. When his friend Faustino reappears after several . . .
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The Hate U Give by Hannah G
Two completely different lives for one girl. One in a poor and rough neighbourhood that she lives in, and the other in a posh high school. Starr was b . . .
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After the Fire by Lara H
Imagine a world where the outside is the enemy. Imagine growing up within 4 walls. Imagine everything you have ever known going up in flames. Can you? . . .
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Where the World Ends by Laila
Where the World Ends, is about a person called Quill. Him and his friends every summer get put ashore on a sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, so . . .
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Where the World Ends by Isabella M
Where do I start?... I am going to start by saying this this book ‘isn’t my type of person’. You may be wondering what that means? For me it means . . .
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Saint Death by Lara W
I really enjoyed Saint Death. This book is about a boy called Aturo, who lives on the border between Mexico and America. He is living a good life – . . .
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Rook by Edward
Throughout my childhood, I read my way through children’s fiction from Roald Dahl to David Walliams. However, while these authors are all excellent in . . .
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Rook by Daniel
Lying on the floor, dying, alone and helpless the rook can only wait for its death. But then Nicky and Kenny find him just in time. They take care of . . .
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Where the World Ends by Pippa
I found this book very interesting and it gave me some understanding of what their life was like. I also found the characters easy to connect with and . . .
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After the Fire by Daniel
"The things I've seen are burned into me like scars that refused to fade." Moonbeam has been at the Lord's Legion for as long as she can remember. Her . . .
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The Hate U Give by Edward
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The unea . . .
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Where the World Ends by Amy
Wow. Vividly written, I was gripped – I loved this survival story from start to finish. It was all I could do to shut the book – I couldn’t help wanti . . .
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Saint Death by Amy
Saint Death is a surprising book…Enthralling, intriguing and it offers an interesting perspective into life in Mexico. It was great book, and the end . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Porsha
As I was reading this book, I was wondering why so many people were saying that this book was 'terrible' and 'one of the worst' because I, for one, co . . .
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After the Fire by Hannah
The book After the Fire is about a girl (Moonbeam) who was part of a religious group and a had a few bad things happen to her. The leader of that grou . . .
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Saint Death by Elise
Saint Death was an ok book. I felt it had a slow start but once you got into the book it was good. However I did get bored in places but then other pl . . .
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Saint Death by Ginny
When Arturo finds his best friend Faustino has joined a gang he is surprised. But it is a decision that he will have to face in due time. Will he make . . .
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Where the World Ends by Lara H
Where the World Ends is a book about a group of boys, 3 adults (and a girl who pretends to be a boy) who get stranded on a rock where the birds nest . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ginny
When Fidge finds herself trapped in her sisters story book, all she can think about is how to get home. However, ‘Wimbley land’ is under threat, from . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ginny
Wed Wabbit When Fidge finds herself trapped in her sisters story book, all she can think about is how to get home. However, ‘Wimbley land’ is under t . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Ginny
When Fidge finds herself trapped in her sisters story book, all she can think about is how to get home. However, ‘Wimbley land’ is under threat, from . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Samuel
Firstly what I enjoyed about the book was that it was very intriguing and kept me up all night thinking about what would happen next. I would change t . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Isabella M
I thought this book was amazing, but it was only after the first 2 chapters that I started to get into it. The book made me think about what I know . . .
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Rook by Amy
Rook is short but sweet. It’s full of emotions that really bring the characters to life, and it makes the story a believable account of a teenager’s l . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Amy
I think the moral of this story is never judge a book by its cover. I must confess the title didn’t spring out at me as being a book that I would enjo . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Amy
This book is like cutting onions! The deeper you delve, the more layers you find! I think I wanted to find out Crow’s story as much as she did – and . . .
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After the Fire by Pippa
‘ I sprint across the yard, my eyes streaming, my heart pounding in my chest’... I was captivated from that first sentence. I thought this book was a . . .
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Where the World Ends by Mollie-Mae
Where the World Ends is a great book, however, it lost my interest at times. I feel that the book is an amazing story but it was written in quite a bo . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Lara W
This book is about a girl called Fidge who has a little sister called Minnie. Minnie is obsessed with her toy Wed Wabbit and her book about the Wimble . . .
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Rook by Elise
I loved Rook. It was about a boy called Nicky who found a bird with his brother. All the attention is on his brother. But it's Nicky who is struggling . . .
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Rook by Lara H
Rook is a book about a boy called Nicky who has a brother who is disabled and a dad who has just started to sort his life out. He and his brother find . . .
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Where the World Ends by Elsa
I found this book really interesting to read and also fun aswell, I would give it four stars because it really hooked me in and I couldn't stop readin . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lara H
Beyond the Bright Sea is a book about a girl, who is named Crow, who was put in a boat and floated off to sea by her parents that she has never known . . .
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The Hate U Give by Amy
The Hate U Give is a book that introduces you to a world which most people don’t meet: a confusion of right and wrong, and light in the darkness. It’s . . .
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Rook by Hannah G
In the book Rook, a boy who is in secondary school and his younger brother who has a learning difficulty find a Rook in a field which is badly hurt. T . . .
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Rook by Hannah G
In the book Rook, a boy who is in secondary school and his younger brother who has a disability, find a Rook in a field which is badly hurt. The two b . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Elise
I really liked Wed Wabbit. It was about a girl called Fidge who finds herself in her little sisters fictional book,Wimbley Woos. She faces all kinds o . . .
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Our Lady's Abingdon (OLA)
Abingdon,
European School Culham
Culham, OXON.
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Courtenay, Oxon
Fitzharrys Shadows
Oxfordshire,
If you could be any main character from any of the books who would you be?

Nicky - Rook
Starr - THUG
Fidge - Wed Wabbit
Moonbeam - After the Fire
Quill - Where The World Ends
Crow - Beyond The Bright Sea
Adam - Release
Arturo - Saint Death
 
Title: Buffalo Soldier
Author: Tanya Landman
Winning Year: 2015

Charley, a young African-American slave from the Deep South, is freed at the end of the American Civil War. However her freedom is met with tragedy after her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob, and Charley finds herself alone wi
 

 
 

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