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Who Will Win Carnegie . . .
There are some very good books which have been shortlisted for Carnegie. However, there are also some books that have been shortlisted which are unsuitable for some of our reading group so none of us have been able to read all of the shortlisted books. I have read five of the Carnegie books which are; Rook, Where The World Ends, The Hate U Give, Beyond the Bright Sea and Wed Wabbit. Out of the books that I have read, I would say that it will be either Wed Wabbit or Beyond the Bright Sea that will win Carnegie. Wed Wabbit because of the amazing creativity that has clearly gone into it and Beyond the Bright Sea because of the incredible plot that keeps you captivated until the very last page. All of our reading group are really enjoying Carnegie and can't wait for the winner to be announced!
Posted on: 29 May 2018

The Hate U Give Review
Hi! It's Isabella again. Here is the review I would put on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give really touched me. It is about a girl named Starr who sees her friend brutally taken from her by a police man's gun shot, but will she speak out and get justice for her friend? It covered issues such as police harassment in America and racism. It also covers how no one is better than another because of their colour or how rich or poor they are. There was plenty of emotive language in this book, which made me feel everything the characters were feeling. The part I enjoyed most was when Starr realized she should speak out for her friend because many people never speak out for what is right. I found the ending sad as I expected everything to come to a joyful end. This was my least favourite part. I would recommend the Hate U Give to fourteen plus because of rude language and very intense subject matters.
Posted on: 10 May 2018

Where the World Ends Review
Hi! This is Isabella again. I have just finished reading Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean and here is my review on it. I thought Where the World Ends was brilliant! It is about a young group of bird hunters who are annually sent to an island to catch birds. However, one year, when no one returns to collect them, what will become the boys and men? It really touched me when found the story to be true as you can't imagine how awful it must have been to be stranded on the island. Furthermore, you were always kept informed about what was happening to the boys and you could really feel a connection growing between you and the characters. My favourite part was when the boys realised they were stranded because the author described their emotions perfectly! My least favourite part was the ending because it came too quickly for me and I just wanted to keep reading! I would recommend Where the World Ends to readers eleven plus because of quite simple language. I am reading The Hate U Give at moment and will give a review on it when I finish it.
Posted on: 24 Apr 2018

Rook Review
Rook by Anthony McGowan is a very interesting book to debate about. On the one hand, it starts of well with an interesting first chapter. However, on the other hand, it goes down hill rather quickly. I think less confident readers may enjoy this book as the story line is extremely easy to follow and language very simple although there is some swearing! I also think that Rook would be a bit of a bore for more confident readers as it does not really make you think about anything. Rook is about a boy who finds an injured rook and takes it home to nurse it back to health. However, that is only the backstory with the main story following the boy's life. I was disappointed when I found that the rook's story was only the backstory because it made the finding of the rook a bit of an anticlimax, so this was my least favourite part. My favourite part was the first chapter as that was the only chapter that kept me interested. I would recommend this book for older, less confident readers due to bad language but a simple story line.
Posted on: 24 Apr 2018

Bookies Blog
Hi! This is Isabella. Currently, I have read three Carnegie shortlisted books; Beyond the Bright Sea, Wed Wabbit and Rook. I would recommend Rook, by Anthony McGowan, for slightly older readers due to bad language but also for less confident readers although it was a book with a good story line. Personally, I could have done with an extra paragraph at the end as too much was left to the imagination. Secondly, before I read Wed Wabbit, I thought it was going to be for younger readers due to its blurb and cover. However, I learnt never to judge a book by its front cover because Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans was amazing! Constantly upbeat and interesting, I would recommend this book to all readers! Next, Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. This book amazed me. There was so much adventure in it that you felt like you were sucked into the book and experiencing everything the characters were! I would recommend this amazing book for slightly older readers due to a sometimes complicated story line. I hope these brief reviews help you! I am currently reading Where the World Ends and will review on that when I finish it.
Posted on: 15 Apr 2018