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Swanshurst School
Birmingham,
Group status: Next meetings: Tues 16th May Y7-8, Thurs 18th May Y8-10

The Carnegie shortlist 2017

We are the Swanshurst Carnegie shadowing group. We are one of the Peters champions groups for 2017. Follow us on Twitter @SwanshurstLib.

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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aaliyah
This book tells the interconnected stories of Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank, four teenagers with lives that seem similar but also very different. With . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Muna
A good twist of comedy with the regretful story of a boy in care who encounters Sputnik in his adventures to find his grandad- a dog/alien/thingamajig . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Fatima Z
One door answered by Prez and his life is twisted and coiled up in the second. Would you like to laugh out loud? To get away from life's daily worries . . .
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Railhead by Fatima Z
Adventure. Fantasy. Friendship. Mystery and theft; all packed into one within this action packed packet of words, all worth reading. . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Fatima Z
This novel is about a girl called Annabelle who's life is turned upside down by a new student called Betty, a manipulative and cold hearted bully. Th . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Fatima Z
"Four teenagers. Four secrets." This story is a memerable one filled with tragedy, lies, hunts from different homelands. It allows you to empathise . . .
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Beck by Fatima Z
A sad adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America, Beck is a book that has made me question the world today. Depression is experienced . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Fatima Z
I have no words to describe this ethereal novel. Full of love, magic and tragedy, I find this tale to be part of me for a long time. The most vivid st . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Haniyyah
A powerful, captivating story about Alice and Manny. Alice wants to express herself but with her slurred speech she can't, so she writes her words, sh . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Aaliyah
'Before you start anything, make a list'. This opening line immediately pulled me in and I definitely do not regret it. This novel is about a boy name . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Samiyah Naz
I have only read 9 chapters of this book but I can't lie and say I have found this book funny. Many people say this book is really funny but so far I . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Safa
This book is about a refugee boy called Subhi who was born in an immigration detention centre. He dreams of the life behind the fence. But one day, he . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Fatima B
The Bone Sparrow is a very emotional book that tugs at my heartstrings. It is another roller coaster ride of emotions. I really like how it switches u . . .
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Salt to the Sea by FatimaB
Salt to the Sea is a very beautiful book. I like how it switches views between each chapter. I also like how they end up meeting. It is a true roller . . .
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Beck by Wahida
Beck is a book about a boy who has a rough past and moves to Canada to start his new life. The best part about this book was the character. How we go . . .
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Beck by Manal B
About fifty pages in something very disturbing happens and i thought I couldn't carry on reading, but i did and it became very exciting at the end. Th . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mariya I
Very funny and entertaining. This book is about a dog called Sputnik who takes his friend Prez on a journey to write his book about earth. I would rec . . .
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Beck by Amna T
Spoiler alert- I am finding Beck a bit boring now but I have heard that it gets better. I feel sorry for Beck as being an orphan must be really ha . . .
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Beck by Rita
At first this book was boring but it gradually got more interesting and I started to enjoy the book. The characters were really different to the chara . . .
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Wolf Hollow by muna
I really enjoyed this book- it had adventure and tension and sadness at the end too as a true friend of Annabelle dies. It had the sort of ordinary st . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aaminah
This book was really amazing and made me feel really sorry for the refuges and what they had to go through. I like how Eli is really smart and brave. . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aaminah
This is the best book ever!!!!!!!! I read it in one day I really enjoyed it I loved the whole plot and story line it is one of the books you can not p . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Taiba Naz
I think that wolf hollow is a very good book and when I first got it I didn't think that it would be a good book but I was very wrong. Looks can be ve . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Safa R
Salt to the Sea is one of the best books I have EVER read. This story is set in WWII Germany and it follows four characters, a mysterious soldier, a y . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Somaya bahoudashi
I thought that the Stars at Oktober Bend was very heart warming, it was like an emotional roller coaster. I really liked the fact that Manny stayed wi . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Aaliyah
Subhi, a young refugee who has lived inside the arms of a refugee camp his entire life, has a wild imagination and is full of superstitions and belief . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Somaya
I really enjoyed this book when I read it I could not put it down I loved how each chapter was about a different character so you could see how they f . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by sakeena khan
I have just read the smell of other peoples houses and I think it's a great book. I love the story line but I think that it should definitely not be r . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Samiyah naz
I have only read a few chapters of this book and found it quite boring. I know you may disagree but my opinion on this book isn't that positive ad you . . .
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Railhead by Aizah
A fantastic ride to the future where the great network is a place of danger. It is full of rebels, adventure, heroes and enemies. About a small thief . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Leila
I like this book because it shows the views of two people. The structure is confusing as it is written in poem form sometimes, as well. . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amna
I am half way through this book and I find it very interesting. There is however one character I despise. Arrogant Alfred. I am not going to go into m . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Rita
When I started reading this book I was slightly confused. I was wondering how all the different characters would link together. But while I read this . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Manal B
Loved it. But the thing is, that when I pick up a book I know if it's going to be a book I like. However, sometimes books take me by surprise. Like Sa . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Aafreen Mahmood
Normally I'm not a massive book reader. But since joining Carnegie group I decided to pick up this book and I definitely don't regret it. This book is . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Amna
So far I am halfway through the book and I am finding it a difficult read. I think it's because I'm so used to reading books with grammar and SPaG. Al . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Mariyah
this is about a dog called sputnik who takes his new friend prez on a journey in order to write his book about earth. It's a great book and i woul . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Mariyah
It follows the lives of Subhi and Jimmie, who live in totally opposite places. Every night Jimmie meets Subhi and he reads her mothers book to her . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Muna
This is a heartwarming story about a girl who dreams of flying and a boy who is forever running. Their paths intwine as they seek true friendship and . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Taiba Naz
I think this is one of the best books I've ever read.That is how good it is.When I first saw this book I was intrigued by the title and when I read th . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Safa
