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Bacon's Book Buddies

'Bone Talk', 'The House with Chicken Legs' and 'Long Way Down'
This morning we have been talking about 'Bone Talk', 'The House with Chicken Legs' and 'Long Way Down', and some people have made a start on 'Things a Bright Girl Can Do' and 'Rebound'. We're excited to get started properly, and everybody has made a really good start on the list.
Posted on: 02 May 2019

Thinking about the list as a whole
Yesterday we met to talk about our progress in reading the list. We talked about Wed Wabbit, and how we felt some aspects of it were a bit cliched - we felt tired of stories where somebody has to defeat an evil ruler. We all agreed that we really like how Where the World Ends is tied to real geography, but some of us felt that the large number of characters, all of different ages and all introduced at once, left us a bit confused about who was who, and how old different characters were. We all found that we were reading it quite fast, because we were so desperate to find out the 'secret' of why the boys have been left on the island. We also talked about the list as a whole. Most of us felt that there weren't many 'childrens' books on the list and that there was too much bias towards a 'young adult' audience. We also felt that the pressure to read the list along with the judges meant that we were reading them quickly, and less in depth, so we decided that we wouldn't be too hard on ourselves if we didn't manage to read the whole list.
Posted on: 16 May 2018

Wed Wabbit and Where the World Ends
Yesterday we discussed these two books. We decided that Wed Wabbit is a really unusual and different sort of book, full of engaging and good ideas, with a great pace. We really liked the inclusion of a map, which some of us found ourselves referring back to as we read. We all had different views on Where the World Ends, some of us loved the highly descriptive text, but some of us found it a bit too much. We talked about how it almost felt like a science fiction text - that even the title made us think of terrifying ideas about falling into a void. It reminded us of the books Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne, The Lord of the Flies - William Golding and Pincher Martin, also by William Golding.
Posted on: 09 May 2018

Wed Wabbit - Lissa Evans
We decided to read Wed Wabbit first, because we thought it looked like a funny book, and we all like funny books. We read the first three chapters together in book club today, and really like the way it is both funny and dark (which reminded us of other books like Frank Cottrell Boyce's 'Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth' and Anthony Horrowitz's 'Granny'). We also liked the way that every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, which makes you want to read on. We all felt that Fidge behaves 'older' than she really is, and wondered whether this was because she was having to take on a lot of responsibility in her family. We felt like she behaves like a mother, and is the responsible one in the family. We are all keen to read on, because we all felt that the difference between what we are reading (which is all based in reality, and has some very sad passages) is really at odds with the cover, the blurb, and the map at the beginning, all of which suggest that it's going to be a much more fun book, based in an imagined or fantastic world. But we do feel like the character of Wed Wabbit is already quite sinister! We're not sure about the character of Graham yet, but we feel like he maybe has a sinister alter-ego.
Posted on: 17 Apr 2018

Excited to get started!
Our books arrived yesterday, and we've just created our display. We're really looking forward to getting stuck in. I'm particularly looking forward to Wed Wabbit because it looks very different to anything I've seen on the Carnegie list before. Mrs Lloyd
Posted on: 13 Apr 2018