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The Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers
Group status: Our first official session went swimmingly! (and slighty over the time limit!) We discussed the books we had all read so far and we also did a comparison to last years shortlists, which was great fun! We are hoping to get some new members as well...

Here we go again plus some new recruits!

We are a group of Year 9 students. We meet every Friday during term time in the War Memorial Library to discuss books and eat biscuits. Sometimes there is heated discussion and sometimes we all agree! What we certainly all agree on is that we love reading and that Carnegie takes us out of our reading comfort zone, allowing us to try books we wouldn't normally read.

Avril Ascombe

Bone Talk by philip
Bone Talk is a book written by Candy Gourlay about a boy in the Philippines who is going to be made a man by his tribe. As with most stories, the boo . . .
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The Poet X by Avril
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and thought the authorís use of writing in verse in this novel was extremely effective. For me, this book was . . .
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Rebound by Ms Roberts
I loved this book, it rolled along at speed (sorry about the pun), all the characters, major and minor, were brilliantly drawn and very believable. T . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Ms Roberts
I really liked The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders despite the fact that I am not a great one for fantasy. The theme of loss threads it's way t . . .
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The Poet X by Sebastian
This book was very...moving.Every page was a new book, and a new story to come with it. It is literally jam-packed with plot twists and emotions. Even . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Sebastian
This book is just... amazing. Everything in it makes for a read that will give you goosebumps on every page, and characters that you feel such empathy . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Dominika
'A Skinful of Shadows' took me a while to understand and get into but when I did, I uncovered a sad story of a single girl. Her story kept me wanting . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Dominika
This is an amazing and motivating book that supports equality. I did find it hard to get into at first, but when I did, I was amazed! This book spoke . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Dominika
I thought that this was a very inspirational book, as the main message of it, in my opinion, is: never give up on your dreams, even if they look impos . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Dominika
This is a beautiful but sad book full of funny and loveable characters. I really liked that it was written through a child's perspective, as it shows . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Oscar
I thought this novel was superb. I have not had much experience with magical realism, but this is a fantastic example of it. This book follows a young . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Oscar
I really hated A Skinful of Shadows. I'm not exactly sure why, but for the purpose of this book review I shall mention one small thing. From the blur . . .
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Bone Talk by Gnome
It is a very interesting book, I enjoyed it thoroughly. I like the culture in the book and how everyone is taught by 'spirits'. It is a book about gro . . .
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Long Way Down by Sebastian
Unfortunately this book wasn't my cup of tea. I found that I could guess what would happen most of the time and that the story would drone on quite a . . .
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Rebound by Sebastian
Rebound was a great book to read, and I am very happy it is shortlisted as, in my opinion, it is one of the best shortlists. I enjoyed it mostly becau . . .
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Bone Talk by Oscar
Bone Talk is a novel that follows a boy on his voyage of manhood during the American occupation of the Philippines. In our history lessons, we learn a . . .
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Long Way Down by Dominika
The "Long Way Down" was a very thought-provoking book, which was quick to read. It made me think about all my daily decisions and if they are ethical . . .
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SI-FI or Fantasy

SI-FI and Fantasy
Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Winning Year: 2010

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, would be a completely normal boy if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts. For it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, a danger that has already killed Bod's family.