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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!!! Long Way Down has just been voted our Shadowers' Choice - we think that verse novels are capturing readers' imaginations and with 3 in the shortlist, there's a strong chance that one will be a winner!

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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The Poet X by Sam
I didn't enjoy reading this book at all for a few reasons. The main weakness was that the plot was incredibly predictable: girl does something remote . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sam
I think that this book tackles some rather big and modern issues - LGBTQ, equality and feminism - in a great way.However, sometimes it feels like the . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Alfie
The House with Chicken Legs surprised me in a way that I didn't expect. It follows a girl who lives an extraordinary life and doesn't have the time to . . .
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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 womenís 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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Barton Court Grammar
Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
The Westlands School
Sittingbourne, Kent
Langton Girls
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


Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA .



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