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Exeter, Devon
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Some of this year's Carnegie group

We have 35 pupils keen to be involved in this year's shadowing group. We met once before the Easter holidays to have a look at all the books on the shortlist and choose our favourite covers, blurbs and openings. We've all had the chance to borrow at least one of the books for the holidays and are looking forward to starting discussions after Easter.

Leala

A Skinful of Shadows by Leala
This book is creepy but is well worth a read. A Skinful of Shadows sound crazy and it sounds mad when you try and describe it to someone else, but wh . . .
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Long Way Down by Benjamin C
Long Way Down is another book with a moving backstory. The rules are simple; if one of your loved ones get hurt there is no crying, no snitching and y . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Peter
Things a bright girl can do was an interesting book following the story of 3 suffragettes - Evelyn, May and Nell. Evelyn, who wants to go to universit . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Jasmine
A Skinful of shadows was an extremely thrilling and creepy book, every page sent shivers down my spine. I loved how determined and courageous Makepeac . . .
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Bone Talk by Jasmine
Bone Talk was an extremely intriguing story which kept you on the edge of your chair all the way through. My favourite character was Luki, as she was . . .
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Bone Talk by Grace
The story is about Samkad and Luki who are trying to be warriors. Since Luki is a girl she is not allowed and instead she has to work in the house of . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Ben
Plot: Marinka lives in a living house with chicken legs. This is because her grandma is a Yaga, one of the guardians of a gate that transports the dea . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Ben
Plot: 1914. Evelyn's life is set out for her, she’s going to marry well, not work, stay at home, and decide what the cook will cook for dinner. But . . .
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The Poet X by Jasmine
Poet X was an emotional and thriving book. I loved how Xiomara always stood up for herself and rebelled against her strict parents. I found the book v . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Rosie
The House with Chicken Legs is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I think it is very cleverly written, Marinka was a very relatabl . . .
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Bone Talk by Rosie
This book was an interesting insight into a different culture that I had no idea existed. I found the plot exciting though a little confusing at times . . .
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Bone Talk by Matthew
This is a story about a boy who lives in the Philippines with his tribe and he desperately wants to be a man. His name was Samkad. One day the elders . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Jasmine
I rate this book 4 stars. I loved this book because I felt like I could connect with the characters and I loved how all the toys had their own persona . . .
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Long Way Down by Jasmine
Long way down- by Jason Reynolds Plot line: Will is mourning over the loss of his older brother. Seeking revenge he sets off to kill the killer. . . .
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Long Way Down by Ben
Plot: Will's brother has been shot and killed. And Will knows the rules: if someone you know has been killed, find the person who did it, and kill th . . .
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Rebound by Ben
Plot: Charlie Bell has just lost his dad and is grieving. He keeps getting into trouble however, and eventually gets sent off to his Grandparents for . . .
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The Poet X by Ben
Plot: Xiomara lives in a world controlled by her mother. She feels very constricted and can only escape this world by one means - poetry. However, wh . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Isabelle
When Makepeace arrives at Grizehayes to stay with her ancestors she is scared of the Elders who change dramatically once they receive their inheritanc . . .
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Rebound by Rosie
I did not enjoy this book at all. It seemed like the plot was forced and it was not designed to be written in verse. The book is about a boy who beg . . .
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The Poet X by Rosie
This is a good book for anyone over the age of 12 who feels like people don't listen to them. I think it has a very important message that sometimes y . . .
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Rebound by Georgia
I really enjoyed this book, it was a heart-warming book about the aftermath of grief. This book's protagonist is called Charlie, an adolescent who los . . .
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Rebound by Benjamin C
This is another book with a sad beginning. Charlie Bell is still mourning his father. After getting into trouble once too many he is sent to his grand . . .
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The Poet X by Isabelle
Poeta X es sobre una chica llamada Xiomara que está escondiendo sus sentimientos por alguien en la escuela y una colección de poemas debajo de su cama . . .
