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Neatherd High
Dereham, Norfolk
Group status: We meet every Thursday lunch in the library, sharing our views on the books and eating cake

Discovering golden treasures in books!

Every Thursday we meet in the library at lunch to discuss our feelings about the books we are reading and of course eat cake! We are a group full of really passionate book readers whenever we meet we always have long discussions about if we liked are book or if we weren't so keen, we also watch the author video clips which gives us an insight to both the author and the book and also spend some time writing blogs and voting on the poll. We are also shadowing the Kate Greenaway titles. We have around 10 mixed students all ranging from years 7 to 11 plus many staff- so we really do include a wide range of ages,abilities and genre preferences!


The Poet X by Imogen
I found this book to be very moving. The difference in cultures between the hispanic lives and our own should be enough to cause you to think about wh . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Dali
I think this book was really interesting and an eye-opener to the past. I loved learning about the suffragettes and reading this book. I would recomme . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Beth
Things a bright girl can do is a captivating novel about the struggle of the Women's Suffrage movement in the early 1900s. I loved the plot, style . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Laura
The book A Skinful Of Shadows is about a young girl called Makepeace who fights every night against dead spirits trying to posses her. The story is se . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by susanna
I liked the way that you could transfer the characters in to the modern world. . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by susanna
I found it a young story line with a complex backstory, but I would have liked more twist and turns because it was a straight story. . . .
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Rebound by susanna
Rebound was a good story in my opinion due to the creative layout and the complex story line. . . .
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Long Way Down by Max
I enjoyed this book a lot. It had a good story, it wasn't difficult to read as it didn't have many difficult words. . . .
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Long Way Down by Toby
The book was very good because of the way it was written and how the writer used good vocabulary. The way he wrote it in first person had a big impact . . .
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Long Way Down by Mrs Gill
Again a book that is proving very popular with reluctant readers in lessons due to the free verse and context of the story. I was immediately drawn to . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Mrs Gill
Oh I loved this book. The simple idea that loved toys live in a special place that can be visited by their deceased owners is so heartwarming. I think . . .
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Rebound by Mrs Gill
I really enjoyed this story and thought the use of free verse worked really well as the words could ‘bounce’ around the page enriching the basketball . . .
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The Day War Came by Mrs Gill
This is a remarkable story that was enriched by the wonderful and evocative illustrations. The use of limited colours adds to the plight and sorrow o . . .
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The Poet X by Fleur
Xiomara keeps herself to herself and lets her fists do the talking, but when a slam poetry club starts and she falls for a boy in her bio class, every . . .
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Bone Talk by Mrs Gill
Set in the Philippines we encounter a unique community who value their traditions, family and cultural beliefs as a young Samkad is about to take his . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Laura
The House With Chicken Legs is about a young girl called Marinka who is a Yaga (someone who guides those who have died to the land of the dead). It is . . .
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The Poet X by susanna
i enjoyed this book because of the way that Xiomara was portrayed as a girl from a religious family. Still fighting her one way and not being afraid o . . .
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The Poet X by Laura
Poet X is about a young girl called Xiomara who finds a love for poetry. The story tells her life as she goes through ups and downs . This book is wri . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Imogen
I absolutely loved this book. The link with Serbian culture and folk stories gave the book another level of depth. Marinka's life is full of creative . . .
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Bone Talk by Fleur
I found the book captivating from the start and i couldn't put it down! My favorite character is Luki because she was unhappy with the differences bet . . .
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Long Way Down by Leanna
Long Way Down was an interesting book, in multiple ways. Firstly, the book's free verse made it quick to read and kept the pace going. Secondly, the t . . .
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What is your favourite book cover from the shortlist?

The Land of Neverendings
Skinful of Shadows
Bone Talk
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
The House with Chicken Legs
Long Way Down
The Poet X
Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Winning Year: 2016

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the slee


Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls grew up in Stockton-on-Tees, and after school, travelled the world, working for a period at a Red Cross hospital in Japan. Sally's first novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and she . .