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Reading has started
I have been fascinated this year with the variety of titles on the Carnegie shortlist and the conversations so far have reflected this. There does a wealth of duplicity and secrets in many of the titles. So far I have read five of the titles and am ambivalent about which one I think should win. Mrs Daniel
Posted on: 11 Apr 2016

The Carnegie Group are enjoying reading so far!
Buffalo Soldier and More Than This received good feedback from the Group ,
Posted on: 05 Jun 2013

Posted on: 10 Jun 2010

Just met
Just met Mrs. Lever's group and had a chance to talk about the books that the students have read. Each student has read one book now so there was a lot to talk about. James did not enjoy Fever Crumb initially but persevered and is now willing to recommend it to other students. He chose Revolver to read next but nearly put it back half way through Lucy's review of the book. Lucy felt the middle of the book was slow and did not hold her attention but ultimately was worth reading. When talking about the characters in the book she was intriqued by the female characters and wished there was more background given to them. Tom enjoyed Nation and felt that not a word was wasted in the descriptive passages. He made an interesting observation about Mau's relatively quick recovery from the trauma he suffered and how this seemed rushed in order to keep the story on track. Mrs. Hawke
Posted on: 08 Jun 2010

We are almost halfway through the shadowing now and it is becoming very exciting. Groups from two Yr 9 classes are taking part and competition to read the most books is getting fierce. So far James has read the most but after half term Will might be ahead! As for the books: so far most students want to read Fever Crumb. All like the sound of The Ask and the Answer but feel they would rather read the Knife of Never Letting Go first. In fact three students are doing just that. I have read 4 books so far and my favourite out of these is the Graveyard Book. I like the interweaving of ghosts and monsters in a unique story. I think we will hear more from Nobody Owens in the future.
Posted on: 28 May 2010

Mrs. Lever's comments
I have now read 4 of the books. I have started Airman but doubt I will continue with it as I am not enjoying it. Some feedback on the books I have read- Black Rabbit Summer remains my favourite. I was so impressed by this one that I have bought a couple of copies already for presents. More than any of the others it hooked me in from the very first page and the pace of the narrative ensured that I literally did not put it down until I had finished. The story has stayed with me too. In part, I suppose because of the unresolved ending but also because the characters were so real. I think this novel could be enjoyed by a very wide readership but I will be recommending it especially to reluctant readers in Year 9 & 10 as it has all the ingredients they would probably look for in a book.not least the allure of the opposite sex, a real element of danger and the thriller genre spiralling out of control!! The Knife of Never Letting Go comes a very close second. I admit to reservations to begin with but stick with it and I am sure you will agree that it is one of the most exciting reads you are likely to find. I am not surprised that it is already a prize winner and I think it could win this competition. Some readers might find the violence of some of the scenes too horrific, especially towards the end, but it raises important moral questions which all young people should confront as part of their growing up. Moreover although it is a fiction about a future dystopia I recognised so many political realities especially for women living under the Taliban in the world today that I found it a very scary read. The ending was brilliant! I can't wait to read the next Chaos Walking instalment Ostrich Boys and Creature of the Night were also very good reads but not winners for me!
Posted on: 18 Jun 2009

Posted on: 04 Jun 2009