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The Poet X by Amélie
The Poet X is a book about the difficulties of teenage life and love. Xiomara is growing up in a strictly religious family where for a girl, having a . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Peter
The Land of Neverendings is an interesting book following the story of a girl called Emily, still trying to cope with the loss of her disabled sister, . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Toby
This book is definitely unique in its plot line. It is set in the time of the English civil war and is very interesting and informative about the live . . .
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Bone Talk by Elizabeth
I found this book interesting as it was an insight into cultures very different to ours. I thought they killed too many people which spoilt the otherw . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Georgia
This book is about three girls and their fight for equality, rights and peace. I really enjoyed this book; it really inspired me about the stories beh . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Toby
I found this book to be an incredible read! It had many relevant and interesting topics ranging from gender inequality to LGBT+ rights, from war to pa . . .
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The Poet X by Toby
I really enjoyed this book, it was an engaging book about a girl who loves poetry growing up in a challenging family. Each chapter was a poem I found . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Amelie
A Skinful of Shadows is a quirky but very good book. Set at the time of the English civil war, a 12 year old puritan called Makepeace has a large shoc . . .
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Long Way Down by Amelie
Imagine that your brother has just been killed, and you know who did it. you could: a)call the police b)do nothing c)kill the person who did it . . .
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Bone Talk by Peter
Bone Talk is an interesting book based in the Philippines about 100 years ago. It follows the story of Samkad who has always wanted to become a man. H . . .
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Long Way Down by Grace
In this book, the author has used tension to make scenes more dramatic. The ending is my favourite part because it is very effective in the sense that . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Grace
This is an emotional story about how Marinka dreams to leave her house and make friends with the living. Growing up she has lived in a house that alwa . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Amelie
Things a Bright Girl Can Do is an inspiring book about the suffragettes, and how the war affected different people. The story also shows how hard it w . . .
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Bone Talk by Leala
I really liked Bone Talk because it tells the tale of a bit of history that I had not heard about. I also like the way it is from the people from the . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Leala
At first I thought this book would be weird, especially since other people who had read it had told me it was. But it is definitely not how you expect . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Isabelle
Evelyn is a smart girl who wishes to go to Oxford University. When her parents refuse she joins the Suffragettes, desperate for her voice to be heard. . . .
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Rebound by Leala
Charlie used to love playing basketball with his dad, but his dad dies and suddenly he cannot bear to play anymore. So his mum sends him to stay with . . .
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Bone Talk by Isabelle
When Samkad is refused manhood until his brother comes back he is horrified. When his brother finally does return he has become a stranger. Now, the A . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sarah
Marinka is twelve years old, and is dying to know what it is like to meet 'the living'. Unfortunately she only meets 'the dead', before they are guide . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Georgia
Emily misses Holly, her older disabled sister, who was constantly connected to life-support, and she also misses Bluey, Holly’s Teddy bear who was cre . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Georgia
Marinka dreams of a normal life, one which doesn’t include welcoming dead people into your house every single evening. But the problem is, Marinka isn . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Megan
Surprisingly I really enjoyed The House With Chicken Legs. The book follows the story of a young girl called Marinka, who is desperate to break free . . .
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The Poet X by Megan
The Poet X was an enthralling read; the book was well written in verse and I found it was easy to understand the characters' motivations. Acevedo's bo . . .
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Long Way Down by Rosie
Long Way Down is an interesting book because it was not like I expected. The majority of the book was set in an elevator, with the main character meet . . .
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Long Way Down by Tilly
Long Way Down is a particularly tense and thought-provoking novel, and I found the anagrams particularly interesting, sending out a powerful message t . . .
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The Poet X by Tilly
This is a book about a fierce, quiet girl who sees poetry as a way to escape from her religious home and judging neighbourhood. Author Elizabeth Aceve . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Benjamin
This book is about a girl who is born into a destiny but denies it. Marinka is a Yaga, born to guide the dead through the gate into the afterlife. But . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Toby
This book is definitely unique in its plot line. It is set in the time of the English civil war and is very interesting and informative about the live . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Grace
This story is a fantasy about a young girl called Emily and her sister's toys who live in Smockeroon. Ever since her sister died, Emily has had weird . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Jasmine
Plot line: The story is set in the period of the First World War and when the Act of Parliament that gave women, over the age of thirty, the right to . . .