This is a very mysterious book and it is all about lies. The lies twist into the people's lives, causing them to DIE. The plot did take me a while to . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Aizah J
A light hearted entertainment that talks about an unbelievable story and how the main character, Prez develops through the course of the book. I would . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Maryam
The style of writing was very easy to follow and understand (it does not change characters perspective). The characters were different and captured my . . .
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Railhead by Muna
Meet Zen Starling: a common, ordinary boy; a slightly petty thief; a not so evil murderer and a sidekick to a villainous villain as he embarks on an o . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Sakina
I loved reading sputnik's guide to life on earth. whatever mood you're in i guarantee that this book will automatically lighten your mood. it's a grea . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Manal
At first I thought this book would be a typical kids book, with funny fart jokes and smelly socks! However, I was totally wrong. The moment i started . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Ayza
When we were given the first page of this book to read, I was immediately intrigued by the thoughtful use of words that were displayed on the page. Wh . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Fatima B
This book is very inspiring and it makes you feel like you can do anything even after a traumatic experience. I love how Alice and Manny rely on each . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Manal
This book kept me awake all night. I was engrossed in the book so much that I hadn't noticed how late it was. I felt for Alice and Manny through out t . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Rita
This book was amazing. It really opened my eyes to what is going on in refugee camps. While I was reading this I felt sorry for the refugees and for w . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Amna T
I am half way through this book and so far I have found it amazingly hilarious. His weird foster family remind me a lot of my own family!😂 I didn't . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Mariyah
still alice. no more. no less. alice nightingale is broken. she was twelve when her life fell apart and fear overcame her. she relies on her bro . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Amna
Set in Alaska this wonderful book tells the story of four teenagers - Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank. Four separate stories eventually entwine with each o . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Humaira
I thought this book was very sad and I hated how Subhi and the other refugees were treated. It was so sad knowing how hard they were trying to get out . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Shakira
A good book intends to make you feel how the author wants you to, this book dangerously made me feel the preconceived hate for Betty to an extreme tha . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Rita
I enjoyed reading this book as it was exciting reading it from the perspective of a character who was broken. I loved reading the poems throughout the . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Manal
When I read page 246 I cried. My heart bled for Subhi and his friend Eli who was like an older brother to him. Many things had happened to him in his . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Rita
At first I didn't think this book would be so good. When I first started reading it i didn't quite understand what was going on with all the different . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Manal
At first I thought this book would be a typical kids book, with funny fart jokes and smelly socks! However, I was totally wrong. The moment i started . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Amna
I like this book as it's a historical mystery. Lots of time during the book I'm trying to guess what happens but I couldn't as it has lots of twists a . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Maryam
Feel your heartbreak as your read through the book. Let it open your eyes on the world and how you treat people. Then, consider the government's secre . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Samiyah Naz
I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but I can't help it and I'm sure there are tonnes of other students who do the same. Oops!! Anyways, . . .
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Railhead by Taiba
I think that Railhead is a very good book because it has a lot of twists and when you think that you can trust a person, you find out something about . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Amber Hussain
The book is really great in my opinion. When I started reading it I really didn't understand it at first but when you come to the middle the tension b . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Maryam
Feel your heartbreak as your read through the book. Let it open your eyes on the world and how you treat people. Then, consider the government's secre . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Leila
I like this book because I like how it shows different people's point of view. I also like how the different people manage to meet each other. The cli . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Aaminah
I thought the stars at oktober bend was a very heart-warming and touching book. It always made me wonder what happened to Alice and i love how it hint . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Muna
WAR TIME(1939-1945) and 4 paths converge on the run for freedom, survival and fabled safety. Their one and only hope-a lone ship: the Wilhelm Gustloff . . .
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Priyanka
I have to say this book was absolutely amazing and really enlightened me. Not only was it hilarious but also serious. I was able to read this book in . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Fatima
Wolf Hollow is incredible! It has beautiful moments between Annabelle and Toby. It is like a roller coaster ride of emotion : one moment everything . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Priyanka
I have to be honest here so here it goes. As soon as i was told this book was very similar to the famous book "To kill a mockingbird" i immediately th . . .
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The Smell of Other People's Houses by Noor-Ul-Ain S
Where should I start... This book has all the qualities that you would wish for in a mind lingering book. It's full of excitement, drama and as it ha . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Safa
I think that this book is one of the best books that I have ever read. The way the writer changes the way they write when it is a different character . . .
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Beck by Amber
This book is full of ambition. We can see this when Beck moves onwards from places where he was getting abused. At the beginning we see that Beck had . . .
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Railhead by Fatima
Railhead is a very fast pace, action packed book. I love the awkward romance between Zen and Nova. Also, I adore the futuristic theme. I like how you . . .
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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Aizah
A brilliant book that tells you about life changing experiences and how love and hate can clash to form a new relationship . It tells you how poems ca . . .
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Salt to the Sea by Maryam E
I thought the book was amazing to read,. it was filled with brilliant plot twists, well-developed characters and good research. It was also good becau . . .
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Wolf Hollow by Leila
I would recommended this book as it shows if you show kindness to others kindness will be repayed. I like how it is set in the time of the world war. . . .
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The Bone Sparrow by Amna M
A WORLD YOU WOULDN'T THINK EXISTS! A heartbreaking story that will surely bring tears to your eyes. Tells a story of a young boy called Subhi and his . . .
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The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.
His mother met his father in Liverpool on a frigid night in 1907.
Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean.
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Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Winning Year: 2010

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