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New Year New Books!

We are Reading Realm from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Faversham, Kent. We are a group of enthusiastic students and a devoted member of staff. We meet every Friday lunch time and enjoy reading and talking about books. We were disappointed to find out that NONE of our predicted titles got shortlisted. We were appalled to find out that Phillip Pullman & David Almond didn't get through even though they are amazing!!!

Alfie M and Toby H

Bone Talk by Noah
I very much enjoyed this book. I felt that it was a bit slow to start, but once it had picked up the pace it was okay. Apart from having a wonderful s . . .
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Long Way Down by Rory
This book is like a b-movie. Great plot, kind of quirky, but not the award-winning super blockbuster. With a dark set-up slightly like that of The Hat . . .
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Long Way Down by Sam
When I started reading this book it confused me as this was the first time I have read a book written in verse. However, I got the feel for it and rea . . .
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The Poet X by Cora
This book was brilliant! I have never come across a book entirely written in poetry. The poems in the book are not as confusing as I thought they woul . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Iustin
I think that Things a Bright Girl Can Do is a great book and it really teaches you what happened back then to women and it shows that women’s rights m . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Gary
This is a rather wild book with different themes to it. In some parts it is sad; others it is happy and joyful. What I like about the book is the plot . . .
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Bordenian Boyz
Sittingbourne, Kent
Fulston Manor School
Sittingbourne, Kent
St Stephen's Junior School
Canterbury, Kent
The Westlands School
Sittingbourne, Kent
What book from the shortlist of 2019 do you think is going to win?

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)
Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press)
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Usborne)
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)
Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber & Faber)
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)
Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Winning Year: 2017

It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stori


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 . .



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