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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
Woodfarm High School
Rosshall Academy
A Novel Idea
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.
19% (13 votes)

I prefer books which have no real basis in fact.
32% (22 votes)

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