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St Helen and St Katharine
Abingdon,
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2018 Shadowers

We meet at the start of every Monday lunchtime to discuss what we have been reading and to swap our books. The first Abingdon area Carnegie event this year was the Tea which was held at Larkmead School. We met Carnegie Shadowers from the other secondary schools in the town and ate cakes!

Mrs Gray

After the Fire by Grace
As I read this book I was on the edge of my seat for all of the book. I really enjoyed reading it because it shows life from different perspective. Th . . .
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The Hate U Give by Anna
I have a problem with books where I always loose them for a while before they turn up. This one I never lost. I have never read a book quite like it, . . .
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Where the World Ends by Matilda
I enjoyed reading this book as there was always had something happening. Whatever place you were in the book, you found yourself reading about somethi . . .
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The Hate U Give by Chloe
The hate you give is a teen/ pre-teen book about a girl called Starr and how she witnesses her best friend being shot by a police man also her two sep . . .
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After the Fire by Evie
After the fire is a story about Moonbeam, who lives in a very closed community where Father John controls everything and everyone. She has grown up to . . .
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The Hate U Give by Evie
The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, whose best friend gets shot by a policeman and she was the only witness. Starr knows he was murdered but how . . .
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Saint Death by Charlotte
This book is one of the best I have ever read. It has so many cliffhangers and twists, resulting in me never putting it down. The story takes place on . . .
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Saint Death by Anna
This book was full of emotion and brutality. At first, I wasn’t sure that it was set in the present, but when I realised it was, I was shocked. I now . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Lorna
I found Wed Wabbit a very fun, lively book. It's very well-constructed and easy to read. You don't find out what the plot is until at least a quarter . . .
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Where the World Ends by Amelie
Where the World Ends is a fabulous book about what happens when 9 boys and three men are left stranded on a bleak stack off the coast of Boreray and S . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Amelie
This book had me hooked from the first page! Wolk unfolds the plot really quickly and I found the story really exciting and interesting. I thought th . . .
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Rook by Alice
This book was a good book. But not the best that I’ve read. The plot of the book is quite well constructed but with the subject of the book I though . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Matilda
I enjoyed this book because it was similar to a mystery story and I enjoy that genre very much. The book had twists that weren't always obvious which . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Matilda
This book reminded me of books that I read when I was younger. I found it quite easy and quick to read, ideal for a light quick read or a bus journey. . . .
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The Hate U Give by Lorna
Although this book was gripping, I did wonder what the point of reading it was. I really like reading books with a meaning, and a realistic setting. I . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Anna
Although this book was gripping, I did wonder what the point of reading it was. I really like reading books with a meaning, and a realistic setting. I . . .
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Rook by Niamh
Rook is a book I started with low expectations but after I read two pages I couldn’t put it down; the truthfulness of it was gripping, the story kept . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Niamh
Beyond the Bright Sea was more like a maze than a book - full of twists and turns - I found myself lost in the story many times, caring for the young . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Anastasia
‘Beyond the Bright Sea’ is an exhilarating adventure story about a girl called Crow. The first chapter describes how she washed up on a windswept isla . . .
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Rook by Anastasia
Rook is a thoughtfully written story that starts off from the viewpoint of a bird (a rook) and then changes to the life and thoughts of a human boy. A . . .
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Where the World Ends by Anastasia
I'm sad to say I found this book a big disappointment, although the description (mainly of birds) is phenomenal, the story line has potential to be th . . .
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The Hate U Give by Anastasia
T.H.U.G is a powerful read that looks deep into the ongoing problems of racism, love, death and many more subjects that we “don’t really want to talk . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Charlotte
When she was only a few hours old, someone put her in an old boat and pushed her out to sea. She washed up on a tiny, windswept island with two things . . .
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After the Fire by Megan
“I sprint across the yard, my eyes streaming, my heart pounding in my chest." As soon as I read that sentence I wanted to read on. Why was she sprinti . . .
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Rook by Megan
I don’t think I’ve ever saved a bird before; usually our cat gets to them before I do. That is why this book appealed to me, because Kenny and Nicky . . .
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Rook by Amelie
I found the beginning of this book quite slow but by chapter three I was hooked! I thought that the plot was well constructed – the author tells the s . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Alice
This was one of the best books I’ve ever read. The plot of this book is great. The author seems in control of the plot. The events of the plot are b . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Isabella
I really enjoyed 'Beyond the Bright Sea', because I found it well-constructed, and most of the events are believable, and I could really see how the m . . .
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After the Fire by Amelie
This book is a real page turner! Hill’s use of flash backs to explain the plot is really effective. They also help build the tension! I won’t spoil . . .
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Rook by Chloe
The first page is about freedom, friends, youth and happiness. For me this was one of the best beginnings that I have read because it is happy and fre . . .
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Where the World Ends by Alice
Although the cover makes the book look interesting it started a bit too slowly for my liking. Quill and his friends are sent to a stac every summer . . .
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Where the World Ends by Chloe
‘Where the world ends’ is a story about some boys and men who set of to St Kilda and what happens to them afterwards. I thought the start was quite sl . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Isabella
I really enjoyed 'Wed Wabbit' by Lissa Evans, as it had lots of humour, but it also had a strong message about overcoming your fears, and changing as . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Lucy
An exciting read, which will appeal to the child who never feels like the favourite. Fidge, an eleven year old girl in the story, is the responsible o . . .
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Beyond the Bright Sea by Anna
I was browsing Waterstones, eager to spend a book voucher, when this book caught my eye. The cover was attractive, the blurb interesting, and it was b . . .
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Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Courtenay, Oxon
European School Culham
Culham, OXON.
Larkmead Secondary School
Abingdon,
Dunmore Primary School
Abingdon, Oxon.
Where are you most likely to be found reading a book?

School bus
In bed
School library
In the garden
In the bath
 
Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Winning Year: 2016

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends
 

 
 

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 . . .