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Group status: Having a great time reading the Carnegie books and critiquing the Greenaway books!

We are the NDAllstars from North Durham Academy. A group of Year 10 students are our Carnegie Allstars. Our Literacy intervention groups from Year 7 make up our Greenaway Allstars, critiquing the illustrations, describing the artwork using high level vocabulary by using a thesaurus to help create a vivid interpretation of the pictures.

Mrs. Jackson

King of the Sky by Owen Y9
I loved this book! The cover shows an old man and a young boy with a bird. Inside, there are lots of birds and I liked the way the dedication was writ . . .
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A First Book of Animals by Ed y7
I think this book could be very helpful for someone living in a city with no zoo and who don't have the chance to see many animals. The illustrations . . .
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Under the Same Sky by Ed y7
I think this book represents equality, it shows us that everything is equal, humans and animals alike. It also shows that no matter who you are and wh . . .
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King of the Sky by Ellie Y8
I liked the front cover, it is quite bright and colourful. it shows an old man holding a pigeon and a young boy. Inside there is a single, solitary b . . .
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Wed Wabbit by Mrs Jackson
Imagine finding yourself in a dystopian world where a despotic rabbit is controlling the colour-coded, rhyming inhabitants and you need to solve a var . . .
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The Song from Somewhere Else by Mrs J.
I'm ashamed to admit it but this is my first A.F. Harrold won't be my last! The writing style is similar to David Almond's timeless c . . .
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A First Book of Animals by Billy, Jennie, Kayleigh, Alexis. Katie, Y7
We all had our own favourite illustrations! Billy- I loved the tiny bat flying in the starry night sky, I liked the simile of it being like a furry to . . .
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King of the Sky by Kurtis y7
I would give this book to a child aged about 5-7 because the painted style will intrigue young children, the eye-popping colours will attract them to . . .
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Under the Same Sky by Camerin, Karen and Megan y7
We think the cover would appeal to little children as the wolves/ dogs/ foxes look up at the sky. We liked the dedication by the author because it sh . . .
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Night Shift by Kayde, Ellis and Rhys y7
We looked at the cover of the book and thought it might be fiction because dragons aren't real, they are from mythology. We thought the feather 'I' mi . . .
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A First Book of Animals by Paige Y8
What a beautiful book! I love animals and think this would be a great present for somebody like me! It is full of facts about animals from all over th . . .
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Under the Same Sky by Kurtis y7
I personally would recommend this book for children around 3-5 years old for this reason- it has small amounts of words. The art style is a young chil . . .
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Tanfield School
Stanley, Co Durham
South Moor Library
North Durham Academy
Stanley, Co. Durham
Stanley library
Stanley, Co Durham
Has being part of the schemes changed your reading habits?

No, I still read the same type of books.
Yes, I have tried new genres of fiction.
Yes, I now read a lot more!
No, I still hate reading.
I'm not afraid to tackle more complex vocabulary now.
Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Illustrator: Jim Kay
Winning Year: 2012

The monster shows up after midnight. It isn't the one Conor has been expecting; the one from his nightmare; the one he has had nearly every night since his mother started her treatment. But this new monster is ancient, and wild, and it wants something ju