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Carnegie and Cake
Group status: 20 students from Years 8 & 9 have signed up to shadow the Carnegie award this year. We are going to need a lot of cake and biscuits for all our meetings and discussions!

Our 2019 Carnegie group!

This is the 8th year Ratcliffe College has shadowed the Carnegie Medal award and this year we are delighted to have two groups of very enthusiastic Years 8 & 9 students who are avidly reading their way through all the books on the shortlist. We are expecting our meetings to be very lively, with all the students keen to share their opinions on the books, and we anticipate a lot of heated debate when it comes to choosing our winner! For the 5th year, we will be joining students from Moat Community College in Leicester for a couple of meetings to share our opinions on the books.


The Poet X by Rosie
I loved this book! It was so emotionally moving and as X changed to become her new self, I felt as though I was her long lost friend going through tha . . .
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The Poet X by I@loveoftheatre
Possibly one of my favorite books of the last 5 years. The protagonist is 3-dimensional, with a fabulous story arc and believable personality flaws. . . .
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Rebound by Zoe
I really enjoyed this book and I felt you could strongly relate to this book and its emotions. My favourite character was Roxie because she really pic . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Zoe
I really enjoyed "A Skinful of Shadows" and it is definitely my favourite book so far. I really enjoyed how the the little girl progressed from a sca . . .
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Long Way Down by Rosie
I was uncertain whether I liked this book or not. But in the way it is written, I feel it makes it really accessible for people who donít like reading . . .
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Bone Talk by Rosie
This book truly surprised me. From the opinions of others, I thought it would be a bore to read but I found it actually quite adventurous and exciting . . .
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Rebound by I@theatre4ever
A wonderful delight of a book! You truly feel the pain of the protagonist and his journey to stop grieving the loss of his father. You truly empathise . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie
I would give this book a 6 out of 10 because I thought the idea was great and I loved how the author portrayed the idea of the story. However there we . . .
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Long Way Down by Tatiana
While i liked the concept of Long Way Down, I thought the ending was not conclusive enough to be a considered a proper ending. A cliffhanger is define . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Lucia
A Skinful of Shadows- this was (so far) one of my least favourite books. I loved the concept of it- how Makepeace and James could inherit ghosts and . . .
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Rebound by Emilia
I think that this book was a emotional roller coaster about a boy who bounces back from his father dying. The first half was slow and seemed to me to . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by I@theatre4eva
I loved this book! I found the narrative compelling and intriguing. I feel everybody involved in any form of rights movement would love this book. . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Lucia
"The House With Chicken Legs" is not a book I would usually read. It is a tale (written for a younger audience) of a young girl who lives in a house w . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Lucia
"Things A Bright Girl Can Do@ is a tale of three young girls fighting for women rights. I really wanted to like this book, as I have always been inter . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Emilia
I did not enjoy this book,I say this because some of the story was,in my opinion just put in the book, not for effect but to make the book longer.I re . . .
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Rebound by Sophie
I think Rebound is a very good book. I wouldn't be surprised if it won! I found myself getting through it very quickly as it was such a easily and sho . . .
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Rebound by Alexandra
I really enjoyed this book. I found the story line uplifting and full of hope. I really like how it was written in blank verse because I feel that thi . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by I@musicaltheatre4eva
I did not enjoy this book. I found the premise strange and hard to grasp when they first explained it. I know my friends enjoyed it, yet I found the c . . .
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Rebound by Rosie
I loved this book! Both emotionally moving yet quite a nicely written book. The setting of the book, 1988, really made me like the book more as I have . . .
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Rebound by Lucia
Rebound is a heartwarming and inspirational tale of Charlie Bell, a young boy who turns to basketball to help him with his grieving and despair. Befo . . .
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Lancaster Resilience 16
Knighton, Leicester
City Readers
Oxley Shadowers
Loughborough, United Kingdom
Loughborough Chatterbooks Group
What is your favourite front cover from the books on this year#s shortlist?

Poet X
Long Way Down
A Skinful of Shadows
Things A Bright Girl Can Do
The Land of Neverendings
The House With Chicken Legs
Bone Talk
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


Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker, performer, and winner of the Newbery Medal for his novel-in-verse, The Crossover. He conducts creative writing workshops in middle and high sc . .