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Long Way Down by Toby
This was a gripping and thought-provoking book. At first I didn't like the style that it was written in as the writing style was irregular. However, a . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Elizabeth
This is the story of how three very different girls find themselves involved with the suffragettes. Evelyn is from a rich family and is very clever. . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Tilly
This book great book takes us to the realms of fantasy, imagination and thoughts. With the themes of loss and longing running through the story - this . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Elizabeth
I did not enjoy this book. For the first half of the book, you do not reallly understand what is happening. This makes it confusing and a little borin . . .
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Rebound by Elizabeth
I enjoyed reading this book. At first, it was hard to get into but after that I understood the plot and found it a quick, entertaining read. I found t . . .
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Long Way Down by Sarah
William's brother was shot, so he sets out on a mission to kill the person who did it, by following 'the rules'. Long Way Down is a very gripping book . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Tilly
At first this book seemed a bit strange but after a couple of pages it was a heart-warming read. It is about a hidden group of people, called yaga, wh . . .
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Rebound by Isabelle
When Charlie's dad dies he is lost. One day his best friend gets him in trouble and he must live with his grandparents. There his cousin, Roxie, helps . . .
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The Poet X by Leala
The Poet X is a book about who you are and finding your place in the world. The main character, Xiomara, has a very strict mother, and she fears her . . .
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Long Way Down by Georgia
I found this book very thought-provoking, it is a bit strange and muddling however, the format of the text and illustrations were amazing! I really li . . .
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Bone Talk by Tilly
Overall I think this book is very well written and is full of plot twists but is also very to true to real life in the Philippines 100 years ago. Bone . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Tilly
It is a gothic and dark story which takes place in the Civil War. I enjoyed Frances Hardinge's style of writing, but to begin with it was tricky to wo . . .
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Rebound by Tilly
I think that Rebound was a sad but inspiring book about a boy recovering after his father's death. I quite liked it being written in verse as it helpe . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Toby
At first I was sceptical about this book because within the first few pages I found out that it was about two people who guide dead people, but as I c . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Benjamin
The Land of Neverendings is a compelling and magical novel that will have you hanging on to every word. Though the book itself is funny and good for c . . .
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Bone Talk by Benjamin
Bone Talk is an amazing book that takes place in the Philippines before and during the American Conquest. What I like about this book is that it gives . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Elizabeth
This book has a thought provoking plot- your toys have two selves, the one you see and another that lives in a happy, silly world of magic. When a toy . . .
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Long Way Down by Isabelle
This book is about a boy whose brother has been shot. So he will follow the rules: if someone you love gets killed find the person who killed . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Tilly
This book is a dark, mysterious, gothic read that is set in the English civil war. This book incorporates historic facts with dramatic and subtle fict . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Isabelle
When Marinka dreams of a normal life away from her walking house she makes friends with a dead girl called Nina. However, later she realizes Nina's so . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Megan
Things a Bright Girl Can Do is a book I would recommend all to read it. The book follows the storyline of 3 young girls during first the suffrage move . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Peter
The House with Chicken Legs is a heartwarming story about a girl called Marinka. She lives with Baba Yaga, helping to guide the dead on their journey . . .
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Long Way Down by Peter
Long Way Down is a powerful book about a boy whose brother has died. After his brother dies he follows the rules - he doesn't snitch, he doesn't cry a . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Tilly
I thought this book was inspiring, hopeful but full of the struggles of the First World War. 'Things A Bright Girl Can Do' follows the lives of three . . .
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Rebound by Peter
This compelling book tells the story of Charlie Bell, a child going through a hard time after the death of his father. After getting in trouble with h . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Isabelle
This exciting, magical book takes you and your toys to a world called Smockeroon… The story starts with a girl called Emily whose sister has recently . . .
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