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Dartford Grammar School
Kent,
Group status: We will start our Shadowing Group on Wednesday 3rd April.



This is the sixteenth year we have taken part in the scheme and our group consists of 12 boys from Year 7 and two members of staff. We meet weekly, to read, discuss and vote on the books, and post reviews. Our event will conclude with a shadowing party, when we will all get together, announce our own winner, and find out which book won the Carnegie Medal.


Rebound by Tanmay
Rebound was an interesting book about growing up and coping with losses- in this Charlie Bell's loss of his role model of a father. It is written in p . . .
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The Poet X by David
The Poet X, though a good book, is not outstanding in my opinion. Whilst it is one of the few books to write in the form of slam poetry, its action is . . .
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Bone Talk by Mason
I did not like this book as it was not very descriptive. In addition to this, Bone Talk does not relate to the story. This book was not very hooking a . . .
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The Poet X by Tanmay
Although this book was full of great emotion, I would recommend it for teenagers over 15 as it expresses different ways of life in unique way, which a . . .
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Rebound by Pelumi
Another verse form book that tells the story of Chuck Bell and how he became a jazz music worshipper and basketball addict. The story is packed with e . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by David
I would recommend Things A Bright Girl Can Do, though it was not good as I was expecting. Though it has a credible ending and its dialogues are good, . . .
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Bone Talk by Benjamin
I found the book enjoyable but not my favourite. It was a bit confusing at the end when it went forward in time. Also the title was not related to the . . .
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Rebound by Michael
I really liked the book! It really shows a lot of suspense, plot twists, interest and most of all, enjoyment. I recommend this book to anyone who is l . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by Tanmay
This was a fantastic book full of emotion and great mystery. I would strongly recommend this book to people who enjoy an air of mystery as this book i . . .
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The Poet X by Mason
I enjoyed this book a lot. I usually like books that I connect with and this book sure did that. I recommend this book for people 11 or over. This is . . .
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The Poet X by Pelumi
After I read the first few poems of Poet X, I fell in love with the book and was filled with respect for the author. I admired how well the author was . . .
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Rebound by Benjamin
I really enjoyed reading Rebound as I could see myself in the same situations and could see myself in the pages. It was also really fun to read. I als . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Rayhan
I really enjoyed this book because it contained lots of suspense and cliff hangers were evenly distributed throughout the story (the cliff hangers wer . . .
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Bone Talk by Kanayo
I really liked this book due to its amazing plot. I also liked its great descriptions and how the author portrays the emotions. The characters were al . . .
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Long Way Down by Kanayo
It was a really good book, but I only recommend it for people over 12. It was a really good plot line but there could be a bit more descriptions. Apar . . .
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The Poet X by Maksymilian
Poet X is a book set in Harlem and is focused around Xiomara. She finds life hard and does not understand the rules her mother sets her about boys. On . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Rayhan
I think that The House with Chicken Legs is a great book. It has an original idea but it was also based on another story. The only part I disliked wa . . .
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A Skinful of Shadows by David
‘A Skinful of Shadows’ is a shining example of an outstanding book. Though its believability is not strong, it instead runs with the unique concept of . . .
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Rebound by Maksymilian
Rebound is all about Charlie, also known as Chuck, Bell and his love for basketball. After getting caught skiving off school and stealing soda cans, h . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Maksymilian
The House with Chicken Legs is about Marinka and how she feels about her life - she can't leave the house, she is destined to be the next Yaga and her . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Maksymilian
Things A Bright Girl Can Do is a book set in 1914, when the Suffragettes were at their very best. Evelyn wants to study at Oxford, but because of her . . .
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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Aayush
Things A Bright Girl Can Do is a book which tackles a lot of challenging issues for the time it describes, as well as some things which still affect e . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by David
Overall, I would definitely recommend The House with Chicken Legs. This is for many reasons - though it is not the most believable of stories, the ide . . .
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Rebound by Max
Rebound is an incredible novel, that truly highlights an accurate representation of grief after a tragic loss. The main character, Charlie Bell, finds . . .
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The House with Chicken Legs by Aayush
The House with Chicken Legs was an enjoyable book to read, with a lot of twists and different stories within the main theme to follow. I found the end . . .
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The Land of Neverendings by Maksymilian
The Land of Neverendings tells the story of Emily, and how she lives with the pain of the death of her sister Holly. However, one night, she hears som . . .
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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 jus
 

 
 

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