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Williamwood High School
Clarkston, East Renfrewshire
Group status: Several of us have already read some of this year's shortlist, and are going to be meeting weekly from now on
We are a group of S1 to S6 pupils who meet weekly to discuss the books we are reading.

Carnegie Shadowing Group
Hillpark Secondary School
Mearns Castle High School
Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire

Some of this year's books are clearly based on the experiences of the author or their family, do you think this makes the books more or less readable?

I can sympathise better with the characters when I know the author experienced similar things.
I prefer books which have no real basis in fact.
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